If at first you don’t succeed…
Last night saw the second Keepstar deployed in UALX-3 in the Tenerifis region come online successfully.
The circumstances of the past few days allowed this to conclude successfully. The big fight over the first attempt to anchor a Keepstar in UALX-3 led to the node crashing after the Keepstar had been destroyed but before the attackers could extract themselves from the system, leaving many pilots trapped, logged off on the grid where the fight took place. This area was covered by anchored bubbles by TEST who have been camping the area since the system came back up.
With a fleet trapped and camped in the system and TEST able to anchor a cyno jammer to prevent reinforcements, the stage was set for the second Keepstar to online successfully.
I did not get to hang around and watch the Keepstar come online, but I was there earlier in the day to join in the camp and to watch the Fortizar that was anchored on the edge of the bubbled area come online.
You can see a large covering force around the Fortizar, with the bubbles nearby and the Keepstar, still a few hours from anchoring, in the background.
Once anchored, the Fortizar was a handy location for carriers to sit as they sent fighters out into the bubble camped area.
Meanwhile, as the camp dragged on, it seems that the FCs of the trapped fleet started telling members logged off but stuck in the bubbles to petition to have their ships moved by a GM under the theory that they were trapped. I guess given a wide enough definition of the word they were trapped, but not in the way that CCP intended when it comes to asking for GM help, so CCP felt the need to issue a news bulletin on the topic.
UALX-3 Fleet Fights – Misfiling of “Stuck” Tickets
Over the course of the last twelve hours, we’ve been made aware of instructions being broadcast by the leaders of several alliances to file “Stuck” support tickets in order to have their capitals, supercarriers and titans moved out of the system of “UALX-3” by the GM Team.
This comes after a node death occured at around 09:00 UTC on July 19th, during a large scale engagement over an anchoring Keepstar, which resulted in the attacking forces being sieged in the system.
Our policies are clear when dealing with large-scale player engagements, and the GM Team will not intervene and move capitals, supercarriers or titans for pilots involved in these kinds of fleet fights, as per our Reimbursement Policy:
“Any losses of any kind resulting from a large-scale player engagement are not covered by this reimbursement policy.”
Furthermore, it is not possible for us under any circumstance to move ships sporting their own Jump Drive. This is clarified in our “Inaccessible Assets And Returning Players” article:
“Ships sporting their own jump drive are assumed to be capable of jumping themselves out quickly without the usage of a gate and no exception or move will be granted to these ships.”
Please be aware that the GM Team will not grant relocation of ships involved in large-scale player engagements, and that attempts at co-oridinated mass filing support tickets in order to avoid the destruction of ships involved in engagements of this nature may be considered abuse of the support ticket system.
Pandemic Legion an its allies aren’t going to get CCP to move them out, so the camp continues. According to zKillboard it looks like there was an attempt to break out some dreadnoughts early this morning, leading to a series of kills,
But the camp won’t last forever. People will either try to break out and either succeed or get blown up, or hunker down and wait the long wait until the locals get tired of deploying bubbles and sitting around waiting for people to log in. Given that there are some titans yet to be accounted for, the camp may go on for a while.
And, of course, the next question is, “What now?” Will deploying this Keepstar and trapping some of the attacking capital fleet blunt the attacks on TEST and its allies in the south? Will the Imperium, which showed up in force for these Keepstars, stay in the south, return to Delve, or move back to the northern front once more to assail Circle of Two and Guardians of the Galaxy?
Then there is the propaganda war on Reddit, which has reached a high water mark of smug from the defenders. Some examples:
- The Virgin Easterner vs The Chad Legperium
- The Ram Has Touched The Wall!!!
- UALX-3 Prison Blues
- Legacy Keepstar in UALX Fully Operational
- CCP, please nerf Agency
Addendum: Meanwhile CCP Falcon has taken the time to lay down some facts on Reddit about some controversial aspects or misunderstandings about battle and subsequent stranding of capitals in UALX-3 in order to set the record straight on what CCP will and will not do.