Dislcaimer: All figures reported here are approximations only due to multiple re-shipping, the presence of multiple fleets and killboards still synchronizing.

YPW-M4 system, Insmother region. On the 12th of October at 18:40 EVE Standard Time, Red Menace Coalition (RMC) forces clashed with Drone Regions Federation (DRF) over a moon in the system, which escalated quickly into a Super Capital fight involving nearly a thousand players!

DRF and RMC had been fighting a each other for the last few weeks, meeting in bloody sub-Capital brawls in and around the Insmother region. As often happens under the new Aegis Sovereignty system, the two sides met over a tower rather than a system, an Hafnium moon which belonged to Triumvirate. [TRI]. The tower was reinforced the previous day by RMC forces and the two sides were gearing up to fight over it.

DRF assembled 2 fleets, a Proteus\Legion Strategic Cruiser fleet and a Machariel Battleship fleet. The two forces together had approximately 200 pilots. RMC had a 100 pilot Machariel fleet of their own with Triage Carrier support.

RMC forces were first to arrive to the system, as it is located 1 jump from their staging system. They warped to the tower and quickly set up on it as it was coming out of reinforced mode, bringing in a small Dreadnought force to destroy the tower. DRF forces however were still en-route to the system. Once the tower was removed RMC Dreadnoughts were extracted while the sub-Capital fleet remained on grid, possibly waiting for DRF forces to engage them, or just waiting for a tower of their own to be brought down and installed.

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Though the tower was lost, DRF forces decided not to stand down, but to engage the RMC fleet. The DRF Strategic Cruiser fleet quickly entered through the Q7-FZ8 gate and warped on top of the RMC Machariels while the DRF Machariel fleet bridged into the system at a perch 200 kilometers off, starting the fight.

As the two sides just started the brawl, a fourth fleet entered the fray, a 100 pilot Cerberus Heavy Assault Cruiser force belonging to Stain-Wagon Coalition (SW). The SW force bridged to the grid on a perch which was located a mere 140 kilometers from the DRF Machariels. The arrival of SW fleet further complicated matters, as SW is on friendly terms with RMC and came to support it.

DRF forces quickly dropped a sizable Capital force comprised of Dreadnoughts and Carriers on top of the RMC Machariels. This force targeted the RMC Triage Carriers, annihilating them in rapid succession. This allowed the DRF Strategic Cruisers to take down the RMC Machariels, who without their Triage support simply melted at a fast pace, trading perhaps 5-6 Machariels for each Strategic Cruiser loss. Meanwhile the DRF Machariels were busy fighting the SW Cerberus fleet, losing a few ships to the Heavy Missile volleys but re-paying the favor five times over.

Seeing their sub-Capital fleet facing annihilation, RMC Fleet Commanders decided to further escalate, bringing in their Super Capital fleet. 6 Titans and 18 Supercarriers were brought to the field in order to make short work of the DRF Capital force. This Super Capital force was quickly set loose on the DRF Capitals, who could offer little resistance against the onslaught of fighter bombers and doomsday weapons.

However, the DRF Capital force already did its job of disposing of the Triage Carriers of the RMC’s Machariel fleet. With the SW fleet unable to remain on grid for long due to the DRF Machariels, the RMC sub-Capital force stood no chance. What followed was a massacre as RMC Machariels were overwhelmed by the combined firepower of the DRF sub-Capital fleets. At the same time, DRF Interdictors rushed over to the RMC Super Capitals and started bubbling them,  calls made for DRF pilots to bring more Interdictors to the system.

With the RMC sub-Capital force destroyed and the grid mostly secured by DRF forces, a decision was made to counter escalate. Quickly, the DRF brought 18 Supercarriers and 2 Titans in order to fight the RMC Super Capital force. SW fleet at this point focused mainly on attempting to clear Interdictors from the field in order to free the trapped RMC Super Capitals, only to be forced off again and again by DRF sub-Capitals.

