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A basic guide on how to bet on CSGO

I know with the recent closure of many sports leagues, a lot of you guys are trying to find something else to bet on. Unlike most sports, eSports is not usually postponed or cancelled due to illness because most of the leagues are online. As a bettor that has been placing wagers on CSGO (Counter Strike Global Offensive) for the past couple of years, I want to provide you guys with not a complete guide, but the basics to get you guys started.
  1. Research There are many sources of research you can conduct for CSGO. The best resource for CSGO betting analysis is hltv.org. This site provides statistics for matchups, h2hs, and also shows you rankings for teams. A second form of research you can use is by searching the team name up on esea.net or faceit.com to see how they currently stand in the league they're playing in. A pivotal thing to note is that map vetos are critical to the match and analyzing what teams are good on which of the 7 maps is important to research
  2. Watching CSGO is relatively easy to watch. You can find the streams clicking on the match link on hltv.org. If the stream is not there/the match is not there, usually you can find the stream via twitch.tv so no more need for buffstreamz
  3. Understanding The good thing about CSGO is that it is extremely easy to understand. The basic gist of it is:
a. The first team to 16 rounds win and there are two sides: Counter-Terrorist and Terrorist.
b. You play half the rounds as terrorist and half as counter-terrorist.
c. To win a round on Terrorist side, you either have to kill all the counter-terrorists or plant the bomb and have it explode
d. To win a round on Counter-Terrorist side, you have to either kill all the terrorists or defuse the planted bomb
e. If the game is tied 15-15, the game will go to overtime and the first team to win 4/6 rounds will win the map. If not, game will continue at 18-18 and the same rules apply til a team wins 4/6 rounds
f. There are 3 types of formats: Bo1, Bo3, and Bo5 and this is much like tennis formatting (Bo3).
I hope this guide helped you guys a bit during this betting drought and hopefully will get you guys more into eSports as a whole. If you guys ever need any advice, feel free to hit me up on Twitter or on Reddit as I post pretty often on POTD thread.
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Buying My First Suit

Background

I have been meaning to get a first suit for a while now, but was spurred into action by the BB sales (although it seems i’ve missed the peak, everything is now simply at a 30% discount opposed to original discounts + the additional 30%).

Budget

My Budget is ballpark $1000, +- $100-200 (Tailoring & accessorizes (belt, shirt, shoes) not-included. I already have shirts/belt, just looking for some oxfords)

About Me

I’m 19, entering my second year of College. I’m 5’10”, 180. I played tennis competitively all my life. I’d guess i’m at roughly 18-24% bf, I was more fit in February but haven't exercised enough since Corona started. I have long legs and a shorter torso than normal, but nothing absurd. My thighs are thicc. from my exp with chinos at J. Crew / BR / RL a 33 slim cut fits well in the legs/torso, but is way too tight on my thighs. My best bet has been the athletic fits, which give me more room in the thighs (but have less taper in the legs. Not a problem since W I D E is the new trend).
I won’t be wearing suits regularly for the foreseeable future (only once or twice a year for the next few years, previous internships have all been business casual dress code.) until I enter the workforce or start interviewing for more serious internships (I’m a CS major, so dress code on-the-job probably won't require a suit, but it would be good to have for interviews/important meetings). u/pipkin42 recommended I get a cheaper suit to last through school, then once I enter the workforce / start interviewing late junio early senior year I invest in a nicer suit. u/JZ0898 recommended a tailored S&M suit (opposed to the options below) and yo spend the difference on shirts, a belt, and shoes. Thoughts?

Considerations

I’ve consulted the following guides:
From these I’ve surmised I want the following qualities are desirable:
  • Charcoal Grey or Navy (slightly biased towards Navy)
  • Full Canvased
  • Single breasted
  • Notch Lapel
  • 4 button sleeves
  • No elbow patches
  • Subtle lining
  • Twin vents? (also known as the English/British cut, right?)
But am unsure on the following
  • ~moderate~ quartering? (I believe the Regent Fit in the BB line has moderate quartering) I assume across other brands this will fit into the "kinda slim but not Italian slim" fit.
  • 2 button (or would you recommend a 3 roll 2? It seems to just be a matter of preference from what I can tell)
  • Wool - 100+ (I live in Texas where it is hot year round, would maybe a Cotton or linen suit be a better option?)

Selection

The two suits i've picked from the BB sale are This charcoal grey suit and This navy one. They are $1200 on sale, so a bit out of my price range, but they’re fully canvassed and seem to align with what I want & high quality with good construction (from what I can tell) so it should last a good while. Does anyone have any experience on the quality of the Golden Fleece line?

Conclusion

Would I be better suited (haha) with my budget shopping elsewhere (eg. at Suit Supply, Spier And Mackay, Kent Wang) for high quality bang-for-buck, or should I get a cheaper suit and wait on a nicer one until i’ll be using it more. Any input would be greatly appreciated! Sorry if this would be better in a Daily Questions thread.
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What are the odds of VI: Online being a better Online experience than V: Online

Don't get me wrong, i enjoy playing V: Online (i just came back from a looong haitus) but some of the things in it piss me off. Flying bikes and cars (i use them for transportation but i would not complain at all if they just wouldn't exist), all the alien stuff, military planes that drop bombs and all this shit, weaponized vehicles with mines and shit... It's just way too PVP oriented and all this shit in it makes PVP way too easy. PVP in this game is ass, just look up some "epic PVP guide" videos it's just fucking sad. It's honestly the reason why me and my friends spend most of our time in solo public sessions. Going from a Ganster to a CEO makes sense and all the businesses aren't that bad. The entire server knowing that you're transporting cargo wouldn't be a problem if enemies had to
A. Drive a car, an Insurgent with a turret, an Armored Kuruma or something similar. Not jumping/flying cars or bikes.
B. Fly a helicopter (Buzzard Annihilator and all this shit an semi-rich gangster could realistically get their hands on, not russian stealth helicopters) or a jet
and if they had to fire normal weaponry (AR-15s, balanced guns) at you. Sure, they can use an rocket launcher, but they have to physically take it out of a car in which it had to be physically placed before they rolled out, and the homing system wouldn't lock itself in so fast.
The base design of Online is fine. Moneymaking is fine. I wouldn't have a problem with grinding my ass away if i didn't have to worry about an Opressor MK2 catching up with me 3 minutes after i leave my bunker with my supplies. All the PVP stuff and it being so goddamn easy just takes a massive shit on all of it.
My vision for VI: Online is this:
So, in my opinion all this is crucial for VI: Online. Without it, it will become an Griefer vs Grinder endless deathmatch a few years after launch, like V: Online. The distance between players (just imagine the fact that people will have their properties in 2/3 different cities and each city is atleast a 10 minute drive from the other one), no easy access to super fast flying vehicles with homing rockets (the closest thing you get is a LazeHydra, and you have to go pick it up at an airport every time), the weapon changes, the health/armor changes and the police would make an good Online experience. Some people probably won't like this, but it's just how i'd want it to be. I think that the map size/player counts would be possible thanks to next-gen, and thanks to Rockstar being a talented studio with infinite funds.
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The Masters of BAF: A Guide for Leaders and Players

The Masters of BAF: A Guide for Leaders and Players
The Masters of BAF: A Guide for Leaders and Players
Leading BAFs is very easy. All you need to know is the general flow of the trial, a little about team/league composition, and have a strategy. I’ve been doing BAFs a long time, so I figured I might as well share some of the wisdom I’ve gleaned. Everything you need to master the BAF trial is in this guide.
BAF is an acronym for Behavioral Adjustment Facility, and it is an entry level incarnate trial. It’s also one of the easiest and fastest, lasting only 20 minutes. All you need to be is level 50 to participate. The trial is initiated by clicking on the LFG window above Chat, selecting the Incarnate Trials tab, and scrolling down to select the trial.
I need to mention here that there is a bug that will often boot players from the league if the league is “locked” in the LFG window. There are times you may want to lock the league, especially if the teams are not full. Just be aware that some players could be dropped. Once zoned into the BAF, you may re-invite them (or anyone). If a team is not full and the league is queued up to enter the trial, the team-up teleporter is supposed to wait a few minutes to give players a chance to queue up in the LFG queue and join the league. Unfortunately, there’s a long-standing bug that can randomly increase the wait time from just a few minutes to more than an hour. The best way around this is to fill up the teams before you queue up the trial. This will reduce the wait time to mere seconds.
Tip: If you get disconnected, get mapserved, or otherwise get booted from the league, check the LFG window first. You can often rejoin the event that way. Otherwise send the league’s leader a tell and request they re-invite you.
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Within a couple seconds of zoning into the BAF, a one-minute cutscene of Nightstar and Siege explaining their evil plans to Mother Mayhem will play if there is someone on the league who has not successfully completed a BAF, otherwise it will be skipped. There is actually some confusion about why the cutscene sometimes does not play. Theories I’ve heard are: 1) if no one enters the BAF through the door, and everyone jumps over the wall, then the cutscene won’t play, and 2) cutscenes are supposed to play every time, but they don’t because it’s a random bug. Thanks to u/Piyerus, I found the old patch notes from when COH was live that specifically mention that the cutscenes in incarnate trials are skipped if everyone on the league has successfully completed that trial. 1
Now that that is settled, let’s start with the flow of the trial.

