Hi, EVE Forums!
I’m BJK - former FC from Horde / Trigger Happy / Triumvirate / Imperium, CEO of xDECOYx, and the current lead FC/ Strategist for WinterCo’s English-speaking core.
When I heard Fraternity was looking to move out of Oasa and into Vale back in late 2020, I knew this would be a great project to get involved in as the former residents were mostly EU/US. But more interestingly; the vision to pull the alliance to the centre of the map away from the safety of drones was an ambitious project - this would be a great place to grow a corporation/alliance and get some great fights.
For my duration in FRT, I’ve written AAR’s for most fleets. I’m going to be using this thread to document the journey we’ve been on and shine a light on the adventure we’ve had here in Fraternity’s English-Speaking community.
But first; please allow me to introduce myself and my corporation.
- Living in H-5GUI - Battle of West Venal
- Battle of D7-ZAC - Defeat & Progress
- From Venal with a Grudge
- Vale of the Content
- Esoteria Deployment / Army of Mangoes
- Tug-of-War in Nalvula
- Snuffed In
- The Future
I had my first real taste for PvP back in early 2015 when my RL friends corp Quam Singulari joined Triumvirate. We staged out of Uemon and fought XIX/NulliSecunda every day at 17:00 + 20:00 with Rattlesnakes until we secured sovereignty, then stations, then moons - then the entire region.
In late 2015, I started my own corp with some other friends I’d met along the way and rented a pocket in Fountain from Black Legion. They started getting invaded by SMA, so I assembled the renters in FozzieClaws / Sebo Vexors and actively defended our space; then my corp got recruited into The-Culture upon forming. After one too many POS bashes with RLML Cerbs, I decided to move back into Tri.
At this stage, Tri held most of Drones - then started pushing into Insmother. I helped their newbro alliance ‘Deus Vult’ by getting involved in stager seeding and support fleets.
After this, I moved to The Imperium and ran a campaign for TNT camping Horde and putting pressure on Pure Blind, then eventually stole a constellation from Horde as they were trying to setup in Drones. A great FC from The Imperium called Kendarr started to form his own alliance; I was the first person to join Trigger Happy.
We inherited a constellation; then started fighting some of the people around us. One of my proudest moments was booshing my entire fleet to safety during blackout as I saw a TRI Loki Fleet on 1AU scan from us! TRIGG was a great place to be - I will always be grateful for Kendarr inviting me along to Fanfest despite my anxiety - EVE London 2019 changed my life for the better and I wouldn’t be playing with the confidence and personality I do now if I hadn’t have met these amazing people.
After Kendarr left and the vision for TRIGG changed; there was a mass-exodus of talent as people moved to various other alliances. I found myself in Horde where I’d occasionally run fleets, then in Triumvirate once more brawling Test in Cache; until getting drafted as an FC for PAPI during WWB 2. This is where I gained a decent amount of notoriety, and I will stand on my soapbox for a moment and state a very controversial but meaningful assessment.
During WWB2, a LOT of the FCs were in it for themselves. Horde had a system where timers were relayed just after downtime, people would claim one each and/or fight over the timers (usually wanting the hull ones because they’d have more numbers). But… FCs would rarely join each others fleets. If they weren’t running it, they weren’t interested. The “average line member” (I hate that phrase btw) showed more dedication than the people supposed to invoke their trust.
On top of this - if an FC did a great job; the other FCs would rarely cheer them on. The attitude was “Oh, I could have done that better”, “They got lucky they were fighting against ‘x’”, “Oh well they fed last time so I guess they’re even now”. Unlike The Imperium who had their own battle-bard, firesides and news platforms and would actively scream the success of every individual pilot - PAPI had the opposite, and became a cloud of negative energy for anyone who had a heart to get involved.
Whilst internally there was toxicity; externally, there would be an unspoken level of respect between hostile FCs. The biggest compliment I received came in the form of a reddit meme created by INIT. This unspoken respect from hostiles, along with the raw love and energy beans gave me pushed me through it, and I will always look back with fond memories.
As WWB2 started drawing to an end, my brain was fully geared up for whatever comes next. After seeing Fraternity (a heavy CN-timezone alliance) was about to throw-down against Euros in the North, I reached out to some good friends and got the ball rolling.
I reached out to Luke Anninan who offered me the opportunity to grow a corporation here - as well as run fleets for the Alliance/Coalition. As I’d been to Fanfest 2019 and spent many years on comms with amazing people - xDECOYx quickly grew to 15 close friends within weeks.
