Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Now in the Top 10!....thousand


  So after Reading Rizzles post about his BC stats I decided to go take a look at mine, TEXN has its own kill board, and Dred uses Eve-kill so I haven't even looked at BC for quite awhile.  What I found when l looked was something I had wanted to happen for a long time, but awhile back stoped caring about. I am as of Oct 22 2012, in the top 10k pvpers on BC. Which no matter how many people whine that BC is not the best kill board, I think its the most used even slightly above EvE-kill. I always wanted to be in the 10k on BC and ahve that little red line track my progress, some meaningless mile stone saying im a decent pvper, especialy since im a pirate and allot of my killes are with less than 5 people. While I think of my self as an acomplished pvper, who had dabbled in solo and large fleet pvp, I wont claim to be a supurb pvper but I enjoy it allot and i fly with some good guys in TEXN and Dred. So Even tho im pretty stoaked about this, just reemmber its not about being the best, its abotu havign fun on the journey. 

     Speaking of awsome pirate pvp, watch Sard Caids Twitch channel, hes been play testing some of the new ship balances on the test server. 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Rep That Breached Bulkhead!

So yesterday Must have been armor rep day because it starts out with Me and Coild taking out a pair of dual rep SFIs along with Kira in a shield Cain down into Great Wildlands in search for some fights. We get down to NDQ where Republic alliance like to hang and try to provoke them into a fight. At first they wouldn't leave their station, which is normal, but then they got a few more people online and they started brining 5-6 guys to the gate and trying to snag us. Luckily we where way faster than them and would pull range, in which they would just jump back into NDQ and wait for us to provoke them again. We pull back to SL- and wait for a couple of people from our alliance to head down and assist us to even out the numbers. Suddenly Coild reports that there is a Domi headed to SL- from NIH and we should tackle it when it jumps into us, which we do. We where hoping to kill the Domi quickly in case he was associated with RA but the good news was that he was alone, the bad news was he was tanking us quite well. We had him tackled a ways off the gate and he didn’t seam to have a prop mod so he decided to agro on me. While not a big deal his bonused Hammerhead IIs actually hurt a bit. He eventually crept back to gate and deagressed, and we started cursing because eh was at half armor still, when bam! his armor and structure melted in 10seconds. We can only assume he fianly caped himself out under pressure from the Cains newts and his constant reping. What we found in the wreak, and on the kill mail was a treasure trove of faction. While not super expensive mods he had about 400mil of faction on him and a good chunk had dropped! woot! Our help arrived right after the Domi died and we made another run at RA but they had rallied some Logi pilots and it was no longer a feasible fight even with +2 on our side. We roamed awhile more and went home after COiled lost his SFI trying to bait some BCs on a gate.

In the middle of the evening Sugar had a planed frig team fight planed with a small carebear corp wanting to try out some pvp so I went over and helped with that. it was a blast and you can read more on her blog, here: Low Sec Life Style

Later I get some intel that a flashy Prophecy is headed trough Egbringer where I live, so I undock my Talos and go hunting for him, following him into the next system, where he held his cloak quite awhile. When he dropped his cloak I did aswell and pointed him, he started moving to gate so I did aswell, but that was just a trap to get me into scram range, which I fell for. Lucky for me the talos was brawling down his thick armor tank faster than he was killing my shield tank. I was actually able to hold the Prophecy and pull damage long enough for a few people to show up and whore on the mail. I’m such a nice guy lol.

A bit later right before I was going to log, Fried told me he had a Cyclone on scan in Ubties and I told him I would head over in my SFI to help him if he needed it. It seams Coilded was also in the area because he jumped into Ubties in his vigilant right when I landed on the gate. Unfortunately the Cyclone had moved on but Coild and Fried had a pair of Myrms on scan and a Executioner. Coild finally got them narrowed down to a belt and warp in on them, landing at range. They gave chase and Friend and I warped in to assist, Friend and I went after one Myrm while Coiled went after the other one 30k away. It took us a bit to break the Myrms triple rep tank but we eventually did, and luckily they Myrm I was on primaried me, and not Fried’s Cain. After killing the first Myrm we burnt over and helped Coiled kill the second, especially since his Vigilant was starting to run low on HP. It was a great loooong fight; Myrms are truly beasts when they only have to tank three ships. GFs where tossed in local and we all went home and logged.