THE FLOW OF A BAF
From start to finish, a BAF may be divided into 5 steps or phases.
Phase 1- Kill 40 robots
From your spawn point, jump over the wall or click on the door to enter the BAF. Warworks robots are littered across the lawn. Defeat 40 of them.
Phase 2 – Defeat Nightstar
Nightstar spawns on the East side of the map. Get a volunteer to pull Nightstar to the center of the tennis court where the guard towers can not attack the league. Nightstar is a little bloodthirsty. You just need to get her aggro once and she’ll hunt you down all the way to the tennis courts. If you run, she’ll run. If you fly, she’ll fly. The biggest danger here is the guard towers. On your way back to the tennis courts, you will likely be hit by one or both of the guard towers on each side. Most of us can take one hit, but after that it gets dicey. You’ll want a puller with very high damage resistance and very high defense (at cap on both if possible). Tanks and brutes are ideal, but other archetypes can pull too. It all depends on their builds. Having someone to heal the puller, or buff them with a ton or resistance and defense, can help a lot. If the team lacks any players with high defense and resistance, you can disable the North guard tower by clicking on the control console located at its base. This will give the puller free reign of the entire north half of the lawn and provide safe passage. If you do try to disable a tower, you’ll need to do it very quickly before the tower has a chance to target you. Disabling a guard tower will prevent the league from getting the “Alarm Raiser” badge, but depending on the league it may be preferable. You can also split the guard towers aggro to reduce the number of times a player is hit by asking at least 2 players to pull Nightstar. Another trick you can try is to throw out a pet as cannon fodder to take the aggro of the towers while you quickly make it back to the tennis courts. Alternately, players can volunteer to do the same thing and sacrifice themselves for the good of the league. Guard towers will lock their sights on a single player and continue attacking until that player is defeated or out of range. Then they will move on to the next unlucky contestant. The good news is that there will almost always be someone on the league who can take the brunt of the towers’ attacks and pull Nightstar without incident. It is so common, in fact, that the tips and tricks I mentioned above are mostly academic.
Tip: You can target the AVs quickly by clicking on their health bars in the Behavioral Adjustment Facility window.
Phase 3 – Stop prisoners from escaping
If 20 prisoners escape the mission will fail. If less than 20 prisoners escape, every player will be awarded an Astral merit. If no prisoners escaped, players will be awarded an additional Astral merit and a badge. Split up the league here. Team 1 North, teams 2 & 3 South. Stay in tight groups. Set all pets to “aggressive” so that they attack the prisoners. The escape lasts for 5 minutes. A timer begins counting down at 6 minutes, giving the league 1 minute before the prisoners start running. Incarnate Lore pets on the South team need to be spawned no later than 5:05 since prisoners begin to exit the door beside the team at 5:00. The doors are further away from the North team, so they have about 10 seconds additional time to spawn their pets. Lore pets will remain spawned for only 5 minutes and then they will disappear. From 2 to 10 prisoners spawn from each door every 10 seconds. Prisoners have very high mez resistance against everything except knockback. Holds, taunts, sleeps, etc. just don’t work on them. Slow and immobilize do work on the minions but usually don’t affect the lieutenants. Lastly, prisoners have a proc for a low magnitude PBAOE confuse called Mindwash Contagion that they can use against players. If you’re unlucky enough to get confused, don’t worry. It only lasts for a couple seconds. It’s rarely an issue, but it’s good to know just in case you suddenly can’t target one of the prisoners.
Phase 4 – Defeat Siege
Siege spawns on the West side of the map. Ask a volunteer to pull him to the center of the tennis courts or wherever the body of Nightstar is laying. Siege will lose aggro half-way to the tennis courts, so you will need to aggro him twice to get him there. Having high resistance and defense is very helpful here. The biggest threat is Siege’s minions. When all of them hit you with a constant barrage of energy fire it can be surprisingly effective at taking down your health bar. It’s best to stay far away from them if you can. Keep moving. Once back at the tennis courts, defeat Siege.
Phase 5 – Defeat both Siege and Nightstar simultaneously
Both Siege and Nightstar will revive where they were previously defeated. Try to keep the AVs together. Watch their health bars and try to keep them even so that you may defeat the AVs at the same time. If one AV is defeated before the other, the league will have 10 seconds to defeat the second AV. If the league is unsuccessful, both AVs will revive and the team will have to fight them all over again from full health. The AVs will continue to revive until the team is able to defeat them simultaneously. Once both AVs are defeated, the trial ends.
Tip: If running the BAF again, make sure the Lore pets have recharged before you queue up. You might ask the team to tell you how much longer until the pets are recharged, or you could go into the game’s Options Windows tab scroll down to BETA to enable the recharge timers on your own Lore pet. On average it takes about 2.5 minutes to get from the start of the BAF to the prisoner escape phase, but I’ve been on a couple leagues that were able to advance to that phase in 30 seconds. It takes a little time to for the league to queue up and press the green button, so starting the BAF when the Lore pets still have 1 minute left to recharge is a safe bet.

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STRATEGY: CHOKE-POINTS
Strategy comes into play most during the Prisoner Escape phase of the trial. There are at least 2 strategies for completing this part of a BAF, Door Sitting and Choke-points. I’m going to write about the choke-point or blockade method. The idea is to establish 2 choke-points or blockades to prevent running prisoners from escaping. One choke-point is located in the middle of the path, North of the tennis courts. The other in the middle of the path, South of the tennis courts.
In many ways the choke-point strategy is much simpler than the door sitting strategy. Door sitting requires the league to be split up into 6 different groups, each guarding one of the 6 doorways that spawn prisoners. Whereas the choke-point strategy only requires 2 groups. The prisoners’ confuse power is much more of an issue with door sitting as well. Further, most everyone is facing the doors while door sitting, so any prisoners that might have gotten through a different player group are easier to miss. With choke-points, all players are right dab in the middle. No prisoners can get by without players seeing them. The exception is that once in a long while, knockback will unknowingly throw a prisoner between buildings. The prisoner then gets up and runs to freedom behind the buildings where no one can see them. It’s rare, but it happens.
The beauty of the choke-point strategy is that it utilizes the AOEs from Lore pets. The idea is, as prisoners run into the team, they are instantly vaporized by the AOEs. A constant stream of 2-10 prisoners at a time may run into a choke-point. Theoretically, with enough Lore pets, players could just stand around twiddling their thumbs during this phase of the BAF. Needless to say, it is very important that the Lore pets are huddled together in a tight group so that their AOEs overlap, which means that players also need to form a tight, compact group. If players can do this, and with enough Lore pets, success is all but guaranteed. This is also where teams typically fall down.
Once in a while a player will be seen standing in front of a door attacking the prisoners who spawn out of it. They all think they’re doing their part… defeating a portion of the prisoners and preventing those they defeat from escaping. The problem is, however, they are not helping to stop all the other prisoners, only those few at the one door. Further, there is a much greater chance for players to be affected by the prisoners’ confuse power while at the door. If you’re spending half the battle confused, you are not helping. The choke-point strategy is a team effort, not an individual one. It requires all players to be on deck, watching out for and defeating every prisoner. Some players figure that the prisoners they stop at the door will reduce the number of prisoners that the rest of the team needs to stop… but doing so is utterly unnecessary and wasted effort. Without the door sitter, the prisoners would merely run into the team and be instantly vaporized en mass. So not only does a door sitter’s efforts make no difference whatsoever, they are also otherwise preoccupied and are not helping the team stop every prisoner from escaping, and there are times when every single player is needed.
There is always an exception, though. In all my time leading BAFs, I have only seen one player be able to shut down an entire door by himself and defeat every single prisoner spawned from that door. He was a spines/fire brute, and man was it impressive! In this one case, it’s worth it to have one player split off from the group and single handedly defeat 25-50% of all prisoners a team would need to defeat.
Typically, if a team spreads out along the sidewalk rather than forming a compact group, it will spell doom for the league. Once in a long while, however, a team manages to pull it off. The leader of a BAF should not be too rigid in their thinking and should keep outcomes in mind. If players are not following the strategy exactly, but things are working out fine, then let them be. Everything’s going well.
A team also needs hunters to chase down any prisoners who manage to get past the blockade. The ideal candidates to do this are those who do not have Lore pets but do have very high damage single target attacks. This is only ideal, however. A player with a Lore pet may often chase down a prisoner as long as they return to the group ASAP. It’s a trade-off. You weaken the group momentarily by taking your Lore pet away, but you save the group by stopping a prisoner who otherwise would have escaped. It involves a fair amount of risk, but as long as a player is aware that by chasing after the escapee they may have allowed more prisoners to get past the blockade, the trade-off usually pays off. As a rule of thumb, however, try to keep the Lore pets together as much as possible.

STRATEGY: STAY IN A TIGHT GROUP WHEN FIGHTING ARCHVILLAINS
Archvillains and their minions do a lot of damage. Players need a team’s abilities to heal and buff in order to survive. If you’re outside the healing aura and buff radius, you will likely be defeated. It’s that simple.

STRATEGY: MOVE AWAY ON SECOND RING WARNING
The AVs have a sequestering power. Basically, the more you aggro the AV, the more likely they will use their sequestering power on you. When they do it creates a red ring or circle around you. On the third time they use the power on you, the third warning, anyone caught within the radius will be held for 10 seconds. What makes this particularly nasty is when there are multiple players with overlapping rings who all have had a second ring warning. As soon as one of the players is hit again and gets a third warning, it triggers the hold on all of the overlapping rings that have had 2 warnings. This has the potential to kill half the league or more. The incarnate power Clarion can break this hold, and can even be used while held. It’s definitely a power worth having. Needless to say, if you get a second warning, move away from the team so that the only player who will be held is you.
The exception is tanks. If a tank has an AV’s aggro, it is preferable for the tank to stand still and keep the AV where they are than to move away from the team and bring the AV with them. Moving the AV would force the league to move, which tends to spread out the team away from healing/buff auras, and then players die. It can also significantly increase the time to defeat the AV or worse, prevent the league from keeping the 2 AV’s heath even during the last battle and force the team to defeat the AVs all over again. It also nullifies any debuff or power that is location based since the AV moves away. Standing still will cause other players to be held, but believe it or not, it’s preferable. What can I say? It’s the lesser of two evils.
Tank Tip: On the second ring warning, stop attacking and taunting. Run or jump over the AV (and the players) from side to side so that the AV only turns and does not move until the aggro/taunt wears off. This will allow you to move away from the group while keeping the AV stationary. Attack again once the red ring has disappeared.

