First, an announcement. I'm going to be scaling back the KOTW posts. I feel like they're an area where I'm making fun of EVE players, something else that I want to start scaling back on (for reasons which I hope will be obvious). I'll still be doing a KOTW post every week, but I'm probably going to limit it to one or perhaps two KOTWs and I'm going to try to focus on cool combat stories instead of people doing dumb things.
So if you have cool combat stories, please send them in. :-)
By the same token, I'm also done tracking super-cap kills. The more I think about it, the more I think that ship has sailed.(1) When the Goons are strongly implying that their members -- en masse! -- should buy titans... well, I think we can safely say that worrying about super-cap proliferation has had its day. Super-caps are going to proliferate and because of this, those who don't have enormous fleets of them are going to be kicked out of any sov that matters. CCP has had years to address this and hasn't done it. At this point, anything they do do to address it -- unless they do something remarkably drastic -- is, I think, going to leave the status pretty much quo. So I personally am going to stop worrying and learn to love the titan blob.
If something realllly remarkably dumb happens -- that gank from last week, say -- or there's a particularly notable super-cap kill, I'll cover it. But other than that, I'm finding the KOTW posts as they are now to be the least fun to write and they tend to draw the fewest comments. Therefore, I'm going to try a little change of pace.
So again, if you have fun some combat stories, please send them along! End of announcement.
Fight of the week this week was this battle between a combined Brave Collective/Test Alliance dreadnought fleet on one side and what looks like half the world on the other. There's a terrific video of the fight with a great synopsis of who was there and what was going on. Short version: Brave and Test decided to attack a -A- station without sufficient sub-cap support. Providence FC corebloodbrothers formed up a sentry Domi fleet to go after them. They did lose a good chunk of their BSs to getting blapped off the field by tracking dreads. However, the Provibloc still came out ahead thanks to reinforcements from all over the place coming in to get involved in the fight and kill the tackled caps. The video covers it well so if you're interested, take a look.
The kill that entertained me most this week is this SMA kill done by a single T2 frigate and which dropped as loot... one Rorqual. That's quite a profit margin! Nice kill, Voodoch1ld, and thanks to an alert reader for pointing me at it!
Actual kill of the week, though, is this Kronos. Destiny and his corp, whom I've talked about a couple of times, has been learning EVE really fast. To his credit, when he gets hit with new tactics, he learns them and comes right back out swinging. In this case, Destiny's corp was killing a POCO in high-sec and this Kronos pilot and one other (involved in the war) came in and tried to drive off Destiny's fleet of T1 cruisers and Scythes. To their credit, they killed 20-odd ships and they were almost able to tank Destiny's whole fleet but the Kronos that died ran out of cap boosters in the end. It's a pretty epic fight, though, and Destiny and his fleet do a really nice job in it! Here's the video sent to me by an alert reader. The fight starts around an hour and 12 minutes in and the Kronos dies about ten minutes later.
And finally, if you are interested in all the supers that got killed this week -- and there were actually quite a few! -- EN24 did a terrific job of covering most all of them.
(1) Please forgive the pun.