HD-JVQ Fight and the Aftermath

2020-12-18

Header art by Cryo Huren

On Saturday evening, December 12, 2020, at 19:30 EVE time, the Fortizar of Trigger Happy (TRIGG) in the HD-JVQ system, in the region of Venal,  exited its first reinforcement cycle.

That fort has been reinforced by Fraternity (FRT) forces many times, but this was the first time the second timer was contested.

As Trigger Happy and Toilet Paper (TP) alliances were getting ready to defend the Fortizar, scouts reported that  around 300 FRT support ships were moving towards HD-JVQ, with over 50 combined titans/supercarriers.

The Fight at the Gate

The decision was made by TRIGG and TP to meet the hostiles on the incoming gate, in order to bleed them some before engaging over the Fortizar.

Interdictors were cloaked on the MTO gate in HD-JVQ. Winterco jumped into HD-JVQ and immediately TRIGG/TP dictors decloaked and bubbled the Winterco subcaps and supercaps/titans, pinning them down. The fight started in earnest at the gate, while the Fortizar began to repair.

At that early point in the fight, Winterco outnumbered the defenders about 2 to 1, so the TRIGG/TP tactic of keeping supers tackled at the gate was a good choice. The Fortizar was repairing, and TRIGG/TP were bleeding Winterco ships, when suddenly TRIGG scouts received intel of a large Blue Donut group moving towards HD via wormholes.

The Fight Moves to the Fortizar

Pandemic Horde and Northern Coalition arrived at HD, increasing the size of the blue blob. On the defenders’ side, TRIGG and TP were joined by  Darkside and Volta, but the odds were still at least 2-1. Further fighting commenced on a Fortizar itself, with attackers and defenders trading ships. In the end, the massive numerical advantage, and the skill of NC. pilots, changed the course of the fight and the defenders made the decision to extract and let the hostiles reinforce the Fortizar. Here’s the BR from the fight.

Once the Fortizar was in its last reinforcement cycle, and the attackers started to leave the system, TRIGG/TP intercepted the departing Winterco fleet and, though still outnumbered, inflicted heavy losses.

The next day, Trigger Happy, in an unexpected move, dropped another Fortizar in the same system, but this fort was tackled by Winterco alarm clocking. The Blue Donut again came to support Winterco, telling their pilots to ignore Delve broadcasts. They took out the newly planted fort.

On the last Fortizar timer, the Blue Donut hyper-pinged for the timer, and managed to assemble over 400 pilots for the expected ”fight” at 23:30 UTC. But, no defenders showed up to give them ”goodfites,” so the attackers shot the Fort and headed back for Delve.

In total, this TRIGG/TP “poking back” campaign, launched from this Fortizar, inflicted staggering damage in less than three months, over 1.1t Blue Donut ISK destroyed while losing 248b ISK.  An amazing result from a small alliance. The members of TRIGG and TP were thankful for the support of Darkside and Volta, and felt they were saving EVE for the smaller alliances like their own.

The Skin of the Bear

During the final Fortizar shoot, local was alight with FRT and NC. members bragging about a future invasion of Tribute and Vale of Silent and the subsequent extermination of the TRIGG and TP alliances. With the recent Vily revelations about Legacy coalition’s hoped-for land grab of Goon space, these kind of aggressors don’t need to pretend anymore that they are valiant knights fighting to destroy the evil Goons and save the small guy. Rather, they are free to reveal themselves as a bunch of greedy opportunists, who fooled the EVE community for a time by flying the false flag of just crusade.

But in Mother Russia, they have a saying, “Don’t divide the skin of the bear you haven’t killed yet.”

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Comments

  • Garreth Vlox

    the PAPI blue donut continues to show that individually they do not have the guts to take a fight. This does not bode well for the involved alliances once their current blue status ends.

    December 18, 2020 at 9:17 AM
  • Guilford Australis

    Queue up the PAPI whining about how their coalition of 150k members is stretched too thin, and it’s so hard to headshot 1DQ when people attack them elsewhere, and it takes so long to do all these move ops to attack Goon HQ one system away from their Delve staging, and, and… and…

    December 18, 2020 at 2:18 PM
    • William Doe Guilford Australis

      The fact they got a coalition that big and even on some of the “big battles” of the past week in WWB have resulted them maintaining something akin to a 1.5 to 1 ratio of PAPI to Imperium is pretty funny.

      You can tell their line member morale is dwindling when they’re struggling to even get to 2 to 1 ratio of people showing up to fight. I guess all the goalpost shifting and mindless structure bashing is really wearing down on them.

      December 18, 2020 at 2:43 PM
      • Garreth Vlox William Doe

        Last night we formed 80 guys as a counter form and they stood down because we had more than them…. how the fuck do you blue 150 THOUSAND fucking people and still lack the ability to form 80 people?

        December 18, 2020 at 10:15 PM
        • Deni'z von Meanace Garreth Vlox

          If there was an defenless citadel and only 80 bees they def. would form up to have an easy target and claim another strategic victory.

          December 19, 2020 at 1:59 AM
          • Garreth Vlox Deni'z von Meanace

            That was essentially what they failed to form for. We had about 80 guys and they just nope’d their form up

            December 19, 2020 at 11:03 PM
  • Simon Chui

    Amusing that, after suffering such losses against a much smaller enemy because their defenses are spread too thin, Panfam will boast about conquering yet more territory in the future to spread out even thinner. And we can fully expect CCP to keep nerfing nullsec blocs.

    December 18, 2020 at 10:04 PM
    • Garreth Vlox Simon Chui

      And yet again the goon claim that nullsec nerf hurt the other guys more will ring true.

      December 18, 2020 at 10:15 PM
  • Fuck yeah, nync.

    PAPI are just a bunch of blobbers: no balls, no style. BRAVE are the only ones among them who are not complete cowards.

    December 19, 2020 at 7:28 AM
    • Garreth Vlox Ganthrithor

      That’s not fair to horde, but horde and brave are the only ones willing to take a fight without overwhelming odds and a jammer for insurance.

      December 19, 2020 at 11:04 PM
      • Eh, I guess Horde fights but they consistently do it in the most cancerous way possible. If your idea of a fun fight is being instantly set upon by a cloud of interceptors who hold you down until a kitchen sink gang with 5x your numbers and an entire wing of logistics shows up to kill everything then sure. Brave are the only ones on the PAPI side I’ve seen taking fights that could easily go either way. They’re actually fun to fight against and we’ve had multiple skirmishes where one side or the other will lose and immediately re-ship to fight a second round with the same set of dudes and similar ships. They don’t just escalate to HAW dreads or bring triple your numbers the second it looks like they might lose a ship, which is a refreshing change.

        December 20, 2020 at 11:58 PM
        • Garreth Vlox Ganthrithor

          I’m not saying I enjoy fighting horde burst ceptor fleets but they are least fight. Outside of BRAVE all TAPI does is sit on tether and talk shit about the last keep they killed a keepstar while hiding behind jammers. Hell even NC. has shown more of a willingness to take fights than test, the alliance that styles itself as always willing to take any fight, and that should embarrass the shit out of test line members.

          December 23, 2020 at 9:21 PM