At year’s end, here are five battles that show us a lot about Coalitions, Supers, and Risk and Reward in 2012…

SOLAR, Black Legion., versus New Curse Coalition, Dotbros., HBC

Local: 2000+
Tidi: A slideshow.
Damage: 300bil!

The statistics alone speak for a massive, important fight. But if we look at the wider picture, it also says a lot about 0.0 warfare in 2012.

With an important 1V-LI2 timer to fight for, Dotbros’ Rokhs hooked up with Gypsy and RA Tengu and Scorpion fleets. Their opponent, SOLAR, dropped Abaddons and triage on them. When RA escalated to dreadnoughts, SOLAR escalated to dropping fifty super-capitals. This in turn brought in super-capitals from Gypsy and Dotbros. If that wasn’t chaos enough, HBC then came crashing through the ceiling with both supercapitals and support, turning the fight decisively against SOLAR and Black Legion.

In retrospect, it’s interesting to see how a batphone can be used not just to aid someone but also to isolate them. By maintaining the possibility of involving -A- into the battle, SOLAR had incurred the wrath of HBC. And so although -A- were not present themselves, their enemies certainly were.

Although -A- could not be considered a ‘batphone’ to SOLAR, it does point to a trend. In 2010 you would batphone. In 2011 you had to wonder if the enemy had a better batphone. In 2012, you have to consider the baggage of your batphone.

An unusual aspect of the fight, too, is that it is a rare example of a shield super-capital fleet in action. Gypsy Band fielded eleven Wyverns and six shield-tanked titans. Not only were Gypsy Band going ‘all in’ but they were fielding an unusual deck!

Because of Falcon (Black Legion versus NC.)

This engagement didn’t involve supers. There’s no video. It didn’t even involve a fleet. There is not even a killmail.

BL shoot PL Falcon. PL Falcon turns out to be NC. Alt.

Anger leads to drama, drama leads to allies falling out. Goons storm region.

In truth it’s a little unfair to think of a region lost to one incident. CFC had just a begun a massive reinforcement spree across multiple systems. Despite an impressive effort at making CFC bleed for their progress, the end was probably not that far off anyway.

But it’ll be remembered as an important exchange of fire anyway, one of those things that stay in Eve history: region lost because of Falcon.

What deserves to be remembered too, however, is that Black Legion and NCdot fought strongly against the odds and it shows that even if you can’t stop a powerful coalition like CFC, you can make them work hard for their progress. The Falcon incident gives neither side due credit but makes a great story.

Rooks and Kings versus Everyone

This is a battle that tells a lot about the challenges of fighting in null sec now.

Having pipebombed and triage dropped FA a number of times during FA’s not-super-successful stay in Syndicate, Rooks and Kings then dropped titans and Pantheon carriers on them during a tower op. FA’s dreads were quickly nuked. The support fleet was unable to break RnK’s signature Napocs, who were ably assisted by Syndicate locals Pure Madness and Agony Unleashed. While more and more Tempests went to their death, CFC began filtering in more and more ships in a desperate attempt to bubble the supers and caps even at heavy cost, while the batphone did its work.

Finally, supercap fleets from CFC, Pandemic Legion, TEST and others arrived on the heavily bubbled POS. RnK then went into the tower before CFC could kill it, changed the password, and starbursted their caps out of the bubbles and to safety.

It shows that even today, if you pick your moment well, small alliances can still wage battle with caps and supers in direct fleet combat against the likes of CFC in nullsec, if you have a plan… which leads to the next battle.

-A- versus HBC

Also still willing to drop supers aggressively on entities like HBC or CFC (until that point, anyway) was Against All Authorities. However, this had a rather different ending.

-A-‘s Makalu had jumped a 16-strong Supercarrier group onto a beacon in K-6, where TEST had been relocating to. After killing a carrier, -A-‘s Supers decided to warp to the station to try and get more kills. This time it was one risk too many.

Hundreds of TEST alliance undocked dictor after dictor to heroically hold the caps while Pandemic Legion formed a monster Supercapital force. The heavens opened and 37 Titans and 85 Supercarriers jumped onto -A-‘s stricken fleet.

All but one of -A-‘s Supercarriers was killed, leaving a graveyard of 400billion in damage (

2012 has shown a lot about risks that makes sense and risks that don’t. More than ever, coalition foot soldiers will throw their ships on the line to hold supers while someone rounds up the big guns. As much as PL is a juggernaut it was the men and women of TEST who held onto the prize.

Faction Warfare versus Pandemic Legion

Pandemic Legion are a tough cookie. They have the largest super capital fleet in Eve and more importantly, probably the fastest response time. So an operation to kill a Pandemic Legion titan on a gate needs to be completed fast.

The titan was Odda’s Erebus and the system was Amamake. Odda had camped the gate there for a number of days while FW FCs watched him. Then, in a well organised ambush, forces from faction warfare, including Dunk n Disorderly and Wolfsbrigade, pounced on the titan with dreads and killed it before enough PL support could reach to help him.

Pandemic Legion’s response fleet inflicted heavy damage but the operation was a success: Odda down. It may be the age of coalitions but in Eve you still never know quite what will happen when you log in that day.