OPTIMAL STRATEGY: KEEP THE ARCHVILLAINS TOGETHER
During the last battle against 2 AVs, it’s best to keep them together so that they may both be affected by debuffs and AOEs. It’s literally killing two birds with one stone. Doing so will allow the players to defeat the AVs much more quickly, and has the added benefit of making it easier to keep the AV’s health bars even. One way to help keep them together is to pull the archvillain Seige to the spot where the archvillain Nightstar died. That way when Nightstar re-spawns she will already be standing next to Seige. Is it necessary? No, but it’s nice.

OPTIMAL STRATEGY: PULL THE ARCHVILLAINS TO THE EXACT CENTER
It’s best if the AVs are pulled to the exact center of the tennis courts, and dropped right into the middle of the league where all the powers, debuffs, heals, and buffs are. This allows players to stay put rather than to move to the AV. It is safer and keeps everyone in the protective circle of the group. For this to work the league needs to refrain from attacking until the AV is in the center, or a tank with a good taunt needs to move the AV to the center. Is it necessary? Not at all, but it is less effort and safer.

OPTIMAL STRATEGY: DEFEAT EVERY PRISONER
If every prisoner is defeated, those that do not have it will earn the “Not On My Watch” badge. Also every player will receive 1 extra Astral Merit. These can be converted into Empyrean Merits at 5 Astral Merits to 1 Empyrean Merit over at the juggling vender in Ouroboros. Empyrean merits are very valuable and are best used to purchase only rare and very rare incarnate salvage pieces. Is it necessary to defeat every prisoner? Nope, but it’s nice. Up to 19 prisoners can escape and the trial will still be a success.

BUILDING A LEAGUE
If you know how to host or build a team, then you know how to build a league. Send a tell to the LFG chat channel letting people know that a BAF is forming and to send you a tell for an invite. If you like, you might also want to send a message using the Broadcast chat channel. Click on the name of anyone who responds in chat, and then click “Invite to League.” Click on the League window above chat to open it, and then click on the 2 arrows on the right to expand the window. You can make it horizontal or vertical with tiny arrows on the lower right corner. In order to queue up for a BAF all players must be in the same zone. Setting up a BAF in Ouroboros is an ideal location since both heroes and villains can enter that zone, and both can participate in a BAF. The zone is also meant to be the starting point for incarnates.
Travel Tip: There is a way to get to Ouroboros without the Ouroboros Portal teleport power. Go to a SG base teleporter and select Echo: Galaxy City or Echo: Dark Astoria (or any of the “Echo” locations). Then look at the map and travel to the Ouroboros portal, click on it, and select Ouroboros as your destination (in Echo: Galaxy City the portal is the train. Click on the doors.). Once in Ouroboros, make sure you visit the top of the highest spire to get the badge that will give you the Ouroboros Portal power.
Tip: If you need access to a SuperGroup base for the teleporter, I can't think of a better community base to recommend than Moonbase Excelsior. It's amazing! Type this into your chat box to make a macro that will take you to the SG base:
/macro_image "BA_Megalomaniac" "Moonbase Excelsior" "enterbasefrompasscode EXCELSIOR-6984"
After inviting a player into the league, sometimes a small red mark appears on the player’s icon that tells you the player is “bugged.” What this means is they are locked into the team they are in and can not be moved to a different team. There can be multiple causes for this. In general, though, it seems as if it’s because the game thinks the player left something undone in the mission they were just in. Asking the player to call his contact for his last mission might clear up the issue, for example, but asking the player to quit the league, and then re-inviting them is a sure-fire way to solve the problem.

TEAM/LEAGUE COMPOSITION
Guideline: At least three +3’s on North team and six +3’s or more on South team.
City of Heroes is a complex game and team composition is also. The mix of archetypes matter, players’ skills matter, character builds matter, incarnate shifts matter, etc. There is, however, a simplistic way of forming a BAF that is easy and can help ensure its success.
A BAF can have a minimum of 12 players in the league, and a maximum of 24 players. Due to the way the Team-up Teleporter works, the best league size to do a BAF is 24 players, or 3 teams. During the prisoner escape phase, enemies are spawned out of 6 doors. Prisoners from 2 of those doors travel along the North path. Prisoners from 4 doors travel along the South path. Twice as many prisoners travel South than North. That’s a 1:2 ratio, which means 1 team to create the choke-point North, and 2 teams to create the choke-point South.
Since this strategy relies on Lore pets, the 1:2 ratio needs to remain the same for them as well. Meaning, the Southern teams need to have twice as many Lore pets as the Northern team. It’s not really practical to poll the league to find out who has a Lore pet and who doesn’t. An easier way to make sure there are enough Lore pets at each choke-point is to distribute players whose incarnate level has been shifted 3 times (+3). Every player whose incarnate shift is +3 necessarily has a Lore pet. Therefore, all you need to do is make sure that for every player whose incarnate shift is +3 on the North team, 2 players whose incarnate shift is +3 are placed on the South team. There is a minimum, however. I have found that to prevent any prisoner from escaping generally requires at least three +3 players on the North team, and six +3 players on the South team. You can see if a player is +3 by clicking on them in the team or league window and then looking at your targeting window. It will be displayed there.
Another way to look at this is to merely distribute the +3 players evenly amongst all 3 teams. So, a minimum of three +3s on team 1, three +3s on team 2, and three +3s on team 3. It ends up being the same result as the 1:2 ratio method above. Although I find it easier to work with the 1:2 ratio, everyone is different.
Keep in mind this is a general guideline. I have led many leagues that had less +3 players on them and they still prevented every single prisoner from escaping. I have also led many leagues who had more +3 players on them and they let prisoners escape. You can’t take playing skill, character build, archetype, and luck completely out of the equation. However, on average I’ve found a minimum of three +3’s on the North team and six +3’s on the South team to be very effective.
Although the archetype of the player is not as important as their incarnate shift level, I do prefer to have at least 2 blasters and 2 controllers (or the villain counterparts) on each team just in case things get crazy. Also if you find a team is low on +3 players, it’s possible to compensate for that deficiency by loading up the team with blasters if available. I figure 2 blasters are roughly equivalent to one +3 player.
Lastly, I should mention that it is much more difficult for the South team to defend the choke-point than the North team. Since AOEs can handle 5 mobs just as easily as 10, the greater numbers of prisoners is not the problem. The difficulty is that the mobs hit the South choke-point twice as frequently as the North blockade. Think about how long it takes powers to recharge. If you blast a group of prisoners, and then right away another group of prisoners run into the choke-point before your AOE has recharged… well, you see the issue. Further, it also requires players to attack multiple times, twice as quickly. As soon as a player has dispatched one mob, another is right on its heels. Whereas at the North choke-point, there are usually several seconds before another mob hits the blockade again. As a result, the more +3 players you can put on the South team, the better. Lately, I have started to place only three +3 players on the North team, and all other +3's go on the South team… and I've been having great results!
FUN FACT: If 5 or more Lore pets are at the North blockade, the team can safely sit back and let the pets do all the work. Go get some coffee… read a book… consider it a 5 minute break.

REWARDS
Players will receive one piece of incarnate salvage for every BAF completed. The rarity of the salvage is selected at random. Looking at my own collections of incarnate salvage on various characters, it appears the drop rates for each rarity of salvage is:
Very Rare – 8%
Rare – 20%
Uncommon – 35%
Common – 37%
This is just an educated guess, however, so take it with a grain of salt.
Astral Merits – a player will receive a minimum of 3 Astral Merits for succeeding on each phase of the BAF, and a maximum of 9 depending on various situations. Typically, players receive 4-5 Astral merits per run.
Empyrean Merits - 1 Empyrean merit will be awarded for completing a BAF once every 20 hours. Additional BAFs completed within the 20 hour period will instead award 1 Astral merit.
Incarnate Threads
Used to craft incarnate salvage
Psychic Incarnate Experience
Used to unlock your incarnate power slots
There are other possible rewards but none of them are particularly exciting. If you’d like to learn more, check out the BAF page at Paragon Wiki https://paragonwiki.com/wiki/Behavioral_Adjustment_Facility_Trial

