Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A passing thought

If you complain about Falcons ruining a small gang fight and everyone in your gang is packing a full flight of ECM drones, sorry but you're a hypocrite.

That is all.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

The curse of ships i've never flown before..

So i'm not sure if anyone else has this problem, but whenever I fly a new hull that i've never used before there's a very good chance I will die in a horrible fire within 24 hrs of owning it, probably in it's first engagement.  Even if i've flown ships that are similar in it's class or fly similarly, by some unholy combination sheer dumb luck, extreme derpiness, and simply being bad at EVE, I manage to lose it.

Let me go over some of these losses.

I lost my first Legion. I literally owned this ship for less than 4 hours before losing it.  I decided to take it on a test run and camp the Josameto/Poinen pipe.  I made the mistake of playing in expensive toys after a patch day and for some reason my overview on one my alts got completely borked and stopped showing war targets that came through.  This dude came through in a Manticore from Jita once and he didn't appear on my overview so I tweaked some settings and verified it with my other alts who showed him on the way out and figured everything was fixed.  I have my WT tab's settings set to blink with a white background on my alt so its literally impossible for me to miss things coming through if my head is even remotely facing my monitor, even if i'm focused on something else.

Turns out it wasn't fixed.

The Manticore goes back to Jita and in the meantime a friend comes through in a Hurricane, which I engaged.  The Hurricane actually shows up on my alt's overview so i'm pretty sure things are fixed.  He pulled me 60km or so off gate as I beat him down and right when he was about to hit armor a Basilisk in the same corp as him jumped through the other side of the gate and started repping.  I made it maybe 15km away from the gate before I went down.  Had the Basi shown up on my alt's overview, I would have never gotten myself in that position, but it didn't, and thus a terrible trend started.

This loss happened when I was fighting on the R3-/Misaba regional gate.  This was my first ever Purifier and  I had owned it for maybe 2 hours before I lost it.  We were fighting a single Stabber Fleet issue with a few other bombers and a Recon.  Needless to say the SFI was damped and tracking disrupted to hell and back, and the situation was more or less under control.  I have a lot of seat time flying torp bombers, so I always fight pre-aligned and ready to cloak before I get targeted if the situation turns bad.  In fact, i'm probably one of the most cautious risk averse faggot stealth bomber pilots you'll ever meet.

Not this time.

A second SFI jumped in and literally decloaked 1,800m from me on a freaking regional gate.  Before my brain could process the information, I was locked, scrammed, and dead.

I owned this Lachesis for literally an hour before it died.  This was during the Burn/Save Jita event on the last day during pretty much the last organized fleet.  I had fleeted up with -A- and was on their comms in fleet with them for maybe 30 minutes when we warp to the back of Jita 4-4 from the Perimeter gate at zero.  As we're coming out of warp about to land, my Internet shuts off because my roomate had forgotten to pay the internet bill.  I checked eve-kill on my phone and was sad.

I had this little badboy for less than 30 minutes.  Was excited about my first ever Coercer so I decided to take it out for a spin.  I try to always fly scouted and this time was no different.  I'm also extremely cautious about timing and spacing of where my alt is because the last thing you want is to jump your alt through a gate and then make a long warp across a system only to find yourself landing with wartargets.

Thats pretty much what happened here.

Since there was an enemy fleet around, I decided to be super careful.  I jumped my alt through the other side of the gate to scout myself, the system was empty.  I jumped my alt back through and smashed d-scan which was clear.  We had just joined FW so I didn't have a proper set of on-grid gate safespots so my main was in a relatively close safespot, like 2-3 AU away from the gate and I initiated warp.  As my ship was coming out of it's warp tunnel and the gate grid had loaded, there was a 10 or so small gang of Dessies and Interceptors that was landing on the gate I was about to land on myself.  Managed to burn back to the gate once, but they were smart and held aggro on the other side so I pretty much died in a fire.

