What follows is a report from Rooks and Kings about hostilities in the Syndicate region.

Battle in Syndicate: Fatal Ascension, Rooks ‘n Kings, UMAD, Agony Empire & Pandemic Legion

Although we’d caught Fatal Ascension in a number of successful pipebombings (e.g. http://eve-kill.net/?a=kill_related&kll_id=13732692) during their Syndicate deployment, we were looking for an opportunity to tackle them head on.

FA had previously lost a fair few ships to Pure Madness in a no-nonsense Tempest vs. Triage engagement (eve-kill.net/?a=kill_related&kll_id=13721209), so we decided that they’d be likely to bring a larger, heavier fleet this time to a Pure Madness tower that was coming out of RF.

And so it proved: FA formed up a fairly large (around 100) fleet of Tempests, Scimitars and Scorpions. They also appeared to form a second group of bombers, who bridged to the destination ahead of time, presumably to prepare bombing runs (having previously been on the wrong end of one at the hands of Ineluctable).

For our part, the Navpoc flag was being flown by Pure Madness, who inherited our usual role. They were joined by nine battleships from Agony Unleashed. This gave us a total of 27 battleships.

Would 27 battleships be able to break the rep of some twenty scimitars? If not, the Tempests would certainly be a threat to Pure Madness’ triage rep, in addition to the challenges of keeping the their rep going under the likely FA bombing runs.

The complexities of that escalation equation were solved, however, when a cyno opened and Fatal Ascension dropped dreads on the tower.

A brave Agony dictor warped in to bubble them and our cyno went down too. We dropped them heavily: 14 Pantheon carriers, 8 dreads, a Nyx and 3 titans. Six FA dreadnaughts were killed quickly (three by Doomsday).

Their Tempests then tucked into UMAD’s first triage. UMAD’s Navpocs and Agony’s BS, for their part, locked horns with FA’s logistic rep. FA were hero repping ships out of armour and structure but nontheless, Tempests were sinking.

At around 20% armour, UMAD’s Qwerty Deluxe left triage and was repped and re-capped by the Pantheon spider.

A similar situation befell Puls4r’s Moros, who was primed but able to refit and coast out of siege and get rep.

Meanwhile, attempts to neut the Pantheon group allowed us to hurt the hostile cap situation, by refitting to capacitor batteries as appropriate.

During this time, all 27 battleships of Pure Madness and Agony remained alive and well, and now cutting through FA support at a ferocious rate. The support’s damage was aided, too, by fire from the capitals. FA’s efforts now seemed to be centering on sending lost pilots back in new ships with a singular aim: to tackle the three titans.

Since they were not killing anything, sending ships to the grinder had to mean that they were trying to hold the supers for a batphone.

A mix of damage, neuting and ECM drones drove down the last of the HIC bubbles and, shortly after our titans and supercarrier jumped out, a new cyno lit and more CFC and a Pandemic Legion supercap fleet jumped in.

At this point we put in the password and all entered the shield. FA were sensing blood and rapecaged the tower with a large number of light dictors and HICS, to prevent the capitals being able to jump out. Since the tower had only just left reinforced, this meant that if they killed the tower, they’d have all the capitals served up in a sea of bubbles.

However, Goldsnake now called for the ‘Starburst’. Although it took a few moments to compute, the order then clicked and the tower password was changed. Aside from an Archon who bounced off PL/FA supers and back toward shield and two sieged dreads, our capitals suddenly leapt clear of all bubbles – some as far as 200km – and safely jumped out.

My Archon settled down at 7km/s as it jumped, after originally breaking 13km/s on the speedometer:

Video

Kills: 6 dreads, 30+ Tempests & various support
Losses: 2 Dreads, 1 Archon, 1 Abaddon, few support, tower.

Eve Kill: http://eve-kill.net/?a=kill_related&kll_id=13771096
BR Doctor: http://dog-net.org/brdoc/?brid=8261

– RnK out

RAW Intel:

Here is another tip about the same fight we received today, just to add up to the whole article.

FA was shooting a (I think) Neo moon in 8-J, with their usual Tempests+support fleet, probably around 100 of them, and dreads. Pure Madness, Rooks and Kings, and a smattering of Agony Empire (all longtime Syndicate residents) dropped on them to try to save the tower, with a bunch of Armor BS, supported by triage carriers and dreads and a few supers/titans. The fight was going heavily in PM-RnK’s favor, with nothing besides a random t2 cruiser on their side dead and the Tempest wrecks stacking up, when all of a sudden cynos and bubbles started popping up. PL came in with a ton of supers, followed by a few supers on FA’s side, and sent PM-RnK packing, at the cost of a few caps. They extracted relatively cleanly for what could have been disastrous, but did end up losing the moon.

