insure your supers
-Asher, just before Operation Enho
On Thursday we got a big announcement. Asher Elias, long time bloc level fleet commander and the Imperium sky marshal during World War Bee, was stepping up to lead Goonswarm Federation, and by extension the Imperium, filling the leadership vacuum left by the departure of The Mittani.
Welcome to the new regime.
I can’t actually remember why I threw together that Asher/Bane mash up image last year… there was probably some running gag on one of his fleets… but it was the only image of his character I had readily to hand. And a new leader has to project a fearsome image, right?
Long time readers of this blog might find the name familiar. Including this post I have 105 posts tagged with “Asher Elias” going back to a rupture fleet he ran back in 2014 where we got bombed into oblivion.
He has more positive mentions as leader of the Reavers SIG within the Imperium, founded back in 2015, which I happened to stumble into just as it was being formed, something that changed the game for me.
I blame Asher and Reavers for my continuing to play EVE Online for the last seven years or so because going from main fleet to a SIG that did special operations and its own doctrines kept null sec alive and interesting for me. A couple of times over the last few years I have thought it might be time to take a break… and then a Reavers deployment comes up and I am back in the game again.
In addition to being sky marshal and running the Reavers SIG he has run the Goonswarm alliance tournament team and currently stands as the pilot on the most kill mails in all of the Goonswarm Federation alliance, standing at 26,691 kills as I write this.
Known for his meticulous planning and audacious schemes… which includes trying to boosh subcaps into optimum range of a HAW dread to helping put together Operation Ehno, the attempt to trap and kill PAPI supers at YZ9-F6… he play the null sec fleet operations game at the highest level.
If there was anybody more unlike The Mittani when it came to the game, it would be hard to find them. Mittens bragged about never logging in and playing the meta game, using the weekly Meta Show to harangue our foes and call them names in order to enrage them and get them to come at us.
Asher, while he has his own Twitch channel, is probably better known there and on YouTube for his League of Legends videos. He is mild of temper and not prone to throwing insults or creating bad feelings.
In a prepared speech he read today (which you can listen to here or read here or at the end of this post) after TheAdj announced he would be taking over the reigns of the alliance and coalition, he charted out a different path forward. Rather than going on weekly shows to mock our foes in order to get them to hate us, he said we would be pursing an in-game strategy of actually attack them and taking their space in order to get them mad at us.
As part of this the Imperium will be taking more risks, because risks lead to the type of fights that make this game memorable, that make ongoing tales of null sec worth writing books about.
He said during his speech that the Imperium had previously been following a line of simply not losing. As an example, he said that after the twin battles on the Keepstar at M2-XFE he said our foes were demoralized, their titans trapped, and were worried that we would take out their Keepstar in NPC Delve, cutting their safe route into Delve. They were alleged to be surprised that we did not move against them, choosing instead to abandon our defense of the Helms Deep systems and any pretense of attack in order to sit and camp their titans until they revived the morale of their line members and resumed grinding down Delve, and freeing most of their trapped titans in order to resume the offensive.
Asher, sky marshal of the Imperium, whose job was to coordinate and plan the strategy of the war, was forbidden by Imperium leadership from attacking the PAPI Keepstar in Delve.
The war could have been won, decisively, with an explosive battle, rather than being dragged out for months and months until the enemy finally retreated in dismay, undefeated in battle, but worn down by the long siege of 1DQ1-A.
The reason for the decision to leave the Keepstar alone was that to attack it contained an element of risk. It would have been a gamble, and nobody at the top wanted to roll the dice. So the war went on.
So part of Asher’s comments were that we would, as an organization, be taking more risks and committing more heavily to war. His speech was followed up by a call to deploy more forces to the front in the war against FI.RE in Tenerifis and Immensea. Capitals and supers were being moved. The war was going to be dialed up, with the possibility that this escalation might bring a response from other groups. We shall see.
But it is a different message with a different tone. We will let the weight of our forces do the talking.
The only downside to this is that the responsibilities of state will likely keep Asher from being able to lead Reavers ops. But I can say that the leader of the Imperium knows who I am. And if you tackle my jump freighter, you can be sure I’ll mention that I know Asher Elias.
We don’t know how long he will remain in charge, though he did say in an interview on Theta Thursday that he wasn’t going to stick around for a dozen year like The Mittani did.
- INN – Asher Ascends to the Apex of the Alliance
- Theta Thursday – Asher Interview
- Reddit – Text of speech and responses
Text of Asher’s speech after the cut: