In Reavers Asher used to always talk about “putting money in the bank” for our preparatory operations. We would spend evenings flying around, shooting structures, setting timers, and laying the groundwork for potential battles.
And, of course, having deployed to Fade to bring war to Fraternity and its WinterCo allies, we were clearly going to be out putting money in the bank on a lot of structures in Pure Blind and Tribute. So I was right there and ready to go when Asher wanted to take out some fleets for that purpose.
There were a couple of fleets going out, but I went with the Leshak fleet that Asher was leading. It is a sign of Asher’s reign that we’re getting some interesting and expensive doctrines in the mainstream of the Imperium. Leshak’s were once something that were tolerated in a couple of fleet comps, then became a SIG specific fleet comp for structure bashes, and now it is open to everybody who has the ISK.
I do not have that much ISK to spend, so I joined up on the logi side of things. A tech II logistics cruiser is more in my price range.
The Leshak is fun to watch. Triglavian ships have a single beam weapon that spools up damage over time. Asher warped us in a wall formation to our first target, a Fraternity Keepstar, and I tried to capture what it looked like with a host of red beams reaching out to hit the structure.
Unlike lasers, the beams are on all the time, so there is a convergence of them on the target all the time. Because of the way EVE Online targeting works, you quickly get a sense of the points on a hull or structure that weapons are allowed to hit.
And the damage output from a wall of Leshaks is pretty fierce. We burned through the shield timer on two Keepstars in record time.
We also spent a little bit of time reinforcing a Fortizar or two.
We spent some time traveling around to our targets, setting up timers that will come up deep in alarm clock time for those of us in the US.
The locals did a little to respond to our efforts. They were waylaying some stragglers who fell behind at one point and Vily was out with some bombers trying to catch us on gates with a bomb run.
We made our rounds, did our shoots, then got a ride back towards home on a titan.
We happened to arrive back at the same time that some titans from The Initiative were landing back on our staging Keepstar as well.
They had been out doing their own reinforcement ops. All told, we set armor timers on four Keepstars in Pure Blind along with a series of smaller structures.
But the big newsworth item that got pinged out for our op was that we somehow managed to ALL be aligned for a warp.
This seems like trivia, and it certainly isn’t the FIRST perfect fleet warp I have been a part of, but when you have a full 255 member fleet with a battleship doctrine in time dilation… because pushing a few full fleets around Pure Blind was dragging the servers down… and having everybody actually paying attention and doing the right thing at the right time, that is a rare event. There is almost always somebody who didn’t hear or had to step away or for whom the UI failed to register the align command.
Of course there was the ping and now a Reddit thread, which includes an image from the internal new post about the miracle warp. It was an event.
Somebody also happened to catch a screen shot of our fleet ball in the Cloud Ring nebula looking like a menacing eye.
Now we just have to get back online for the next timers which will be around 10:00 UTC on the day most of the US leaps forward into Daylight Savings Time. That means… it will be either a really early morning or a really late night for those of us in the US.
We will see who shows up to fight over the timers soon enough though.
Somebody put together a quick video of some of the structure shoot ops.
You can, if you look carefully and the quick camera moves haven’t made you ill, spot Asher leading the Leshaks, and a couple of the battleship walls including the one I have a screen shot of above around the Fortizar.