While GoonSwarm Federation figures out a way to spin or tone down this train wreck on their propaganda outlet, we’ll bring you just the facts.
Battle Report: Saturdays of Thunder – GSF hot-drop goes awry
During the late Saturday night Thorn Syndicate, The Jagged Alliance and Tribal Band, backed up by a few Pandemic Legion and TEST alliance members were busying themselves with a left over Nulli Secunda tower in the QY1E-N solar system in Querious.
Unbeknownst to them, a few GoonSwarm Federation members watched as the Thorn carriers cynoed in and dropped fighter on the structure. Seeing all this, they thought to themselves: “Hot Drop Time!”
Zungen from GoonSwarm Federation (known for running more than a handful of chars at the same time) leads the pack by jumping in a Nyx super carrier and tackles a Thorn alliance Dreadnought. Thorn’s FC, MatthewMN immediately calls for bubbles and bumps the super capital.
A frantic struggle to keep repairs on the Super-Capital’s target and pings go out like crazy on The Jagged Alliance and Tribal Bands comms for reinforcement as the Nyx barely tanks the Thorn’s fleet DPS.
Almost Fifteen minuted passed when another cyno goes up and two other GoonSwarm Federation Thanatos pour in, along a handful of small sub-capital ships. The DPS switched to the newly arrived Carriers which go down fairly quickly:
A Shakespearean dilema ensued on the Pandemic Legion and TEST alliance ships, to shoot or not to shoot, that’s it the question which clouded their minds. Eventually obedience kicked in and one of the TEST alliance scimmies started repping the Nyx, which prompted the Thorn FC to call it primary:
As the fleet continue to attempt to break the Nyx’s tank, the dread Zungen had initially tackled manage to get out of range and warp away in low structure:
With a sigh of relief and further reinforcements arriving MatthewMN goes for gold:
It is worth mentioning that Against All Authorities tried to rally a fleet to get in the killmail, due to a slow form up they weren’t able to get in the kill, so a while after the Nyx went down they arrived with an Oracle fleet and snagged a Thorn alliance carrier kill.
tensions between goons and test may go up after this.
So yeah after about 25 mins nyx dead, 2x thannys dead, and a cloaky camper that has anoyed people in Delve for the past 2 yrs dead.
We wade throughout the shitpoasting ford so you don’t have to.
Argus Sorn from Thorn Alliance wrote the following battle report on k.com:
So THORN Alliance decided to throw a few dreads (the exact number was five dreads – a bit shy of a dozen) onto an offline tower in one of our systems – it was just routine housekeeping of the moons, nothing more. I guess Zungen decided it’d be fun to drive by in his Nyx for a dread kill. I can only imagine he didn’t expect the response that he received from the non-blue HBC members. And just to clarify – the Nyx wasn’t aligned because we bumped the crap out of him as soon as he jumped in.
At first we were not sure if they had more supers and capitals waiting, so we actually pulled our dreads off the field to be safe. All but one dread got out right away. The remaining dread was tackled by the Nyx and honestly the pilot thought he was dead. But we proceded to bump the Nyx further away, biting our nails as the dread slowly moved out of point range. The FC (MatthewMN) had us bump the dread a few times and while it was knocked off of alignment, we probably saved it by helping put some more range between it and the supercarrier. The dread finally warped out in 12% structure, and the Nyx continued to be bumped and was bubbled within seconds.
Just as we dropped in our Archons (at this point it was pretty clear that there was no fear of escalation) to help grind the beast down, Zungan had two triage thannies come in to help save the Nyx. By that time however we had pinged Tribal Band and the fleet rose to 100 member. The carriers melted quickly and proceded to kill the Nyx. A handful of Test showed up, but they sat it out once they saw what was going down. Props to them for letting us have our day.
In the end the tally came to two Thannies and a Nyx in exchange for a couple of support ships, as well as the Chimera that died to -A- after the fight was over. It was good times – and a good chance for the non-PL, non-Test members of the HBC to bond a bit and establish a litttle distinctiveness.
(eve kill is down – second thanny pending)
If there’s one thing THORN knows how to do it tackle supers. He couldn’t warp because we were bumping him out of alignment from the second we landed.
We got him tackled and started calling for DPS. More HICs and DICs arrived, and he cynoed in the “Oh SHIT!” fleet of 2 triage Thannies to try to save his Nyx. We managed to kill the bailout fleet as our backup DPS (HBC members not blue to Goons) arrived. We topped out at about 105 people altogether. And finally the inevitable happened. The Nyx died.
Eve-kill is down atm, so no battle report, but we killed a Nyx, 2 Thannies, 2 Rapiers, Falcon, Vaga and I THINK a Sabre.
Good drop attempt. A ballsy move, although foolish one.