I was very surprised to see you in Villains this round, after you supposed moral stance (which I applauded) last server. Real moral integrity would be not playing on com1 tbh (sadly).
As you can see from my post about Mazzi´s and Nenad´s birthday server, the real surprise was me playing with SGR last round. And I can not say it didn´t hurt a bit, but friendship won over loathing. Amazing friends on the Templar account, we stayed out of common chats for the most part and just minded the account.
You can not imagine how hurt and betrayed I did feel, when Cursed Titans made their final contribution to the server. The birthday server I was out of my mind watching rivals treated like garbage, by people I knew. Cursed Titans did prove to me what an absolute idiot I was thinking another server would be any different. Lovely irony it was Sanket who calmed me down after the outrage of the birthday server, and convinced me that people should be given second chances.
While I do have a few friends in Villains, I would never want to find myself there.
The same goes for me, albeit in the opposite direction. Hence when a friend asked me to play com 1, I did steer him to Vices.
both sides have used techs, for SGR it's still on a rare individual account basis
You might want to look a bit better into that. Furthermore, having spies in Vices spam chat is not a proof of techs being fully integrated part of Vices game. It is a proof of forum banter being a source of constant jokes and that some people enjoy spamming constantly and might have questionable humor. You see local humor develop in front of your eyes, till the point it is like a foreign language if you aren´t constant reading the chat. Just the other day I was looking for a player on chat, and got the answer "Driving EricSucks and EricStupid". Telling me what I needed to know, but I can not imagine this telling an outsider that a mom was really driving her real life children to school.
Points to make on this subject.
1. Please don´t send Vices humorless pricks to spy on them. They will never get anything right on our spam chat.
2. Learn to make a distinction between techs and players who call themselves techs. Some play for other people and call themselves techs as a joke or plainly to say they are not playing a server for themselves. People have friends that are willing to help out. Am not this selfless myself, have once played Finals and refused to be farmed.
Since you appear to have no issue at all with techs
I personally despise being farmed. See Finals debacle above. I also have an attitude against cheating in game, like seeing how I do without it and have an awesome dual that shares my views. Can not say cheating does more than annoy me. What bothers me most about it, is I can rarely become top defender on a server, as I don´t fix my numbers and such. But have managed to overcome my own ego so far, and just enjoy what I do well.
Seeing other people hurt like in the Mazzi/Nenad birthday server outrages me. I have asked TG to make spying and planting spies illegal in game. As there real people are getting hurt, the difference to what is now illegal in game is striking. And we are seeing a lot of changes, why not that?
When the atrocity of the birthday server was happening, I did send all my correspondence with the team getting run over by their plant, to 2 or 3 TM leaders. Trying to get them to ... just stop what their players were doing to these people. Given the proves of foul play I was given that server, I know we could gather enough prove for TG to delete spy/plant accounts if it was illegal in the future. That really is my hope. And I hope you can see why I don´t spend energy on being outraged by cheating. To me that is just silly nilly aimed at hurting my numbers. People are more important than numbers.
While CT was seemingly at odds with everyone in Villains, someone who many in SGR considered a good friend jumped ship to Villains during a server. I really can't be bothered to rehash the specifics of that debacle though.
Both you and I were in SGR chat when Mazzi did explain his planning with Cursed Titans. Some players on CT have also been spotted on chats saying the same thing. Bending the story when it suits you ... at least don´t admit to the crime in public first. Not aimed at you personally. Still have high hopes of you being born with a real backbone. There comes a time in every travian players online life, when they have to admit that some of their friends are just trash. If we want to avoid following the same path ourselves, we have to make a stance, and correct our steps accordingly. That is why I made a scene when another friend wanted to play com 1 with SGR and corrected his path to Vices. The lesser evil is even fun in this scenario.
Integrity does not vary. Either you have it or you don´t. What we value is what varies however. I value people and want them treated with respect. If you are not happy about how I answer some of your friends on this forum, you should read what they have written here earlier to my posts. Am trying to respect your loyalty to your friends, think it is sadly misplaced.
Lastly. I am very lucky Have wonderful travian friends. So for the second year in a row I have let friends drag me to com 1. Have to say this time I have high hopes it doesn´t end in moral bankruptcy.