Two Faction Titans in One Night

2021-09-14

Header art by Cryo Huren

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.

Dock Workers footage of the action.

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.”

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Comments

  • Guilford Australis

    I read the subreddit post from the pilot right after this happened. It seemed like he was trying to preempt criticism by saying it was all just for the fun and good fights. Now that I know he’s former Pandemic Legion, an alliance with a notorious history of deflecting criticism with the excuse that “it was only for the good fights, brah,” I… have some doubts about that claim.

    But kudos for actually undocking the things with the intent to fight. There can’t be that many faction titans around, and most of them probably never see the vacuum of space outside of the cyno voyage from the Sotiyo where they were built to the Keepstar where they sit around as trophies.

    September 14, 2021 at 1:42 PM
  • Mike

    Ouch, I don’t care what he says… that’s gotta hurt!

    September 14, 2021 at 3:28 PM
  • kwnyupstate .

    Former PL loses two faction titans lol. Nice.

    September 15, 2021 at 12:36 AM