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SLYCE’s Riot Rick on the Northern Conflict and fighting The Imperium

A deployment of Imperium forces composed of Goonswarm Special Interest Groups, and The Initiative, against Guardians of the Galaxy has caused much conflict over recent months. If you would like to read more about this conflict, see our Northern Conflict Summaries.

Today I sat down with RiotRick of Solyaris Chtonium on his perspective throughout this conflict, as well as the narrative surrounding it. This interview has been heavily edited for formatting, structure, clarification, and grammar. If you would like to read the raw logs, click here. These are RiotRick’s thoughts and opinions, and are not necessarily reflective of mine or New Eden Report’s.

 

Curt

Briefly, what is your role within GOTG currently, and what does it involve?

RiotRick

I prefer to call us Dead Coalition, as a couple months ago we’ve been told we’re dead by now. I had the remindme! bot send notifications already that it’s past due for us to die.

I’m an AUTZ FC for Dead Coalition, and also lead one of the alliances – SLYCE.

Curt

Are you able to give some insight on SLYCE’s role in the coalition?

RiotRick

Goon SiGs attacked our home in Wicked Creek and Scalding Pass, so we came to fight them in Deklein. Ironwulf, who was one of the leaders of the coalition at the time, recruited us.

We just celebrated our 3rd year in null a few weeks back — we haven’t really changed “our role”. We’re here to have fun and fight.

Curt

Are you able to give some insight on the current war against the Goon SiGs, and Init? How successful/unsuccessful do you think you guys have been so far? At least as far as territory is speaking.

RiotRick

I feel anything past 4 regions is a stretch for us to keep. Particularly with Horde leaving, we have invited many organizations to fight for space in Pure Blind.

Goons have pinged for support from Delve in a few fights now, and we see INIT and TNT attempting to fully deploy to help. I think it speaks well of their challenges.

You can always separate the propaganda with reality, we can just open Dotlan to see if there’s been any iHub destroyed in Deklein, Branch, Tenal, or, heck, even Fade. You can even check zKillboard, if there’s been any core structures destroyed in Dead Coalition’s space.

Curt

When you say that TNT and INIT deployed to assist Goon SiGs was indicative of the challenge that they were facing fighting you guys, do you feel that Co2 doing the same for your coalition shows the same thing?

RiotRick

Good question, Horde leaving Fade and Pure Blind is certainly a big vacuum. We have a lot of smaller alliances taking up space in Pure Blind, and the chaos being driven there for the most part is good content for the region.

For Fade, I think Co2’s going to do well in Horde’s previous area. Anyone not being honest that Horde left a large vacuum in areas that they controlled is lying to ya.

Curt

Really? How reliant on Horde were you?

RiotRick

Dead Coalition, without renter numbers, is a relatively small-size coalition. There is no way in the world we’d be able to control what 15k Hordelings managed. Even Goons with such a large number won’t dare to take up all the sovereignty in Querious. It makes better sense to consolidate in 1-2 regions.

Westarted with Branch, Deklein, Tenal sovereignty, and a little bit of Fade, but we’re not going to maintain any holdings in former PH space. We consider giving PH’s old ratting space in Fade as part of our “consolidation” strategy. There was no one legit to hold it but with Co2 coming in, they’re definitely strong enough to defend it.

The idea is to maintain a smaller footprint and grow like Goons have initially after losing Deklein, they setup and consolidated in 1-2 regions. It’s a sound strategy.

Curt

Hostile forces and sovereignty aside, what about the coalition’s other successes, or not, so far?

RiotRick

The coalition’s success against the largest coalition in Eve was that – let’s see if they can take down one iHub or even a Fort in Branch, Deklein, Tenal, etc. They’ve been deployed since October 2017. :smiley:

If we’re completely honest, ratters/miners get killed on both sides all the time. Heck, we, the North, kill trillions from Delve consistently but we’re not going to post Reddit threads about it all the time when we kill trillions. :joy: The Northern forces, from PL to NC to Dead Coalition have squads deployed as well in Delve.

1.18T in January, about the same in December, and it tallies about the same every month :joy:

As we speak right now, PlexedLive pinged for an Ishtar fleet and just one of our alliances is camping them in their NPC station in PF-QHK. They’re not allowed to undock unless we say so. 😉

Curt

So, for the month of April, you killed the equivalent of 4%-5% of their total isk earned/ore mined that month?

RiotRick

I don’t think anyone is going to dispute that the Imperium has the largest population of those that love to carebear.

If the argument is, they don’t care because our major producers and major Rorq fleets are making Isk, that’s okay. We know we can’t kill all the cows in the field, as long as we are eating as we please, feel free to have more cows at the pasture.

Curt

You guys recently deployed to Venal, right?

RiotRick

Yes. We have a Keepstar there for deployment in case an enemy force tries to go to Venal. We saw USTZ and AUTZ Goons SiGs go there. We just counter deployed. After one major battle, USTZ moved back to Pure Blind while the AUTZ Goon SiG is currently locked out from undocking at the moment. At the moment one of Dead Co’s alliances, just have them surrounded. :smiley: The problem with NPC stations, is that you just get bubbled camp every time someone has a whiff you have an op.

Curt

You guys bubble the NPC stations every time a hostile alliance wants to undock?

RiotRick

We aren’t as tenacious as some of the Delve super fleets that use 90 supers to bubble camp 3 bombers in NPC Delve, but it’s similar tactics. We can just bubble camp if and when you know there’s an op.

USTZ Goon SiGs moved back to ROIR, so we moved back as well. This AUTZ one, I think is trying to do something in Venal. I’m just unsure what aside from being camped in.

Curt
Are you able to comment on MOA‘s departure?

RiotRick

They’re great bros. Gen Eve, their alliance leader, can’t commit to the game right now so they’re joining the rest of Dead Coalition and Co2. They’ll be back when he’s ready.

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