All in all I saw 12 armor reps fitted to ships yesterday, thats 11-12 more than I normaly see, and they say armor tanking is dead.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Time is of the Essence

So yesterday I start the day off by taking one of THCs new members out on a roam in two armor Ruppys. The good thing about armor Ruppys is they have about 40k ehp, which is similar to the tank of a shield BC, so they are able to take on said shield BCs in a pair. They lack some of the DPS but make up for it in speed and small sig. So we roam around a bit, and get a Drake on scan in Aedald, seemingly doing some sites though we never got a good fix on him before he left to Audester. Feeling froggy I giver pursuit, and we spend the next bit chasing him a few jumps back and forth before he finally jumps straight into Kira, my fleet mate and warps to a site beacon in Keno. We warp after him and find him happily ratting like nothing was going on, along with a Jag from his same corp. We tackle the Drake and lay into him, the Jag warping out immediately. (abanda-bro much?) The rats are helping us a bit, and thats good because he has a hell of a thick tank, as most pve Drakes sport. He shoots back at me and actually starts doing very decent damage, likely due to having T2 launchers and not skimping on the BCSs. but we kill him with me only in half armor, and we happily warp off with our loot.

We continue our roam around the loop, when we get a intel report from my notoriously trigger happy corp mate Coiled, that a Nano BC/cruiser gang had tackled a carrier at the sun in Egbringer, and that he had warped in at range and whored on the mail, lol. He asked us if we wanted to form up a fleet to fight the gang, but it was an off time for our alliance so he also went and asked the GP/CI guys in Bosena. He eventually rallied enough troops and they came down the pipe. I had gotten back to Eg and reshipped into a Talos, when I noticed most the gang hanging out on my station, likely enjoying the fruits of their kill and chilling. I report this to our incoming aide and they suggest I draw their fire, but a Talos isn’t very suited for taking hits especially since I would have to GCC on station to get their attention, so I switch to an ASB tempest and undock and GCC on their drake. It takes them a bit but they finally wake up and get the balls to tackle me on station, where I yell for the back up to come in and we where able to kill the majority of them, only losing Space Gals Naga.

(Heres the battle report, tho it has all of them listed on our side for soem reason)

At this time take a nice long break, but when I come back I notice in the CI intel channel that they are all in a buzz about forming up for something, so I jump back on their coms to find out whats going on. It seams that RA had killed a small Hash fleet down in 7Q, in a large armor BS gang with Guardian support, and Deepee was forming a Ahac gang to go down there and try to get a good fight out of them. My Ahac Deimos was unriged atm so I was forced to refit my solo armor stabber into a makeshift Ahac. (Which once fit for it is a great Ahac) I chill in Egbrigner, because our fleet was heading through there on the way to 7Q to take the long way, and maybe get behind the fleet, but our scout in 7Q reported that the RA fleet had entered low sec trough Khabi, so we turn around and head the fastest way to Khabi. We get there just about the same time the RA gang lands back on 7Q gate, and we engage them, taking GCC to promote a fight. Unfortunately their logi reps where too strong for us to break it seemed and it was taking us forever making head way on any tank, yet they never agroed back. They eventually jumped gate, and ran like hell back up to EO2 where they docked up for 30min while we camped their station and we smacked them in local. During this given break in the fighting Deepee got a few anti BS dreads in place in case they came back out in their BS fleet to ensure we could break trough their Guardian reps. Eventually RA undocked, and warped to the 8YC gate where we promptly followed and engaged them again, this time them engaging back. It seams they had spent that 30min refitting half their BSs with newts to cap out our logi, tho it was only working mediocrely. Our cyno gets in place and we jump three dreads in who quickly start blaping BSs, especially since the two FCs where flying duel web Ashimus which where making the primary’s easy pickings for the dreads tracking. The deagress in sight of our dreads and half their BSs and all their Logi escape. We congratulate ourselves on a job well done and cyno the dreads out and go repair in EO2 station. We here just about to leave 0.0 when we get word that the same fleet we had fought was reshipped into a shield fleet with scimi support and was on its way back to fight us, so we turn around and meet them once again on the 8YC gate in EO2, both sides engaging right away. This time RA seamed confidant thinking we no longer had dread support because they cynoed out, but our dread where still on the ready and fuled, so half way trough the fight we dropped the cyno again and dreads came in, but since we didn’t blow our laod so soon this time we where able to get the majority of their fleet to committed to run, only their logi and a few BCs escaping. While it was two separate engagements, since it was in the same spot, against the same people, and the blood hadn’t slowed all the way down from the first fight, it felt like one big fight, and one of the best I have had in awhile. We don’t get many 20v20 fights with logi support in the MH area. We mozzy back to home grinning to ourselves at a job well done.

(The battle report combined of both battles, sadly because it happened in the same system the fights didnt seperate themselves.)

Most the time in the Ahac gang the SFIs where sent around like wild men trying to gettackle or DPS on recons, which was fun but annoyign all at the same time, makes me wish it had more range.