A BAF LEADER’S ATTITUDE
Keep a positive attitude. All players are participating to have fun and enjoy the game. Always keep that in mind. The requirements to succeed at a BAF are fairly simple: defeat 40 bots, defeat AVs 4 times, don’t let 20 prisoners escape. If a team can do this, they have succeeded at the BAF and will be awarded their piece of incarnate salvage. This is a success! Anything more than this is icing on the cake. Nice, but not necessary.
If a player is not reading chat and not following directions, it’s pointless to call them out and try to embarrass them into reading chat. They are not reading chat! So, anything you might say goes right over their head, unseen and unread. They will not be embarrassed because they are oblivious to the chat window. All it does is show the rest of the team that you are a little mean spirited, and it also helps take the fun out of playing. Instead, just try to work around the player.
For example, let’s say a player is fighting with teams 2 & 3 when they were assigned to fight with team 1. They’re not following your directions because they simply didn’t read them. They’re doing the best they can. They are fighting where they assumed they should fight, and they’re putting in a lot of effort. Instead of trying to get their attention, just move them onto team 2 or 3 and ask for a volunteer to join team 1. Many times it’s far easier and faster to adjust to a player than try to force a player to adjust to you. It also has the added benefit of not ruffling any feathers, and keeping the team cheerful and happy.
There are times, however, when you absolutely need a player to read chat. I've tried some crazy stuff to get their attention including jumping up and down right in front of them, using the whistle, howl, and dance emotes, pushing them, running around them in circles, and lots of other things. Nothing worked until I stumbled on the following solution. The most effective way I've found to call a player's attention to chat is to spam the same message to them 6 times, one after the other. Even if you just glance at the chat window, seeing a block of text taking up the whole window that consists of the same words repeated over and over again is very jarring. It tends to catch the eye. Be warned, if you spam the same message 8 times, you will be banned from messaging for one or two minutes. The fastest and easiest way I've found to spam a message is, after I've sent the first one, press Enter, then the Up Arrow, then Enter again… and repeat.
Be encouraging. Old vets like me might not need the encouragement, but players new to BAF do. They’re uncertain. They’ve never done anything like this before. They’re in uncharted waters, and there are new players in almost every BAF. So, offering words of encouragement to the league as you progress is super important. If prisoners escape, it can really stress players out. Let the league know that a few escaped prisoners is fine, and that the league is in good shape as long as 20 prisoners don’t escape.
Give players as much praise as possible. If someone pulls an AV expertly, tell them. If a tank fights against the flow of an attacking league and manages to get the 2 AVs together, mention it. If the league defeats Nightstar in 3.5 seconds, celebrate it (this actually happened once)! Cheer whenever your league has a success and the league will begin to cheer too.
That said, there are 3 things that can get under my skin while leading a BAF. The first is if someone uses league teleport. All it does is disorient and confuse the league. It can take an entire team away from where they need to be and allow prisoners to escape. It has the potential to cause a BAF to fail. I will give the player who used it a single warning, and if not heeded that player will be quickly kicked from the team. Problem solved. I should mention that anyone participating in a BAF should enable Prompt for Teleport in Options. You’ll hardly ever need it, but that one time when you do, you’ll be very thankful.
The second thing that irks me is when the star is not passed back to leader before the Prisoner phase. Often the star will pass to another player after zoning into the trial. It seems to be a bug. If another team leader’s computer is able to load up the trial faster than the league leader’s, the league star passes to that player. The star needs to be passed back to the league leader before the prisoner phase begins. If not, the league becomes confused and invariably prisoners escape. The best thing I’ve found to do to prevent this situation is to send each team leader a private tell before the BAF begins asking if they’re ok with handing the star back if it passes to them. If they don’t respond, then you can assume they have difficulty reading chat and you should move them from the leader position on that team and select another player. Players that don’t return the star to the leader are not malicious… they’re oblivious. Not bad people, just unaware. Not inconsiderate, just distracted. Not stupid, just focused. Blaming those players is not only counterproductive but also unfair, so try to have a little compassion for them. That doesn’t stop me from being annoyed at the situation, though.
The third thing that bothers me is when players wait to decline participation in the trial until the green button pops up for entering. This ends up leaving an empty spot on the league that otherwise could have went to a player who wanted to participate. I get a small pang of guilt when players are clamoring to join the league and I can’t invite them because it’s full. It’s not really fair to them for someone to take up a spot they’re not even going to use. To solve this problem, I try to invite a new player to the league after zoning into the BAF, but there’s not a lot of time to stand around inviting people. I do try though.

MACROS FOR INSTRUCTIONS
The single, most important thing to make leading a BAF easy is creating macros to communicate with the league. Macros are buttons that are placed in the power tray and can execute powers, commands, emotes, and can automatically send a pre-written message to League chat when you click it. This is invaluable to giving the league step by step instructions as you progress through the BAF, especially for new players. Even without new players, people seem to need directions in order to stay on the same page and keep the BAF running smoothly.
To create a macro, enter the chat box and type: /macro “ChatChannel and message.” For example, /macro BAF1 “LEAGUE Prepare for a battle!” What you say, how you say it, and how many macros you make is completely up to you and your individual style. The macros that I use are basically the same ones used by a great player named u/Tryanax on the Homecoming servers, with a few modifications. When I was first learning how to do a BAF, it was u/Tyranax who taught me. If I was a Jedi, he would be my Jedi Master… but I digress.
At minimum, I recommend you issue the following instructions to the league as you move through the BAF (each one would be a separate macro):
  1. Kill 40 robots and then meet in the center of the tennis court.
  2. Thank you for pulling the AV to us.
  3. Team 1 to the North path, teams 2 & 3 to the South path. Form a tight group to leverage AOEs. Summon Lore pets at 5:05 and set them to Aggressive. Stop all prisoners from escaping.
  4. Thank you for pulling the AV to us.
  5. Keep the AVs health bars even to defeat the AVs at the same time.
  6. Fantastic job everyone! Thank you for joining the league!
Personally, I have a few more macros that address common problems and give additional instructions. However, anything more is completely up to you.
I've previously posted most of the macros I actually use. If you're interested, check out the following post: Transfer MACROS Between Characters Effortlessly... A Quick How To Guide

EPILOGUE
After looking over what I’ve written here, I can see where someone might think leading a BAF is very complicated. However, it’s really not. Most of what I’ve written here are tips, advice, and useful information… most of which you don’t need to lead a BAF. The only thing you need to do is to distribute the +3 players evenly amongst each team and send the 6 instructions above to the league. That’s it.
BAFs help players to build their incarnate powers, and I hope this guide will help empower more players to lead and initiate BAFs. Most of us only have a small window of time to play. When players are attempting to build their incarnate powers, one of the most frustrating things is when a BAF is not running. Leading a BAF is a way to give back to the City of Heroes community as well as help yourself. It is also one of the most fun trials in the game.

Continue reading Part 2, The Masters of BAF: A Badge Guide...

Footnotes
  1. https://web.archive.org/web/20120906092724/http://boards.cityofheroes.com/showthread.php?t=264322
Automatic Cut Scene Skipping In Incarnate Trials:
· If all the characters in a League have successfully completed an Incarnate Trial, the introductory cut scene for the Trial is automatically skipped so you can dive straight into the game action.
· Interstitial cut scenes (those in the middle of a Trial) are not skipped.”
https://paragonwiki.com/wiki/Patch_Notes/2011-06-28
https://paragonwiki.com/wiki/Incarnates_Ascend#Automatic_Cut_Scene_Skipping_In_Incarnate_Trials
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Lost in the Sauce: Feb. 23 - 29

Welcome to Lost in the Sauce, keeping you caught up on political and legal news that often gets buried in distractions and theater. (the previous edition can be found here if you are super behind).
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  1. How to read: the headings will guide you through this piece. The Main Course covers the “big” stories and The Sides covers the “smaller” stories. IF YOU FOLLOW THE NEWS CLOSELY: you likely know about the stories in the Main Course section, so you will be best served by scrolling down to The Sides portion.
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Let’s dig in!

MAIN COURSE

Trump’s incompetence, authoritarian patterns continue with coronavirus response

In a standalone piece published yesterday, I go over Trump’s response to the coronavirus, how he made the spread inevitable, and the impact of Trump’s authoritarian impulses.

Nadler launches Barr investigation

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler sent Attorney General Bill Barr a letter last week requesting a slew of interviews and documents in preparation for Barr’s scheduled testimony at the end of March.
Most notably, Nadler requested interviews with the four career prosecutors who withdrew from Roger Stone’s case after Barr intervened to recommend a lower sentence (which Stone received): Aaron Zelinsky, Adam Jed, Michael Marando, and Jonathan Kravis. John Durham, who is leading Barr’s investigation of the origins of the Russia probe, is also on the list, as is Jessie Liu, who supervised not only Stone’s case, but also the attempted prosecution of Andrew McCabe.
“Although you serve at the president’s pleasure, you are also charged with the impartial administration of our laws. In turn, the House Judiciary Committee is charged with holding you to that responsibility.”
While it is likely that Barr won’t comply with many of these requests, Nadler may issue subpoenas directly to individuals of interest. As Democrats learned during the impeachment hearing, career officials are more likely to be forthright and honest about the Trump administration’s crimes and misdeeds.

Court rulings

McGahn’s testimony

A divided three-judge panel of the D.C. Appeals Court dismissed the House Judiciary Committee’s lawsuit against former White House Counsel Don McGahn, ruling that federal courts have no role to play in disputes between the Executive and Legislative branches. The two judges who ruled in favor of the Trump administration - Thomas Griffith and Karen Henderson - were appointed by George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush, respectively. The pair write that Congress should use other tools to try to compel McGahn’s testimony:
“Congress (or one of its chambers) may hold officers in contempt, withhold appropriations, refuse to confirm the President’s nominees, harness public opinion, delay or derail the President’s legislative agenda, or impeach recalcitrant officers.”
It should be mentioned that the majority does not mention the fact that during the impeachment trial Trump’s lawyers argued that Congress should pursue its subpoenas to executive branch witnesses in court.
Judge Judith Rogers, a Bill Clinton appointee, wrote a lengthy dissent that is worth reading in full (starting on the 58th page of this document)
“The court removes any incentive for the Executive Branch to engage in the negotiation process seeking accommodation, all but assures future Presidential stonewalling of Congress, and further impairs the House’s ability to perform its constitutional duties… Future presidents may direct wide-scale noncompliance with lawful congressional inquiries, secure in the knowledge that Congress can do little to enforce a subpoena dramatically undermining its ability to fulfill its constitutional obligations now and going forward.”

Unfair competition suit

Trump also racked up a win in an “Emoluments-adjacent” lawsuit last week: a three-judge panel of the D.C. Appeals Court united to dismiss a wine bar’s claim that President Trump's D.C. hotel is unfairly undermining the business of other venues in the city. Judge Thomas Griffith, a George W. Bush appointee, and Reagan appointee Judge Stephen Williams joined Judge Merrick Garland in the ruling.
Though it is undisputed that the wine bar has experienced a downturn since Trump took office — his gilded hotel now attracting lobbyists, advocacy groups and diplomats who used to frequent the local business — the appeals court said no evidence suggests that the president or his hotel interfered in Cork’s business.
The lawsuit “boiled down to an assertion that businesses with famous proprietors cannot compete fairly — a proposition alien to unfair-competition law,” Griffith wrote summarizing the 2017 dismissal of the case by U.S. District Judge Richard Leon.

