Thursday, 4 March 2010

Bringing it back

"I perceive a possibility of an immediate chronological sequence of events which includes a violence," said Three. He stepped back, "I express preference for a chronological sequence of events which precludes a violence."
-- (Terry Pratchett, The Dark Side of the Sun)

It's time to go back to the good old days, flying things that others consider unconventional.

The Succubus is one of the most feared frigates ever to harrow the spacelanes and asteroid belts of civilized space, and with good reason: tales abound of its superiority over ships twice or three times its size. Whether you believe this to be fact or rumor, the Succubus will still strike fear in your heart.

Special Ability: 100% bonus to Small Energy Turret damage

Amarr Frigate Skill Bonus: 7.5% bonus to Small Energy Turret tracking per level
Caldari Frigate Skill Bonus: 5% bonus to Small Energy Turret damage per level.

I got the hangar crew to take the dust covers off one of my favourite old frigates, pretty much unchanged since they came into service with only minor tweaks here and there. While not as popular as some of the other Pirate faction frigates in this day and age, the sharpness of her spiky bits are enough to drive grown men to tears.

Had a rather nice fight in Gusandall and I'll try and recall the events to the best of my ability.

A Rupture appears on scan, quickly tracked to belt 1-1 via my onboard scanner, I warp in at range, not wanting to get too close before I can ascertain more or less his fit. Of course the possibility that he is bait is nagging away at the back of my mind but hey, you know me, if it's a trap, I'm damn well going to spring it.

I barrel in, get lock and tackle. I mention on alliance comms I have a rather deadly cruiser tackled and that I am in a rather fragile frigate.

Rupture locks back and releases Warrior II drones, this is going to get sticky, but I'm in it to the end. Darthi comes in with a Pilgrim but lands quite far away, Aiko, as unconventional as ever comes in a Navy Issue Osprey of all things.

I hit half shields, the drones doing a number on my fragile defences, but the Rupture's buffer is starting to give way. Just then things get interesting, the Rupture's friends warp in. A Merlin, Taranis, Vagabond and another Rupture appear on the scene.

Really should pay attention to my Admiral Akbar senses more often but it's on now, Rupture goes down, I target the Taranis who has closed on me rather quickly, lasers pew pewing away, it explodes and the rest of the hostiles disengage and bail. Us being rather fail Pirates are not able to get points on the rest and they're able to get out just as another alliance member lands in an Ishtar.

Like I said, a rather nice fight and the battle summary doesn't quite paint the whole picture. I had the shakes again, for the first time in a very long time and it felt fucking great.


Mynxee said...

Nothing quite like that feeling!

Anonymous said...

Kane, the Shakes, and some Shizz... Now that's a recipe for some smooth ass consumption!

Anonymous said...

Being the unfortunate Taranis pilot, I just wanted to say hi again.
It was a nice fight indeed, we were on a trainning session for new corp members and we HAD land on you. How lucky can we be? As a regular reader i knew that Gusendal system rang a bell to me , but i remembered way too late when i saw your name in local.

Anyway if we were more focused i think we may have take you down, but the fleet chickened out.

Oh and thank you for writting the battle report for me 



clément said...

Good Morning buddy,

I'm the Rupture Pilot. I'm glad to see the fight was worth a comment on your blog. I have been playing EVE for a little bit than a year now but I hadn't time to play so I concentrated on R&D. It may be my fifth PVP fight.

I come back to you for a few advices.

You were right, I was a bait. It was a trap. Look at my fit, mostly tank.

I stared at your shield level during the fight and I was quite disappointed to see I couldn't mash it with 5 tech 2 warriors, 4 tech 2 180mm autocannons with RepFleet Phased Plasma, a named webifier and a tech 2 target painter. I mean, what was wrong ? I felt like doing no damage to you.

When the Pilgrim warped in, our FC just gave the order to warp out asap. I seriously doubt that we could have done something considering the situation (mostly young pilots in PVP-practicing lessons but 2).

Once again, thanks for the battle report. Glad to read " for the first time in a very long time and it felt fucking great".

Best Regards.

Nephtali Zebulon

Anonymous said...

Dreader than dread !


Kane Rizzel said...

Nephtali: there's nothing particularly wrong with your fit per se, I definitely had an oshit moment when the warriors started hitting me, but I managed to keep good speed with my afterburner running overloaded so even while webbed your guns wouldn't be able to track very well.

As a bait ship for engaging frigates I highly recommend running even small neuts instead of missiles/rockets as they will inconvenience a frigate pilot much more.

The Ruppie is a great ship to learn cruiser combat in and can be fit relatively cheap, keep at it, don't be afraid to lose them, if you do lose, just fit another and keep on trying.

Losing the fear of losing is key in becoming successful at PvP and once you master the fear you'll have some great times.

Arcade said...

Hi there!

I was the fortunate other rupture that you saw on your scan.

Even though someone in your fleet tried to target me, I had the time to disenguage... but it was quite close ;)

Hope to see you again in space, perhaps in the same fleet... Who knows?

clément said...

Kane : I realize you are obviously right with the neut ! I would have been much more useful !

I do like the Ruppy, I find it really efficient. I'm gonna lose a pack of Ruppy in the next month.

I perfectly know that once you undock with a PVP dedicated ship, it is already lost.


Nephtali Zebulon.