Another day in null sec and another long wait on a titan. Oh the joys of EVE…
A Dronelands Coalition (DC) CTA, led by the infamous Elo Knight using the new Armageddon doctrine, was scheduled for 19:30 EVE time. As usual, it took ages to form the fleet and the CTA missed several dread kills. Undeterred and having nothing better to do, the grunts sat on a titan waiting “for their enemies to do something stupid”. At 21:00 it seems that someone did in fact do something stupid (or Elo’s balls were growing uncomfortable blue) so the order to wake up and prepare to bridge was given.
The 180 strong DC fleet, supported by a Solar Tech 3 fleet led by MACTEP himself, bridged into KZFV-4 and local topped 600. However, a NC. and Nulli carrier fleet were waiting for them on station, supported by a Whyso Tengu fleet and several dozens ships from Gorgon Empire, Unthinkables, and Gypsy Band. Several Tier 3 BC fleets (Nulli, NC., later to be joined by PL and Test) and a Red Alliance Scorpion fleet were also present.
Once grid was loaded, the DC fleet started shooting Scorpions and Tengus, trading Battleships for Battleships and T3. Meanwhile, Gypsy Band once again did what they do best and their galaxy infamous bombing runs took their toll on DC’s Geddon fleet, shutting it down on several occasions forcing them to switch to their cap boosters. At that point, the DC fleet started jumping from safe to safe, with their logi mostly intact and half their Geddons gone.
Comms buzzed that Solar wiped out the Tengu fleet’s logis, so DC’s fleet jumped back into the meat grinder to score as many kills as possible. Unfortunately, a PL tier 3 reinforcement fleet arrived and the balance shifted once more to the other side. With 39 Geddons left Elo Knight decided to disengage and go back home.
Total numbers killed in this engagement: 183 (23.95B) by Dronelands (including 22 tengus), and 116 (13.45B) by NeoCurse/N3/HBC
Video of the engagement, from Gypsy Band perspective:
On the way home, the beleaguered fleet started to relax but it seems that the gods of war had different plans for them. A call urged them back to IAK-J (one jump out of KZF) where SOLAR were still engaged on the KZF gate. This engagement was far shorter, however. With the superior positioning of the Geedons fleet and the constant stream of Tier 3 ships jumping one by one into the Geddons sitting at 10 km off the gate, Elo’s boys were able to punch much above their weight and inflict good damage and kills despite their smaller numbers.
Once, the other side woke up from their victory induced stupor, they regrouped and jumped in to take care of the ambushing DC and Solar fleets. With the odds once more going against them, the DC Geddons left and headed home to Etherium Reach for good.
Tally: 56 (10.11B) kills for DC, 27 (3.75B) for Hostiles.
Eve kill Report
The mood within DC ranks was good, despite the loss of the station, since they decisively won the ISK war. Strategically, however, the Scalding Pass region continues to succumb to Red Alliance and NCC (Neo Curse Coalition) onslaught.
This report was written based on the perspective of a DC grunt. If you were part of this engagement and want to share, comment, or correct this report, please feel free to send an email or express your –angry- self below.