Darkness Disbands: Goon Expedition Trains Up


On Thursday, February 28, months of fighting in Venal resulted in the collapse of Darkness. <DARK.>, the central alliance of Dead Coalition. Pandemic Horde <REKTD>, Northern Coalition. <NC>, TEST Alliance Please Ignore <TEST>, Fraternity <FRT>, and others formed the main strength of the assault, beginning last Fall. Multiple reports, including a reddit post by Darkness leader Sort Dragon, seem to confirm the victory of PanFam and its allies.

DeadCo’s defeat comes despite the introduction of Imperium forces to the fight four weeks ago when Goonswarm leader The Mittani dispatched an expeditionary force to Venal. Made up of voluntary PvP pilots and newly minted fleet commanders, the Goon Expeditionary Force’s (GEF) deployed to engage PanFam and its allies. Imperium fleet commander Jay Amazingness said the deployment didn’t involve the entire Imperium’s military might, but rather a medium-sized effort “to assist in the Northern War, while also allowing us to disrupt Horde.”

The war against Darkness began six months ago to give PanFam more space for their allies Fraternity, according to Arrendis, GSF’s Fitting Director. “As I understand it, PanFam needed better space,” Arrendis explained, “so they went after DeadCo to get a hold of Branch.”

Slow Start

Despite PanFam’s determination, “progress was pretty slow, and it took them calling in Pandemic Legion, WinterCo and Horde to really get the pace going,” said Amazingness. “On top of that you had TEST, who opened up another front of the war in Deklein.”

For their part, the GEF pilots deployed under new, untested doctrines, which centered around the Sacrilege and the Typhoon. The deployment was a new thing “to challenge our guys to live under the enemy,” Senior Imperium FC Asher Elias said, “to dig deep and come up with new methods of winning.” Asher went on to point out that “it’s a lot harder when you can’t say ‘I’ll just pull out my super fleet if I’m losing’. Some of our enemies have been doing that for a decade and it’s part of why their FCs never grow. I feel like some newer Goons have only experienced the fertile years, they’ve never been made hard by rough times.”

The beginning  of the deployment saw mixed success for the GEF. Suffering from losses and a bare market, the GEF had to be particular about the fights it took. By the second week, the Imperium had established a supply chain to the GEF and flooded the local contract market with ships and modules to sustain fights. It also began an aggressive all-time-zone push. Asher said that “logistics are extremely important to a deployment like this. We couldn’t do it without them.”

The ISK War

PanFam began its fight with a lot of money, and pilots willing to fight at the subcap level. Their passion was further enhanced by a series of early wins against the relatively inexperienced fleet commanders of the GEF. But while many of the GEF pilots lost ships often in the early stages, they kept reshipping and getting back into the fight. That constant ‘reship and rejoin’ at all hours was a major advantage and source of grief that over time tore down PanFam’s resolve to meet the GEF on the field.

After the second week, and with the familiarity of the GEF doctrines, the FC’s of GEF began winning more regularly even with bad odds. After week three, the GEF would almost always hold the field after every major engagement of subcap size, and on a couple occasions dealt bigger blows—destroying capital and super capital ships. These losses stretched PanFam’s cash reserve. Meanwhile, no matter the ISK lost by GEF, they would be reimbursed, reshipped, and be back on the field.

With subcap fleets being routed, citadels blown up, jump gates reinforced and pilots increasingly not wanting to take the field, PanFam resorted to using their super cap umbrella for fights with the GEF. With supers on the field, subcap fights ground to a near halt, leading Arrendis to observe, “Hopefully, their FCs will recognize that subcap versus subcap fights are better for their guys.” Maybe then, he added, “We can all go back to enjoying EVE.”

All in All

Amazingness said that the Venal effort allowed the Imperium to “test out new doctrines (by) having daily fights against Horde, which gave both side’s FCs a ton of experience, and we are getting some of our spodbrains back into fighting shape.”

Arrendis echoed this view, saying, “Nothing short of moving the supercapital fleet was really going to swing the balance of power, given PanFam’s supers. We tested out a few new fleet ideas, experimented with what our options were and how well we could make even crazy ideas perform well. So, on that score, I think it was both a side bit to the major war, and effective at what it set out to do.”

After the end of the war up north, Darkness disbanding, and their ally Hanzo joining Legacy, the question remains, what will become of the GEF? That remains to be seen. As for Sort Dragon himself, Jay Amazingness thinks “every few years [Sort Dragon’s] alliance dies and his corp joins an existing alliance for a time then gets the urge to go back to running an alliance. I don’t think this is the last time we will see Sort Dragon lead an alliance, at least I hope not.”

