Two days ago, I received an email from a member of a low sec FW/pirate corp, Almity. I could feel the giddy in their request if I was interested in a story. Their corp includes Shalee Lianne, a tweetfleet person, so I must admit to having a certain level of expectation of epic battle when I responded.  I was intrigued, partly because Shalee has a tendency to tweet about rather successful PVP roams on a regular basis, but also because I have a soft spot for the smaller battles of Eve.  A was hoping for something along the lines of “we caught a super carrier ratting in low sec and picked it apart with 10 HACs over the course of 4 hours” or a similar tale of epic low sec battle.  Turns out they live in Otosela.  Otosela has been used as a staging system for Test Alliance in their campaign with PL/NCdot against SOLAR.  The opening of the report went like this:

Test Alliance came into Otosela earlier last month with a bang. Our sleepy little system’s local count went from a dozen Imperial Outlaws and a few neutrals to hundreds in a matter of hours. Chaos ensued as many POS’s were reinforced then destroyed; Test POS’s went up and super capitals and Titans were brought in.

From that point on, I was hooked on what turned out to be an tale of the side conflict that Test had going on in the down time between major ops against SOLAR.  Now, mind you, Test Alliance has numbers.  5337 according to DotLan.  Imperial Outlaws have a total member count of 31, small enough that they do not even register on DotLan’s website.  That these two entities could both have fun shooting each other is a sign of the genius (accidental or purposeful) that is Eve PVP.  It is also a lesson for the whiners who use the word “blob” in conversation about battles or wars they have lost.

There was the requisite banter in local as well as outright local spam and trolling (they made a blog to commemorate some of the more epic comments here).  Despite, or possibly because of the local banter, Imperial Outlaws decided to stay in Otosela and make the best of the situation.  Test, always up for fights, was happy to shoot it up with them.  Imperial Outlaws knew low sec mechanics well.  Test have limitless funds compared to them.  In the end, many ships died, and it seems both sides came out of the month of combat with smiles on their faces.  Having been on deployment one or two thousand times myself, I have to give a tip of the hat to any locals who stick around and help fill the down time between fleets with the much more satisfying and fun small gang combat.

The member of Imperial Outlaws who provided the information to me very clearly saw their combat statistics as a huge victory for them.  It must have been exhilarating going toe to toe with a large alliance like Test.  Not to denigrate the low sec lifestyle, as I have enjoyed it quite often during my time in Eve, but it does tend to give you a different perspective on small gang warfare than that of a null sec existence.  They triumphantly provided their campaign statistics:

Imperial Outlaws: Test Campaign

Which shows the impressive number of hurricanes and rifters they mowed through in the last month.  Again, putting myself in their shoes, they must have had a blast.

They did catch a few choice kills: Pilgram, Broadsword, Widow (oops!), and a Navy Scorp.

Imperial Outlaws are coming out of this conflict battle tested and dripping in kills that make them the envy of other low sec groups.  They likely learned a few tricks on combating enemies who bring superior numbers.  They may or may not have learned some lessons about how null sec alliances fight (of note, Test doesn’t conduct combat quite the same as other alliances).

Test, on the other hand, came out of this having had a blast.  A near constant supply of small gang PVP close at hand is absolute heaven for a null alliance these days.

I’m sure everyone who partook of the PVP of Otosela this last month will come away with a few entertaining stories and quotes.  These are the stories and fights that keep me logging in.

Bagehi – Member of Test Friends Please Ignore

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  1. plexforceone

    TEST? Having *FUN*? Quick, someone light a dozen cynos in Fountain. We must remove this menace from the galaxy and replace it with baby back bitch-tear-crying titan blobbers and Eastern European corps who don't speak a lick of any intelligible languages.

    February 8, 2012 at 4:41 pm Reply
    1. skirim

      "Eastern European corps who don't speak a lick of any intelligible languages. "

      wow open your eyes, english isnt the only language on this planet. mabye you should try learning a different language instead of only english

      February 8, 2012 at 5:41 pm Reply
      1. Intelligible speaker


        February 8, 2012 at 5:50 pm Reply
        1. TooDuckyBestDucky

          So you can be a spai!

          February 8, 2012 at 6:45 pm Reply
        2. Christos

          So that you don't spend the rest of your life in your mothers basement, idiot.

          February 8, 2012 at 7:23 pm Reply
        3. Intelligent speaker

          Könnt ich abkotzen, wenn ich das von diesen strunzdummen Amispastis höre.

