Wilhelm Acturus from The Ancient Gaming Noob made what is probably the single most detailed account of yesterday’s event, he was there and here is the battle report.

Well, we won, not only the largest battle in the history of “Eve Online”, but also Fountain. While I was out enjoying a ~victory dinner~, TEST threw in the towel and is now busy retreating to NOL. We have a bunch of clean-up work to do and can’t let our guard down, but hi5s all around and well fucking done.

The Mittani, post-battle broadcast

The Preparation

Sunday was a long day online.

The battle had been in the sights of both sides for a couple of days now, and the work leading up to it started well in advance.

Saturday evening I was actually out on one of the preparatory missions, taking down jump bridges and blowing up the one remaining TEST POS in 6VDT-H. Afterwards GSOL, the heroes who keep all of our infrastructure going, dropped 26 towers in the system, one at every possible location, so that TEST would have no safe spot at which to rally in the coming battle. It is my understanding that TEST only figured this out during the battle when they sought to drop a tower to create such a haven and found all the parking spots full.

That work went on throughout the night while I slept.

Sunday morning I rose late. The op was set to begin at 11:30am local time for me, so I rolled out of bed a little after 9am and jumped in the shower. After getting dressed and having the “breakfast of champions” (cold pizza and a coke) I got myself logged into my computer and into the various comms channels with well over 90 minutes left before the form up time.

I was greeted by calls to stock food around my desk, to ay farewell to my family for the day, and to get online and in a ship and undocked ASAP to avoid the rush.

When I got in game in 4-EP there were already 1,300 people in the system and that number was growing quickly, even as early bomber fleets assembled and jumped out. I got slowly undocked and joined the mass of Megathrons at the staging POS where we attempted to form a conga line. It was still nearly 45 minutes before the official operation start time when, faced with 2,000 pilots in the staging system and time dilation hard over at 10%, the decision was made to form fleets.

Six Baltec fleets were created and the megathrons flooded into them so rapidly that I only just found space in the sixth fleet under Zagdul. All six were full and you could already tell the system was getting stressed. On a number of occasions, our fleet showed 257 members, despite the limit being 256.

One by one the fleets were bridged out through the tidi. We went by the numbers, so the sixth fleet went last while command was attempting to form up additional fleets for people still waiting. Fortunately for us, getting to 6VDT-H involved a single bridge from 4-EP. By the time it was our turn, tidi was fading in 4-EP and, while there was tidi upon us jumping into 6VDT-H, one the loading into system ceased, tidi went away. We moved to the station where one of the recurring pictures of the battle was six fleets orbiting the station.

Waiting on 6VDT-H station

Waiting on 6VDT-H station

The view was compared to ants swarming. I preferred to think of it as bees around a potential new hive.

Then it was time to wait. Even delayed as we were, being the six Baltec fleet to move out, we were there with plenty of time to spare. The station still had nearly an hour before it came out of reinforce and the main point of the battle… shoot the station… could begin.

The clock counts down

The clock counts down

We sat in orbit of the station, where we would remain for the bulk of the battle, waiting for bits of intel to dribble in while Solo Drakban was no doubt fretting over the comms infrastructure. In the past, big operations like this have brought down our voice comms, requiring the server to be re-provisioned to accommodate the load, a process which requires every pilot to go change their Mumble configuration. Since, at the best of times, maybe 4 out of 5 people actually hear (but not necessarily comprehend) instructions coming over comms, that sort of thing becomes a major undertaking on its own.

So we were told to just stay quiet and use voice comms as little as possible, lest we bring the whole house down. This actually worked, at least on our channel, which was surprising. Goons and allies are a talkative bunch and, when left with little to do, will begin to chat or argue about whatever happens to come up. For long stretches, it was like being in the “no chatter” channel, where you can only hear the fleet command personnel speaking. (That channel can be a mercy when the topic of the day becomes violently inane.)

We were told about TEST and their allies from time to time. It was clear that they were forming up and that they had at least 2,000 pilots on hand from various sources. It that at least some of their friends from the east, done thrashing SOLAR FLEET, had returned and there were contingents from Northern Coalition, Nulli Secunda, Why So Serious, joining TEST and Tribal Band for the big show.

Gevlon has a post up about the TEST fleet coming together that gives the view from that side of the battle that is worth a read.

So we sat and orbited the station as the timer ticked down. At one point a good chunk of us got disconnected and had to ask for re-invites back to fleet on a specific chat channel. That actually worked surprisingly well. I just had to type “x for Baltec 6″ and I was invited back immediately.

Finally, the moment arrived, the station came out of reinforce. We locked it up and shot at it. Then, finally, TEST began to arrive on scene. The battle could begin.

The Battle

The local count began to rise and tidi, mostly absent up to that point, began to impose its iron will upon the fight. 3,600. 3,800. 3,900. Then it was past 4,000 people in system. TEST got themselves together and landed on us at the station and the fight began in earnest.

