Assault on M-OEE8 Keepstar

Rhivre 2016-12-04

At 1843 on 4 December, the armor timer on the M-OEE8 Keepstar came up, after yesterdays successful attack on the shield.

As the timer approached, both Aunenen and M-OEE8 filled up, with 2500 in M-O alone.

CO2 brought a Machariel fleet for defense, supported by TEST in Nightmares.

As the timer approached, supers were jumped into the system, and long-range fighter bombers were readied for deployment in the attack.

PH were also deploying a sizeable fleet, and at least 2 Imperium Fleets are inbound, so this is shaping up to be a battle of epic proportions.

M-O Pre-attack

We will update this with news as this story develops.

 

18:48

with 10.5 minutes left on the repair cycle, the attack has yet to begin in earnest

18:52

Local passes 4k,  shooting is finally beginning on the Keepstar with PLs Typhoon fleet moving into place

18:54

The timer is paused with 4m9s remaining, meaning the DPS floor has been reached. There was concern that the timer might not be able to be paused as it counts down in real time, even during TiDi

19:00

First bomb wave hits, fighting is now beginning between the fleets, with Machariels engaging the PL typhoon fleet, whilst GSF are present with a Cerberus fleet, and Darkness have arrived in Bifrosts and Machariels.

XiX have also arrived on grid

19:10

Eve has over 50k online, approaching 10% of them are down in M-OEE8, with 7% of them in Jita.

M-O Assault Machariels

19:15

Armor is at 94%, with TiDi meaning this is shaping up to be a longer fight than the usual 24 minutes we have seen for previous citadel attacks. XiX are taking losses in their mach fleet

The Citadel has launched a guided bomb, meaning concerns about the modules being offline were unfounded

guided-bomb

19:31

Point Defense Battery has been activated, the armor is at 88%, so everyone is settling in for a long night.  There are reports of connectivity problems, raising concerns about whether the node will be able to stay up.

19:45

Armor is at around 85% after an hour, with continuing reports of disconnects and problems re-logging. NC. are on field with a Nyx and Aeon fleet, and everything is moving painfully slowly due to tidi. Guided Bombs are moving across the field slowly and inexorably towards their targets.

The Keepstar is racking up kills (and is somewhat easier to load up on zkill than of the full B-R)

20:03

Armor  is below 80%, with the long-range fighter-bombers applying most of the DPS while PL keep their supers and caps out of range of the Keepstar. The supers and caps are sitting 1000k off the Keepstar at one of the Astrahus in the system.

20:16

Continuing connection problems, with reports of loading into the client to find the keepstar is not on their screens.

20:26

The doomsday has finally fired, hitting some of the Pandemic Legion Typhoons

Doomsday

20:35

There are rumours that an XiX FC was hit by the Doomsday from the Keepstar when it fired into the ball of PL and allies.  Due to the mechanism of the Doomsday, it hits the first target, then jumps to other ships based on mass.

20:45

Horde fleet appears to be down, after getting bombed.  It is rumoured that their FC told them just before the bombs landed that the bombs wouldnt kill them.

Horde Fleet Bombed

20:56

Tidi continues, Boat is reported to be doing laundry, it is unclear if this will affect his bombing runs.

21:10

Tiberius Stargazer of NC. has been passing the time during TiDi by making a chicken pie from scratch, including pastry while using his super in M-O.  PL are passing the time by watching fleet members stream Final Fantasy, while Dirk Macgirk is considering setting up his Christmas tree and making pasta and meatballs.  This is from a MacGirk secret recipe that he was not able to share with Imperium News

21:54

Tiberius’ pies are now out of the oven

tiberius-pies

In Keepstar related news, Darkness dreads have cynoed into the Keepstar at 0, for reasons that are unknown. This of course, puts them in range of the doomsday.  There is also a brave soul on field with an MTU, attempting to hoover up wreckage and loot. Problems also continue with the node, with one individual docking his nightmare, only to find it ejected outside of the keepstar, with him inside in his pod.

The armor is at around 40%, so 2 hours to go, approximately

Dreads arrive.

dreads2

22:29

Doomsday has been fired into the dreads

Doomsday 1

Doomsday Firing

 

Doomsday 3

Daopa has been streaming the entire fight on Twitch, and there is a clip of the DD here from Hazzel1337

23:10

The defenders are withdrawing, and Tidi is dropping. The armor is at 6% now, with tidi at 26% as there are only 1850 in system.

23:18

Its over, 5d 19h 25m until the next timer, so see you all again on Saturday at 18:50.

We will leave you with some screenshots provided by Modern Inferno and Zebediah Washington of Northern Crux LLC, and a quote from TESTs Sapporo Jones, which sums up the evening.

[TEST]SapporoJonesToday at 12:13 AM

it’s the kind of spectacle we live in nullsec to participate in,

win or lose it’s exciting

brackets

bubbles

m-o

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Comments

  • Ryan

    Thanks for the live reporting, Rhivre! It’s great to start my morning with solid coverage of something blowing up.

