In light of Retributions removal of static 1-2/10 plexs from low sec, frigate pvp in the MH area had dried up; so we took some excursions over to Mimatar FW to find frig fights. We found frig fights aplenty, of varying degrees of difficulty and numbers. Allot of the older FW pilots are more accustom to frig pvp which gives us much tougher frig fights than we are used to, not to say we haven’t had the skill to still win most of the time. Some of the frig gangs tho use 1-2 link ships and fights against them are usually more about killing a few before we all die since the speed, tank and tackle differences from links in fast frig fights make the linked side at a serious advantage. On the other hand there are also plenty of pvp noobs in the area who even if in well fit or T2 frigs cave in seconds, so the area has an over all nice balance. After a couple of weeks taking trips over there we decided to move over to Galente FW space since we felt like a change of scenery, but still wanted to fight FW people.
We picked a relatively centralized location in the Galente/Caldari war zone, which while making us close to both sides actually makes us far from both major hot spots that seam to be in the top and bottom corners. We also found that there is a much higher number of frig blobs or small groups of frigs flying around with links, and far less FW noobs trying to take sites. We believe this is because Galente have taken almost full control of the war zone and there are far less little skirmishes about because the Caldari side have been pushed back into high sec. Regardless we are up for the challenge of fighting the tough fights and looking for the good fights. So far we have been having a decent time, winning about 60-10% of our fights and efficiency, bad thing is that because we are sticking to almost pure T1 frigs and are willing to fight things much tougher than ourselves we tend to over extend ourselves and loose a few of us before our quarry goes down. We are meeting high results against the brawling gangs we have ran into, but we are having trouble fighting the kiter gangs, especially the Malus gangs which are now the fear of frig gangs. The problem with the kiter gangs is we have to fit for more speed and our fits become less optimal for fighting brawlers, which means we then run into a brawler gang while looking for kiters and we lose. Our other set back is that because of the winter holiday our numbers have been stiflingly low, people are starting to log back in, but we really don’t get more than 4-5 people in fleet, and we usually kitchen sink our fleet because we don’t all have a good number of different fit frigs here yet. We have a few frig fleet comps that should work well in the future so we hope to have more luck.
For those who don't know the reason FW is so good for frig fights is because of the FW plexs, there are multiple szes of plexs that each has a ship size limit on what can enter. Novice is none T2 frigs, small is Dessys and frigs, and so on. So what a frig gang can do is run into one of these plexs and only the ship class they want to fight can come in after them. Many times we have landed on a cruiser and frig gang camping a small plex, gone into the plex and only the gangs frigs could follow, upon relising they fucked up and their cruiser buddy’s where left behind they usually die quite fast. The other reason is because FW is a really good way for noobs to get into pvp, and since they are noobs they will likely be flying around in mostly frigs. While this was more previlanrt over in mimatar FW soace these guys are fun to hunt solo in groups of 1-3.