Well, I’m just a line member, but take it from someone who was there from the start to the end. We didn’t jump in because the node crashed. Ironically, it saved us from getting hellcamped like PL did. I had a place in the fight, first in a sub and then in the supercap fleet while it burned down. It was made all the worse by the fact that we couldn’t take any regional gates as we had no real escort.
I’m not privy to the tactic that they were planning on using but my guess was we were going to either counter-drop the goon fleet and trade, or drop on the TEST super fleet and overwhelm it to make them irrelevant for the rest of the war. Either way, we were staged and ready to jump in. My subcap toon was floating around in a Cerb, with the node dead, halfway through a reload cycle on RLMLs (fucking hell those take a long time to reload at 90% TiDi)
It wasn’t dropping connections, it was literally in full zombie mode.