Header art by Major Sniper.
Just before DT on June 16, Skill Urself <INGME>, commonly referred to as ‘SkillU’, disbanded their alliance. This caused the destruction of all the TCUs they owned. As a result, a total of 259 systems now no longer have TCUs. The Ihubs of these systems look to be managed by other alliances, so the critical sov indexes will remain intact. But Who was SkillU?
If I had to describe SkillU, I would say they are a modern-day elite small gang PVP group who excelled in hit and run tactics. Often, they dropped their signature ship—the Revenant—on unprepared targets and killed them before their victims had a chance to respond. They were a feared group with high standards and skill requirements to join, which reflected on their performance in the field.
The Revenant was the first ever faction super-capital. To date, Zkillboard shows only 23 to have been killed. This is less than 38 Keepstars that have been destroyed. Out of all the Revenant losses, none have been lost by SkillU.
Capqu, a member of SkillU leadership posted on Reddit their goodbye video. It’s a 20 min highlight of some of their most impressive drops and kills. Hunters and hunted alike could learn from them, as they demonstrated how they trap and kill their prey.
Their might on the battlefield was only matched by their honour to standings. During the sacking of the spire, they held blue standings to the unspoken alliance, group operations around the spire area hitting BOT targets. During the battle for the Sotiyo in JL-ZUQ, they were on the grid with unspoken but honoured standings and allowed unspoken to kill the structures, while fighting off imperial ships that entered the grid. During the entosising and widespread reinforcement of structures in the spire, we tred carefully to make sure not to hit structured owned by Skillu as we preferred to not draw their attention. They were what any group in EVE wanted to be: respected and feared.
What will happen to the members of SkillU, and their rental space remains to be seen. With large numbers of players being uprooted by the war in the north, we could see players settling in to spaced formerly owned by SkillU. Only time will tell.