LSC Pick-up Roam

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Luca Goh

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Post 2017.09.06 07:46

LSC Pick-up Roam

A couple of us late-night North Americans have been flying together pretty consistently over the last week or two out at LSC, and tonight we had an eventful enough roam that it seemed worth writing about.

A bunch of us were spread out around UPH so form-up was slow and casual. During the process we had spotted a Daredevil bouncing through systems and sitting in novices. In UPH we were able to converge on him outside the gate for our first kill of the evening. Once more than one of us got on grid he put up surprisingly little fight.

https://zkillboard.com/kill/64501775/ +76.63mil

From here we traveled into Verge Vendor and up into the Melmaniel - Costolle - Muetralle pipe. I’d been encountering a trio of faction warfare pilots there over the last few days who seemed up to fight and thought it worth a look. All was quiet until Muetralle but there we saw a Corax and a Rupture sitting in a Large. I warped in first and called the Rupture primary. The Corax got spooked off pretty quickly leaving his poor buddy to go it alone. The Rupture was applying decent damage to my Comet with his webs applied but was splitting his DPS to my drones as well and failed to bring me down before we secured the kill.

https://zkillboard.com/kill/64501946/ +40.03mil

We roamed into Essence from there and had a few eventful encounters with a Garmur that was soon joined by a buddy. This culminated with a bunch of us warping to a novice at different distances in the hopes of catching them. At one point I was pointed by one but managed to overheat my AB out of their range; in general they were not too good at applying tackle and piloting and managed to let us slip away more often than they should have (I should have been dead to rights there). Finally however they got on the same page and both pointed Rider unfortunately and took him down.

https://zkillboard.com/kill/64502254/ -34.87mil

Shortly thereafter Jyo found a Vexor at a safe and combat probed him down like a champ. When we arrived on grid it was already in bad shape, apparently from gate guns. Jyo, Kraez, and I brought him down easily, with Kraez netting his first ever kill. A good first one!

https://zkillboard.com/kill/64502319/ +17.37mil

Shortly thereafter we spotted a Maulus bouncing around system. We chased it a bit and managed to catch it outside a novice. With a Legion combat probing and presumably other buddies there as well we worked to bring it down quickly and get the heck out of there.

https://zkillboard.com/kill/64502348/ +8.83mil

At this point an hour and a half into flying we started to head back to UPH looking for content on the way. Jyo found it in the form of a flashy Svipul in Ouelletta I believe. After a bit of cat and mouse including some back and forth at the gates I landed on the Loes gate and found him sitting 100 off. Jyo wisely advised us to burn away so that we could warp when he land at 100 off the gate. Jyo worked it perfectly landing near the Svipul and went in for hard tackle so he could apply his web. Unfortunately it took us a few precious seconds to pull enough range to warp; in retrospect I could have been much clearer in how far I was from being at warp range, but we were all eager to lock the Svipul down after an extended time chasing it. We managed to get on the Svipul shortly before Jyo went down; at least his loss was not in vain!

https://zkillboard.com/character/96809164/ -137.69mil
https://zkillboard.com/kill/64502519/ +107.51mil

This encounter made for a great end to a successful evening despite the bummer of a loss.

Kills: +250.37mil
Losses: -172.56mil
Efficiency: 59.2%

What stuck out to me about this roam was the variety of ways in which we found fights: YOLO warping to plexes, combat scanning things down, your basic D-scan-and-warp into a plex, and some gate games that involved following a highly mobile target throughout a system and coordinating warp-ins. In this way this roam personally felt like a small culmination of all the skills I’ve been learning in the last few months as I spend more and more time PvPing. The loose, informal structure of this roam with everyone sharing roles made for a free-wheeling, spider-type fleet that enabled us to find content as quickly as we could. As an added bonus we had pilots with a range of PvP experience with us, and got someone their first and second kills (a Vexor and a Svipul; not bad, Kraez!). In general this outing seemed to me to encapsulate what being in LSC is all about: learning from each other in the process of finding fights and having a good time in a casual setting. And, more and more, seeing that our time in Uni teaches us a lot: I'm increasingly running into pilots with equal or better fittings that I can tell just haven't been taught how to pilot their ships or coordinate their tactics. It's a good feeling to slowly but surely see my experiences and "education" giving me the upper hand. Which presumably is why we all joined Eve Uni.

Thanks for the fun, fellas! Looking forward to flying with you again. If anyone else is ever out at LSC we'd love to have you join us. The more the merrier, and the bigger the kills.
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Kraez Razul

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Post 2017.09.08 16:00

Re: LSC Pick-up Roam

Had loads of fun. Learned a lot. 10/10 would fly again.
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Jyo Cbip

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Post 2017.09.08 18:11

Re: LSC Pick-up Roam

At first I thought things could have been different if I loaded Mjolnir (EM damage) when engaging that Svipul, but turns out his lowest shield resist was Kinetic or Thermal at 65% in defense mode with all V skills- I had Nova loaded, with either of those other ammo I might have been able to take him down first...
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Luca Goh

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Post 2017.09.13 15:43

Re: LSC Pick-up Roam

Rider, Jyo, and I had another eventful roam last night.

