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Monday, January 7, 2013

Participating in a Training Op

My Nemesis came out of hibernation and I made certain the cloak was still operative. The next thing I did was check d-scan. Unless you're in a cloaked ship, that's the first thing I've learned you must do in a wormhole. (If you have a cloak, make sure it's on first.) D-scan was full. Once again, we were being raided. The night before we only had five anomalies in the system. It hardly seemed worthy of a raid by so many ships, I counted 10, but d-scan doesn't lie. And, of course, I was obligated to contest the raid. That's life in a wormhole.

Unfortunately it was only me and one Stealth Bomber. About the best I could hope to accomplish was harassment  If I got lucky, I'd catch one of the ships after a Sleeper mauled it. Then I might finish it off. Regardless, it was more bomber practice and a live fire training exercise as well so I'd at least benefit from the encounter.

The composition of the fleet was a bit odd to me. There were an awful lot of T1 ships in it. I'd seen Harbingers and Hurricanes in the hole before, but I've never seen anyone using a Myrmidon or an Exequror in a wormhole. There was also a Talos, a Zealot and a Legion. The Myrmidon could be a triple repping DPS boat so it could run sleeper sites in a C1 or C2. Perhaps this was a C1/2 raiding party. The Exequrors though vexed me a bit. That is, until I warped into the anomaly they were in and got eyes on the fleet.
Right... Retribution made the Exequror a T1 logistics ship. I also noted this was an EVE University raid. A training operation. That realization pretty much eliminated any hope of catching one of the raiders with their shields down. I was certain they would be well prepared. It didn't matter though, I picked a target and aligned. They were an active fleet, constantly moving from sleeper to sleeper to finish them off. This told me the bulk of their ships were range limited. Hopefully that would be true of all of them and their falloff would be well below 30 kilometers.

They killed the last sleeper and went into salvage mode. I was still at around 40km. I closed the distance a but more and fleet members began to warp off. I launched the first bomb early and warped away before I saw if it even landed. My logs confirmed I'd caught one raider, a Harbinger, in the blast radius.
[ 2013.01.05 04:30:51 ] (combat) 500 to Awakened Preserver Wreck[E-UNI](Sleeper Medium Intermediate Wreck) - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2013.01.05 04:30:51 ] (combat) 5158 to Croixant[E-UNI](Harbinger) - Scorch Bomb - Hits
Well, that was one wreck they weren't going to get any salvage from! I located them at the next anomaly[1] and warped in. It'd taken me a bit longer to determine which anomaly they were in. I had two that were at roughly the same distance from me. For the sake of speed, I guessed. I guessed wrong. They were at the other one. I began my align just as the last Sleeper died. I'd almost gotten to a good range when they began warping off. I noted the direction, toward Planet X, and launched my bomb. The delay to see where they were going cost me. I missed all of them as they warped away.
[ 2013.01.05 04:43:39 ] (combat) 0 to Cosmic Anomaly - Scorch Bomb - Hits
I needed to launch faster. I needed to get closer on my initial warp in. Since they were moving around so much this meant I needed at least one scouting warp in to determine where they were in the anomaly. There were only two anomalies near Planet X. I wasn't going to guess again. I quickly determined which anomaly they were in.[1] A quick scouting run at 100 kilometers told me where I needed to warp in from and at what distance. I bounced off a safe and back at the appropriate place. Here's how that bombing run went.

Did you notice where I made my mistake? Yeah, I waited to see the bomb go off. If you want to fly bombers, DON'T DO THAT. Warp away immediately. You are flying tissue paper and the Zealot on the field may have a longer range than you think. Had I not hesitated, I'd have gotten away in structure since the warp scramble failed.

