Post 2018.10.10 23:01

[AAR] Marcus Arilia's attempt to learn PvP (Solo Comp)

So, after getting myself owned in random 1-1 PvP as I fly from system to system, I’ve decided I need to do some learning. I decided what better way to learn than repeated failure, so I flew myself from the NSC to Stacmon and started buying frigates. I decided 5 Tristans would be a good way to start learning, and these are their stories. (I'll be adding as I go).

S.S. Struggle

Log: 2018/10/09
To start my PvP trial by error, I headed into Placid. Many had told me that the Novice plexes were a good place to start so that’s what I did. I eventually found someone. Clue number one was that he was 100 off the plex. Clue number two was that when I warped away he followed me. Clue number three was that he already had a suspect timer. Well I went back to the plex, and he actually beat me there. A nice little battle ensued. Unsurprisingly, I lost. I realized after the fact that I likely should have insured my ship before I went out to kill stuff, so that’s a lesson for next time. I also was a little slow on the gun at firing once I had him locked, so paying more attention to that is another one for next time.
End of Service: 2018/10/09
3,552,248.73

S.S. Albatros

Log: 2018/10/09
So, this time I made sure to insure my ship, and now I know if they’re already flashy, they’re likely more of a hunter than prey. This time to find a better system I tried out using Dotlan and using the NPC kill counter to try and find a better system. I found a nice little spot and sat for a few seconds. A minute later I saw a Federation Navy Comet on 1AU D-scan. After my last adventure I knew I wouldn’t be able to take that, so I warped off in search of a new system. I flew around for probably two hours, not finding anything that looked decent to engage, or in most systems finding nothing at all. Off to bed

Log: 2018/10/10
Back out I go to continue my roam of Placid. I continue to hop from system to system, see some battleships. I finally find a Stilleto and get excited, till I do some D-scanning and figure out he’s with a Praxis, so that was a no go. After getting frustrated I made my way to Black Rise. On my way I see an Atron and a Condor on D. I couldn't find the Condor on D, but I eventually narrow down the Atron at the Novice site. Off I go. I land on him, he immediately scram/webs me so he's looking for a fight as well. I do the same, orbit at 500 and overload my afterburner, guns, and once my shield was blown my repair. It got pretty close, but I eventually wore him down. First Solo Kill, Yay! In retrospect I should have turned on the repair earlier as by the time it kicked in my armor was almost shot.
Atron 10,703,660.21

After spending a few minutes checking out my shiny new killmark, I decided it was time to go looking for some more. After an hour of not finding a good target I ended up stumbling across someone’s wreck that got me 6 mil in loot and a corpse. Flew around for another hour and eventually found another Tristan. Played cat and mouse to no avail. Eventually I came across a system with only a Corax. Now before I wouldn’t have engaged a destroyer with my little T1 frigate, but I was bored. So, I found him sitting outside of a plex and warped in. He immediately warped out. I was surprised at this since I was in a Tristan, but okay. I found a celestial I could scan from and hung out there. Eventually he came back and so I warped in, turns out he was off at 30. So, I took a look at the angle, warped out to where he came from, and came back at 30. Ended up at 14 km away from him so I started to burn in. Took a few hits coming in but sent the drones his way and fired up the blasters once I got close. Hit the repair just in time to keep myself alive, and once the scram was on him he couldn’t fire fast enough to take me down. Two killmarks now, oh my.
Corax 10,860,058.59

Well I went to go pick up some more nanite paste, in one of the systems on the way I see a Navitas on D. Find him sitting outside a large plex. Web, Scram, Drones, and Blaster. Doesn’t even fire back. Afterwards I see it was an empty hull. Not sure what’s going on there. Should that even count as a kill?
Navitas 294,157.73

Well all streaks come to an end. Found myself a Tristin in a novice complex. Hopped in, he very quickly warped out. I thought "Oh that sucks, where should I go next". A second later an Astero warped in. Before I could think about it he scram and webbed me. I tried to do what I could, but he repaired any armor damage I did instantly. And that was the end of that. Lesson of this one, if they warp out of the plex immediately, assume it's a trap. Actually just assume everything is a trap, all the time.
End of Service: 2018/10/10
3,640,694.09

Karma, at least I got on the killmail.
Astero 175,385,577.36

S.S. Valkyrie

Log: 2018/10/10
Well, I made it back to Stacmon and hopped in Tristan #3. Off to bed for now, but she's at least ready to go next time I log in.

Log: 2018/10/11
After flying around awhile I came upon a Caldari Navy Hookbill sitting outside of a plex. I figured I'd try to take him. About the time I had him into hull his friend in a Retribution dropped in and ended it very quickly. Lesson from this one is that unless they're inside of the plex, also likely a trap.
End of Service: 2018/10/11
3,579,640.53

Karma, I guess the Retribution wasn't his friend.
Caldari Navy Hookbill 26,974,355.93

S.S. Redemption

Log: 2018/10/11
I'm just going to hope this little guy lives up to his name, we'll see how this goes. Joined the PvP class and listened in, didn't get on the killmail there. Few around for awhile and found another plex camper hanging out in a medium in his Venture so I made quick work of him. I guess it's practice at least.
Venture 237,626.56
Capsule 10,000.00

Found a Corax in a small plex, thought I'd give it a try since I killed one before. Not a good idea. This one was ready for me. He was already 30km off the warp in, I managed to get out of there with about half hull remaining, whew. Went a few systems over and found a Tristan. Well he about got me when he hit his MWD to break my lock, then came back in hard. Again I managed to get out just in the nick of time. And with that it's bedtime.

Log: 2018/10/12
Well upon logging in I did a quick D-scan and found a Venture sitting in a belt. I think he may have been AFK at first. He tried to run away towards the end but was too slow. I podded him just for fun too, I might want to stop that, I loose so much sec status.... but it's so much fun...
Venture 295,217.26
Capsule 10,000.00

Shortly after I found a kitey Kestral that I couldn't keep up with for the life of me. Maybe I need to figure out how to fit a MWD onto this Tristan. Went into a novice plex and landed on a Tristan with his drones already out. He ended up getting the better of me.
End of Service: 2018/10/10
3,357,107.08

S.S. Struggle

Log: 2018/10/12
Well, here's the last of the five. Time to see what it can do. Wandered around, then heard there was a T-22 Dread, so I'll be coming back to PvP once the clone is ready for another jump.

Log: 2018/10/13
Managed to follow a Tristan into a plex. I don't think he saw me right behind him, and he was too worried about the NPC to know I was taking him out.
Tristan 5,426,262.01
Capsule 10,000.00

Well that was stupid of me, forgot to look at what level system I was in, found a Venture and started shooting. Concord'd...
End of Service: 2018/10/13
3,709,917.35

S.S. Banana Hammock

Log: 2018/10/13
I refit for the kiting Tristan instead of the Brawler, we’ll see how this goes. The last few systems I’ve been chasing another Tristan, finally caught up to him. Got him with the disrupter and it was over. I really like the range on the disrupter over the scram. After looking at the killmail, turns out it’s the same guy I killed last time. That’s gotta piss him off.
Tristan 5,426,262.01
Capsule 10,000.00

Well I found another one of the AFK plex campers, while it’s a rather unfulfilling kill, I guess it’s still one.
Navitas 291,441.06

Well I tried to take down a Daredevil, that did not work well. Turns out he was rail fit. I think I’ll avoid the pirate frigates going forward.
End of Service: 2018/10/13
3,019,802.39

S.S. Artichokey

Log: 2018/10/13
Chased a magnate around a system for a bit, I eventually caught up to him. My sec status is dropping like a rock, I should probably stop podding everyone
Magnate 4,274,369.24
Capsule 10,000.00

Another stupid mistake, but now I won’t forget. While I may forget that flashy yellow and regular yellow are not the same thing, the gate guns don’t forget.
End of Service: 2018/10/13
3,019,802.39

S.S. Artichokey

Log: 2018/10/13
Engaged a Tormentor, he must have been speed fit as well since my drones were having trouble keeping up with him. He ended up getting me to about half hull before I warped out.

Landed on a Fed Navy Comet, as I said in my previous pirate encounter, I don’t do well vs. them.
End of Service: 2018/10/13
2,645,863.20

Total So far:

Killed: 37,859,054.67
Lost: 26,525,075.76
Karma: 202,359,933.29