World War Bee: Week 19

2020-11-16

Week 19 of World War Bee was slightly slower than week 18, with 21 hostile actions and 13 fights, per INN’s tracking. Action was relatively busy across the various regions of the Southwest.

The ISK split in the war zone of the Southwest was still roughly 66% to 34% in favor of the attackers. In theater, the belligerents have lost 44.1 trillion ISK, up 2 trillion ISK week over week, with 392,679 ships lost, up 18 thousand week over week.

Across New Eden, since July 1, the ISK divide is also 55.2% to 44.8% in favor of the attackers. The belligerents have lost 55.8 trillion ISK, up nearly 3 trillion ISK week over week, with 465 thousand ships lost, up 22 thousand ships week over week. The average ship cost nearly 120 million ISK. A rough estimate of the real world cost of the war is no less than 776,000 USD/582,000 GBP/651,000 EUR.

There were four fights in week 19 that exceeded 20 billion ISK in total losses. The Imperium achieved their strategic objective in three of them and one was a draw. Three of the fights were modest affairs, and one was roughly 75 billion ISK in total losses. As an additional note, the PAPI forces killed the 49-U6U Keepstar uncontested in Querious.

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

Action in the North was largely quiet as Fountain is mostly small gang skirmishes. However, a PanFam bomber gang caught an AFK jump titan in KEE-N6 on Wednesday. Thursday, an Imperium Frenchswarm fleet fought a LowSechnaya Sholupen fleet to a draw, with the Imperium killing 12.9 billion ISK for 14.9 in losses.

THE SOUTHERN THEATER

Action in the South kickstarted Sunday with some fights, one of which was a group of PanFam Blops ships trying to break the E3OI-U gatecamp, losing 4.1 billion ISK for 802.1 million ISK killed. The second fight was a PAPI fleet defending a friendly Fortizar in E-VKJV but losing 13.6 billion ISK for 11.2 billion ISK killed. Later in the day, Goons lost a Tatara to a PanFam fleet.

Monday was busier as Goons fought off a Horde fleet and retook a series of iHubs in central Delve, killing 9.3 billion ISK for 4.3 billion in losses. In the evening, Goon fleets formed to defend sov timers across Delve where they caught a RAZOR Muninn gang bridging in to drop on a hacker at an entosis node. Unfortunately for the Muninn gang, their scout neglected to confirm that the hacker had begun their cycle on the node, initiating up to a five minute self-tackle phase. Instead, the hacker warped away and in their place, a number of Imperium fleets descended on the node with the now-bubbled Munnins, killing all but two ships. All told, the Imperium killed 7.6 billion ISK for 182.7 million in losses. Also on Monday, Goons lost a Tatara in Period Basis and an Azbel in Delve.

Tuesday saw Goons save the W-KQPI iHub and outduel PAPI Jackdaws, killing 2 billion ISK for nearly one billion in losses. To close out the night, Goon fleets were able to successfully save a Fortizar in Stain, rushing across Delve and Period Basis. Eventually, Goons killed 10.5 billion ISK while losing 11.4 billion, but rescued the Fortizar, allowing it to repair fully. Wednesday in the South was quiet as the only major action was Goons losing a Fortizar in TCAG-3, the border system into Paragon Soul.

Thursday saw the Imperium lose the 49-U6U Keepstar as well as an Azbel in Southern Delve. Friday was much busier as the Imperium lost an Athanor before a response fleet could save it, but they successfully chewed through some of the attacking fleet, losing 4.4 billion ISK including the citadel while killing 6.5 billion. The Imperium also formed to defend iHubs in SPNZ-Z constellation, losing 38.7 billion ISK and killing 35.9 billion, but saving several iHubs in the constellation one jump from the Imperium’s capital system of 1DQ1-A. Also Friday, Stain Russians and some Imperium members successfully defended an Astrahus one jump from TEST’s capital of D-PNP9, killing 8.5 billion ISK for 1.5 billion in losses.

The news of the week, beyond the Keepstar kill in Querious, was the Imperium’s use of a director-level spy to disband the Reqiuem Eternal alliance, a medium-sized alliance in Legacy, covered elsewhere by INN. The defector in question also appeared on INN’s Push to Talk show to talk about his motivations. The loss of sovereignty over 60 systems led to the resetting of key infrastructure timers and a loss of Ansiblex jump gates. In addition, the defector handed over a faction Fortizar and nearly 400 billion ISK in assets.

Saturday’s action began with some Goon bombers catching hostile capitals in Period Basis, killing 6.3 billion ISK for 839.5 million ISK in losses. Later in the day, Goon Cerberuses fought PAPI Eagles to a draw, killing 2 billion ISK for 1.5 billion in losses. To close out the week, a PAPI Cormorant fleet caused some trouble in the Imperium’s 1DQ1-A capital, killing some freighters before being chased off, to the tune of 3.4 billion ISK killed and 303.5 million ISK lost.

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Comments

  • la_tarrask

    At first I thought the real cost of the war was huge, but it’s only $ 3 per account involved in the war, the price of the WWB DLC. It’s fair enough knowing the fun we have.

