So who do you think is the best player that is NOT in your alliance?
This is a great question Trav. In line with Sarah's think it is not just about attack and defense points. There is much more than brute force in Grepo. It is a game of diplomacy and teamwork as much as anything. There are a lot of very good players that come to mind.
damyankee for sure has kept TEE busy up north and while venturing out has used his alliance well to be a perpetual pain the rear end to those in TEE-53.
Stinkdog and mandresser were also very aggressive and unlike almost everyone else, ventured out of there holes to fight TEE on our turf, something that only they had done until the most recent world wide conflict.
Perpetualstudent I would put in the category of myself and orion and is of being very strong growth and economic players but not necessarily the best fighters or all around though Orion numbers are coming up fast now that he has decided to put those 100 cities into motion.
Norx in 36, ArrZee now gone deserve honorable mentions as norx has held that group in the lower left together and are really the only active group doing anything on the west side. Arrzee sniped more CS than i have seen anyone do in such a short period. It wasn't until the WW really started and it was decided to eliminate threats on the west that he was targeted as the biggest initial threat and Orion and friend rained down on him in a way no one could survive alone.
There are many others that dont come to mind that I apologize for missing and others I dont even know of I am sure. But I would have to nominate the originator of this thread as the best player not in TEE. He moved from one ocean to 2 oceans away just to fight TEE and arranged to save his alliance 2nd Coming with a surprise merge to Echelon and then basically take over leadership of a long standing close knit Echelon alliance. He then flipped Echelon and Phoenix into convincing them the right thing to do was break bonds and their word and join the world war against TEE. Phoenix has already ceased to exist and become barely a memory on the server to all but those who were in it, Even Hand of Kronos has been convinced to join in which effectively sidelines them til the end of the game. The move will either succeed for you Trav and if TEE goes down only Echelon can emerge and if it fails, everyone else would have failed anyways. So thanks to Trav it is now a 2 horse race where only Echelon or TEE con conceivably win.
It is no secret that I think of this game not as a war game but one of grand strategy where diplomacy and economics play as much of not more into the victory than the battles which are just our tools to the greater end. Of course if he would accept me invite to TEE I wouldn't be able to gloat about him so much.