Tuesday, 24 May 2011
Crusader v Ibis (breaking a safe)
I was out roaming the Molden Heath loop when I saw an Ibis on scan at an obvious safe spot. In the ordinary course of things I would not have bothered scanning down an Ibis, but in this case the safe spot was between two celestials.
I had never tried to break a safe spot without a scanning ship, and I was interested in giving it a try. After narrowing down the range to the Ibis I began jumping from one celestial to another, dropping bookmarks.
Here, the Crusader's speed was strangely detrimental. With a warp speed 9 AU/sec, it is pretty difficult to drop a bookmark with any precision. Instead, I would drop as many as I could and then warp to the bookmark closest to my target range. From there I would warp to a bookmark on the other side of the target, dropping more bookmarks. Rinse and repeat.
After about 20 minutes of this I was within about 2000km, but slight differences between our starting points meant that he was no longer between me an a celestial. Warping would get me no closer, and the remaining distance had to crossed the old fashioned way.
At this point I became greatful for the extra speed the Crusader brought with it. The last 500km, where I was on grid with the Ibis, were the most tense - all he had to do was look at his overview and warp off to make the last half hour a waste of time.
Instead, he remained oblivious right up until I opened fire on him. And at that point, it was already over.
Corp: State War Academy
Damage Taken: 335
Name: Taurean Eltanin (laid the final blow)
Corp: The Tuskers
Weapon: Gatling Pulse Laser II
Damage Done: 335
Civilian Gatling Railgun
Post battle review:
While there was not much of a battle per se, I was pleased that I was able to break the safe without a scanning ship. With a bit of practice I could probably do it much faster, and I would want a mwd ship for the last leg of the journey.
Lessons for the future:
Until I appeared on grid with him, casual use of the D-scan would not have told the pilot that I was looking for him. In that sense, it can be dangerous to rely too heavily on the D-scan for protection if you are in a safe spot that can be broken by a pilot with a little bit of time on his hands.