And for the next five hours we struggled to kill each other.

Why you name your ship

Why you name your ship

Tidi is one thing. Everything, including your UI, moves at 10% of normal speed to help the servers keep up. But beyond a certain point tidi is not enough for the servers to keep up. And then you have entered the lag zone, where the UI ceases to respond, where you can spend a long time waiting for a target that shows as locked to actually become available, where attempting to activate your guns fails more often than not, where you fear to change ammo or scripts or targets because things just started working and you are afraid to mess with it.

There was a point later in the battle, when the numbers in local dropped down to 3,000 and CCP’s servers began to catch up, that merely being in 10% tidi felt liberating. Simple things, like your guns activating on the first try or targets actually locking in the time indicated were like a breath of fresh air. Running at one tenth normal speed is a doddle, if only the client will actually respond to your actions.

As for the battle itself, TEST landed on us and the fleets were intermixed in that odd way that happens in very large fights. At times I found myself flying between a pair of NC dominixes or through a cloud of TEST logistics. A Nulli Secunda logistics bantam appeared to orbit me at one point.

Meanwhile, we shot. Targets were called and we struggled to get our guns to fire on them. In the end I managed to get on 38 kill mails, primarily zealots and legions, which were our main targets. I had to change my overview a number of times. First I had to exclude capsules, which began to litter the field, and which we were told not to shoot. Let them walk home was the plan. And then I had to narrow that down to just the current target type so I could lock up the called target, as fleet target broadcasts were taking a long time to arrive on my screen. I need to sit down and make a series of “just X” overviews, as my more general ones become useless in a big fight like this.

At its peak, the system was moving so slowly that there were times when we were told some intel over comms, we would then read about that intel in the live report updates over at The Mittani.com, and then the actual action would come to pass in game.

One such action happened when TEST and pals appeared to be pulling out. The rallied around the B17 gate, then changed their mind and decided to end the battle in a glorious death ride straight into the teeth of the enemy, which by this time included two reinforcement Baltec fleets and a large fleet of dreadnoughts supported by carriers.

There is a decent summary of the battle posted over at The Mittani. I will link more as they show up. The numbers themselves are immense. The Battle Doctor report , which has finally caught up and settled down so might be somewhat accurate, shows a total 5,095 characters involved over the course of the fight with over 1,500 ships destroyed, and a pile of capsules on top of that.

CFC kills blue - TEST kills red

CFC kills blue – TEST kills red

The battle raged on until even tidi began to ease up. I was logged in for almost eight hours straight before it became time to take my wife out to dinner. Lots of people came and went. Gaff, who was busy at the beginning of the fight, got back in time to join the capital fleet that dropped into the middle of the fight. Over at DOTLAN stats for the system were prominent.

Over a six hour fight

Over a six hour fight

Not sure how that aligns with the Battle Doctor report. Maybe it hasn’t caught up after all. And then there were the big spikes in the 6VDT-H system graphs.

Spikes in the Graphs

Spikes in the Graphs

I did not stay until the bitter end. After all day on the computer, I took the family out to dinner. But we were mopping up before I left. The numbers were down to JUST 2,000 in system and tidi was going away.

The Result

The battle was won by the CFC, as was the war. Reports of TEST retiring to Delve were in before I arrived home from dinner.

The war is over. A good thing I got my second propaganda post up last week. There is a large amount of clean up to be done. And there will be plenty of groups out there eager for some kills who will no doubt be camping gates. But operations will be unlikely to face full fleets of opposition. We are back to the general state of null sec at rest, with 10 man gangs sitting on gates or on drag bubbles between gates ganking single passers by.

While I lived through the big battle, I managed to get myself killed in a silly and embarrassing way by a member of SOLAR FLEET no less… because everybody showed up I guess. This was after I managed to escape from some NC zealots at the sun, who neglected to bring a tackler with them. I wasn’t at the keyboard when the critical moment came and deserved to die. Life in EVE. At least I lost the cursed megathron that I had problems with at Z9PP-H. And it was insured.

And since we managed to lose a titan during the post-battle operations, I don’t feel so bad.

There will be lots of musing about this battle. It was a victory for the CFC as well as for CCP, who managed to keep everything going for a whole day under very trying circumstances, and with the memories of z9PP-H looming.

Coverage of the battle made its way from EVE sites to MMO sites (with Massively noticeably terse and late to the party) to gaming sites to the mainstream news. Granted, the BBC seems to have a soft spot for EVE Online, and we are in the summer season of slow news, but still that is some coverage. Various coverage:

And in the blogesphere, reactions and commentary continue to flow about various aspects of the battle.

