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Dock Workers (DOCK-)and friends pulled off a remarkable bait and trap in Turnur, Metropolis, killing a Molok, Vanquisher, and a number of other capitals. The battle, which took place over an Athanor, saw a dramatic escalation from a battleship engagement to a titan brawl, ending with Dock Workers executing a login trap, turning the tide, and winning the battle report 1.75tr killed to 60bn lost.
A Dock Workers source informed INN that the battle was the result of months of baiting, mostly conducted by Local Is Primary (CTRLV) pilot Mikal Vektor. Although not blue to Dock Workers, they and CTRLV work together on certain operations. This was one of them. On the night of Sep 11 the trap was about to be sprung. In a fight over an irrelevant Athanor, the well known lowsec streamer and HIDDEN LEAF VILLAGE NINJA AssAssIn SQUAD eSports (JUTSU) FC Baltrom had brought a small contingent of Raven’s to defend the structure.
As CTRLV engaged the Ravens with their Apocalypse Navy Issues, the fight began to escalate. Dock Workers were waiting: “We knew Baltrom’s crew drops a lot in that timezone, so Mikal was trying to bait out a dread drop that we could counter,” Jhalabhar Xho, of Dock Workers told INN. The events happened exactly as Dock Workers had planned, except this time faction titans appeared on grid.
As the Athanor died, pilots from CTRLV and DOCK- scrambled to get online and into the heavy interdiction cruisers that they had pre-staged in system. Both sides started trading dreadnoughts, but with 35 Revelations already on grid, the advantage was with the attackers. DOCK- held point on the Molok, but the Vanquisher managed to warp off to the sun, but he was soon caught once more as HIC pilots battled against jamming Widows to prevent the faction titan escaping.
As the DOCK- and CTRLV dreads destroyed two of the four Wyvern’s on grid, their attention switched to the Molok. This was only the second time in the history of EVE Online that a Molok has been destroyed. The pilot, Skyllar Rose, a recent recruit from Pandemic Legion, had only used it once before. Once the Blood Raiders faction titan was destroyed, the attackers warped to the sun to find the Vanquisher still pointed. It was that ship’s turn to die.
Once the fight was over, news of two faction titans dying spread rapdily onto Reddit and social media. It was then revealed that Skyllar Rose and the Vanquisher pilot, Ayra Shaw, were both alts of the same individual. There are few, if any, capsuleers that have lost so much in one engagement. Reflecting on the monumental dunk, DOCK- pilot Jhalabhar Xho simply said, “play stupid games win stupid prizes lol GF.”