Fighting BNI has been a very interesting experience during our stay in HLW. BNI have brought e-war into the battlefield in an entire new way which I had never really considered before. Specifically, in the major fights I have had with them, we have been engaging two enemy fleets, a core fleet of doctrine ships as you might expect from any alliance, and a secondary swarm of e-war noobies. The swarm are almost entirely in either noobships or ewar T1 frigates and form a ball around the engagement almost entrapping the two fleets at long range. From this surrounding position the ships then throw as much e-war (we found it was damping mostly) onto the enemy to hinder their ability to fight.
Now I’ve seen and used a lot of fleets which lever utility slots on ships to add a bit of e-war to fights, armour tanking BS’s are pretty good for this (see NApocs), but I’ve never seen an Alliance use Utility members. It’s a fantastic idea, that I think only BNI could pull off. Not only are the Low Skill new players helping their alliance in a very real way, but it only takes a matter of days to become decent enough at damping to get in a frigate and do this.
As an enemy combatant all I can say to this tactic is “Bravo”. It’s annoying as all hell but an amazing way of getting the new guys involved. Good job guys. See you in the next fight.