Purge confirmed

As I explained in last Sunday’s post, Trump is seeking to purge any disloyal officials from his administration. Newly-returned staffer John McEntee is leading the search for “Never Trumpers” with the assistance of a network of conservative activists including Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. On Monday, White House spokesman Hogan Gidley confirmed that the White House is identifying employees seen as disloyal to force out of their positions.
“It’s not a secret that we want people in positions that work with this president, not against him, and too often we have people in this government—I mean the federal government is massive, with millions of people—and there are a lot people out there taking action against this president and when we find them we will take appropriate action,” Gidley said.
“Time and time again we see in the media reports from people in the bowels of the federal government working against this president...The president's been pretty clear about the fact he wants people in this administration who want to forward his agenda. Donald Trump was the only one elected. He was the only one that the American people voted for. They didn't vote for someone at any of these other agencies, any of these other departments.” he said.

Unqualified loyalists

One of those purged from the administration, DNI Joseph Maguire, was fired for allowing his top aide to brief Congress on Russia’s intervention in the 2020 election to Trump’s benefit. Last week, Trump said he will nominate Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe to fill the position - again. Trump previously announced his intent to nominate Ratcliffe in July, but withdrew the nomination five days later after members of both parties questioned his qualifications.
The current acting-DNI, Ric Grenell, can only serve until March 11 unless a permanent replacement is formally submitted to the Senate for confirmation. The Federal Vacancies Reform Act allows Grenell to remain in position throughout the confirmation process and - should Ratcliffe fail - another 210 days after. If a second person is nominated, the clock “resets” again.

The effect of Trump’s grip on intel

The NSA, CIA, and Pentagon have been urged by the White House not to share information about Russia and Ukraine with lawmakers, while the “Gang of Eight” senior members of Congress were bypassed leading up to at least one major intelligence operation. And intelligence community leaders have backed out of the public portion of the annual worldwide threats hearing, fearing Trump’s wrath if their assessments don’t align with his.
“We have an enemy of the United States that is conducting information warfare against us and our executive leadership doesn’t want to hear it, doesn’t want the Congress to hear it, and doesn’t want the people to hear it,” said former acting DNI David Gompert, who said he was “aghast” at the hiring of Grenell. “We now have a situation where the principal objective, evidently, of this acting DNI is to ensure that information about Russian interference and Russian preference for this particular president does not get out.” (Politico)
Ukrainian officials have noticed Trump’s purge and worry that efforts to force out individuals “would in the short term leave a hollowed out U.S. office in Kyiv and space for Russia to ratchet up its aggressive political influence operations.”
“Russia is getting more ambitious. They are already taking an aggressive position. Putin knows what he wants and he does not need to seek approval for his actions inside Russia let alone outside of Russia,” Danylyuk said. “There are not enough people in the administration—in the U.S. administration—to focus on Ukraine and Russia issues. A lot of people left. It will not be easy to find several counterparts.

THE SIDES

March is SCOTUS month

This month, several highly-charged issues will be heard by the Supreme Court, setting up potentially-massive changes to the legal framework of our country.
This week, Trump’s conservative appointees get their first chance to consider new curbs on abortion rights as the court examines the legality of a Louisiana law that could force two of the state’s three clinics that perform the procedure to shut down.
The case, June Medical Services v. Russo, pertains to a law passed in 2014 that requires doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges to local hospitals. This requirement has proven to be unnecessary for clinics (an abortion rarely results in complications, and if one did, the patient would be admitted to a hospital regardless of the doctor’s privileges). And it’s so difficult to implement that when Texas passed a similar law, it shut down half the state’s clinics. (Buzzfeed News)
While it is overwhelmingly likely that five justices will vote to uphold Louisiana’s law, there is some uncertainty about how they will do so. It is possible that the Court will overrule Roe v. Wade outright. But it is at least as likely that the Court will leave Roe nominally in place while simultaneously watering down the abortion right to such a degree that it loses meaning in red states. The Court often prefers to create the impression that it will not allow the law to swing wildly according to the justices’ whims. (Vox)
Also this week, the court will hear arguments on whether Congress exceeded constitutional boundaries in 2010 when it created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The Trump administration believes the independent structure of the CFPB is unconstitutional and wants the president to have more control over the agency. For instance, Trump wants to be able to fire the director at will.
A court ruling on the President's removal power could affect a multitude of independent agencies including the Federal Trade Commission, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Federal Reserve Board. For more than a century, Congress has been creating such agencies within the executive branch with directors who can only be removed only "for cause." (CNN)
Finally, on March 31, the high court will hear arguments in three cases involving House Democrats’ and New York state prosecutors’ attempts to obtain years of Trump’s financial records and tax returns.
Last week, Trump called for Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg to recuse themselves from these three cases. Ginsberg criticized Trump’s character during his 2016 campaign, though she later apologized. Trump did not explain his reasoning for calling for Sotomayor’s recusal, other than her authoring of a dissent critical of the conservative justices on the court.
“Perhaps most troublingly, the Court’s recent behavior on stay applications has benefited one litigant over all others. This Court often permits executions — where the risk of irreparable harm is the loss of life — to proceed, justifying many of those decisions on purported failures ‘to raise any potentially meritorious claims in a timely manner,’” she wrote. “Yet the Court’s concerns over quick decisions wither when prodded by the Government in far less compelling circumstances.”
What she really is saying is that the same justices who have no problem allowing condemned prisoners to be killed before legitimate questions about their cases can be resolved have no compunction in rushing to prematurely protect the Trump administration, and the president’s personal interests, from legitimate legal processes. In other words, Sotomayor is calling her conservative colleagues hypocrites who are willing to bend precedent in the pursuit of ideological goals. (Brennan Center)

Ukraine emails

The latest batch of emails released by the Department of Defense in response to a FOIA suit reveals evidence that the administration withheld from Congress during the impeachment inquiry and trial. Senior members of the Trump administration, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Defense Secretary Mark Esper, and then–National Security Adviser John Bolton had all advised President Trump to release the military aid to Ukraine, but the final decision was ultimately up to Trump.
The August 26, 2019, email from a senior career Pentagon official states that there was “no ongoing interagency review process with respect to USAI [Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative],” and states clearly: “Final decision rests with POTUS.”
“Critically, the email appears to contradict the White House budget office’s stated rationale for withholding the aid,” American Oversight states. Administration officials had been instructed to tell Congress that the freeze of aid to Ukraine was necessary to allow for an “interagency process to determine the best use of such funds.” The August 26 email clearly states that no such process was in action.
“Tonight’s document release is a reminder that before they lined up parrot the president’s line on Ukraine aid, senior members of the president’s national security team unanimously disagreed with his decision to withhold aid from Ukraine,” said Austin Evers, executive director of American Oversight.
An earlier email release revealed that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo fully coordinated with Rudy Giuliani on Trump’s pressure campaign on Ukraine and the ouster of U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch.
“We now know Mike Pompeo and his aides encouraged Rudy Giuliani to deliver his bogus 'dossier' smearing Ambassador Yovanovitch during a week in 2019 when Giuliani's henchmen were stalking the ambassador in Kyiv,” American Oversight executive director Austin Evers told Yahoo News.

The House continues Ukraine probe

The Foreign Affairs Committee is reportedly at odds with pro-Trump candidate Robert Hyde, who claimed to have former Ambassador Yovanovitch under surveillance. Chairman Eliot Engel, who is investigating the alleged surveillance and threats to the Ambassador, said in an email to Hyde last month that he was “dismayed to read yesterday that you have made statements to the media which greatly exaggerate the extent of your cooperation with this investigation."
"As you know, we have expressed repeated concern that the records you previously produced contain significant gaps," the House staffers wrote. They added that it was obvious Hyde hadn't turned everything over because his batch of materials was missing records that Congress already knows about because they were turned over by Parnas, who was on the other end of the texts.
Last week, six members of Congress led by Reps. Denny Heck (WA-10) and Jim Himes (CT-04) sent a letter to World Bank Group President David Malpass requesting information about his August meeting with Zelensky in Ukraine. The lawmakers voiced concerns that the meeting could be seen as a part of Trump’s pressure campaign that resulted in his impeachment.
The lawmakers asked Malpass to disclose when he decided to visit Kyiv, whether he coordinated his trip with non-World Bank officials, the “deliverables” of the meeting, the meeting’s impact on the World Bank’s plans in Ukraine and whether they discussed Hunter Biden, Burisma or Viktor Shokin, the former Ukrainian prosecutor general who was ousted under international pressure from leaders including former Vice President Biden. (The Hill)

Russia, Russia, Russia

Last week:
  • Trump accused House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff of leaking information about Russia’s efforts to interfere in the 2020 election, dismissed the intelligence as “exaggerated,” and refused to acknowledge that Moscow was behind similar efforts in 2016. “Schiff leaked it, in my opinion — and he shouldn’t be leaking things like that,” Mr. Trump said without evidence.
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi informed the public that the Trump administration “failed to provide Congress with a report on the ongoing attacks on America’s elections from foreign governments, which was required by the bipartisan FY2020 National Defense Authorization Act.”
  • It was reported that Senate Intelligence Committee Richard Burr warned Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley that their probe targeting Biden could aid Russian efforts to sow chaos and distrust in the U.S. political system.
  • The Washington Post reported that “U.S. officials are sitting on test results that may show how the Putin regime twice tried to kill a peaceful opponent whose close ties to the United States, and columns for The Post, are reminiscent of Jamal Khashoggi, the murdered Saudi journalist.”
  • A Russian court ordered former United States Marine Trevor Reed be detained for another six months on accusations he assaulted police officers in Moscow last year, a charge that his defense team has called “fraudulent.” Meanwhile, former Marine Paul Whelan has been in a Russian jail since 2018 on espionage accusations. Their treatment is a stark contrast from that received by celebrity rapper A$AP Rocky - when detained in Sweden, Trump dispatched his hostage envoy (and current National Security Adviser) to oversee the matter and secure Rocky’s release. No such effort has been made for the two former service members in Moscow.
  • Hopping the pond to look at Russia’s interference in the U.K.: The wife of former Russian Finance Minister and Putin-ally Vladimir Chernukhin made a £90,000 donation for a game of tennis with Prime Minister Boris Johnson. “The donation comes as Johnson continues to delay publication of a parliamentary report detailing extensive links between his party and donors with links to Russia.”

