The stakes were high in BY-MSY on Feb 23 as TEST Alliance Please Ignore brought out the big guns to battle Stainwagon and allies, with Soviet-Union and Red Alliance ships forming the bulk of the fleet. The battle that ran up a total loss of 330 billion ISK between both sides and was fought between over 600 pilots. It might be assumed that this was a fairly important strategic battle waged over a tower or citadel or something along those lines. This battle however, had a much more humble beginning. We managed to get in contact with TEST FC Blue Ice, who was in command of the TEST fleet for this particular op, and were able to get the rundown from him.


Reports came across TEST intel channels that there was a TEST Rorq tackled in BY-MSY, and that the Rorq was taking fire from a pair of Red Alliance carriers. TEST formed up a Hurricane fleet to rush to the aid of the Rorq in distress, and made their way to BY-MSY confident that they would be able to handle the pair of carriers and be back home in time for dinner.

Things got dicey almost immediately though, because shortly after the TEST Canes warped in on the carriers, they were dropped in on by a massive Red Alliance Typhoon fleet who were more than happy to trade some ammunition. This was the first red flag, so to speak, as TEST didn’t have eyes in G-M4GK to know that the Typhoon fleet was coming, or any other backup fleet for that matter.

Nonetheless, with a flight of subcaps fully committed and unable to reship into Maelstroms to counter the Red Alliance Typhoon fleet, Blue Ice decided that his best course of action was to put out a call for Combat Carriers and Force Auxiliaries. This is where things began to take a bit of a turn for the worse for the TEST defense fleet. Under pressure to save both his fleet and the Rorqual, Blue Ice rushed the warp in and wound up dropping the his carriers around 40km off of the dreads instead of 70km or more. This robbed them of their biggest advantage—range—and put them directly under the guns of the hostile dreadnaughts.

According to Blue Ice, at this point he started getting a hint of that fishy feeling, a gut instinct telling him that maybe this wasn’t such a great idea, but it was too little too late. Shortly after the TEST caps arrived on grid, they were surprised by an opposing backup dreadnought fleet, again coming from G-M4GK.


It’s hard to say if the TEST FC maybe should have cut his losses at this point and waited for some more thorough backup from allies to arrive. Dead set on saving his fleet, Blue Ice pinged for supers. Though only 6 supercarrier joined, Blue Ice thought more were on the way. Still under serious pressure, he ordered the cyno lit, and the supers jumped in. Placement on the cyno was again terrible, however, bringing the supercarriers in only 40-50km off the opposing dread fleet, right in the middle of the fray.

Whether by design or by luck, Stainwagon had another dreadnought fleet with about 50 pilots ready to cyno in from VL7-60 in northern Esoteria. This proved to be the nail in the coffin for the TEST fleet. A number of the TEST carriers managed to burn away to a safe distance, but Force Auxiliaries dropped like flies, and the supers which had jumped in on the wrong cyno didn’t stand a chance.

The call had been put out to TEST allies to get in and help out, but the damage had already been done. 3 supers had gone down including Blue Ice’s own, along with a bunch of FAXes. The Rorqual which had started the whole thing went out in a blaze of glory. TEST was eventually reinforced by allies and cleared the remainder of the Stainwagon fleet out of BY-MSY. In the end, though, Blue Ice recognized that his stubbornness along with a few critical errors resulted in what was a fairly decisive loss in the ISK war in this battle.

While we were looking for information regarding this battle, a rumour surfaced that Blue Ice is not cleared to be pinging for supers or capitals. While Blue Ice neither confirmed or denied the rumour, he did state that he would go out of pocket to reimburse the other 2 supers that had been lost along with his own due to his error.

It just goes to show that things can get out of hand in a quick way in New Eden. Even an experienced FC can get overwhelmed when things escalate quickly. In this case, what started out as a quick and easy rescue of a single miner turned into an all out brawl.

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  • MeNoLike

    Not that it really bothers me, but there always seem to be plenty of typos in the articles, does no one read these over before they get posted ?

    February 25, 2017 at 9:22 AM
    • Moomin Amatin MeNoLike

      In the main they are read. But of course sometimes this does get skipped a bit or an older version gets published in error. I am sure that the minor mistakes will be corrected to keep you happy at some point. Nice to see that you are not claiming that it is factually incorrect, which is a good thing yeah?

      February 25, 2017 at 12:36 PM
    • Bill McDonough MeNoLike

      If you find typos, drop me a line on imp discord, goon jabber, or in-game on Arrendis (eve-mail works fine). Sometimes something slips, sometimes (as in this case), an editor fat-fingers a correction and doesn’t spot it when they review.

      February 25, 2017 at 2:12 PM
  • TsyolinSounds

    I was one of the first responders to the the Rorqual tackle and it was pretty hectic at first. Mistakes were definitely made under pressure and lessons learned, but I’ll be damned if it wasn’t fun as hell. At least we killed all those dreads and looted the field to at least somewhat make up for the super losses. I think Blue Ice handled the aftermath as best as he possibly could considering what happened.

    February 25, 2017 at 2:51 PM
  • Terrible Goon Spy

    Blue ice was not cleared for back-up and has basically revoked his help me i’m dying privileges. He rage pinged all of jabber and only the helpful cap pilots who wanted to save the drowning man came. He also supposedly is going to be held personally responsible for SRP on this for those who died to save his ass.

    This isn’t the first time he has done stupid shit like almost dying in his super if it wasn’t for the 9 fax’s that were ready to jump on a bait that was being set-up on the gate right next to where he dropped on another russian fleet. I could write a full hit-piece on some the stupid shenanigans I’ve seen in test but there’s select few names that head the list of people who have too much weight for the stupidity they bring. Blue Ice would be one of those names.

    February 25, 2017 at 11:51 PM