The likelihood of a another fight soon over the Keepstar in M2-XFE diminished greatly last night when the Imperium flipped the ihubs in the entire NJU-QV constellation which includes that system. Shortly after the second fight that saw PAPI forces face a lopsided loss when the server was unable to handle their forces attempting to jump in after the Imperium had setup more than 4,000 ships on Keepstar to defend it, Imperium pilots went out and reinforced the ihubs in the constellation. The timers came up last night.
The Imperium, motivated by PAPI’s misfortune, formed up four fleets and a large number of entosis ships to contest the timers. PAPI was reported to have assembled a force capable of contesting the timers, but stood down rather than do so. As the evening progressed, one ihub after another fell until the constellation was back in Imperium hands.
Much was made of the taking of the NJU-QV constellation previously, as it cut the Imperium off from the Fountain region and was to serve as the springboard of PandaFam’s re-invasion of that region. The latter petered out, but there were still multiple Imperium Keepstars in the constellation that faced the threat of destruction once PAPI waited out the 35 timer and was able to deploy cyno jammers to keep the Imperium from jumping in when the Keepstars were contested. However, that went astray when a newbie Imperium pilot reportedly kept shooting the cyno jammer. Per Asher Elias:
You may not know this but the M2 ihub jammer was stopped by a couple month old :shobon: newbee shooting the jammer to pause it. This new player is directly responsible for nearly 300 dead enemy titans. Every ship counts.
That led to a bit of classic Goonswarm propaganda being updated yet again.
That opened a hole that allowed the Imperium to kill their cyno jammers and deploy three of their own. While the Imperium could not jam the system, the cyno jammer mechanic only allows three to be deployed in a single system, so we had a flash of the old “defensive SBU” tactic of the Dominion sovereignty days, which helped the Imperium to get setup on the Keepstar for the second fight.
Meanwhile, the Keepstar grid in M2-XFE remains bubbled and camped by Imperium forces eager to get in on another super or titan kill. I lucked in on an Avatar kill when a FinFleet pilot decided to risk it and log in. Chance was not with them.
Despite a persistent PAPI claim that all the supers and titans from the second fight either died or where ghost kills and restored to the T5ZI-S Keepstar, bubbles and dictors have been deployed above the Keepstar as well as below it. And the upper bubbles have yielded some kills. I watched a Nyx that managed to log out during the second fight get warped right back to its logout spot in the midst of all those bubbles, where it too was blown up.
Some half-hearted attempts have been made to try and free the trapped capital ships left behind after both fights, but the promise of more kills has kept the camp strong so far and any form up by the hostiles has been met by a counter-form by the Imperium.
For the moment the Imperium has been able to check PAPI’s momentum in Delve. But that does not preclude them being able to get their act together again and continue their onslaught. The war isn’t over yet.