I bought and lost my first Pilgrim today.  Owned it for maybe 10 hours.  Decided to go on a vacation to Caldari space to kill some Minmatar farming alts.  Landed on a Major plex and went in to kill a Buzzard, who had high enough standings, the rats weren't shooting him.  I think to myself, "Ok, I can ninja a Buzzard before the rats take me down..." I manage to get point on him and align to a celestial behind the button, my drones are chewing through him, and my EVE client freezes.  It unfreezes in time for the insurance notification to pop up and then promptly freezes again.  Note to self: If you're playing EVE on a shitty laptop and trying to PVP, you probably shouldn't also be running a blu-ray rip in the background.  Oddly enough, this loss didn't generate a killmail.

tl:dr To quote a recent post on the Fweddit subreddit, "I am bad at EVE, but I don't feel bad."  Though, if you die to me, this probably means you should feel bad yourself.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Its not whether you win or lose, its how you play the game

A few weeks ago the Minmatar found out we were going to be changing our strategy.  The general consensus among the Minmatar was that for us, this strategy meant joining Caldari.  I don't blame them for thinking this as there had been a few Amarr groups had started doing this.  Even Imperial Outlaws had fun trolling the Minmatar into thinking this was the plan.  The truth is, about a week before it became public, we had found out that Nulli Secunda was planning on joining the Amarr militia with the intent of blitzing Tier 5.  The timing coincided with our growing realization that warzone control and taking systems under the current PVE-favored game mechanics was not a battle we could win, despite solidly throuncing the Minnies almost daily in PVP.

As Amarr systems fell, many Minmatar were too busy patting themselves on the back and talking about the medals they would get to even consider they might be getting used.  The truth is, Amarr leadership realized that our previous efforts at holding systems under the current game mechanics were futile and with Nulli Secunda coming, accelerating the Minmatar's ability to get into Tier 5 was in our best interests for several reasons.

1) Killing the Minmatar on our mains while we simultaneously farm massive amounts of LP on an alt and cash out on their "hard work".  This one should go without saying.
2) We could spend time defensively plexing for no benefit, offensively plexing to give Minmatar another system to farm LP in, or farm ridiculous amounts of Minmatar LP and make ISK to kill Minmatar with.  Hmm, another hard decision to make here.
3) Since holding non-staging systems for us is useless it makes more sense for us to let the Minmatar take our systems and then plex them up to a vulnerable state, but not flip would put us in a better starting position for when Nulli arrives than holding 10-15 systems all on the verge of being lost.
4) The easier it is for the Minmatar to hit Tier 5 the less amount of perceieved dependance the people who are in FW only for the ISK feel towards groups like Late Night and Iron Oxide.

The first of our efforts were realized this Monday as the Minmatar hit Tier 5.  Many of us wanted to cash out this weekend, however, Iron Oxide went around blurting in militia chat all Sunday that they weren't going to push for Tier 5 until they take Kamela as a victory celebration in an attempt to manipulate their general militia into doing their dirty work for them.  So Monday morning, before any Iron Oxide or Late Night alliance had logged on we decided to get the ball rolling on a Tier 5 push.  Many general militia members were disappointed that the expected weekend cashout had never happened and had lots of LP in reserve.  Truth be told, it didn't take much pushing.  On a few of our alts we pointed out how easily we could get into Tier 5 on our own and used roughly 500k seed LP pushing level 0 systems up to level 2, which pushed the Tier itself hard with minimal investment.  It was hilarious watching the Minmatar literally become our slaves and even more hilarious watching them pat each other on the back about getting into Tier 5 on their own.  The push snowballed as fear over the realization that Tier 5 might become a thing of the past was all that we needed as panicked Minmatar began linking forum threads about Nulli Secunda joining in militia chat.

On a benevolent note, our unannounced Tier 5 push gave general militia the chance to cash out without the market manipulations of Late Night and Iron Oxide.  Most militias prefer unannounced tier pushes to minimize the ability for farming alts to cash in, however, Late Night and Iron Oxide in particular prefer to manipulate the markets in Rens, raising the prices of items like Stabbers and Nexus chips as well as putting up lowball buy orders on FW items so they can profit off of their own militia.  How is that for inter-militia loyalty and kindness.

Here is a picture of our one of our member's results from the cash out.  This was all farmed on an alt whilst blowing up Minmatars on a main over the course of a week.

As it stands now, we control the warzone from a PVP standpoint, we have the ability to control when the Minmatar get into Tier 5, and we are able to make immense profits off of all of the systems the blitzed Pre-Inferno.  The Minmatar still seem to think that a medal for taking all the Amarr systems is in their future, and I can safely say despite "losing" most of our systems we're far from losing the war as a whole. At the time of this writing Fortress Kamela is currently stable despite Iron Oxide announcing that Kamela would be taken sometime this week.  We might have lost the plexing battle, but as far as i'm concerned we're winning the war.