I promised myself that this week's KOTW would be a Venture or Ventures killing something. I was kind of hoping for a KM of Ventures killing a Hulk, to be honest. I didn't find that -- I'm sure it's out there, I just didn't find it -- but I did find this:
That kill just makes me smile on so many levels. Pandemic Legion are noted miners, after all. It makes me wonder if those three Ventures were fit identically... or did each pilot kind of have their own spin? And the ship they killed is an amusing example of fail. Are you really really going to close-tackle with a Buzzard fit that way? With a Small Shield Extender... a faction Small Shield Extender? Really? And if you're going to tackle something with a Buzzard fit with a Small Shield Extender... maybe it should have combat probes.
So yeah, like I said, lots to make me smile in that kill-mail. And the first comment is a gem. Speaking of the Venture: "Now they have the taste of blood, we are all DOOMED." Hee! One of my alliance-mates was complaining about the Venture and said it's terrible with only 115 DPS or so and a bad tank. I cheerfully replied that until 2012, 116 DPS and a bad tank was called a "Merlin" and I seem to recall getting lots of kills in Merlins over the years. ;-)
But I'll still take that link to a Venture or Ventures killing a Hulk if anyone has such a KM.
Runner-up KOTW was this fun little Proteus flown by CCP Fozzie (previously known as Raivi from PL) during CCP's dev PvP fleet on Friday. On paper, it's a ridiculously poor fit. But PL has been known to "super-tank" Proteus cruisers for heavy tackling duties, usually with two very long points and one very long scram. This fit looks a lot like Fozzie tried to do that without any faction or dead-space mods and of course he failed due to fitting issues... but if you'd like to use this fit as a starting point, I think you could find a good (if really slow) fit hiding in here fairly quickly. I leave that as an exercise for the student. Hint: the last time I saw it, the PL version used multiple small smart-bombs in the highs to clear ECM drones.
Number of dead super-caps this week: 6
This was one of the busiest weeks for super-cap kills since I started keeping track in early September, with six down this week.
First to die was this Avatar which was ganked by a truly massive -A- fleet and various allies. There's a video of it, and themittani.com has the best coverage of this one. Ignore the mods that the KM says he has fitted. Apparently, KMs are sometimes a little screwed up by the hangar changes CCP made in Retribution. Short version: this guy apparently decided to try a drive-by DD on a carrier. As you can see, it didn't go well. To the carrier pilot's credit, he came back in an Ibis so he could get on the Avatar KM.
The next day, two titans died on the same day, this Erebus and this Avatar. The Erebus died because he clicked "jump" instead of "bridge." Whoops. The Avatar died after a successful drive-by DD, but then bounced off the shields of the POS he was warping to after the assassination. Whoops. Dumb people continue to own titans, but I guess that isn't news. Here's themittani.com's coverage of these two, and EVE News 24's coverage. EN24 tells the story in simpler language, TM has a bit more story.
The next day, two more super-caps died, this Nyx and this Aeon, both from Ethereal Dawn, both apparently on a WHY so Seri0Us tower. But I haven't been able to find the story on these two. Anyone want to fill me in on what happened?
EDIT (11/Dec/2012): See below in comments for what happened here. Apparently the first Avatar pilot above was kicked from his corp for his titan loss and went on a little revenge spree against WHY so Seri0Us, killing one of their freighters. They responded by baiting him into going after another capital and the bait worked. So instead of being down one super, this guy is down three... Thanks to Jeff and an anonymous commenter for the information!
And finally, far and away simultaneously my favorite and least favorite super kill of the week was this Erebus killed in Syndicate. EVE News 24 has most of the story on this one. The background is that EUTZ Goons have moved into the Syndicate entry area mostly intending to camp the in-gate from high-sec during their time zone. This has badly disrupted the plans of Wok the Dog, probably the most cliche gate-campers in Syndicate. Think long-range Tornadoes supported by cloaky Sabres and multiple Falcons and you get the idea. So it's just lovely to see them get stomped like this.
But there's both sweet and sour associated with this kill: this Erebus was owned by an alt of Khan Nightstalker, who is the worst, most cliché camper of them all. Rote Kapelle has been desperate to kill this titan for months and I have to say it makes us all very sad to see that someone else got it instead of us. Ah well, such is life. At least the thing is dead... ;-)
Congrats to all of this week's super-cap killers!