Monday, April 21, 2014

A brief encounter with a noob in an Incursus ( and his pod ( I sent him the lecture and shared some fits. Anyone who starts in an Incursus can’t be all bad, right?

But my Comet was defeated soon after by a Rifter and Merlin who just out damaged my rail fit under webs. Sigh - I should have brought blasters.


When I got back home I hopped into a blasty Incursus and headed out the door. There was an obvious farmer in a small plex near the station but I warped in anyway, because why not? I got a bit of a shock when I landed on the gate at the same time as a Talwar, though. We sailed into the plex together and he took off like a stabbed rat (not the warp core type, you understand) under MWD.

I snared him with an overheated scram at about 10km and my web soon saw me zipping around him at optimal. Ha! That’ll learn him for not fitting rockets! Actually, it was a good fight and he still dealt some nasty damage.

A little later I am up near Villyleerer or whatever it’s called. I decided to set up a mini-base there to avoid those nasty long trips home in a Velator. I took on a Comet and was completely cleaned up by his blasty damage fit.

[Federation Navy Comet, blasty DPS]
Magnetic Field Stabilizer II
Magnetic Field Stabilizer II
Small Ancillary Armor Repairer, Nanite Repair Paste
Damage Control II

1MN Afterburner II
Warp Scrambler II
Fleeting Propulsion Inhibitor I

Light Neutron Blaster II, Federation Navy Antimatter Charge S
Light Neutron Blaster II, Federation Navy Antimatter Charge S
[empty high slot]

Small Hybrid Burst Aerator I
Small Nanobot Accelerator I
Small Anti-Explosive Pump I

Hobgoblin II x3
Warrior II x3

I stole his fit and went for a roam. A few systems over I spotted some ships: an Enyo, an Incursus (probably farmer) and a Thrasher. Hmm. I wouldn’t mind a go at any of them (one at a time). I first stumble across the Enyo on an acceleration gate. He is loitering with intent and I have a quick look to see whether he is rail or blaster fit. Unfortunately, he is blasters so I pull range with an overheated burner. I don’t think I can get under his blasters! Now if I had been in my rail Comet…

The Enyo warped away as soon as the Thrasher landed near the gate. He was about 40 off, a solid indication of an arty fit which a cursory glance confirmed. Aha, good stuff. I warped to the next plex and dived in after the Incursus (not a corp mate of either of the others). He was farming the plex semi-AFK at 30km but I still managed to get him into hull before he warped off, assisted by his stabs. By this time, the Thrasher had joined us and moved away from the beacon in the opposite direction. Cautious, this one, but clearly wanting to fight.

I moved to a safe and watched the plex for a moment. The Incursus soon appeared on the 5 degree scan (does he not know how to use dscan?) and since I am already aligned I soon cover the distance back to the gate.

The Incursus activates the gate. I am confused. The thought crosses my mind that they are in the same corp or perhaps dual boxing. Either way, I’m not overly concerned by the farming Incursus and I want to have a crack at the Thrasher. I figure that if the Thrasher pilot is going to be distracted it is going to be right now. I jump in.

He is sitting 30 off the gate. I overheat the afterburner and scram and leap at him. He locks me, gets a volley away (ouch) but then I am in a close orbit, having locked him down. It doesn’t take long to melt him down.

We chatted for a bit and it turns out he WAS a little distracted by the Incursus and tried to warp to the wrong (non-aligned) celestial. A very satisfying set-up and fight.

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