As PL and HERO continue to beat each other's heads in, the war just got much more serious. As the timer came out, HERO formed up almost 500 pilots in various ships. At first planning to go with their go-to doctrine of mixed DPS, Ewar, and support fleet, HERO was quickly caught on their back foot by PL. Who had opted to bring in a "wrecking ball" fleet of mostly Nyx, Aeons, Archons. and mixed subcap support, putting the total PL numbers at around 100 pilots. Local peaked at over 1000 during the heaviest fighting, as more people piled in. Pushing TiDi to a peak of 7%.
Just before EVE Online Downtime on Saturday, Pandemic Legion decided to launch a heavy assault on the main Catch hub of GE-8JV. As the battle first began, the weakest timezone for HERO was slow to react. This was made worse due to no higher level command being online to coordinate a response. At first it was thought to be little more than an attempt by PL to troll HERO by hitting the station services with capitals. This quickly proved not to be the case.