So day one of the Amarr champs done and we won both our matches.
Ithica is the guy who applied for the comp and when he got accepted had to go round and find a team having not planned out this bit in advance, I said “ah why not” and so did Jaxley, another Tusker. Bei Artjay who flies for KICK is the mastermind behind some epic nullsec raids (plus a member of last years Tusker AT team) and had already said yes.
The first one was T1 frigs so we were pretty confident, this being our bread and butter and my ship was the punisher which is the ship I cut my teeth on when I was a newbie pirate so I was well chuffed to be flying it. They brought a very similar setup and we went at them hard (by the way the top damage ammo is BLOODY expensive).
We primaried their ewar and they primaried our logi which went down but then made the mistake of primarying me which turned out to be a mistake, I tanked like a boss, flew my arse off to minimise damage and the balance slowly tipped our way to bring off the win, I think it was 4-1 but not sure.
I got told off for looting the field which is a bit harsh but we are pirates after all – what’s the point of exploding stuff if you don’t steal the goodies?
The captain of the enemy team convoed me to find out my fit to which I gave the standard reply ” you have to kill it” we will be meeting after the competition to give him a chance of doing so.
Round two was against the PL team. We had done precisely zero prep for this having concentrated solely on match one so after the first win we had three hours or so to sort something out. Off to Sisi and grab a few friends to practice and of course there is a PL alt in local watching. We tend not to bother about this stuff, if they want to spy let them and PL are known for being able to bring hard counters due to having good intel. Pirates however are known for being able to fly their arses off when necessary.
As soon as we landed on grid and saw them I said “Arse, that’s a hard counter”. They had watched our practice and come up with a pretty solid counter comp. We went Prophecy, Maller, Arby and Aug so they brought Navy Harb, Maller, Aug and an Arby fitted with smartbombs to deal with the drones from our two drone ships.
“Stick to the plan boys and smash that Harby’s face in” so we went at it hammer and tongs. Somehow the Beam Harb managed to get himself tackled which was mistake number one and the dps ships got under his guns with the help of a few jams on the way in (the commentators couldn’t work out where our jams were coming from and I’m not going to divulge that information here).
Our logi got tackled but the last minute decision to go AB fit really helped, Bei flew a blinder and mitigated damage as best he could while topping up our tanks, I headed over to the maller but the best I could do was nos it and eventually Bei went down but not before we had the Harby into hull. The maller then went for me but I broke tackle and got free as the Harby went down, at this point we basically had it. We smashed the Arby in record time due to the same solid jamming that got us the the previous kill and then went to work on the maller which didn’t last long either. Finishing off the Aug took ages for some reason.
Final result: Lowsec pirates 4, Nullsec giants 1.
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