Yesterday I posted my first-ever EVE killmail. Here is how it all went down.
I logged in and was informed a few Corp members were planning a little convoy into low-sec. Having a bunch of PvP-ready ships just sitting around, I figured why not. We got everyone into a fleet, everyone into Vent (which was very helpful, and good to see), and meet up at the first gate prior to entering low-sec. Our little gank included a HAM Caracal (me), a Thorax, a Merlin, and a Rifter. We were escorting three haulers.
The first few jumps of low-sec were uneventful. One of the hauler pilots was also scouting on another account, and most areas had at most two people in local.
Our first encounter was my killmail actually. That Cynabal was sitting at the gate, and (I learned this after the fact), he popped one of our haulers. Two of our haulers, and the Thorax/Merlin, had already jumped to the next gate, while the Rifter tackled the Cynabal. I locked him, started shooting missiles, and after a few volleys he went boom.
Some fun facts.
I had no idea we were fighting a pirate cruiser. No idea. I knew it was a cruiser-sized ship by the icon in the overview, but that was it. No idea about the fit, what tactics he would use, his tank, nothing. Just a ship in space I was going to shoot. Broken clock and all that, right?
I’m pretty sure, had he switched his fire over to me, I would have popped before he did. I’m not certain on this, and maybe I could have warped away, but knowing me I most likely would have gone down. I’m sure EVE-vets can confirm this for me based on his setup and mine.
I had no idea he blew up one of our haulers. Zero. This theme continued later in the trip, when I did not notice another hauler getting popped.
Overall we flew poorly as a group. We did not wait for our haulers to enter warp, we did not jump as a group, and we were semi-lost at times. We also had no FC. I was sorta-trying, but um, the guy who misses haulers getting popped might not be the best option here. I think I’d like to be a FC at some point though, so hey, another goal!
After we blew up the Cynabal, two jumps and one hauler later, we got into another fight. This one was fatal for me, as seen here. (I’m amused that my ship+fits were worth less than the loot I picked up from the Cynabal. And is it just me, or was my death very generous in terms of what was destroyed and what dropped?) The fight started when one of our haulers went down. We tackled the Stabber, I started shooting at it, and then the Vagabond jump in and blew me up real fast. It all happened pretty fast, so I’m not sure how close we were to taking down the Stabber or anything like that. And again, the fight was 2v2, instead of 4v2 like it should have been. I’m still not sure where our other guys were (my fault more than anything, being the FC (sorta) of the whole thing).
And the overall end result? One hell of a fun night for all involved, despite the fact that not a single hauler made it, two of our combat ships went boom, and all the mistakes that were made. We collectively learned a lot, had a good fun night as a Corp, and got out there and mixed it up. Good times.
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