It seems xDeath is heading north again. This should come as little surprise, with Red Alliance evacuating, xDeath is faced with a renewed SOLAR, fighting a single front war. xDeath likely decided to move against IRC before they could become a threat. About a month ago, PL and NCdot brokered a cease fire and finally a NIP (No Infrastructure Pact) ending xDeath’s invasion of IRC space.
Last night, xDeath broke that pact by dropping SBUs in Cobalt Edge. IRC retaliated as time zones shifted from Russian prime to US time. Towers in Osaa were reinforced and SBUs were dropped in Outer Passage. During that short, fuzzy hour or so, between the two time zones, a battle was fought. xDeath had around a hundred aHACs and tier 3 BCs as well as a couple dozen armor support carriers on standby defending the SBUs they were dropping dropped in E-BYOS. Almost instantly, IRC was upon them. IRC threw what looks like a kitchen sink fleet of Drakes, Oracles, and Bombers into the xDeath fleet, followed by cyno’ing in carriers and then super carriers. xDeath killed what they could, finishing off two carriers before retreating from the system before things went south. Quit while you’re ahead. The SBU died shortly after that.
Since IRC had good numbers, they entered xDeath space and began dropping SBUs. Less than an hour after losing their SBU, a surprised xDeath was calling for a CTA to attack the SBUs being placed in their systems. xDeath began by sending a few supers with minimal support against the three SBUs in 1A8-6G. IRC scouts were in system with them and it seems IRC decided not to engage, possibly assuming it was some kind of trap. xDeath intel suggests there was no backup, and the fleet was flying by the seat of their pants. After an uneventful half hour of structure shooting, the SBUs were all cleared out.
xDeath, apparently high on hubris, decided to continue on to the next system. The xDeath defense fleet engaged the IRC fleet in VH-9VO at 02:00 game time. xDeath was outnumbered, 2:1, but apparently believed their hellcats would prevail over the Alpha Maelstroms. Perhaps they had more faith in their tactics against an alliance that is generally considered bad at PVP. Well, IRC broke the stereotype formed by the last two years of combat. Initially, both sides poked at each other from range, IRC expertly keeping their fleet deep behind bubbles, so the hellcats could not get up close, under their artillery. xDeath stuck with it, attempting to get a solid warpin, losing a few ships along the way. Eventually, the xDeath fleet got what seemed to be a solid warp in, between bubbles and the fleet began to warp… only to have another bubble go up with perfect timing. The xDeath fleet landed on their edge of their range, in perfect range for the alpha maels, and promptly were bubbled in. The IRC fleet began tearing them apart. xDeath logi were cleaned off the field quickly. The xDeath FC went down almost immediately. His secondary went down shortly after that. The primary FC apparently decided “screw it” and continued to FC from his pod. In the end, xDeath were left in their pods, if they were lucky.
Both sides left the field with good fights in local. xDeath left with a little more respect for IRC, then reshipped for a roam elsewhere. We will soon find out whether either alliance decides to continue pushing this sov fight.
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