Hurricane vs. Cyclone

My fitting:

Gyrostabilizer II
Gyrostabilizer II
Gyrostabilizer II
Damage Control II
Tracking Enhancer II
Nanofiber Internal Structure II

Large Shield Extender II
Experimental 10MN Microwarpdrive I
Warp Disruptor II
Adaptive Invulnerability Field II

425mm AutoCannon II,Republic Fleet EMP M
425mm AutoCannon II,Republic Fleet EMP M
425mm AutoCannon II,Republic Fleet EMP M
425mm AutoCannon II,Republic Fleet EMP M
425mm AutoCannon II,Republic Fleet EMP M
425mm AutoCannon II,Republic Fleet EMP M
Medium Energy Neutralizer II
Medium Energy Neutralizer II

Medium Anti-EM Screen Reinforcer I
Medium Core Defense Field Extender I
Medium Core Defense Field Extender I

The situation:

After being away from the game for some time now I had just recently started to get back into it. For the most part that meant cruising the neighbourhood with my trusted assault frigate, the Vengeance, hunting both for good fights as well as some nice deadspace items in the surrounding 2/10 DED plexes.

This night however I was in the mood for something else. After working (almost) straight through three days and two nights I came home late, opened a bottle of Chardonnay and jumped into the first ship in my hangar. A nanocane. Well, if that wasn't a reminder of my null sec days up in Pure Blind .... but I digress.

My destination this night were the Great Wildlands. Numerous possiblilities came to mind: ganking some unsuspecting ratters, interrupting peaceful mining operations or just splitting some gate camps into managable parts - all good :)

Before I actually got into null sec I arrived in Egbinger. D-scan showed multiple targets, namely two assault frigates, a T1 cruiser and ... a Cyclone, which kept appearing and disappearing on my scanner.

Jumping between scan spots myself I got the impression that the pilot of the Cyclone was actually doing the same thing. My heart started to beat faster. This wasn't a ratter nor a mission runner, this was a PvPer as well. Checking local, I saw numerous characters with a positive security rating and only one with a negative rating - a member of the Black Rebel Rifter Club, Schmata Bastanold.

Both public opinion and personal experience told me that those guys were out for the same thing I was - fights. Preferably good ones.

Looking forward to exactly that, I spotted the Cyclone again, this time sitting a belt. Loading EMP to counter his (expected) shield tank I aligned to the belt and warped to zero.

While in warp I decided to get within neut range for two reasons. I wanted to be able to maximise the damage output of my autocannons as well to apply my medium neuts to him just in case he would have a regular active tank fitted. In retrospect this second reason might not really apply due to the current fashion of fitting ASBs, but as I said earlier in this blog - I am still learning :)

I landed approx. 30km away from him and used my MWD for one or two cycles to approach him. My overheated point made sure he would not be able to run, but judging by his decision to burn towards me as well he had no intention of doing that.

Simultaneously, both of us launched of flight of Warrior IIs. The distance between us had been reduced to less then 20km, and we were still coming at each other. While directing my ship into an automated orbit of 3km I briefly considered shooting his drones, but decided against it. Without a web, my 425mm ACs would have a hard time tracking them anyway, and even with one the damage potential of my guns would be wasted on a couple of unbonussed scout drones.

Only 10km now, and still getting closer. I deactived the heat on my point and overheated my guns instead. Both neuts were activated as well. His tank seemed to break a bit faster then mine. Only seconds left now, hooray, I got this, I got this ...

Caught up in the heat of the moment and waiting for his tank to break I forgot to check my modules. Only for a few seconds really, but too long anyway. Both of my neuts as well as my point shut down due to missing cap reserves. Almost at the same time, the heat damage of one of my two gun groups had reached a critical level and burned out.

Again? I would lose when victory was already at my fingertips? Words really cannot describe the emotions I went through at this point. At least the other half of my guns were still operating. Not much improvement here, but at least something. Quickly deactivating the heat on the second group, I crossed my fingers and waited. And yes, I would still be able to break him first .... that is, until up to the point where he just aligned out and warped away.

Stunned, I checked my modules. And yes, of course, while my cap had recovered a bit after both mine and his neuts had been shut of by each other, I had forgotten to reactivate my point.

With shaking hands I aligned to one of my safe spots and warped out as well, trailing structural fire behind me. While doing that, the following conversation occured between us.

[ 2012.11.11 15:54:42 ] Vhalasedai > gf
[ 2012.11.11 15:54:47 ] Schmata Bastanold > gf
[ 2012.11.11 15:54:51 ] Vhalasedai > that was tense
[ 2012.11.11 15:55:08 ] Schmata Bastanold > my god, i suck at clicking buttans
[ 2012.11.11 15:55:14 ] Schmata Bastanold > yep it was
[ 2012.11.11 15:56:03 ] Vhalasedai > had to neut you to break your tank and could not hold point at the end because I had capped myself out
[ 2012.11.11 15:56:31 ] Vhalasedai > then one of my gun groups burned out before I realized it ... bah :)
[ 2012.11.11 15:56:31 ] Schmata Bastanold > probably my neuts didn't help either :)
[ 2012.11.11 15:56:44 ] Vhalasedai > nope, not really
[ 2012.11.11 15:56:53 ] Vhalasedai > but your cap was gone as well, wasnt it?
[ 2012.11.11 15:57:05 ] Schmata Bastanold > 10% or so left
[ 2012.11.11 15:57:51 ] Schmata Bastanold > i was 20% in hull when warped out so pretty close
[ 2012.11.11 15:58:15 ] Vhalasedai > yeah, I actually thought I would get you ... then I realized my scram was off ... and well :)
[ 2012.11.11 15:58:25 ] Vhalasedai > again, gf, anytime, fly dangerously
[ 2012.11.11 15:58:49 ] Schmata Bastanold > thanks for coming out to play, will visit again :)
[ 2012.11.11 15:59:10 ] Vhalasedai > :)

Schmata, thanks for the fight. Anytime, anywhere.

It is nice to be back.

Lessons learned:

Well, kind of obvious here, but anyway:
  • always check your cap
  • always check your heat
  • always check your point

I need a rhythm here. Maybe a note stuck to my flatscreen, something like "CHECK MODULES, IDIOT!". Well, actually, I might really do that.

But now it is back to work. I won't be online for a few days now. Have fun everybody, I'll be back with another post next weekend.

Fly dangerously!


PS. While flying solo is the primary reason to actually be in this game, it really would be nice to team up with some nice folks once in a while, or at least to be able to discuss engagements like the one above with like-minded people.

I really have to check out the local pirate corps in Minmatar low sec. At least some of them should be suited to my lone wolf playstyle.

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