This corporation genuinely feels like a family. We formed over lockdown - so setup the classic #beer-time channel so we can celebrate each others minor victories to cheer us all up, and a #fresh-air channel because getting steps was important and exercise is encouraged, and a #Netflix-and-chill channel to share our love for the hit Aussie comedy trio, Aunty Donna. When we have our corp meetings, we’re more likely to play Jackbox/Skribbl so we can be abrasively indecent towards each other - sharing the results for those who couldn’t be there and knowing we can drop in/out of the games at a convenience. The respect between each other within our corp discord is so strong; that some people have invited RL friends, and even FAMILY to our group.
…But when it comes to EVE, xDECOYx is the group that starts working on the strat ops 2 hours before the timer, moves the cynos, scouts wormholes, pre-stages caps, forces a minor escalation by using alts in bombers… All that good stuff. We have a wide range of talent here - from former Imperium diplomats, former CEOs from high/null/wh/low, IT whizz-kids and talented FCs who see the same vision of growing a team with respect and support.
This incredible bunch has changed my life, and I’m honoured to be able to speak with these people daily. Thank you Jonas, Farrow, Ginnik, Aurora, Ybytlan, Linium, Tisme, Bloodflake, Havok, Rijn, Shiva, Rudina, Kardon, Josh, Leonidas, DJRobin, RedBandit, Ledeanio, Miwa, Solrykia, Lady Eleanor, Etin, Ohe Hai, Kim and Shakar for building this community.
By the time we joined, Fraternity controlled SOME of Vale - but we had a lot of sov and structures to flatten. We had a lot of resistance to some of our follow-up operations; but regardless of whether we could take the fight or not, we still formed every time - but picked a different objective -or- just had a roam.
Rote Kapelle anchored an Athanor on an R64 moon worth 14b per month, so we got DRESSED UP NICE AND FANCY and popped it:
We decided not to anchor one over its place because we didn’t really have a full fleet to contest the onlining timer incase they brought something. This turned out to be a problem as Hostiles began anchoring another shortly after - so we formed 6 days later to kill that too.
We originally formed for the ihubs in X445/K8X, but there were 3 HAC fleets coming to fight our one… So we decided to reship into Caracals and have some fun.
We platinum insured FULLY PREPARED to Valhalla… but instead, outmanoeuvred so hard that TWO SEPERATE CERB FLEETS ran from us and gave us a very nice looking battlereport…
One off-grid highlight was the Barghest coming through on the Rote cyno (trying to pinser us 150 vs 50) SO CONFIDENT he’s stay out of range of us, that he got left behind and memed on by DarkSide.
Also they headshot me 3 times, which is fine I guess. But they failed a bombing run, failed to cyno on top of us at zero…
We formed for the Athanor anchoring in Y0-BVN. We were moving our Tempest Fleet Issue ships across from Oasa so xDECOYx formed alts in Bombers. We took the bombers into system and kept the citadel paused, but then a cyno lit and garmurs/interceptors/sabres bridged on top of us at ZERO… with Evasive Maneuvers VI trained, we ALL GOT OUT SAFE.
The TFI’s were now in range - they bridged in to finish it off as the light tackle that came to screen bombers were unable to fight the battleships.
We’d pre-empted this, so had already setup POS in system, meaning we could comfortably bring a titan in to bridge home. As hostels had come to us, we decided to spool up on the staging ihub of Rote, and managed to complete it before coming home.
With Rote losing valuable Athanor income, we made a play to headshot M-OEE8 directly from them:
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Elo Knight came to guest-FC Muninns for Fraternity allied with Nullsechnaya Scholupen in Cerbs. Rote Kapelle had their Sacrilege fleet with caps, but warped to us at range, so Munins easily sat at 100km and sniped them with no issues - Sacs warped out to save themselves and left three carriers and three fax trapped in bubbles. Sacs then reshipped to Dominix and tried to fight on one node, where a brawl erupted with Dreadbomb turning up with a Cerb fleet too. We pushed them away, won the nodes and gg ihub now flipped to Fraternity!
Ginnik spotted Rote Kapelle anchoring evac citadels in Otsela…
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After this, Rote pretty much rolled over. We were making steady progress in Vale, but started hitting Tribute a bit more actively. We even had some opportunities to hit Venal:
Allies had an R64 in Venal reffed - we droped a solo naglfar on it and watched it get pushed into hull.
