TUF appears to be making good on its threat to leave the game in protest after a high-profile permabanning of key TUF warrior ThorOdin on Thursday. After the incident on Thursday, TUF leader Agalloch took to GC and made several incendiary comments about the game and the decision, claiming that he and most others would leave Illyriad, and that TUF would be closed down.
Currently, the TUF alliance profile page still reads: “TUF IS BEING DISOLVED BY THE DEVELOPERS ITS BEEN NICE PLAYING HERE BUT YOU CAN ALL GO F*** YOURSELVES!!!“
In the wake of DISSOLVED abandoning his AinNick account, Streitaxt Söldner also left TUF on September 16, and appears to have a wiped profile page. In recent comments on the Times, Streitaxt suggested that ThorOdin’s permaban was precipitated “because ThorOdin was causing the most damage to sin maybe.”
Viperone, co-leader and co-founder, noted yesterday in comments that the departure process is continuing, according to a snippet of dialogue sent to the Times:
[05:28]<viperone> left TUF as the alliance is closing shop soon dumburz
[05:28]<Dumburz> i see
[05:29]<viperone> just tying up some loose ends myself
He has now left TUF as well.
This isn’t the first time that TUF members have been permabanned and Agalloch has threatened to leave the game. When TUF philosopher ajqtrz was permabanned for spamming the forum and threatening the developers, The Times reported that “TUF leader Agalloch is furious over the move by the devs to permaban ajqtrz and has changed the name of The Unfettered to read ‘The Pissed Off‘ [FUK].” At that time, TUF also purportedly blame SIN’s Stukahh for the ajqtrz permaban, showing a pattern that suggests TUF believes that SIN is responsible for the permabanning of some of its alliance’s members.
SIN has denied any role in both of the permabanning incidents, with SIN member Ten Kulch noting in a Times comment, “TUF has put forth a great fight against SIN’s larger armies. It is a disappointment to see ThorOdin and AianNick disappear from the game. From the perspective of many in SIN, those TUF accounts were putting up a great fight, and I doubt anyone cared if they were indeed multi-accounting. If the war were to end on this note, we would feel cheated of a real victory.”
It remains to be seen what the future status of the TUF/SIN will be as TUF continues to close down, but if the TUF alliance is completely vacated, the Times will indefinitely suspend the tracking of the war as an active war.