Rifter vs Crow - gotta love those asteriods

And I am back. As I promised, I have some engagements I'd like to talk about. This one is the first.

My fitting:

Standard PvP Rifter training fit, nothing special.

3x 150mm Light Autocannon II
1x E5 Prototype Energy Vampire

1x X5 Prototype Engine Enervator
1x 1MN Afterburner II
1x J5b Phased Prototype Warp Scrambler I

1x Damage Control II
1x 200mm Reinforced Rolled Tungsten Plates I
1x Small Armor Repairer II

2x Small Projectile Ambit Extension I
1x Small Projectile Burst Aerator I

The situation:

A night on the town, starting off in Naguton again. Just seconds after setting my destination to Amamake, leaving the station and warping to the first scan spot to get my bearings, I spotted a Crow at one of the belts.

As will all (combat) interceptors I expected him to have a rather high damage output and an almost non-existing tank, relying on a high transversal to avoid most of my damage while staying outside web and scram range.

Accordingly, the only change to pin him down him would be to warp to zero, get lucky and be in range before he can react. In addition, being overconfident on his part would play a big part too ... he might burn towards me expecting an easy kill without controlling his range as he should.

Unfortunately, neither was he overconfident nor was I lucky. He was able to stay outside web and scram range and started to diminish my tank rocket by rocket while disabling my warp drive with his long point.

Again thinking of the slingshot maneuver that I had unsuccessfully tried here I realized that this time I wasn't webbed and that I might have a chance to do it right.

Disabling my afterburner at the end of its cycle I turned into him while he started to pass the eclipse of his orbit. I pulsed the engines again and .. finally got lucky. While my attempt to get away from him long enough to warp away failed on its own, it did by accident manage to alter his orbit slightly so that he crashed into one of the asteroids in the belt.

His speed was suddenty reduced to a mere crawl. After one or two seconds of indecision, I changed course again, now heading directly towards him, with both my afterburner and my point being overheated - counting down the distance.

Those few seconds were crucial however. He reacted too fast and turned into open space, speeding away from me with an overheated MWD, distance increasing rapidly. 10, 20, 30, 35 km ... and he started to turn again. With a sad smile on my face - I did manage to escape his point, but I had missed the opportunity to catch him - I aligned to a safe spot and fled., before he could resume his deadly dance outside my range.

He was actually killed a few minutes later, and for some strange reason I made it onto the killmail. I would really like to be able to remove this entry from the public killboards, but apparently there is nothing you can do about that.

Just for the record: this is not my kill, I had nothing to do about this.


Lessons learned:

* next time when fighting in a belt against an orbiting 'ceptor: fly towards the asteroid field and try to lead his orbit into one of those flying rocks
* I suck at performing slingshots ... :(

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