[AAR]Mistakes were made: Expensive loss at WHC

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[AAR]Mistakes were made: Expensive loss at WHC

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It was a pretty boring night and we decided to camp a 4 jumps to Jita Eggs for easy kills. Discipline was not the best, as someone misfired a bubble on top of the HIC, but hey, gatecamp and chill, let's not ruin the mood. We haven't had yet our first daytripper kill, when we see two Procurers on D. There is an ore anomaly in system, but nobody is as stupid as to mine in an anom with a gatecamp on D-scan. Wait, they are not on the Ore sig, they are on a hole on a .sig. We see bubbles go up, and we decide to dock the heavy stuff. A Heretic is the source of the bubbles, and there is a Retribution on D as well, and some ECM drones. We have one Stratios go and check up that grid, but it's uncloaked and lands in the bubble, but luckily it cloaks up. The Heretic and the Retri are from the same corp and they have bubbled up the 2 procs that are aligned to Eggs. They are all like 20km from the hole.

Time to snatch some kills, so we go kitchen sink! Strat does not jump on the other side and we don't have eyes, but the Procs are far from the hole, both at the edges of the bubble and one of them is into armor. Drekavac is first on grid, and lands in the bubble. It goes for the damaged Proc, but the Heretic decloaks and puts another bubble in the middle. We land a Drake and a Nomen at the edge, and we see a lot of hole activations...
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Holy crap, that's a lot of dudes with logi, and the heretic lands a second bubble on top of us. Drekavac is primaried, Nomen and Drake MWD on and are on the edge of the bubble and they outrun the Heretic. Drek tries to holetank, but these ones are good, they have left people on the other side too...
We decide to dock up and cut our losses :(
Wait, killmail is...wrong
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Bait is for bois, metabait is for men!
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Let's go back through time and space!
We have cloaky eyes report that we have a Phobos, Gnosis, Fessor and Tengu camping a hisec hole. They are like 12 people, between campers and logged in structure. They can hole tank to hisec pretty easily, and we only see the nebula, since our scouts can't jump through, so we deduce it's close to Jita. We debate how to approach this, and I first propose a bait ratting Drake and to form Medium Shield, but their system is too small, has only one ore anom and they have krabbed it clear of green sites. We are thinking of one Procurer mining, thanks to Mike's exploits, but it's too obvious, as all the system is on D-range. We do the silly ping and summon Rusting, who proposes TWO Procurers! Still does not fit the picture, we need something else...something that gives them less time to assess the situation. Yto rubs a couple of neurons together...
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We don't need a static bait to give them time to think and gather intel...we need better bait, something that is happening suddenly and quickly, a chance that they need to grasp on the fly! Two Procurers, already bubbled and being shot by people who are already hunting them but cannot kill them...at the edge of a hole, while they are aligned to Hisec!

There is no chance for us to land such ludicrous bait, right? Rusting has two alts in different corps, Yto gets into the Heretic, Clevin gets in a Retri and Bed forms Light Armor to bring the muscle. We enact our silly play, have Procurers jump and align to hisec, Heretic puts bubble up and Retri appears 5 seconds later, shooting low dps ammo at one Proc. We make it look like we are making mistakes, and procs are spread out, with the Heretic keeping them barely bubbled.

The gatecamp folks dock up at first, then the uncloaked Stratios appears on grid. We pay no attention to it and the pilot thinks they made it in time to cloak at the edge of the bubble. Our fleet is on the other side...and a Drekavac lands in the bubble! Heretic secures a bubble right on top of it, and we activate hole. Drake and Nomen land a bit later but the Drek is already burning deep in the bubble, while they are on the edge. Second bubble barely catches them, fleet aggresses Drek and the other two are on the edge, but they are MWD fit and the maxtank Heretic is slow to turn from scramming the Drek to the rest and they MWD out and warp to their station. Drek jumps hole, but Bed has left a rearguard and we secure the kill!

We all lived happily ever after! And got good loot and GFs in local!
THE END
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