Alleged Saudi and UAE funding for Trump

Lebanese-American businessman Ahmad "Andy" Khawaja told Spectator Magazine that officials from Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia illegally funneled millions of dollars into Trump’s 2016 campaign. As the CEO of an online payment processing company, Khawaja claims that George Nader obtained his assistance to disguise the money using stolen identities and gift cards as under-$200 campaign contributions that are not required to be reported to the Federal Election Commission.
He remembers Nader explaining why they wanted to fund the Trump campaign. According to Khawaja, Nader said: ‘I’ve been meeting with the Trump campaign people…we have a deal with Trump: my boss, His Highness, made a deal that if we help Trump get elected, he’s going to be harsh on Iran, he’s going to take out the nuclear deal that the Obama administration made. That will cripple the Iranian economy and will sanction Iran from selling oil again. It will make it very difficult for them to compete in the oil market. That’s worth a hundred billion dollars to us. That’s the reason we cannot allow Hillary to win at any cost. She must lose.’
Khawaja says he asked: ‘But you really think he’s going to win? I mean, this is crazy.’ And he says that Nader replied: ‘His Highness is not stupid, he will never bet on a losing horse.’ The money would come from the Saudis. The Emiratis would run the operation, using data bought from the Chinese. Khawaja says that Nader told him: ‘We have all the data already, we have 10 million US consumers’ data. And we have endless money.’ The Russians were ‘on board’ too: ‘He said, “Yes, I have met with Putin already and we have a green light from him. Because Putin is on the same page with us. He wants Hillary to lose.”’
Khawaja and Nader were charged with making false statements, obstruction, and allegedly making illegal contributions to Clinton’s campaign on behalf of an unidentified foreign official. While Nader is currently in jail, Khawaja is a fugitive in the Middle East.

Cuccinelli appointment illegal

A D.C.-based federal judge ruled Sunday that President Donald Trump's appointment of Ken Cuccinelli as acting U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services director violated the Federal Vacancies Reform Act, a decision that suspends two policies Cuccinelli implemented while leading the agency. (Politico)
Three weeks after assuming his new role, Cuccinelli issued a memorandum announcing a revised policy for scheduling credible-fear interviews, the first step in the asylum process, according to the court ruling. Under the revised policy, the agency reduced the time allotted for asylum seekers to consult with others prior to their interviews.
Under Cuccinelli, USCIS also prohibited granting asylum seekers extensions of time to prepare for their credible-fear interviews, "except in the most extraordinary of circumstances." The asylum directives must be set aside, Moss ruled. (CNN)

Eric Trump’s taxpayer-funded business trip

Eric Trump visited a Trump property in development in Uruguay from January 8 to 9, 2019, a two-day business trip that cost taxpayers at least $80,786. CREW obtained records through the Freedom of Information Act today that add to the massive bill of Secret Service protection related to the Trump family’s management of the president’s business empire. The 2019 trip brings Eric Trump’s total up to at least $178,616 in taxpayer funds to work on development of the Trump Organization’s Punta Del Este property alone.

Scottish leader calls for Trump investigation

Parliamentarian Patrick Harvie, a co-leader of the Scottish Greens party, implored the government to pursue a legal order forcing Trump and the Trump Organization to reveal the funding of its multi-million dollar Scottish land acquisitions, saying there were “reasonable grounds” to suspect the U.S. president has been involved in illegal activity.
Mr Harvie said that the House of Representatives had heard testimony which stated: "We saw patterns of buying and selling that we thought were suggestive of money laundering" - with particular concern expressed about Mr Trump's golf courses in Scotland and Ireland.
He added: "Trump's known sources of income don't explain where the money came from for these huge cash transactions. There are reasonable grounds for suspecting that his lawfully obtained income was insufficient.”
"Scottish ministers can apply via the Court of Session for an unexplained wealth order, a tool designed for precisely these kinds of situations." The orders can be issued by the courts to compel their target to reveal the source of funding, and are often used to tackle suspected international money laundering.

Roger Stone

District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson denied Stone’s request that she disqualify herself from his case for supposed “bias,” issuing a sharply-worded rebuke of the defense’s allegations: "At bottom, given the absence of any factual or legal support for the motion for disqualification, the pleading appears to be nothing more than an attempt to use the Court’s docket to disseminate a statement for public consumption that has the words 'judge' and 'biased' in it," Jackson wrote. “Judges cannot be ‘biased’ and need not be disqualified if the views they express are based on what they learned while doing the job they were appointed to do.”
Footage of Roger Stone’s interviews with prosecutors last month has been released… and the only word that can sum it up is “wow.” The entire archive can be found here, but if you are short on time Politico’s Andrew Kimmel made a supercut of the must-see moments that illustrate Stone’s true character: a narcissist who can barely control his anger at being questioned.

Stefanik broke fundraising rules

A constituent of Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik (NY-21) filed an official complaint against her with the Office of Congressional Ethics for using footage of House floor activities to raise funds for her campaign - an express violation of House rules. Stefanik has used clips of her questioning during the impeachment inquiry in fundraising emails, including one with the subject line, that read, “WATCH: I EXPOSED ADAM SCHIFF.”
In a letter sent on June 7, 2018, the House Ethics Committee reminded legislators that “rules specifically prohibit the use of footage of House Floor activities and committee proceedings for any partisan political purpose.”
“I think Rep. Stefanik’s use of video of the House hearing to solicit political contributions is a serious violation of that rule,” says Larry Noble, the former general counsel of the Federal Election Commission. “The rule is clear, and so is the guidance given by the House Ethics Committee.”
Donald K. Sherman, general counsel of the ethics watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington — a group that routinely opposes the Trump administration — agrees with that assessment. “House Ethics Committee guidance clearly prohibits Members from using video of committee proceedings for campaign purposes,” said Sherman, who was previously a high-ranking Senate attorney, “which Rep. Stefanik appears to have done nine times in the last six months.

Nunes’ lawsuits

Campaign Legal Center, a nonprofit government accountability watchdog, filed a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics asking for an investigation into how Rep. Devin Nunes is paying for his six separate lawsuits against media companies and critics.
The complaint says Nunes appears to be in “blatant violation of House rules,” because he would have trouble paying for all these lawsuits solely from his congressional salary of $174,000 per year. The group argues he’d only be able to pay if he received legal services for free, at a discounted rate, or based on a contingency fee, meaning the lawyer would get compensated from Nunes’ winnings if he prevails in his lawsuits.
In all of those cases, the complaint says, Nunes must disclose the legal help he is receiving by filing a legal expense fund, otherwise it would represent an illegal gift given to Nunes under congressional ethics rules. Nunes has not filed a legal expense fund with the Office of Congressional Ethics.

Immigration news

  • Washington Post: A federal appeals court in California halted the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” asylum policy on Friday, removing one of the key tools the president has used to curb mass migration across the southern U.S. border. The ruling was in effect for only a few hours, however, as the judges later granted a Trump administration request for an emergency stay “pending further order of this court.” Justice Department lawyers said in court filings that 25,000 migrants have been ­waiting in Mexico and argued that they feared the ruling would lead to an influx on the southern ­border.
  • New York Times: The Justice Department said Wednesday that it had created an official section in its immigration office to strip citizenship rights from naturalized immigrants, a move that gives more heft to the Trump administration’s broad efforts to remove from the country immigrants who have committed crimes… Some Justice Department immigration lawyers have expressed worries that denaturalizations could be broadly used to strip citizenship.
    • The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights: "We reject any denaturalization task force that destroys citizenship as we know it and keeps every naturalized immigrant living in fear. Trump is weaponizing the DOJ to make naturalized immigrants look like second-class citizens."
  • Jurist: The US Supreme Court issued a 5-4 decision in Hernandez v. Mesa on Tuesday, holding that the parents of a Mexican child who was shot and killed by a border official have no right to seek a remedy in American civil court. The child, Jesus Hernandez, had been playing with friends in a dry culvert that straddles the US-Mexico border between El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez. Border Patrol agent Jesus Mesa fired at Hernandez from the US side of the culvert, and the bullet struck the boy on the Mexican side, where he died.
  • CNN: Secretary of Defense Mark Esper faced a bipartisan grilling from lawmakers Wednesday on Capitol Hill for his decision to divert military funding to pay for the US border wall as he testifies before the House Armed Services Committee… The top Republican on the committee, Rep. Mac Thornberry, also slammed the move saying it is "substituting the judgment of the administration for the judgment of Congress," adding "I am deeply concerned about where we're headed with the constitutional issue."
  • ACLU: The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a new lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s transfer of an additional $3.8 billion in military funds for border wall construction. Congress did not authorize the funds. “The president is doubling down on his unlawful scheme to raid taxpayer funds for a xenophobic campaign promise that is destroying national treasures, harming the environment, and desecrating tribal lands.”
  • Associated Press: President Donald Trump may not divert $89 million intended for a military construction project in Washington state to build his border wall… “Congress repeatedly and deliberately declined to appropriate the full funds the President requested for a border wall along the southern border of the United States,” [Judge] Rothstein wrote.
  • Today, Monday March 2, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case involving the Trump administration’s “expedited removal” of asylum seekers without allowing them a chance to take their application before a federal judge. For a detailed discussion of the case, see the ACLU and Lawfare.
  • Mother Jones: Melania Trump Got an “Einstein Visa.” Why Was It So Hard for This Nobel Prize Winner? Immigration attorneys say the Trump administration is rejecting highly qualified applicants for “genius” green cards.
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The Masters of BAF, Part 2: A Badge Guide