And then there is what to do with Fountain itself. While the CFC grabbed the region for its moon wealth, that very wealth will make it vulnerable to those who would seek to mess with the CFC in general and the Goons in particular. To protect them, somebody is going to have to move into the region. I expect we will see some shifts in the sovereignty map as alliances get rewarded for their participation in the war.

Finally, there is the spectacle aspect of this, which is where the general media joined in. A great event happened. A record was set. A war was won and lost. And I was there.

Ironic twist: We didn’t actually take the station. We just put it into the next level of reinforce. That was expected. But those on the outside looking in might be a bit confused over that. Finishing that off is all part of the “more work to do” aspect of victory.

And after that, what are we going to do in space?

The Pictures

As usual, I took a screen shots during the battle. A gallery of pictures is available at my blog post, I invite you to go and take a look.

Wilhelm Arcturus

Wilhelm Arcturus, he’s played internet spaceship related games since the early days of MegaWars III, and expects to get the hang of things any day now. He reports on EVE from an individual capsuleer’s point of view at TAGN.


  1. Cold as ice

    That fight was horrible,

    Took 4 hours to kill 6 megas.. in a zealot, Guns never turned on, or they took 15 minutes to turn off.

    CFC just shot our FC and that was about it.

    This is the true battle report.
    Lock 1 mega F1 /F1 .. wait 15m oh there cycling,
    get up for 20 mins go do laundry , eat lunch come back

    30% armor.. afk again back.. oh we think he got reps.. switch target 15 mins.. go eat dinner…

    July 29, 2013 at 6:35 pm Reply
    1. ss
      July 29, 2013 at 7:08 pm Reply
      1. TiredOfAllTheStupid

        Should be: EVE Online Nullsec PVP, expectation vs reality.

        July 29, 2013 at 9:19 pm Reply
  2. Ming Tso

    The Titan kill at the end really made the battle for all the pilots on the losing side.

    It was like a miracle of smug-destroying goodness bestowed by the God of War upon those brave enough to bring a fight like that knowing full well that nothing but death awaited them.

    Fantastic fights, all around.

    July 29, 2013 at 6:40 pm Reply
    1. Test sucks

      Already replaced, thanks for the moons+region.

      Delve once we get sov 3 and jbs up and running.

      Thanks for playing EVE, please unsub/disband/die already.

      July 29, 2013 at 7:36 pm Reply
      1. Ming Tso

        Please indicate how much it sucks having to say “That Titan has already been replaced/Was Fully Insured/Didn’t Want Anyway” on the eve of your lauded victory in Fountain?

        And we’ll be here in Delve, waiting for you. Only this time you won’t have Sort Dragon to drop Sov for you.

        July 29, 2013 at 7:40 pm Reply
        1. Bebop Adoo

          There isn’t any time to think about NC’s titan kill. We are focused on cleaning up in Fountain, turning it into a giant isk-making machine, deciding if we need to take Delve too, pondering if maybe we should focus elsewhere, training new pilots, reimbursing all lost doctrine ships, investing back into our pilots, organizing/planning/running ops, dissecting battle reports, checking in with all spies in enemy corps, etc etc. What is TEST up to?

          July 30, 2013 at 12:29 am Reply
          1. Ming Tso

            Killing your Titan while your leader declares the fight a “one-sided slaughter”

            July 30, 2013 at 2:21 am
        2. Little Bee

          Cant win fights, get raped, boost themselves about killing a death coffin.
          N3ST 2013 – can only fight things that dont fight back and be proud about it.
          Solar – Rogue – ganking death coffins.

          Dear god i hope we wipe you all of the map.
          Seriously what a bunch of jokers :)

          July 30, 2013 at 5:36 am Reply
    2. Bebop Adoo

      It wasn’t a TEST kill, it was a NC kill. TEST has been throwing allies’ under the bus the whole war, can’t just ignore that and claim a kill. Luckily they “invited” a few to join in.

      July 30, 2013 at 12:26 am Reply
      1. Ming Tso

        Nope, TEST was invited to partake in the destruction of your delicious Titan. Oh wait. It wasn’t a Goon Titan, it was an LI3 titan. That makes sense, right, they aren’t part of the CFC anyway, Right?

        July 30, 2013 at 2:22 am Reply
        1. Bebop Adoo

          Invited I can buy. That TEST is capable of that itself, not a chance. But why is TEST throwing their allies under the bus but then trying to claim the titan kill? Maybe some NC class will rub off.

          July 30, 2013 at 8:54 pm Reply
    3. Jordan England

      I think the Titan kill was awesome. The pilot should definitely be banned from piloting super caps again… he’s an accident waiting to happen. lawl.

