Toronto and Alaska

Glacier Bay Alaska from my first trip

Apologies for not blogging much lately, been very busy with Eve North and the Cruisers of Eve trip to Alaska - which we are leaving on today.

I have tons of saved up blog posts to write, observations about player events, CCP, and what is going on in Eve these days. I'll get to them all once these trips are over. Until then, be sure to follow me over on Twitter or on Instagram to keep track of my daily adventures, art, and whatnots.

Keep the courage and fly it like you stole it.

Legion Solo Kill: The Power of Resistance

So yesterday this happened.

I never post kills in order to shame anyone on this blog. However, kills are public knowledge and this one is sitting on my kill-board today. And, if by chance, this pilot happens to be reading this - please know that I am discussing it simply as part of my story. And hopefully, you might learn something useful that can help you avoid this kind of thing in the future.

So a little context first. It was a very quiet night in the neighborhood. I had started out the evening down in Minnie space from a roam we did the night before. Where we got a few good kills like this Dramiel, and this Gnosis among others. So I grabbed a ship and started making my way home. Hoping I'd run across some fights along the way. Sadly, nothing. We had a few people around in our main home system so I fitted up some ships and waited for things to get busy again. I tried going around in a Comet and stir up some trouble, but nothing was happening.

And then, as usual, things started picking up again. By this time my fellow Stay Frostian FireSequence had joined the party and we started picking up some targets on scan around the neighborhood. But no one seemed to want to fight. There were three Panic Attack pilots in a Drake, Talos, and Vexor but they kept jumping around and we couldn't get them nailed down. A Moa was also around from another corporation. And various ships coming and going. Pretty typical hunting environment. By this time I had jumped into a Stabber since most of the targets seemed to be Cruiser sized and larger. FireSequence was in a Vexor. A couple of other pilots had also joined the gang by this time and both were hanging out next door. (I'm keeping a few details OpSec here by the way.)

I started baiting in the Large Plex hoping one of the passing ships would take an interest in my Stabber. Just so you know, I don't fly Stabbers very often. Typically if I pick this hull to fly it'll be in a Stabber Fleet Issue which is one of my favorite ships in Eve. But I like the Stabber and I hadn't flown one in a long time, so that's why I had picked it. It wasn't bling fit or anything special, just a pretty normal passive shield max damage AC fit. FireSequence thought a target was in a belt and said he was warping over to take a look. That's when the Legion de-cloaked inside the large. Now I had seen the Legion on scan at various times but we didn't know the pilots name and had lost track of it, so this wasn't totally unexpected. But knowing that backup was in warp to a belt and the fact that he was pretty far off, made me decide to warp off for the time being. I warped out to a nearby celestial and waited to see if Fire had landed a target. He didn't. The belts were empty.

The Legion had disappeared from scan. When you've been doing this as long as I have you can just tell certain things. This isn't always accurate, but it sure felt like he was just lurking in the large looking for easy kills. So I warped back at the same distance as before and slowly started orbiting the plex. Everyone else was ready to jump in to assist. I was anticipating this was going to be a tough fight.

Sure enough, he de-cloaked once again and started engaging. My only goal was to get point and keep him from running away. So I burned under him and managed to get point, engage my guns, my drones, and even get a web on him. And that first volley hurt, but with my MWD on my sig radius was huge and I fully expected it to hurt. But by the time all of this was just started to register I realized something else... he was dying. And fast. He turned on his neuts late, but by then it was already over. I overheated the rack and he popped just as help arrived.

While I had done everything textbook in that engagement, I never expected a Legion to pop so quickly. None of us did. And before the killmail arrived we had already noticed the bling in the wreck. We had some questions. And then someone said the magic word "polarized" and we all started laughing. And then the killmail arrived and everything fell into place.

For those of you reading that don't know, polarized weapons produce a tremendous amount of damage. They are awesome in many applications. But they come along with a very serious drawback that must be carefully considered before using them - fitting polarized weapons on your ship reduces your resistances to ZERO across the board. Zero shields, armor and structure resists. All you have is native values. No resist percentages. At all. So any old damage type does max damage against you. And the truly important part of this educational lesson is that you cannot do anything about it.

So that faction resist mod and the reactive armor hardener in the lows? Useless. He might as well have left those slots empty. They simply don't work because he had polarized weapons fitted in the highs. Fitting those has a cascading effect as well, and I doubt either of his two faction armor reps had much of an effect on his armor hitpoints either. Armor reps need something to chew on and this fit was counter to that. Hence he died to a passive AC Stabber pretty damn fast despite being nearly 10x more expensive. (Maybe more)

What can we learn here? First of all this represents a very common and easily avoidable mistake that pilots often make - which I call chasing the deeps. When using a fitting tool it is easy to find yourself suffering from tunnel vision when it comes to DPS. Making a fit that has good DPS is important, but not at the expense of other attributes. This can result in ships with big guns that can't hit the Frigates you are fighting. Or polarized Legions. I would bet that this pilot didn't even notice the lack of resists in this fit. Either that or he doesn't properly understand the importance of those percentages. It happens.