    December 4, 2016 at 8:24 pm
    • Ryan Ryan

      I totally lost it when the pies came out.

      December 4, 2016 at 10:12 pm
  • FroggyStorm

    I need more updates on the pot pies.

    December 4, 2016 at 10:59 pm
    • Rhivre FroggyStorm

      I think we should definitely dig deeper into the pies.

      December 4, 2016 at 11:32 pm
  • Caleb Ayrania

    Now that is a proper live battle report! It was Black Adder WW1 season here!

    December 4, 2016 at 11:27 pm
  • David Matterall

    Great stuff Rhivre. Thanks for covering that

    December 5, 2016 at 12:08 am
  • Poision_Kevin

    I hope it’ll be pointed out how The Imperium went to help “the backstabbers” and didn’t shoot them even once. Nice play-by-play update though!

    December 5, 2016 at 12:50 am
    • And if The Imperium had shot CO2 instead of PL you’d be saying, “Look at how The Imperium sided with the people who just kicked them out of Delve!”

      December 5, 2016 at 1:15 am
      • Poision_Kevin Lekly

        Totally kicked you out of delve? 😀 I’m just saying the hypocrism of “omg backstabbers” and then run to their aid.

        December 5, 2016 at 3:44 am
    • Duramora Poision_Kevin

      Let me set the record straight- we came to shoot anything that wasn’t us. I shot at some COTestes there… or rather, I tried, as lag and TiDi often conspired to keep my missiles from shooting.

      The biggest reason we shot at NCPL was that they were farther outside the bubbles, not any sense of “helping” COTest.

      In fact, the first kill on my KB in M-O was a CO2 Mach: https://zkillboard.com/kill/57885460/

      December 5, 2016 at 3:54 am
      • Wilhelm Arcturus Duramora

        Exactly, it was purely targets of opportunity… except for some select individuals. I’m on that CO2 Mach as well.

        December 5, 2016 at 4:25 am
        • Duramora Wilhelm Arcturus

          Kill them all and let zKillboard sort them out??? 😀

          December 5, 2016 at 1:25 pm
          • Rhivre Duramora

            😀 Poor Zkill, it got so confused by who was where

            December 5, 2016 at 1:55 pm
      • Poision_Kevin Duramora

        Let me add something to that then. gigX never sets standings for no reason.
        http://i.imgur.com/333Me3N.png

        Funny accident I guess.

        December 5, 2016 at 2:30 pm
        • Duramora Poision_Kevin

          A Redditer states he did that to keep us off the Overview so they could concentrate on NC.PL: https://www.reddit.com/r/Eve/comments/5gkzgk/br_for_the_battle_of_mo_cot_1636_fielded_102b/dat52cg/
          (believe it if you will- it makes some sense at least)

          We still had COTest red- so it wasn’t mutual.

          December 5, 2016 at 4:05 pm
          • Poision_Kevin Duramora

            I’d say fair enough if it wasn’t for only one CO2 mach broadcasted and pinging in that much tidi even though CO2 machs were still within range. I wouldn’t make claims I didn’t have video info to prove it with, nor spys confirming.

            December 6, 2016 at 7:20 pm
    • Krogos Poision_Kevin

      Meh we shot quite some co2 mach’s down before we switched to other targets.

      Maybe dont bring so many blue’s next time ? as god damn you batphoned in a fucking army m8 xD

      December 5, 2016 at 7:58 pm
  • Borat Guereen

    “the long-range fighter-bombers applying most of the DPS while PL keep their supers and caps out of range of the Keepstar. The supers and caps are sitting 1000k off the Keepstar at one of the Astrahus in the system.”

    So the most important fight for the survival of an alliance that had the balls to deploy a Keepstar and have vigorously stalled for weeks a now pointless invasion (as Horde stated they will not live in Tribute) is being won by the biggest capital blobs allowed to kite the strongest structure of the game, out of reach of any significant damage?

    WTF has this game become??

    I am not well versed in super-capitals and titans, but I must say I am astounded to learn that the game allows attacking from 1000km without any risks… I guess this is what the “community feedback” driven by the successive PLooNS CSM has led this game to.

    Am I the only one thinking WTF??

    December 5, 2016 at 1:27 am
    • Gla Frite Borat Guereen

      Well, Eve’s a sandbox, and even the Tidi fetishists have to right to live there. The more they are in a given system, the better. And Imperium News is still young, and also have great articles for newcomers, so…

      Mandatory footer : CSM is shite, yeah, sure. It just doesn’t matter.

      December 5, 2016 at 7:26 am
    • TigerXtrm Borat Guereen

      To be honest, if you have a Keepstar in a system you had better be able to defend said system. What PL did was anchor multiple Astrahus’s around the Keepstar ahead of time as a beachhead from which to attack the Keepstar. The fact that CO2 allowed them to do that in the first place shows how completely outmatched they are. If they had simply prevented those Astrahus’s from coming online PL would have had a much harder fight. They might not have shown up at all without the advantage they had now.

