Saved by the Merge?

October 18, 2010 in World 016 News, World News

Hello readers, and welcome to the first edition of the W16 blog. This is also my first real blog, so any feedback is greatly appreciated. Any comments can be posted in my blog thread in the W16 forums, or using the comment section available at the bottom of this thread. Enjoy!

The main topic of this blog will be the recent merge between Plight and LSHRV, and the shuffle of players between the two tribes and *MK*, but since this is the first W16 blog, I would also like to include some back round information on what lead up to this point in the world.

The original war between LSHRV and C² began on September 15, 2009. Coincidently, the day before ~LS~ had merged into =HRV=. What followed was an interesting argument. Players from LSHRV claimed that it was unfair that C² was declaring right when a merge was taking place. MichielK, amongst others, pointed out that C² had prepared for the war, and had set the date for the 15th, with no prior knowledge of the merge (http://forum.tribalwars.net/showpost.php?p=4229181&postcount=20). He even went on to point out the main disadvantage C² now faced, the fact that C² was in essence fighting two tribes, and half of the frontline was unprepared for the war.

In any case, C² did jump out to grab the lead, 29-2, in the first day. Though the lead never changed, there were hiccups along the way. LSHRV launched several counter-ops in the beginning, and part-way through the war C² experienced the loss of a leader and the trouble in finding a replacement, not to mention the many players on either side going inactive or being replaced. Both sides tried to balance out their losses with a new income of members, C² taking in members from TKR and Bang!, and even taking in Robonot and Kreamer, later another hiccup in itself, while LSHRV ended their war with Sunny to recruit them. Eventually, LSHRV began to see a larger loss in members until the first member of LSHRV moved to Plight at 19:08ST on October 3. At the time, the war stats were as follows:

Side 1:

Tribes: C²

Side 2:

Tribes: =HRV=

Timeframe: 15/09/2009 00:00:00 to 03/10/2010 19:08:00

Total conquers against opposite side:

Side 1: 2,290

Side 2: 664

Difference: 1,626

Points value of total conquers against opposite side:

Side 1: 21,768,048

Side 2: 6,205,784

Difference: 15,562,264

This war went on for quite some time before Plight decided to war C². The war was mutually agreed upon to start on June 26, 2010. On the 25th, both tribes declared on each other. Twenty-four hours after the start of the war, C² had a small lead of 5-3. A day later, the lead jumped to 25-5, and since then C² continued to hold the lead. At the beginning of the LSHRV/Plight merge, the war stats stood at:

Side 1:
Tribes: C²
Side 2:
Tribes: Plight

Timeframe: 26/06/2010 00:00:00 to 03/10/2010 19:08:00

Total conquers against opposite side:

Side 1: 519
Side 2: 389
Difference: 130

Points value of total conquers against opposite side:

Side 1: 4,848,485
Side 2: 3,662,049
Difference: 1,186,436

During the early stages of this war, there were accusations of players playing “musical chairs” in an attempt to deflate the stats. For simplicity and neutrality’s sake, these players were left off the above war stats.

What followed was a fairly unremarkable war. C² continued to slowly push on Plight, LSHRV (now SF), and *MK*, who was obviously on Plight’s side, though their part in the war was questionable. Brief flares of extra activity from either side would occur when a player would go inactive and turn grey or when an argument on the public forums was started, or when weak points were found in the opposing side, such as O No Man for Plight or jjsw123 for C², but for the most part, things remained relatively quiet as Plight, SF, and *MK* slowly yielded ground. It seemed apparent that C² would win if nothing changed.

On October 3, a change was made with the possibility of turning the war around. SF merged in to Plight. Many players moved to Plight, while some from both Plight and SF, possibly inactive accounts, moved in to *MK*. The following map, after a full completion of the merge, shows what the world looks like today, with Plight near to rivaling C² in size.

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With such a major event, so late in the world, I wanted to get several different views on the merge. I would like to thank Adamjrose2, AxlTheCat, and The Gammy 1 for agreeing to do interviews with me.

First off is Adamjrose2, a C² member, warring against Plight:

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Next is AxlTheCat, a long-time member of =HRV=/LSHRV/SF and now a member of Plight:

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Last was The Gammy 1, the sole member of B~N~H, where he has been residing for quite some time in this war. He seemed to be an interesting third party as he has been against C² so far in this war, but has obviously set himself apart from Plight and LSHRV/SF for most of the conflict as well:

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The interview results were interesting. All three, though maybe leaning towards one side or the other, seemed to stay neutral and only say that the war has not been decided yet, that C² can continue to win, or that Plight can turn things around.

In truth, neutrality is deserved right now. Past history in this war shows C² as the favorite, yet this new merge gives Plight a chance to climb their way back in to the fight. How this will play out remains to be seen.

Thank you all for reading my blog this week, and I hope you return next week. Until then, your W16 blogger and fellow spreader of carnage,

~Jurasu