Tactical Supremacy has closed its doors. A major AUTZ alliance, TIKLE was founded in 2015 by Fawlty7 upon his departure from Eternity INC. With the closure, three of TIKLE’s corporations, Kraken Exploration and Janitorial Services, 420 Enterprises., and Tactically Challenged, have joined the Initiative, bringing 392 pilots with them. Despite appearances, this move is not a political one. TIKLE CEO Cpt Enzo stated that this was down to a lack of content available and the difficulty presented to small alliances to keep their members motivated and enjoying EVE Online.
“Our biggest issue was the lack of fleet fights; we hadn’t had much content outside rorqs for 6-months,” Cpt Enzo told INN. “The prior year we’d have 3-4 good small state fights every week if we wanted them. Small to medium scale content does exist, but the effort required to provide for our members is simply unsustainable in the current political climate. So, instead of dying and drifting apart slowly, we are putting TIKLE on hold and heading together to INIT with our primary three corporations (Tactically Challenged, 420 Enterprises and Kraken Exploration and Janitorial Services).”
The move will be a big boost to The Initiative. who are primarily an EUTZ alliance. “I’m delighted that they picked us to join,” announced Dark Shines, Lead FC for INIT. “The war has been hard on us; we suffered wins and losses, but its great to see competent, PvP orientated corps are still interested in what we have to offer and I’m looking forward to working together and welcoming them to the family.”
Lamenting on the loss of a regular PvP partner, Shines continued: “I’m sad to see an alliance closing its doors, regardless of who they are, but the silver lining is that the INIT family gets some new members and the fact they are not EUTZ is exciting as it will hopefully boost our traditionally weaker timezones.”
TIKLE are sad to be leaving Rekking Crew, but have done so on good terms, with stations and sov handed over to other RC alliances before the move was made. “If we could stay with RC and find the content we were after, [that] was our first option,” said Cpt Enzo. “It’s a place we’ll miss, especially their shit-talking and memes.”
Overall the movement of nearly 400 players from Catch to Curse should not cause waves amongst the wider community, but Cpt Enzo believes the recent changes have really forced his hand. “CCP hasn’t really had a single change in the last five years to help smaller groups. Citadels are especially forcing anyone who wants to be less hardcore . . . into one of the blocs.” He hopes that moving into one of those larger groups will help to keep the team of pilots together longer. “Having a deep pool of content creators and FC team (in the Initiative.), focused on findings fights, and so keeping our members engaged, [now] isn’t down to 1-2 people putting in 150% of there time and effort.”
Enzo also believes that World War Bee is having a detrimental effect on the wider combat ecosystem of New Eden. “The Goon vs. PAPI war has turned any content creation outside of their conflict to become part of it as PAPI protects any of their smaller partners from outside invasion, no matter the entity, to protect their interests in the war.”
Despite putting his alliance on pause, Cpt Enzo is optimistic about the next chapter for the pilots of TIKLE. “We’ve had a good working relationship with INIT over last six months and they weren’t blue to all our content sources and this move will open up more places for action, not less.”