Test Alliance Please Ignore (TEST) recently held a State-of-the-Alliance (SOTA). CEO Sapporo Jones announced TEST will be abandoning Vale of the Silent in order to move south to Derelik for the near future. Circle of Two, TEST’s allies, were recently evicted from Tribute and moved nearby to Curse. Sapporo Jones, while on the Meta Show, said that Drone Walkers may ally with TEST in the future. Opposing alliances Gentlemen’s Club and Shadow Cartel moved nearby to Curse as well.
TEST held Vale for almost 9 month when they took Vale from The Bastion during World War Bee(WWB).
With Pandemic Legion and Northern Coalition’s proximity stunting the alliance’s growth, Sapporo Jones said that the alliance would be leaving Vale to move down south. TEST will be taking a break over the holidays as they wait for members to deploy down to Podion. The offensive to take new space begins January. Progodlegend explains the goal.
We’re not taking new space to find a home or to rat a little bit. We’re taking new space to gather the resources to build the super and capital fleet that will make us the superpower we need to be in this game. Our singular goal is to finally take that final step. We are going to get the resources to do that and the space that will allow us to build that cap fleet but we have to focus entirely on it” -Progodlegend
TEST saw more than 1000 people logged in for the post SOTA move ops.
On January 1, there are several likely targets for TEST’s invasion. Directly bordering Derelik are Providence, Great Wildlands, and Curse. Both Great Wildlands and Curse are NPC space which makes living there long term unfeasible. Providence is very dug in to their space—almost every system has a station or citadel. Activity Defense Multipliers (ADM) are extremely high, making Entosis Ops difficult. TEST lived in Wicked Creek prior to WWB. Tenerifis could be an option for TEST. It is remote enough to deter other alliances from deploying there, allowing TEST to focus on building up their capital fleet.
Other likely options for invasion are Scalding Pass or perhaps a return to Wicked Creek. TEST’s old staging, U-HVIX in Wicked Creek, is currently claimed by Iron Armada. Wicked Creek is not particularly valuable space, but it is a region TEST knows well. It is also controlled by much smaller alliances. Scalding Pass has many of the same benefits going for it. It is slightly closer to Derelik and has better connections to the surrounding regions.
A complete recording of the SOTA is below: