Northern forces break out from UALX-3


After nearly seven days of being subjected to a relentless hellcamp, Pandemic Legion, Winter Coalition, and TRUMPY extracted what appears to be the majority of their supercapital forces from UALX-3. The break-out occurred in the early hours around downtime on Wednesday, July 25, after a long night of preparations clearing anchored bubbles and hazing fighters with Muninn and Cerberus fleets under Elo Knight and Doomchinchilla.

Over the last several days, Elo Knight and other Northern FCs had run fleets, primarily of heavy assault cruisers and assault frigates, into the bubbled zone to clear away anchored bubbles. Yesterday evening these fleets were able to clear sufficient bubbles for a sizable contingent of dreadnoughts to jump out of the system. This morning, following an all-night operation to clear bubbles, the Northern fleets logged in en masse and were able to jump a large number, and possibly even the majority, of trapped supercarriers, titans, and force auxiliaries out of the system.

As the hellcamp had carried on, the resolve of the Legacy coalition appeared to dwindle. HAC forces with ECM drones continually destroyed wave after wave of Legacy and Legion of xXDeathXx fighters as well as anchored bubbles, usually before withdrawing. Earlier in the week, bubbles would be quickly replaced, but in the last few days the rate of replacement was decreased. Additionally, fewer Legacy forces were on grid, with numbers during last night’s raids less than a hundred.  Meanwhile, Northern resolve remained strong, as the bulk of its strategic assets remained out of commission so long as they were trapped within the bubbles.

The bulk of the extrication was streamed and commentated on by Russian streamer observerv.


Strategic Considerations

The successful break-out of the Northern fleet is a tremendous strategic boon for the North, though the extraction does not mean the camp was for nothing. There are considerable implications from UALX-3 broadly as well as acutely.  Though the North now has access to its super fleet again, it did not win its original objective of preventing Legacy Coalition from establishing a forward base in Tenerifis from which it can stage its own capital fleets. Additionally, it demonstrated that Pandemic Legion is not unbeatable. While there was never any expectation that Legacy Coalition could be threatened by Winter Coalition, TRUMPY, or even the Holy Rental Empire, the introduction of the Pandemic Legion supercapital umbrella to the region had cast considerable doubt on Legacy’s chances for success. The battle of UALX-3, and the ensuing hellcamp, proved that Legacy is prepared to defend itself and able to put up a fight.

The well organized and rapid extraction of Pandemic Legion’s supercapital forces is, ultimately, still a retreat – withdrawing from a field that they neither won on nor held, despite the initial success in destroying the first keepstar to anchor in the system. The North’s disengagement is an acute victory, but ultimately it serves only as a stop-loss on a humiliating defeat at the hands of opponents it only recently claimed were incapable of defending themselves. It also represents the second time PL has had to engage in a rapid retreat from Legacy Coalition, following their retreat from Providence earlier this year.

Looking forward, it’s possible that following a week of being unable to log in, as well as a strategic loss, that Pandemic Legion will withdraw its super fleet to the North in order to protect their rapidly disintegrating renters. However, prior to UALX-3, PL had vowed to teach Legacy Coalition a lesson following its humiliation in Providence. It is yet to be seen if PL is ready to accept Legacy’s dominance in the region and acknowledge that they have been squarely beaten not once, but twice, while trying to project their influence outside of the North.

If PL withdraws its super fleets to the North, Northern allies in Winter Coaltion, TRUMPY, and even the Holy Rental Empire, are not likely to be able to hold a line against a dedicated and now victory-motivated Legacy Coalition. If Pandemic Legion resolves to try again in another supercapital engagement with Legacy, it’s likely that Imperium forces in the North will continue to complete their strategic objectives in destroying Northern infrastructure with little opposition.

Though the supercapital fleet is free, Pandemic Family military leadership now must answer a different question: what do?

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  • James in China

    Spin, spin, spin, spin

    July 25, 2018 at 5:17 PM
    • Rammel Kas James in China

      If you have the time why not submit your own opinion piece? Button is right there you know?

      July 25, 2018 at 5:53 PM
    • Which bit did you find to not be accurate?

      July 25, 2018 at 6:40 PM
      • Marus Rhivre

        Most of it actually. WTF are you talking about with “rapidly desintegrating renters”? Since when some BOT titans have to be defended by northern supercapital umbrella? And Imperium destroying the northern infrastructure? Hahaha! You came and took the shields from 3 different keepatars in the north (DW, DO6 and 7X) and then didn’t have the balls to show up again. All you can do is spinning and talking about strategic defeats. We will see when the strategic defeats will knock on Delve’s door.

