It was indeed a good fight and I salute the pilots of Nulli Secunda for staying on field and giving the good fight. Good fun all-around as far as I am concerned. I spoke with my members after the fight and they too all had good fun. I timed the length of the battle at approximately 43 minutes. That's a decent way to spend time in a game. Core was calling targets calmly like the Pro he is, so was Ladel and of course "Bomba Bomba Bomba" Sbrodor was very Pro with his bomber fleet.I have to congratulate our Logi team, well-focused and kept me alive more than five times. Salutes and celebratory beers to all !
Nihilists Social Club (NULL) have occupied the G-B22J system in Providence for the past month. Their original campaign initially meant to take the R64 located in G-B22J from Care Factor, but their decision to SBU the system for “lols” with heavy Pandemic Legion support quickly led to NULL controlling the system's sovereignty and the station. After only two weeks of holding the system, they tried to sell the system + the outpost on the Eve Online forums but received little serious response. Despite popular rumours that NULL had acquired temporary assistance from PL on a mercenary contract, Pandemic Legion in fact have been blue with NULL for quite some time and were assisting their ally without payment (according to NULL member and ex-CVA member Rovern Hashu). It remains unclear whether PL will show to defensive timers alongside their allies NULL.
At 1900 Eve time on Sunday, Provibloc began forming a fleet to retake G-B22J from NULL. The night started off rather dull with the Provibloc fleet grinding the infrastructure hub into reinforcement with no opposition. However, just as the station entered reinforced mode Nulli Secunda bridged into system with a fleet of approximately 100 pilots composed of armor Ishtars with 22 Guardians supporting them. Provibloc were in their usual fleet composition of sentry battleships and battlecruisers (primarily the Dominix and Prophecy) backed up by 15 T2 logistics ships and a squad of bombers, weighing in at approximately 160 pilots in total. As Nulli Secunda warped onto the station, they found the Provibloc fleet and its drones already well spread out while they themselves were clumped up. Nulli had no choice but to immediately deploy drones where they spawned, creating a single clump of drones which Provibloc’s bombers could destroy with relative ease. As Nulli Secunda tried in vain to break the tank of the sentry battleships, Provibloc began to target Nulli Secunda Guardians but discovered the Guardians could easily sigtank unless they were webbed. Instead, Provibloc switched onto the Ishtars and applied enough DPS to alpha through Ishtars before the Guardian reps could land.
It became clear early on who would win the fight. As Nulli Secunda continued to struggle to break Provibloc reps, Provibloc's fleet tore through the Nulli Secunda fleet leaving Ishtar wreck after Ishtar wreck in its wake. Provibloc bombers began to clear the field of Nulli sentries, greatly reducing the Nulli fleet's DPS. Nulli pilots self-destructed their pods in order to reship in Kheram, and Nulli bridged another approximately 30 Ishtars midway into the fight. However the Ishtars' tank was simply not enough and they continued to fall in quick succession. Despite the fight being obviously lost, Nulli Secunda chose to stay on field; after losing the vast majority of his fleet, Nulli Secunda FC Rots Mijnwerker eventually sounded the horn of retreat.
Overall, Provibloc took 5B ISK in losses from the fight but managed to dish out over 16B ISK in damages to Nulli Secunda. According to Corebloodbrothers, Provibloc's head FC, Provibloc will continue to attack G-B22J for however long it takes to retake the system, be that 3 days, 3 weeks or 3 months.
Interestingly, Provibloc has made no recent attempts to retake D-GTMI, currently occupied by Northern Coalition. Rumour states that Provibloc have agreed to let NC. keep the system in exchange for NC. not taking any more systems in Providence, perhaps a first for CVA in terms of negotiating deals with entities outside Providence.
CFC personality DaBigRedBoat posted Nulli Secunda comms from this fight via a spy alt:
Fight from Provibloc point of view: