I myself am mostly unlucky as a solo pilot. It wasn't too bad before I started blogging. Once I started blogging, my solo career pretty much ended. ;-) It's not at all uncommon for me to wander around null by myself and have someone say in Local, "Hi Ripard, love your blog, nothing for you to kill here, go away.", heh. How Rixx Javix gets around this, I have no idea. I'm just not all that lucky. Guess I'll never be a Tusker.
So when a Rote Kapelle pilot comes along that's particularly good at the solo game, I get to live vicariously through him, and Rote pilot Zach Donnell is proving himself quite a good solo pilot indeed! This Tengu fell pretty much as you think it did, running a Hub. As you can see, he's fully tanked for Kinetic/Thermal, which means he's not at all tanked for the EM damage that Zach's Retribution was firing. For the rest, let's go to Zach's description (edited slightly):
Once I got him, it was a slower process than I would have liked. Even with heavy EM damage it was taking a while. He was a little slow to realize I was the one taking chunks from his shield and not the rats, but once he got on me it was actually a little nerve wracking. After burning through all the paste in my Small AAR, he was just exiting shield. But for reasons unknown to me, he stopped firing for a bit. It could be just luckily for me he had a reload cycle on his launchers. But either way I managed to hold out with about 80% structure and finished him off.Nice job! Lots to learn from this one, starting with the fact that you should:
- if possible, omni-tank your ratting ship;
- keep an eye on Local;
- keep an eye on your intel channels;
- ask for help from your friends if you need it; and,
- if possible, rat in a PvP ship (after all, Zach could have warped off any time he liked).
[05:08:48] Teccmo > well hello there buddy
[05:09:23] Teccmo > what brings u to x5 today
[05:09:24] Teccmo > lol
[05:09:30] Aon Saqaliba > he's in my hub
[05:10:05] Teccmo > .....
[05:10:37] Teccmo > u ok?
[05:10:44] Zach Donnell > don't think so
[05:11:00] Boomer Ex > lulz
Honorable mentions? How about this Orca. What... the... hell. But this Scorpion Navy Issue is pretty impressive as well... More examples of opportunity plus luck plus skill. There was also this 29 billion ISK Providence that died to a terminal case of its pilot being really dumb. TMC has the full story on that one. Read it and learn from it, so that it never happens to you...
Number of dead super-caps last week: 2
Two more dead supers this week, starting with this Aeon, smashed by a TEST Alliance fleet, killed five days after the Aeon pilot left Dreddit corporation. Apparently, one does not simply walk out of TEST. Given that a POS deep in TEST territory is on the mail, this was either rampant incompetence at pulling one's super out of enemy territory before it became enemy territory, or he was baited back in. The comments on the mail and the ten bubble ships on the mail seem to imply the latter, but there's no hard news about this one. Anyone have the story?
Second to die, just yesterday, was this travel-fit Nyx lost to an embarrasingly small mixed fleet in Sagain of all places. I wonder where it was headed... Anyway, word has it this one jumped in at warp distance from an unarmed POS without even bothering to scout Local or research what was going on in the system. Horrid mistake as you can see, and this Nyx died before its life even began.
So another quiet week in the life of super-cap losses... I will again hope for a busier week next week.