A [BAID] Scythe vows revenge in a dogfight against three Mosquito fighters.
Much of Bellum Aeternus remembers the intense showdown in what was one their first scrimmages in PlanetSide 2 against the infamous Dread Legion of the Terran Republic. Playing on the exotic new continent Hossin, the two outfits partook in two matches of pure plasma vs. bullet firefights, simulating both critical base captures and head-on-head bridge fights for the center.
Now, on Sunday, November 17th, 2013, Dread Legion, joined by the notorious Opposition Force (OP4), returned, willing to challenge again one of the greatest outfits on Connery, Bellum Aeternus. Allied with the Hospitaller Order of Connery (HO5P), BAID happily accepted.
The battle took place on Test Server, Amerish, where the two forces contested over a span of five bases: Mekala Tech Plant, Rockslide Outlook, The Bastion, Moss Basin Mineshaft, and Heyoka Amp Station. The terms of victory were simple: whomever could capture the most territory within 55 minutes would be declared the winner. It is worth noting that these locations are also used for the PlanetSide 2 community clashes.
A map of the battlefield where the scrimmage took place.
Both factions were allowed vehicle and MAX spawns, limited to only their resource counts.
To prepare for the scrimmage, Vanu forces spawned in Sunderers and Lightnings at Mekala Tech Plant, before forming at Rockslide Outlook. Once the round started, the armor rolled in toward The Bastion, where they were immediately met with light armor and air.
Through utilization of AA guns on the Sunderers, as well as the assistance of Vanu Infiltrators hacking enemy AA base turrets, the resistance was neutralized, giving BAID and HO5P access to the inner courtyard of the compound.
The Terran Republic immediately fell into defense, entrenching themselves on the points to hold the Vanu back. They shifted to a high medic/engineer composition, where attempts on mowing down an entire crowd can be easily foiled by two or even one living medics, not to mention death revive grenades.
The Bastion, the setting for the majority of the scrimmage.
The OP4 and DL3G also prioritized Sunderers, draining precious resources needed to continue their assault. However, the TR could only defend one point at a time, so the Vanu planned to bleed out the time by securing and holding any two points at the base.
The tactic was successful. Despite losing many precious minutes in the scrimmage, the Vanu eventually captured The Bastion. BAID then remained at The Bastion to defend, while HO5P attacked, staging an assault on the following base, Moss Basin Mineshaft.
The TR quickly followed with an air attack on The Bastion, pulling multiple pilots to harass and soften up the ground targets and stray infantry. However, their tactic proved to be ineffective. As Versipellus, an esteemed member of Bellum Aeternus states, "The TR managed to keep up the light air, but ultimately their pilots proved to be less useful in the air than they would have been on the ground; a waste of troops."
The inner courtyard where the VS armor column controlled during the first moments of their siege.
Coming near the end of the scrimmage, BAID miraculously repelled the TR assault entirely, thus taking the initiative for a frontal assault. Now regrouped, both Vanu squads pushed on Moss Basin by the time the scrimmage ended, leaving them as the winners.
All in all, the scrimmage was a huge success, and not simply for the victory either. All the outfits played extremely well, truly showing the reason why they are the best of the best. Also, the experience of battling another outfit, of learning each other's tactics and strategies, as well as pushing yourself to the limit when situations seem hopeless, is the true reward out of this entire event.
However, bragging rights isn't a bad reward either.
Some honorable mentions include ClowKing of HO5P and IronRoids, a Bellum Aeternus governor. And of course, we can't forget the fearless and tactically-sound Therum who coordinated the BAID squad exceptionally well this night. Without the incredible leadership and tactical coordination of these fine men under the most intense pressure, our victory would've easily been a crushing defeat.
Also, thanks to Versipellus for the information needed to write this article.
After pulling a final all-nighter, the PlanetSide 2 development team is content with their first Performance Update Patch which went live Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 at about 9:00 AM PST. The Performance Update Patch Notes showcase all the changes that were made including a plethora of performance and non-performance subjects - from memory optimization to bug fixes.