Our Naglfar got bubbled at the end, and was tackled by 3 Battlecruisers. We sent booshers to deal with it, but weren’t able to dislodge them; so we took our entire fleet through.
We frag the 3 battlecruisers, and uh… they bridge a pathetic Cerberus fleet on top of us… So we annihilated them, used Dotlan Reading V to get ahead of them and punished the stragglers. After finding what citadel they were docked in, we reinforced that too whilst trashtalking staying classy in local.
One of the Scumlords anti-sub Astrahus came out of reinforcement in a stormed system with -50% bonus to remote reps. We were in Muninns and Lorde were in Gilas; Toilet Paper came back in Cerberus.
The only way to win this fight was for us to keep perching; we mitigated a lot of damage by burning in the opposite direction, I felt that we had enough dps to two-cycle the hostile FCs against the rep reduction, but I was wrong, I should have stuck with focusing logi first
I made the call in command that we should NOT engage the fleets on the citadel because of the neuts/webs, but the Lorde Gila fleet decided to stay and brawl once the objective is over, instead of setting up on the TP outgate.
The fleet could have gone smoother; but this was offset by the Logi’s great performance.
We formed a nice Caracal fleet and everyone was hyped to jump into the system. But the maths wasn’t correct and the jump bridge was too short, so we hurried up and burned our way to PX5-LR. A lot of trashtalk happened on the way to it! #drunkfleets
The system was empty and started hitting the structure and at 80% of the structure a Sacrilege/Guardian + Zarmazd jumped in. We took the fight and where at every engagement on top of them and got some nice Zarmazd kills.
The main goal to get the armor structure failed but we had an awesome fight and made them bleed some ISK.
xDECOYx then anchored two strategic fortizars in Vale; one in N-HSK0 on the 49-0LI gate and one in UH-9ZG on the 9OO-LH stargate. These would be vital for sov ops over the next few weeks, but before then, we wanted to take care of Tribute.
It was difficult fighting TP, Rote, Scumlords, Freight Train Diplomacy and DarkSide all at the same time.So, one at a time, we started taking hostile staging systems - February 2021 saw us trying to headshot Toilet Paper’s home system of D7-ZAC prior to establishing a better foothold against them.
We formed at 21:00 ahead of the 22:15 ihub timer in D7-ZAC where our entosis caps were pre-staged.
As we undocked, we broke EVE as we tried to leave the system; the Muninn fleet got through, the Cerb fleet had 30-50 (including entosis subs) stuck in H-5GUI and the Jackdaw fleet couldn’t leave system. This meant TP managed to run 3 nodes UNCONTESTED from us.
After this, they only needed 3 more nodes to win. We brought our Cerbs and Muninns to D7-ZAC to break a jammer, then this is where it got tricky.
TP reshipped to 150+ bombers to blops around their constellation and kill our caps, completely ignoring the subcap fight. This forced us to evac our caps and try and win this with subcaps. The final nodes they needed ALL SPAWNED IN THE SAME SYSTEM, so we couldn’t take the fight to them and push them off the nodes, as each only took 5 non-TiDi minutes to win.
VOLTA had arrived with a 50-man HFI fleet, INIT arrived with a 60-man Kikimora fleet and TRC arrived with a 200-man T3C fleet. After the ihub repaired, we sat off the D7-ZAC gate waiting for them to extract this way. They jumped all of their fleets into us, and we traded well for a while, until INIT fleet warped onto the Muninn fleet at zero whilst moving and hard tackled Noraus, meaning we had to extract as other fleets were converging, losing a lot of ISK for stragglers.
Overall - we did EXCEPTIONALLY well - the trading was great, the volleys were well timed… interestingly, with the 110 Cerbs we had, we only had a maximum of 92 damaging a pre-repped AB Huginn; the rest of our missiles were wasted - so I could have definitely split to do 2 targets at once. But, I was waiting to save this for the battlecruisers, and secure the kills on the TRC fleet.
In the next few days, we are going to have a change of direction/pace on a grind of Tribute, rather than a headshot of D7-ZAC.
Whilst trying to headshot D7-ZAC was an ambitious task; it still felt like a defeating blow that we could not steamroll that system - and could potentially set us back weeks. But - the one thing I learnt from Triumvirate circa 2015; is that constant heavy pressure is what’s needed to break an alliance like this. Every day after this fight, we formed twice - around 18:00 and 20:00. We would ALWAYS hit something. If we were going to be outnumbered on an objective, we’d go hit a different timer, or take a wormhole somewhere. But every day - we made progress - and our numbers increased, and theirs decreased.
