Let me tell you a bit about what happened this weekend. A battle raged over the system of J134716, a class 4 vanilla wormhole with C3 and C6 statics. This was (and may still be in the future) the home of the Polish corp alliance: Useless Idea [Ship Happens…]. This was what is commonly known in the wormhole community as an eviction and, in this case, the aggressors were P A R A B E L L U M, Rusty Hyenas, several Russian allies, and… Foxholers!
It might come as a surprise to some of you who know me that I would choose to be a part of this. I am typically very anti-eviction. We’ll get to that later. For now, we can talk about what happened.
On Thursday evening, Parabellum and friends entered J134716 with their usual heavy armour beam Absolution fleet. They swiftly anchored a POS, a Raitaru, and began the process of reinforcing structures. This is commonly done on a Thursday in wormhole space as it means that timers will align for the weekend, resulting in the best possible chance of a big fight and easier organisation overall. To my knowledge, this went without incident for the most part. You don’t want to defend your shield timers anyway since it’s too risky to potentially lose your pods early on. It was around this time that Foxholers (us) noticed what was going on.
Following a command meeting within Foxholers we decided to make our move and contact Parabellum and get in on the action. Some ideas were thrown around about just third party-ing the whole thing too. Initially they didn’t need our help, but the next day that would change.
On day two a frig hole opened up. Frigate sized wormholes are terrifying for eviction attackers since the defenders can get in as many friends as they want. And if they have ships to hand out then every shuttle can easily become another battleship. This was when our offer was taken up, calling the foxes to form Stormbringers and Skybreakers with Loki support in Jita. Ships capable of using lightning-based Vorton weapons to arc to ten other targets while having low single-target damage.
Take a look at this battle report and you’ll see exactly what those Stormbringers were for. By sitting a ship on the hole and repping it, we were able to effectively “remote smartbomb” the wormhole. This let us instakill any shuttles entering the wormhole – a tactic which I am told the defenders found extremely demoralising. Useless Idea spent some time here mulling over how our tactic was impossible to beat and that the Stormbringers had destroyed their hopes of getting people in to fight. There are certainly some easy ways around it, though, you just need to think about the limitations of this frig hole control and what gets past it! At least some of them were good sports about their losses, including the self-professed “Elon Musk on meth“.
Over the course of the eviction there was not only one but three frig holes! We weren’t even holding control on them for all that long so there must have been quite the morale hit – or perhaps they burned every single batphone. Either way, the armour timer eventually came around and it was time to fight. Useless Idea and friends undocked with 60+ of the Foxholers-style cruise Praxis under the support of two Apostles, more.
It looked like a somewhat equal match in terms of numbers. From theorycrafting the cruise Praxis and having fought in it, I know exactly how strong they are. They could have beaten us easily, knocking out an Absolution every few seconds and using their frigate escape bays to reship into their ship stockpile. On top of this, their Fortizar could easily disable all of the Stormbringers they were so afraid of. I’ve even seen our friends in Prismatic Legion perform the Spiky Ball Defence. So what did this group choose to do in the face of a good fight and a great chance to win? They all docked back up again and let us win their armour timers unchallenged…
Due to spies, we found that they would then go on to attempt a move for hole control around midnight of the following day instead. Fine, great, we’ll get a fight from that. I filamented Foxholers out and we came back the next day. The leak ended up being quite true and at midnight on Saturday the Useless Idea forces undocked (with a greatly reduced number compared to before) and warped away from the strength of their Fortizar, reducing their efficacy further.
Notably, they warped their entire force to a crit wormhole. It was then closed, leaving them to fight over… nothing. The new static opened up elsewhere in the system. Usually, a good move here would be to force the wormhole closed using one ship then to scan and send your fleet to the new wormhole. This would allow you to control the new hole for at least a limited time in order to bring reinforcements (who should be on standby). What followed was the main battle of the eviction.
The battle itself involved several skirmishes between the Praxis and Absolution fleets while the foxes in Stormbringers caused chaos and deleted every single Praxis drone. It was mostly a game of booshing select ships out of Apostle range and deleting them with the Absolution fleet. My favourite one was when I accidentally grabbed a lone Scorpion as the caps warped off back to a structure.
We ended up winning the field and keeping the hole secure, taking a number of losses as we did so. Here’s the battle report. It took about two hours and if you prefer you can watch the events unfold in the video below.
After the battle was won and hole control was secured for a further day, it came time to blow up their structures. Being wormhole space this meant all of the loot that could not log off in freighters would drop for the taking. I don’t know the final value that was dropped, but I suspect it is easily close to 200b ISK given the insane amount of hangar containers that dropped and the loot in some of them.
We even managed to launch a can of extra loot collected by the spy! In Useless Idea’s public statement they mention that the spy “only stole 25b of unfitted ships”. He was, however, able to take something like 37b ISK with many of those being fully fitted ships. This was done by simply taking everything from the hangars as Useless Idea put stuff into them. The spy was then simply requested access to another hangar, received it, and stripped that one too.
I’m very impressed with the professionalism of Parabellum, Rusty Hyenas, Mgla, and friends. It is rare that I get to work with the Russian community; we are usually on opposite sides of various conflicts. I don’t plan on many evictions in the future, but it will be good to see you all and have some good fights in the future.
You can read the Useless Idea official statement below in the original Polish and a translation. As you read, I will remind you that they refused the equal fight which they could have won and did not think of the tactic to beat Stormbringers.