At the same time, Northern Coalition. [NC] was informed of what was occurring by DRF forces and formed a 90 pilot Proteus Strategic Cruiser fleet. Using Wormholes the fleet arrived to the system and linked up with DRF forces, helping to control the grid and fend off the dozens of gangs and other small fleets that had converged on the system as the news of the Super Capital engagement spread across New Eden.

Pandemic Legion [-10.0] also arrived to the system, having heard of what was happening. Though strictly there to third party, it attempted to avoid confrontations with the DRF forces who seemed to control the grid, though the two sides exchanged fire as confusion and misunderstanding settled on the field.

Pandemic Legion Forces Skirting the Fight, Courtesy of Paul Trier

As this was going on, the two Super Capital forces engaged each other. The RMC Super Capital force quickly discovered it could not tank the incoming damage, while the DRF Super Capital force had a clear advantage with its sub-Capital force destroying the fighter and fighter bomber drones of the RMC Supercarriers, thus negating their damage. Worse yet, the RMC Super Capital fleet was a mix of both shield tanked and armor tanked ships, while the DRF enjoyed a single armor tanking doctrine. This meant that while all DRF ships could repair each other and tank unanimously, RMC ships could not tank as well even though they had equal Supercarrier numbers.

As time went on, RMC Supercarriers and Titans started to succumb to the onslaught, being attacked both by a Super Capital force and no less than four large sub-Capital fleets, not to mention the hundreds of opportunist pilots that came to take part in the behemoths’ destruction. While a few RMC Titans and Supercarriers managed to slip away or get freed by the constant stream of sub-Capital reinforcements that poured in and was destroyed by the hostile fleets, the majority of the RMC Super Capital force was destroyed.

RMC tried a last gambit to at least inflict some Super Capital losses on the DRF side by jumping in a moderate Dreadnought force, but the gamble failed and the Dreadnoughts were soon dispatched alongside any remaining RMC Super Capitals. Finally with no more RMC Capitals or Super Capitals present, DRF forces quickly extracted their own Super Capital force.

The Fighting as Captured by a Member of Pandemic Legion, Courtesy of Elohsa Peanut

At the same time, Pandemic Legion and Northern Coalition. forces quickly retreated from the system, prompted to render aid in another battle, thus leaving the DRF sub-Capital force to finish the mop up. SW forces had also withdrew during the confusion, leaving DRF to claim victory.

With another fight brewing on the horizon, DRF forces extracted as well, ending hostilities in the system.

Battle report for the YPW-M4 system can be found here.

All told the battle lasted nearly 3 hours with local estimated at around 1000 pilots at the peak of the fighting and Time Dilation contributing much to the battle, swaying widely and reaching 10% levels at times.

RMC lost the majority of the ships; 2 Titans, 8 Supercarriers, 11 Dreadnoughts, 6 Carriers 117 Battleships and so forth. Alongside SW forces the death toll reaches 381 ships for a total of 610.13 Bil ISK damage. DRF forces lost 11 Dreadnoughts, 3 Carriers, 9 Battleships, 19 Strategic Cruisers and so forth. The total of ships lost reaches 162 hulls for 71.26 Bil ISK damage.

Salivan Harddin is a member of Reikoku, Pandemic Legion, and covers battles across New Eden
  • whatever

    The “another battle” was the rescue OP for the NCdot supers. They were traveling by gates to whore on RMC titans, but were caught and one of them was separated from the rest. It happened only a couple of jumps from Stainwagon staging system, so they reshiped and scored the kill:
    http://eve-kill.net/?a=kill_detail&kll_id=30835014

    The rest of NCdot tried to jump out, but yet again an Avatar and a Wyvern got tackled. With only a handful of support fleet left, it could go really bad. But at this moment xxDeath/Solar/Tri fleet showed in and saved their butts. That’s right, you’ve heard it here first – Solar are now officially NCdots pets.

    • Dying Bravely

      Heard it here first….. what, they’ve always been but buddies, that’s not even vaguely news.