I’d created this brief map for us to get our bearings:
2021-02-17 20:17 - Athanor Ref
We formed a fleet to push an Athanor into hull over in Tribute; hostiles scrambled to form a 40-man bomber wing to try and snipe us at range… They lost 3, disengaged and went home.
2021-02-18 01:00 - Revenge Fortizar Kill
As RC decided to come and pay us a visit in Tribute earlier in the week, we thought we’d give them a visit. They were anchoring a fortizar in C0O6 on grid with a PAPI keepstar. We got into system, danced around a little bit… then killed the Fortizar in front of them. We travelled 5 regions to make this happen…
2021-02-18 19:00 - Cerberus Fleet
We formed to cover the anchoring of two ‘bait citadels’ across in Geminate, then stuck around to reinforce some more Toilet Paper citadels.
En route home ready for the 20:00 fleet, we brawled with a Talwar gang, lost a logi and gave them a gf
2021-02-18 20:00 - Cerberus/TFI Fleet
We formed Cerbs to kill an Ansiblex and Astrahus over in 2CG-5V. We killed the Ansiblex, then found out that DarkSide Machariels were 5 jumps away. We burnt back to H-5GUI and reshipped into TFI’s, but landed on the Astrahus 1s too late and didn’t kill it
We reffed it, then TP came back in a bombing/booshing fleet, and booshed a cluster away, and managed to kill them with torp bombers before we could get there. But, they lost 2b in bombers, so meh.
2021-02-19 20:00 - Cerberus Fleet
Continuing with the momentum of war, we travelled to M-OEE8 and bridged onto a Tatara in A-DD and pushed it into armor, whilst also running entosis in A-DD and K-6SNI. Our entosis runners were pushed off by Jackdaws (and I’m not fleet warping 100 cerbs around to chase Jackdaws, we’ll lose stragglers on every warp…) so we just commit to our single objective then travelled home.
Toilet Paper tried to slow us down with some bubbles, so we took each gate steady, but with a LEGENDARY bubble from George BubbleYou Bush, we got a Sabre kill with 83 participants!
2021-02-20 17:00 - Raitaru’s + SOV
Most fleets try and focus on one or two things per fleet and call it a day.
First, pushed a Raitaru into hull, whilst moving THINGS into LOCATIONS.
Secondly, we started hitting a SECOND Raitaru, whilst parking Entosis boats in 3 systems on ihubs. This sounded the alarm and a few hostiles showed up.
We moved to K-6 and chilled on our Sotiyo and waited. Hostiles sent a few small-gang ships to harass us (Vedmak, Kikimora, Jackdaw). Jonas kept eyes in all three systems and we started to divide the fleet across the three locations to fend off hostiles. This mostly worked, except for an Interceptor who burnt for tackle on a Kiki seperating himself from the rest of the pack, and a Muninn who was completely AFK on an ihub, despite being asked to return to the fleet at least 3 times.
Then, we moved the fleet to a THIRD raitaru and pushed that into hull. So, with the same fleet, we reffed 3 citadels and set 3 ihub timers up for Monday. Gf
Also, that was impressive from the Kikimora pilot!
2021-02-20 20:30 - Dancing with Snuff
At 20:45, Rote Kapelle’s BLOPS POS came out of reinforcement, and after noticing a few snuffed eyes in local, I figured this wasn’t going to be a ‘chill’ bash…
I setup 10 bookmark spots in advance and an exit incase of pipebomb. We refit the cerbs to Max DPS (3x Ballistic Control Systems) and took plenty of T2 ammo.
We started pretty chill, then a cyno went up and a 50-man Mach fleet w/ Apostles came in. We continued to hit the POS, and every time SNUFF warped to us, we perched, and went back to the POS outside of their range.
We danced for about 15 minutes, being smart with our positioning (getting the correct side of the POS relative to the hostiles to prevent warpins, being full speed aligned to premade bookmarks, etc) and successfully KILLED THE POS right in front of them. DAMN it was fun to dance and win like that!!
After this, we went straight for the next fleet…
2021-02-20 21:30 - Double Tatara Shoot
From the wings of the previous fleet, we bridged straight into our former Trigger Happy constellation in Tribute and pushed two more Tatara’s into hull. Jonas also came up with the genius idea + implementation of the final ihub in that constellation that belongs to QUOTE, and now that entire constellation is reffed.
