I’ve barely been in KarmaFleet for a week and I’ve already made it to the top of their list on zKill. What a success story!
How did that happen? Did I suddenly get good at EVE Online?
No, of course not. As with many things, I happened to be in the right place at the right time.
The deployment northward has taken us into Venal where we have begun to fight with PanFam and Fraternity who were previously pushing up against Dead Coalition in our old homeland. Now both sides are busy shooting each other structures and fighting when timers hit, which is just how things are meant to go.
A fight was brewing over a Raitaru that we had dropped and pings had gone out for a fleet based around a new Sacrilege doctrine. I didn’t have one of those to hand, having only brought along a Jackdaw on the move op, and I wasn’t too sure I wanted to invest in a half a billion ISK ship at the moment. I suppose I could have logged in and checked contracts for the logi ships that go with the doctrine, which were no doubt cheaper, but I was on the fence about even logging in.
And then there was a ping from Kun’mi with a call for a few people for a special task… and ships would be handed out. I’m always keen for an op where I can lose somebody else’s ship. I logged in, got in his fleet, and opened up a trade to get one of the ships.
It was a Malediction interceptor fitted to be quick and agile with the sole purpose of landing in the middle of hostiles in order to set off an ECM burst to break all of their target locks. Our job was to go out and sit on a perch away from the battle, aligned towards it, and have Kun’mi fleet warp us onto the hostiles when things looked ripe. We would land on them, align ourselves to warp off, set off the ECM burst, and warp away.
If this sound vaguely familiar, it was because I was in a similar fleet during the Hakonen deployment back in late 2017. During those battles we were using cheaper Atron frigates with ECM bursts fitted.
We were able to get away with the T1 ships there because those fights were in low sec, so there were no warp disruption bubbles present. Now, up in Venal, we cannot just be fast and have warp stabs fit, we also have to get through the the thick of the fight with fleets locked down in interdictor bubbles, which means using fleet interceptors which are not constrained by those bubbles, or any bubbles, in null sec space.
So we got on our perch and Kun’mi flung us at the hostiles over and over and his am was often good and true. I would land and set off my ECM burst to be rewarded with a long list of targets affected zipping by on my screen.
And, as it goes, I was then marked for everybody who I reached out and touched with those busts of ECM, so when any of them were blown up I got on the kill mail, as did any of the other interceptors that were on this op. That got me on 91 kill mails over the course of about 30 minutes.
It seemed like less time than that, and we were under tidi for much of the time (as well as the additional lag from whatever is going on with the game still this week), so it wasn’t a huge number of runs for us.
Of course, not all of those 91 kill mails were hostiles. The ECM burst knows no friends and its effects hit everybody within range when it goes off. So my kill board for the evening looks… very blue in stretches, like this sample.
That Legion of Zintage’s is my most valuable kill mail at the moment, followed by the Zarmazds I managed to hit. Ooops. But I did get on some good targets, though I think the Pandemic Horde players in rookie ships… like the Impairor and the Reaper… were my favorites. They both ate several ECM bursts, then were killed by a bombing run by their own side.
Lots of blue on blue action that night.
The battle itself though, that did not go our way, as the battle report indicates.
We were, if nothing else, down in strength compared to the hostiles. The core of our fleet were the Sacrileges, and we lost 48 our of 74 counted, while the PanFam core was 135 Muninns, and they only lost one of those, though we did rack up a decent count of their logi. But that wasn’t enough.
So the battle ended as the Raitaru at its center was destroyed. Our fleet wrapped up and I warped to one of the other structures we had in system to use the tether to repair some armor damage I had taken when we landed in the midst of somebody’s bombing run. Then I docked up and returned the ship. The little ECM burst fleet was otherwise unscathed, save for one that was blown up by NPCs. As such it did not make it on the battle report.
A while after that we went and hit a hostile Astrahus when its armor timer came up.
Also, since I wrote this I have been passed on the KarmaFleet list on zKill. At least the lead was taken by somebody who was in the Sacrilege fleet.