Mayhem in M2

2020-12-31

Header art by Razorien

Yesterday, Dec. 30, at 22:00 UTC, all hell broke loose in M2-XFE. A large titan clash ensued between PAPI forces and the Imperium, the battle everyone had been expecting and waiting for since last July.  When the dust settled, over 12 hours after the fight began, the final tally noted that the Imperium lost 11.0 trillion ISK and 1,677 ships while PAPI lost 11.1 trillion ISK and 1,622 ships. 

The battle commenced over an Imperium Keepstar armor timer. We’ve seen a large number of such timers in the war so far, and perhaps no one expected this conflict to grow into one of the most historic battles in EVE Online’s long history. For most of the 6,855 participants, staying in the battle meant pulling an all-nighter, or even in some cases missing work.  At least one participant joined the battle by pulling his car off on the side of the road while traveling.

Doomsday Weapons Light Up Space

For the first minutes of the fight, the two sides gathered their respective forces and stared at each other across space, with the Imperium pilots set up near the Keepstar, bubbling the structure for protection. The early question was whether a cyno jammer would come online, in order to restrict reinforcements from jumping in. But, once the doomsday (DD) weapons began to fire, they almost never stopped until server downtime.

For the 12-hour fight, a titan died (on average) every three real-time minutes, which equates to every 18 seconds in battle time, which was at 10% time dilation (tidi). By 13:00 UTC the following day, PAPI had lost 125 titans, including 61 Erebuses, 50 Ragnaroks, 13 Avatars, and one Leviathan. The Imperium had lost 123 titans, including 65 Erebuses, 42 Ragnaroks, 10 Leviathans, five Avatars, and one Vanquisher.

Early Totals of Losses

The official total will certainly grow, as Imperium’s FC Havish Montak was still working through killmails and noted, “We have found four extra, so [we] should beat that [official number] now after downtime.” Other ships lost for the Imperium included a Nyx, 86 Revelations, 115 Naglfars, 12 Moros, and 15 Phoenix. PAPI forces lost a Nyx, 30 Revelations, 33 Naglfars, and nine Phoenix. Also, one Legacy dreadbomb attempt went horribly wrong, ending in a wipe (video below).

Galaxier’s video of a dreadbomb attempt gone wrong

The epic battle surpassed several previous records. In the Bloodbath of B-5RB, over 11 trillion was lost, with 75 titans destroyed, but this fight doubled that in destroyed ISK and eclipses the titan loss. At the start of the fight, over 700 titans were on grid simultaneously. The losses amount to over $400,000 USD, making this also the most costly battle ever waged in EVE.

The first titan pilot to fall was the appropriately named “Titanic Death,” an NC dot member. Other pilots fell with regularity, including popular INN streamer Brisc Rubal, who commemorated the loss by playing taps over his stream. Only downtime interrupted the incessant stream of titan deaths. After downtime, PAPI forces chose not to return to the field of battle.  This ping came from Progodlegend (PGL), an FC and leader of TEST: “THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. NO CAPS OR SUPERS OF ANY KIND ARE TO LOG BACK INTO M2-X AFTER DOWNTIME. DO NOT FUCKING LOG BACK IN.”

This left a number of ships in log-in limbo, stuck in system until their pilots choose to log back in, which according to that same ping, will not take place until Saturday during the battle for the Keepstar’s hull timer. This didn’t stop Imperium forces from bubbling PAPI supers’ last known position all day Friday, waiting for log-ins from those who missed the ping.

The Leaders Weigh In

Regarding the battle, and quoting updated numbers, Imperium leader The Mittani noted, “We killed 130 titans and lost 124; the enemy fled the field of battle. Absolutely worth it, another historic victory for the Imperium. Couldn’t be prouder of everyone, a truly amazing win.”

With a final total so closely matched, each side could claim victory.  PGL noted, “Yes. To get an even fight on an armor timer of a Keepstar is pretty great for us. Sets up a do-or-die situation in which the Keepstar will die mid battle on the structure timer. Can’t ask for better odds than that.”

As to why in M2, rather than the prophesied moshpit of 1DQ, Imperium line member Moomin Amatin noted, “PAPI thought that they could play a game of stare and win that way – but we went ‘fuck it – all in’ – I think this was not expected.”

But the Imperium had good intelligence of PAPI movements, due to the activities of the SIG Black Hand. Imperium’s FC Apple Pear said, “I was happy how we did. I did a lot of the background stuff and the agents of the Black Hand did an amazing job.”