BA has formed a raiding alliance with two other guilds in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn! With these additional raiders available, we can start forming regular raiding groups and gearing up for Bahamut's Coil!
Things are starting to swing into gear here for BA, but we are always looking for more members! The Crystal Tower, a 24-man raiding dungeon, is coming in the next major patch, and we'll need a lot more players to tackle that monster! Visit the FFXIV forum for more details!
Thinking about taking a peek at FFXIV? On the fence about buying a game with a monthly subscription? Don't even know what I'm talking about?
It doesn't matter! Come Join us anyway! And buy the game! ( details in our FFXIV community forums. )
Why? The game is VERY well done. Fully fleshed out, tons of detail, a lot to do. I haven't been this excited to play a game since WoW first came out. The game feels very immersive, and you don't even notice nor care that the gameplay is very similar to WoW. Plus, you can play with a USB controller, or on the PS3!
Come into our community game fourms and post if you are thinking about buying the game, or even if you want to wait and see if BA takes off there. We're curious to find out how many people have any interest in this game. If you have any questions, please ask Parslip!
If you do buy the game, head over to our FFXIV Community Games forum and let us know! I hope we hear from some of you soon!
We are delighted to announce that, after ten freaking years of faithful contributions, governorship's, and news posts, Parslip has agreed to join the ranks of the legatus of Bellum Aeternus.
The legates are the leaders of the meta-gaming community, and share the votes in the Bellum Aeternus senate for anything that comes up between-games, as well as community property such as the website and team-speak servers.
Parslip joined us in the beginning in December of 2003.
Pars held leadership positions in Planetside, FFXI, WoW-Proudmore, and countless other games, and also holds the role of "community governor" to help run and organize our community games section.
Your WoW Province has been hard at work battling heroic modes for the Throne of Thunder raid. They have persevered and conquered six of the thirteen bosses inside the Throne of Thunder. From Jin'rokh's lightning storms to Lei Shen's elite personal guard: Iron'Qon, nothing has proven to be too big a challenge for the A52 Raid Team. The continue rising to each challenge and look forward to the future encounters to be had as they delve deeper into the Throne of Thunder.
Stay tuned for more epic adventures from your WoW Province.
Your WoW Province has done it yet again. They have conquered the newest raid: Throne of Thunder and have already begun progressing through the heroic mode. Lei Shen thought he could stop them but was quickly vanquished when the A52 Raid team came knocking at his door. The next foe to challenge our raiders will be: Ra-den. Our raiders are up for the next challenge and continue to conquer Pandaria.
Stay tuned for more epic adventures from your WoW Province.
Your WoW Province has been hard at work yet again. Your Area 52 team is under the newest Governor: Hanzolo. He is leading the charge into the newest Raid: Throne of Thunder. It has proven to be a worthy opponent for us but we have overcome and have already progressed deeply into the enemy's territory. Our latest victory was over the multiple headed hydra: Megaera!
After only losing one raid member in the encounter, Megaera fell to his doom. We planted the BA Standard, claiming victory over the enemy! Stay tuned for more epic adventures from your WoW Province.
Your Area 52 WoW raid team has been busy these past few weeks conquering the raids in Pandaria. We have demolished all 16 raid bosses and have already begun destroying them in heroic modes. The Sha of Anger thought he was a match for Bellum Aeternus. He was sorely wrong and paid the price. He proved no match for BA and we destroyed him on our first night of encountering his rage!
We will continue to charge into whatever Pandaria throws at us and conquer it all. Stay tuned for more epic news from your WoW province.
I am excited to announce that Bellum Aeternus will be the featured outfit in SOE's "Friday Night Ops". We will be video captured and commentated by none other than SOE's Luperzza this Friday, December 7th, from 4pm to 9pm PST.
All BA PS2 Members are welcome to join us for a night of the shooty-shooty as we strut our stuff for the larger PS2 Community.
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