          …Oh you didn't get that? Too bad, so sad.

          February 8, 2012 at 7:45 pm Reply
          1. checkcheck

            At first I was like "oh hes a cunt" and now im more of a "oh hes just an ignorant cunt"

            February 8, 2012 at 9:06 pm
          2. BillyBob

            Yes, I too am feared and venerated because of my awesome babelfish skills.

            February 8, 2012 at 11:42 pm
          3. Grad the canuck

            Ich glaube ich spinner

            Lol, successfull troll is successfull,

            February 8, 2012 at 9:46 pm
    2. iRMTtogetLAID

      No cynos. How about you light my fart?

      February 8, 2012 at 6:22 pm Reply
  2. Turd Sandwich

    ilaw never fought anybody unless it was on an undock and that is hardly considered fighting. I

    I also like to copy, cut, and paste different convos to make myself look good.

    February 8, 2012 at 4:43 pm Reply
    1. durp

      Confirmed. Putting instacanes on the undock just to pop newbros in rifters is hardly pvp.

      February 8, 2012 at 5:03 pm Reply
  3. CareBearStares

    LOL that's hilarious. Man I bet that was freaking awesome.

    February 8, 2012 at 4:54 pm Reply
  4. Deadtestieisbestie

    Sounds fun. Now if only the majority of their community weren't gigantic tools. Fuck them anyway…

    February 8, 2012 at 5:05 pm Reply
  5. bgibson33

    I really liked this report it says something about the game. That I missed all those wrecks makes me want to cwy.

    February 8, 2012 at 5:07 pm Reply
  6. TwoSidedStory

    Lol camping a station undock is now elite PvP? Better tell PL and Raiden.

    February 8, 2012 at 5:10 pm Reply
    1. To hell with PL

      Nah, this makret share is taken. Thats all that the 0rphange and all the other high sec wardeck-undock warriors do. They dont like 0.0 because everybody can shoot at them.

      February 8, 2012 at 5:47 pm Reply
      1. anonymous

        Did you lose your jf to them by jumping it into high sec under a wardec?

        February 8, 2012 at 8:06 pm Reply
        1. bagehi

          TIL I've never lost a ship to the 0rphans.

          February 8, 2012 at 9:00 pm Reply
          1. stainwagon.

            0rphan still exists?

            February 8, 2012 at 11:30 pm
      2. Marcus_McTavish

        Hey, they limit the number of goods you can move around in the game. They are trying to help the economy. More ppl dying, more ppl building.

        February 8, 2012 at 10:04 pm Reply
      3. Lube

        Too much butthurt makes pubbies bitter!

        February 9, 2012 at 1:18 am Reply
    2. Plagis


      February 9, 2012 at 5:51 am Reply
    3. PropaGrammar Machine

      A 30 man low sec corp not just standing against but winning against a 5K+ nullsec alliance? YehM8, sounds pretty damn win to me. Imperial Outlaws sound like a good gang to fly with, I don't think they're super mega elite, but they know how to play eve and fly ships properly. If I was going to be unfairly uncharitable to Outlaws I'd say that they were decent team of above average skill and it's Test's consistently appalling performances that make Outlaws appear better than they possibly are.

      February 9, 2012 at 11:43 am Reply
    4. DBRB's DOG

      lol RDN is terrible. The only reason we didn't wipe the floor with them yet is ev0ke carrying them. Rdn is so bad that ev0ke has to drop cans behind hostiles as warpins for them :)))))

      February 10, 2012 at 5:11 pm Reply
  7. dur?

    you want small gang pvp, go to syndicate, thats were all the fun is at 0200 or later

    February 8, 2012 at 5:22 pm Reply
    1. Sup Bru

      or just dont fight near where test, goons, pl,, raiden are. you can do it in russian space becuase bots dont pvp let alone blob

      February 8, 2012 at 5:43 pm Reply
  8. yay

    I personally liked the dude in the tornado who sat in local for 12hrs a day waiting for a cyno to come up so he could warp to it at 100 and pop it. All he did all day. I.LAW knowing lowsec mechanics = being able to press the dock button when red-boxed.

    February 8, 2012 at 5:37 pm Reply
  9. raptor217

    The scorpion navy lossmail was from a guy who had gotten it as a secret santa gift and vowed to lose it in a hilarious way. He had one miner on it so he warped to a belt and mined for about 10 minutes while telling the pirates in local that he was, they didn't bite. He then warped to station and aggressed them all and they jammed out our carrier repping him and undocked 5-10 people and a neut geddon and promptly popped him.

