Today the Neo-Curse Coalition made many mistakes, mistakes which SOLAR FLEET did not hesitate to take advantage of.
Battle Report: The NCC vs SOLAR FLEET – Offensive Continues in the Eastern Front, Battle for 1V-LI2
Firstly, they scrapped their initial plan and decided to jump in before the timers to ruin a sudden SOLAR FLEET CTA – according to intel, they were planning on deploying a cyno-jammer. SOLARs gathered a Hellcat fleet with loads of Guardians support and a secondary Tier3 Battlecruiser fleet. The NCC had prepared the usual Tengu 2.0 fleet plus a small bomber squad supporting with Void Bombs (they reduce the capacitor of each target hit). The initial fight was around 200 SOLARs versus 150 NCCs and it was quite one-sided as the NCCs tengu-fleet couldn’t take down the abaddons even with void bomb support and SOLAR t3 battlecruisers were allowed to snipe as much as they liked.
Metagaming Kicks in
Meanwhile, a NCC POS password was leaked and a small group of SOLARs tried to bump out a boosting Titan. To minimize losses, the main Tengu-fleet of NCC retreated to the same POS just as the password was changed to save the Titan. Some people who weren’t fast enough with entering the new password got bumped out the forcefield and were greeted with close range SOLAR Hellcats – this brought yet another few Tengu losses for the NCC.
With the NCC fleet hiding inside the forcefield, SOLAR Hellcats and Tier3s were camping the POS and had deployed around 10 Mobile Large Warp Disruptors, basically stopping any movement in and out of the forcefield.
Not so desperate measures
But the Infrastructure Hub was still reinforced for an hour, so the NCC had plenty of time to reorganize and to come up with a plan to deal with the SOLAR hellcats and T3 sniper-supports. Red Alliance prepared their usual jamming Scorpion fleet and Gypsy bombers changed from Void Bombs to Scorch Bombs to protect the Scorpions from SOLAR T3 sniper-support. Gorgon Empire and DarkSide. were notified about this timer too late so they weren’t ready for the battle – this left NCC without a sniper-support fleet of their own and they knew the incoming battle will thus be tough. SOLAR kept their hellcat format and brought in a small jamming Scorpion fleet, a few bomber squads and an AHAC fleet – Zealots, Vagabonds, SFIs.
New cynos were lit up, NCC reinforcements were bridged in and a new battle started. SOLAR hellcats went for the tengufleet, AHACs for the Red Alliance scorpions and the bombers were just failing. NCC tengu-fleet was trying to take down the abaddons while gaining some range and their bombers were chasing the SOLAR T3 snipers around the grid, even scoring some kills – but the main objective was to keep them occupied with all the warping around. As a huge relief for NCC, about half-way through the battle came their friends from the north, NC. and Nulli. This changed the course of the battle and enough SOLAR ships were killed for MACTEP (the CEO of SOLAR) to call for a retreat. After that NCC logged in their dreadnoughts and killed the Infrastructure Hub, thus completing their objective for the day at the cost of 18 Tengus and lots of supports.
But that wasn’t the end of the day for them as they realized that SOLARs had reinforced the Q-GQHN (Wicked Creek) station again, the IHUB was destroyed previously using other fleets as decoys. This station came out of reinforce at the same time as the 1V-LI2 (Scalding Pass) IHUB – The NCC leadership were convinced that they could only fight for one timer and that SOLAR FLEET would meanwhile take the other one without a battle, but much to their surprise after killing the IHUB, they didn’t see any resistance in Q-GQHN. The SBUs were killed and system saved.
Here are the killmails:
To end on a happy note – AAA were supposed to come and had a CTA fleet to help SOLARs, but they couldn’t come as they were camped by Pandemic Legion and friends. Good times.