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69 Comments

  1. Gumpin

    nice

    June 26, 2012 at 8:02 am Reply
  2. LoL @ blob

    That was pretty slick. Made me smile :)

    June 26, 2012 at 8:05 am Reply
  3. So....

    So, I'm no expert about the happenings, but sounds like the objective was lost.

    June 26, 2012 at 8:08 am Reply
    1. Rah

      Objective was a moon barely worth the fuelcost of the tower.

      Basicly the objective was to get a fight.

      June 26, 2012 at 8:18 am Reply
      1. huehuehue

        You must have very high fuelcosts then!

        June 26, 2012 at 8:19 am Reply
      2. derp

        to be precise, fight was over a neo moon making 300 mill per month after fuel. Just recovering what FA lost on that day requires FA to hold the tower for several years.

        June 26, 2012 at 10:56 am Reply
    2. Gumpin

      depends on what the objective was. Since RnK are far from their Northern home I don't think saving the pos was really their intent….

      June 26, 2012 at 8:20 am Reply
    3. Mydogbuck

      The moon they took will pay for the dead dreads in about 5 years of non-stop production, all FA needs is a carrier with a large mission accomplished banner hung up in the background, and we could all have a laugh.

      June 26, 2012 at 1:12 pm Reply
  4. huehuehue

    It was a good fight!

    June 26, 2012 at 8:10 am Reply
  5. herp da derp

    very smooth

    June 26, 2012 at 8:18 am Reply
  6. Fa grunt

    simple patetic. FA as part of CFC and with all the resources available up north should are still a patetic alliance, a goon pet, with shitty FC's, even worst, they outguned by far RnK and friends, also they should know already that RnK normally has always some tricks to present in their fights, so most probably they thought as stupid arrogant they are that they could win the fight, so their FC didn't had the fucking brains to get supers on standby…..Raiven shadows come back u are forgiven, zagdul gtfo u are a fucking morom.

    June 26, 2012 at 8:41 am Reply
    1. another FA grunt

      You clearly wasn't here when Raven was the leader of FA. Either that or you are a troll. We don't care too much about isk wars and the fact that we sometimes suck. It's all about having fun.

      June 26, 2012 at 11:21 am Reply
      1. Bilbo

        indeed +1

        July 11, 2012 at 7:18 pm Reply
    2. trapped in O2O

      Get out of my alliance.

      June 26, 2012 at 11:28 am Reply
    3. Goonies R us

      Raven was WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY better than fagdul… the guy is a whiny, pathetic pet that can't fly to save his life… i remember a lowly tackle pilot, whom actually got booted because of fagdul, teaching him about transversal and how to tackle. you guys say you don't care about iskies and that you sometimes suck. seriously? yes, admit that it's fun. but you can't tell me that, i've seen corps get kicked out of fa for having a carrier loss on a kb or a particularly bad fleet. Quit makin excuses and get a new leader or go away.

      June 26, 2012 at 3:04 pm Reply
      1. another FA grunt

        you are so funneh when you say "fagdul"

        June 26, 2012 at 11:50 pm Reply
    4. Bilbo

      tbf, FA has come a long way under Zagdul and I expect they'll do better this month in Delve

      July 2, 2012 at 3:21 pm Reply
  7. NOTRUSSIAN BUT IN RA

    that was awesome. wish we had fcs with brains.

    June 26, 2012 at 8:45 am Reply
  8. DangerosoDavo

    Now THATS how you make a strategic withdrawal!

    June 26, 2012 at 8:59 am Reply
    1. DRF is fun

      Hey PL, FCK YOU 😛

      Leet pvp in its truest form. Small gang vs Giant pussy blob and they make PL and CFC look like retards.

      June 26, 2012 at 11:43 am Reply
    2. Bilbo

      Starburst!

      June 26, 2012 at 1:31 pm Reply
  9. Treston

    Objective aside, I am sure we will see that tactics being used in the future again. That was beautiful.

    June 26, 2012 at 9:23 am Reply
  10. anon

    Starburst! LOVE IT!

    June 26, 2012 at 9:43 am Reply
  11. FA Pilot

    while i have to admit it was smart to use the pos to sling shot the fleet its prity low to use a game machanic to escape like that.

    June 26, 2012 at 11:34 am Reply
    1. Scar

      LOOOL, awwwww you wanted them to sit there and die to your crying home to PL ?

      June 26, 2012 at 12:02 pm Reply
    2. daniellsiata

      Because none of your capital pilots ever self-destructed to deny killmails or anything.