    February 8, 2012 at 5:59 pm Reply
    1. CareBearStares

      *blink* whaaa?

      February 8, 2012 at 9:51 pm Reply
      1. Lorren Canada

        next year im gonna give a hull tanked torp fleet issue tempest for secret santa…

        February 9, 2012 at 2:48 am Reply
  10. Zandramus

    Lols Test alliance, are horrible at pvp… Any halfway decent pvp Corp should be able to get 5-1 odds against them. I have seen 2 large battles against them now with test losing horribly. Suddenly we have a Noir contract against us lol, that's how test pvp's they hire mercenaries. I can't wait to fight Noir now as I was in the best merc Corp in the game and it sounds like so much fun.


    February 8, 2012 at 6:10 pm Reply
    1. gerard

      Who the fuck are Noir.

      -A Testie.

      February 8, 2012 at 6:40 pm Reply
      1. Avg Goonie

        You're a fucking tard, gerard.

        February 8, 2012 at 7:03 pm Reply
    2. old nc.

      have you noticed a pattern they dont give a fuck. god they dont care about k/l this isnt an fps this is about wearing an enemy down.

      February 8, 2012 at 10:50 pm Reply
      1. BillyBob

        Confirming what has been our battle cry for 2 years: We're fucking terrible and we don't fucking care!

        February 8, 2012 at 11:53 pm Reply
    3. Lorren Canada

      G0dfathers yes? I think it was Forsaken who hired Noir, but we don't really know why they are running around. And yes, we are shit at this game but we have fun and give no fucks

      February 9, 2012 at 2:55 am Reply

      I really don't think TEST would waste money on mercs. They'd prefer buying a couple thousand rifters instead.

      February 9, 2012 at 6:15 am Reply
      1. bagehi

        Yeah, if it was really a big enough deal, there'd have been PL in the system with Test.

        February 9, 2012 at 12:34 pm Reply
      2. I was there

        Confirming TEST bulid's/Buys/Loses more rifters than any other alliance in EVE

        February 10, 2012 at 10:45 am Reply
  11. Just -A- Grunt

    This is terrible –

    Look at all those Noobships and T1 cyno kestrel kills. This is perhaps the most retarded article I have seen on Evenews to date. Perhaps the reporter should check KB's before writing articles that make him look stupid.

    Small gang PVP? Nothing like killing cyno ship after cyno ship and calling it small gang PVP>

    February 8, 2012 at 6:26 pm Reply
    1. Gumpin

      oh no! 59 of 257 ships were frigates!

      Woe unto us all! WOE I SAY!

      February 10, 2012 at 9:57 am Reply
      1. Just -A- Grunt

        59 Frigates and 93 CAPSULES, Approx 58% of the "kills". Check your facts before sperging. I don't call 152 Frigate/pod kills out of a total 257 news worthy. Author should have checked facts before he wrote this.

        February 10, 2012 at 5:03 pm Reply
  12. carebearfromnorth
    February 8, 2012 at 7:29 pm Reply
    1. Lorren Canada

      My favorite <3

      February 9, 2012 at 2:52 am Reply
  13. Ryven

    Admittedly, much were cynos and frigs being popped with arty. But with 80-120 TEST in system with caps and supers out, often on undock, we used what we could. Did it require much skill? Not usually. Would've liked a few more real fights, but, either way, 12 bil in losses isn't anything to scoff at.

    February 8, 2012 at 8:03 pm Reply
  14. SG Goonslap

    5337 to 31 ? That is totally unfair, TEST were obviously outnumbered.

    February 8, 2012 at 9:20 pm Reply
  15. droljica

    Well, Testi(cle)s should go back to null, claim victories of some kind, spam local, and … generaly acting like goons.

    February 8, 2012 at 10:11 pm Reply
    1. Lorren Canada

      Actually we were in null, just basing from that lowsec system until we took SOLAR stations to base out of. lowsec sucks

      February 9, 2012 at 2:51 am Reply
  16. Vadeim Rizen

    I love how TEST pretends not to give a fuck about I.LAW but then they turn around and add I.LAW as a red to the alliance, then a month after moving in move all their shit out of Otosela all within a couple of jumps. So they wanted to stay in the area, talked a bunch of shit when moving in, and then were forced to leave because they couldn't figure out a way to retaliate. But they'll just tell you they don't care. Yeah a lot of kills were cyno frigs, but there were also 35 bc, 14 bs, 52 covert ops, inties, logi, recon, it's not like some of the guys didn't try to put up a fight. They'll just tell you it's because it's low-sec and it's for 'noobs'. Most of our members have been in faction warfare for years where we undock and there's a fight waiting for us within only a couple of jumps. I'm sure there are some good test pvp'ers somewhere but the 90% that make up their meat shield are total idiots.

