Full credit to Tropic9 of HYDRA RELOADED for taking a Chremoas out and doing what it was made to do: pick and choose fights to get into, and kill things... lots and lots of things! Over a two month period, he racked up a really impressive 168 kills -- most of them solo -- before finally being taken down by Mav'Lite in a Dramiel. That's impressive by any metric I can think of. The difference? The Dram had a web and could hold the Chremoas at bay and apply damage; the Chremoas didn't, and couldn't. Well done, Tropic9, for taking this ship into combat as it deserves to! And a well done to Mav'Lite as well (and a pointer to his ferociously tanky Dram fit with which he did the job).
Lots and lots of honorable mentions this week. This Machariel made me smile, but also made me kind of sad. Some people want to quit EVE with a (quite literal) bang...
Other pilots specialize in losing really big expensive ships with less than optimal fittings. I can think of a few better mods to fit on a Phoenix, for instance. It would be hard for me to imagine a more embarrassing way for such a dreadnought to die, though. I'm sure the pilot would have much rather been piloting his lost Leviathan...
There were a pair of entertaining Vindicator kills this week. As I've mentioned a couple of times, Rote Kapelle has been on a road-trip to Rakapas for the last several weeks. Well, we got back this week. Every time we go on a road trip, someone insists on moving into the little two-system area just off our home system of TXW-EI which makes for some amusing kill-mails when we get back. My Australian time-zone alliance-mates in Rote Kapelle caught this Vindicator in that pocket doing some care-bearing. And then caught either an alt or a friend trying to evac the pocket... unsuccessfully.
This Vindi is very nearly as good in terms of value... but pretty freakin' bad in terms of fit. Dual-tanking is almost never a good idea, and most of the rest of this "magnificient travesty of a fit" (as one of the people who pointed me at this one called it) isn't much better. The rigs are particularly bad. Those Hybrid Ambit Extensions increase the fall-off of those railguns, not the optimal. Needless to say, that's a poor choice. Worse is the armor rig which improves the effectiveness of an active armor repper... which this Vindi didn't carry. Ooops! Both of these Vindicators were mercy killings.
Finally, I'd like to commend Prometheus Exenthal, continuing to keep solo alive with this really impressive Cynabal catch and solo kill. Pity the loot fairy wasn't nicer about it!
Number of dead super-caps last week: 5
Wednesday was a bad day to be in a super-carrier, with five supers down on that day alone, representing the sum total of the dead supers this past week.
First to die was this Hel, followed closely by this Nyx and this Nyx, all lost in my own home region of Syndicate. These ships represent about half of the known Clockwork Pineapple (GROON) super fleet, and were accompanied by an Aeon that managed to slip the net. The situation was a fight on a Moon Warrior structures where GROON had used a super on one of them. MOW set a trap using a cloaked heavy interdictor near a POCO that was set to come out of reinforced, along with a bait Thanatos and a good size battleship fleet. GROON knew the Thanatos was bait, recognized that the situation was probably a trap... and four of their super pilots jumped in anyway. Whoops! There were five heavy interdictors on the field. Once the GROON supers were committed and bubbled, the fleet put in a bat-phone call to Pandemic Legion, who jumped in just in time to miss the Hel kill and to watch the GROON Aeon warp away. Rumor has it the surviving Aeon is for sale...
There's an entertaining video of the proceedings:
Even as the battle in PC9 raged, not too far off in Fountain, this Nyx was also dying of extreme stupid. The pilot in question had logged his Nyx off in this system some months prior. By the time he again played the game, Fountain was under new management. He apparently didn't log his Nyx off with a cloak fitted, and apparently didn't bother scouting the system before logging back in. Bouncing off an enemy POS, he was aggressed by the POS guns. Had he had an emergency cyno ship in another system ready to go, all might have yet been well but he apparently didn't... so he logged off... while aggressed. The rest was fate.
Last to die was this Aeon in Metropolis, also of stupid. In this case, the pilot again logged his super in without bothering to scout the system in advance. It was hostile. Instead of warping to a new safe and cloaking up there until he could arrange an exit cyno, he logged off. By that time, his position was pinpointed and heavy interdictors were placed in wait for him to log back in... which he did.
It's funny how many supers die to the same scenarios... please feel free to learn from them.
Anyway, both TMC and EVE News 24 covered the day of super deaths and both articles have a few more details here and there if you care to read them.