        July 26, 2018 at 4:51 AM
        • Havish Montak Marus

          Please knock on Delve’s door.

          July 26, 2018 at 7:12 AM
          • We did it before, we can and will do it again. Until then you still havent retaken the north and still havent lay waste on the enemies of the imperium. If I consider better, you even failed at destroying CO2, you just managed to show everyone that some alliances can come back after an imperium punch and not all in EVE or null sec revolves on imperium’s will.

            July 26, 2018 at 8:14 AM
          • Gus Machado Marus

            You seem a little booty Hurt. I guess not having casino’s has really hurt your chances of forming another super blob. in the words of Havish Montak PLS PLS PLS PLS come and knock on delves door bring it!

            July 28, 2018 at 6:26 PM
        • Rhivre Marus

          It helps with destroying infrastructure when people do it for you. Although, apparently the only infrastructure in the North is 3 keepstars.

          July 26, 2018 at 11:22 AM
        • paramemetic Marus

          “Since when some BOT titans have to be defended by northern supercapital umbrella?”

          Obviously since always, since they melted like ice cream in a sauna while daddy was away.

          July 26, 2018 at 12:01 PM
        • Erick Asmock Marus

          Submit your own article and present your side.The only thing stopping you is you.

          July 26, 2018 at 12:02 PM
        • Gus Machado Marus

          We will see when the strategic defeats will knock on Delve’s door.



          July 28, 2018 at 6:23 PM
      • James in China Rhivre

        It is factually accurate, much as fox news is factually accurate. It is quite possible to be both accurate and biased at the same time.

        July 28, 2018 at 12:18 AM
  • Yoshi Tadaruwa

    We all know it was just a matter of time before PL would find the chink in the Legacy Coalition’s Armor while trying to extract. I personally would have loved to see PL loose more Titans and FAXes or be bottled up for nearly a month, but keeping them bottled for about a week sure has really put PanFam into a different light. Well done Legacy!!

    July 25, 2018 at 11:53 PM
  • Rob Bobbie

    It’s amusing to hear the scorn from Goons and their friends about PL trying to submit tickets when you constantly hear gankers talk about the “good fight” to an unarmed Freighter or Industrial pilot they just killed. Eve is about getting whatever you can however you can. It was worth a shot. If CCP had decided server issues where more involved it would most likely have worked. I usually pull for the Goons but winning has made them assholes again.

    July 25, 2018 at 11:58 PM
    • Axhind Rob Bobbie

      Had you had the same opinion if CCP had given a month or so long ban to every capital pilot that submitted the false stuck petition? After all you take your chances when trying to abuse the system.

      July 26, 2018 at 6:31 AM
      • Rob Bobbie Axhind

        Your reading comprehension is poor. CCP said they had to look at the mechanics of the situation before deciding if the node issue allowed the tickets to be accepted.

        July 26, 2018 at 11:34 AM
    • Havish Montak Rob Bobbie

      Lol. Goons have had a super fleet trapped in 93PI haven’t you heard. Then when they escaped and tethered PL would ECM burst to break your tether if you did get out and dread bomb you.

      Memories in EvE are long. At least now when PL jump out they are safe.

      July 26, 2018 at 7:15 AM
      • Carvj94 Havish Montak

        Pfft. Everyone knows when PL abuses exploits its ok. It’s only when Goons try Sunbursting, POS Bowling and ECM untethering that they need to be banned.

        July 26, 2018 at 8:35 AM
        • It’s always been this way: when a “small, elite” group does it, it’s innovative, emergent gameplay. When Goonswarm decide to do it on a massive scale, it’s clearly broken game mechanics that need to be changed.

          July 28, 2018 at 1:01 AM
    • Carvj94 Rob Bobbie

      Ok….. But submitting false support ticket to cheat or gain an edge has literally always been a temporary ban offense. They broke the rules and by pure luck the new GM dropped the ball. Ticket was still a blatant lie and was figured out as such almost right away so he was still in the wrong yet he got off with a slap on the wrist and the changes weren’t even reversed. Meanwhile gankers being cheeky and “getting whatever you can however you can” is totally fine and even encouraged as long as you don’t use exploits.

      All this is coming from a wormhole dweller who’s just calling out stupid by the way. No favoritism from me.

      July 26, 2018 at 8:43 AM