      July 30, 2013 at 4:05 pm Reply
  3. ROGUE Grunt

    I got one thing to say…… And I was there!!!!!,

    July 29, 2013 at 6:49 pm Reply
    1. 123

      lol rogue lol

      July 29, 2013 at 7:28 pm Reply
  4. Test Dude

    This battle was horrible.
    The CFC had us solidly outnumbered and still headshot FCs. Test leadership was once again nowhere to be
    seen and once our one FC, lol, was taken out the AHAC fleet just whelped
    running around like a chicken with its head off. The cyno for the Prophecy fleet
    I was on got blaped iand 3/4 of the fleet was bugged and could not exit warp,
    ended up crashing and couldn’t log back in.
    Test could have fielded more, people where begging to get into fleets,
    but leadership has the balls to say our problems are numbers. Honestly this is a rotten bunch for the most
    part. They reap just what they saw. They ostracise any new FCs, refuse to follow
    directions, can’t even bring the right ships to fleets. And then they wonder why leadership and FCs
    have abandoned them. Fucking losers.

    July 29, 2013 at 7:02 pm Reply
    1. lol goons

      At a certain point, you’d figure goonswarm would not be so afraid of TEST as to post comments like these — but there you go.

      July 29, 2013 at 7:16 pm Reply
    2. Piss

      Because TEST is fucking horrible.

      July 29, 2013 at 7:20 pm Reply
    3. Fartolio

      Staying in Test is a matter of free will. Or at least i tought so. CFC is supposed to be the zombies, nazis, gulag ppl atc… Am i wrong?

      July 29, 2013 at 7:22 pm Reply
    4. Turd

      Three major screw ups:

      #1. TEST didn’t take the field first. Either couldn’t or were just lazy.

      #2. TEST should have brought out the supers and N3 should have backed them.

      #3. TEST and N3 let the CFC take and POS all the moons.

      There was way too much lag and I am shocked to hear that the system was ran on the Jita server or reinforced by the Jita server. If that is the case then there is no money being dumped into hardware for this game other than to bandage it along. That said, TEST may have lost but if they wanted a fighting chance they needed allies that were willing to go for broke and they needed to have enough self motivation to simply do the minimal planning for a real effort.

      In my opinion, TEST and their allies already decided they were going to lose and so the “resistance” they appeared to put up was really just a token effort to say they tried. But try they didn’t. To try would mean that they would have fought for the several days prior to this battle to at very least secure one moon in the home system they claimed to want to defend to the last man.

      If TEST wanted to go out in a blaze of glory and truly upset the field then they should have dumped caps, supers, and titans on field EARLY. Their leaders actions tell the story pretty plainly. It was an expensive token effort to placate their members and turn the member wave of irritation toward the CFC one more time before the evacuation that had already started.

      July 29, 2013 at 7:28 pm Reply
      1. Ming Tso

        Yet for all of TEST’s screwups, one major one on the CFC side remains:
        Taking all the moons and leaving none for their admittedly second-tier “allies.”

        This led to the LI3 Federation Titan not being able to reset his starbase forcefield password, That led to him being bumped out of the pos, that led to a Titan death that cost nearly as much as all of TEST’s losses for the entire five-hour fight in the SAME HOUR that The Mittani declared victory.

        The forces of TEST, and the God of War, for that matter, are quite pleased with the outcome of this fight.

        July 29, 2013 at 7:35 pm Reply
        1. Dirk Hard-Peck

          Hey Ming! Called you out in local during fight! BTW: Thats the actions of 1 or 2 boneheads, already paid dearly for it. Doesnt affect the thousands of other pilots we have.

          July 30, 2013 at 12:00 am Reply
          1. Dirk Hard-Peck

            Also as a side not: Why do people or alliances invest in these things anymore? Your absolutely right, this one guy screwed up what litterally could have been several hundred combat fitted battleships

            July 30, 2013 at 12:05 am
          2. Ming Tso

            You make an excellent point.

            July 30, 2013 at 2:25 am
    5. Ming Tso

      You’re still mad about that embarrassing Titan loss that made it so CFC lost maybe a little more than TEST did in the fight. That’s why you’re poorly posting under a TEST pseudonym while talking about “yourself” in third person instead of loudly proclaiming that CFC won a flawless victory.

      Must suck to be you..

      July 29, 2013 at 7:30 pm Reply
      1. Test sucks

        Who cares? We have like 10 regions of space and can take whatever we want.

        Test on the meanwhile can barely afford to pay sov bills+SRP. A titan is like a carrier for the CFC.

        July 29, 2013 at 7:39 pm Reply
      2. Duh

        bitter toxic potstirrers itt

        July 29, 2013 at 8:29 pm Reply
      3. Bebop Adoo

        It wasn’t a TEST kill. It was an NC kill. No one in their right mind thinks TEST is capable of doing something like that. Also, TEST can’t just throw other’s under the bus then expect to have claiming rights to one of those they threw under the bus’ kills. Sorry.

        July 30, 2013 at 12:24 am Reply
    6. Test Dude

      Ming Tso i am a member of TEST. And that Titan kill is pissing me off personally. They just let NC swoop in and take the last bit of glory..I was looking for a whelp fleet to join and there was no ping. So secrete fleet for the fat cats to have fun at all the line members expense.