Years ago when I was first starting out a friend undocked an Onyx and let me shoot it with my Drake. His resist profile was in the high 90s across the board. I shot him for a very long time and his tank wouldn't move. It was a great lesson for a very young pilot. Resists are incredibly important and an often overlooked part of every fit. Be aware of all aspects of your fit. Keep in mind the intended purpose and make sure your fit addresses that purpose.

Meanwhile, please continue visiting my neighborhood.

First Capital Loss

Brutix Line
Stay Frosty and ABA Brutix gang being chased by a Nestor!

Saying you are going to start writing and actually doing it are two different things. But here I am. Writing in the blog is a habit, and like any habit, you can get out of it. Other things take your attention. Like forming up a rapid response fleet yesterday to take care of some local business. It was last minute but we had a solid turnout and managed to accomplish our goals despite losing two Capital ships. One of them mine.

As you may remember I have recently started the long slow process of training for Capital ships. At over 200 million skill points there is not much else that Rixx needs to train. So my first Capital on Rixx (My alt has flown an Archon for over six years) was the Moros. Now I have never flown Capital ships before. So I don't know how they work. This was evident from the beginning when I thought I'd have to package the darn thing for transport. I was quickly educated by my fellow Corp mates about how these ships can jump themselves. So I learned things.

I also had no idea just how long it'd take to train the various skills needed not only to fly the darn thing, but to operate the guns, the rep, the triage module, etc.  Oh yes, the triage module. We shall come back to that one shortly.

So ABA is on a crusade to clean up our local neighborhood a bit, flex the elbows, and just generally cause trouble. One part of that effort started this weekend with the removal of a few POCOs. Which is why we brought the Brutix gang. I picked the Brutix doctrine simply because we had a bunch laying around from another OP and I still have my AT Astarte to give links. As usual however, not everyone in Stay Frosty listens and Watson brought his Nag along. Now it was great having it because it made the job go so much faster. But you just know that someone is watching. It is Low Sec after all.

After a few bashes went into reinforcement I had the brilliant idea - if one Dread is good - well then, two would be better! So I went to grab my Moros. Everyone had already landed on the next target so I had to hurry, which isn't easy in a Dread. Once I landed I needed to figure out how to go into Triage. My first attempt didn't work, so I figured I must have done something wrong. That's when the Leviathan and the Hel landed. I turned the Moros around to aim it back at the station, then tried to get it into Triage again. And this time I actually saw the notification. Yes, that's right boys and girls, my first time in a Cap fight EVER and I forgot to load fuel in the Moros.

As you can imagine, my poor Moros did not last long.  And that is the first time I lost a Capital ship in Eve. But it won't be the last. Poor Watson also lost his Nag. After that the Titan and Super Carrier left local and we went right back to business. 

As you know by now, I love Eve. And this is just yet another reason why. It doesn't matter who you are, or what you are doing, there is always someone waiting to take it from you. Especially if you make a mistake like forgetting the fuel. Although, to be fair, it wouldn't have mattered in the end. The Moros would have died anyway.

Hopefully the next one will live longer.

Back to Writing

Waiting on Gate

Hello everyone. Yes I'm still alive and kicking. I just took a month off from these pages to clear the field and take a deep breath. I've been super busy, we flew in the Streamfleet Tournament, we have our own internal Alliance tournament going, I've been traveling on business, creating new swag for the Toronto and Alaska player meets and trips, and creating new art all while trying to get caught up with my very long commission list. Whew. It has been insane.

So I thought it'd be a good idea to drop off the blog for a few weeks. Everyone is Streaming these days, so does anyone even bother taking the time to read blogs anymore? Who knows. I seriously doubt I will ever become a streamer, so I'll just keep plugging away in these pages and keep the journal alive. Even if no one is listening. I do hope to be able to bring back my long dormant podcast someday, but I need some things in my real life to resolve themselves first. Believe me, I had no idea things would drag on this long. (Not trying to be cryptic here, someone is living in my house and they won't turn the damn television off!)

I'll be back in the following days to get you all caught up and discuss some things that have been ruminating in my head this past month. Also we have Toronto and Alaska to look forward too. And I've got a few new projects to share with you in the coming days and weeks. And then, after all that, the 4th Annual Steel City Eve player meet will be happening at my house on July 27th!

For more information on that event, please visit our Eve Meet page.

Until next time.