      The Keepstar was dead the moment those Astrahus’s came online. There’s no getting around it. They can’t be destroyed in time and the enemy fleet is 100% safe right next to the target. It’s completely mind boggling they let it happen.

      December 5, 2016 at 4:52 pm
    • Krogos Borat Guereen

      Nullsec is much more complicated then you think it is.

      Co2 had this comming, and it will happen again if they retake Tribute and perhaps Test assets are next now PL is pissed ?

      But lets give a sneakpeak on the Co2 Alliance:

      Co2 was a smalltime alliance with 1600 members give or take a few years back within the Imperium and grew to a mammoth alliance of 5500 members.

      They got rich, had protection, no1 to fear with the might of the Imperium defending each other.

      We won wars, we devided the riches over the most battle hardened alliance’s within the CFC / Imperium.
      The harder one alliance participated the more rewards they were showered with in the form of space and moons.

      Imperium could not be challenged untill the Casino War / World War Bee, Imperium could not have won that war, even if they would have tried and would go balls deep the results would be the same just with bankrupt alliances and burned out FC’s and members as the funding of the MBC was done with casino isk and the amount of casino isk availeble to fund that war was beyond gamebreaking.

      So Imperium decided not to commit with full force and just slowed that war down in the hope MBC numbers started to deminish, but with full SRP and major payouts for any corp / alliance that would participate in the war with pretty nice isk contracts the numbers were so big that it made the Imperium look like a small coaliton.
      it was pretty obvious that the only choice was to give up the North and rebuild somewhere else and hope that CCP did the right thing and take out those insane amount of income and RMT from gambling addicts.

      Co2 for some reason wasnt going to give up tribute, they choose to turn on Imperium and suck the dick of casino iskerkino’s wich brought them with another Alliance that was once part of the Imperium and did a similar move and backstab their former brothers.

      Circle of Test had a great ride for the 1st few weeks in the Tribute war.
      Fozzysov showed that elite pvp wasnt going to cut it as CoT was holding the line pretty well.
      NC. + Horde had major problems flipping a constalation and things started to look realy realy bad for NC. and Horde untill Daddy PL made a few phonecalls and started to commit to this war balls deep with all their toys and endless list of blue’s.

      In a matter of 7 days they set ablaze whole Tribute and with Co2 and Test and standing alone they could do nothing but watch it burn.

      So you see…..Co2 could have given up Tribute and not betray their brothers and stay within Imperium and could have lived in Fountain if they wanted as we would have taken more lebensraum for our ally’s and Fountain is a very moon rich region suited for a big alliance.
      Nothing could have touched them there as we have daily stratops in Imperium to assist our brothers borders and moons.

      But they made their choice and here they are today.

      Today its PL and perhaps tomorow the reckoning of Imperium.

      Sad thing is in todays Nullsec its either become PL’s bitch or forge a coalition strong enough to bite so hard none dares to opose you.

      Sadly for Test and CO2 those options will not be present as many nullsec alliance do not want to have ally’s that turn on them when they need them the most.

      Quite ironic if you think about it, both Test and Co2 former CFC / Imperium and both tried to “twist the knife” in their former ally’s 😛

      December 5, 2016 at 7:48 pm
      • Borat Guereen Krogos

        “Nullsec is much more complicated then you think it is.”

        From my point of view, it really is not. A small clique of older players are making back room agreements to maintain their power and economic interests in sov space. They want all new players interested by Null Sec to pay them rent, or fight for them.

        CO2 refused to bend the knee and rejected their previous master, then claimed Tribute as their own, without themselves resorting to renting and having a core leadership impervious to these backroom deals.

        This was a dangerous thing to let them stay in Tribute and grow stronger. Under false pretenses (moving Horde to Tribute), they had to be dealt with and the symbol of their power destroyed to make sure the next rebels knew for sure that the only way to exist in Null Sec is to kiss a ring.

        This is Eve second decade, a universe of rings’ licker leaders hoping to get some easy scraps from their masters rather than trying to take what is their right by themselves the hard way, like CO2 did.

        December 6, 2016 at 6:42 am
        • Gla Frite Borat Guereen

          Please, open your eyes : CO2’s upper management got paid to defect, and continues to sell supers (with some complacency from Test) on the shady market supers have always been. The scammed ones here are the CO2 playerbase, like in every big Null Sec alliance (but, hey : they asked for that)

          December 6, 2016 at 3:36 pm
  • Archie700

    Any more information on the pies?

    December 5, 2016 at 4:04 am
    • Rhivre Archie700

      I am assured the pies were a success, and that Tiberius is scouring the internet feverishly for his next tidi culinary adventure

      December 6, 2016 at 12:41 pm
  • amarshall9000

    Good article

    December 7, 2016 at 1:39 am