There's a phrase that's been in the EVE lexicon for a while: "no shits were given". Like all slang, it's a phrase that has a lot of meanings depending on who you ask, but the general sense of the phrase is flying one's ship casually, with no concern for any potential losses. Once "no shits are given", any losses you incur are disregarded and even the smallest win counts as a moral victory.
With that in mind, check out this part of the latest RvB "ganked" video:
The action I want to talk about starts about three minutes in, when the RvB fleet lands on a PL Erebus sitting just off a station.
What is a PL Titan doing on a station? Who knows. The RvB fleet, mostly in tier3 battle-cruisers (the person who made the video is apparently flying an Oracle), decides to go ahead and engage it. And here's the amusing thing: the PL Titan pilot decides to engage back! No shits were given, apparently. The RvB fleet totals 70 pilots. Is this enough DPS to kill a Titan? In a word, no. Not if the Titan has even minor support, which it soon does, in the form of a pair of carriers. The two carriers alternate undocking from the station and repping the Titan just enough to keep the RvB fleet interested and aggressed.
Sov in the combat system (GE-8JV) is owned by PL, so the carriers can rep until they get into deep armor, dock, repair for free, then undock and repeat. Meanwhile, the Erebus starts popping battle-cruisers, volleying them with its no doubt tracking-enhanced guns. About half-way into the fight, a Nyx arrives to provide permanent repair support (and its 20 fighters). BCs start popping faster and faster and faster.
Still, it's risky: for the entire duration of the fight, the Titan is well-bubbled even with what are apparently only one or two bubbling ships in the RvB fleet. The tacklers do an outstanding job. I don't want to imply at all that PL was in a risk-free situation here. It's a situation that could have theoretically turned against them in a hurry, with the loss of an Erebus and a Nyx.
But for most of the fight, there were a grand total of three or four PL ships on field. Against 70.
No shits were given.
When PL thinks RvB is going to run, do they bring in sub-caps? Nope. They bring in a half-dozen more caps, including a second Titan. By the end of the fight, a RvB BC is being alphaed off the field every three seconds or so... more than thirty of them die before the FC finally calls it. Other than a cyno ship, the RvB fleet gets exactly zero kills.
Long-time EVE players have gone from being able to personally afford Titans to casually -- almost negligently -- taking on 70-man fleets with them, and this without an old-style doomsday, or even a new-style doomsday.
Granted, I'm sure the RvB fleet had a grand time. But it feels like a corner's been turned. Even in a game that's already sometimes disparagingly called "Super-caps Online", the number of them on display this week and how casually they're being used is a little bit shocking...