Then suddenly… it came crashing down for Toilet Paper:
2021-02-21 Quick update - TP Folding:
On Friday I made this map. Even though we were being camped 24/7, we managed to get our home constellation up to Military 5 in EVERY system, but to further increase pressure on our enemies, I wanted to move our focus closer to Tribute to raise the ADMs (“Danger Zone”).
On Wednesday, Noraus gave me 9 Athanors to anchor on behalf of Fraternity which we could use and boost indices, but uh… TP has given in and moving out of Tribute, so it’s made life easier for us.
In the coming days I’ll find us something useful to do and a useful place to be. But in the meantime, I wanted to acknowledge how strong xDECOYx is looking as a corporation. We have incredible participation in fleets, and we’re frequently contributing the pivotal ships (Logi, links, cynos). We started strong with our bomber alts securing some early objectives and even got some style points with our skins; and the alliance is really warming up to us and trusting us.
Today, someone from another corp jumped into general comms screaming to form a fleet because their dread was tackled on a regional gate, and Jonas, Ginnik and Linium came to the rescue pushing off the sabres with small-gang ships and spooking the hostile cynos whilst I formed a fleet to travel there.
We’re looking good team. Keep it up
After this - we paused our entosis operations as Toilet Paper agreed to transfer ihubs/tcus, in exchange for ‘x’ amount of weeks passage for them to evac across to Pure Blind. They were an incredible group and it was a lot of fun to be flying against them. But still, a little bit more cleanup:
2021-02-25 18:00 - Double Roaming Gang!
We formed to reinforce some sov, but we got distracted by 2x roaming gangs… a Banderlogs Talwar fleet, and a streaming ANI fleet. We switched from Muninns (to get our objective) into Caracals to chase the Talwars, shredded them, then went across to fight the ANIs (we didn’t have enough to break them, but we tried to kite them and got some great bubbles :poggies: hazed their anti tackle and left)
The ANI’s came across to our Ansiblex and started hitting it - we didn’t have enough Muninns to break them, and at close range, that would have been a BIG F33D, so we switched into Cerbs and playing the align-in, DPS, align out tactic. Worked great
2021-02-27 17:00 - Sov Timers
WOW, what a productive fleet - we managed to:
Delete 5 Hostile ihubs in 2 different constellations
Reinforce the final 3 ihubs in that constellation
Brawl a 15-man Drake gang (Battle Report Tool)
Save a rorqual mining during a strat op ( Battle Report Tool )
Push 2 citadels into hull, push 2 into armor (4x cores :vibrate: )
Deploy a Fortizar in UH- on the 9OO gate
Kill an ansiblex
Run a 10/10 :kekw~3:
Run a few Havens
Jonas, Aurora,Linium, Rijn Anthar, Ruff and Ybytlan - Thank you AGAIN for your hard work entosising and co-ordinating in the background, it was SUPER complicated today with 2 constellations with 10 systems in each… but you moved and ran nodes everywhere we needed. Great job!
2021-02-28 18:45 - Cerbs
A neutral corp decided to anchor a Raitaru in our space, so we sat and watched… waited for them to plug in the core… then dropped it :vibrate:
+800m core to the Alliance Wallet
2021-02-28 19:45 - TEMPEST FLEET ISSUES
After we anchored a fortizar in hostile space, we got dressed up nicely ready to defend it. Unfortunately, hostiles showed no signs of resistance - so Linium jumped his JF across, we plugged in the core, waiting 15 minutes and plugged in the fitting. GREAT SUCCESS.
We had enough active FAX to rock with the fleet, but we only had 5 dreads with us. Le’ts get those DREAD numbers up so we can have some SHENANIGANS
2021-03-01 18:30 - FINAL 3 IHUBS
For this timer, we formed FRT only so our coalition can focus on onlining Fortizars in other places (). Once again, xDECOYx brought the GIRTH by bringing enough entosis alts (and critical links pilots) to make this work. (50% of fleet was us, 100% of entosis was us…)
To plug all the gaps, we had a beefy gatecamp on the constellation gate - Muninns w/anchored bubbles with Carrier support. Two smartbombing machariels on the outgate to prevent any jammer interceptors bouncing around - and 12+ entosis boats to deal with the 4.5x and 6.0x adm systems that came out at the same time.
A pretty fluent op, very chill, much success… CRAB TIME NOW