The tide certainly turned this past week.
The battle of 1DQ1-A on August 2nd, the final assault on the Imperium capitol, turned out to be the high water mark of the PAPI invasion. Even as PAPI forces, trapped in the bubble field, were being routed, alliances in the Legacy coalition began to unanchor structures that they wanted to save from any Imperium counter stroke.
This mid-fight move caught Legacy’s allies in the PAPI coalition by surprise, so rather than getting word from their leaders many PAPI coalition members found out due to Bjorn Bee mentioning it on his stream.
PAPI started trying to pull out of Delve gracefully as the Imperium did its all it can to hinder tham. PAPI told their line members they would have two weeks to get their stuff out of the region, but the Imperium’s pressure moved that up to “get out this weekend or asset safety!” And even then some groups, like Pandemic Horde, just punted on their late subcap move ops, leaving some of their line members to fend for themselves.
As for TEST, whose leadership were the ones to declare the war of extermination, they have been offered a home in Outer Passage, possibly the second furthest region from Delve, and only because somebody else wants Cobalt Edge, the furthest region.
To get there they have a long march ahead hauling all of their stuff. (Sometimes in the wrong ship for the job.)
Once there, behind the bulk of WinterCo, Fraternity has promised to remain blue to them. In return Fraternity will now receive a share of the Tranquility Trading Consortium profits, presumably out of TEST’s cut, TEST no longer being the leader of a major coalition, but a supplicant. Legacy Coalition is dead.
Brave is said to be set to take up some space in western Geminate, under the cover of PanFam. Evictus is going to head back to Esoteria where they still hold some space, while rumor has it that Federation Uprising and Eternal Requiem might just disband, though they seem to be holding together for the moment.
Then, in a sign of a conflict to come, the Army of Mango Alliance that it was also leaving Legacy behind and forming a new coalition under the Pan-Intergalactic Business Community banner, the PBIC.
Those who pay attention may recall that is the name of the alliance that “won” EVE Online on the Serenity server by becoming the all powerful ruler of New Eden there. That is sure to draw attention and ire from some of the other Chinese alliances on Tranquility. AOM, Fraternity, Ranger Regiment, Dracarys, as well as some corporations like the People’s Liberation Army all came from the Serenity server in China. I don’t recall who was on vs. against the PBIC there, but I suspect that this move will make them choose up sides.
And, finally, there has been a lot of talk in the Imperium about historical analogies and the name of the war. I have favored Napoleon’s retreat from Moscow, but it lacks meme-ready imagery and a snappy name. Things that have floated around include Afgoonistan and Dumbkirk. But the one that has gained some traction is Beeitnam, so now INN is rebranding the war as that. I’m sticking with World War Bee for the sake of consistency, as I did with the Casino War when everybody was trying to rebrand that further down the road.
One Year Ago
CCP announced Metaliminal Storms, some of which would keep you from cloaking.
We were running out to Stain to work with the Russians who were happy to take shots at TEST.
The ihubs in Fountain were largely lost and we were starting to fight on Keepstars in the region.
In my week five update I noted that French ConneXion had joined the Imperium and that PAPI was already confused about who was invading whom, demanding that we attack them. Also, Fountain Frank made his meme debut.
He is now Frank triumphant.
The situation went down hill fast for PAPI in Delve. But at least we’re done with that Siege of 1DQ map that I have been running every week since late April. The bubble sphere around the T5ZI gate in 1DQ is gone as the Imperium no longer wants to hinder traffic through the gate, since traffic is pretty much all us going out to attack PAPI.
The week started with the final assault on 1DQ that I mentions above, which went south fast and led to PAPI declaring that they were leaving Delve.
PAPI, attempting to keep their evacuation route secure, formed up multiple fleets when the Imperium went to contest the ihub in 1-SMEB on Tuesday. This also went poorly for PAPI.
They continued to put up fleets to skirmish with us up into Wednesday, then ihubs began to fall and the rush for the exits began. By Friday Imperium fleets were moving about the region unhindered save for the occasional gunner in a citadel. Even in T5ZI, where they occasionally put up a small gate camp, structure shooting fleets went about their business with impunity.
I was considering dragging out the old Delve map template I had with each of the constellations named and highlighted in order to chart progress made on ihubs, but then the Imperium went all out with fleets around the clock for structure bashes and entosis ops and… well… there are no PAPI held ihubs in Delve any more. The last few fell Sunday afternoon.
I haven’t spent this much time in fleets since the M2-XFE hell camp.
