Anyone want to argue with me there? No? OK. ;-) BTW, the arty Tornado is OP. Yes, I said it. I was on a Rote roam the other day where we decloaked a Pilgrim off a gate. Though the kill-mail ended up going to one of the other two ships on the KM, it was the single Tornado on the kill that clearly alpha'ed it right off the field, in only a single volley. One more time: we alphaed a Pilgrim off the field with only three ships. So get your Tornado kills in now, kids, because that ship is going to have to get nerfed again.
No, here's your real kill of the week:
I've written about triage carriers and the number of "cap mods" they need before, and as I said in that piece, the optimal number of cap mods to ensure stability under cap pressure (say, from a group of wormhole Bhaalgorns) is 12. However, a lot of triage pilots split the difference and go with ten. That gives them two low slots that do a great deal to increase tank.
But let's say you have nearly unlimited funds available. In that case, it might be tempting to replace some of your ten cap mods with billion ISK models and get the best of both worlds: the cap-stability and resiliency of 12 cap mods combined with the defensive strength provided by those resist mods. This ain't gonna help you in a sov battle where a too-strong triage carrier is going to find himself DD'ed. But for lesser engagements, or for Titan-free wormhole space, it might seem at first blush to be a excellent compromise: ISK as a force-multiplier.
And that's clearly what this carrier pilot was thinking. Problem is, you can't use your fast cap regen to jump out of W-space.
One of the participants in this kill was good enough to share the story, which I have permission to quote in full (edited for clarity):
We were chain collapsing our static looking for pew, scout jumped in and reported: "Orca, Moros and Loki on directional scan, no tower."
As this was being scouted out and more people were being rallied into fleet, the opposing fleet put out probes and probed down the WH we had opened into them. They appreciated the danger of a new sig in system and foolishly rushed to close it. Moros warped into the WH, and as he landed, this Archon appeared on d-scan. The BIG screw-up they made is that they warped the caps directly to the scanned-down result. If they had scouted the WH first, nothing would have come of it.
I decloaked and pointed and webbed the Moros, which sieged directly. A second scout in our fleet did the same too the Archon, which also sieged. Our fleet jumped in, the Moros was primaried and they were both neuted out, and we put a bubble up. For some unknown reason, the Loki then warped in, and he was webbed and pointed. Moros was popped, then the Loki, then the Archon.
Here's the full battle report. Ouch.
The amusing thing are the logs of the Local chat, which I was also provided and have permission to share (I have translated two lines from the original Russian):
[20:09:49] Sheldon Conquerer > stop a payThe begging did not help. Sometimes, the guy what has you pointed is also rich, and doesn't need the greenmail. ;-)
[20:11:05] MaxVodka > (in Russian) Stop!
[20:11:14] MaxVodka > (in Russian) We will pay! Stop!
[20:11:56] Efraya > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykwqXuMPsoc
[20:12:58] Guall > stop pls
[20:13:26] Sheldon Conquerer > i pay money
[20:13:35] Sheldon Conquerer > don not kiil
[20:14:15] djswitch47 > we are rich
[20:14:24] Sheldon Conquerer > pleas)
[20:14:42] Sheldon Conquerer > dont nuch car) very hard by
Thank you to my contact in Narwhals Ate My Duck, who was good enough to provide me with some of the detail behind this kill. Nice one, guys!