We are coming up to the end of the fourth month of the war this week and things carry on.
Somebody put together an overall report to try and capture how much both sides in the war lost in October. It sums up to 17.5 trillion ISK, with the Imperium losing 11.5 trillion and PAPI suffering just shy of 6 trillion ISK in losses, no counting four Keepstars that failed to generate kill mails.
To put that in perspective, the September MER reported that a total of 33.6 trillion ISK was destroyed across all of New Eden. If the parties to the war alone lost more than half that amount in October I am sure something will be wrong if Delve isn’t at the top of the destruction list when we get the October MER.
Not included in that was an Imperium loss reportedly valued at over one trillion ISK early on this week when somebody in Shadow State unanchored a corp Sotiyo in MO-GZ5 without warning, destroying all clones and killing all builds in progress in the engineering structure. The fitting of the structure indicated that it was being used to build super capitals and apparently there were a bunch of Wyvern super carriers in build at the time.
There is a policy about only trusting structures held by the alliance or executor corp thereof, but since the drifter invasion back in June 2019 the coalition has enforced an access control list policy that means you can dock up and use any structure held by any member corp, so people don’t always check the ticker.
Also, that we’re pulling down structures isn’t a good look as the invaders take more of the region, though we do still have a lot of structures hanging about waiting for somebody to attack them.
In better news for the Imperium, old partners from the past and former neighbors in Period Basis, Red Alliance has joined in the war on our side, deserting PAPI to renew ties that go back to The Great War against Band of Brothers.
They currently live in the southeast of null sec in the Insmother region, where they hold 40 systems.
Unfortunately, swapping sides not only surprised PAPI, it also apparently surprised some of their members as well, and about a third of them jumped ship.
Also, since then all of their space has been taken, so they HELD 40 systems in Insmother. They only have two left as of this writing and I expect that number to drop to zero soon. But they can come join us in Fortress Delve.
Meanwhile, reports are in saying that The Army of Mango Alliance has left the PAPI coalition as well, pulling another five thousand characters out of the blue donut of alliances attacking us.
On the comedy front, we managed to catch Vily in an ECM burst interceptor and podded him, only to find out he was flying such an expendable ship in a 2.6 billion ISK pod.
And, despite the war, both sides got together and killed a potential competitor to the Tranquility Trading Tower in Perimeter. Some things transcend war… like ISK.
Operations in Delve carry on. After taking all the ihubs in the W-4U1E constellation last week, PAPI’s attention turned towards the next constellation down the line, LSC-4P, where they again successfully rolled up all the ihubs.
They then turned their attention towards the YX-LYK constellation, adjacent to NPC Delve and the path to Aridia, which the reinforced. However, when those timers came up PAPI passed once again… they’re now being referred to as PassPI… declining to contest those timers. That might have been related to a bubble wrapped present we left them in the in game to the constellation.
That was only 87 bubbles, far shy of the 149 that apparently is the allowed limit that was discovered at YZ9-F6 earlier in the month.
Having formed, PAPI turned their attention to the OK-FEM constellation. We followed and a brawl erupted. In the fight they managed to destroy the ihub in 9GNS-2. However all of the ihubs in the YX-LYK constellation were saved and the battle report showed a fairly even exchange of losses across the battle.
Small fights and entosis fleets continues throughout the balance of the week, with PAPI reinforcing the rest of the OK-FEM constellation and most of the F-I56R constellation, but losing two ihubs in the previously conquered LSC-4 constellation. The Delve ihub map ended up looking like this at the end of the week.
Small fights… at least relative to the record setting Keepstar brawls… over ihubs and timers continue to be the meta in Delve for now.
Period Basis remains mostly in PAPI hands now. Red Alliance isn’t going to be able to move into their old home any time soon. But having taken most of the region PAPI now has to hold it, and the Imperium has been busy reinforcing TEST ihubs down there, even taking back the ihub in the key system of TCAG-3.
Likewise, taking Querious means holding Querious, and the Imperium has been slipping in to retake ihubs there as well, stitching up a line of them leading into NPC Delve.
Time spent defending there is time not spent attacking Delve.
There there is TEST space itself. Systems in Paragon Soul are repeatedly reinforced and over in Estoteria the SIG from The Bastion remains a thorn in TEST’s side as they continue to hold out in the systems they took several weeks back.
Qicia from The Bastion was on The Meta Show this past Saturday to talk about why they went there after Fountain and the situation they face, reporting that TEST’s attempts to retake those ihubs and kill the Fortizar they have diminished over time. PandaFam, which is doing the heavy lifting elsewhere, is not inclined to help TEST defend its backfield from these sorts of pin pricks, so The Bastion carries on with their policy of making TEST jump clone home to defend timers.
After a week off I was in for some fleets over the course of the week. Operations were generally on a much smaller scale. In fact, about half the time PAPI didn’t bother showing up. But I was part of the the defense of YX-LYK and the subsequent brawl mentioned above, during which I lost a Mobile Small Warp Disruptor I, so I will add that to my tally of losses so far.
- 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
- Mobile Small Warp Disruptor I – 1
As I mentioned on a post last Thursday, the big fight at FWST-8 renewed two Guinness World Records for the game. The battle saw 8,825 players involved over the course of the battle, with 6,557 playing concurrently at its peak, breaking the records set at 2014’s “Bloodbath of B-R5RB” and in 2018’s “Siege of 9-4RP2” respectively. Links to the press releases are in that post.
As for the war in Delve, the assumed strategy of PAPI is to take ihubs, hold them for the required time in order to be able to deploy a cyno jammer (35 days if I recall correctly) and, only then, work on reducing most of the structures in the system. Or at least the Keepstars. We still have a Keepstar in 49-U6U in Querious, and that like be the first system PAPI is able to cyno jam. We will see what happens then. I suspect it will involve warp disruption bubbles, that being the new meta.
The weekly peak concurrent users went up a bit this past Sunday.
- 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
- Week 17 – 37,695
However, that seems as likely to be due to the Crimson Harvest and other Halloween related events as anything.
And so we head into another week.
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