The Battle for the POPE Basgerin Sotiyo


Editor’s note: Written in real-time, we’ve left this battle report as it came in, with all the intensity of a first-person present-tense account.

INN already reported on the background for the events about to unfold here. In the simplest of terms, bad guys (Snuff) are attacking good guys (friends of Space Pope – Max Singularity). As you would expect from Snuff shenanigans were already in play with this post on Reddit.

As the timer approached it was apparent that Snuff were serious, as they deployed capital ships. The titans will easily be able to apply enough DPS to stop the Sotiyo from repairing, while the carriers and FAXs will handle the defending sub caps on grid.

22:45 repair was paused at 25m 18s: grid at the time

22:50 – 1260 in local – caps are Snuffs

By 23:00 the Sotiyo (Basgerin – Children’s Orphanage) is still in pause from the firepower of the Snuff capitals.

The number of pilots in system rising to near 1400 –

23:05 – still over 80% on the hull remaining – timer still paused at 25m 18s
Local is 1391.

Defending forces are trying to coordinate attacks using local chat – the wisdom of which should probably be questioned.

The Snuff caps are simply killing what they like, with fighters, and then applying damage to the Sotiyo with titans. To call this a slaughter would be fair.

Efforts by the defenders are compounded by not being set blue (friendly) to each other, given their history and the simple complexity.

23:25 The Sotiyo remains under assault and is now at around 60% remaining on structure. Defenders are having trouble dealing with the SNUFF capital forces.

23:30 – 1200 in local still but the number of ships on grid had dropped.

The Snuffed capitals are still controlling the field while only losing a few seconds on the Sotiyo repair timer.

The battle relies on the ability of the defenders to negate the fighters from Snuff carriers. Also the ability of Snuff to replace the fighters being key. But as of now, SNUFF look in a strong position. Unless the defenders have a route to escalate, or can deal with the fighters, then the fate of the Sotiyo looks grim.

23:40 – The Sotiyo is nearing 50% remaining on structure. The repair timer slipping only slightly to 25 mins remaining.

23:50 – 1032 now in local –
Grid still very much under Snuff control. The Sotiyo is below 50% structure remaining.

23:55 – local falling to 995 – The Sotiyo grid is pretty clear of active defenders, but not of their wrecks.

00:00 – Like a cat with a dead mouse, Snuffed Out continue to maintain control of the field.

00:05 – Max Singularity (AKA Space Pope) was seen in local chat.

00:10 – Closing on the remaining 10% of the Sotiyo now. The field still remains relatively quiet, given the earlier pace.

Tidi has been a non-issue, given the numbers and the constant deployment of fighters.

At 00:12 The Sotiyo was destroyed.

“Lady Darth Karnage” in a Rorqual seemed to be assisting Snuffed in the looting operation.

At 00:20 local was still at 720 or so.

People trying to loot are being farmed, as that is the nature of Eve. Here is a battle report of sorts. Although I will happily confess I gave up trying to decide who went where.

Yet again proof that N+1 is not applicable in New Eden. The outnumbered Snuffed Out had a plan and stuck to it. With the defenders not being a cohesive entity, their chance of a capital escalation path was remote.

What next for the respective participants? Will SNUFF continue their extortion model in dealing with New Eden’s new economy? We will continue to keep you up to date with events as they happen.

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  • Menaiya

    Typical SO.

    January 22, 2021 at 5:48 AM
  • Jacob Reynoso

    Yeah, that was a…weird thing.
    Brought my KFU alt (hi, Moomin!)…wasn’t in a fleet, tried to get into one (hi, Moomin!), but didn’t and ended up just watching. Parked my Myrmidon (drones, no guns…lol, should’ve brought something else) ‘behind’ the Sotiyo. I didn’t really know what to do, as the only fleet stuff I’ve ever done involved an FC…and, yeah, readily knowing who to shoot (neutrals+reds) and not to shoot (blues+purples).
    I thought about using my drones to kill the carriers’ fighters, but they never sent the fighters near the Sotiyo…warping close enough to that ball of carriers would’ve been suicide. I see what fighters can do, daily. lol

    Oh well. It was an interesting spectacle, at least. I’m fairly new to the whole PvP aspect, and this was, I think, the first time I’ve seen a citadel destroyed in-game.

