I shot the Myrm, but I did not kill the Dominix

As my last remaining reader may recall, I live in WH space, staging with NOMEX out of a C2.  And while fleet fights are awesome fun with our solid FCs, occasionally I get “wanderlust”, drift away with my two characters and deliberately go down chains with EOL holes.  When the last known connection expired, when the bookmarks become stale and old, I really get the old feeling of being totally isolated and alone.  Whether I engage hostiles or not, whether I live or die, win or lose is now all up to me, no excuses, no regrets.

And so I drifted from Wormhole to Wormhole over the weekend with my Legion and my Stratios, sniffing around dozens of holes, checking out citadels for activity, keeping a mental log of how many anomalies or gas sites should be there but are not (indicating recent PVE), checking if the POCOs are allied with the citadel owners, checking the citadel owner’s killboard and so on.  Much has changed (for the worse) in WH intel since POSes are gone but I just try to get a feel for each hole I travel to and get a mental image of the people who live there.

I bumble into a C1 with a static Low Sec connection.  Its a very large system (which is good, so I can make excellent safe spots to log off in) and I tend to like C1s.  In general, they are inhabited by PvE guys who seek riches from PI, hacking, mining (the anomalies are nearly worthless) and of course as manufacturing base.  I look around and see an Astrahus and 2 (!) Athanors pulling in rocks.  All owned by a 7 man corp (i.e. 1 guy with 3 accounts and 2 Jita trade toons).  A single POCO is being reinforced, comes out in 24 hours or so.  I shall sleep here tonight.

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Solo C3 Strategic Cruisers

[UPDATE Feb 11 2018:  Since this blog post was written, Strategic Cruisers have been rebalanced.  The fits described here probably don’t work anymore. Sorry]

 

I’ve been watching with great interest a number of threads in the Eve-O forums lately, and decided it was time to get active pushing my point of view on the blog again.  Ultimately, I’m really disappointed at the quality of fits and advice given on the Eve Online wormholes forum. It’s almost as if — GASP! — the long-time wormholers that participate in that forum DON’T WANT newbies to understand what it takes to survive in a wormhole!

Naw, couldn’t be. Everybody in Eve Online is helpful, friendly, and courteous.

That said, here’s my advice about Soloing a Class 3 Anomaly in a Legion. There’s a little bit of math, but it shouldn’t be too hairy.

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Shortcuts

It was a fairly dull lunch break for me in our home wormhole, “Moe”. There were no roaming or inbound wormholes at home.  Our static connection had just gone end-of-life, with less than four hours left before it disappears, and it possessed only a single high-security connection exiting near “Dodixie” — a trade hub damn close to the ass-end of nowhere in Eve.  There were no local residents in our static connection, and those in the high-security system seemed supremely disinterested in checking out the wormhole in their system.

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Situation Awareness – Bombers

The third installment of my quick series how to live in EVE’s wormhole space.  It is not really a guide, more a personal journal.  Comments and corrections are very welcome.  

Its curious that I still get many google hits for “Nemesis Fit EVE”. I can only pity the fool desperately searching the interwebs for fitting advice of this unloved bomber and as last ditch end here.  I am not qualified for fitting advice – I tend to copy my fits from my lossmails  🙂

But lets talk bombers – my favorite ship in New Eden.

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Situation Awareness – Covert Operation Frigates

The second installment of my quick series how to live in EVE’s wormhole space.  It is not really a guide, more a personal journal.  Comments and corrections are very welcome.  

So, we figured out that pilots in wormhole space need to know what is happening around them whether they want to avoid being prey or aim to be the hunter.  What follows below is a short post on Covert Operation ships that I fly and the roles they fill.  Don’t expect a full fitting guide – I am a terrible EFT-warrior.  Generally, my alliance mates suffer my dumb question with aplomb and suggest fits.  I buy everything, fly it for a few days and then change mods to tweak the ship to my liking.

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Situation Awareness – Why bother?

The first installment of my quick series how to live in EVE’s wormhole space.  It is not really a guide, more a personal journal.  Comments are very welcome.   

Most EVE players live in empire space – only small minority only is part of the elusive Wormhole Club. And the first few days in our space quickly show recruits why we are so few.  If you are not paranoid, you are dead and if you are dead, people laugh at you and you can’t make ISK.  So, paranoia is a valid strategy.  I must admit, I take this to a different level compared to other guides and a lot of what I will be writing about won’t be necessary to lead a healthy, fat life in Wormhole space.  But some of it may become useful – and if only even to deride me for timidness…

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Videre Sine Videri – To see without being seen

A couple of days ago, I came across a C3 crew who were running sites, 4 Tengus, 1 Loki and a Noctis on standby in their POS fields.  Oh, also at that POS, a Chimera carrier with fighter drones out.  Our team had about 3 guys online with varying interest and skill in PvP and since I did not see any way to threaten the site runners directly, I planned to take down the Noctis in some glorious Banzai charge.   I sort of hoped that the site runners would warp in the Noctis, then move on to the next site.  That would be my sweet spot to drop the industrial and make away with little loot but some bragging rights.  Needless to say, I was in my bomber – that’s what I use for solo hunting in Wormhole Space.

But it turns out that the T3s stayed as body guards with the Noctis after the combat was done – and I have been in that situation before.  Annoying, staring at prey and not being able to do anything about it.

Then a few more of our guys logged in and among them Dean – one of our more aggressive PvP-ers.  He stated that players who hunt with bombers are basically carebears (ouch!), organized everyone into Drakes (the lowest common denominator that we can all fly) and warped us into the middle of the 5 T3 site runners.  Who ran like hell – they likely had a scout on the WH in and saw us coming a mile away.

Arm-chair generals will now debate whether we should have warped a bubble ship in first etc but that is beside the point.  Dean saw the situation, put everyone into some PvP ship and just warped on top of them.  Elegant?  No.  Risky?  Not really (we knew the opposing team is a carebear corp and please, we used Drakes).  Decisive? Absolutely.

That made me think.  For the very vast majority of my EVE time, I have been carebearing, organizing recruitment drives, trained total newbs not to get seen or killed and stalked solo or at best in ultra-small teams, often consisting only of 1 or 2 other pilots.  I spent some time with Red v. Blue  and faction war, hanging out with great and not so great FCs.  But I never really caught the bug of fleet engagements, never wanted to be an FC myself and rather assessed the situation from a solo perspective who uses the fleet as a means to get the job done.  Maybe because I had not spent enough time in that environment but likely also because I spent way too much time reliant on myself and nobody else.

Ok, lets back up a second.  My fleet mate took charge of a situation after most of the intel work was done.  We knew who they were, how many and where.  We know their combat record, we knew that they were PvE fit, we knew that it is likely not a a single guy with tons of alts.  How did we know this?  Because a couple of my fleet mates and I had spent time stalking them.  I am good at that – I am very rarely wrong in my situation awareness.  To see and not to be seen (Videre sine videri) is what I do well.  And with limited game time (as readers of these humble pages may have noticed), I should likely focus on that rather than try to be what I am not good at: “balls-out engagements”.

In this vein, I thought about writing an EVE guide, since every experienced pilot seems to have one.  I have not done it yet this since I am intimidated by experts like pjharvey, Ripard Teg and many others. And what kind of guide would it be?  Solo hunting in WH space? There are excellent guides already.   A real “how-to manual” is out, I am just not qualified.

But I will start a series of short posts here, explaining my approach to Wormhole survival, both for defensive and offensive use.  It will not be a guide but simply explain how and why I do things and I hope to learn from the comments the errors of my ways.

So, watch this space.  And if you don’t see anything, that does not mean, I am not watching you…