      June 26, 2012 at 12:03 pm Reply
    3. Aenur

      These words by a cfc member is like a rapist preaching a seremon about good morals

      June 26, 2012 at 12:18 pm Reply
    4. Not FA pilot

      Low to bounce 14 RnK caps to safety but not low to realise your 100+man fleet is losing and batphoning not only 40 PL dudes but also goon supercap fleet that never actually got onto the field?

      June 26, 2012 at 12:36 pm Reply
      1. Bagehi

        Test was also inbound. We had choice words for Zagdul when FA failed to keep the titan tackled after calling us from several regions away.

        June 26, 2012 at 4:33 pm Reply
      2. aaaaaaaaaaaaaa

        Cool. our welpcanes are now worth a supercap each.

        June 26, 2012 at 5:00 pm Reply
    5. Poastin Toaster

      Its pretty low for FA to be a space holding alliance and cant do anything on your own.

      June 26, 2012 at 12:41 pm Reply
    6. Not FA Pilot

      fagdule fails again. if only fa could do something WITHOUT callin in the calvary… THEN maybe it'd be a good fight… unfortunately, again they fail and blame a game mechanic on makin it unfair. you're kidding me right? get rid of fagdul, find a new leader that isn't an imbecile, and move on.

      June 26, 2012 at 2:58 pm Reply
    7. Droll

      You are.

      June 26, 2012 at 5:44 pm Reply
  12. basi

    you did not just leave out my super awsome basi!

    June 26, 2012 at 11:35 am Reply
  13. i<3rnk

    epic move :)

    June 26, 2012 at 11:50 am Reply
  14. harry

    RnK are soooooo pro, that they need weeks to show up for one battle they can win. yes, thats pro pvp at its finest.

    and to be honest, syndicate is one of the lamest PVP region since 2003. if you want fight, dont move to syndicate. nowhere else is powerdocking so trained since 2003 than in syndicate.

    June 26, 2012 at 11:58 am Reply
    1. Poastin Toaster

      CFC member I take it.

      June 26, 2012 at 12:43 pm Reply
    2. Bilbo

      RnK appear to have murdered you on Thursday, as well. eve-kill.net/?a=kill_related&kll_id=13732692

      June 26, 2012 at 1:00 pm Reply
    3. M1k3y

      Exactly, finally someone who understands that in order to be pro you need to show up for battles that you will lose.

      June 26, 2012 at 1:04 pm Reply
    4. Mydogbuck

      FA has been losing battle left, and right, why so mad that you just got pounded by someone else?

      June 26, 2012 at 1:09 pm Reply
  15. PL sux more and more

    GJ R&K

    June 26, 2012 at 11:58 am Reply
  16. daniellsiata

    And for a few moments, a couple of capital ships knew what it meant to truly fly.

    *sheds a tear*

    June 26, 2012 at 12:01 pm Reply
  17. CptGreywolf

    LOL that was an awesome video =)

    June 26, 2012 at 12:55 pm Reply
  18. CFC

    Typical RnK video, showing them running from a fight or engaging in risk averse PVP hiding behind triage carriers and reffiting caps off carriers becuase they're afraid of losing them. Pathetic cowards. Basically this is what poor people who don't have tech moons need to do if they want to try to PVP. Since when did making a video about you running from a fight and hiding suddenly make you good at EVE.

    June 26, 2012 at 1:07 pm Reply
    1. Poastin Toaster

      Typical CFC video, showing everyone how shitty they are or batphoning everyone and hiding behind 6:1 odds and not being able to do anything on their own becuase they are really horrible. Pathetic cowards. Basically this is what happens when you fight the CFC. Since when did making a video about batphoning the longest blue list in the game become video worthy?

      June 26, 2012 at 1:12 pm Reply
    2. Bilbo

      Didn't CFC have to call in PL superblob against a 300man alliance, and still fail? :)

      June 26, 2012 at 1:30 pm Reply
    3. So much ButtHurt

      How dare they use reps. How cowardly that they didn't suicide themselves to you. Such caddish behaviour.

      June 26, 2012 at 2:03 pm Reply
    4. FA Pilot

      Frankly, this is the best display of the utilization of game mechanics I have seen yet. Had FA dropped in shield triage carriers they would have died because of inexperience. RnK excels at the use of logisitcs. Carriers are the pinnacle, why not use them. RnK do… constantly… and have gotten very good at it.

      I had looked forward to this fight, and RnK didn't disappoint! Even as I lost my ship I knew it was not because of a failure of mine but due to running into a clearly superior fighting unit. Unit, not ships necessarily, but how existing ships are used by players who know how to exploit their strengths to the fullest.

      {Hat tip}

      June 26, 2012 at 3:05 pm Reply
    5. Marcus_McTavish

      RnK fights outnumbered most of the time, against large groups, which by numbers alone would defeat RnK, but they use cleaver tactics and (here it comes) actual skill. You see how they dont just click "target" on the broadcast list and hit F1?

