Battle Report: The Imperium Fights Back in 8WA-Z6

2021-02-18

Imperium forces successfully repelled PAPI attempts on Wednesday to control all systems in the O-EIMK constellation, home to their capital of 1DQ-A. In a grueling fight that saw equal numbers form from both sides, the Imperium emerged victorious winning the ISK war with 274bn ISK killed to 216bn lost. Although PAPI were able to destroy two of the three cyno jammers – stated as one of their objectives – they were unable to reinforce the iHub and their own cyno jammers were destroyed by the end of the battle.

PAPI Increases Tempo

Since the M2- breakout, PAPI has increased the speed of its operations around Delve, while the Imperium remains focused on the M2 hellcamp and 1DQ. There have been rumours that Pandemic Horde leadership has taken the reigns of the PAPI armada, which has resulted in a far more aggressive approach to conquering systems within the region. This new tactic has seen PAPI flip a number of constellations without serious opposition.

The operation on the O-EIMK constellation might have been in response to criticism of the TEST leadership that the war was not accelerating fast enough. With war weariness clear on both sides, the clock is ticking for PAPI to conclude the war and return victorious. This constellation holds the keys to 1DQ.

Poking the Bees Nest

As PAPI forces assembled early, light skirmishes started erupting throughout the constellation with small groups vying for grid control. In response to intelligence stating that PAPI would assault their home constellation, the Imperium responded in full. The fighting commenced on a gate in 3-DMQT where Eagle and Cerberus fleets from both sides traded logistics before repositioning.

Imperium Eagles advance to contact.
Photo by Lafiel Perun

Then PAPI forces converged on cyno jammers in 8WA-. For a further four hours, fighting would rage there in heavy time dilation. Strategically placed within range of the systems Keepstar, the Imperium quickly dropped supers and carriers on the station and “skynetted” their fighters to support the engaged HAC fleets. PAPI responded with their own carriers to engage and destroy the jammer.

Multiple Dilemmas

With one cyno jammer destroyed, PAPI forces moved to destroy the second, but with and equal numbers of HACs from the Imperium, they failed to sustain grid control and suffered heavy losses. Concurrently, attempts were made to start flipping all systems in the constellation, however with the majority of the PAPI fleet engaged in heavy fighting over 8WA- (and in 10% time dilation) they could not muster the numbers to support their entosis fleets.

TEST Minokawa destroyed at the iHub.
Photo by Dark Shines

Proximity to their home of 1DQ allowed the Imperium to escalate these entosis fights with impunity, regularly dropping dreadnoughts and supers to eliminate PAPI ‘toasting’ Minokawas.

As the second cyno-jammer fell a follow-up fight emerged over a Dreddit Wyvern that disconnected and became separated from the rest of the fleet. As the Imperium descended on the lone supercarrier, PAPI retaliated with a dreadbomb. As the Imperium fleets scrambled away from danger, the isolated supercarrier managed to escape, only to land in close proximity to the Keepstar. Tackled and cut-off, it was swiftly destroyed in a swarm of fighters and HACs.

The Aftermath

In an unusual move, TAPI Head FC progodlegend recorded his address to his forces where he blamed CCP server management for their lack of success. He stated, “We got a very short end of the stick, we requested these nodes to be reinforced…they put all of the nodes including the one we requested in T5Z on the same node, but 1DQ was not. So not only did we have to fight in the same god awful lag, Goons got to reinforce with no lag…we did alright all things considered.”

In response to this, CCP GM Baldur posted the following:

CSM and Initiative member Brisc Rubal commented, “It’s clear that Panfam is getting tired of TEST’s slow structure grind route, and wanted to push hard to see if their belief that the Imperium was ready to fall over was true. They learned the hard way that we’re stayin’ alive. They were unable to complete any of their true objectives, and got yet another taste of what happens when they have to fight with anything close to even numbers.  I wish I could be a fly on the wall in their command comms to hear the bickering after this very public failure.”

Supers and Titans cyno in. Image by INIT FC Dark Shines.

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Comments

  • Guilford Australis

    As others have pointed out, it is ironic for PAPI to complain about raw numbers overloading the servers (which negates some of their numerical advantage) when their entire war strategy revolved around dogpiling an enemy with… server-crushing numbers. They have no one but themselves to blame.

    February 18, 2021 at 11:22 AM
    • blue blob good red blob bad

      February 18, 2021 at 11:46 AM
    • Moomin Amatin Guilford Australis

      More so when you find out that Progodlegend asked for systems to be reinforced but left 1DQ off of the list. Perhaps he was hoping for some advantage in this? Not that I would blame them for a second.

      There was also some talk of there only being 6 machines at this time available for larger server loads. I am sure that available resources from CCP has to factor in here as they are a limited resource. This is something that PAPI leadership have said they know about (YZ9 – Enho), then denied knowing about (M2-X debacle), then blamed everyone but themselves for the results when not in their favour.

      February 18, 2021 at 12:54 PM
      • Garreth Vlox Moomin Amatin

        “More so when you find out that Progodlegend asked for systems to be reinforced but left 1DQ off of the list. Perhaps he was hoping for some advantage in this?”

        you know he was, it’s been no secret that when both sides rage ping and log everyone in even the staging systems go to max tidi which slows down join fleet and getting on a bridge titan, the ONLY reason to request a reinforcement of his own staging node but not ours was that he though it would help them reship faster.

        February 18, 2021 at 9:51 PM
        • Moomin Amatin Garreth Vlox

          I wonder if anyone will turn up to note what a dishonourable action that was on the part of Piggles? 😉

          February 19, 2021 at 5:37 AM
          • Garreth Vlox Moomin Amatin

            we’d never know if they did, they’d be drowned out by the Kool-Aid chugging grrr gons crowd.

            February 19, 2021 at 8:37 AM
  • Alaric Faelen

    So basically….TEST’s war goes much better when TEST isn’t in charge. Also, given equal numbers, PAPI continuously loses.
    Better hurry up and get the job done then before too many more people decide to do something better with their Eve time than fight a war for Vily’s ego. Because once those numbers are remotely even, they are utterly doomed to failure.

    February 18, 2021 at 4:54 PM
    • William Doe Alaric Faelen

      Funny it took them long enough to have PanFam do the strategy. Should’ve been doing it after first month or so, but probably something Vily and Piggles would’ve refused due to their ego.

      February 18, 2021 at 5:03 PM
      • Garreth Vlox William Doe

        They should have been doing this from the start, Test has exactly ONE war victory to their name when it was them calling the shots AND putting up the majority of the people fighting, and that was their war with FRAT, other than that one exception Test has always either been the hanger on following the bigger better organized entity to victory (casino war, tribute glassing), or the loser picking a fight they can’t finish on their own (panfam was in the process of evicting test before the goons stepped in, their ejection from fountain, their failed 1v1 invasion war of horde and nc renter space coinciding with the tribute glassing). Test should have let panfam leadership call the shots from day one.

        February 18, 2021 at 9:57 PM
  • Deni'z von Meanace

    “How dare you CCP not managing your nodes in order we want to have this fight overs in our favour?” – your game is broken, I’m about rage quit, sincerely yours pgl and yes you won’t have my stuff!

    February 18, 2021 at 8:21 PM
  • Berth Ljunggren

    1DQ by Christmas 202?

    February 26, 2021 at 1:59 PM