      Fartolio, it just doesn’t make sense to join the CFC, I want a challenge and I like the idea of being the underdog fighting something much bigger. Thus my disappointment in the way this whole was as handled.

      Piss; agreed, too much idiotic back seat FCing and “I’ll fly what I’ll what when I want” attitude from line members. Yet non of these smart all motherfuckers ever step up to do anything themselves.

      July 29, 2013 at 7:41 pm Reply
      1. Ming Tso

        You realize that was NCDot’s Titan kill that they invited us in on, right?

        And in the same post you’re pissed off about “secret fleet for the fat cats” (on a ping that was broadcast to alliance) and you’re pissed about nobody stepping up to do anything themselves?

        I’ve figured it out! It’s YOU! You’re the cancer that’s destroying TEST!

        July 29, 2013 at 8:07 pm Reply
        1. Test Dude

          Ming Tso “You realize that was NCDot’s Titan kill that they invited us in on, right?” That sums up everything wrong with test.

          July 29, 2013 at 8:30 pm Reply
          1. Ming Tso

            What? That YOU aren’t out there finding titans to tackle? Yet you’re complaining about not being invited on fleets?

            Here’s a solution! Hunt Titans! Problem Solved!

            July 29, 2013 at 8:32 pm
        2. Test Dude

          NCdot has done nothing for us. They took the last bit of glory that should have been ours and all you faggots line up to suck their dicks. Have fun cleaning the cum of your face while your precious NCdot invades Delve. GG o7 motherfucker.

          July 29, 2013 at 8:33 pm Reply
          1. random

            Are you crazy or what? You should be thankful that NCdot has hold the line for almost two months. They didn’t have to help, but they did help.

            July 30, 2013 at 12:39 am
        3. Devlon18

          It wasnt my fault – Booda.
          It was CCP fault – Shortbus.
          Its Test Dudes fault – Ming Tso.
          Excuse after excuse after excuse.
          Still no one will take any fucking responsibility for the failure TEST has become.

          July 30, 2013 at 11:05 am Reply
    7. Sold

      System was capped, bro. NC. and N3 couldn’t jump in even if they wanted to. They had to wait for the count to drop. Ofc by that time the battle was over.

      July 30, 2013 at 4:28 pm Reply
    8. orly?

      I really hope TEST goes back to the drawing board for leadership. I’d like nothing more then to have them back in the ring.

      TEST got to find that voice people will follow in the field AND the people willing to crunch numbers and work logistics on the upper end. Finally – there’s got to be someone willing to be ultimately in charge of, to blame for and responsible to everything and everyone. They need to know where all their people are, what they’re doing (roughly at least) and whether they’re equipped to fight. That’s what a leader is. Just saying ‘muh bad’ doesn’t quite get it.

      July 30, 2013 at 5:22 pm Reply
  5. Test Sucks

    Literally didn’t want that region anyways, already replaced amirite?

    :smug: CFC rulers of nullsec kthxbai.

    July 29, 2013 at 7:35 pm Reply
    1. Ming Tso

      We’re happy to have inflicted equal, if not greater losses upon the CFC as well as see off our beloved 6VDT with nothing less than a Titan explosion to mark our exit.

      GF CFC.

      July 29, 2013 at 7:52 pm Reply
      1. Duh

        equal losses what

        July 29, 2013 at 8:27 pm Reply
        1. MilkCow

          CFC lost a titan, equals 1000 battle cruisers. GF

          July 29, 2013 at 10:50 pm Reply
          1. orly?

            CFC lost a titan – which they can replace. TEST lost 6VDT (and fountain) which they can replace with N0L (Delve). Oh wait! Alrdy replaced… omg…

            ISK does not equal victory.

            July 30, 2013 at 3:47 pm
      2. Bebop Adoo

        That was not a TEST kill.My understanding is most TEST members feel NC didn’t help out nearly enough. So they can’t just say that then claim a NC kill right? Help me out here.

        July 30, 2013 at 12:23 am Reply
      3. you're kidding right?

        There’s TEST for ya, their allies watch them die horribly and then jump in to snipe a Titan and TEST claims a victory on the kill boards. :)

        July 30, 2013 at 6:55 am Reply
  6. SP 4 Eva

    Hmmm wonder what NPC Fountain is like this time of year?

    July 29, 2013 at 7:39 pm Reply
    1. Duh

      its full of drag bubbles and G0dfathers

      July 29, 2013 at 8:27 pm Reply
  7. durpdurpdurpccp

    Hay guise lettuce makes moar purty grafix when basic game functions work like shit.