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  • prospecting inn writer

    Can I get paid for writing up these idiotic ‘news’ pieces with incorrect facts too?

    February 29, 2020 at 10:13 AM
    • Which part of the interviews do you have an issue with?

      February 29, 2020 at 12:08 PM
      • Its more about what jay said rather than interview itself. Nobody in PanFam needed better space. Nobody “called” Test, Sort himself invited Test when shitting on Vily. RR space was basically gone prior to GEF arival. PanFam itself was aimed towards RR and the rest rather than DARK iirc. Test didnt helped PanFam nor vice versa, just avoided shooting on eachother. Ergo, Dark downfall looks ironicaly like joint effort, even when there was none. Thats how i understand it.

        February 29, 2020 at 7:45 PM
    • George Ewing prospecting inn writer

      if your writing is anything like your comments, no.

      February 29, 2020 at 12:18 PM
  • Saeger1737

    I see the indoctrination train is steaming into the station here…..

    Darkness was the alliance that was never there for the rest of it’s coalition. We farmed RR, they gave up, that’s the end. Goons never left pf-

    Take some responsibility for your failures….

    I’ll leave you with…

    February 29, 2020 at 8:30 PM
  • Saint Lucifer

    This piece is the biggest pile of misinformation I’ve read in a long time.

    First, pan fam didn’t need space. We wanted vengeance for the goon fort handover and for attacking venal/tenal while tribute was being glassed. Its an old fashioned reckoning that we wanted.

    Second, our pilots never got tired of fielding subcaps and therefore we ”had” to resort to supers. We just wanted to hyperdunk dead Co everywhere we could. To make a point.

    Third, GEF was ineffectual in any sense outside of how a mosquito annoys you at a BBQ. They had zero bearing on the outcome since that was decided when sort decided to abandon his allies and left them to fend for themselves after the fall losses.

    Finally, this is what happens when you bend the knee to mittens and stab the guys in the back who helped install you in Goons’ former home and who provided assistance for serious home defense threats after WWB.

    March 1, 2020 at 3:06 AM
    • Garreth Vlox Saint Lucifer

      “First, pan fam didn’t need space. We wanted vengeance for the goon fort handover and for attacking venal/tenal while tribute was being glassed. Its an old fashioned reckoning that we wanted.”
      LOL that’s like getting your ass beat on the playground at school by the kid who is a foot taller and 50 pounds heavier than everyone else in 8th grade and then turning around and kicking the shit out of the slow kid who laughed while while you were getting roflstomped.

      March 1, 2020 at 9:13 AM
      • Saint Lucifer Garreth Vlox

        You’re not too smart, eh? Darkness was blue to us at the start of the goon invasion. So…your corollary really makes zero sense. Sort focused on his own selfishness to preserve DeadCo when goons were pressuring him, without consulting coalition leadership at all on the fort deal. That plus the opportunistic bullshit in tenal/venal when we were getting “our ass beat on the playground” = no more DeadCo.

        Feel free to spin more in a vacuum of any understanding of the politics that caused this, though.

        March 1, 2020 at 7:57 PM
    • Wanken Steen Saint Lucifer

      Saint Lucifer gets bit by mosquito at BBQ. Contracts malaria. From hospital bed claims its all misinformation.

      March 1, 2020 at 10:59 PM
      • Saint Lucifer Wanken Steen

        Truthfully, I simply swat said mosquito and wipe away its little insect guts off my arm. That’s about the extent of GEF’s “mighty” incursion in this war.

        March 2, 2020 at 11:39 PM
    • Thund3r Saint Lucifer

      Why would you fanboys be mad about Sort giving his own forts to goons and buying the north 6 months of peace? And i was in darkness then and you cock suckers were never around. You were to fucking lazy to protect the north, infact when the goons came north horde ran and left darkness to fend for themselves. Then tried to take branch from gotg after goons left, you stupid bitch. They failed. 60k people attacking a coaliton 1/7th you size.. How bold of you.. What a masterful execution..

      March 5, 2020 at 4:39 AM
  • Lord Ixlandis

    My favorite part of this article is the comments. itt PanFam claim GEF isn’t an issue, they don’t need supers, and goonies never left PF- when they had to redeploy their super fleet to BZ- to cover the shit up north. RIIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT

    March 1, 2020 at 12:39 PM
    • TrangOul Lord Ixlandis

      yep my Super is still in 93PI

      March 11, 2020 at 1:41 PM
  • Hey, my reddit post got linked! I’m almost a celebrity!

    March 7, 2020 at 5:29 PM
  • TrangOul

    So VFK by 2020 X-Mass right 🙂 soon ™

    March 11, 2020 at 1:34 PM