Eve PvP Myths | The Blob

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NOTE: I thought it was obvious, me being a Pirate and whatnot, but this post is about Low Sec.

There is no such thing as a "Blob" in Eve Online. It doesn't exist. What does exist is players with friends who like to fly together in small gangs, or black ops fleets, or operations that require more than just a few players. The range of reasons why more than one person might be flying together is immense. So I won't bother trying to list them all. Let's just agree that people tend to fly together in Eve Online. It is, after all, the entire reason the game exists - from Corporations to Alliances - getting people to fly together is the entire point. Eve is not promoted, constructed, or expecting us to fly around all by ourselves. That's just weird.

You choosing not to participate in that scheme is your own deal. Not theirs. When I choose to fly solo it's for a reason. I much prefer to fly with a handful of other pilots, small gang is what I enjoy most about Eve. But that isn't always possible, again for a wide variety of reasons, and I also enjoy flying solo. But that is my choice. My choice has zero bearing on the vast majority of other players who are not flying solo. So when I bump into those players, it would be weird for me to complain about it. My job as a solo pilot is to avoid those situations and try to optimize my own opportunities for success. Bumping my ship into a fleet or a gate camp is a failure on my part. Not on those enjoying those activities.

Now that we've established some ground rules, let's talk about intent.

Scenario One: There is this pilot in a nearby system that typically flies a Worm or a Comet and he hangs out in a faction plex. Normally this would be a great situation for a solo pilot to happen upon. Both are tough ships to slide into, but that is the entire point. We like challenges. The thing is however that this pilot always has another pilot on stand-by somewhere in system who, once you engage, will come to his aid. This tips an already close fight into one he will win. Is this a blob?

Scenario Two: There are two other ships in local, one in a small and one in a novice. They are probably together since they are not currently fighting each other. If I attack one of them and the other comes to assist, is that a blob?

Scenario Three: There are four Kestrels in a small plex. I choose to engage them in my Assault Frigate,  because that is what I happen to be flying. Normally this 4v1 would be considered a good fight, from my own perspective. But I also know I will most likely slaughter these pilots. And I do. Even though they outnumbered me, did I just blob them with one ship?

I could go on and on. Blobbing is in the eye of the victim. While I believe that actual/real/true BLOBS are so rare as to be non-existent - I also know that they can happen in certain very special circumstances. Because we've all done them. There have been times when I could probably kill something with what I have on hand, myself or a few others already in fleet with me, but yet the kill is so tasty that I call on others to come join the fun. Even though they aren't needed to secure the win. It's rare, like I said, but let's not pretend it doesn't happen. And I've been on the other side of that equation as well.

Which is a lot of words to say this truth - it all comes down to intent. We all want to win. Losing sucks. And often we will do whatever it takes to win. And when that "whatever it takes" is used against us, it can feel really horrible. It can feel like you just got blobbed. It's no fun. When it happens to me I get my Pod out and re-ship and continue on with what I was doing. I always remember that next time it might be me and my friends pilling onto that Porpoise I tackled in a belt. 

A blob is just a bunch of friends flying together, hoping they don't get blobbed. Because there is always a bigger fish out there. And some days that bigger fish just happens to be you.

And sometimes it isn't.



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  1. Scenario Four: People are docked up in system, one pilot spies a kestrel in a plex, goes to fight it in a faction frigate, but first asks for help in fighting it "just in case", and 3-4 pilots end up going to kill it. Not because they were roaming or in a gang, just because the 1st guy was too scared to kill something he already could. This is a blob and it's something I've experienced a few times. There's been plenty of times when I've felt sad that my own corp or fleet members would rather just press a "win" button than challenge themselves or seek pvp that I would consider more "fun". I guess people would also consider dropping a big fleet of overpowered nonsense against a single cruiser a blob, though I've only experienced this sort of thing rarely.

    Having said that, I do agree with your main idea. Whenever we lose a fight it's so tempting to blame the other side, rather than ourselves. I've seen people take a bad fight and then blame the person that killed them, even though they initiated the whole thing.

    Ultimately it comes down to gameplay and what we want out of pvp. If you just want to ruin someone's day/get a kill/ loot a wreck at any cost, or whether you want the fun and challenge/glory of killing something you shouldn't be able to. Usually most pilots sit somewhere in between the two. Hopefully we can accept that both are equally viable, and it isn't fair to blame the other person for not playing your way (seriously there's way to much of this in EVE already.)

    TLDR: I disagree, blobbing does definitely exist in EVE, to varying extents. But I agree that it is mostly up to the victim to do something about it, if the other side chose to play that way.

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    1. Again it is all about intent. And yes, there are those situations that are obviously blobs. It does happen. Goodness knows I get way more than my fair share of that, but I get that response because I've earned it. And I expect it. The important thing is to learn from those, mark those pilots, and try to avoid those situations again next time.

      I didn't want to cloud this post with all the edge lord exceptions, like certain groups that hot-drop cruisers with Apostles and Black Ops or Carriers. They do exist. But to me, those are different because they are known quantities.

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