You shall not pass: TEST Christmas Roam Provokes Supercapital Response


At 21:00 EVE Time on December 23, a TEST Alliance Christmas roam met its end at the hands of the Imperium’s hastily summoned super capital fleet. The damage is estimated to be around 87 billion ISK, about half of which was amassed by lost dreadnoughts, which insure very well. TEST’s fleet of around 20 ordinary capitals and 100 assorted subcapitals was caught in the system of GYA6-L by an Imperium interceptor fleet, well before they could inflict any damage to the denizens of Delve, many of whom were enjoying the naturally quiet time around Christmas.

As usual, however, the Imperium’s supercapital fleet was ready and itching for a fight, for the last significant capital deployment saw the North shattered and no strategic targets in reach. When the ping went out, the Imperium responded. 102 titans and 65 supercapitals descended on the tackled TEST fleet, putting a swift end to their incursion into Imperium space. As they met their end, a few TEST pilots could be seen saluting the Goon response fleet and, even though the response was disproportionate, writing ‘good fights’ in local.

While the Imperium and the TEST-led Legacy coalition are on friendly terms and have won the latest campaign in Eve under the moniker of ‘Imperial Legacy’, they have decided to limit their cooperation to strategic goals and since reset standings to neutral to allow their pilots to shoot each other, while refraining from taking each others territory. While most fights arising from this arrangement are fair (as far as fights in EVE are ever fair), clearly exceptions are made when Delve is the target of such roams and no quarter is given.

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  • Guilford Australis

    In the present era of set-piece battles and preposterously risk-averse superpowers, TEST deserves credit for doing something like this. It’s hard to imagine any other entity outside of The Imperium or TEST welping capitals for fun.

    I wouldn’t call the response “disproportionate,” though. There’s no expectation of proportionality in home defense. I’ve died in Paragon Soul plenty of times when TEST dropped supercapitals on 20 T1 Destroyers.

    December 27, 2018 at 1:52 PM
    • Alaric Faelen Guilford Australis

      All the major null sec powers can easily afford to welp capitals. It’s just that only Imperium, TEST, and Brave have the testicular fortitude to do it.

      Others groups (cough…the north….) have the capitals, just not the cajones.

      December 27, 2018 at 3:51 PM
      • Carvj94 Alaric Faelen

        PL used to drop caps on anything that moved. Now they are quiet and shivering in the corner hoping that Imperium leaves them alone to pad their killboards.

        December 30, 2018 at 7:03 PM