The following account has been written by an IMPERIAL LEGI0N member who “was there”. Lets read on as the ThunderCats and GypsyCats duke it out agains the Pandemic Legion and Legion of xXDEATHXx Hordes.
WARRING SIDES CHEAT SHEET:
SOLAR FLEET, Against ALL Authorities, SOLAR WING, Gypsy Band, IMPERIAL LEGI0N, En Garde, RED.Overlord
Red Alliance, Legion of xXDEATHXx, Pandemic Legion, Northern Coalition., RED.Legion, Ultima Rati0
SOLAR & Co.: It’s Not Over Until We Say It’s Over – The Carpet Bombing of U930-A
Anyone who believes this war will be over soon in favor of Legion of xXDEATHXx may need to re-analyse there sources as at the moment morale in the Solar camp appears to be high, and the xXDEATHXx coalition forces also fight hard from a poor position. Whichever way this campaign goes, it looks it will be giving those involved ‘good fights’ for a while yet.
Calm Before the Storm
Local is hovering at around 360, the vast majority of this is Solar and their allies. The Solar Maelstrom fleet and -A- Tengu fleet are drawn up at range on the 4YO in-gate waiting for the battle to begin. Anticipation is high with relatively low key smack in local between Solar and their Allies and the XDeath coalition members already in local. (Well to be honest most of the smack seen during the whole engagement would be be between -A- and PL but no one expects anything else).
Advance warning had been given of hostile White Noise and XDeath Bomber ops in system with them, filtering into system early, and although a few stragglers failed to make it in safely it was generally known a large number had successfully entered the system. It should not have come as a surprise when the -A- Tengu fleet once more came under a massed bomb run from White Noise. and XDeath at 17:47. While not as wildly successful as a previous runs by White Noise that wiped out a -A- Tengu fleet, this run did succeed in killing 3 Tengu, 2 Cerberus, and, coming as no surprise to anyone, a Drake. (there is always a Drake…)
This bomb run forced most of the -A- fleet off the gate briefly, but they rapidly returned in good order. First serious blood to XDeath and friends but this may have also shown a repeated deficit in XDeath and friends coordination as this did not coincide with the conventional fleets jumping in as was expected. This failure to capitalise on the disruption caused and the lack of coordinate between different groups would impact the outcome of the battle and seems from observation of many of the battles of this war to be a regular flaw in XDeath and allies operations.
Instead of XDeath and friends jumping in now over the next few minutes a light smattering of pilots who were obviously incapable of not jumping through gates until told to would jump gate into U930-A from 4YO and be introduced to Darwinian theory at its harshest.
Battle is Joined
A full 23 minutes after the first bomb run at 18:10 the XDeath lead coalition finally jumps en masse through the 4YO gate into U930-A, TiDi takes effect (though this was a smooth transition that rapidly righted itself, well done CCP) as local swells from 360 to over 700. The game was on! After Xdeath and WN. had taken the early initiative with their first bomb run they were conspicuously absent at this important moment.
This is a fault that can not be leveled at Solar and allies, as the gate in became flooded with XDeath and allies; they were duly bubbled in place and multiple wings of Solar bombers de-cloaked and dropped there payloads into this target rich environment. As this engagement continued further rolling bomb runs would be conducted by Solar, Gypsy Band, Imperial legion and allies, although few more ships appeared to actually be killed entirely by subsequent bomb runs the area damage of these runs will have caused considerable issues for the XDeath coalition fleets’ logistics. Bubbles were kept on the gate for a long time and the fight continued at a frantic rate. A combined Pandemic Legion and Northern Coalition. fleet of sniper Tier 3 Battle-cruisers (TiDi cats) joined the fray and the Xdeath coalition appeared to be fighting back against the superior Solar coalition positions off gate – much death on both sides as the high alpha of both sides fleets made a mockery of logistics. The PL/ NC. fleet began to make its presence felt, skirting the edges of the fight and using there superior range and agility to pick their fights. Unfortunately this status quo was not to last.
At 18:17 Gypsy Band bombers uncloaked off the PL/NC. fleet and dropped their payload. Although PL and NC. attempted to escape they lost 9 Oracles, 2 Nagas and a smattering of support (including a prober, which may have impacted there later ability to get good warp ins though it would be expected and hoped that there would have been multiple probers in their fleet for just such a occasion).
By this point the battle was starting to become fragmented, with XDeath Coalition fleets attempting to get themselves out of the shooting gallery that was the 4YO gate. Unfortunately due to effective bubbling this led to fleets becoming fragmented and getting killed piecemeal by The Solar coalition. The effective Solar coalition bombing was still ongoing throughout in spite of bubbles. At 18:27, 10 minutes after their first successful bomb run, Gypsy Band got another run on the PL and NC. fleet – this time 21 Oracles, 3 Nagas, a Tornado, a Talos, a further bubbler, and a large number of pods died in the conflagration.
By this point the battle was already effectively over and settled into small little fights as stragglers were picked off or escaped from system. The first SBU was destroyed by the Solar coalition at 18:55 less than 50 minutes after the XDeath coalition jumped into system.
In summation, the battle of U930-A was won convincingly by Solar and their allies, the system saved, and a great deal more damage done to the XDeath lead coalition. Bombers again showed themselves to be a massive tactical asset when used effectively and in a coordinated fashion with other conventional forces, a trick Solar and Allies appear to be able to achieve more regularly than the XDeath lead coalition.
Here is a link to the Gypsy Band killboard that shows an effective time line of the battle.
This battle-report is really fresh, but so far there are still a couple of videos rendering before the frapsers put them up on Youtubes – I’ll add them as they pop up.
*Banner goes to Solar Fleet for bringing the most into the battle, IMPERIAL LEGI0N get credit for submitting the battle report.
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