Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Fweddit - Drakes Have No Place in Faction Warfare
We were flying our popular Fweddit Fwee 2.0 (artillery Thrasher) doctrine, when we got intel of an EVE University battlecruiser fleet a few jumps away. We weren't finding much to fight in Metropolis, so we headed to their location posthaste.
We eventually caught up to them in Vard. They were hanging out on a gate. We warped to Planet I. They seemed interested in a fight. We were about equal numbers, though they definitely had the hull advantage. We felt we had the experience advantage.
We told them straight up. We want to fight, but we aren't doing it on a gate. We have no problem GCCing on them, but we weren't going to go thrashers to battlecruisers and have to take gate gun DPS at the same time. We revel in our badness, but we're not stupid.
Without a word, they left system. Not at all interested in taking on a destroyer gang without gate guns at their back. We were completely gobsmacked. We realize they're risk-averse, but then there's levels beyond that.
We weren't going to leave it at that, though. If they're gonna run from an invitation to an actual advantage, then we'll force them into a fair fight. We headed back to Egghelende to ship up into battlecruisers of our own. Our preferred Drake heavy fleet.
After some cat and mouse, some hazing in local, we finally caught them in Gulmorogod. I'd guess nobody else wanted to fight them on gates either, so they were just plain bored by now and looking for something to put a cap on their evening. So they came at us at Planet II. They landed between 80-100km off us. They were reticent to approach, so we burned at them. Tactical advantage should have belonged to them. They started kiting, but they were doing it as individuals, rather than as a unit. Terrible fleet command.
As it turns out, Croixant is a terrible fleet commander (I recall him from my time in the University.) Anchors? What are anchors? His fleet was so spread out by the time we reached our falloffs, it was easy pickings. They were splitting their damage across multiple targets. Whatever primaries Croixant would call, his fleet was never in position to get but a couple ships at a time on the call.
They were decimated.
They should have fought us thirty minutes earlier when we were in Thrashers. They would have got a few more kills to head home with, rather than a single Thorax.
They whined afterwards about our logistics. Of which we had none. ASBs are not logi.
Pro tips: learn to warp, learn to kite, learn to make effective use of anchors, learn to fit your ships. If you want to be a teaching organization, then actually teach your students something.
Almost an outlaw. -4.88 security status. I'm not sure how I feel about this.
Back in the old days (May/June 2012), Late Night Alliance loved Fweddit. Back then it was all T1 fit Thrashers and Rifters, pilots with barely 1M skill points. It was a turkey shoot. But Fweddit would come out time and time again, and we'd shoot the hell out of them. When you're winning, everything is fun. And you fall in love with your enemy.
Fast-forward to October 2012, most of those 1M skill point pilots are approaching 10M skill points. Now Late Night is getting hazed, locked down in their own system, the turkey shoot a distant memory. Fweddit no longer pads the Late Night killboard. The love for Fweddit is gone.
Tonight was no different. We take twenty-five people out to Huola again. Approximately fifteen Drakes, four or five Blackbirds, some other assorted stuff. They have an equal number of people in system, docked up.
I'd like to post a battle report, but there isn't one. Except for TeaEarlGray HOT, they refused to undock. Gotta feel a bit sorry for TeaEarl, though. Dude wants to fight. His alliance not so much. We sent him some invites to Fweddit Mumble. He's a good guy. Who knows what the future may bring?
So we're in Huola. Late Night starts bitching about our Blackbirds. Have they run out of Blackbirds of their own? (We know Susan likes to use them, warping them into fights at zero, because that's the best way to fly a Blackbird.) Anyhow, we comply, and send our Blackbird's to dock up in Kourmonen.
That wasn't enough for them. They had the advantage. They had our complete fleet comp. They could have shipped into a good counter. But no. After we send the Blackbirds away, Late Night starts bitching about our Drakes. Seriously? Really. They know of no good Drake counters? Apparently, Drakes have no place in faction warfare now. Or some such thing. This night was a night to be gobsmacked.
We weren't sending the Drakes away. So we smack-talked them in local for close to an hour. Hans was online. He received the biggest local hazing. He's more politician than fighter, I guess. TeaEarl undocked a couple times, got himself killed for the trouble, with nobody from his alliance willing to back him up. Poor guy was probably reprimanded by his own people for losing ships to us. We gave him some big cheers, not because we blew up his ships, but because he has giant balls and a desire to fight.
DurrHurrDurr does a spot on Gilbert Gottfried impression.