Fight is On in M2-XFE

2020-12-30

A large battle has broken out in M2-XFE, with over 5,000 combatants involved. PAPI forces are trying to break through the armor timer on an Imperium KS, while Goons work to defend it. You may watch the battle on INN’s Twitch page here. Refresh this page frequently, as we are updating this story live during the fight.

Currently there are 706 titans, 500 supers, 600 Faxes, and a mixed bag of other ships on grid. This is the first battle where each side has truly unleashed their titans.

A cynojammer has come online, so no more titans are expected, though the cynojammer situation is very fluid. But, this is the fight many have been expecting.

The first titan has fallen, a titan with the ironic name, Titanic Death, an NC dot pilot. INN will keep you updated as news continues to happen. We expect many titans to fall during this battle, which could go on for many hours. At last report, the KS was at 80% armor.

The Christmas Truce has ended in a memorable way. Pilots on both sides were expecting some action to take place in between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

As Brisc Rubal noted on Twitch, “the Imperium has thousands of supers and titans, PAPI has thousands, but we have not seen significant titans facing off on both sides.” At 12:10 a.m. UTC on Dec. 31, we got the first massive blast of titan doomsday (DD) weapons. The coordinated blast looked like slow-motion streaks of lasers, aimed at the PAPI blob.

At 12:26 a.m. UTC, Imperium had destroyed seven PAPI titans. Some Imperium titans also downed, in a large DD blast by PAPI. According to The Mittani, this is the largest titan battle in the history of EVE Online.

Update at 12:45 a.m. UTC. Cynojammer is up again. Therefore, no titans will be coming in via a cyno. Other ships are coming in, however, through gates and the grid shows movement on both sides. Brisc Rubal, INN streamer, had his titan destroyed at 12:47 UTC.

While the battle may end up being a turning point in the war, the strategic objective (the KS) is of almost no importance to either side. Rather, as Rubal noted, “This is the fight both sides have been waiting for. At this point, we haven’t seen any evidence that either side is leaving.”

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Comments

  • William Doe

    Put up or shut up time for PAPI. Nice to see they brought something truly worthy of note to end this god awful year.

    December 31, 2020 at 1:27 AM
  • Simon Chui

    New years fireworks!

    December 31, 2020 at 3:59 AM
  • Menaiya

    https://br.evetools.org/br/5fed5e1dc02b0300140909a9
    Preliminary, unoffical, probably hosed up on sides. but meh.

    December 31, 2020 at 5:31 AM
  • mbox

    TEST WINS BY COMPLETING OBJECTIVE: KS IN HULL TIMER. It only cost them 125 titans, which is 25 more than pgl publicly said he can afford to srp, and their super fleet will be hell camped as we hold the high ground in M2, and they lost 11 trillion isk on their second KS in Delve, over a meaningless system…TEST really needs to set some better goals for their members rofl

    December 31, 2020 at 12:36 PM
    • kwnyupstate . mbox

      Yeah who logs off supers and titans in open space anyway? They were too scared to log back in and fight so are camped now lul.

      December 31, 2020 at 6:34 PM
      • Know when to hold them, know when to fold them, right? They put their chips all because this was unplanned and desperately wanted a big victory. They should have extracted as soon as they RF the KS. Did they think we were low on titans? Or we would log off first..on our own KS? Another huge blunder by their leadership and another marvelous show of leadership by ours.

        December 31, 2020 at 6:59 PM
        • Goonswarm is many things but one thing we are not is: afraid to fuck. So much for their, “We have the biggest super fleet in EVE” banter. I’m sure there’s a lesson in here somewhere about counting your supers on the combat drop, not the move op.

          December 31, 2020 at 9:55 PM
  • Lrrp

    Being in the cerb fleet (2nd acct Anax) I first want to say what great FC’s we had. The Erebus Titanic Death, was one of the first ships we attacked and killed. The titan was separated from the NC herd and caught in a bubble. Took a while but we managed to kill it. Stayed on for about 4 hours never received but a little shield damage the whole time. Lag was as one would expect but still garnered a goodly number of km’s. Docked in station and was bridged back to 1dq this morning. After this battle NC has to really start considering the futility of bashing their heads against our determination. All in all a enjoyable nights work.

    December 31, 2020 at 2:16 PM
  • Alison King

    Yep Papi going home now , the war has been lost 🙂

    December 31, 2020 at 4:28 PM
    • Guilford Australis Alison King

      I’m going to assume this is sarcasm. If so, the irony here might be that it’s more true than not.

      (1). PAPI has very conspicuously avoided direct supercapital fights for six months despite having a 3:1 numerical advantage over The Imperium. (2). This Keepstar had no particular strategic value but cost PAPI a large number of Titans and demonstrated their advantage is not indomitable. (3). GSF has roughly 40 more Keepstars, so PAPI can have fun asking their line members to sacrifice their supers on every single one of those. I somehow doubt the average PAPI line member is going to see the appeal in that.

      December 31, 2020 at 10:01 PM
  • kwnyupstate .

    Of course they only attacked a keepstar where they controlled the cyno jammer. Imagine attacking a keepstar where goons control it. PAPI will go home very soon after these losses.

    December 31, 2020 at 6:04 PM
  • Deni'z von Meanace

    The main thing is 123 Titan’s lost by Imp is a big number from any side toblook at but 130 Titan’s lost by PAPI in a single fight is something huge thay hope to loss during the whole war.

    What a great night.

    January 1, 2021 at 9:54 AM