News from the North
Sorry for the wall of text, just a bit of a brain-dump about what’s been happening recently.
Well, in case you’ve been hiding under a rock, dominion is here and it has been a big week. Rumours that have been floating around over the past few months over who will become part of which major faction in nullsec in the North have mostly resolved themselves.
Triumverate and friends are laying into the Northern coalition.
Evoke are continuing their steady encroaching into Cloud ring.
IT are on the brink of causing Pandemic Legion and Sons of Tangra to fail, goonswarm are simultaneously aiding and killing pandemic legion depending on what source you read… I really don’t care enough to find out for sure however….
On that last note: looking at the battle reports lying around, it seems that IT alliance are very easily able to field 150+ ship fleets during the weekdays and 400+ ship fleets on the weekends. This is one (albeit very large) alliance. In my experience the Northern coalition has no trouble banding together and bringing 400+ ships when it really matters, but we are multiple alliances and response fleets are slow to form. I am very interested in how the new warfare system will aid/hinder Northern Coalition defence.
Critical infrastructure upgrades which have been added in the Dominion patch such as the Infrastructure hub itself and some specific system upgrades etc cannot be moved by anything except a standard freighter (jump freighters don’t have large enough cargo holds). This has lead to 27+ freighters lost already, 10 of those belonging to Razor alliance lost to Triumverate, 17 to solar fleet lost to Atlas. As this is the only weekend in the 7 day grace period that CCP has given nullsec alliances to get their affairs in order, I predict many more freighter losses before Monday as EVERY alliance that wishes to maintain their jump bridge network will need to ship and anchor the new infrastructure by Monday.
On the home-front for me, Mostly Harmless were last night given the order to move into 5ZXX, an NPC system in Pure Blind. This is where Triumverate/Circle of two/WN etc have been basing out of. The idea is to force them out of this station. The war that we had a couple of months ago with PL was made more difficult by the fact that they were based out of X-70, an NPC system with three stations. We couldn’t stop them from docking. The difference with Tri and Co2 et al. is that they are actually looking to try to gain a foothold in Pure Blind/Fade rather than just looking for good pew like PL were. In order to prevent this, we need to live in their face.
To that end, last night I loaded up my Occator (which I had predicted would come in very handy post-dominion) and managed to fit every bit of ammunition and spare modules I had in our previous base of p-2 including one repackaged Stealth bomber and a basilisk logistics ship and fittings into my Occator and move them at once. I’m really really glad I bought it now, just that one trip has almost made the entire thing worth it.
I still have ships to move, (2x covert ops, 1x stealth bomber 2x onyx, 1 tengu, 1 viator) but they’ll come soon.
In other news, there seems to be a bug with the API that is not reporting any modules on ships in killmails, it’s making it very difficult for our alliance replacement program to determine who was using the proper fits when it looks like our entire fleet went out without weapons or fittings…..
Oh also in other news: after a bit of drama not-paying Mercenary fees to Noir and then getting their backsides handed to them in order to extract payment, Maru Ka’ge hasn’t been seen smacking on COAD anymore despite having gained four nullsec systems of their own one or two jumps out from their NPC system home. What they’re intending to do with said systems and whether they think they’re going to be able to transport I-hubs through 5-6 high-traffic Northern-coalition held systems is still unknown… which brings me to a bit of a rant:
If the intention of Dominion was supposed to be to open up nullsec for alliances that are not part of the current power blocks….. why the hell did they make essential infrastructure take standard freighters to move! How is this making it easier to get into nullsec if you have to move a frigging freighter, nay, multiple freighters… through an empire->low/nullsec gate.
Anyway… on Monday, the fighting begins in earnest as the Sovereignty Blockade Units are seeded onto the market and the territorial wars can recommence.