Kill of the Week honors this week goes to The Retirement Club alliance, that's for sure. But I can't quite decide which I like better: this Tengu...
or this freighter.
Both kills make me smile for different reasons. Let's call the Tengu KOTW since it's almost heroically bad and features my old friends SpaceMonkey's Alliance. That Tengu has to be the worst ratting fit I've ever seen that thinks it's a good ratting fit. For the reocrd, 100MN afterburners don't work with those low slots or rigs. It also helps to have Loki links in system and I'll bet money this one didn't. And those blasters? Oi. A plain old boring Heavy Missile Launcher Tengu does more damage at greater range and is far less expensive. That it was crushed by bombers is a mercy.
But the freighter is fun, too. A reader was kind enough to send me the story on this one and it's exactly what it looks like: a freighter warping unscouted from moon POS to moon POS. The gang anchored a bubble at the station, waited patiently for the freighter to head for home and caught him there despite the fact that they weren't even camping their own bubble at the time. Freighters are slow. That's the kind of patience and determination that I admire. Thanks for the pointer!
Both kills make me smile for a personal reason. Back when I lived in the north, I got my solo PvP jollies by taking a Taranis around and seeing how many camping bombers I could kill, particularly bombers going after freighters in the old NC's logistics chain. My record was killing four bombers in one fight, a fight that still ranks more than two years later as one of the most fun evenings I've ever had in EVE. From time to time, I'd invite friends in other frigates along to bomber-hunt. These Retirement Club gangs would have been just the sort of target I would have loved to see, but I guess NC Reloaded is a bit too busy to defend their holdings. So I wish TRC all the best in their hunts!
Number of dead super-caps last week: 2
There were 100% more super kills this week than last week, and that started with this Verge of Collapse Nyx on Monday. EVE News 24 has the full story on this one, including some very pretty art. Short version, this is one of three VoC Nyxes that have been hot-dropping ratters in Insmother. So, Red Alliance set up a bait Archon, sweetened the deal to five bait Archons when their one Archon was tackled by an unrelated gang and bingo, a wild Verge of Collapse cyno appears. Unfortunately, the RA gang only managed to snag one of the two Nyxes that swallowed the bait. Ah well. One is better than zero.
Two of two was this Nulli Secunda Aeon, crushed in their new staging system MTO2-2 in Perrigen Falls by a massive Goon/Black Legion armada of attack BCs and battleships. I'm trying to understand why one puts a T2 Remote Repair Augmentor on a super carrier. Does that even work? EFT says it doesn't. There doesn't seem to be an official story on this one that I could find, but there is a video. Between that and the cargo, it looks like the pilot was in the process of moving in to the staging system, jumped at warp range from a Nulli staging POS, and the poor bastard was caught and bubbled there. A sub-cap battle then ensued to determine the fate of the Aeon but it looks like Nulli wasn't willing to commit any more supers with a 4-1 or more disadvantage of numbers in Local (I wouldn't have either). Result: dead Aeon. That might not be the real story, though. Anyone know the real story if this is wrong?