TEST, who had planned to move into Delve and live there after the war, left structures all over the region and was in the process of trying to unanchor most of them. That takes almost a week and has to start over again if the structure is reinforced, so we have been interrupting as many as we can. It seems unlikely that TEST or PAPI will be around in force in Delve by the time the unachoring process can cycle through again. TEST is going to lose a lot of structures as they seemed to have dropped things as haphazardly as we did back in the day. That will be the first payment extracted from TEST.
The Delve campaign report for week 57 bears out how much went on this week.
The report broke because Pandemic Horde and/or capsule counts caused an error, but rolling back a day puts the total losses at 1.6 trillion ISK, with PH accounting for 232 billion. TEST rang up an amazing 322 billion ISK in additional losses on Sunday, so the total for the week is probably close to 2 trillion ISK. The is a 4x increase and the structure losses are still coming. Fortizars are being dropped on grid with each of the PAPI Keepstars to serve as platforms from which to destroy them.
The Initiative went to town in Fountain, starting to purge ihubs from west to east on the map, starting with the Federation Uprising space.
They have vowed to cleanse the region of PAPI.
Over in Querious, Imperium forces have taken the ihubs in “Fake Querious,” the portion of the region that is an enclave within Delve space, as well as driving along the north of the region, which happens to be the PAPI evacuation route.
It may not be the Brave route though. I was in Badivefi on Sunday and there were a lot of Brave pilots docked up in the NPC stations there.
And even down in Period Basis PAPI ihubs have started being purged.
The 13 month long assault on the Imperium is being rolled back in just days.
A busy week. I was there for the grand assault on 1DQ, the fight over the 1-SMEB ihub, and for a bunch of structure shoots. I did lose a Sabre in the 1-SMEB fight, but that is what Sabres are for.
I also lost another Atron entosis ship along the way. I got a bit ahead of the pack. But mostly I was out helping tear down PAPI structures.
The Imperium is very serious about making all those structures explode.
At the end of the week, my total losses for the war added up to:
- Ares interceptor – 18
- Malediction interceptor – 7
- Drake battle cruiser – 7
- Atron entosis frigate – 7
- Cormorant destroyer – 5
- Purifier stealth bomber – 5
- Crusader interceptor – 5
- Rokh battleship – 5
- Scimitar T2 logi – 5
- Ferox battle cruiser – 4
- Jackdaw destroyer – 4
- Scalpel T2 logi frigate – 3
- Guardian T2 logi – 2
- Sabre interdictor – 1
- Eagle heavy assault cruiser – 1
- Scythe T1 logi – 1
- Raven battleship – 1
- Crucifier ECM frigate – 1
- Gnosis battlecruiser – 1
- Bifrost command destroyer – 1
- Hurricane battle cruiser – 1
- Sigil entosis industrial – 1
- Mobile Small Warp Disruptor I – 1
Amarr Foundation Day arrived, with login rewards and events for players.
Then there was good news on the peak concurrent user front this week, with the uptick in war activities driving the number up to nearly 30K concurrent on Sunday. After several weeks where the count never topped 25K, week 57 saw every day in the 26-28K range.
- 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
- Week 39 – 35,597 (Saturday)
- Week 40 – 35,384 (Saturday)
- Week 41 – 33,708
- Week 42 – 33,521
- Week 43 – 33,731
- Week 44 – 33,742 (Saturday)
- Week 45 – 33,758
- Week 46 – 31,768
- Week 47 – 29,898
- Week 48 – 31,462 (Monday)
- Week 49 – 27,914
- Week 50 – 26,045
- Week 51 – 25,661
- Week 52 – 24,262
- Week 53 – 24,290
- Week 54 – 24,922
- Week 55 – 26,259 (Saturday)
- Week 56 – 27,176
- Week 57 – 29,953
- INN – Beeitman: Week 57
- INN – Legacy Failscade as Rout Continues
- NN – 1DQ Status: It’s Happening
- INN – BlackOps In The Backfield
- INN – Progod announces TEST moving to Drones as PAPI Allies abandon war
- Reddit – Transcription of TEST Post-Town Hall Statement
- INN – Silver Linings for PAPI; Considerations for Goons
- INN – The Unfettered Flame
- INN – Honey-golden linings: A Response to Seir
- NEP – PAPI Forces to Seek Withdrawal from War, Null-Sec Shakeups, Disbands, and More
- TNG – The Siege Of O-EIMK Effectively Ended Yesterday
- TAGN – PAPI Begins Pulling Out of Delve
- TAGN – Operations in Delve as World War Bee Continues
- Reddit – FRT and Winter Co Plans
- INN – PAPI’s Retreat Daily Report: Days 1-7