Cliff’s Notes: We had a very nice alliance that slowly grew apart in wants - competitive vs. casual - so we split. This is the story of the rebuild, successes and failures, of our half of the alliance: Global Outpost
Fair warning: I’m wordy. I talk too much. I apologize in advance for that. No one wants to read a novel - at least not on a chat forum. But I’m hoping this will help some people in a similar situation, and allow me to look back and how we proceeded, where we screwed up, and where we really made the right call.
I had only been in 1 Alliance (285d) in my E&P play life. Joined them on my 3rd day and stuck with them all along. In general we grew stronger and learned a lot together often through dumb mistakes. Before I met them I became a member of the “fed my Bane” club, then struggled to catch up. They were patient. I was mostly f2p early on then began spending a little. Our alliance was active but casual. We gradually grew into a Top 500 alliance and occasionally popped into the Top 300. We were consistently over 5000k in War and killing 11* titans but we couldn’t get over the hump on 12*. We had several teams at 200k+ damage and a handful at less than 30k. At this point some wanted to push for more and that made others uncomfortable. Over a few weeks it became clear that we had about half & half in each camp. A few days ago one member announced they were leaving … that was the trigger. Private conversations began to happen - are we breaking up? Who is going where, etc., etc. I was asked to be the leader of the new alliance. Several wanted to stay together to continue building on the strength we had developed. Others felt loyalty to the existing alliance and wanted to stay. Overall it was a pretty friendly process, but no doubt feelings were hurt. It wasn’t intended by anyone, but it wasn’t easy either. We had literally all become friends over 200+ days. We got mad and squabbled like family, then apologized and slayed titans together. But it had come to an end. I contacted our leader and let them know I was leaving and why. Thanked them for giving us a place to grow and learn. …and was promptly demoted. Like I said - feelings were hurt.
I began to scour the forums for suggestions on how to best make this happen. We are truly a global alliance. Both in terms of geography and use (or non-use) of various social media platforms. I found that this link to the Guardians Reborn creation was super helpful (my thanks to @JonahTheBard and @Annieb for their life lessons). And after one final 11* kill I left the alliance and started my first ever Alliance. Thus began Global Outpost.
Over the course of the next 10 hours (some were asleep when this all went down) 12 members of the old alliance joined Global Outpost. 5 more in the next 2 days. We lost a great teammate who decided this was the right time to “go big” and he’s now in a Top 10 alliance. We lost a few more to the ether… If we weren’t tethered in Line or Facebook it was hard to let people know how/what/when/why/where… so many questions. I wish we had a better communication outreach strategy, but I also didn’t want to be the person poaching and killing our prior alliance. I’ll state why I’m leaving and where I’m going and let the chips fall where they may. Unfortunately with the game chat after about 30 responses your message is gone forever.
With a new alliance now officially formed and 10 members on board we faced our first challenge - the immediate appearance of a 1* Emerald Dragon. He was so cute he looked like a puppy. 88k of hp just waiting to be kicked. But we didn’t want to cut anyone out of the loot (or in reality the tally in the titan chest). Once again I scoured the forum… this time @Kerridoc provided the nugget I was looking for… that killing titans fast helps you get bigger titans sooner.. So we tried to thread the “let as many members hit the titan - but also kill him fast” needle. Our first teammate forgot to change his team… 43K damage. Oops. The rest of us switched to 3*/2*/1* teams. Even with unmaxed 3* an unfortunate combo run could do 15K damage. He was dead fast. Some members didn’t get to participate - only at this point did we learn that there was a 12 hour “cool down” after leaving an alliance - so none of us got a tally in the titan chest.
As this is happening we are also recruiting. It’s a difficult thing to do because our alliance looks weak. Only ~40k alliance score because our Titan score is 0. And trophy score of only 40k because we only have 12-15 members. Oh, and when someone does join they show up to find a 1* emerald dragon - not exactly compelling people to stick around. But one does. She joins, looks at the teams we have and not just the dragon we’re currently fighting. We explain the “why” and the goal. I doubt we’ll ever be active enough to be Top10. But I do think we can be Top 200. …top 100?? And she stays. Several more do not. Pop in - Pop out. Would have loved for them to stay, but understand that 1* titans aren’t everyone’s thing. I guarantee you they aren’t my thing.
Fast forward to last night and we get Titan #2. Another 1* - 88k hp. Like I said - not my thing. We set a 1 hour timer - only hit for 5k, no more, then let as many teams as possible hit. After 1 hour he was fair game and should be destroyed ASAP. I personally used an unleveled 1* team and still exceeded the 5k cap by a little bit. At the one hour mark one more hit and BOOM. Dead. 3 hours later our teammates from Asia wake up to a dead titan. No titan chest tally for them which was frustrating. Awkward timing means that the titans are arriving at 3am/4am their time. First family meeting of the new alliance. Do we kill fast? Do we wait for all teammates? Once again the forums help us. @Sarah2 provides the stats from her alliance which shows that faster really does work. Our team is on board. Losing a few titan chest tallies isn’t fun, but let’s kill them fast and move on from these 1*/2* puppies.
At this moment we have 17 members between Lvl 38-49. 13 of those members are diamond and the other 4 bounce back and forth between gold and diamond on a daily basis. Our designated recruiter is still putting out feelers, but we’ve slowed that process down until we get to some better titans and have more to offer to new members. In the meantime we’re going to continue filling Monster and Raid chests, keep kicking baby titans while they’re down and see how fast we can make progress towards where we want to be.
I’m sure there will be plenty of dumb mistakes in our near future - I’ll share them and I hope you can learn from them. Once again, great thanks to the other players (those I linked and many I didn’t!) who have shared their experiences on this forum. It really helped me figure out how to work my way through this entire process.