Over the weekend my Alliance held a frigate tournament, open to all and in a FFA format. The rules stated you could use any tech 1 frigate with tech 1 fittings, named fittings were allowed. We flew out to a low sec sector to avoid Concord, and got ready to do battle.
I personally brought a Merlin, fitted with two 150mm rails and two rocket launchers, along with a webbefier, afterburner, a small shield extender, and an invulnerability field. The low slots contained two of those speed increase fittings (someone remind me what those are called again). Looking back, it was not exactly a killer fitting. My reasoning for it was that most of my skill points are invested in hybrid turrets, and at the time I’ve only trained Caldari frigates, so my options were somewhat limited. That and I have NO clue how to PvP in EVE yet. Soon enough, soon enough…
At just over 5 million skill points in total, I was far below the other participants, some being pilots from as far back as 2004. Still, I did not have that ‘no chance’ feeling, as we were all using frigates and t1 fittings, which leveled the playing field considerable. As my Corp had three pilots in the ‘FFA’, we decided to team up and go after the other three pilots, figuring that would give us the best chance to survive, and perhaps pull out a victory.
Things started off on a rather poor note, as one of our pilots got instantly blasted. I locked on to our first target, a Kestrel, and tossed a web on him. Hitting the afterburner, I opened fire while circling him. The damage from my rockets was disappointing, as I have very low missile skills, but my two 150mm railguns were getting in some nice hits on the slowed ship, and soon enough the Kestrel was a floating wreck with a pod near it.
As I locked onto the next target, my shield was at about 50%, so I was in decent shape all things considered. The next target was a Merlin, and he was already into armor by the time I had him locked. I quick web and a few seconds later his ship was another wreck floating in space. At this point it was down to just me and the real powerhouse of the fight, a highly skilled PvP pilot in a Rifter. After a few shots from my turrets, I was looking at my wreck of a Merlin from my pod, my armor and hull getting eating at a disturbing rate.
Overall the event was a success, and I think everyone had a great time. Our next planned event is another frigate tourney, although the rules are slightly modified to allow only standard t1 fittings, no named ones. This not only brings down the cost considerably, but further levels the playing field, while not overly gimping the strategy options of the participants. Hopefully we get more pilots involved, and we can truly have a massive battle.