      June 26, 2012 at 4:25 pm Reply
    6. Koen

      ermmm I think that video is about RNK owning FA outnumbered RNK are without doubt some of the best small gang pvpers in game they have always been fighting outnumbered like that.

      I have a massive amount of respect for them, I don't like it when your fighting them and cant break them but that's just touché to be quite fair. I would love to come visit this land you all live in where not only your delusions are real but there's 100's maybe 1000's of nodding dogs agreeing with you. Poor people without tech moons do you have a tech moon? do your research and you'd know what stuff RNK flies. I mean god they must be poor to be running around in gangs with just vindis and machs

      June 26, 2012 at 5:21 pm Reply
    7. Eric Constanza

      Typical butthurt CFC post.

      June 30, 2012 at 10:47 pm Reply
    8. "hiding behind triage carriers and reffiting caps off carriers becuase they're afraid of losing them".

      do you read this shit before you spew it onto the internet? what the fuck makes you think that losing ships is a good thing?

      And about refitting — holy shit you're dumb as a brick because literally every capital fleet does that. Well, maybe not *yours* because it's *dishonorable* to use certain parts of the game.

      July 7, 2012 at 5:09 am Reply
  19. Tellme

    Why is everyone so mad? Isn't RnK an elite PVP group and FA just a Sov holding group?

    June 26, 2012 at 3:01 pm Reply
  20. Umadman

    glad to here old voices .. dele and r&k good job

    June 26, 2012 at 3:31 pm Reply
  21. kraz

    lol nice job rnk very well done imo

    June 26, 2012 at 3:37 pm Reply
  22. Marcus_McTavish

    I can imagine the Zagdul's Smug face turn into utter rage as the RnK caps flew past them at 7km per second.

    Brilliant tactic! THE BEST EVAC EVAR!!!

    FA started with higher numbers, lost ships, lost tackle, lost respect, lost dignity.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:30 pm Reply
  23. dima_che

    Fucking awesome

    June 26, 2012 at 5:20 pm Reply
  24. sOLL

    ALL THE STAR BURSTS FTW WIN!!!

    June 26, 2012 at 5:50 pm Reply
  25. rasz

    will be "fixed" in next patch after Goons call CCP goons.

    June 26, 2012 at 7:02 pm Reply
  26. herp da derp

    FA: "They ran away, what cowards" said the FC after they batphoned for PL supers.

    June 26, 2012 at 7:21 pm Reply
  27. skullair

    risky move but it was lose em anyway or maybe get a few out smart move and quite unexpected

    June 26, 2012 at 9:03 pm Reply
  28. Wtf is this shit

    Lol at everyone bashing FA, RnK would rape you too.

    June 26, 2012 at 9:48 pm Reply
    1. Enochia Starr

      FA is terrible though..

      June 27, 2012 at 5:08 pm Reply
  29. RnK Fan

    Funny how RnK slapped the crap out of FA and that they had to call everyone on ther friends list.

    CFC are terrible and struggle to fight their way out of a wet paper bag without 100 to 1 odds in their favor.

    As for Syndicate comments, it's funny how people say they can't get fights due to everyone docking. Lets look at it this way, if you get beaten up everywhere else in SOV maybe you want to come to Syndicate to feel like a big dog slapping around the little fish. After all it's great, knowing you can hotdrop a mass of caps in when the fight may not go your way.

    Well Played RnK, well played.

    June 27, 2012 at 12:19 am Reply
    1. Enochia Starr

      Nice :)

      June 27, 2012 at 5:07 pm Reply
  30. Handout4isk

    This thread was actually entertaibibg :)

    June 27, 2012 at 9:51 am Reply
  31. awesome

    umad rnk agony, 3 of the supposed best small gang vs the cfc uber blob
    blob != skill

    June 29, 2012 at 9:12 am Reply
  32. Lawl @ CFC

    I feel the saddest part about this video is that since the CFC was made to look like shit they will whine to CCP and get this mechanic changed to better suit them.

    The CFC as a whole is utterly pathetic though. They are goon pets that can't do anything unless they severely outnumber their opponent. Even then the odds aren't in their favor against a competent fleet as the RnK killboards have showed.

    Can't wait for the day that CCP stops cupping your balls and you fall from power.

    July 2, 2012 at 3:50 pm Reply
    1. Rhaive

      So what your saying is you'd be screaming the praises of the CFC if they did exactly the same thing to rescue a cap fleet or trapped titan. You'd be :smugging: about how smart they are not screaming on the forums for bans for exploiting. The amount of hypocrisy has been hilarious.

      July 3, 2012 at 12:01 am Reply

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