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Borrowing [OregonMuse] | Main | Overnight Open Thread (1 Feb 2014)
February 01, 2014

Game of Titans. You Win or You Die. [Zakn]

So the most Expensive fight in online gaming history happened a few days back. It's been everywhere. So...I tried for a while to send links to our awesome sidebar mods and I have decided that They don't really have enough context to post or side bar this fucking thing. Instead of sending this post to Ace, I figured I'd just write this puppy myself.

I will try to keep this a No Smug zone, because It could have gone either way, and props to both sides for getting it on and brawling like heroes.

In Eve, people usually sort themselves by Timezone and language. The main blocks in this war are an Ethnic Russian side and thier friends Black Legion (DTF or RUSRUS). The Cluster Fuck Coalition (CFC) which is headed up by Goonswarm. Mostly European and USTZ Players some Russians. Generally English Speaking. They have teamed up to fight Pandemic Legion, and the N3 Coalition (N3PL).

This War has been going on Since October. N3PL evicted the Russians out of thier Space and they are pretty mad about it. So CFC came down to join them to fight because N3 came at us in Fountain while Test was being kicked out of the region (Shout out to any Testbros here. Oh, if you are in EMP, thanks for those dread kills).

Time Dilation (TiDi). In order to facilitate these large fleet battles CCP created TiDi. It slows down the Node the fight is on depending on how many commands it is receiving. Basic Translation, if it's 90% Tidi, for one second of real time on the server 10 seconds pass. So it draws out these fights where the happen. This is important, as everywhere else in game, moves at real speed. Tidi is terrible, but as opposed to the kind of lag that used to happen in Eve, it actually can work. Certain things make this worse, things like Drones and Missiles.

So Due to a Sov Drop in PL's staging system a battle occurred. The Fleet Commander(FC) of the CFC Lazarus Telraven Looked at N3PL numbers, and looked at his numbers and decided to go All In. Supers, Titans, Dreads, all of it. This was to be the largest SuperCapital fight that Eve has ever seen. And then it was on. For the next 22 hours battles raged all across the Region and Eve to support this fight. Other Staging Systems were camped to prevent Reinforcements from coming into the fight. It turned into a Bloodbath. Every Enemy Titan, Supercarrier, Carrier, and Dread that was unable to get out of the heavily bubbled field, died on the field with 15 min left until downtime. It was a Route. An unlikely Victor emerged. The Sheer amount of ISK (In-game currency) destroyed in this fight dwarfs every other by a factor of 10. The Previous Record for dead Titans was 12.

Due to Tidi, 22 hours of Real time happened, but only a little over Two hours of simulation occurred.

That is how our Hero of this story, Lazarus Motherfucking Telraven took possession of his Throne.

Those Avatars (Titans) are all Dead Avatars. Literally a throne of Dead Titans.

Videos and more shit below the fold.

Now if all of that shit sounded like Gibberish, and it probably did, I'd like you to take a look at this article by AlizabethVea. It's surprisingly good and written for a General Audience. Shows lots of the Ships, the sides, and the story of how this whole ball of death and destruction kicked off.

If you like podcasts, and I know you probably do, My Friend Xander Phoena grabbed the opposing FC's and Interviewed them the next day If you want a transcript of the fight, that is available at that link.

For all of these videos, you are going to want to watch them on Youtube in 1080 and fullscreened.

The Hammer Drop

Notice how N3PL Start Doomsdaying(DD) Dreads at first while the CFC chooses to primary the Titans. After the fight two weeks ago in the disaster at HED, it was learned that in Heavy TiDi like this, the DD is what matters in these Supercapital fights. This coupled with the Choice of N3PL to try and Kill Sort Dragon's heavily tanked Avatar early in the fight (They thought he had crashed so his modules would be off and therefore easy to kill), I believe turned the battle from a fight where Titans losses were traded into the one sided route that we ended up with. But what do I know, I'm just a pubbie shitlord that has only FC'd Frigates and Cruisers. Poorly I might add.

CCP did a Devblog on this whole thing. They are smug as fuck about this and are doing PR laps everywhere. There are pretty Graphs and links to both the Ask Me Anythings that both the FC's did after on Reddit after the fight.

Every titan that is primaried is killed from this point forward on both sides until downtime.
Like Every good FC, Laz kept notes during the fight. This was his After Action Report (It's linked in the Devblog, but I think this one is more readable)

What it was like to be there

All of those bubbles you see are what are called Warp Disruption Fields. Anything in them cannot warp or jump out. They are only available to use in Nullsec. The fact that N3PL again ceded the subcapital field to CFC/DTF as they have done before really burned them IMO. If you need to extract, you absofuckinglutely need subcaps to extract the Supers/Titans. This was why it turned from a brawl where Titan kills were traded, to a fight where N3PL lost their most active Titans. The CFC side was able to extract Titans after soaking up some Doomsdays. This was also the reason why it was thought that upwards of 100 Titans were lost in the fight. Initial numbers were 70+N3PL to 23 CFC/DTF.

The Aftermath and the TITANOMACHY.

I know you Morons and Ette's into Language will have a field day with the name. Hell you should look at Eve ship names, as most of them are amazing. In a funny coincidence, CCP was bringing in new Titan Wreck Models the next day. So this is now live in game. A friend of mine flew there and made a video

I leave you with two quotes and an IMG. One by the CEO of the PL Corp HABIT Centraspike inspired by watching Lone Survivor way too many times (I still need to see that movie)

Been around Eve twice
Killed every alliance once
Seen two Delve's fall
And I even know a Manfred Sideous with a wooden cock
I push more peter more sweeter and more completer
Than any other peter-pusher around
I'm a flabby-bodied, neck-bearded, F1-pushin', drone-assignin'
Kugu-postin', NO NOT BELIEVIN', supercap jumpin' hero
There ain't nothing I can't do
No TiDi too high, no sov too rough, no muff too tough
Learned a lot of lessons in my life
Never jump out when all hands are on dick
I don't know how to fly my ship
Frigates, Cruisers, Battleships and those big mother fuckers that DD and go pop
When you jump in
Anything in life worth doing is worth overdoing
Demonic Furying is for cowards
I'm a virgin, I'm a newfag, I'm a Pandemic Legion poster
I'll whine, align, and assign
Then I'll go play DOTA while the FC shoots for me
So if you're feeling faggy then you better jump

As an FC sometimes you gotta trust your gut, and go all in

And when shit gets real, salty salty tears.

Richter Belmont View Post
I know you are trying to ironic post, but let me key you in on something here really quick.

If at any given moment, N3 ping for all hands on dick supercarriers and capital ships, they will get more individual people in fleet than your entire coalition can combined on its very best day.

This isn't conjecture, this is something that has been proven again and again because your leaders like to bury their heads in the sand and ignore the game itself in favor of posting and posturing and writing tl;dr CEO updates about garbage that will never see the light of day (and if it does, the only place it will be is on the killboard of my alliance) instead of realizing that every capital and supercapital pilot with a pulse and a will to use their dread/super/titan/slowcat is gravitating towards one side because hey, guess what, that side actually DOES use their big toys on the regular and when push comes to shove as evidenced by the fight in DY- your alliance is literally impotent.

If a super 'fight' actually happens, it isn't going to be an actual fight, it is going to be a CFC gangrape hosted by Manny, Grath and Vince and you'll have no one to blame but your own leaders and FCs for being yes men faggots instead of growing a pair of balls and equipping some initiative.

Now is a great time to start playing Eve. The Learning curve is steep but you can do it. There's a shit load of :shobon: newbies everywhere because of this fight. The Moron channel is AoSHQ

See you amongst the Stars.

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