TEST Fortizar Besieged in XWY-YM

Mintaki 2017-09-06

At 0200, a TEST citadel came out of anchoring in XWY-YM. Several sub-capital fleets of varying sizes were already in the system as the timer began, the majority of which intended to third-party on the expected battle, though that sub-capital exclusivity didn’t last for long. In a matter of minutes, 105 dreadnoughts, 20 force auxiliary, and 53 CO2 carriers appeared 20km off of the citadel, having jumped through a cynosural field.

The response from TEST was methodical. Several interdictors burned into the CO2 formation and began dropping warp disruption bubbles. At the same time, multiple force auxiliary carriers undocked and waited patiently as another cynosural field opened at the edge of tether range, bringing in a trio of titans which quickly took to striking the enemy fleet with bosons and a lance. As soon as this had been done, another cynosural field appeared at the edge of the CO2 fleet, and another group of TEST capitals—mostly dreadnoughts—joined the fight.

At this point the numbers were overwhelmingly in the favor of TEST, with 17 titans, 59 supers, 139 dreads, 61 carriers, and 13 force auxiliaries on field. I also have it on good authority that TEST had another 70 or so force auxiliaries on standby, having expected to have to deal with the combined forces of CO2, PL, and TRI. They also had fleets from BRAVE and FCON on field in sub capitals as support. Fortunately for them, they and their allies interdictors worked hard in Feythabolis, keeping the support of 120 to 150 TRI capitals from joining their CO2 allies in the engagement by harassing them as they gated part of the way to the fight.

The battle report can be seen here. The losses at this time appear to be 47.5 billion ISK to 420 billion ISK in favor of TEST. This is a staggering loss for CO2, as the strategic objective was lost alongside a large number of hulls.

The fight continued on for a while. TEST whittled down the CO2 capitals, which were unable to withdraw and had no support to speak of. On the periphery of the battle, several other third-party fleets were taking shots at one side or the other to get in on kills, but by this point the fighting was dropping to a simmer and obviously going to end soon.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article stated that the timer was the final structure timer. 

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Comments

  • Fatal Fly

    Thea header images you’re doing have become damn pretty.

    September 6, 2017 at 8:59 am
    • Mintaki Fatal Fly

      Thank you, we appreciate that!

      September 6, 2017 at 11:49 am
  • Parv

    CO2 will get evicted and disintegrate as they wont be anywhere for them to go.

    September 6, 2017 at 9:11 am
    • Deni'z Von Parv

      There are always different scenarios

      Like become renters or bend the knees to other power blocs.

      It all depends where gigx looking at tri strong enough to hold sov and if they combine forces like now they will find new home

      September 7, 2017 at 2:57 am
    • Daito Endashi Parv

      Just like gooons :p

      September 7, 2017 at 5:23 am
  • Jin'taan

    420 Billion Blaze It

    September 6, 2017 at 12:39 pm
  • Tsyolin

    Just a quick correction, this wasn’t the “final” timer for that fort. It was anchored by TEST in that system and this was the fight over it onlining.

    September 6, 2017 at 4:54 pm
    • Rhivre Tsyolin

      Thanks, have corrected that

      September 6, 2017 at 5:49 pm
      • Tornik Rhivre

        Another correction: it is ‘Besieged’, not ‘Beseiged’.

        September 25, 2017 at 1:13 pm
        • Rhivre Tornik

          doh!

          September 25, 2017 at 2:49 pm
    • Mintaki Tsyolin

      Yes, thanks for the correction!

      September 6, 2017 at 10:20 pm
  • Casey Patterson

    #evictC02fromEVE

    September 6, 2017 at 7:26 pm
  • dragonshardz

    I created what I think is pretty accurate EVF BR of this fight: http://evf-eve.com/services/brcat/?s=2600&b=7721400&e=120&t=e6cQiOWaaGaaWaaa8

    TEST and various, many friends vs CO2 with Casino Friends and Imperium as unaligned third parties.

    September 6, 2017 at 7:27 pm
  • hurf

    good stuff, a tiny bit jealous its not us doing it

    September 6, 2017 at 9:14 pm
  • QuakeIV

    Holy crap, can they recover from this?

    September 6, 2017 at 9:26 pm
    • Mintaki QuakeIV

      Yes, I doubt they would have undocked a fleet they weren’t prepared for at least a possibility of losing. They may have wanted to trade more, and it may suck, but I doubt it broke them.

      September 6, 2017 at 10:27 pm