    January 22, 2021 at 9:37 AM
    • Moomin Amatin Jacob Reynoso

      Hello dear and well done for making me feel bad now. If I had known you could have sat in a fleet with me. It was a very nasty grid for the smaller things. I hope you took the advice of the defenders and shot the Sotiyo when its fate was sealed.

      January 22, 2021 at 10:41 AM
      • Jacob Reynoso Moomin Amatin

        Why shoot the Sotiyo? To get a killmail off it? Nah, I just watched. Local was a mess, anyway; didn’t know who to follow/believe.

        And, yeah, very nasty grid. Makes one appreciate being in a well-protected position and strong fleet (like the M2-XFE hellcamp).

        January 22, 2021 at 12:53 PM
        • Moomin Amatin Jacob Reynoso

          The people who owned the Sotiyo said that you could shoot it if it was going to die. But I also did not shoot it – heh. Perhaps next time you should do the article.

          January 22, 2021 at 3:51 PM
  • Marus

    Very dissapointing Moomin! With other ocasions you put such effort into the story and the history of participants in these major conflicts. And now …”bad guys (Snuff) are attacking good guys”. But wait … weren’t the bad guys (Snuff) allied about 1-2 years ago with the imperium? How can that be? The imperium are (in your opinion) the good guys, the ones that are invaded by the evil PAPI and forced to defend their land outnumbered by a blue donut that is not making justice to the game. So how come in the past the imperium (being good) had no trouble in accepting, sheltering and giving space in Fountain, and working with those bad guys Snuff? Have you ever wondered if you are not on the wrong side of the good/bad barrier?

    January 22, 2021 at 2:29 PM
    • Moomin Amatin Marus

      You saw PAPI members in capitals with Snugged Out shooting at the Space Pope. Has there ever been a clearer case of good versus bad?

      January 22, 2021 at 3:49 PM
      • Yes it has! Shooting at a citadel worth some billions just to be on the killmail is something different, and if you check the KM you will see some goons to appear there also, so your point is null. But Snuff Out I don’t recall being ever a member of PanFam, or being set blue by PanFam, or being allowed to own systems withing PanFam space. That cannot be said by the imperium!!!

        January 22, 2021 at 4:19 PM
        • Moomin Amatin Marus

          There is a PH member in a carrier on grid with Snuffed Out….., IN A CARRIER. 😉

          January 22, 2021 at 11:24 PM
    • Garreth Vlox Marus

      ” But wait … weren’t the bad guys (Snuff) allied about 1-2 years ago with the imperium? How can that be? ”

      This is low tier, low effort trash. Snuff is “allied” to whoever they want, whenever they want and occasionally they turn around and shoot their allies with no notice.

      January 23, 2021 at 12:45 AM
      • Marus Garreth Vlox

        So you are saying Snuff Out accepted the imperium as their allies, not viceversa? Another fine goon spin :))))

        January 23, 2021 at 2:39 PM
        • Moomin Amatin Marus

          You may not have noticed this but Snuffed have a history of following their own interests and turning on a dime if it so suits them.

          January 24, 2021 at 9:03 AM
        • Garreth Vlox Marus

          I’m saying snuffed out shoots whoever they want, whenever that want, for the fuck of it. I’ve been on fleets where we were killing a horde ratting super, only to have snuffed show up, help us kill the super and then turn around and start killing us. You’re being a dunce if you think snuffed is in this for anyone but themselves

          January 25, 2021 at 7:34 AM
    • Orihara Izaya Marus

      Have you ever wondered if there is no clear-cut good/bar barrier to keep speaking about at all? Whenever I see “the good guys”, “the bad guys” terminology used unironically, in a serious manner (i.e. outside of satire or actual propaganda) it makes me roll my eyes. Here, I took the “good guys”, “bad guys” terminology as at least partially satirical, i.e. “ok let’s make it as simple as possible, there are all these baaad evil people attacking the structure while anyone decent should help defend it”. This case may be somewhat more clear-cut than most, but at the very least attacking a defenseless structure in itself doesn’t make anyone evil or “the bad guys” much more than EVE player no. 72394 shooting a newbie flying an exploration-fit Astero that has just made their first trip to nullsec space.

      January 23, 2021 at 11:18 PM