The Masters of BAF, Part 2: A Badge Guide

The Masters of BAF, Part 2: A Badge Guide

Badges awarded from participating in the Behavioral Adjustment Facility incarnate trial are fairly straightforward to achieve. There are 6 badges in all, including the elusive “Master of the B.A.F.” badge which is awarded upon securing all of the other badges. The following is a strategy guide for obtaining all of these badges, including useful information, advice and tips. Most of what you need to know to run a BAF has already been covered in the previous guide, “The Masters of BAF: A Guide for Leaders and Players,” so this guide will focus on information specific to earning each badge.
The 6 badges that may be earned by participating in a BAF are:
  1. Behavior Adjuster
  2. Not On My Watch
  3. Alarm Raiser
  4. Gotta Keep ‘Em Separated
  5. Strong & Pretty
  6. Master of the B.A.F.
The first 3 badges are the easiest to acquire. So easy in fact that you hardly have to do anything other than participate. The “Behavior Adjuster” is earned simply by completing a BAF. “Not On My Watch” is earned by preventing every prisoner from escaping, and the “Alarm Raiser” badge is achieved by never disabling a guard tower. "Master of the B.A.F" is achieved merely by acquiring the other 5 badges. Stopping every prisoner from escaping is a goal pursued by almost every BAF, and it occurs often enough that you don’t have to worry. Most leagues tend not disable any guard tower. It’s just too much hassle! This means there are only 2 badges we need to discuss… “Gotta Keep ‘Em Separated” and ”Strong & Pretty.”

GOTTA KEEP ‘EM SEPARATED

“Gotta Keep ‘Em Separated” is the easiest of the last two badges to achieve. All the league has to do is defeat each archvillain where they spawn. If either AV moves too far from their spawn point at any time during the trial, the league will not be awarded the badge. Other than that, everything else in the trial is exactly the same as a normal BAF run. Defeating the archvillains does change the flow of the BAF a little, so let’s start there.
Phase 1 – Defeat 40 robots
This is exactly the same as running a normal BAF.
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Phase 2 – Defeat Nightstar
Instead of heading to the tennis courts, the league needs to quickly go to where Nightstar has spawned on the east side of the map and defeat her there. The biggest problem when doing this is the guard towers. Their energy beams do a ton of damage and they will attack the league at that location. To help prevent this, you’ll want to move between the two buildings behind where she spawns, and move against one side or the other to avoid the energy beams. Don't pull Nightstar any farther than just inside the front of the two buildings. This doesn’t stop all beams from hitting players, but it does significantly reduce the number of times that they do. Another thing you might want to do is to ask 1-2 players to disable one or both of the guard towers on either side of you. Clicking on a control console located at the base of the guard towers will disable a tower for 30 seconds, after which it resumes attacking unless it is disabled again. Personally, I only disable the guard towers if many players start to die because by doing so you prevent the league from getting the “Alarm Raiser” badge too. Most of the time, healing buffs and tanks taking the brunt of the attacking guard towers is the only thing that’s necessary.
Phase 3 – Stop Prisoners from escaping
This is exactly the same as running a normal BAF. Team 1 North, teams 2 & 3 South.
Phase 4 – Defeat Siege
Move the team to where Siege spawns on the west side of the map. Bring the league into the open hanger and fight him there. This will protect the league from guard towers. You will need a tank with taunt to prevent Siege from moving out onto the lawn where the guard towers can attack the league ('cuz, you know he’ll try to do that. He’s just that evil). Try not to pull Siege too far from his spawn point. Just inside the front of the hanger is a safe bet.
Phase 5 - Defeat both Siege and Nightstar simultaneously
Ask team 1 to quickly go attack Nightstar and ask teams 2 & 3 to defeat Siege. Team 1 will break off from the league and travel as quickly as possible to Nightstar. All league members need to watch the AVs’ health bars and keep them even. The AVs still need to be defeated at the same time (within 10 seconds of each other). When they are both defeated, the trial ends and every player on the league will be awarded the “Keep ‘Em Separated” badge.

LEAGUE COMPOSITION
A little more preparation is necessary before you attempt this badge run. You’ll want to distribute the +3 players evenly among the teams, as usual, but if you have more than nine +3 players (3 for each team), put all the extra +3's on Team 1. make sure that Teams 2 & 3 have at least one tank with taunt to prevent Siege from moving too far from his spawn point. Team 1 will have to defeat an AV all by themselves, so you’ll want to load-up Team 1 with high damage dealing, heavy hitters, and one healer. If you have an extra tank you can place him on Team 1 so he can take Nightstar’s aggro, as well as the aggro from the guard towers. The healer will heal anyone hit by the guard towers and AV.

LEAGUE DIRECTIONS AND MACROS
I recommend you make macros to communicate instructions to the team. Besides, you can use some of the macros you’ve already created for normal BAF runs. Since badge runs like this are uncommon, you need to front-load the league with information about the differences for the run. Below is what I consider the minimum information and directions that need to be given to the league:
/macro "KES1" league THIS IS A BADGE RUN FOR "GOTTA KEEP ‘EM SEPARATED." THE BAF WILL PROCEED NORMALLY EXCEPT FOR ONE THING, WE NEED TO DEFEAT THE AVS WHERE THEY SPAWN.
/macro "KES2" league IN THE LAST BATTLE AGAINST SIEGE, TEAM 1 WILL BREAK OFF FROM THE GROUP AND GO KILL NIGHTSTAR, WHILE TEAMS 2 & 3 TAKE CARE OF SIEGE. WATCH THEIR HEALTH BARS AND TRY TO KEEP THEM EVEN. WE WILL NEED TO DEFEAT THE AVs AT THE SAME TIME
/macro "KES3" league FIGHT NIGHTSTAR JUST BETWEEN THE FRONT OF THE TWO BUILDINGS WHERE IT IS SAFER (BUT NOT COMPLETELY SAFE). FIGHT SIEGE JUST INSIDE HIS HANGER WHERE IT IS SAFE. DON'T MOVE EITHER AV TOO FAR FROM THEIR SPAWN POINTS
/macro "Bots" league KILL 40 BOTS THEN KILL NIGHTSTAR
/macro "Nightstar" league GO KILL NIGHTSTAR
/macro "Choke-points" league TEAM 1 TO THE NORTH PATH, TEAMS 2 & 3 TO THE SOUTH PATH. FORM A TIGHT GROUP TO LEVERAGE AOES. SUMMON LORE PETS AT 5:05 AND SET THEM TO AGGRESSIVE. STOP ALL PRISONERS FROM ESCAPING.
/macro "Siege" league GO KILL SIEGE
/macro "Team1" team TEAM 1, GO KILL NIGHTSTAR!$$league TEAM 1, GO KILL NIGHTSTAR!
/macro "Even" league KEEP THE AVs' HEALTH EVEN$$league KEEP THE AVs' HEALTH EVEN
/macro "Slower" league SLOW DOWN ON $TARGET.
Team 1 has a very important role in this badge run, so spend a little extra time with them to make sure they understand what to do.
And that’s it. There’s not much to it. After the BAF is completed, ask the league if they received the badge to confirm.

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STRONG & PRETTY

“Strong & Pretty” is the most difficult BAF badge to achieve. Not because the task is difficult, but because the entire league must be alert and coordinated. If they’re not, the badge run will fail.
Everything in this badge run is the same as a normal BAF except for the last battle against the two AVs. In order to get the badge, the AVs must be simultaneously defeated while none of their minions and reinforcements are alive. This requires prepping the AVs so they may be defeated quickly when the time comes, and it will require split-second timing.

AFK CHECK
Once the league is formed, ask the players to meet you across the pond. This is an AFK check. There's no sense going through instructions if no one is reading chat. It also helps players shake off the cobwebs and get ready to be at the top of their game. For those players who are discovered to be AFK, you can send them a private tell asking if they are there. You can also let the league know the player is AFK, and that the league will be waiting a short time for the player to return. How long you wait is up to you, but I would recommend at least one minute. If you decide to start briefing the league while the player is still AFK, send them a tell letting them know they missed the instructions and to ask another player what to do. It's up to you whether or not you want to kick the AFK player from the league. Once you queue up the league to start the BAF, if the AFK player does not click the green button within 60 seconds, the game will boot them from the league anyway. (See the League Directions and Macros section below for an alternate method to do an AFK check.)

