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Saturday, June 30, 2012

KOTW: Beware the gate camp

For Kill of the Week, I have to go with one that made me smile.
http://eve-kill.net/?a=kill_detail&kll_id=13755405

An alliance-mate pointed me to this one.  This one is fun for a number of reasons.

First, where it happened.  P-H5IY is one of the most remote systems in all of New Eden.  It's at the far end of a dead-end pocket ending in a -1.00 system, one jump out from that system.  That dead-end pocket is in Cobalt Edge, which is in the far upper northeastern portion of the New Eden map.  The closest major market is Jita.  Jita is 41 jumps away.

Bring a lunch.  ;-)

Obviously, the pilot involved felt that his freighter was perfectly safe in such a remote area.  With an alt parked in the station system one jump off, he can keep an eye out for any potential dangers.  Thus, no need to scout a freighter through null-sec, right?  There was only one problem: there was an active incursion in that constellation.  Those that know the implications of that are starting to laugh right now.  For the rest, allow me to explain.

Unlike high-sec incursions, in low- and null-sec, incursion rats sometimes camp the gates.  That would be bad enough.  But lots of times, they camp the gates with pretty sizable fleets (I've seen as many as ten Sansha ships, including three battleships!).  And lots of times, several of those ships are warp-scrambling ships.  For reference, here's the full list of incursion warp scramblers:
  • Tama Cerebellum, Schmaeel Medulla, Sansha's Nation Commander (FR)
  • Arnon Epithalamus, Auga Hypophysis (CR)
  • Deltolle Tegmentum, Outuni Mesen (BS)
Tamas and Deltolles are particularly prevalent in "incursion gate-camps."  That means that if you enter an incursed constellation in null- or low-sec, you have a chance of getting scrammed.  And once you're scrammed by the incursion gate-camping rats, the rest of the Sansha gate-camp will tear you up just as effectively as any PvP gate-camp.  For this reason, a lot of low- and null-sec roaming fleets try to avoid incursed constellations out there.  It's a giant pain in the butt to deal with: if there are warp-scrambling incursion rats on jump-in, the fleet has to align to the out-gate.  Then you have to kill all the potential scramblers before the fleet can warp off.  If the incursion fleet is on the fleet's out-gate, then the fleet probably can't sit on that gate for very long and will have to move on.

Incurions are giant annoyances to PvP fleets in low- and null-sec.

But of course, this pilot had to know this constellation was under an incursion.  Which means that he didn't realize that some incursion rats gate-camp, and some of the gate-camping incursion rats have warp scramblers.  Now he knows, and so do you.  ;-)  That's the second and third funny things about this kill-mail: he got scrammed by rats.  And his freighter probably lasted all of about 10 or 15 seconds under the incursion gate-camp.  He had just enough time to realize what was happening before he died.

So here we have a freighter, flying unscouted through an incursion constellation.  Which brings us to the fourth funny thing about this kill-mail: it seems to have a lot of this pilot's possessions on board, including an Orca and a Devoter.  I think I would have taken the time to scout that, even through a "safe" constellation, wouldn't you?

And finally, the final thing that's amusing about this kill-mail: there are no humans on it, and the pilot of this freighter either left his corp and his alliance 16 hours after it happened.  Unless the pilot himself logged it to eve-kill, that means his former CEO or a former corp Director did.  Most likely, this would be done with the intent to shame him.

Mission accomplished.

5 comments:

  1. that's the ass-end of nowhere. the mind boggles. the only way this makes any sense is if he was enroute to a jump bridge network and plum didn't realize there was an incursion active.

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  2. Those rats are actually better gate-campers than most human rats. I once lost a thrasher on my FW alt jumping thru to an Incursed system in the warzone. Now if only incursions worked like that in hisec.... ;-)

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  3. The Incursion camp-rats are better than human campers. Braking through a gate camp right into a low sec incursion, so I had the chance to compare both.

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  4. "And finally, the final thing that's amusing about this kill-mail: there are no humans on it, and the pilot of this freighter either left his corp and his alliance 16 hours after it happened. Unless the pilot himself logged it to eve-kill, that means his former CEO or a former corp Director did. Most likely, this would be done with the intent to shame him."

    Um, it says "API verified" ffs. The smug act only works well if you don't make these newbie mistakes every second post.

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    1. Uhhhh... CEOs and Directors post KMs by doing an API pull to eve-kill.

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