A couple of weeks ago talking about the casual use of super-caps in New Eden lately, I mentioned that it felt like a new page had been turned in EVE's history.
Welcome to the first page of the new chapter:
First, let's talk about the setup on how this Titan died. When your alliance gets used to flying smaller ships -- Scorpions and Maelstroms, say, or Rifters -- it takes a while to get used to the fact that some ships are bigger. The hard-learned rule in a lot of alliances is that you never warp to a Titan at zero. You warp to a Titan at 10km because if you warp to zero, you're going to land inside the Titan and you're going to bump it. Another hard-learned rule in a lot of alliances is that if a POS is designated as a super-cap staging POS, non-super-caps aren't allowed inside at all. Ever.
Goons apparently don't have these rules yet. This Titan died because a pair of dreadnoughts warped to a POS with the Titan inside, landed on it, and thanks to some help from Newton's Second Law, bumped it outside the shields. Both offending dreads were also bumped outside the shields by Newton's Third Law. One managed to jump away. A minute later, the other paid for his offense with his ship.
Before that even happened, though, the Titan was dead. Here's the video:
At 20 seconds into the video, the Titan is at 90% shields. At 29 seconds, 80% shields. At 34 seconds, the Titan is gone.
Now, don't get me wrong. I really like alpha ships. I've spent a good deal of time in a variety of them. There's something extremely satisfying about watching an enemy ship simply vanish in a few seconds despite being surrounded by Logistics ships. It takes a good FC to pull it off well, and a lot of discipline and timing on the part of the pilots in the fleet. But when it's working well, it's a lot of fun.
Still, being on the receiving end of alpha kinda sucks. ;-)
In this case, a 65 billion ISK ship with an extremely solid tank (for a shield super) was alphaed to death in five seconds by Titan Doomsdays. There were so many DDs aimed at this Titan that at least four of them didn't hit. The ship died so fast that there were almost certainly a large number of pilots in the fleet that didn't realize the fleet had just gotten a Titan kill.
Losing a Logi or a battleship or a AHAC to alpha is one thing. This... this is quite another.
EDIT (28/Jan/2012): And tonight, a PL fleet alphed an Aeon. That'll do, PL. That'll do.