Thursday, 17 February 2011
In keeping with my decision to try a wide array of fits, I decided to go with something really off the wall.
3 150mm autocannon (Fusion)
1 MN Afterburner 1
Warp Scrambler 1
Small Armor Repairer 1
3 Capacitor Power Relay
With the three relays, I was cap stable running everything, including the repper. With no plates I would be fairly fast, and I would hope to rep any incoming damage.
While I was not wildly optimistic, it certainly was different.
I wandered around flipping cans, but nobody seemed interested in fighting. Finally, I encountered a Firetail sitting next to a can in Pasha.
I began to orbit the can and familiarise myself with the Firetail. While doing so, I was locked by Cruor. Checking my overview, I saw that the Firetail had been joined by his corp-mate.
I have to say that it was jolly decent of him to lock me. As it was clear that I would be initiating a fight, he could have hung back and jumped me once the fight began. Instead, he let me know ahead of time that this would be a 1v2. I'm surprised that either of them felt that the other would be needed, but it was still pretty cool of them to warn me.
With an invite like that, I could hardly say no, so I flipped the can and engaged the Firetail.
What can I say? Either his tank was uber, or my damage was fail (or both). Barely scratching his shields, I switched targets to the Cruor, but had no better luck. They were well within my falloff, and I had no problem tracking them, but it was not enough.
My repper could not keep up with the pounding the two ships were giving me, and I went boom sooner rather than later. I warped out, defeated.
Post battle review:
Looking back on the battle now, I see some things I did not at the time. Things that apply to all my fights so far, but that I did not really understand until after Punisher 5, so I will save most of those observations for my next post.
What I did know was that I was still not very happy with projectiles, and that a repper alone was not enough. I am pretty sure that I don't want to go with a straight buffer fit (for weight reasons, if nothing else), but the repper is not something I should rely on being able to use. It's simply a nice bonus when it works.
Lessons for the future:
I don't like heavy plate, but I also don't like pure repping fits. I do, however, like resistances, although I appreciate that they suffer stacking penalties and diminishing returns. While I need to give 400mm fits another go, I suspect that a combination of resistance, small plate and repper are going to be the way forward for me.
I'm going to give projectiles another shot (pardon the pun), but I'm just not impressed by them so far. I don't have the speed to make the additional tracking ability necessary, and my opponents are generally able to set the range, which often means high falloffs for me.