Op Success

proteus

On a gate, with five catalysts..

Sometimes a roam just boils down to one kill. We took out a group of what I call psycho catalysts which are very high dps murderwagons fit for dps and hardly any tank. The trick is to all engage at the same time therefore bringing well over 500dps per ship to bear on anything unlucky enough to be on grid with you and kill it before it can kill you. Approaching anything beyond 15km is not an option, you have to be practically at zero and go all in – death or glory.

We came across two proteus and a tengu on gate, figuring the tengu was links we jumped through with them and at this point were six catalysts strong. A bit of a standoff happened with one flashy proteus and one not but eventually one of them aggressed so I called to jump gate in order to split them up.

At this point I wasn’t sure if it was the flashy or non-flashy that had shot but when the flashy one followed us through and aggressed it was game on. “Hose it lads” and we unleashed over 3000dps of overloaded void fury into the thing in a frantic race to melt it before his mate could jump through. Now a proteus has pretty solid resists to blasters but we were winning with pure damage and his tank was failing, I got primaried but then he pulled damage to deaggress and jump. Big mistake.

Looking at his fit – with twin webs he probably could have rinsed the lot of us but was perhaps trying to play it safe with his 1.8 Bn ship, we had no such concerns with our 6 Mill ships.

The Tengu did aggress too (though we are not sure how) and we had that into low armour before it managed to jump gate as we had all been heating our guns like mad (Johnathan won a ship skin for most overheat damage with 96%) and just couldn’t run any more hot cycles for fear of burning out.

After comms had died down I looted the wreck and suddenly had to shout “Holy shit lads, I have 600M in my cargo!” After rapidly docking the most expensive catalyst ever to fly we negotiated selling the loot back to the unfortunate victim (who was pretty cool about it actually) and carried on our merry way.

That loot paid for our ships hundreds of times over and each pilot got a decent payout.

The rest of the roam was quiet apart from getting involved in some stupid station games with the Heyd Russians, we instagibbed a svipul that was daft enough to engage and then lost a couple of catalysts to instalockers, after that we called it and headed home fairly chuffed with the night’s work.

My bad luck finally ends..

Definition of bad luck

Things have not been going well recently..

My luck skill has been pretty bad recently, normally I don’t loose too many ships and when I do it is to a blob I could have done nothing about but recently I have been making stupid mistakes and loosing ships I shouldn’t have which has been endlessly entertaining for my opponents and there has been some pretty cheesy smack in local.

All this came to an end last night in classic style, here’s how:

We had a roam scheduled and all the ships were ready – a pretty solid armour fleet with logi (which is something we very rarely use) but the numbers were just a fraction too low to make it work so I raided my hangar and found five or six battle navitas’. “What the hell is a battle navitas?” you ask, and to be fair so did all the guys I was with but these things are awesome – you fit one remote rep and two guns with full tackle and afterburners and go looking for a fight.

A big problem in the current risk averse meta is getting a fight, half a dozen Tuskers in a solid fleet comp will struggle to get anyone to engage but a load of navitas’ – everyone will shoot that and this is exactly what we wanted.

We started off well and as we undocked someone called a Harby navy in a plex, team yolo sprang into action and we nearly got him but he bailed to the next system followed closely by us, a few minutes of bouncing around and we had the bugger tackled on a gate, taking gate guns in very flimsy frigates. It was close and we lost one frig before reps could stabilise but he went down nicely followed by quite a juicy pod.

At this point it was op success but we headed out again and two jumps later saw a ‘cane at a plex. Obvious bait always has to be taken so we tackled it and watched scan, huginn, tornado, vexor, rupture and thrasher appear and it’s game on. At this point we are facing some serious dps, enemy with links and us with none and in their home system so they can reship – all in some t1 frigs with a couple of algos for moral support.

Mods are glowing hot as the ‘cane goes down and shortly afterwards my brave navitas succumbs to the dps on grid, the guys keep working through the huginn, tornado and thrasher while slowly loosing frigs and at the end it is down to one of our algos vs the last ship, a vexor. The algos goes down bravely and we narrowly miss holding the field. The battle report is a bit confusing since they appear to have shot their own side but this gives the rough picture. Best fight I’ve had in ages – outnumbered, outgunned to hell and we were half an inch from clearing the grid.

This was the night that just kept giving however and returning from some highsec shenanigans and much the worse for drink we spotted a Tornado, Drake, Navy drake and Myrm in home system apparently running belts. We were hopelessly spread out at this point with one guy stuck in high waiting out criminal timer after some distinctly sub-optimal choices regarding concord and several guys had no ships. John had to buy an unbelievably crappily fit brutix and I grabbed a Keres for point and we piled in completely unprepared expecting bears who would run. Props to them because they fought on gate and a running battle ensued with Switch moaning all the time about how he couldn’t undock for another 5 mins and was missing the fight.

I was a bit pissed and can’t remember exactly how it went but my Keres was a bloody hero, multiple times I warped in and pointed stuff only to get drones set on me and have to warp in low hull, repping up and heading back in to keep things on grid. Johnathans brutix went down due to t1 reppers but eventually our deeply unsuitable fleet somehow dropped the drake and the tornado with the other two escaping. Grid was ours and so was the loot. Again the battle report is a bit screwy but here it is.

It’s good being a pirate.

AFK Multiboxer on gate?

