Alliance warfare has always been a huge part of EVE Online
's endgame PvP, with alliances fighting over resources, expanding their borders or just settling age-old political grudges. The Dominion expansion made sweeping changes to alliance warfare and the transition hasn't been easy on all the alliances. Since Dominion went live, it's been difficult to judge just how effective the expansion has been at revitalising territorial warfare or how alliances are using the new system. EVE
Blogger Wensley has been involved in the recent war against CVA in Providence region
and he's been posting some of the valuable insights he's gleaned on territorial warfare over at his blog Rifter Drifter.
In part 1 of his series "Catch 22"
on the most recent parts of the war, he details the reasoning behind CVA's territorial expansion from Providence into the Catch region. In part 2, Wensley describes the details of the actual war so far and provides some useful insights into the mechanics of territorial warfare
. He suggests that since alliances now get to choose the rough time their systems are fought over by way of the new reinforcement timers, they should have picked a time zone that would be inconvenient for their enemies. Instead, they had set their reinforcement timer to their enemy's peak play time, allowing them to easily amass huge fleets for the attack. He goes on to blame CVA's poor performance on a lack of preparedness, suggesting that if they had gotten their fleet together and into the threatened system first, any lag occuring when enemy players jump in
would have been in their favour. If you're following the war in Providence region or just interested in how territorial warfare is fought now in EVE
, Rifter Drifter's on-going Catch 22 series is definitely worth a read.