USELESS IDEA’S OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON EVICTION
During the night from Sunday to Monday 28.06, Useless Idea has been successfully evicted from their wormhole by combined forces of P A R A B E L L U M, Mgla. and Outfoxed. After the first timer aggressors started hole control and didn’t let any allied forces in.
One day before, during Saturday’s night we attempted one last time to get the hole control. We started at 2 am encountering surprisingly big enemy forces. After 3 hours of a constant fight we lost the fight. The enemies were reacting with extreme precision to every action we were taking and we had to give in. Today we got an information that the whole operation was planned for a long time and that we had a spy planted that was relaying all strategic information to them. At the very end the spy took ships worth 25b (w/o fits) which were donated by the corp-mates for the defence of our common weal.
We would like to thank everyone that attempted to enter the wormhole – the answer of our allies was really reassuring.
We would like to congratulate our aggressors. The fact of using such lowly methods is really flattering, it suggests that they thought it wouldn’t be as easy in an open fight.
On 27th June our corporation became stronger, not weaker and that’s what matters. Till next time
In the end, I’m sorry for what happened to some individuals in Useless Idea. A bad attitude to fighting or poor eviction planning by some does not mean that everyone in the corp is a bad person and I hope that the corp itself doesn’t collapse. If anything, they can galvanise and come together again. My advice to a corp having been evicted recently would be to reflect and to use the opportunity to grow in a new direction. Find what you disliked about how things used to be and cut it out.
I was personally messaged and asked about my motivations for taking part in this eviction several times over the weekend. That’s totally understandable as I am usually very against evictions. The last one I attempted was nearly two years ago and I only did it because of pressure from within the corp. This time, though, was different. Foxholers had been planning an eviction in coalition with The Nameless Alliance for a few weeks prior to the events of the weekend. When we found out that Parabellum and Rusty Hyenas had initiated their own eviction independent of us, we figured it only made sense to get in on the action.
The actual reasons why aren’t entirely personal to me. Useless Idea did not personally wrong me, though they have rolled us out in chain without good reason in the past. As per ye olde book of wormhole bushido, that’s a no go. Rolling people off when you could instead have some level of content is just wrong. If you must roll then just talk about it and be honest.
The bigger reason, though, is that Useless Idea has something of a reputation within the Polish community. They are not liked very much, to say the least, and their CEO, Nythyx, does not have a good reputation himself. I have heard him referred to as a half-assed Gigx with ego problems. Here’s some info provided by one of my foxes:
I’d say that’s mostly a combination of hostility acquired over the years and a rather bad reputation of Nythyx and the “old guard” of UI. They usually present themselves as something between “trolls”, “we play the game the way we want”, “we like to ruin others’ game” and switching to “we are open and trustful corporation for new players”. Their current business model seems to be pretty much recruiting as many new Polish players and switch structures from time to time to get all the old assets. You’ve also seen several times now how they act and react. They already switched to victim propaganda with a newly established rewritten history while just trolling and trying to blame everything but their incompetence and unwillingness to fight.
As for bad reputation – I always avoided drama, especially Polish one – never really looked too deep into it but at the very least I can say that it is known to me along with some urban legends – all despite not having an interest in it all heard over the span of like 5 or 6 years completely randomly by random Polish players.
I’ve also spoken to Parabellum about this to get an idea of why they attacked in the first place. Again, this was to be our op some time in the summer – they just got there first:
First of all, we don’t need an actual reason to do an eviction. It is a part of WH lifestyle and we see it as a sportsmanship. We are not driven by hate or any other emotional reasons.
However this time there were some and this is the story:
The story began a year ago when a small, but proud corp “Rusty Hyenas” was searching for a worthy rival to start an honourable eviction and see who’s better. They have chosen Useless Idea for these reasons: they were alike in numbers (approx 20 ppl those days), they were active and they were PVP focused.
So RH deployed a POS and started the show.
That days they were young and a little bit naive and thought that everyone in w-space follows w-bushido warrior code and fights honourably without overblobbing. US3 gave them a hard lesson bringing in a 70 ppl blob including n-sec Si-Co and stomping a small corp into the dirt. https://br.evetools.org/br/60d8cb66d2a56d001914f7ad
That day RH decided they will evict US3 one day to close this gestalt and restore the damaged honour.
Some time has past, Hyenas became older and stronger, things happened here and there and they finally decided that the time has come to do what must have been done. However this time they did some homework, counted the heads of potential allies of the US3, and brought us(PR.BL) as a counterweight for the potential blob.
Rusty Hyenas are our friends for a long time, we meet IRL and do a lot of content together. So bringing us into it was an obvious decision.
We know that US3 ia an ally to HC – they helped HC to defend from us during Avanto eviction and few other times. Knowing that we were preparing to face HC defensive doctrine and the entire G-force blob on US3 side + linknet + cesko-slovenska + god knows who would US3 call from nullsec.
It seems we were not mistaken, HC was trying to get in the entire OPS, however it seems like some other groups rejected the invitation. And this was the first thing that surprised me, but definitely not the last.
As soon as we started evicting US3, i was immediately contacted but some people offering intel and information on ships and doctrine for defence. We were also were contacted by Foxholers who offers a help with controlling the frighole with their Stormbringers fleet. We didn’t reject and it happened to be a good decision – there were three frigholes during this OP which is absolute record.
Some random people wished us luck and told they are happy US3 will be evicted.El Janah – P A R A B E L L U M
To round things out, here’s a gallery of screenshots collected by the foxes and a little meme. There’s also a short video of when I lost my Stormbringer and resorted to rookie ship looting! 😛