Thursday, January 26, 2012

a night in molden heath: a love story

Jack Dant > "Small/Med size corps are at a greater disadvantage. Having a POCO is like painting a big target on your back for wardecs"
Jack Dant > most stupid statement of the day?

~battle report 25/1/2012~


this two-part battal began with warlord protagonist~ forming up a gang of 10 or so tr3 bcs to go out and whomp on some player owned customs offices (pocos). the idea was to reinforce a handful of them with the intention of getting a combination of both a group that would defend their office as well as a tremendous timer for our glouriouse~ battalfleet

this was achieved with two potential pocos- one in aedald owned by blackened skies [the unthinkables] and another in unertek owned by gal0re industries [HELM alliance]

the plan was to form up the next iteration of our rupture/guardian gang as zealots, stabber fleet issues (sfis) and guardians. this new fleet would be slightly faster than the ruptures with a little bit better dps thanks to the zealots. the draw of this over the ruptures, however, was the sfis had a trick up their sleeve. a t2 sensor booster and meta 4 sensor dampener on the stabber fleet issue gave it a unique ability to limit kiting logistics' ability to lock at range as well as frustrate dedicated ewar platforms and force them to close range or leave

the final linch pin in the fleet was the warlord mobile~~ fc ship- the devoter. fitted for buffer and ab sig tanking, it also sported 3 faction medium smartbombs for clearing the field of ecm drones (also whoring everyone's km if we were to wipe~)

fleet formed up on time. we had some issues with comms and members from the uk connecting. it seemed as though it's a DNS problem with BT... but we still don't know. thankfully joe public was there and offered us use of the hydra RELOADED ts3 (thanks joe~). that hurdle cleared, the gang undocked, ready to go

final gang numbers were 5 guardians, 6 sfis, 6 zealots, fc devoter, armor web loki, kaeda's heroic vengeance~ and a link loki + legion already in position for faggot off-grid skirmish and armor links. with this rag-tag band of fuckery, we rolled to the poco.

during this time, our eyes had spotted a clusterfuck of antipirates (CoA) defense fleet forming up in unertek, the site of the earliest timer out of our set. local was hovering right around 70 with between 4 and 6 carriers landing on the poco, warping to gates, cloaking on the poco, warping to poses, etc. with only 17 in gang, i wasn't too keen on showing up to try and fight even after their gang left unertek. i'm sure they were just dying hit us with some kind of hat trick bullshit. guess we'll have to find out about that shit later

anyway, their bs and below gang was held on the oddelulf gate in atlar when we hustled through heild. while they had an obvious scout on us, their gang did not seem keen to pursue or engage us on a structure, even though the entity owning the structure was confirmed red to them

oh well. their loss

we sat there manually firing on that poco in aedald for what felt like an hour since it was bugged and guns would alpha but not continue to cycle nor show cycle timers, no matter what tricks we tried to do with switching on or off "auto repeat" or grouping/ungrouping, whatever. we did test that they would cycle normally on another ship (thanks everyone who shot me~). during this clusterfuck of dickery with the bugged poco, sneaky, rahmat and ryuichi logged in providing the gang with new armor links (so jd could swap to a sfi from the hero damnation), 2 zealots and another guardian

after that hour though, scouts reported a big spike in audsder. figures they'd come from behind~~

crefakis > loads of shit on scan. no ecm though

their gang comp: 7 hurricanes, claymore, lachesis, 2 falcons (lol no ecm~~), 4 drakes, 2 dominix, oracle, harbinger, rifter, tristan and 4 (i thought 5 but w/e) scimitars

they decided to warp to about 20 on us, which is as good as 0 since we were on the ball hooking up their ships with skirmish linked scrams and loki webs. warlord protagonist tried to first break their logi by damping some of them and primarying one of them, but alas they were too close. instead, he opted to start alphaing some poorly chosen ships for their shield fleet. damps were well used vs offending falcons and smartbombs handily cleared the field of nasty ecm drones

after the first guardian died, it became apparent that the neut fitted domis were the biggest threat. they were pretty quickly dispatched but not before we lost a SFI and another guardian. once the domis were gone, the rest of the field was easy to handle and the hostile fc ordered his retreat. we mopped up some remaining ships that were slow to warp and the field was looted/salvaged

things weren't done yet though. as we were cleaning up, our scout in unertek reported that the hostile fleet had stood down. however, there were two phoenixes "slowly dropping speed below 20m/s" on one of our pocos they had reinforced to retaliate

perfect

we hot burned it for unertek to land mere seconds before both dreads finished their siege cycles. points were landed and their meager support battleships were quickly dispatched. after that point it was just a matter of hammering on the dps whist smacking in the most nauseatingly abrasive way possible... and maybe neuting out their cap. thanks to sard caid for piloting cephas boaz's bhaalgorn and titus piloting titus's neuting fleet phoon (lawl~) from bos and jack dant for piloting his alt's neut apoc from heild to unertek to make this possible

we thought that in itself was dessert... but as we finally got the cap loot scooped and returned to bosena, arasul's alt had probed a small gang of battlecruisers out that had been fighting at a safe spot. several of them were quickly killed, including a pod of +5 implants worth around 400m

all in all, it was a fantastic night. thanks and props to everyone who made it possible. i hope it's as fun to fly in my fleets as it is to fc for you guys

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    1. thanks mate. it was my pleasure to have you

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  2. Ahoy, DP...just clickin thru Eve Blogs and stumbled on yours linked from Kane's. Hi! Hope you're doing well. :) That's it, really, LOL.

    -- Mynxee

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    1. oh my. miss mynxee! good to hear from you. i hope life is treating you well

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