And now, an EVE term definition for the newer EVE players. You vets can move on to the next post.
From time to time, you'll hear people talking about "disco tactics." The term refers to using either a single or a small group of smart-bomb fit battleships as the primary damage to a target. The reference is to the rotating mirrored balls that would be mounted to the ceilings of 1970s dance clubs. Alternately, you'll also hear about "disco fitting." This one is similar, and refers either to fitting a ship for disco tactics or fitting a support ship whose role for a PvP fleet will be to sweep hostile drones off friendly Logistics or specialty ships (such as Bhaalgorns).
In high-sec, smart-bombing is used with good effect against mining operations, particular ice-mining ops using Retrievers. These ships are almost literally nothing but tin-foil wrapped around their mining lasers and fall swiftly to even a single smart-bombing battleship. This was demonstrated admirably by fmercury a couple of years back when he wiped out dozens of Retrievers (and more than a few Mackinaws) using a single smart-bombing Armageddon. This is why you should spread out your mining fleet. ;-)
In low-sec, smart-bombing battleships sitting at the out-warp locations on the system's star-gates are what make the Rancer system practically a no-travel zone.
A pretty common null-sec disco tactic is the use of Abaddons with EM damage-dealing smart-bombs. The Abaddon's high base resist can be supplemented to make them all but immune to EM damage, allowing a group of these monsters to sit in close proximity to each other. A bubble or two is then added to force the target ships out at ideal range of the smart-bombing battleships and off you go. This was used to good effect last year by AGONY Unleashed against a group of hostile HACs. It was also used two weeks ago by Rooks and Kings against a RvB destroyer fleet with rather spectacular results.
Let's go to the video:
(It's not typical with disco tactics to jump in a couple of carriers to provide reps, by the way... ;-) )
Occasionally on Sundays, I will be defining a common EVE term for those who might not have heard it. If you have a suggestion for such a term, please drop it into the comments.