All was mostly quiet coming from LSC up into Black Rise. Itching for a fight, we engaged a Gnosis at a Large without much recon. It turned out the pilot was running a RLML fit with a neut to handle pesky brawlers. As I was in a pesky brawling Enyo, he made short work of me. Luckily we had all landed at different distances so the other two were able to disengage easily.

https://zkillboard.com/kill/64639540/ -37.39m

A reminder: recon helps! I always find it to be a balance between acting quickly when a situation presents itself and being cautious to make sure I know as much as I can about a potential target. In this particular engagement we were way on the side of acting fast and it cost me my ship. I didn't really mind the loss though: part of PvP for me right now is experimenting with what I/we can and can't take on. Here we definitely bit off more than we could chew, but I learned a bit in the process. Right now I'm happy to err on the side of giving a fight a shot even if the outcome is less than ideal.

As I flew my pod to Kinakka to reship Jyo and Rider spotted a Stratios in Reitsato. It continued to be on D suggesting it was at a combat site. Rider left system hurriedly and Jyo started scanning down sigs with innocuous core probes. A probable location was found. Meanwhile I kept thinking there was no way I would make it back in time, especially given that I was traveling 8j in a pod, but sure enough I was able to reship (into a rail Comet) and make it back to Okkamon with the Stratios continuing to remain on D. Jyo warped to the site and found the pilot in the first room (!). He took heavy damage IIRC but we were able to bring the Stratios down without a loss. Not a blingy fit or fearsome pilot by any means but nonetheless it felt great to secure a swanky kill between just the three of us that required some extra leg work. If a kill is a kill, then a Stratios kill is most definitely a Stratios kill!

https://zkillboard.com/kill/64639651/ +234.95m

Double props to Jyo who continues to put his Jackdaw's scanning abilities to excellent and skillful use.

The pilot let loose his existential woe in local.

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Feeling good we came across a Myrmidon shortly thereafter. We had spotted it earlier but it was engaging something else and we didn't feel comfortable third-partying. Now by its lonesome, we took a shot, despite my inner misgivings after the inopportune Gnosis engagement. This time around it was Rider who who was focused on. He was holding up well until his cap dwindled and his Enyo went down shortly thereafter.

https://zkillboard.com/kill/64639706/ -49.63m

I believe I had to bounce at one point but made it back on grid just in time to see Jyo finish off the Myrmidon. Loss aside, at least this time we were able to balance the spreadsheet!

https://zkillboard.com/kill/64639708/ +122.05m

Some more skirting around brought us nothing engage-able or willing to engage so we started to head home.

In Nen Jyo spotted an Enyo at a small so Rider and I decided to try it. He had reshipped into a Punisher (thanks to Uni stock contracts!) so that plus my rail Comet seemed a challenging if plausible match for the Enyo. However we found it sitting outside the plex which made my heart sing a little as I knew Jyo could offer support. The Enyo went down smoothly.

https://zkillboard.com/kill/64639836/ +47.78m

He was however joined by a Succubus friend. Ruh roh. We maintained disciplined focus on the Enyo in order to bring him down as the Succubus went after Jyo. Post Enyo kill, there was a bit of a scramble to determine whether to maintain or break off the engagement. A Succubus is a tough fight for our troupe of Jackdaw/AB Comet/AB Punisher given its speed and the fact that we only had two webs between the three of us. Jyo was holding decent range but it was closing, and the pair were pulling further away from Rider and I. We stuck with the fight however with me switching to Spike and overheating my AB. Jyo/Succubus had pulled about 25-30 km from me when Jyo defensive-webbed the Succubus. From here I managed to close range and the Succubus made an unfortunate piloting error of swinging back into me in its effort to pull range on Jyo. I webbed it down too and bear-hugged it with a 500m orbit. With all the focus on closing range and landing tackle I lost focus on the heat on my guns and burnt them out. Double ruh roh! However the Succubus was in rough shape at this point so I continued to web and let my drones chip away in addition to Jyo's damage. He fell shortly thereafter.

https://zkillboard.com/kill/64639855/ +127.96m

GFs abounded in local. It was a very fun engagement, covering a lot of ground outside the plex and involving coordinated movement between the three of us. I feel like our communication and quick decision-making helped us get the edge. I think it says something that we were able to take such a tough fight against solid pilots and come out without any losses.

On the way home I blapped a faction-corp newb in a plex because I'm a jerk I guess. I feel like I'm moving towards the days when this kind of kill is not worth the sec loss (though I didn't realize he would be fit anywhere near this poorly), but am not there quite yet.

https://zkillboard.com/kill/64640071/ +1.63m

Total isk killed: +412.32m
Total isk lost: -87.02m
Isk efficiency: 82.57%

Overall this was another great roam with several varied kinds of engagements. We also tangled with a Slicer at one point, tried to pin down a Vexor, etc etc, so there were a fair few other fight fights that didn't result in killmails. The three of us were working together well and it showed in the form of some nice kills.
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Budda Sereda

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Post 2017.09.13 22:41

Re: LSC Pick-up Roam

Wow, it looks like I should better have stayed few more hours yesterday night... :)
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