It's not every day I log in to hear that members of militia just killed a titan.
Apparently a plan was hatched by Predator Elite of the Amarr Empire to plan a joint, four militia operation to deal a significant blow to Pandemic Legion, who resides merely a couple of jumps from the Amarr and Minmatar base of operations. Some may remember Predator from a past operation, where he FCed an Amarr gang of stealth bombers to take out a Pandemic Legion carrier several months ago.
Informal meetings were held between FCs and leadership from all four militias, including Bahamut420, Sigma Pi, and Hans Jagerblitzen from Late Night Alliance/Minmatar Militia.
"It was Pred's idea." Said someone who was present during one of the meetings. "You could really tell he didn't give a shit about about the differences between the militias. He wanted to do this with everyone. It was a great idea."
Unfortunately even the best layed plans can go awry, not to mention the bringing together of four hostile groups from four different regions of space.
An opportunity presented itself Friday evening, and several alliances and corporations from the Amarr and Gallente decided to move forward in a sooner than expected assault. Much of the Minmatar militia were out of region, having done recon work in another region earlier in the day, and the Caldari were not in the area either.
Predator Elite, the mastermind behind the plot was also not involved. Instead, First General from
"Half those Amarr Dreads were fit like glass cannons," someone pointed out while there was some conversation going on about killboard's battlereport. "It looks like they very much expected to die, and just wanted to get as much dps on the field as quickly as possible before they went down."
If Predator's original plans had gone through, with all four militias being present, and more involvement from the members in other time zones "we would have wiped PL from Amamake." said one source. As it was, it only took a fraction of the Amarr/Gallente to take down one of their titans. It's kind of funny if you think about it, and I can only imagine the kind of trolling that pilot is facing right now.
Some may say militia forces got lucky that day. Others may consider the Gallente and Amarr operation was a bit clunky, considering how many losses they had to sustain to take down the prize. However, the entire situation does have some intriguing factors.
First, the handful of corporations and alliances on field represented a very small portion of faction war, meaning that the numbers of capitals they brought to the field also represented a minute fraction of the capitals that could be fielded by Faction War in general. This raises some interesting questions as well as some startling implications.
Second, the engagement shows that while Faction War pilots prefer small-gang pvp for their day to day operations, they aren't opposed, or unable, to breaking out the big stuff once in a while.