Heydieles, Essence Region - Friday, October 11th saw a sudden offensive begin as Russian Matari alliance Smile 'n' Wave <WAVE> invaded the Caldari-held system Heydieles with heavy support from several Gallente corps and alliances, with fighting spilling over into both Old Man Star and Ladistier. The area is primarily held by the predominantly Russian Caldari alliance Old Man Gang <OMG>.
The fighting in space has been brutal. Several thousand ships have been destroyed thus far (1127 on Sunday alone according to Dotlan) in constant skirmishes and pitched battles. The space fight in Heydieles thus far has seen a distinct advantage go to the Gallente and Minmatar JTF.
For the first time in months, DUST ground forces have been playing a pivotal role in a system capture effort. At the time of this writing (approx 0100 Monday morning Eve Time) contested percentage in Heydieles has fluctuated from 80%-92% as the fight on the ground has swung back and forth between the two factions, but the Caldari have done an excellent job of holding more than half the districts almost all weekend.
The Gallente and Minmatar hope to have Heydieles captured by downtime Monday in order to move their beachhead from Yvangier to that system and begin focusing efforts on Old Man Star in an effort to push Old Man Gang out of the area, and plug their flank before TEST is able to join FW in the next week. If Caldari ground forces continue their dominance in planetary battles, the capture may be pushed out another day, giving the invasion a significant delay and giving the Caldari further time to rally additional support.