      Plus its really not that surprising that this old N3 propaganda site failed to mention the morons from NC. welping a super and almost losing another and a titan.

      • apollo

        ummm since when has solar been best buds with N3 or NC.? u do remember this thing called the Halloween war right?the whole thing was over solar staging out of -A- space to retake all of Solar’s space from n3? thanks tho friend. have a good one

        • II

          N3 does not longer exist. Welcome after year to EVE.

          • apollo

            friend do u think that just because n3 does not exist that solar is best friends with NC.? cause if thats what you think your even more retarded then the OP

        • Vladimir

          Friends in EVE? Everyone is a enemy.

          Even me, flying together in fleets, we laugh and mak jokes, but you never know when/if the backstab comes…but it will happen. Guaranteed.

      • guest
      • PL Shitlord

        Hi Goon Shitlord…. go back to that shitty website

      • Vladimir

        NCDOT were having fun, what were you doing? Dying to blops scrubs or Guristas in a carrier in DeKlein?

    • Matterall

      Most of what you say is correct but Solar didn’t save NC. Yes they are old enemies (true), but leadership changed for solar and now they and xxDeath are working together – which makes them neutral to NC now.

      The Aeon that died earlier missed a command and warped prematurely into a drag bubble. The Aeon was holding well until his cap was neutralized. NC supers opted to keep their fleet together and struggled through lots of tackle to get free. NC subcaps were on the scene, able to clear all tackle, repeatedly, but were told to stay with the pack instead of saving the Aeon. Tensions were higher than normal due to rumors of a large Wyvern fleet on the way, which never materialized. (update, see below)

      Onc emost jumpe dout, A Titan that was making sure everyone got out (as good FC’s do) stayed as one supercarrier didn’t jump before he was bubbled again (thus 2 supers left behind), but the subcap FC drove his smartbombing ship into the bubbles and cleared them away, allowing the supers to jump out.

      EN24 is not a propaganda site. We try to cover things as fairly as we can. The close call was not as close as you made it sound.

      This was a big day for super deaths. Snuffbox lost a Erebus, first Titan ever lost by them, along with the many casualties listed above.

      • whatever

        Solar were a part of xxDeath fleet that came to clear bubbles from NCdot supers. Before they landed the grid, tackle was holding – despite smartbombs and SB bombs. xxDeath had dictors and hictors even:
        http://eve-kill.net/?a=kill_detail&kll_id=30836849
        and if they were really neutral, things could go other way.

        Anyway, props to EN24 to bring quality articles in timely manner. Keep up the good work!

      • Poision Kevin

        Actually I stayed in my Aeon to make sure the Titan wouldn’t cap out and be able to refit smartbombs.

        • Matterall

          Ah, I had that reversed. Thought you were the Titan. Anyway good job not leaving a man behind.

          So did XXDeath and Solar bail you guys out? Or did you get yourselves free?

    • Lmao

      Only an Erebus and an aeon got stuck on jump out with the aeon staying to make sure the Erebus could refit. Gj getting both ship types and situation incorrect and thinking that it was anyone but NCDot’s support fleet that cleared tackle, retard.

      • apollo

        it was an aeon and an avatar

        • Matterall

          lol, what a mess of facts – see. This is why it takes some time to write up battle reports.

    • U-T

      And you too.

  • 12

    i wish RMC alot of fun in the upcoming time, continue to sell doctrine ships for Jita +60% if they have any in stock at all, and then wonder why they got no numbers. Rip of your members and give a shit about your market and infrastructure and thats what you get out of it.

  • Xae Kae

    [NC] was informed by TRI themselves not the whole “DRF” leadership

    • P_K

      Actually since I seemed to have been poked from everyone while completely missing (Read ignoring thanks to Battlefront). I dare say DRF/RA & TRI/SOLAR/XIX/CORD all poked me within the first 10 mins of that fight.

  • contentboy

    does anybody filmed that sh*t, please?