But not as many as before.
If the battle report I cooked up sufficiently reflects reality, a total of 20 titans were lost, down from the 56 destroyed last fight, with the split being 1 lost from attackers and 19 of the defenders titans being destroyed, along with the Keepstar itself. The battle report shows 2 attacking titans lost, but zKillboard doesn’t show an Avatar being lost by Wotan Oden, so something still needs to catch up. So it might be 21 titans down, with 2 lost by the attackers.
This, as I mentioned yesterday, all kicked off before I was even thinking about lunch at the office, but I brought my iPad along to stick in the corner of my desk to keep an eye on the battle.
Over in front of my phone, which never rings…
I do have to say that INN knew what data incoming views wanted to know with their overlay. They had a counter for titans, supers, and specials destroyed, another for the local count, a count down clock for the timer itself and, once the fight started, a display showing the percentage of hull hit points left on the Keepstar.
Aside from the kill counter being a bit confusing… I assumed it was counting attacker and defenders blown up, but it was counting how many ships the attackers and defenders had blown up… that was all I needed running silently at the office.
Anyway, due to the above confusion about the counter I was wondering how the defenders lost a titan before the counter even finished.
Almost fifteen minutes left to go and already a titan down
But it was the defenders who manager to kill a GSF Erebus that was likely bumped, ended up exposed and blown up.
Then the fight actually kicked off and the counter began a lopsided swing towards the attackers. Later on I heard that one of the things learned from the first fight was positioning. To deal with the titans on the Keepstar, able to safely tether up quickly after a doomsday kill, Asher positioned our titans at the extreme edge of doomsday range. That meant of the defenders, who were all over the Keepstar, only some of them would be in range to take a shot. Unable to bring all weapons to bear on every target they were denied kills.
The attackers, both larger in numbers and grouped up in a tighter ball, had no similar issue and quickly started dispatching vulnerable defending titans one after another.
And then the DDoS attacks started, hitting Imperium coms, forcing the attackers to use text channels to coordinate targets as well as the EVE Online login server.
The usual “Well, of course X did this…” accusations flew, as always from people who have no special insight into the issue, but this attack didn’t help either side. It imperiled the ability of the attackers to blow up the Keepstar and effectively ended their titan kill streak, while the defenders were unable to bring in additional titans they had staged nearby. Leadership of both coalitions were unhappy with this state of affairs.
CCP Falcon got on the INN stream to talk about the situation. The stream itself was dropped from the fight several times.
Back live with CCP Falcon speaking
CCP Falcon gave more information about the state of the servers as well as speaking about why the client end crashes on its own during such big fight, the latter often related to the client trying to allocate more memory than it can access. This is something that won’t happen nearly as often once a 64-bit client is available, something Falcon said we ought to have within a year. (Until then this post on Reddit can help you avoid that sort of crash.)
All of which happened while I was still at my desk at work.
When I finally headed out the Keepstar was still up, but it was destroyed in the half hour it took me to get home.
On arriving home I logged in my alt, pre-positioned in X47L-Q in a cloaky ship, and warped on grid to see what I could see. The Keepstar was gone, but the attacking titan fleet still appeared to all be on grid in the bubbles meant to keep them from warping off if they disconnected.
A mighty mass of titans
A directional scan I did of the area showed 466 titans, 322 force auxiliaries, and 191 super carriers.
A closer look at that titan blob shows the smaller capitals mixed in with them.
Zoomed in some on the blob
The area around where the Keepstar was located was still clearly staked out with its own array of bubbles.
Around where the Keepstar was
While there appear to be still some ships there, including several titans, those are all ghosts, either safely logged off or destroyed, but still showing up in space and on overviews due to some sort of server malfunction under the stress of load. You could not target them, though that didn’t keep every new person who showed up from thinking they could get on one last titan kill.
That titan is a mirage
The wrecks though, they were still there and some enterprising pilots were off to try and harvest some of the loot on field.
An Initiative Mercenaries Rorqual looking to loot
While the battle was over there was still clean up to be done. A fresh Baltec fleet was called in 6RCQ-V to help cover the returning capitals as well as collect up stragglers and those disconnected earlier in order to get everybody home. We were bridged to the mid-point Fortizar, where titans were already beginning to collect.
A lot of ships hanging off that Fort
That Fortizar, and another not too far off, was the scene of a heavy interdictor massacre. A fleet of HICs, as they are called, was sent in to delay the incoming fleets and ended up being slaughtered.
We moved on to X47L-Q where we picked up some subcaps that had been wandering around. Then we were sent out to blow up wrecks, including the wreck of the Keepstar, in order to leave nothing of value on the battlefield. Also on the list of things to blow up were friendly ships apparently adrift and not responding. The only kill mail I was on for the battle was an allied Archon. Again, we were not leaving anything behind, including free kills.
Then we headed back to the Tosche Station Fortizar and got a bridge back to the mid-point where we had to wait for 25 minutes due to jump fatigue. While CCP cut back on those timers, jumping four times during a short period still leaves you with some down time. So we got to sit and watch out bridging titan change the SKINs on his Ragnarok.
Maybe the prettiest
When the time finally came we jump we were out and able to dock up. That was the end of the battle, with the current battle report numbers indicating that it cost the defenders about two trillion ISK.
Battle report not guaranteed 100% finished or accurate
The battle report has about 100 individuals from various third party groups, but their losses do not add up to much so I left them on the Imperium side of the chart. Naturally, with this big of a fight the DOTLAN stats show X47L-Q as the most violent null sec system in the last 24 hours.
Pure Blind got the top four spots. The next two systems are on the way to X47, so are likely people getting blown up coming or going, while the final slot is our mid-point system where all those HICs died.
So that was that, the latest battle in the war of the Keepstars. The war is not over. There are certainly more citadels to assail, including the Circle of Two Keepstar in DW-T2I. I don’t think the Imperium will be satisfied or think about turning for home until at least that has been destroyed.
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