NFTN #20: "Warmongers out of necessity" feat. Ezio Auditore [BC]
Upon their arrivial in the Shroud Nebula in January 2014, Black Carnage [BC] were a rather peaceful alliance that didn’t get too much recognition from the other parties on the server. But all that changed when they engaged in a mega-war with Red Alert [R|A] that lasted several months and almost led to the complete extinction of [BC]. In today’s player interview, Ezio Auditore portraits his alliance’s impressive comeback and illustrates how they managed to become the biggest warfare alliance on the iOS servers.
Despite their reputation as ruthless fighters, Black Carnage [BC] also have quite an artistic side as this engraving in the star map shows.
NFTN: Hello Ezio, I’m glad to have you on board for today’s player interview and learn more about your position as the leader of the biggest and most relentless warfare alliance on server 2, namely Black Carnage [BC]. For starters, I’m burning to find out who Black Carnage [BC] are and why those attacked by them “have a problem“ (as the alliance description proclaims).
Ezio Auditore [BC]: Well, first of all thank you for the interview. Black Carnage [BC] is a legendary alliance that was formed in late January of 2014. Back then we used to have one of the biggest clusters on S2 and around 40 members. At that time I was just a regular member in [BC]. Due to to my activity I was promoted to position of Diplomat (some people will laugh but yeah, haha). [BC] was rather peaceful then, but due to some poor leadership moves from our old leader we ended up in our first war against Red Alert[R|A] – in my opinion the strongest union of alliances that existed on S2.
War was hard and long and it looked as if [BC] would be gone soon. But the guys who remained continued to fight. At that time [BC] was down to 7 members (most of which are still with men namely Bravo, Warr, Truth, norman and sb) and the fleeing ex-[BCs] went all over the place. After long 5 months of war, my dear friend Salty contacted me and said "Let's reform [BC]". I was so happy to hear that and we started with recruiting. With help from our friends and a little bit of talking, the first "new“ [BC] members started to apply. Most are still with me and they are my family. Among them are many fine people such as Drake, Pecus, First one, Grinch, hyp, top and lazy... At that time we were already in the Top 5 of the “Warfare“ leaderboards thanks to our new tactics of ghosting. Later that year some big names joined us from ex-Collective and Void like Papa, Dsx, Zman, white, Loki, Schalge, Crix and Vio. In addition to that, we also teamed up with another legendary alliance, namely Elite Guard Prime [EGP], who joined us and helped us a lot to achieve many goals we set, such as hitting the 400M mark on Warfare XP. [BC] and I would like to thank them for that.
For more than 5 months now, [BC] is the no.1 warfare alliance on all servers and we are very proud of it because all of our XP came from wars. Throughout our history we fought 5 major wars and every time our enemies had to learn the hard way whom they were up against. Also, about a week ago some of our long term friends and brothers from the legendary alliance Singularity [S] joined us, and I would like to thank them again.
As for our prime targets, well, we usually fight bullies or people who support them and people that are rude towards us. And yes, as the description says, they do indeed have a problem when we go after them. Because once we start, its hard to stop us and we do not do diplo anymore. Instead, we just kill until we think it is enough for them to learn their lesson and not make the same mistake again. Today [BC] is aiming for their next milestone, which is 600M of pure warfare experience.
Being well-versed in battle, Black Carnage [BC] do not only know how to take down single ships but also whole armadas...
NFTN: What makes an “aggressive“ style of gaming so appealing for you? And how do you manage to stand your ground against much bigger alliances which consist of a multitude of wings and sub-alliances?
Ezio Auditore [BC]: We were forced to use aggressive game styles and with time we learned more about these tactics and how to use them best. The thing that make [BC] so special is the people who are in it – with a good team, everything is possible. In [BC] we are all ready to die for each other. If we see someone is already in gathering and we have a chance to recall, we never do so. No matter how strong our enemy is, we always decide to stay with our guy because we rather die as a team than survive as individuals.
For example, once we were in the middle of very big cluster and we were attacking one system very late. It was a level 1 planet and I ended up conquering it, but fell asleep soon after. Even though it was just a level 1 planet with no planetary defense on it, all guys from [BC] that were in the area came and defended that level 1 planet until I woke up. That’s something you an only find in [BC]. So organisation and team play as well as the wonderful, brave guys that are with me in [BC] make everything possible – even when we face 800 enemies with just 30 guys, they could do nothing against us!
According to Ezio, holding a huge cluster and setting up a well-functioning defense network is key to survial in the Shroud Nebula.
NFTN: According to your own experience, which attack and defense strategies work best in GOFA? Can you give our readers some tips of to prevail in battle (without revealing too many of Black Carnage [BC]‘s secrets, of course)?
Ezio Auditore [BC]: From my experience, the best strategy is to be careful. You need to plan and prepare everything to the last detail and, as we say, be ready to recall if you need to. Defenders have very big advantages in GOFA and with good organisation, clusters are very hard to take. So I’d recommend everyone to make a good high-level cluster with defense teams. Do this and you will be secure.
Having gained more than half a billion XP from battles, Black Carnage [BC] have more than earned the top spot of the "Alliance Warfare" leaderboards.
NFTN: One thing that’s really fascinating about GOFA is the different “philosophy“ of each server. With its bellicose nature and warlike attitude, server 2 seems to suit your style of playing really fine. Have you also played on the other servers at one point or another and do you think that an alliance such as Black Carnage [BC] would be possible on S1, S3 or the Warzone, too?
Ezio Auditore [BC]: Personally I only play on S2. I made accounts on other servers just to see the map and leaderboards. Here on S2 we have a saying: S1 is the “Arena Server“, S2 is the “War Server“ and S3 is the “Political Server“ because of the wars against specific targets. The warzone is a good addition, but with so many duties on S2 I never had a chance to play it.
As for the possibility of establishing an alliance like Black Carnage [BC] on other server, I think it would only be possible if we “transfered“ Black Carnage [BC] from S2 to another server. In my opinion, this team is the best team that ever played the game and the best war group I ever had a chance to be a part of in ANY game. Because of my team, I am now having this interview and I would like to thank them for that once again. There can, of course, be alliances with similar game styles, but none like [BC].
At the end, I would like to say a big thanks to all who helped [BC] to grow this big. Aside from my team mates whose dedication and contribution I couldn’t stress enough, I would also to say special thanks to Viss, Jessi, guun, Marduke, Stu, Pyt, Slu, Fear, stone, Rick, lonas and especially Akx and Dogs, who are my dearest friends from outside of [BC], and all others who are still with us!
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