    November 16, 2020 at 7:22 AM
  • Simon Chui

    Would it make sense to separate Stain and Esoteria out into a new eastern theater for the reporting? I’m watching the war from a distance so I might be wrong, but it seems like there’s two separate fronts in Delve and Esoteria. And it looks like the action in Esoteria is heating up. On the other hand, Fountain has been a one paragraph affair for many weeks now, arguably that theater is closed.

    November 16, 2020 at 12:53 PM
    • William Doe Simon Chui

      Yeah, at this point. There’s really no big news to report out of the North of this war now that INIT has basically retaken virtually all of Fountain. There’s more interesting actions going on to the “East” especially with INIT moving on the offensive, add in the Russians having a fun time giving Legacy a headache at Stain and Esoteria.

      November 16, 2020 at 9:19 PM
      • George Ewing William Doe

        not a bad idea. we’ll run it up the flagpole and see what happens. stay tuned.

        November 17, 2020 at 2:04 AM
    • George Ewing Simon Chui

      not a bad idea. I’ll suggest to author.

      November 17, 2020 at 2:05 AM
  • Moomin Amatin

    AoM were already pulled back from Delve in order to look after space owned by The Legacy. Frat it seems are being pulled back to the North in order to deal with incursions on their own space. PanFam still holding steady of course which is not a real surprise. INIT have announced that they are going on a deployment to Esoteria. Stain russians are active also against The Legacy as well as others. A “news” update from BRAVE hints that they expect to be out of this war by Christmas. Also a post popped up about Test moving to Delve. Although it was probably more of a meme it also generated some very interesting comments. No matter what side says what at this time, it is all too apparent that nullsec is at least considering the “new” eve that CCP are intending to deliver.

    The really big takeaway for me this week is that The Imperium still stands despite all that is still facing them. Simply amazing to be honest.

    November 16, 2020 at 1:14 PM
  • Asjo

    It’s pretty terrible that Imperium lose a keepstar, and you mention it as “by the way, a keepstar was lost”. Unless you mean to kill all the excitement of the war, do talk about this. I reckon that this is a very conscious choice by you, either to play down the loss or provoke your opponents. Seeing that keepstar losses have been some of the most monumental steps forward in this war, you the “viewers” at least a little bit of a story about this. If you say nothing to avoid saying too much, then at least make up an excuse for not defending a keepstar, give us the battlereport to show us what it killed and talk about the implication of it.

    November 16, 2020 at 5:39 PM
    • Moomin Amatin Asjo

      The loss of the 49-U KS is of course painful. But we should also note that it was a KS in Querious, so more of a step back than one forward. Or perhaps more accurately a bit of tidying up. The Mittani has stated on the Fireside chat and the Meta Show the circumstances around The Imperium failure to form. Quite simply the FC that was to lead the defense had a tree fall on their house. Of course PAPI being all classy did not leap onto this fact and then mock someone for their misfortune.

      I take it you are happy with the article not mentioning AoM being withdrawn, the continued losses in Esoteria, Frat returning home and all the other bad things happening on the PAPI side?

      November 16, 2020 at 6:44 PM
      • I’m just happy with any details that help us get a feeling of the war and know what’s going on. Saying nothing is terrible. I don’t care whose loss we’re talking about, as long as you actually cover the important stuff and give us some details. Someone having a tree falling on their house is quite an interesting twist to this situation. Given that fighting under a keepstar seems to be quite advantageous in most situations, I figured that Imperium would at least make use of that fact, even if they were just throwing cheap ships at their opponents to distract them from the keepstar. A lot can happen 🙂

        Mind you, I was the guy rooting for Imperium in the previous article. I don’t care about bias or propaganda (a lot of pointless mud throwing, lately, since both parties are trying to egg on each other), but I’m very curious about what’s actually happening in this war.

        November 16, 2020 at 7:53 PM
        • Simon Chui Asjo

          These weekly summaries make a point of sticking to the facts, avoiding any narrative or spin from either side. You can see that they always only describe what happened, but never explain why or what it means. If you want explanations, you’ll have to go elsewhere for them, and you might get a lot of lies for your trouble.

          For the 49-u keepstar, the Imperium says a tree fell on a house, but is that the real reason they didn’t contest? Are there no other FCs? Is it just an excuse for being unprepared? There’s no way to know the truth for sure. And how important is the destruction of that keepstar? Of course PAPI will make a big deal of it, and the Imperium will play it down. Everybody has a different opinion, but we won’t know the real impact until the war is over and we look back on it.

          There’s plenty of propaganda elsewhere. These weekly reports are just facts and numbers. If you look at the past weekly updates, you’ll see that every uncontested Keepstar bash has been reported in the same way.

          November 16, 2020 at 10:08 PM
          • George Ewing Simon Chui

            There was a picture of the tree across the house shared internally. a lot of damage. as far as other FCs, good question. seems kind of weird to rest an entire defensive op on one guy with no backup.

            November 17, 2020 at 2:07 AM