Another week of skirmishes and undefended structure kills in Delve. I was inspired to revive a bit of propaganda from a past campaign in the region. Back in 2012 the Walltreipers Alliance held out for an extended period against overwhelming odds, earning the respect of all in the campaign. Somebody repurposed an Asterix map for that back then, which I revised to reflect the current situation.
In a bit of a replay, the main corporations from the 2012 Walltreipers Alliance ended up in The Initiative and are currently involved, once again, in a fight against heavy odds.
Over on the PAPI focused Trash Talk Tuesday show this past week Vily made another attempt to reel back in the comments he made to Polygon when interviewed about the goal of Legacy Coalition in the war back around week 11. For those in need of a reminder:
When we started this war, we knew that we were fighting this to the end,” Vily told Polygon. “For us, this is a war of extermination. This is a war to the death. We are aiming for the removal of Mittani and The Imperium from Eve Online. […] We are here to purge them.
-Vily, in an interview with Polygon about the war
He has tried to walk that statement back a few times, saying he didn’t really mean it. But the original statement wasn’t him on yet another Twitch stream speaking off the cuff. This was an interview with an online publication, a situation where one would generally be ready with some prepared statements. Meanwhile, his attempts to “prove” he didn’t mean it have all been hand waving, leaving one to suspect that he did mean it and that now he merely regrets its.
Vily did say that PAPI would be attacking 1DQ1-A, that they have a plan to destroy the Imperium capital. Details were absent, as one would expect, so we will just have to wait and see if he really meant that as well.
Of course, then on Friday afternoon CCP announced their “significant update to industry” plan which seems designed to make capital ships cost 3-5x what they do today, something that will discourage any sort of bloody assault on the Imperium capital. In addition to the usual effect of locking in the “haves” versus the “have nots” in terms of power, it is likely to make the capital “haves” much more conservative in how they use them.
This led to a cross-coalition Meta Show on Saturday, with representatives from both sides of the war discussing the possible impact of these proposed changes. There seemed to be agreement that the rich will get richer… Malcanis wins again… but when the question of whether or not expensive capitals would mean an end to the war, neither side backed down. Kenneth Feld of Pandemic Legion said he had titans ready to go and wasn’t leaving until 1DQ1-A had been burned to the ground, even if it took another year to get there.
So the war remains “on.”
PAPI had a banner week when it came to Keepstar destruction, knocking down five more in systems where they were able to put up cyno jammers in order to operate without the threat of Imperium capitals showing up to defend.
The Keepstar in 39P-1J was the KarmaFleet home base citadel, so I am going to guess a lot of stuff is on its way to asset safety. My PI Epithal is headed that way now.
The coalition instructions for the last few weeks has been that if you want to keep something safe, move it to 1DQ1-A.
Otherwise the map of Delve remains the same as it was last week. At least I can just run last week’s map, which will save me a bit of time.
There has been no push into the final Imperium constellation and no ihubs flipped outside of it.
In Querious Brave and Severance have managed to claim all the remaining ihubs, so none are left in Imperium control.
That is their new home.
We are getting down to the end of the fight over Catch, as Brave has lost their final ihub in the region. There is only a single Legacy ihub left in the region belonging to Warped Intentions, circled in red.
Once that is down and structure clean up has finished, Catch will cease to be a front to cover, the fighting being all but done now.
Likewise, Immensea is down to the last bits and pieces.
Impass, which I haven’t bothered to post maps of, is also pretty much done, so the Legacy Coalition alliances that lived in those regions are now committed to Delve, Querious, and Fountain.
Further along in Esoteria, that region remains in play with Army of Mango and Evictus trying to backfill TEST’s space to keep it out of the hands of The Bastion and its allies.
And then down in Fountain, the most recent of the secondary theaters of operation, Federation Uprising continues to push into the region.
Another week of me going on a few ops. I seemed to favor Mister Vee this week as I ended up on a few of his fleets, though not much came of them until a Muninn fleet yesterday that ran out to defend an armor timer on a Fortizar in 39P-1J. We successfully did that, then went to shoot their jump bridge that connects T5ZI-S to HZAQ-W, which drew a response from them, which got us to ping for another fleet, which got more of them revved up and we soon have 1,600+ of us zipping around in HACs and dragging the server down to the point that things were not responding. I had locked and was shooting PAPI ships at one point and getting no responses… no hits and no misses, just ammo being expended.
After that started to get really bad we decided to extract and I got stuck on the gate out because my guns wouldn’t finish cycling down so my aggression timer was stuck at 1:00 and wouldn’t start counting. Somebody suggested spamming F1 until they responded, which eventually worked, after which I had to wait out the very slow due to tidi timer.
At 20 seconds left I became the primary and overheated my hardener and lit off my assault damage control. With three seconds left on my timer I was at 25% shields, which gave me just enough buffer to jump though.
On the far side of the gate I arrived just in time to help kill a TEST Minokawa, which was a nice way to end the fight.
So I ended up with no losses this week, though I was very close to one, so my overall losses for the war remain:
- Ares interceptor – 17
- Malediction interceptor – 7
- Crusader interceptor – 5
- Atron entosis frigate – 6
- Rokh battleship – 5
- Scimitar logi – 4
- Ferox battle cruiser – 4
- Drake battle cruiser – 4
- Purifier stealth bomber – 3
- Guardian logi – 2
- Scalpel logi frigate – 2
- Raven battleship – 1
- Crucifier ECM frigate – 1
- Gnosis battlecruiser – 1
- Bifrost command destroyer – 1
- Cormorant destroyer – 1
- Hurricane battle cruiser – 1
- Sigil entosis industrial – 1
- Mobile Small Warp Disruptor I – 1
As I mentioned at the top, there was CCP’s Friday afternoon announcement about the coming industry changes.
We also got the Monthly Economic Report for February, which included some new data. I wrote a post about that.
Over at War on the Rocks, a site that explores defense policy, there is a piece up about EVE Online and the current ongoing war and how it may be relevant (and not) to current ideas on war.
And on the peak concurrent user front, the high point on Sunday was up over previous weeks, reversing the downward trend we had been seeing. I will say, however, that peak largely seemed to be driven by the escalating fight I mentioned above, which kicked off just before the usual daily peak tends to land. Still, it got us over 36K.
- 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
- Week 18 – 36,632
- Week 19 – 35,816 (Saturday)
- Week 20 – 37,628 (Saturday)
- Week 21 – 34,888
- Week 22 – 33,264
- Week 23 – 33,149
- Week 24 – 32,807 (Saturday)
- Week 25 – 31,611
- Week 26 – 39,667 (Saturday)
- Week 27 – 34,989 (Saturday)
- Week 28 – 34,713
- Week 29 – 35,996
- Week 30 – 38,323
- Week 31 – 38,167
- Week 32 – 37,259
- Week 33 – 35,886 (Saturday)
- Week 34 – 35,626
- Week 35 – 35,379
- Week 36 – 35,085
- Week 37 – 34,394
- Week 38 – 36,319