Consulting my logs later though, I was pleased to confirm it was a well placed bomb. If it killed all the drones it took out 7 mISK worth of equipment, a full three flights plus.
[ 2013.01.05 04:55:38 ] (combat) 958 to Ev4[HALL.](Legion) - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2013.01.05 04:55:38 ] (combat) 352 to Hobgoblin II[E-UNI](Hobgoblin II) - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2013.01.05 04:55:38 ] (combat) 388 to Hobgoblin I[E-UNI](Hobgoblin I) - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2013.01.05 04:55:38 ] (combat) 388 to Hobgoblin I[E-UNI](Hobgoblin I) - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2013.01.05 04:55:38 ] (combat) 352 to Hobgoblin II[E-UNI](Hobgoblin II) - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2013.01.05 04:55:38 ] (combat) 388 to Hobgoblin I[E-UNI](Hobgoblin I) - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2013.01.05 04:55:38 ] (combat) 811 to Nibios[E-UNI](Zealot) - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2013.01.05 04:55:38 ] (combat) 352 to Hobgoblin II[E-UNI](Hobgoblin II) - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2013.01.05 04:55:38 ] (combat) 420 to Medium Armor Maintenance Bot I[E-UNI](Medium Armor Maintenance Bot I) - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2013.01.05 04:55:38 ] (combat) 0 to Rusty Cloud - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2013.01.05 04:55:38 ] (combat) 0 to Dust Cloud - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2013.01.05 04:55:38 ] (combat) 1127 to Tujiko Noriko[E-UNI](Exequror) - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2013.01.05 04:55:38 ] (combat) 651 to Hobgoblin II[E-UNI](Hobgoblin II) - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2013.01.05 04:55:38 ] (combat) 2350 to Richard McTrader[E-UNI](Myrmidon) - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2013.01.05 04:55:38 ] (combat) 352 to Hobgoblin II[E-UNI](Hobgoblin II) - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2013.01.05 04:55:38 ] (combat) 500 to Awakened Defender Wreck[E-UNI](Sleeper Medium Intermediate Wreck) - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2013.01.05 04:55:38 ] (combat) 350 to Emergent Upholder - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2013.01.05 04:55:38 ] (combat) 651 to Hobgoblin II[E-UNI](Hobgoblin II) - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2013.01.05 04:55:38 ] (combat) 500 to Sleepless Defender Wreck[E-UNI](Sleeper Large Intermediate Wreck) - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2013.01.05 04:55:38 ] (combat) 500 to Heavy Missile - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2013.01.05 04:55:38 ] (combat) 3360 to Pontos Maken[E-UNI](Hurricane) - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2013.01.05 04:55:38 ] (combat) 420 to Medium Armor Maintenance Bot I[E-UNI](Medium Armor Maintenance Bot I) - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2013.01.05 04:55:38 ] (combat) 622 to Hammerhead II[E-UNI](Hammerhead II) - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2013.01.05 04:55:38 ] (combat) 352 to Hobgoblin II[E-UNI](Hobgoblin II) - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2013.01.05 04:55:38 ] (combat) 420 to Medium Armor Maintenance Bot I[E-UNI](Medium Armor Maintenance Bot I) - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2013.01.05 04:55:38 ] (combat) 622 to Hammerhead II[E-UNI](Hammerhead II) - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2013.01.05 04:55:38 ] (combat) 622 to Hammerhead II[E-UNI](Hammerhead II) - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2013.01.05 04:55:38 ] (combat) 900 to Awakened Defender - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2013.01.05 04:55:38 ] (combat) 420 to Medium Armor Maintenance Bot I[E-UNI](Medium Armor Maintenance Bot I) - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2013.01.05 04:55:38 ] (combat) 622 to Hammerhead II[E-UNI](Hammerhead II) - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2013.01.05 04:55:38 ] (combat) 622 to Hammerhead II[E-UNI](Hammerhead II) - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2013.01.05 04:55:38 ] (combat) 420 to Medium Armor Maintenance Bot I[E-UNI](Medium Armor Maintenance Bot I) - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2013.01.05 04:55:38 ] (combat) 651 to Hobgoblin II[E-UNI](Hobgoblin II) - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2013.01.05 04:55:38 ] (combat) 651 to Hobgoblin II[E-UNI](Hobgoblin II) - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2013.01.05 04:55:38 ] (combat) 651 to Hobgoblin II[E-UNI](Hobgoblin II) - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2013.01.05 04:57:46 ] (combat) 381 from Nibios[E-UNI](Zealot) - Heavy Pulse Laser II - Penetrates
[ 2013.01.05 04:57:46 ] (combat) 328 from Nibios[E-UNI](Zealot) - Heavy Pulse Laser II - Penetrates
[ 2013.01.05 04:57:47 ] (combat) Warp scramble attempt from ∴Legion EVA 337 |  [IVY]Ev4 - to you!
Still, if I hadn't waited to see the bomb go off, I could have made another run. I wasn't likely to destroy any of them with a single bomber, but that wasn't the point really. It was about having targets to practice on.  And even though I lost the bomber in the end, I felt good about the encounter. I'd gotten good practice on several skills. They'd gotten to practice dealing with a hostile wormhole denizen. I feel both sides benefited. And since I don't ever talk in local while in the hole (and almost never when out,) I'll say now what I didn't then. Good fight EVE University! I hope you got some good training out of it too.

Fly Careful

[1] Be sure to catch Wednesday's post where I'll have a training video on how to find raiders without being detected!

6 comments:

  1. OK here's a trick. Get around the enemy so that there is a celestial behind them.

    Bomber >>30km>> Target >> Celestial

    in a straight line. Align to the celestial, decloak, bomb, warp.

    Also the only thing you can realistically aim to kill solo is a microwarpdriving frigate. People do stop their frigates sometimes - I lost a Kitsune on a gate to a bomber once because I had the MWD on in anticipation of making a decloak attempt.

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    1. So Stabs, why do you think I was too late on bomb run #2? *wink* Sometimes you take a chance and get away with it, and other times you don't. *smile*

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  2. Before running the sites we actually saw your Chimera log in and waited at your POS for it to log back in and were ready to scan and tackle it before it could warp to the POS but it didn't come back online so we decided to run sites at least. It might be a good idea to not log off in the Carrier in the future to remove the risk of being tackled at warpin.
    The new T1 logi works fine for running C3s, especially with more people in the group it gives the ability to fit for more damage instead of local repairs and in general for PvP (tackle etc). It also allows people in various T1 ships to come along since they only have to worry about fitting a half-decent buffer tank which is pretty easy even in T1 cruisers.

    Anyways - good fight, hope we meet again.

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    1. btw.. did you ever scout our WH?

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    2. I'll pass your advice on to our carrier pilots. I got on later than him so didn't realize. As it was, I was the only corp member on line that night though I did have to roust the CEO after you guys got my bomber. There was a "technical" glitch with the hanger bay and I couldn't reship when I got back with my pod. So no, I never did get a chance to locate your hole. I didn't want to launch probes from the bomber and let you know I was there (in case you missed d-scan when I first logged in - did you?) and then I wasn't able to get into another ship until it was too late to care anymore. *LOL* Anyway, thanks again for the GF. If I see you all again I hope to do it all over again (and maybe get more and better drops on you!)

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  3. I'm so happy to see the unistas are also now into whs :)
    Well done both sides!

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