Later on that night some of the THC guys had scanned down an Abaddon and Onerous doing a site in Enner and we ran over to help them catch it. While the Abaddon was easy to catch, his onerous buddy wasn’t. We had no scrams so where where forced to chase him quite a ways in two Cynables, both of us on the verge of caping out when he went down. Turning back around to help finish the Abaddon off.

And then after debating the new crime watch changes for a while I logged bringing a end to a long day of pvp small gang carnage.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Giving out a Thrashing

So I have been hanging out with my friends from Drednots allot more of late, i have to work in the mornings more often so have less time to say up late and roam with my corp. Luckily Drednots gets on a bit earlier so I usually have time to hang with them. Drednots live in Uplinger which is apart of a two system low sec pocket that sees allot of noob traffic and even some mid size gangs because uplinger is the closest low sec to Rens, one of the larger market hubs.

So yesterday we had a few interesting fights in Uplinger and neighboring Yishmon. First it starts off with a loanly noob thrasher, I was warping around the belts in system and get a thrasher on scan, so I begin the hunt. He seamed to be warping around the belts and it took me a bit to land in on him in my condor, I immediately tackled him and began to open fire. Unfortunately for him, not only was he out classed in skill, but since he had landed first the belt rats where hitting him fairly good, and due to him not fitting a prop mod as you will see in a moment there was no escape. I convoed him afterward like i normally do to help teach noobs better fits and practices, because I strongly believe in trying to help 
 noobs and keep them in the game. Unfortunate he wasn’t very accepting of my help, and I don’t even think he really understood English to well; regardless he came back 30min later in the same fit and was killed by a member of Dreadnots. 

Next fight we had was Vs a new resident of Uplinger by the name of Valtanax. He mostly sits on the top station and looks threatening but doesn’t do allot, we did kill him previously in the week in a Cain, but today he was playing around on the undock in a cyclone so i undocked a heavy tackler harpy and start bumping him. I fully expected him to engage me on station where my friends from dreadnots would have to GCC on station to help me, but to my surprise he warps to the planet and i warp after him, landing about 20k from him, and we burn toward each other and i het hard tackle on. I call the back up in but the cyclone has some good and bad points to it, one it has 3 med newts, so my cap was so low that only my nos was keeping my point running, couldn’t even shoot my guns, the good news was he had no web and 425 guns so he couldn’t hit me, but his drone’s where. So after secondary tackle got on him I was forced to warp out, but I at least got on thekill and got the hero tackle. Shortly after a Arty wolf came to kill me on a planet and I tried to get tackle on him with my overheated MWD but to no avail he was just slightly to fast for me and I had to warp out but i did get a warp in for my friends even if I didn’t get on the mail.

Finally a bit later one of Dreadnots reports a Ex Terra Ferma fleet sitting on the high sec gate in Yish, so I quickly propose we get into armor BCs especially Brutixs if we have them, and we get two Brutix and my Prophecy together, with a pvp student of mine in an armor thrasher, and of course Chig in a tackler AF as always. (Would ruin his rep if he flew anything else I hear lol) So we send in the thrasher to scout them and he reports they are in there but they jumped to high sec shortly before we where ready to make a move. Since Terra firma had a few POS in Yish they hang there quite often so we are hopeful they will return, and we send our thrasher into high sec to see if they are still around since he hasn’t ruined his sec yet. He reports one in local being a Harb on the low sec gate, so we jump in and warp to the high sec gate thinking of GCCing on the Harb on gate if he decides to jump in. We didn’t want to fight their main gang on a gate with gate guns, but against a single BC it would be easy. To our surprise what jumps in is a Terra Ferma ORCA! (Our scout having reported +1 Terra Ferma but not that an orca was the +1) We shout in glee and proceed to GCC all over the Orcas face, killing it in short order as Terra Ferma comes running back in with their Harb, Ishkur, and Ishtar, but none of them tackling us as we finish off the Orca and warp to a safe. After waiting off our GCC we send our scout back to the gate to check on their fleet which is all back in force swarming around the gate like a bunch of bees. Our scout tried to bait them to a planet but for some reason they weren’t having any of it, but suddenly they burn their frig up to him about 180k off gate and warp the rest of their fleet in on him, him quickly calling for us to come save him. We warp in and immediately primary the Ishtar, while decent tank it was killing our tackler and was the shiniest target on grid. We then switch to the Harbinger, we put our drones on the Ishkur and he seams to have not warped out and went down from the drones, The FC called drake next primary but due to the fact that the Naga was really fucking me up I politely requested it be next primary and it went down fast. We finished up with the drake and looted the field. We only lost our Tackler and my student in his Thrasher, though I did finish in 15% structure. We where all ecstatic over how well the fight went and agreed it was a very even close fight that got our blood singing in our veins, especially my student who said it was one of his most exciting moments in eve.

Remember All you pirates out there, take a protoge out with you today, they are eves future and what not.