Mavericks in AAA :: 2 Month Report

I am happy to report that things have worked out very well for The Maverick Navy since our decision to join AAA. Almost no one outside the alliance realizes it, but -A- has an amazing roaming PvP culture, and there are 4 member corps that are extremely active in the U.S. timezone.
This is a huge and very welcome change from IT Alliance, where casual PvP was bizarrely looked down upon and even discouraged at times. The cool things -MVN- has already done in -A-, like ganking a MM Aeon in low-sec, would NEVER have been allowed by the clown-shoes fun-police.
It’s nice not to have to deal anymore with IT’s 200+ member IRC-based “FC” club, of which about 8 people ever lead fleets. In IT, the rest were only there to nay-say anyone other than a very short list of official (but not necessarily talented) FCs. But enough about the past for now!
Eve Kill reports that -A- was #1 in game-wide kills over the last 30 days. That’s even more impressive when you consider that we don’t have a super-huge “forever war” on our doorstep to earn us thousands of fleet kills. Those kills are largely from “just for fun” pvp ops, with a small fraction coming from “official ops.”
As I have mentioned before, this is all nothing new. The “AAA is shit” meme has blackened the public perception of -A-, but the fact is that we are in the #1 ranked alliance of all-time on Battle Clinic.
-A- has always been notorious for roaming gangs in the South. I remember how much fear they stirred up in Provi when I was new to the game, and in the nano-age their gangs were top-notch.
It also helps that they’re very shrewd about when to drop supers, and have never lost a titan. This is something very few major 0.0 alliances can claim.
I’m not saying -A- hasn’t lost good people since the days of Evil Thug, but the current incarnation of the alliance has some very active new blood, and it really shows-through in the nightly activity level and kill-board stats.
Since joining, there have been two kinds of ops our members are flying in regularly: major ops and casual ops.
The first group includes larger ops (first against PL, now against White Noise/DRF). The fight with PL was mostly unexciting. Atlas brought low numbers, even though the war was for their sake, and AAA + Cascade brought decent (but not great) numbers. The CSAA purge in the DRF has been met with “revenge at last!” from the older -A- members while most of -MVN- sees it as “something to do” between roams.
The second kind of fighting consists of small-gang fighting. This is what attracted the FCs in MVN to AAA. -A- space has proved ideal for finding casual “pew pew” with ease. We border a number of very active pipeline systems, and it’s only one jump bridge from our core territory to the border of Curse (current small-gang hotspot and my long-time favorite 0.0 region).
-MVN- was neck-and-neck with The Collective for the most kills in March, leading slightly some days and falling slightly behind on others. In April we were neck-and-neck again for top-killers, but this time BUSA surged in participation due to absorbing another well-known PvP corp, and they beat-out both -MVN- and The Collective for kills.
Regardless of who wins each month, it’s great to be with people who give a shit about something other than making isk and maintaining more regions than they can use. Nearly all of the corps in -A- are active roamers who run a mix of corp-only and alliance-wide ops. The “fun” pvp culture is very strong in AAA, and most long-time Mavericks feel very much at home.
There are also some in the corp, mostly the types who joined in the golden era of Atlas or IT, who simply cannot enjoy Eve without a 1000 man fleet and being told where to be every day. Those people are drooling at NC-DRF war right now. Hopefully the fight with White Noise will escalate and they’ll have mega-blobs to smash into again soon.

As for myself, I have been very pressed for time IRL, but when I do play I have been bouncing between low-sec soloing, small gang roams in curse, and mid-sized “fight-starter” fleets traveling further Catch.
In 2 weeks, I’ll be much less busy and will start blogging about individual fights more often. There have been some very blog-worthy moments in the last couple months, but I simply haven’t had the time or energy to write about them.
Thus-far, I feel the decision to join AAA was the best move for the corp.

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