After two weeks of titanic battles with thousands of players on the field and trillions of ISK in losses, things settled down to a grind again. On Friday Imperium FC John Hartley pinged out a battle report to all that featured a total loss value of just 5 billion ISK. Things have returned to a smaller scale.
Meanwhile the invaders, having succeeded in anchoring a Keepstar in NPC Delve on the fifth try, have been going on in r/eve like the war has been won. Bad historical analogies… which is pretty much all historical analogies when applied to EVE Online… and memes about the Imperium being broke or evacuating from Delve are rife. But fighting carries on and they still haven’t been able to draw a convincing line from their stated plan to avoid attacking our Keepstars… there is still one sitting in 49-U6U in Querious in a system they have held for a month… and us losing. Starve us out maybe? Delve occupation duty might go on for a long time if that is the plan.
While there have been skirmishes in some key systems in Delve, most of the fighting last week was concentrated in the W-4U1E constellation, adjacent to NPC Delve and the invader’s Keepstar. There, after several day of back and forth, they used their superior numbers to take the ihubs in the constellation. They have started to work on the LSC-4P constellation since.
However, the invaders now have to hold that space while moving forward. New Eden isn’t earth so making front line analogies fail when all of those systems are within bridge/jump range of our staging. So we reinforce the ihubs they have taken and they have to form up to defend them. You can see by the ihub ownership that they have tried to solve the “only the owner can defend while anybody can attack” issue by dividing up the systems between groups.
And, while they have broken some of the Ansiblex jump gate network, they have not been focused on structures in those systems, so we have safe harbors in there.
Over in Querious a low grade entosis war continues in the back field of the invaders. We continue to reinforce ihubs there and have destroyed a few of theirs. And, as noted above, we still have a Keepstar, as well as other structures, to work from in the space they have taken, plus all of “fake Querious.”
Meanwhile, over in Esoteria, deep in TEST space, The Bastion continues to hold out and force TEST to jump clone home to contest timers. The Fortizar they anchored previously survived another attack, though the battle report showed that TEST couldn’t must much of a force to contest it.
Again, neither of these pin pricks is going to win the war, but they do make the war more onerous for the attackers and, in New Eden, the side that wears out first loses. So the grind continues.
The invaders however have pretty much overrun Period Basis. Anything down there that isn’t a Keepstar is in jeopardy.
This will give TEST a clear route into southern Delve.
I did pretty much nothing in space this week. I did not go on a single fleet op and did only a couple of side items on my own. This was not by plan. While two weeks of big battles were tiring, there were few ops that came up when I was at home, at my computer, and had the time to commit. It just worked out that way. As such, my losses for the war remained as follows:
- Ares interceptor – 11
- Crusader interceptor – 5
- Rokh battleship – 5
- Atron entosis frigate – 5
- Ferox battle cruiser – 3
- Drake entosis battle cruiser – 3
- Purifier stealth bomber – 2
- Guardian logi – 2
- Malediction interceptor – 2
- Scalpel logi frigate – 2
- Raven battleship – 1
- Crucifier ECM frigate – 1
- Gnosis ratting battlecruiser – 1
- Scimitar logi – 1
- Bifrost entosis command destroyer – 1
- Cormorant destroyer – 1
- Hurricane battle cruiser – 1
- Sigil entosis industrial – 1
We have a few things coming up from CCP that may or may not impact the war. Tomorrow we get the Howling Interdictors update that will, among other things, introduce a statis web bubble for interdictors. Then there is an update coming in early November that will change up super carriers. And then there is the coming dynamic bounty system, designed to curb ratting income in null sec.
And then there is the PCU for the week. No big battles means no big numbers, so the peak for the week sagged after two weeks of growth.
- Day 1 – 38,838
- Week 1 – 37,034
- Week 2 – 34,799
- Week 3 – 34,692
- Week 4 – 35,583
- Week 5 – 35,479
- Week 6 – 34,974
- Week 7 – 38,299
- Week 8 – 35,650
- Week 9 – 35,075
- Week 10 – 35,812
- Week 11 – 35,165
- Week 12 – 36,671
- Week 13 – 35,618
- Week 14 – 39,681
- Week 15 – 40,359
- Week 16 – 36,642
Once again, only INN seems to post regularly about the war.
- INN – World War Bee: Week 16
- INN – Those Who Fail to Learn From History…
- INN – War of Accretion
- INN – The Giant is Awake (speaking of bad historical analogies)