there is honestly no point in forming coalitions before server opening.
1) you dont know how the alliance runs, posting threads about alliance doesnt tell you anything
2) you dont know if the host is a noob or if he actually is exp. it is very easy to sound "smart" on forums
3) you dont know if the alliance will fall in the first day, first week, or 2nd week
In my opinion, and just for those people looking for smart hosting abilities, diplo should not be done before server time or in the first 2-3 weeks of the server. Also, in my opinion, coalitions are worthless, yes ok it is good to have committed alliances, but how often do they really work? you basically need hosts who can get in contact with each other almost everyday if need be, and hosts that can trust each other (ex: playing together on another server/ a long time, or know each other in real life).
Just giving my opinion on some things if anyone is interested in starting a good alliance. Wish the best of luck to you all on NA 37.
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CH1 - United
HC 12: 1
HC 14: 3
HC 16: 2
HC 18: 0