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“Absolutely no idea lads”

Three of us were mucking about in Resbroko when we saw a few Ishtars on scan, we didn’t pay much attention until the way back when they were sat on the gate. This is nothing odd in itself but something didn’t seem quite right so we watched them for a bit – Two Ishtars, a Rook and a Moa.

Eventually we were pretty sure they were afk so tagged them all and warped off to reset gate guns, “OK sod it, lets hose this rook lads” and sure enough not one of them moved while we mowed down the lot including pods.

Still confused about this one but the consensus was a multiboxer who had clicked the wrong button. Thanks for the loot anyway..

1.2Bn Curse down

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Kabloom

You know that girl you went out with a few years ago? Bloody gorgeous but took hours to get ready. That’s my corpie Redberret (except the gorgeous bit). I found a wormhole to null renter space with a couple of 8/10 sites and he took so long faffing about getting ready that by the time we got there they had despawned, I had also grown a beard in this time.

So we found a 5/10 and thought ah well that’ll do – a Tengu was already doing the site so we went for it but he saw us on scan and cleared out. Just as we finished the site a curse turns up and I’d like to say he put up a solid fight but in reality it dropped like a stone. Red went for the site loot and I went to loot the Curse wreck.

Almost at the same time we both said “Bloody hell, 1.2Bn” which was confusing but we quickly worked out that the site and the Curse were both worth about the same amount – quite a lot. We scooped over 600M from the Curse and twice that from the site and legged it back to lowsec quickly chuckling all the way.

A gem from our forums

I have been diving out of fleets recently to take advantage of the recent nice weather to do some boring old man stuff in the garden, one of which is painting fences.

Devas took it upon himself to reply to another corpies post about who is doing what and where with the following and I thought it was worth a share:

Devas

CODE in lowsec. What could go wrong?

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You all know about these guys, the highsec warriors who justify what they do with some sort of code of ethics revolving around punishing afk gameplay. In the early days I thought they were a bit of a laugh but from there I feel it descended into needing a pretext for suiciding mining ships.

I don’t have a problem with highsec suiciding and have done it myself, I am open about it just doing it for laughs and profit (the same reason I kill anything anywhere) but to dress it up in the clothes of a righteous cause just seems unnecessary to me.

Anyway, the other day I was scouting about and found a couple of Maelstroms on scan in Citadel lowsec. As any pirate will tell you (with a few exceptions) this is basically a big shiny killmail waiting to happen. I narrowed down the scan and warped in cloaked to find two CODE battleships tackled by a few fast tackle ships – ho ho the sharks are circling and someone got there first. Luckily I happened to be scouting for about two dozen bloodthirsty Aussies out on their regular morning roam and so I convoed one of the tacklers and basically said “hang on lads the cavalry is on the way”.

They were understandably a bit worried about becoming part of the meal I was serving up to team Australia but hung in there and kept them both tackled until we got the Anzacs on grid and swift murder ensued. Boom and boom.

Props to these two for tooling up and coming to lowsec but your overtanked highsec behemoths are practically useless in lowsec (especially without the ability to fly them properly), the sharks will smell you coming a mile off and if we hadn’t got there the guys tackling them would have brought in more dps to finish the job off or pecked them to death slowly.

This got me thinking, the fits we use are vastly different depending on sec status, what works in null is pointless in wormholes and highsec vs low is no different. I was talking to some Brave Newbs recently who were extolling the virtues of their talwar fit that could hit out to 70 odd km and they just came up blank when I asked them how they were going to point stuff in lowsec without bubbles. Adapt and learn dudes.

Sneaky Swedes and grumpy Russians.

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Yesterday we were doing the usual stuff and found a stabber at a plex so in we went in a couple of frigs expecting a bloody good fight, turns out Crake Gaterau had spotted the same thing and also fancied his chances and he landed at the same time Svammel and I did.

“Don’t bother shooting Crake mate, I’m sure he will go for the stabber first” were the last words I said before my kiting slicer got scrammed, neuted and webbed by the sneaky Swede. Oh bugger – never mind if I don’t target him he will notice and we can blap the cruiser. Nope, between the stabbers drones and Crake my trusty slicer bit the dust shortly followed by Svammel (another sneaky Swede) who had decided to go for Crake. Then the exceedingly lucky stabber pilot simply had to finish off Crake to complete our failscade, Doh.

Crake hops on comms afterwards for some good natured abuse and explained how he just went for the closest threat not knowing what our intentions were. I don’t blame him but that didn’t stop me making fun of him and using all sorts of treacherous names:)


Now we come to the grumpy Russian, I had been chasing a slicer in my own slicer and he kept running from plexes, normally I get bored of this very quickly unless they start smacktalking in local, then they die – every time.

Yura Amarr > Johnny Twelvebore хахаха свободен как мамонт в полете

Yura Amarr >Johnny Twelvebore noob

At this point I finally catch him and explodificate his slicer

Yura Amarr > жаль дизу не взял

Zloy Gop > ты не правельно пишиш им)

Zloy Gop > надо так

Zloy Gop > [offensive jpeg]

Crake Gaterau > Yura Amarr NoooOOOOOoooOOooo!

Yura Amarr > Johnny Twelvebore slut

Johnny Twelvebore > much love bud

Yura Amarr > Johnny Twelvebore suck

Johnny Twelvebore > kisses

Yura Amarr > Johnny Twelvebore stupid rat

Yura Amarr > Johnny Twelvebore [offensive jpeg]

Johnny Twelvebore > love you too

I really don’t know what the Cyrillic means but doubt it is complementary:)

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