Aridia: HBC's NOS Squad Fights Sadistica Alliance

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That's my Jaff.
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I FC'd the NOS/HBC fleet and this the AAR I wrote drunkenly that night:Rage formed up armor battleships with five minutes to go on a timer in true NOS "better late than never" fashion. After multiple delays we bridged and started burning to the system with the POCO. We were literally one jump/warp ahead of the bad guys at any given moment, so we cut it as close you can possibly cut it. The system with the POCO was a dead end system, so we jumped in and set up on the in gate, which would be our line in the sand. I ran to ninja a piss and came back to my scout screaming in my ear about them about to jump into us. As soon as I sat back down, local spiked. I called to anchor up with MWDs on two cycles to get situated and began calling primaries. We were melting shit, but sadly were losing ships at the same pace. As I watched one of our Navy Megathron's go down, we made the call to light our cyno and bring in our triage Archons (shoutout to alliance for the ISK and Viktoras for building them at cost). As they landed and entered triage, they bailed a Vindicator out of structure. http://i.imgur.com/mHP9zZl.jpg After this we were tanking easily as they switched all damage to the triage carriers. We were burning through dudes with no problem until Sadistica jumped in their own triage carrier. Trying to catch him at low cap, I ordered all DPS and neuts onto him. After a few excruciating minutes, it was apparent he was bait tanking, we just didn't have the neuting power or DPS to shut him down.Neither side could break anything and Sadisitica decided to escalate with a single Naglfar. I immediately called for all neuts and DPS to switch to the Naglfar as he was absolutely laying into one of our Archons. Sadly, the lowsec pirates were better prepared for capacitor warfare, and managed to cap out our Archon. He exited triage deep in structure, but sadly too deep as he died moments after his cycle ended. They paid a heavy price though, as the Naglfar died a few minutes later. Judging by my logs, just in time, as his siege cycle was about to end. With the stalemate we had reached, I ordered all neutralizers onto the Damnation in a futile attempt to shut off his links, but cap transfers kept them on. Sadistica jumped in a few more carriers, but I ignored them realizing we wouldn't break them with the Archon in triage.Realizing the stalemate, Fras (yes, TEST CEO Fras Siabi) suggested going on battlecruisers. This was solid advice as I didn't even notice battlecruisers on field. We melted through a few Hurricanes but hit a wall on the Prophecies. At this point we lit another cyno to bring in another Archon, but the cyno quickly died, leaving us in a tough spot. After some quick raging we got another cyno lit and brought in a Moros. After killing a Brutix and a Falcon, I finally realized how much ECM was fucking us (logi and even carriers were permajammed). Initially we didn't break any Scorpions, but we rapidly switched from Scorpion to Scorpion to catch their reps off guard. As we were doing this, the field began to clear and I initially ordered points spread, but remembered the carriers would refit to warp core stabs (lollowsec) as I watched a Thanatos warp off. We split all points by alphabet on the two remaining carriers and killed two carriers as we held the field. At this point a small slowcat fleet that was foaming at the mouth jumped in to whore on the last mail. We guarded the field as we jumped in a Rorqual to loot all the cap mods off the field and moonwalked to a nearby system to ninja a moon in the name of NOS.
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This fight was more than I ever expected and was great fun all around. Props to Sadistica, The Royal Navy, and Extinction Level Event for having the balls to jump in and even escalate the fight. It was a much closer fight than the killboards indicate, as the HBC fleet was not remotely prepared for the capacitor warfare that Sadistica and friends fielded. It could have easily gone the other way on any given day. While a fight like this is unlikely to occur again any time soon, NOS and the HBC look forward to further lowsec shenanigans.
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Keep up the GF's, New Eden capsuleers! This bittervet enjoys reading/watching these battle reports while RL is kicking his ass and making him an armchair observer of his favorite spaceship pixel sumlation.
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+1 for GFs,,,
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Also swiped a moon that some Russian dudes had alarm clocked to burn down. o7 sleep.
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Thanks, gurl.
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If you guys want to know what happened in my opinion, first we got into a brawl with armor BS and neither sides sub cap logi could hold. hbc dropped 3 triage carriers first. sadistica started to lose the fight and dropped triage carriers and a suicide blap dread. Blap dread killed 1 hbc carrier and was primaried by subcaps probably as intended. After that subcaps couldn't really break eachother's triage reps so hbc was forced to primary down battlecruisers. The big turning point at the end really was dropping the extra capital support mainly the moros. At that point it was pretty much impossible to hold reps on subcaps and carriers and the rest was a rout. So basically 2 blap dreads involved one was not primaried down by subcaps (the hbc one) and was free to destroy the carriers.
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loaded vid, first thing I see is (I presume) a megathron with null loaded and two optimal range TC's shooting other BS at point-blank rangegg
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Just to straighten up the facts a little, I was the only Sadistica triage on the field.
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Yep, I'm bad. You must've missed the Ogre I's. Heh. v0v

(Editor's note: This description for the fight above comes to us from TEST's Jaffinator.)

Friday, April 12 

Following several weeks of POCO shoots and anchoring of POCOs in Aridia, HBC’s NOS Squad has announced (thread link) a full squad deployment to Aridia. NOS looks to continue the fights brought by Sadistica Alliance, N0ir, Infernal Octopus, Dragon Soul, Royal Navy, Extinction Level Event and others.

Friday served as the first “official” night of the deployment. A number of NOS POCOs were scheduled to come out of reinforcement and be available for destruction. NOS rage-formed armor battleships and support to defend their freshly-planted POCOs and made their way into Aridia from Delve. The NOS contingent was made up of a 48-man wing of battleships, cruisers, and logistical ships. 

Sadistica Alliance was able to field 65 pilots at the outset, with support from ELE and Royal Navy. Sadistica's fleet boldly jumped into dead-end Fageras to engage the HBC fleet at zero on the gate. The fight that both sides had been hoping for had finally come. 

NOS was easily able to take down the first group of primaries. However, seeing themselves outnumbered and bleeding at least two battleships early in the fight, NOS quickly called in triage support. In response, the Sadistica and Royal Navy pilots called in their own logistics carriers. Eventually, Sadistica also called upon Dreadnought support; NOS was caught unaware and lost one of their initial three Archons to the Dread's guns. NOS subcaps were able to primary down the Sadistica Naglfar, and a fourth HBC Archon joined the fray to supplement the HBC fleet. 

The battle continued to rage with the HBC fleet focusing the brunt of their damage on Sadistica's subcapital battlecruisers and battleships. Sadistica's smartbombing and neuting ships continued to level the playing field, effectively taking drones and logistics support out of the fight for long periods of time. Each side continued to escalate their capital numbers until the HBC was able to field a full Slowcat support fleet. With a friendly Dreadnought-class vessel and Slowcats on field, NOS was able to take the Lowsec capital fleet out of the battle and rout the Sadistica fleet. 

The butcher's bill nearly topped 20bil ISK total. The NOS-led HBC fleet lost slightly lower than 4bil ISK in assets. That left the Sadistica fleet to sustain losses of 14.5bil ISK in battleships, battlecruisers and capital ships. 

NOS will be in Aridia for the foreseeable future and looks forward to future engagements with Sadistica and other Lowsec entities. It is undeniable that each side has a new-found respect for the other as neither was willing to back down for the almost 25 minute battle. 

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