    July 29, 2013 at 7:41 pm Reply
  8. bigbonedbobby

    i find it comical that this still photo “fight” was considered a success,2% movement is not actually playing anymore you basicly staring at a screenshot and this with the strongest hardware CCP had to bring to the table.
    4000 people staring ata screen standing still for hours is not really playing a game.
    The coding of eve is old and a relic and its 10 years is showing.

    July 29, 2013 at 9:22 pm Reply
    1. NoirWolf

      I donno who let you out of your cage today but they certainly didn’t make sure you were capable of producing any intelligent sounds. 4000 people in a single 3D instance at the same time is not rare, it is unheard of, not even planetside 1 or 2 two at its best can do that. Now kindly pick up your troll shit and go try to impress someone else with what you wrote on a wall using it.

      July 29, 2013 at 10:21 pm Reply
      1. bigbonedbobby

        u mad bro? u sound mad.
        i think your mad.

        July 29, 2013 at 10:59 pm Reply
        1. Falcon D. Stormvoice

          Maybe he’s mad, but he’s correct.

          July 30, 2013 at 1:25 am Reply
        2. bobby is a scrub.

          The only one who sounds upset is you, you butthurt, troll wanna be, TIDI is better than the last time I played in a 500 +blob, at least the servers can put 4000 ppl in the same system now, I remember when the game lagged cause you were moving a 200 man fleet through gates. and crashed anytime local thought about climbing above 300. STFU and get out or stop crying like bitch that your allies left you to die.

          July 30, 2013 at 6:53 am Reply
        3. Duh

          u mad bro is not an acceptable retort in the year of our lord 2013

          July 30, 2013 at 7:54 am Reply
        4. Bekari

          he is not mad, he is pointing that you are dumb fag

          July 30, 2013 at 5:07 pm Reply
  9. Nobodyofanyimportance

    This fight even made news on the BBC o.O http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23489293

    July 29, 2013 at 10:20 pm Reply
  10. CyberSarge

    I was in cap fleet, so while i waited I watched several episodes of The Wire, ate lunch, and then we jumped into tidi. It took a good 20 minutes to jump and I was insta-warped off the grid. I warped to the FC and ended up 45 km away. I spent the next 2 hours groping my way to the cap fleet in 5-10% tidi. I gave up trying to target, dropped drones where I landed, and set them to assists the FC. Many KMs would roll in during and after the fight. Just as I got into cap range, it was time to jump and dock up. Still was an awesome event and thanks to TEST for bringing the fight.

    July 29, 2013 at 11:11 pm Reply
  11. [TEST]Husker Admin

    Good fight goons you win Fountain! it was a tough fight but I had a lot of fun.

    July 29, 2013 at 11:52 pm Reply
    1. Bebop Adoo

      It was not a tough fight. I hope TEST cleans house of all mid to upper management and becomes a real presence in EVE. They deserve better.

      July 30, 2013 at 12:21 am Reply
  12. bystander

    To TEST and their glorious death and last stand of Fountain. To the poor brave bastards.


    July 30, 2013 at 12:16 am Reply
  13. Fuck_TEST/TDS

    CFC pls faster kill Test !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    sooo slowly ;/

    July 30, 2013 at 12:43 am Reply
  14. siliconflux

    Nice try. We never had anymore than 1400 ships in the battle. At one point my entire screen was red, you couldnt even see the blue. It was at least 2 to one odds against TEST. We knew this. Yet we came anyway.

    July 30, 2013 at 12:46 am Reply
  15. An Eve player

    Great post, very entertaining read! 😀

    July 30, 2013 at 12:52 am Reply
  16. Soulxlight

    Meanwhile in lowsec and wormholes actual fun is being had. True fun . . . not 5 hours of not knowing if your gun is actually firing . . . if the person you’re trying to shoot has been dead for half and hour and your overview just hasn’t updated.

    July 30, 2013 at 1:13 am Reply
  17. Falcon D. Stormvoice

    “I got slowly undocked”

    wot. How does one slowly undock? Click “undock” and “abort undock” over and over for a bit before letting it happen?

    July 30, 2013 at 1:22 am Reply
    1. Herpius Derpus

      Google ‘eve online time dilation’ and you shall find the answer.

      July 30, 2013 at 9:49 am Reply
  18. Unsubedyearsago

    It just shows how fucking stupid the game has become. Walking in stations killed the game for good, simple as that. There is no lag. Test could have never have won shit or rolled the south without PL and goons and everyone else at their side. Interesting how the term mercenary in this game really stands for siding with the blob, not much more. Goons, PL, and now Black Sleazin, the 3 stooges responsible for ruining a once great game.The blob continues to win the game, nothing to do with skill or interesting tactics, just basement nubbins with plenty of time in a day to WASTE. Goons accomplished their mission to destroy eve.

    July 30, 2013 at 1:48 am Reply
    1. Bitternoob

      So why do you read and write about it?

