Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Fail Scout


     So last night a few corpies and me decided to put up a lazy camp in 9snk like we occasionally do, since it’s a 0.0 entrance rather close to our home system. 9snk is in Great Wildlands, which is a really useless and quiet 0.0 with a almost non existent population. Most the people that live there, live in E02 which has another entrance close to Rens trough Kabi, and that entrance is allot more likely to be camped. Because of our entrances low traffic level, I make a verbal comment in coms about how we likely wont catch anything besides some frigs, and if we are lucky a ratting BC. 

     Well I volunteer to bring my Heretic as our bubbler, because no one else had a dictor or Hictor, and while I have a broadsword I have been advised against using it till i have Hictor 5. WonderPets brings a Cynable and CW brings a tackling Hawk. I head into Bvip and go to a off grid pounce above 9snk, waiting for the rest of fleet to catch up, Pets jumping in and deciding to kill a rat on the low sec gate. We get a +1 in local and Pets says it wisent from low sec, so i hit my Dscan toward the 9snk gate and get a Manticore on scan, deciding to warp down to the gate in case he has some friends coming behind him. After waiting a moment i decide to jump on into 9snk and have a look see, as soon as grid loads i see a orca land on gate and jump into bvip! I immediately start yelling on coms for pets and anyone who can get here to get on the 9snk gate in bvip because an Orca just jumped in. Pets warps as I reproach the gate and jump back into Bvip, my grid loads on the other side just to hear pets claim he saw the orca cloak as he landed, so I bubble up and we start orbiting the gate at various ranges passing drones back and forth, eventually CW in his Hawk shows up and Doug in a drake. We orbit the gate trying to declaok the Orca for almost 10min starting to wonder why he didn't declaok yet, Orcas arnt small. We notice that the Manticore who jumped in shortly before the Orca is in the same corp and we wonder if he may have been able to web the orca into speed warping to a safe and Pets just thought it cloaked because it disappeared so soon, Pets insisted it hadn't so we keep looking when another 5 min later it finally declaoked 7 k off gate, WTF?! We get tackle and being an orca with a scram and 23 webs on him he couldn’t make it the last few k to the gate and we eat him alive. The Orca pilot was nice enough to offer us 200mil to let him go, be we politely declined. I bubbled up to catch the orcas pod about the time the Orcas Manticore friend decloaks to try and shoot us or maybe the wreak and he gets vollyed. A moment later while we are looting and slapping each other on the back, a legion lands 15k off gate on the edge of the bubble I put up for the Orca. He emidiately cloaks but i have a good bead on him and decloak him easy, everyone grabbing tackle, unfortunately he’s AB fit and its obvious he’s going to make the gate so a few of us start to de agress, but to our surprise the Legion points and shoots me, moments before getting to the gate, aggressing him. His first shot took me to half shields but after that I was able to get under his guns and he died in a fire. After shaking off our shock we go repair our ships and mods and resume our gate camp, easily killing a falcon and later a Myrmidon who put up one hell of a fight and almost killed Pets Cynable. We also had a zealot jump into our camp but he was also AB fit and got back to gate in structure and escaped.

     But seriously, that manticore scout did a piss pour job, I relies I wasn’t on the gate when he came in, but he should have saw me on scan, and maybe could have assumed I was on my way to the gate, telling his Orca buddy to wait up till I left or something. Also that Legion is one of the first PVE fit T3s that wasn’t covert ops fit nor interdiction nullified, I’m sure he will fit different next time. I also got quoted how we wouldn't get much trafic in 9snk and how i ended up being dead wrong all night.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Adequate Tackle

