Small Gang PVP Flashback – 13 Usurper vs 100+ Brave

If you know much about EVE history you may remember when Brave (4000+ pilots) declared war on my small (~300) pilot alliance Usurper. Evidently some of our solo guys had killed large numbers of them in the pipes of Null Sec and in their home system of Barleguet and caused a lot of anger inside their alliance.

From Usurper's prospective they were just a group to go play with when we were bored.

To our surprise Brave declared total war on Usurper and stated that we must be exterminated and removed from syndicate. Internally they were going through the growing pains of realizing that a few low sec systems could not sustain a 4000 man alliance and as a result looked to moved into nearby Syndicate Null Sec for ratting and moon mining.

What they found was a whole new level of PVP they were not ready for.

As a result my alliance experienced the peak of our EVE lives. Nothing else would ever match the non stop fights and fun we had crushing Brave and forcing them to withdraw from Syndicate.

In the end Brave said "we didn't want that anyway" and moved to catch. Later saying that without Usurper to teach them the hard realities of high level PVP they would have never survived as long as they did in Catch.

Today Brave is facing a lot of internal drama and a bit of an identity crisis. As a once major player in EVE we can only wait to see if they reassert themselves.

But for us old Veterans at Usurper, we dream that they will once again try to exterminate us.

This Video is a recording from a Guardian's point of view. We knew that Brave had a 100+ man fleet active and we decided to bait them in a belt.

When they blobbed we went in with just 13 people with about 8 Armor Strategic Cruisers, a Dominix, and 3 Guardians (I may be off by 1 ship somewhere).

What follows is a battle where Brave refused to fully commit to any target and instead allowed us to slowly wear their massive fleet down.

About the author

In 2010 Abbadon21 was the first person to create Narrated Instructional PVP videos for EVE Online. This started a new era of EVE Online and opened up high level "PRO" PVP to everyone. Abbadon21 is also the Founder of, which is EVE Online's oldest and most trusted source for high quality PRO Guides.