Góðr Barsmið

Had a solid fun encounter last night – it was a bit later for me and a few of us were just chilling out after some Fleet Op stuff when we see our Intel Channel blink with info on a Nuet travelling through our immediate area. He, Zarvox Toral, showed up in local of our staging system and left fairly quickly but his name popped up again in Intel only a minute or two later in a System down a dead end pipe near us. This is when the RL Brother throws out the idea of going to hunt Zarvox down and when we learn that one of our mates had already undocked to go look for him in the pipe so we scrambled into action.

Three of us erratically undock and start burning down the pipe towards our mate and Zarvox’s last known location. In total we had four pilots, the three of us that undocked late were flying in a Caracal, Hyena, and a Rupture and our mate already headed down the pipe was in a Scythe Fleet Issue.

Our first engagement with Zarvox was a lemming’fest and he wrecked three of us fairly quickly, I lost my Rupture first then our SFI went down and finally our Caracal… he was flying a brawling fit Vexor Navy Issue with a XLASB and a flight of Geckos – it was a BEAST of a ship and those Geckos are truly nasty! It was also during this first engagement that we learned Zarvox was streaming live on Twitch and some of our Alliance mates were watching the fight.

Those of us who lost ships in that first fight burned back to reship and get a little more organized and all due to some expert piloting by our Hyena pilot we managed to catch Zarvox coming into our staging system. We eventually managed to break his XLASB tank and take him down.

Many thanks for the good fights and good fun Zarvox, hopefully we’ll see you around the area again!

 

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Fjúka Hœttr!

Virðing,
Kalam

Floti Bjóða – Clusterfuck Roam I

With Fifth on board running as a Scout I FC’d my first Fleet last night. Took a few of the crew out for a Null-Sec roam in T1 Frigate, mainly Tristans and Breachers, we did have support from a Sabre and an Ares.

I was pleased with my confidence overall, I felt that I conveyed orders in a clear and decisive manner, kept the fleet maneuvering together and other than a few moments of direction decision hesitation I felt like the Fleet ran quite smoothly… and most importantly we didn’t lose anyone!

We did manage to get a few kills. Caught a Vexor Navy Issue coming through a gate, while scouting Fifth got attacked by a Manticore just after jumping into a system and we took advantage of his aggression timer and then on the way home we took out an ESS just because.

Am looking forward to getting another Fleet out soon, will stick with the small, cheap ships for now though – losing them isn’t such a big deal.

 

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Fjúka Hœttr!

Virðing,
Kalam

Dráp Smár Dýr

Ratting in Null-Sec is a wholly different experience than all the High-Sec Combat Site explore roams I’ve done… you need to be much more attentive to who and what is going on in the System. If a neutral jumps into the System then getting to a Safe should be tops on your priority list and then you either see if they are engage-able with the ship you’re in, wait it out and hope they leave, or call for help. My current ratting ship is not very PvP friendly so my normal SOP is to get to a safe and wait it out…

I didn’t have a ton of time last night but ran a few Anomalies to test out my fit. I ran one of each in this order; an Angel Rally Point, an Angel Port and an Angel Hub. I’m using a Vexor Navy Issue to run the sites and have modified my fit slightly to get it geared specifically for Angel Combat Sites and she is working very well. The Hub was actually the easiest to tank the incoming DPS but took the longest to clear because of all the Battleships.

[Vexor Navy Issue, Mint Julep]
Omnidirectional Tracking Enhancer II
Omnidirectional Tracking Enhancer II
Drone Damage Amplifier II
Drone Damage Amplifier II
Drone Damage Amplifier II
Damage Control II

100MN Monopropellant Enduring Afterburner
Large Shield Extender II
Large Shield Extender II
Explosive Deflection Field II

Drone Link Augmentor I
[empty high slot]
[empty high slot]
[empty high slot]

Medium Core Defense Field Extender I
Medium Core Defense Field Extender I
Medium Capacitor Control Circuit I

Warrior II x5
Valkyrie II x5
Republic Fleet Berserker x5

Vexor Navy Issue - Mint Julep

I may look into swapping out one of the Omnidirectional Tracking Enhancer II’s for a fourth Drone Damage Amplifier II for some extra DPS but that will actualize a need for a CPU upgrade implant – will have to do the maths and see how much faster things go with the extra DPS before committing to the fit.

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Fjúka Hœttr!

Virðing,
Kalam

Sváss Drykkr

I’ve been theorycrafting some fits to use for my foray into Null-Sec ratting and they are coming together fairly well I think…

The thought process towards the fittings needs to be quite different from a fitting I would use for running combat sites in High-Sec as the threat of a PvP engagement is obviously much higher out in Null-Sec. I’ve come up with three different fits and each will do the job just fine, the decision of which ship to use will come down to the current intel situation of the systems I’m around and what kind of sites I’m wanting to run.

[Muninn, Hairy Julep]
Damage Control II
Gyrostabilizer II
Gyrostabilizer II
Gyrostabilizer II
Tracking Enhancer II
Tracking Enhancer II

Large Shield Extender II
Experimental 10MN Microwarpdrive I
Adaptive Invulnerability Field II

425mm AutoCannon II, Fusion M
425mm AutoCannon II, Fusion M
425mm AutoCannon II, Fusion M
425mm AutoCannon II, Fusion M
425mm AutoCannon II, Fusion M
Medium Proton Smartbomb II

Medium Projectile Collision Accelerator I
Medium Projectile Burst Aerator I

Warrior II x5

Muninn - Hairy Julep

[Vagabond, Mint Julep]
Damage Control II
Gyrostabilizer II
Gyrostabilizer II
Gyrostabilizer II
Tracking Enhancer II

Experimental 10MN Microwarpdrive I
Large Shield Extender II
Adaptive Invulnerability Field II
Medium Ancillary Shield Booster, Navy Cap Booster 100

425mm AutoCannon II, Fusion M
425mm AutoCannon II, Fusion M
425mm AutoCannon II, Fusion M
425mm AutoCannon II, Fusion M
425mm AutoCannon II, Fusion M
Small Nosferatu II

Medium Projectile Collision Accelerator I
Medium Projectile Burst Aerator I

Warrior II x5

Vagabond - Mint Julep

[Vexor Navy Issue, Tender Julep]
Omnidirectional Tracking Enhancer II
Omnidirectional Tracking Enhancer II
Drone Damage Amplifier II
Drone Damage Amplifier II
Drone Damage Amplifier II
Damage Control II

Experimental 100MN Afterburner I
Large Shield Extender II
Large Shield Extender II
Cap Recharger II

Drone Link Augmentor I
Salvager I
[empty high slot]
Small Tractor Beam I

Medium Core Defense Field Extender I
Medium Core Defense Field Extender I
Medium Capacitor Control Circuit I

Warrior II x5
Valkyrie II x5
Berserker II x5

Vexor Navy Issue - Tender Julep

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Fjúka Hœttr!

Virðing,
Kalam