More than two months ago, the first battles of M2-XFE took place. The armor timer of the M2- Keepstar saw the costliest battle in EVE Online’s history take place, eclipsing previous records by trillions of ISK. The final hull timer saw massive server disruptions led to the most one-sided battle in EVE’s history where more than one-hundred Titans died on one side compared to zero on the other. In both battles, PAPI forces decided to keep their forces logged out after EVE’s daily downtime commenced. This allowed the Imperium to set up what became the longest hellcamp ever, killing numerous Titans, supercarriers, and other smaller capital ships in the process. Finally, this hellcamp is being lifted, not because anyone wants it to be, but because it has no choice but to be.
In the time since the battles in M2-XFE, PAPI had successfully reinforced, destroyed and replaced the infrastructure HUB (IHUB) in M2-XFE. Since they were able to hold the IHUB for 35 days, the system reached sovereignty level 3, meaning a Cynosural Field Jammer can be anchored. This anchoring is likely to take place tomorrow and has become almost a certainty as the Mittani announced today that the Imperium will be abandoning its camp of M2- and consolidating all of their forces to 1DQ to prepare for the final PAPI siege. According to the announcement, this is the next (and likely final) phase of the war as 1DQ is the siege of the crown jewel of Imperium holdings. As indicated by the map below, it’s roughly all the Imperium has left to defend.
One of the biggest questions, given the server performance in the second battle of M2-XFE, is whether or not a fight over 1DQ1 would actually be possible. Two of the largest coalitions going head to head for some random krab Keepstar resulted in 12,000 people ready to jump in and throw themselves into the meatgrinder of EVE Online fleet fights. “I do not want us to depend on the idea that 1DQ1 is going to defend itself,” the Mittani said of server performance on the Imperium Fireside in regards to the upcoming siege of 1DQ1. He continues, encouraging his member base to hone other skills aside from their F1 keys (primary fire) by joining SIGs and squads.
Throughout the remainder of the Fireside, the Mittani continues to assault the leadership of his enemies, making sure that his line members know that all these trapped Titans were fully abandoned. Though only one member of the PAPI coalition lost their patience and took an easy trip out of the hellcamp and left for the seemingly greener grass of the Imperium and successful extractions saw hundreds of trapped Titans freed. He also takes some very pointed questions, one of which asks if the siege of 1DQ1 will be a last stand type scenario. Though the Mittani says “No”, the actions of the Imperium scream “Yes”. As infrastructure, citadels, and pretty much everything else has fallen and continues to fall and they choose to fight less and less, the Imperium truly shows signs of being on a sharp downturn in chances of victory.
Most comments like these age like milk and I’d be doing a disservice if I didn’t cap this off with a “we’ll see what happens when it happens” and make sure that anyone reading this knows that anything can, and probably will, happen but it is certainly looking like the outlook is grim. We’ll keep you posted on the goings-on in WWB2 and, as I write this, PAPI extraction fleets are already happening and trapped capitals are making their way out of M2-XFE.