      July 30, 2013 at 3:41 am Reply
    2. i lol'd

      for someone who unsubbed years ago you seem to know an awful lot, the burt hurt is strong with you.

      July 30, 2013 at 6:48 am Reply
    3. CFC kicked your shit in

      let me let me

      U MAD?

      July 30, 2013 at 6:54 am Reply
      1. Drama Dalai Lama

        HE MAD!

        July 30, 2013 at 1:39 pm Reply
    4. Random CFC Grunt

      You’re welcome!

      July 30, 2013 at 11:59 am Reply
    5. CFC and ♥ it

      LOL! As a Goon “Pet Alliance” Pilot, I saw the strategies and plans made by the CFC. We won the war for 2 reasons:
      1. CFC has great leadership, An awesome strategic doctrines, great player participation, the ability to adapt to new situations, great morale… the people who fly in the CFC do it because this offers them the best of all worlds, PVE when not deployed, dedicated mining operations, every sort of manufacturing/invention/production etc. needed and PVP whenever you want it.
      2.Test has few to none of the above.
      Regarding this Coalition, and really any other large coalition, we are not all f1 mashers. E-war, tacklers, tactical logistics support, hero dictors, brave HIC pilots, webbing loki’s, celestis dampers, bombers. Great Logistical support for our replacement ships (You could get every needed ship w/fittings on contracts), and all the other support ships, takes a lot of skill and co-ordination. Even the Baltec pilots need strict discipline to primary called targets and not shoot randomly.(Even though we know some do anyway). ☺
      They lost.

      July 31, 2013 at 1:05 am Reply
  19. Fartolio

    Lol, N3 just got slapped in 4-E lol

    July 30, 2013 at 3:48 am Reply
  20. Embassy

    Oh man reading these comments is like picturing what it would be like if the Star Wars universe had the Internet… “Eat dirt Rebels that DS u hit is already being replaced, we will have new DS soon lol Reb scrubs!” “Suk my dik Empfags, we had u raped” “Targetting sys lag waitin 4 Reb base to get out from behind Yavin, literally couldn’t even fire my guns”

    July 30, 2013 at 6:45 am Reply
  21. DrkyDrky

    July has been a brutal month for N3ST. If this pattern continues into August, it won’t just be TEST that will fall apart, but also N3.

    CFC may have already won the war against N3 w/o firing a single shot in dronelands.

    It’s clear that both the leadership & the line members of N3ST fear this new doctrine called the ‘Baltec fleet’

    July 30, 2013 at 8:54 am Reply
    1. Cold as ice

      Why would the fear it?

      July 30, 2013 at 1:55 pm Reply
    2. Sold

      There is no fear in these eyes. Only hatred. The end of Baltec is rapidly approaching.

      July 30, 2013 at 4:21 pm Reply
  22. Aricas

    Ok, have read plenty of CFC propaganda pieces about the battle. They all say that they crushed TEST with overwhelming force, and that TEST failed to down a single CFC FC. Then TEST made a suicide run at them, and now CFC effectively controls the system.

    However, it has also been mentioned that TEST swooped into the battle like an elite team of space-ninja, losing a few peripheral ships at first, but then rallying and winning on style points. At which point the degenerate, ragged remnants of the CFC fleet took it upon themselves to nobble TEST’s “Victory Lap” at the end of the battle. It’s also been said that TEST still hold the system, as CFC don’t yet own the station.

    Which version of this is the truth, please?

    July 30, 2013 at 10:42 am Reply
    1. Devlon18

      The truth is CFC won. Not because they took a shield timer, because they broke our spirit, because our leadership shit the bed in providing the FC’s with the backing they needed . CEO’s failed to light a fire under the memberships ass when fleet numbers started to drop. FC’s were blamed and took it out on those who were turning up leading to less numbers turning up again next op. We killed -A- to become them. Well done high fives all round.

      July 30, 2013 at 11:37 am Reply
    2. Fartolio

      6V battle did not win the war. It was lost before.

      July 30, 2013 at 1:32 pm Reply
  23. observer

    I have no love for GOONS or their CFC pets but TEST deserve to lose everything now due to their inept defence of fountain all it was was defence defence defence not once did they counter attack the adjacent region to fountain to take the pressure off of fountain. its this single minded approach that sees them retreating to delve to await their fate. now fountain has fallen will pandemic or NC. be remotely interested in helping TEST due to their command incompetence. unless TEST willingly comes under NC. command NOW they and their pets like tribe will be in empire in a month. time to scrape my isk together for the inevitable fire sale of TEST and tribe gear as they won listen to and NC. led command structure.

    July 30, 2013 at 12:13 pm Reply
    1. SirBacon

      Goons wouldnt have cared if Cloud Ring was sbued and sov taken. They would have kept focusing on Fountain and took CR back later. Nobody actually wants to live in cloud ring.