FLOW OF THE BADGE RUN
Phase 1 – Defeat 40 robotsThis is exactly the same as running a normal BAF.
Phase 2 – Defeat NightstarThis is exactly the same as running a normal BAF.
Phase 3 – Stop prisoners from escapingThis is exactly the same as running a normal BAF.
Phase 4 – Defeat SiegeThis is exactly the same as running a normal BAF.
Phase 5 – Defeat both Siege and Nightstar simultaneously while there are no minions alive*This is where it gets interesting!*

STRATEGY FOR PHASE 5
In order to accomplish this phase, the league must achieve 4 objectives:
  • Defeat both archvillains simultaneously
  • Defeat the AVs while no minions are alive
  • Defeat the AVs in under 15-20 seconds
  • Defeat the minions or reinforcements in under 10 seconds
STEP 1: PREPPING THE AVs – REDUCE THIR HEALTH TO 6%
The first step is to prepare the AVs so it's possible to defeat them in under 15-20 seconds. The league must engage the AVs and bring both their health bars down to about 6% health, and then cease the attack. Make sure players know that the AVs can not be damaged further. One of the most common reasons why this badge run fails is because players continue to attack the AVs and defeat one or both of them. Pets often defeat the AVs too, so make sure players know to pull back their pets at this point. Keeping the AVs together is not really optional as it is in a regular BAF run. It's very important to keep the Avs side by side so that the full force of the league's AOEs, debuffs, and buffs may bear down on them. It is also much easier to defeat the AVs simultaneously if they are together. When it's time to defeat the AVs the league will need every advantage because only 2/3rds of the league will be attacking the AVs.
STEP 2: TEAM 1 - KILL ALL MINIONS AND MOVE TO THEIR SPAWN POINT
Ask Team 1 to clear all of the AV's minions from the battlefield, and then split off from the rest of the league to go to the minion's' spawn point at the North door. They need to defeat every spawn extremely quickly, and they are all bosses. The AVs' minions or reinforcements spawn every 30 seconds, and there is a countdown clock near the bottom of the Behavioral Adjustment Facility window. The window of opportunity to defeat the AVs only appears when all the minions have been defeated. That means the minions need to be defeated in less than 10 seconds in order to give the league enough time to defeat the AVs. Fill up Team 1 with heavy hitting damage dealers and possibly one tank. They need to be your strongest team and be able to dish out insane DPS (damage per second). Blasters, scrappers, masterminds, peacebringers, brutes, etc. are all ideal candidates.
STEP 3: MONITOR MINION BATTLE AND GIVE LEAGUE ATTACK SIGNAL
The league leader has a very important job to perform as part of Team 1, and it's not to help his team defeat the minions. Instead, the leader must stay at a distance to determine when all the minions are defeated, while at the same time keeping an eye on the amount of time remaining before the next reinforcements spawn. Often there is so much action in the battle that it can be difficult to see if there are any minions still alive. The tab key is your best friend right now. Use it to target enemies, and continue to press the tab key multiple times until you no longer can target an enemy. When that happens, all the minions area dead. The time for the rest of the league to attack the AVs is when there is still about 20 seconds on the countdown clock before the next reinforcements arrive. That will give teams 2 and 3 enough time to eliminate the AVs. If the minions are all dead, and if there is at least 20 seconds on the countdown clock, give the league the signal to attack the AVs. Ask Team 1 to go attack as well.
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If, by the time the minions are defeated, there is less than 20 seconds on the clock, it's a judgement call on whether or not to give the signal to attack or to wait for the next spawn. If there's less than 10 seconds on the countdown clock, just wait for the next group of minions to arrive and hopefully Team 1 will be able to dispatch them quicker next time. There is no real rush here. The leader needs to wait until the conditions are right to order the attack on the AVs. Just a matter of a few seconds can determine whether a badge run succeeds or fails. Most of the league needs to be ready to attack at a moment's notice.
NOTE: An alternate method assigns the responsibility to defeat the minion spawns to another team instead of Team 1. That team's leader would then monitor the minion battle and give the signal to attack, which the league leader would also repeat. This frees up the league leader to monitor the AVs' health and help players cease their attacks. It's a great idea, but hinges on finding a player who is very familiar with the badge run and is someone you can trust. If you use this method, make sure you tell the league in the beginning that the other team will be defeating the minions and their leader will be giving the league the signal to attack.
Step 4: DEFEAT THE AVs
After the leader gives the signal, the league will attack the AVs and attempt to defeat them in under 20 seconds. The league needs to pull out all stops and give the AVs everything they've got! It's very rare for a league to be able to stop attacking if minions arrive before the AVs are dead. It's possible, but in most cases this is the end of the mission. Everything depends on whether or not the league is able to defeat the AVs before the clock runs out and more minions arrive.
If the league is successful, ask the league to check their badges to confirm that it was awarded. If the badge was awarded, it's time celebrate!
If the league was unsuccessful, the silver lining is that the BAF will still be completed and players will still get their incarnate salvage, astral merits, etc… just not the badge. Many players will be disappointed. Offer words of encouragement and praise. Let them know that their effort was appreciated, and that they'll get the badge next time. Take some time to compliment the league on any part of the BAF in which they excelled (if any) and thank them for participating.

LEAGUE COMPOSITION
A little more preparation is necessary before you attempt this badge run. Team 1 will be your elite special operations force. You’ll want to distribute the +3 players evenly among the teams, as usual, but if you have more than nine +3 players (3 for each team), put all the extra +3's on Team 1. Because Team 1 will have to defeat groups of bosses in seconds, you’ll want to load-up Team 1 with high damage dealing, heavy hitters. You might include a tank on the team to take the aggro and prevent the reinforcements from attacking teammates. However, Team 1 should have so much offensive force that the reinforcements will normally not have a chance to attack. In most cases, it would be better to have 1 more damage dealer instead of a tank. One of the things I've started to do recently is to move any mastermind onto Team 1. Not only do masterminds generally have high DPS, but by placing them on Team 1, you avoid the whole problem of their pets attacking the AVs when they're not supposed to.

LEAGUE DIRECTIONS AND MACROS
I highly recommend you make macros to quickly communicate instructions to the team. You can use most of the macros you’ve already created for normal BAF runs, but for Phase 5 you will need to issue commands to the league as quickly as possible. There is no time to type everything out. Below are the macros I use for the Strong & Pretty badge run:
/macro "Meet Here" league EVERYONE MEET ME OVER HERE FOR BRIEFING
/macro "S&P1" league BADGE RUN: STRONG & PRETTY. EVERYTHING WILL BE THE SAME AS A NORMAL BAF EXCEPT FOR THE FINAL DOUBLE AV BATTLE. OUR OBJECTIVE IS TO DEFEAT BOTH AVs SIMULTANEOUSLY WHILE NO MINIONS ARE ALIVE. KEEP YOUR EYE ON LEAGUE CHAT.
/macro "S&P2" league BRING BOTH AVs' HEALTH DOWN TO 6% AND CEASE ATTACK. MOVE ALL PETS AWAY FROM AVs. TEAM 1 WILL GO TO THE MINION SPAWN POINT AT THE NORTH DOOR (helipad) AND QUICKLY KILL MINIONS. WAIT FOR MY SIGNAL TO KILL AVs.
/macro "6% Health" league CEASE ATTACK AT 6 PERCENT HEALTH$$league CEASE ATTACK AT 6 PERCENT HEALTH
/macro "Even Health" league KEEP THE AVs HEALTH EVEN
/macro "Slower" league SLOW DOWN ON $TARGET.
/macro "Team1 Kill" team TEAM 1, GO TO MINION SPAWN POINT AT NORTH DOOR AND KILL MINIONS FAST$$league TEAM 1, GO TO MINION SPAWN POINT AT NORTH DOOR AND KILL MINIONS FAST
/macro "Standby" league EVERYONE ELSE – STAND BY AND WAIT FOR MY SIGNAL TO ATTACK. KEEP THE AVs TOGETHER. MOVE ALL PETS AWAY FROM AVs
/macro "Team1 You Too" team WHEN IT'S TIME, GO ATTACK THE AVs WITH THE REST OF THE LEAGUE
/macro "Attack" league KILL THE AVs NOW!
/macro "Success" league OUTSTANDING! OPERATION STRONG & PRETTY WAS A DECISIVE SUCCESS. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.
The more the leader's macros stand out in chat, the better. I recommend you spam important directions 2-3 times in a row. Also, I use caps to make it easier for the league to see them.
Some leaders use the Request channel to communicate with their league. It's a great idea but every member of the league will have to have the Request channel in their main Chat tab, and it's not there by default. You'll need to ask the league to add it. Then you'll want to confirm that they can read the Request channel.
The fastest way to ensure that every member can see your messages in the Request channel is to use the AFK check. Before queuing for the trial, use the Request channel to ask the league to meet you in a supergroup base or Pocket D. Those locations can host both heroes and villains and are relatively easy to get to. Then queue the trial from there. It's important that you ask the league to do something that can only be accomplished by reading the Request channel. Also, moving to a different zone makes it very easy to see who can't read the Request channel and also who is AFK. If they're not in the same zone that you are, their names will be grayed out in the league window. Send those players private tells and ask them to reply to you. If they do, then ask them to scroll back and read the directions on how to add the Request channel. Also ask them to reply to you in the Request channel once they're done.
Here are some macros that can be used to show the league how to add the Request channel and check that players have done that:
/macro "Req1 Request Channel" league I WILL BE USING THE REQUEST CHAT CHANNEL TO COMMUNICATE WITH YOU DURING THE TRIAL. PLEASE MAKE SURE THE CHANNEL IS IN YOUR MAIN CHAT TAB$$request Testing… if you can see this you're set.
/macro "Req2 Instructions" league To add the channel, right-click on the main Chat tab in your chat window and select Edit Tab. Then scroll down the right column until you see Request/Auction. Select that and click the << Add button at the top. Click OK
/macro "AFK" request Please meet in the SG base below. We will be starting the BAF from there. To get there, in the chat box type: /enterbasefrompasscode COSMICTRANSPORT-6608
Any SG base will do, the above is just an example. If you're playing on the Excelsior shard of the Homecoming server, this community SG base above will totally work.
Lastly, all of these macros are written in my own style. Feel free to re-write these macros to match your own.

EPILOGUE
Once you have all 6 BAF badges, you will truly be a Master of the B.A.F. I hope this guide will encourage more players to attempt BAF badge runs, as well as lead them.

CONTINUE TO "THE MASTERS OF BAF, PART 3: MISCELLANEOUS ODDS & ENDS" https://www.reddit.com/Cityofheroes/comments/hs98oe/the_masters_of_baf_part_3_miscelaneous_odds_ends/

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