  So a few months back when the price increase was in full bloom, and fleets in eve where moving more and more away from armor fleets, our long 4 hour roams started switching to mainly just Cains and drakes, with a few slightly more expensive ships like Cynables and Slepnirs tossed in. This was all and good because we had enough dps to kill most things, But with more and more people using the New Tr3 Battlecruisers, more people having loki links every damn where, and the lack of hard tackle on shield BCs, we where having more trouble catching targets then killing them. I have suggested equipping half our BCs with light webbing drones, while it wont slow someone down a ton, they are fast, go out to 50k, and are not usually expected till they slow them enough for us to get some newts and scrams on. We haven’t implemented this ploy yet, but instead, of late a few others and I have been flying more tackle-orientated ships, me personally having a Lachesus and a Huggin at my disposal.
     So Last night we formed a fleet up, I brought my Huginn, we also had two interceptors, a light dicter, aswell as a Cynable for fast tackle. Still would have been nice to have to have a Lach or a Curse with us, but it was a bit more tackle than we normally have, not to mention we had a Slepnir with a interdiction warfare link in, so our tackle range was extended. So the FC plotted a rout in and out trough low sec and 0.0 and we started speeding down the pipe. Not seeing much of anyone till we pop out of Etherium reach and catch a terrible fit Cain on a gate in low sec. We then start burning up the pipe to BWF-ZZ sending a few tacklers in who spotted a Vaga 200k off gate, they shook their sexy squishy asses at the Vaga and got him t warp down to the gate and engage, Sug in a Cain able to apply newts to make sure it wasn’t getting away as the rest of the fleet jumped in and killed it. We then bounced around system trying to see if any of the inhabitants where active or we could catch any of their traffic. While sitting on a gate we had a tengu warp in at 150 and slowly start burning toward us, when it got to about 70k the FC sent our interceptors up to tackle it, also sending me up with m webs that could reach out to 60k. We where able to capture him and kill him with relative ease. (why he thought burning in to play with us was a good idea, who knows) The interceptors got most the credit, but I think my Huginn was the real star of catching him since he was 100mn afterburner fit and no scram was going to stop him from burning off our fleet for ever.
    Wee then turn around and head back into low sec over to Messoya, where we had a Drake and a Myrm jump into us, and once again the huggin stopped them both from getting back to the gate by cycling my webs between them. We had a 2nd drake jump into us but he had a cloak fit and was able to pull off the cloak aline trick and get away. While we where waiting off our GCC our interceptor pilot who didn’t go GCC stayed on the gate when the cloaky drake came back, our interceptor jumping with it into the next system, and since the drake was a -5 pilot he was able to get a point on him before he could cloak, holding him for us to jump in and kill him. We then roamed down to the BRT entrance of great wildlands and down and toward 7Q-BZ, but not seeing anything till we got into 7Q- where we found a Slepnir and T3 cruiser gang sitting on the Khabi gate. We tried to engage them, but they ran from us and we lost them when they jumped into high sec where we couldn’t follow. At this point we decide to head home when we have an armor kitchen sink gang land on us in Aedald, in a Navy Geddon, Mega, Naga, Myrm, Ashimu, Curse, and a Onerious. They where able to get us split on a gate when we killed their Naga, the rest jumping trough and the ones in our fleet not aggressed jumped trough and where able to snag their Myrm and the Navy Geddon. We gave chase after the rest of the fleet but they where able to dock up and slip away after we lost interest in them.
 Moral of the story is, adequate tackle gets you more kills than all the dps in the world (unless your in a alpha nado fleet lol)

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Clearly Out Classed

There are times when you jump into a gate camp and you get that sinking feeling when you know your going to die, but being outclassed in that sense is more in the, you just got blobed or raped moment. Out classed in a more conventional sense is when two fleets land and you have a feeling that you can win this, even if it will be hard, then part way trough you realise your not going to win, not because they have more number, but they just have superior tactics, links, ships, and fits, your just simply outclassed.

Well Last night  we went out on a roam in a standard mix of shield BCs, packing a few more cyclones than normal because we decided to forgo a logi. We make our way slowly up past Bosena and then down toward Skarkon, chilling on the Skarkon gate in Enner, waiting to see if our scout could find anyone, when we got a report that a Zealot was jumping into us. We attempted to catch it on the Enner side but he was shield nano fit and made it back to gate in an instant, the other half our gang trying on the other side but he burned out of point range too quickly. So we warp our fleet to the planet he had headed too, not finding him there, so we wait a moment to cool off our GCCs and get everyone together. Suddenly a stiletto lands near us, moving in and orbiting us, none of us really able to hit him, tho we wernt that concerned till the Zealot lands 30k from us. We started burning toward the Zealot but it had already started to burn away, moments later a Tr3 BC group lands near the Zealot and the fight was on. Unfortunately the stiletto kept switching its scrams between our ships, which while not stopping us long, had us seriously slowed down. The Tr3 obviously had loki links because they where far quicker and longer point range than normal and they where destroying us quickly with their high Dps. I was able to get a scram on a Tornado for a second, and while it didn't hold him long it slowed him enough for us to kill him even tho he got out of scram range. I went down shortly after that and a few of our remaining ships warped out, us all going back to Heg to lick our wounds.

