Massacre at M2-XFE Immortalized By Monument


In a dev blog posted on February 4, CCP announced plans for a new monument to commemorate the epic clash that broke numerous world records. While the dev blog does not specify when the monument will be deployed, it does contain a seemingly complete 3D render of the object itself, suggesting it may be available on Tranquility sooner rather than later.

The art piece itself clearly represents the major highlights of the battle well – it is a semi-circle built in the style of a Keepstar, and contains a glowing structure at the center. Judging from the artist’s description, this center object may contain either the names of the players involved, a diorama of ships poised for battle, or both. The glow and spherical nature of this object additionally gives the impression of a cynosural field, though this specific facet was not mentioned in the artist’s description.

The size of the structure is unknown, though the artist described it as “imposing”. Given the vast size of a Keepstar – and the small lore notes hinting that the structure was built from the wreckage of the titans that died there – the new monument is likely to be massive. No doubt this location will be at the top of the list for sight-seers traveling New Eden for years to come. A fitting end for the wreckage generated by the years of stockpiling and grudge building that ultimately resulted in the most expensive battle not just in EVE history, but all of video game history.

It is also good to see CCP putting effort into commemorating this historic event with a proper marker. The previous record holder, the Bloodbath of B-R5RB, was a 21-hour slugfest that held the title for more than six years and also received a monument – Titanomachy – which was far more limited in nature. The Massacre at M2-XFE tripled the ISK losses of the previous record, with an estimated PLEX value in excess of $375,000 USD.

For more information about the Massacre at M2-XFE, you can check out CCP’s dev blog, view CCP Aperture’s or INN’s stunning images, or check out any of the numerous articles written by the gaming press.

To all the players involved: congratulations. You have made history, once again.

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  • Guilford Australis

    One day the children of TEST titan pilots will visit this site and ask their fathers, “Pop-Pop, is that where you lost your titan before your alliance got kicked to the curb again?”

    “I didn’t technically lose the titan, boy. It’s still there. Logged off near that monument you just visited in Imperium space.”

    February 5, 2021 at 1:31 PM
    • kwnyupstate . Guilford Australis

      Monument is the headstone over the PAPI titans and super buried 6 feet under the bubble camp.

      February 5, 2021 at 5:23 PM
    • Aren’t they still on your front porch?

      February 5, 2021 at 8:19 PM
      • kwnyupstate . Noob

        Trapped under it.

        February 5, 2021 at 9:33 PM
      • Guilford Australis Noob

        I’m going to go ahead and have the talk with you, Noob.

        PAPI has been on our front porch for three months, which is approximately how long they’ve had a Keepstar anchored one stargate away from our home system. They insisted that was the final step before they’d finally crush us for good. You can see how well that’s going.

        Did I mention that was three months ago?

        Yeah, it was a while ago. Something like… three months ago, if memory serves.

        My my, how the – what was it, three months? – fly by when you’re defending against a bunch of directionless oafs who aren’t really committed to doing what they say they’re trying to do and are led by buffoons like PGL and Vily.

        February 5, 2021 at 10:41 PM
        • Having PAPI next to Delve is like having a homeless guy living in a tent on your lawn yelling that he’ll kick you out of your house any day now yet he can’t even get through the screen door to your porch cause there’s a chair holding it closed.

          February 6, 2021 at 8:47 AM
          • Garreth Vlox Carvj94

            That is a perfect description of papi’s t5zi keepstar

            February 6, 2021 at 11:05 PM
  • kwnyupstate .

    Imagine being a PAPI member and having the game company make a meme monument to immortalize the biggest blunder in gaming history.

    February 5, 2021 at 5:22 PM
    • Moomin Amatin kwnyupstate .

      I think they need to leave space on it though to update it. Not only is this the biggest loss ever it also has other claims to fame now. The longest loss ever of a single battle and the longest running hellcamp by The Imperium.

      February 6, 2021 at 11:36 PM
  • Nate Hunter

    Cool that they’re doing this but can we quit incorrectly referring to it as a massacre. The armor timer fight was a very even trade battle.

    February 5, 2021 at 6:18 PM
    • Dirk Stetille Nate Hunter

      As much as it was a roughly even trade when it comes to titans killed, the battle as a whole absolutely classes as a massacre. It was the single-largest titan slugfest in EVE history, and it deserves to be remembered for the sheer scale of the destruction.

      February 6, 2021 at 10:35 PM
    • Moomin Amatin Nate Hunter

      The PAPI military reputation was massacred though, does that count?

      February 6, 2021 at 11:37 PM
  • Seir Luciel

    The old proverb goes “pride goeth before the fall.” I think there is a place for trash talking, but generally it is the beginning of wisdom to talk when the enemy lies dead on the ground before you and not until then. That goes for PAPI as well as Goons.

    The most recent TIS newsletter has quoted:

    The stronghold “Helm’s Deep” has been breached. Systems LUA5-L and QC-YX6 iHubs were attacked. This marks the first time anything behind the chokepoint system of E3OI-U. Although the Helm’s Deep concept is mostly rhetorical, it represents a line in the dirt. A line that has now been crossed. . . . Tomorrow will see a high number of Fortizars attacked in the Deve area. Imperium appears to be passive these days, offering little in the way of resistance. Perhaps they are resting their members for fierce fighting ahead.

    The point: This war isn’t over and neither side ought to get too confident. PAPI doesn’t want to repeat costly blunders and The Imperium should avoid slipping into the belief that hubris alone will win the war. . . . or the belief that the war has already been decided. Both sides have lots of work ahead of them.

    February 6, 2021 at 1:59 AM
    • Guilford Australis Seir Luciel

      I think the pace and length of the war demonstrate that neither side will end up “[lying] dead on the ground.” It seems clear things will end in some kind of stalemate.

      PAPI will not exterminate GSF (as PGL and Vily have promised), nor are they even likely evict us from Delve. And given the numerical imbalance, we’re unlikely to push them out of Delve through conventional direct confrontations.

      So we’ll continue crapping on each other over I-Hubs until PAPI line members decide they’re tired of forming for I-Hubs, at which point Gobbins will do some hard math about the long-term benefits of this campaign, particularly given PanFam’s titan and supercapital sacrifices that really only benefited PGL’s ambition to live in Delve.

      February 6, 2021 at 3:40 AM
    • Garreth Vlox Seir Luciel

      There hasn’t been a manned gate camp on helms deep in over a month, its just another distraction on a long list of distractions papi have thrown at goons to try and lure us away from m2- and when it failed they wave it around as some kind of hard fought goon morale crushing victory just like every other thing they have waved in front us to try and distract us.

      February 6, 2021 at 4:47 AM
    • Moomin Amatin Seir Luciel

      The Imperium stopped the E3 camp a month ago. Now it has been “breached”? Seriously, what planet are TiS on?

      PH stated some war goals. I did an analysis on it. In it I specifically mention that 1DQ may be a prideful goal. Then M2 happened. The best bit is that if PH had gone “yep, objectives completed” back then they could have withdrawn and rightfully claimed victory according to their war goals. As it stands PAPI leadership are saying the M2 is bringing them all close together. Is this why members are leaving PAPI and joining The Imperium.

      The tide of bullshit from PAPI was outed months ago. Rental schemes and the largest blue donut ever. Killing the “small guy” and poaching from “valued allies”. This is what PAPI is and people are waking up to that now.

      Perhaps PAPI does not want to repeat costly blunders. The problem is that as it stands they are committed to make many more. How many PAPI members now think “perhaps I will fly sub caps today” when they are next due to jump a cap to an M2 cyno?

      February 6, 2021 at 11:53 PM