The story is out on TMC and is realllly entertaining. GSOL, the logistics arm of Goonswarm, had been moving this freighter around with the intent of anchoring a station egg in Catch as a staging point for the continued CFC war effort there. However, they knew the freighter had been spotted and scanned by PL. So the GSF leadership was hesitant about trying the anchor without good control over the target system (it wasn't cyno jammed, for instance). "Let's listen to our intuition here," The Mittani says in the chat included in the article, "we can wait until we get the TCU and the jammer up." Another member of the leadership team has a different idea:
(1:17:27 AM) kcolor: get it into system, then make the decisionOnly we know the story. Four minutes later, GSOL lights the cyno, the freighter goes in... surprise! PL hot-drop.
(1:17:46 AM) Innominate: if we dont have sov when we drop the egg, aa sov fuckup can mean losing the whole system
(1:17:51 AM) the_mittani: i've made the decision. we wait until we have the jammer. today feels wrong
(1:18:13 AM) the_mittani: let's not throw an egg after 13 rus supers
As a communications professional, this exchange makes me giggle. It's a pretty classic case of two people talking past each other. kcolor is saying "let's get the egg into the target system, then make the decision." I haven't talked to the man but from context, I think he means "let's get it into the system then decide whether to anchor it." Mittens, meanwhile, thinks he's being clear about ordering the freighter to stay where it is. From my read, kcolor saw the decision as "move the egg, don't anchor it." Mittens saw the decision as "don't move the egg." But critically, he never came right out and said "Safe log off the freighter now, we'll worry about this later."
Needless to say, the trolling started almost instantly. Happy Friday the Thirteenth!
Honorable mentions? Only a few this week.
Brave Newbies sometimes has fun with amusing concepts. This one made me laugh. The fitting that did it (it died a couple of hours later) has a certain ridiculous charm.
Know what the armor-tanking e-war tech3 strategic cruiser of choice is for all applications these days? Tengus. And it doesn't matter much if you want a jamming ship or a damp ship. The Tengu is still the best decision. This one kind of made me chuckle...
Finally, I cannot express how much this triple kill made me laugh. The Ishtar pilot was literally AFK making a sandwich and came back to see "gfs" in Local and three wrecks nearby. He doesn't seem to have even seen the fight. Ishtars too strong...
Number of dead super-caps last week: 14 (17?)
First up is this ratting Nyx, caught by a black ops drop in Feyth while ratting. It seems pretty routine all in all. Word has it he was AFK at the time, not that it would have helped him a whole lot. Here's a free tip: if you have a super and don't have a Mobile Depot (or three, or four) in its cargo bay, you are doing it incredibly wrong.
Remember how last week I said last year at this time was quiet for super kills, but those that did happen happened because someone somewhere thought quiet weeks would be good to drop supers on structures and kill them? ...yeah. A unsupported super bash -- on Friday the thirteenth! -- on an on-lining POS started the kill of these 11 supers, 10 Nyxes and a single Aeon. (Or it might have been 13. Or 14.) Here's the EN24 story with the details. Short version: unsupported supers killing structures, tackled, everyone in the world rushes toward the system to kill them, RUS doesn't respond quickly enough, server hiccups, dead supers. The only question is exactly how many died.
Next up is this entertaining Erebus lost by frequent Rote Kapelle opponent Clockwork Pineapple. This one fell to a baiting done right (and wrong). The system contained a Wyvern in a POS, so Cynosural Field Theory tried using a bait Phoenix hoping the Wyvern would leave its place of safety to kill the really bad dread. Instead, suddenly Erebus... that didn't have enough fuel to light the doomsday device. Of course, the Phoenix pilot's friends were ready for their bait to be swallowed and were charmed by the better-than-expected prize. There's a perfectly hilarious perspective from the killers on EN24.
Finally, a few hours before the deadline, this Nyx from one of my old corps Senex Legio died to a Shadow Cartel gank. I wasn't able to find any details on this one. Anyone know the story?
That's all for this week!