We all quickly switched into heavy missiles drakes and a logi, and a token nano tempest to go back to Skarkon and give them what for. but by the time we got back they where long gone. With a shrug we continue our roam trough Metropolis, into the forge and out to Akora, where we ran into a pirate red flashy BC gang, jumping trough a gate into us, we where able to snag one slow armor cain, bringing it down. When a  Gypsy band Tengu gang with a cynable, curse, link loki and a cynable land on the gate with us, we try to give them a fight but they where able to just stay at range and where taking little to no damage. While they where unable to really keep us held down they did manage to kill one of us while we de-agroed and jumped trough the gate. We then had a running fight trough five systems trying to get away from them. but their thick tanks, fast ships and good fast tackle locks kept us from making much progress in getting away. they finally where able to newt out one of our drakes off a gate and kill him, agressing them Long enough for the fleet to finally get away. Our FC was extremely distort over this running fight because we where unable to fight them but he didn't want to leave anyone behind to get the fleet get away, even tho it ended up happening regardless. We where simply out classed for a second time, but at least we didn't lose the entire fleet.

Once again we drag out feet back to Hegfunden and decide to set up a camp and send a few scouts our around MH to look for targets. After awhile we get a report of an Ivy leage gang headed tward hield from egbringer caught our attention. we where in mostly Shield BCs but with 2 armor BS tossed in, and me in a logi to keep the shield BCs alive under gate guns. Maraner jumps into the Ivy gang and GCCs on them, getting all their agro and the rest of us jump in. Ivy had 1 drake, 2 cruisers, and a bunch of dessys and frigs, with plenty of ewar. Their Ewar was called primary and I put reps on our domi immediately because he was taking damage fast. unfortunately i was a shield logi repping a armor BS, with 15 people on him and gate guns, so my reps where only delaying the inevitable. Our only hope was to take them off the field to save the domi. it was a long fight with Maraner cursing at me in all manner of fasions, me over heating my reps on him till they where almost burnt out. tossing a rep or two at our Orical in gang, when it got to low shields at one point. Finally we killed the last of them and Maraner was saved in 10% structure. We went home after looting, feeling a bit better about the night.

Yeah killing eve uni is like kicking puppys, but we have always enjoyed killing them, nad it doesn't stop them from coming back for more. Tho if you have some time you should check out the comments on their kill board. they are sooo full of lies and crap, half the comments never happened, and are just there to make their losses or kills sound more impressive. here ill quote one from last nights battle.
LSC formed an introduction fleet from Aldrat. I donated my Drake to the class. We attempted to tackle a fleet in Heild, almost broke the BS tank before my tank finally gave in. I was the largest ship in fleet, in a Drake BC, newb pilots from Aldrat. We had this BS into 10% structure and he had ECM and 3x Logi keeping him up. I was laughing the entire time. Great job guys.
Yeah.... we had one logi, me, and I was only slowing the damage defiantly not saving him. and we had absolutely no ECM. tho I'm glad he had fun. Oh and while i got on 1-2 kills, being the logi meant I was to busy trying to stayed de-agroed and watching peoples health bars to whore on to many.

Rage Reloaded, Rage Quit?

    So about a week ago a Alliance called "Rage Reloaded" moved into our home system of Hegfunden, they where mostly EU time zone so we never really ran into them much accept the few of us that do some marketing and such in the morning. Well some of our leadership talked to them and told they while we enjoyed neighbors, we didn't put up with anyone making their home in our system. A couple days after that they erected a large POS in our system and we immediately made plans to take it down. We waited a few days so when we put it into reinforced it would come out on the weekend. While chasing them out of our space was one goal, we figured that when the POS came out of reinforced it would possibly give us a good fight as POS bashes have done in the past, on both the agressing and defending sides. So on Thursday night we dropped a handful of dread on the POS, along with a pair of carriers and a few BSs to help defend the dreads. the POS had hardeners and guns and some ecm but we where able to reinforce it in a relitively short time frame. Unfortunately one of their CEOs logged on and came to the POS, seeing our fleet and doing a bit pf POS gunning. Once the POS was reinforced the stront timer had it coming out in 1-D 16-H, so we set a CTA and went to bed.

    Well this morning a good many hours before the POS was to come ot of reinforced, one of our alliance mates when to go check on the tower ... and found nothing. confused he reported it in chat and a few of use double checked our bookmarks and the moons on the planet looking for the POS. After abotu 20min of looking we decided it was completely gone, we did alittle research and found out that Rage Reloaded alliance and the corps where all disbanded and no longer existed. So the only explanation we could come up with is that if there was no corp in control of the POS that the POS just simply disappeared out of existence at downtime with the corp. This kinda pissed us off aswell as confused us because we had never heard of this exploit before, nor did we know why someone would do it just to save themselves a POS loss mail. So it seams Rage Reloaded, rage Quit. Anyways our CEO sent in a petition and we shrugged our shoulders and went and broke up a bubble camp in BVIP, killing a pair of SFI first and second