    February 8, 2012 at 11:07 pm Reply
    1. BillyBob

      If you really think that you guys were the reason that TEST left Otosela then you're more delusional than a 12 year old LARP'er on acid. We got bored, saw some shiny shit in another region and moved on, it's what we do.

      February 8, 2012 at 11:48 pm Reply
      1. Vadeim Rizen

        oh is that why half of them moved to tasti (one jump away) and the other half moved to bwf (2 jumps away)

        February 8, 2012 at 11:51 pm Reply
        1. WillyWest

          You fuckbrained RPer we moved to bwf because that shithole of a system you call otosela had no repair stations and test leadership is horrible at staging systems not because your uberpvp lowsec rp corp killed too many of our rifters. You know we have this thing called test_free where they literally hand us rifters to welp? Oh noes my kb efficiency. Silly rpers who thing they have significance.

          February 9, 2012 at 12:26 am Reply
        2. Disto

          We moved into Otosela because it had free offices. However there were not enough for our alliance. We then moved into BWF because between 8MG and BWF there were more offices to fill then we had corps.

          You may of noticed the surrounding systems had 3-4 other major alliances staging out of them. We had to find space somewhere so we could get ourselves podded without going back to Fountain.

          February 9, 2012 at 9:06 am Reply
    2. Lorren Canada

      dude, we were busy taking tech and station in geminate but if you want to live your delusion that's fine – I'll just be sitting here watching the tech flow in

      February 9, 2012 at 2:53 am Reply
  17. Well, I'm just glad to see EvENews24 actually caring to write about something that goes on outside Nullsec – even if the story had to involve Test Alliance for it to be considered "interesting" enough to report on.

    The author did a standup job of attempting to portray Imperial Outlaws as a bunch of scrubs "learning to fight the pros" when we all know what was really going on.

    Mark my words – by the end of March, no one is going to look at Faction Warfare pilots the same way.

    EvE Online players will learn some important lessons about "hard power" vs. "soft power" over the next couple of months…..if they are paying attention!

    February 9, 2012 at 12:45 am Reply
    1. Lorren Canada

      Could you enlighten ussome?

      Also yes, we in TEST are literally shit and awful at this bad game

      February 9, 2012 at 2:50 am Reply
    2. Gumpin

      "hard power" vs. "soft power"

      They make a pill for that.

      February 10, 2012 at 9:54 am Reply
  18. Kuan Yida

    Wish ILAW would come back and fight us instead of frittering away on the edges… hardly any Amarr around to shoot at on the war front.

    February 9, 2012 at 1:05 am Reply
  19. I love the ragers here in the comments acting like FW is all about roleplaying…..they have no idea what our culture is like.

    RP-ers are like 2% of the militia. Most just want to fight stuff. All the time.

    Many militia members switch sides back and forth to get the most engagements. Take some time to get to know a community before you go spewing froth about LARPing and shit.


    February 9, 2012 at 1:12 am Reply
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    February 9, 2012 at 3:06 am Reply
  21. Awfulsomething

    Confirming TEST is terrible at this game.

    February 9, 2012 at 2:14 pm Reply
  22. lolotrolo

    just heard that c0ven spy hooked some good shit from test logi corp 😛

    February 9, 2012 at 6:45 pm Reply
  23. silence Ikillyouu

    Imperial Outlaws [I.Law] are the biggest joke of the amarr FW.
    It took a handfull of minnies to kick them out and cause Eran Mintor to biomass.

    Test are fkn shit and this proves it. If amarr's worst corp can do this to them.

    Took there system
    Took there entire capital fleet
    There CEO biomassed after this.

    U gotta wonder is Test jsut really shit? or are Imperial Outlaws [I.Law] really good?

    February 12, 2012 at 5:52 am Reply
    1. silence Ikillyouu

      That was all just a few days apart

      February 12, 2012 at 5:53 am Reply
  24. […] a break from the Minmatar and ended up with TEST living in our station. But that’s a whole other story […]

    May 10, 2012 at 7:45 pm

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