Week 16 of World War Bee was roughly on par with Week 15, as there were 17 hostile actions and 12 battles, per INN’s tracking. Delve and Querious largely dominated the headlines this week, with the W-4U1E constellation in Delve garnering the most attention.
The ISK split in the war zone of the Southwest is basically steady at 66.4% to 33.6% for the attackers. In theater, the belligerents have lost 38.1 trillion ISK, up 1.5 trillion ISK week over week, with 333,303 ships lost, up 23 thousand week over week.
Across New Eden, since July 1, the ISK divide is 55.6% to 44.4% for the attackers. The belligerents have lost 48 trillion ISK, up 2.3 trillion ISK week over week, while 395,000 ships have been destroyed, up 25,000 ships week over week. The average ship cost 121.4 million ISK. A rough estimate of the real world cost of the war is no less than 667,000 USD/500,000 GBP/560,000 EUR.
There were six battles this week that exceeded 20 billion ISK in losses, three were strategic wins for the Imperium, two were draws, and one was a win for the PAPI coalition. That does not include the onlining of the Keepstar in YZ9-F6 by PAPI as it was largely uncontested by the Imperium.
The two major theaters are the North (Fountain and the border with Aridia and Cloud Ring as well as northern Delve) and the South (the rest of Delve, Paragon Soul, Querious, Stain, Period Basis, and Esoteria).
THE NORTHERN THEATER
Fountain and the rest of the North was quiet. The exceptions were assorted capitals lost to roaming gangs in Fountain and the loss of an Avatar by the Imperium in Aridia
THE SOUTHERN THEATER
The Southern theater began Week 16 on Sunday when the Stain Russians dropped on assorted TEST capitals, killing six dreadnoughts and a FAX, worth 22 billion ISK. In the evening, EVE time, the PAPI coalition’s fifth attempt at anchoring a Keepstar in NPC Delve was ultimately successful. The Imperium’s lack of response allowed their forces to contest a Fortizar in TCAG-3, killing 13.8 billion ISK including the TEST Fortizar while losing 4.2 billion ISK.
Late Sunday into Monday, Goons lost two Fortizars and a Faction Fortizar in the border regions. Later in the day, a small Imperium Harpy fleet fought off a PAPI Cynabal and Caracal gang, killing 1.7 billion ISK for 216 million ISK lost.
Tuesday contained a pair of fights in the isolated W-4U1E constellation in Delve, as PAPI made strides to extend their Delve beachhead and attack infrastructure targets to prevent the Imperium from challenging future attacks. The first battle saw the Imperium save their cyno jammer in border system SVM-3K, killing 7.5 billion ISK for 6.1 billion ISK. The second battle saw an outnumbered Imperium Ferox fleet fail to displace a PAPI Ferox fleet from reinforcing an Ansiblex and cyno beacon, as PAPI killed 8.9 billion ISK for 5.1 billion ISK in losses.
Wednesday was largely quiet, but action picked up quickly Thursday, which kicked off in 1DQ1-A as Fraternity welped an Augoror Navy Issue fleet, losing 4.2 billion ISK and killing 1.1 billion ISK. Shortly afterwards, the Imperium welped a Cormorant gang in YZ9-F6, losing 1.9 billion ISK for 1.2 billion ISK killed. Action continued fast and furious as Imperium Cerbs and Muninns plowed through TEST capitals and subcaps in G-M4GK, killing 36 billion ISK for 11 billion ISK in losses. The day ended with Imperium fleets scrambling to defend and online cyno jammers in PUIG-F. The outnumbered Imperium fleets used the Keepstar platform in system as a force multiplier and killed 25.1 billion ISK for 7.3 billion ISK in losses.
Friday was busy as the Imperium and PAPI prepared their forces for a showdown in W-4U1E as many of the Imperium’s iHubs were coming out of reinforcement. Action began in Querious as the two sides fought to a standstill in F2OY-X as an Imperium Ferox and Cerberus fleet dueled with PAPI Eagles, Muninns, and Feroxes before PAPI also dropped some dreadnoughts. The Imperium lost 21.8 billion ISK while PAPI lost 21.6 billion ISK.
Just a few hours later, the two sides fought over the iHub timers themselves, with the Imperium losing a bit less ISK as PAPI accomplished their strategic objective, destroying five iHubs and two cyno jammers. The action continued for four hours as hackers for each side raced across the constellation, attempting to entosis-hack the nodes, but PAPI’s 400 extra pilots in the battle allowed them far more latitude to bring small gangs to harass Imperium hackers. When the dust settled across the nine systems of the constellation, the Imperium had lost 32 billion ISK and killed 37 billion ISK, while various PAPI alliances each dropped an iHub in the Querious-to-NPC Delve pipe.
Saturday night largely ended up with the same result as the sides fought over the constellation once more, with the Imperium losing the remaining three iHubs despite killing 32 billion ISK in PAPI ships for 20.7 billion ISK in losses.