The Legacy Keepstar in UALX-3 came out of it’s anchoring timer overnight. Panfam and their associates are trying to destroy it, whilst Legacy & Imperium are defending.
The fight started out as mostly a subcap fight as the keepstar came out of the timer. The keepstar made it to 10m57s before it was paused by Darkness Munnins, NC/MC and PL Cerberus fleets and Pandemic Horde Eagles. A Goon Baltec fleet got bombed.
The Keepstar is likely to die. That is secondary however, to the titan forces that are currently facing off at the location. Approximately 45 minutes ago, PL, Skillurself/Volta and Tri made the call to commit a large number of their supercapital fleet. Legacy and Imperium have responded in kind, and this is looking to be a fight that may last until downtime. Supers continue to enter the system, whilst the tidi is crushing and disconnects are happening across the board.
Head over to Imperium News Twitch where Boat and Matterall are commentating on the fight.
Update: We have confirmed reports that Imperium and NCdot armour superfleets are moving in to the engagement while a Tri Ragnarok has been destroyed. There is the potential and precedent for CCP to delay downtime for this battle, as happened with at Asakai and reportedly B-R5.
Update 2: Titans have officially engaged, and doomsdays are going off. An Erebus belonging to PL or HRE has been downed by doomsday fire, and the node is creaking under the weight of the conflict. Approximately three hundred characters have disconnected in the space of a minute. GSF titans are in mid-jump, and CCP Falcon has been sighted on the Imperium News Discord.
Update 3: At around an hour and a half after its initial jump-in, the hostile fleet is beginning to bump away. Confirmation of two hostile Erebus kills has come in. The second Erebus, piloted by Tony Bourdain, was fitted with legacy large rigs.
Both sides are committing a minimum number of subcaps. The goal in doing so is to keep the node alive, allowing for the battle to continue as long as possible.
Update 4: GSF is firing doomsday devices as soon as the locks clear. Two TEST Ragnaroks have been confirmed as destroyed as a TEST dreadbomb loads. Estimates put the fleet at 250 dreadnoughts.
Update 5: Imperium doomsdays have gone off. It has been nearly 15 minutes since our last update.
Update 6: CCP Falcon has confirmed that downtime will not be affected by the battle.
Update 7: Reports place GSF’s armour fleet in central Delve. NCdot is reportedly en-route through Etherium Reach towards the fight, and is taking a slower route to avoid hostile hictors and dictors. An unfit FAX has blown up.
Update 8: A recent d-scan reports that 263 titans, 409 carriers, 428 supercarriers, 169 force auxiliaries, and eleven dreadnoughts are currently on grid. There are also three Rorquals.
Update 9: As of 0654 EVE, the Keepstar is still paused with 14% structure remaining.
LATE UPDATE: The Keepstar has been destroyed. As of this moment, 6 PL/FRT/TRI titans have been destroyed to 2 TEST Ragnaroks.
OH GOD IT’S WAY TOO LATE UPDATE: Approximately 45 minutes before downtime, the UALX node crashed, more or less coinciding with the entry of the Imperium’s armor titans from 6RCQ. NC.’s own supercapital fleet, which had reached jump range in LK1K-5 after burning from Tribute around through Venal and the northeast, did not enter the system.
The final score at this time appears to be 11 PL/FRT/TRI/Etc titans killed (including a Blades of Grass Avatar that logged in after the node crash and remap) to 4 TEST titans killed. The attackers are likely to have won the ISK war, given the value of the Keepstar and the 300-600 dreadnoughts TEST sacrificed to eat titan dps and doomsdays. However, as NCPL have long been fond of reminding everyone after losing a dreadbomb: insured dreads are essentially free.