      July 30, 2013 at 12:35 pm Reply
    2. True

      Actually at least one system in CR was taken early on

      July 30, 2013 at 2:24 pm Reply
    3. Luigi

      Fair comment. When you’re in a boxing ring, you expect to throw a few punches every now and then, but all TEST did was keep their guard up. Enough body blows and anyone will go down.

      July 30, 2013 at 8:13 pm Reply
  24. Someotherdude

    Goons, as much as I hate to say it, deserve to be the power they are and deserve Fountain. They had a strategy, understood tactics and executed on it. TEST and friends on the other hand had none – they had no strategy and applied few tactics and what they did have seemed ill conceived and poorly executed. Beyond head to head fights, TEST fails hard and even then, they could not pull the numbers. As soon as N3 were pulled from Fountain it was lost. TEST’s inability to do anything or affect anything in that week doomed the war. Next time (if there is a next time) TEST needs to understand their enemy, and not just bleat about fleet sizes. Kick the idiots in charge of TEST and start over. GF’s to all TEST, NC3 and Tribe dudes on the front lines. You guys were awesome and gained status by the CFC.

    July 30, 2013 at 2:03 pm Reply
  25. Bees are symbol for gays

    It took 2 months.
    But we won the war!
    We will grow ever more fatter with these broken ATMs.
    We will create a bigger blue doughnut, afraid to spoil our empire.
    We will continue to harass and troll High sec. The ones who cannot fight back!

    We will create news worthy events that CCP will exploit in exchange for not banning our bots and ignore our RMT operations!
    We will control all of Nullsec and it’s resources, no one will be able to break our deathgrip on New Eden. Thus controlling the market and setting the prices as we see fit.
    Our Devs will continue to work hard and weed out anyone who opposes us, through espionage and banning.
    We will know who and when someone will oppose us again, and have all the intel we need.
    We will continue to run the CSM and tell CCP whats good for the game, while our Devs backup our arguments.

    Welcome to Goonswarm Online: Your shit is ours!

    July 30, 2013 at 2:45 pm Reply
    1. someone

      Look at that tinfoil hat.

      July 30, 2013 at 2:55 pm Reply
    2. TheyTouchedMed

      De TEARZ!!! Nom nom

      July 30, 2013 at 5:48 pm Reply
  26. Killer Bee

    Another war
    Another victory
    Our legend continues
    The Swarm remains undefeated

    Will there ever be an entity strong enough to face us and march to the gates of Mittanigrad

    You can bet that this winter The Swarm will return the favor to N3 for oposing us in Fountain.
    Lets see what excuses they can make this time when not Solar but The Swarm is unleashed in there homelands, in their renting empires.

    Fountain will fund our warmachine and we still had so much reserve to make this war last a year….
    Oh god have mercy for the Elite NCdot, they will be stinged by 2500 Killer bee’s.

    Prepare for a nightmare comming your way, Winter is comming.

    July 30, 2013 at 5:54 pm Reply
    1. toughactin


      July 30, 2013 at 7:34 pm Reply
    2. Luigi

      Lol. Aw how sweet.
      Bless you young man, you’re a star.
      Shakespeare might possibly have been proud of words like that but you managed to bring it off all by your little self from your keyboard; all that’s missing is an image of you standing behind a lectern shouting into a camera like some religious zealot swearing to all before him that the vengeance of God is upon them.

      Like anyone gives a fook. You do realise this is a game we play? Not everyone is too worried about being on the winning side, some folks like to have ‘Fun’. Try it, your erection might subside long enough to get some blood back into your head.

      So cute. xxx

      July 30, 2013 at 8:00 pm Reply
    3. lil

      crist ur the biggerst spaceship nerd in the history of spaceship nerds 😛 livin in ur mums basement so booring u need to post shitty propaganda for shittany all day long ? get a life.

      July 31, 2013 at 10:04 am Reply
  27. Guest

    Goons outweigh opponent, sit on and fart. When things get challenging, disband through subversion. Goons are so dependent on the the blob, anyone with a heartbeat can find a home in the CFC.

    July 31, 2013 at 2:50 am Reply
    1. CSLysergic

      You must have literally no idea what you’re talking about. First, the CFC took the tactical advantage because they had the insight to do so. Both Test and CFC had the chance to get to the field first. Second, both sides blobbed for this battle. Blob warfare is a common sight during wars/battles such as this one. If you’re so anxious to find battle reports of small gang roams, you have come to the wrong place. Third, the CFC isn’t the one that assimilated every corp/alliance within reach, Test was. This is why you have so many directors going rogue and stealing everything they can; there’s no loyalty. But hey truth hurts right?

      August 1, 2013 at 11:26 am Reply
  28. lettheRMTcarryon

    Well, that was dumb. I’m glad I didn’t play this summer (since my alliance joined TNT, sigh).

    August 8, 2013 at 12:37 am Reply

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