So, the company that was over, and had me tied up out of pod has left on an aeroplane, and now I can get back to my regular (large amount) time in game.
While watching the Alliance Tournament yesterday, during the break I noticed that there was a Jaguar in the home system, and one of our neighbours from Valkyr Industries there. We've had some bad experience with these guys, but I figured I was down to give it a shot. I sent my cov-ops into the next system to see if any of them were active there as I jumped into a Wolf to give it a shot.
Seeing that it was all clear, I warped into the belt that the Jaguar was in, and saw him around 40km off. Starting to burn towards me, he fired up his microwarp drive away from me, so I had no chance catching him with my afterburning Wolf. Thinking that he may be up for a fight, I warped to the sun with a bit of range, to try and make sure he didn't land directly on top of my Wolf. Landing, I started hitting my scan, and soon enough he registered, and landed 50km off me, back towards the belt we came from. Turning towards him, this time he started burning towards me. Game on!
Overheating my point and guns, I turned off his drive right away, and then noticed that this fight should be easier then I figured it would be, as rather then webbing me he was tracking disrupting me. With full range control in the fight, the superior range of my Wolf started burning through the Jaguar's shields, and it was soon apparent how things were going to turn out, when his shields were depleting at around the same rate as my Wolf's were. Popping the ship, I also was able to grab the pod with an overheated scram (as I didn't stop my ship right away) I went for the ransom, but during negotiations I burnt out my scram and popped the pod asap.
Following the Tournament, I went out and checked the local systems, finding a Thrasher in a FW plex in Covryn. Getting into a Firetail, I went over there. Landing in the plex, I found Caldari FW in the Gallente plex, with a couple NPCs left firing at him, he burned away from them right away and was obviously up for the fight. Setting my orbit to 7500 as he burned with his MWD towards me, I loaded Barrage, and an optimal range script in the tracking disruptor. Opening fire, I wasn't doing much to him, but it was still more then he was doing to me. Getting a bit greedy I set orbit to 5000, but started to take lots of damage, and was also just in range of his neut.
Seeing the neut light up on the effects bar I decided to start pulling range, as I also had to start running my armor rep, which capped the Firetail out in short order, turning off my tracking disruptor and afterburner, luckily the web and scram kept on, and I was still able to pull out of neut range, and get the tracking disruptor on as some flame started pouring out of my hull. The Destroyer was also hurting as bad as my Frigate and took the time to warp out.
Heading to a safe, I repped up my armor, and by the time my shield had naturally regenerated, I saw the thrasher was back in the plex. Deciding to go for round two, I warped in, flames still coming out of the ship, and went for it again. He was down for the fight again also, as the same series of events took place, but this time I kept my orbit at the edge of scram range and plinked away with Barrage until he finally broke. GF! I think if he had t2 guns w/barrage, I would have been in trouble right from the start.
In Ruerotta later, there was an Ishkur and Punisher in the ice belt, but far away from the warp in. A quick scan later, and my Hurricane was in warp 20km off of them, landed, and made quick work of both of them.
Logging off after seeing my normal roam had an Incursion on the route, I got on again today, and went looking for fights after the tournament again (some great matches in there. I won't say anything more then that incase people are still planning to watch on Youtube or something like that), and soon found Reaperxvii camping the slays gate in Amoen with a Hurricane. Grabbing my Nano-Cane I went for it. Both of us being shield tanked, it was fairly even until I pulled a bit of range where I was landing much more solid hits then he was, as he entered structure, I was at around 1/4 shields.
Being used to using a scram and having to worry about people trying to run, I hit approach to seal the deal, and his damage shot way up. I was taking chunks out of his structure, but my armor nearly evaporated at the same time. Entering structure, I managed to get the last volley needed with my nearly burnt out guns (95% burnt out) as my hull once again started spewing flames.
Dropping the loot back in Iges, I jumped into my shield Rupture, and went back to the loop, after having to dock up for an hour, I came back and found a Brutix/Incursus in Amasiree. Wanting to see how my Rupture would do against what I hoped was a blaster fit Brutix, I went for it, landing 20km off them in a belt, I soon had the battlecruiser pointed, and drones going after the Frigate. With Barrage eating through the shields, and doing good damage to the Brutix's armor, I felt pretty good. The Incursus warped off with low structure as the drones did their work, but soon a Maller warped in, around 50km off of me, and 40km off of the Brutix. With the Brutix launching a flight of EC300 drones, I locked them and sent my own drones after the dishonour drones.
With the final shots punching through the battlecruiser's armor, and into his structure, I noticed he was suddenly gaining armor as the Maller neared him. Must be a remote-rep Maller, damnit, overheating the guns I kept firing as I aligned out, and saw a Dominix warp in. With my shields starting to take heavy hits between drones, and lasers, along with the Brutix pulling back armor, the remaining ECM drones got a jam off and I burned my guns out at the same moment. Already being aligned, and nearly out of cap I warped off, with just a little armor damage peeking through, leaving my drones behind in the process. All I could think of after that was "I should have brought the 'cane"
It's been a fun couple of days. It was fun to have people over, but I'm glad to be back to my normal schedule. These blog posts should be back in a normal kind of schedule again too, as I'll actually have content again.
On the skills front, my alt almost has cov-ops 5 finished, and I'll probably end up getting the scanning skills a little higher after that yet, but after that I'm thinking of training some drone skills and Gal cruisers, and using a Vexor for radar sites for some extra income.
Discho is mid-way through Battlecruiser V now, after which I'll be doing some quick cross-training so that when the time comes that they change to racial Battlecruiser skills, I'll have that all ready to go (I'll be doing Destroyers soon enough also). I'll probably follow that all up by going a little further with Amarr/Gallente Cruiser skills, so I can fly Arbitrators/Vexors, as my drone skills aren't horrible these days. After that, I'm not entirely sure where I'll go. I'll be glad for more ships to fly once again though. I'm glad to have some decent variety already, but I'll always want more, I can tell that already.