Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Roaming in the Warzone

We took out a kitchen sink shield cruiser fleet this week. I use the term cruiser fleet somewhat loosely since one of the alliance mates decided to bring a "flagship" in the form of a Machariel he bought that day. I decided to dual box and bring a Sabre and a Caracal.

We formed up in Solitude and started to make our through Syndicate heading towards Cloud Ring. My Sabre did plus one duties since I had warp speed rigs and could bubble up and catch things ahead of the fleet. A couple jumps out I found an VNI using anchored bubbles to catch people. He starts to move out of the bubbles and I quickly tackle him and call for the fleet to come in. Unfortunately, his drones hit pretty hard and I go down just before logi can get reps on me after landing. RIP Sabre.

I head back to reship as the fleet pushes on. I catch up and we finally get into cloud ring and try and catch some miners and ratters but they POSed instead of warping to the now bubbled station. We press on and on the other side of the gate we find a smallish camp. Similar sized to ours but mostly T1 cruisers to our 50/50 mix of T1s and HACs. I bubble up their fleet and jump back through the gate and bubble that side as well while also following targets on my Caracal. A rupture comes over and starts to plink at my Sabre.  So I come back through and refresh the bubble before haviong to bail again. We're doing well taking down a trio of Arbitrators and a Vexor when I see a Barghest landing with a couple HACs. I start to call out contact when I then see a 40 man Svipul fleet belonging to the Culture landing in my bubble.

I call out what I see and the FC calls to disengage the fleet. Most of our guys make it out but the Flagship Machariel is tackled by the first fleet and goes down swinging against many many tactical destroyers. During this time my Sabre gets infinite pointed by an Onyx and I try my best to shake him but finally the Svipuls come back to finish my 2nd Sabre off. I might have been able to slip away if I wasn't splitting my attention and getting my Caracal off field.

We then extract the going long way home in order to not get in between the Svipul fleet and whatever onjective they were going for. All in all it was a good day. We won some and lost some and our Mach pilot had a blast even if that ship didn't last as long as he had wished it would.

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