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EVE Online: Wars Are Lost By the Loser - Page 3

Updated Tue, Mar 10, 2009 by The Mittani

In the initial week of the war, there were a number of serious engagements, including a pair of four-hour battles involving more than 1200 pilots. The carnage was unlike anything yet seen in EVE history, and despite their first two errors, confidence on the KenZoku side was high. As one of the KenZoku directors, Waagaa Ktlehr, put it: "With all odds stacked in favor of Goons and their buddies, it's going to be even more hilarious when they fail to take Delve for the second time. Bring it." While the invading forces were gradually succeeding, this was a race, and gradual success amounted to total failure. If KenZoku refrained from making more mistakes, they were well on the way to gaining Sov 3.

On February 12th, KenZoku made an error which resulted in the total collapse of the defenses in Delve. In the aftermath of a 1200-pilot slugfest in the J-LPX7 system, which was a minor loss for KenZoku, Waagaa Ktlehr warped his Aeon-class mothership, a supercapital ship one class smaller than the mighty Titans, to a stargate. Motherships, for what it's worth, cannot enter stargates; there was no real purpose for the Aeon being there. Unsurprisingly, the invading forces dropped a capital fleet on the Aeon and destroyed it, along with ten KenZoku capitals who had attempted to defend Waagaa. Fighting continued in another system in the immediate aftermath of the mothership's destruction, but the loss clearly impacted the KenZoku level of control; two and a half hours later, while attempting to defend the system 8WA-Z6, a routine capital jump went wrong, and Sir Molle's Titan was left out in the open; just as with Waagaa, the supercapital was immediately ambushed and destroyed. Six thousand dollars down the drain.
One might guess that the critical, war-ending error was the loss of the titan and the mothership, but it was what happened after those losses that actually ruined everything for KenZoku. Exhausted, having had a historically bad day, the KenZoku command gave the order to log off the remnants of their fleet in the station in PR-8CA, a system which KenZoku and their allies had been using as a form-up point throughout the war. Except this time, rather than sending the capitals of their 'pets' home to a different system, the entire combined capital fleet was docked and logged off in PR-8CA, presumably to make things easier logistically the next day. It wasn't something that had been chosen deliberately, it was just a slip - a slip which lost an entire region.

As soon as the KenZoku fleet logged off, the invaders locked down PR-8CA and covered the station with warp disruption bubbles, preventing any kind of egress. As I write this, the PR-8CA station has been camped around the clock by invading forces every day for more than three weeks. While individual KenZoku pilots have escaped PR-8CA by abandoning their ships and 'podjumping' or using jump clones to get out, 230+ capital ships remain trapped within.  Without the use of their capital ships, KenZoku has been completely unable to defend against the marauding coalition capital fleet, or to prevent innumerable Goonswarm control towers from being erected across Delve. With hundreds of invader pilots living in the system, every breakout attempt since February 13th has been foiled, and because of this every KenZoku station in Delve, Querious and Period Basis has been seized. Up until this point, the 'race' for Delve was a close thing and KenZoku was doing well; after their capital fleet was trapped in PR-8CA, it became a rout, allowing the invading forces to capture all of the KenZoku stations with a week left on the clock. What had been a slow expansion of control became an explosion.
As a member of the Goonswarm leadership, it might be more traditional for me (from a propaganda perspective) to claim that these victories against KenZoku were a result of superior planning or cunning on the part of my alliance and our allies. However, if one looks at these three turning points in the war with a sober eye, each one can be traced to an error made by the KenZoku leadership that we happened to seize upon. This war, like so many others, was lost by the loser, not won by the winner.  

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