Both sides now are preparing for the next clash, which will probably take place Saturday, January 2, 2021.  The new year is bound to bring new battles and conflicts, but none may equal the one just completed in M2.

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Comments

  • mbox

    Great report on a historical fight in eve. I won’t bother boasting that we killed more titans and now hold the field and all PAPI can talk about is they rf some pointless ks. Instead, I’ll be first on the comments to say, gf all around. Thanks for the content, let’s do it again soon. Happy new year, cheers to the best year for eveonline and to an even better year 2021 all around.
    -monseniur khatshatou black aces

    January 1, 2021 at 1:08 AM
  • Deni'z von Meanace

    Waiting for the Hitler’s (aka PGL) memes to come in order to cover 130 titans loss in the battle

    January 1, 2021 at 3:56 AM
  • Rammel Kas

    Apparently the titan losses were still coming through. Some NC. pilots were using the not-so-clever trick of dropping to NPC corp when they were primary. In addition there was a hiccup at Zkillboard displaying super kills which they fixed since. Last night the tally was 130 lost by PAPI, 124 lost by Imperium. This may explain why the count kept going up.

    Half the PAPI super fleet are currently camped under a bubbled login trap with strict orders from Progod to not log in. A bit of a tactical blunder leaving their extraction too late before downtime. So there may be more drips and drabs. And they will start the next fight at low cap, low fuel and depleted ammo.

    January 1, 2021 at 6:56 AM
    • Simon Chui Rammel Kas

      What actually happens when a few hundred supercaps try to log into heavy tidi in range of hundreds of other hostile supercaps? Are they all going to pop in together, ready to go? Or will the server drop them into the game a few at a time, easy to pick off while their clients try to load the grid? And if you only login trap some of them, where do the others end up, randomly all over the place?

      I have no idea what’s going to happen on the hull timer.

      January 1, 2021 at 11:57 AM
      • Rammel Kas Simon Chui

        If you safelog or d/c in tether you simple re-appear on the spot. No e-warp from range or anything. No hassle with desync. Just the time taken to load the grid is all. In addition you arrive fully repaired and with full capacitor. And you arrive in tether completely safe. If you’re stuck out in space and your spot has anchor bubbles when you arrive… that’s just nasty.

        January 1, 2021 at 12:08 PM
  • Simon Chui

    Sublime. Majestic. Cathartic. All our human hubris and bravado incinerated in the fire of endless doomsday volleys, our petty disagreements and schemes drowned in the light of destruction. This is the truth of war. How blessed we are that we can learn this lesson in a video game, instead of for real.

    January 1, 2021 at 11:44 AM
  • Guilford Australis

    I am very eager to see how many Legacy line members will blink hard and log their Titans into the middle of a hellcamp on Saturday knowing they’ll lose them while contesting a hull timer on a Keepstar with no strategic value.

    January 1, 2021 at 2:26 PM
    • kwnyupstate . Guilford Australis

      I don’t think many will do so and if they do that is a couple hundred PAPI titans and more supers which will definitely die.

      January 2, 2021 at 5:21 AM
  • the summer thing that became a long winter thing that became increasingly more difficult as they approached their target hmm

    January 1, 2021 at 6:40 PM
  • Tzu Wu

    This fight gave me the perfect opportunity to spam my “The Mittani’s frozen corpse” hypernet, which sold the next day while spamming 1DQ with it. Thanks to everyone who bought tickets.

    January 2, 2021 at 4:28 AM
  • kwnyupstate .

    PAPI have a lot of supers and titans logged off which is a lot of real life people who have to be on those accounts. If they call in a ton of other people (if that many even are in the area still) in sub-caps that won’t be effective in a titan battle. The only chance they have is finding many more titan and supers to come into the area since the existing ones won’t be able to defend themselves from an even larger number of goon caps which are fully refreshed. I personally don’t think PAPI can bring that large a force to rescue their fleet and will have to miss the timer and try to sneak the fleet out some other time when they can have the advantage of surprise.

    ALSO since the titan lance issue has been resolved and since the Imperium know exactly where all those supers logged off they could easily have maybe 20 titans ready pre-parked to fly in and lance all the supers to death in one shot.

    Only chance PAPI has to rescue the fleet is trying randomly at some time on a later date.

    January 2, 2021 at 5:29 AM