Again, it was a pretty quiet week this week. Yeah, a couple of super-caps died (and I'm going to keep track of this, at least for the rest of the year, for my own interest). But both were ganks, not fights. A single enemy carrier died with a Goon Nyx in Querious, and not a single enemy ship died with an Intrepid Crossing Wyvern in Tribute. An amusing kill-board comment on the latter says that the Wyvern was cloaked, but the pilot's wife used his computer and inadvertently de-cloaked him. It might be true.
There was also this Obelisk kill which was kind of interesting. I was initially curious if a freighter could even hold all that stuff. Turns out that's a completely full load if the pilot has Gallente Freighter V skill. I was then curious if a war-dec was running, but no, there's no evidence of that. Can six Taloses do enough DPS to kill a freighter in high-sec? I guess they can; after all, the API-verified kill report is evidence. But according to my math, under the absolute best of circumstances, it would take them 19 seconds. That's about equal to CONCORD response time in a 0.5 system, so that gank was probably touch and go up to the last second (or perhaps some damage was done to it in a preceding system).
So congrats to Gypsy Band for that kill, and pity about being shut out by the loot gods.
But for KOTW, I want to go with a funny story I was sent by a reader. It starts, as always, with the kill:
On paper, that's a pretty nice little Niarja freighter gank. It's better than most, not as good as others, and of course I bemoan anyone who loads this level of stuff into one freighter. Note in particular the 2800 425mm Railguns. That's enough compressed minerals for six or so carriers, or a third of a super-carrier.
Anyway, ganks like this happen every day. What also happens every day is that a ganked pilot takes it personally. What doesn't happen every day is that the pilot in question vows bloody vengeance:
[alt] > You fuckers ganked my freighter. I'm going to cloaky camp your shit until the debt is repaid. 7b to go. pass it on.OK, cool cool. Vengance shall be his, yadda yadda. And sure enough, he gets himself a couple of solo kills: a Retriever and a ratting Dominix. So according to my source, Sev3rance decides to try and bait him. Which they do, successfully. But according to the story, the guy is flying a Proteus and panics... and ejects way too early. Story goes that this Proteus has 75% armor when Sev3rance claims it. It's not the best fit in the world or anything, but hey, free ships is free ships.
[alt] > it doesn't much matter what they think; the point is i've got spite brewing, and the people in this constellation are going to bear it
[04:34:22] Larofeticus > make sure you don't change the name on itEr, OK mate.
[04:34:24] Larofeticus > i'm vain
The story doesn't end there. Finding that baiting this guy with ratters and miners works, they start doing it. Once, then again. Note the very effective DPS bait Skiff on the second kill. That'll be a FOTW before too long. Since then, bloody vengeance doesn't seem to be going too well and according to my source, "He is providing entertainment. The guys here are loving this."
So, moral of the story is sometimes you just have to be philosophical about those freighter ganks. Try not to load too much into a freighter in the first place. But if you do, and it costs you, probably best not to over-react...
Thanks very much to my contact in Sev3rance for providing the story!