– Piers

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  1. poastin toaster

    in your first article the hbc wasnt there to due to -A-, it was due to nulli/ncdot calling in for help from the hbc. its no secret that they are neutral blue and they have standing orders not to drop each others supers or caps, they also have a nip in place to secure their space from the hbc.

    January 1, 2013 at 4:33 am Reply
    1. Muppets Grunt

      calls bullshit hbc kill n3 caps all the time. and sometimes n3 gets a hbc cap

      January 1, 2013 at 5:36 am Reply
    2. anonymous

      "and they have standing orders not to drop each others supers or caps"
      Confirming we have orders not to kill each others caps

      January 1, 2013 at 6:27 am Reply
      1. anonymous… was supposed to be linked after that

        January 1, 2013 at 6:28 am Reply
  2. Bashiri

    I like this topic. I got to see PL lose a titan again. Then that Rooks and Kings great get away plan.

    January 1, 2013 at 4:41 am Reply
    1. Rooks and kings starbust thing is in the top of my "OMFG! DID THEY JUST DO WHAT?" list :)

      January 1, 2013 at 4:52 am Reply
      1. Exploits.

        correcting that. Rooks and kings Starburst Thing – is a blatant exploit of the mechanics

        January 1, 2013 at 5:34 am Reply
        1. Wtf is this

          So, fighting against the odds is an exploit now.
          This comment warrants a big ole' : U mad bro?

          January 1, 2013 at 6:21 am Reply
        2. Jabez

          Bitch bitch bitch…we're too bad to understand mechanics so change them… bitch bitch bitch… Thats what u soundlike

          January 1, 2013 at 6:34 am Reply
          1. Exploits.

            because making capitals shoot out at 8000ms is working as intended right

            January 1, 2013 at 6:51 am
          2. Scar

            Nobody complains about it being an exploit when someone uses it to steal or kill a capital. Stop crying just cause you had to call in your legions of noobs, even though you already had the numerical advantage, and still didn't get the isk or number win.

            January 1, 2013 at 11:17 am
        3. Akrasjel Lanate

          It wa briliant.
          And its not an exploit till CCP say so XD

          January 1, 2013 at 9:13 am Reply
        4. Lol

          So, if other entities like PL, Goons and Test can exploit the game, RnK sure can…

          January 2, 2013 at 2:32 pm Reply
      2. bigbut

        noone actually knows that the starburst thingy was the idea of UMAD.. Fleet commander voice was Delenarious.
        And its not an exploit because its the game mechanic that worked well…

        January 1, 2013 at 10:21 am Reply
        1. kaybeegee

          theres a write up on the fight here… and seems like Goldsnake from rooks gave the order for it. umad tower though and for sure were involved in it too

          January 1, 2013 at 4:49 pm Reply
      3. anon

        yeah thats a completly new RnK developed plan.

        we have done this years ago when we still were totaly new to the game. its not like you realy need a plan for this. you sit in the forcefield, pos is going down and pos is rape caged. reseting pos password is the only logical thing to do.

        January 1, 2013 at 2:21 pm Reply
        1. Jarod

          Should you get a prize for that?!

          January 1, 2013 at 8:09 pm Reply
      4. Ravaeli

        I agree, when I saw that I was like "No F***ing way they just did that."

        January 3, 2013 at 3:19 pm Reply
  3. Kratisto

    Yeah no one in NCdot or the CFC thinks that the "falcon incident" was the cause for the abrupt end to the tribute war. It was the endless structure repping, the 2-3 times a week repping of every station in tribute without a fight that simply wore the dotbros. out. The BL drama was rather insignificant… that it would be posted as anything else is merely a testament to the skill of mittens propaganda.

    January 1, 2013 at 7:06 am Reply
  4. plz..

    PL Titan loss km linkage?

    January 1, 2013 at 8:29 am Reply
  5. Bitter Vet

    How did the infaous 1v fight in Trbute between DotBros/Evoke and the CFC not make this? Sure no capitals were killed but it was one hell of a race against time to save the system and the op lasted close to 4 hours before and after downtime

    January 1, 2013 at 10:07 am Reply
    1. Bitter Vet

      Not 1v sorry H-W9TY 1v was the Solar fight which you did mention

      January 1, 2013 at 10:14 am Reply
    2. I just do not know

      I was at H-W for the race, the CGC fleet hitting the station to flip it and us hitting the SBU, we won, brilliantly done!!!!!

      January 1, 2013 at 10:40 am Reply
      1. nulli corp CEO

        That was fun. I was in IRC at the time.

        January 1, 2013 at 1:21 pm Reply
  6. erkek

    rooks and king n 1 in eve
    /empire player/

    January 1, 2013 at 10:37 am Reply
    1. too bad Rooks and king died 2 month ago and noone noticed :p

      January 1, 2013 at 1:44 pm Reply
  7. Excellent article, shame there weren't more highlights from the year but these alone were pretty epic.

    January 1, 2013 at 1:56 pm Reply
  8. infoprovider

    Thanks for posting a nice top 5.

    January 1, 2013 at 3:25 pm Reply
  9. pew pe pew

    this OP is missing the NOL- battle where S2N and BL killed a PL Erebus using a bait dread suicide group and 40 surprise supercaps.

    January 2, 2013 at 1:38 am Reply
  10. Fendin

    TMFED ftw

    January 3, 2013 at 8:02 am Reply

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