Wednesday, 18 May 2011
My instinctive reaction to drones - to try and race their damage - was formed in the early days of the Punisher Plan. Back when I was still hurling myself at mining cruisers I found that my poor gunnery skills could not land a single hit on even the slowest of drones, and I quickly gave up trying. I've not tried to shoot them since.
However, my gunnery skills are now much better than they used to be. I wanted to find a fight that would give me the opportunity to re-test my ability to shoot at drones.
By happy coincidence, I soon found myself scanning down a ratting Rupture. Jumping into the belt I quickly got under his guns and started shooting at his Hobgoblin I's.
And shooting. And shooting.
While I definitely did better than I had ever done before - getting one drone to half health - it was still a pretty pathetic display.
With my cap gone (despite the nos), and the writing on the wall, I attempted to disengage, but that only hastened my end, as it allowed his autocannon to actually land some hits, which soon finished me off.
Victim: Taurean Eltanin
Corp: The Tuskers
Damage Taken: 3016
Name: Krab701 (laid the final blow)
Corp: Native Freshfood
Weapon: 220mm Vulcan AutoCannon II
Damage Done: 3016
Gatling Pulse Laser II, Qty: 3
Damage Control II
J5b Phased Prototype Warp Scrambler I
Small Armor Repairer II
Adaptive Nano Plating II
Imperial Navy Multifrequency S, Qty: 2
200mm Reinforced Rolled Tungsten Plates I
E5 Prototype Energy Vampire
Imperial Navy Multifrequency S
1MN Afterburner II
Scorch S, Qty: 3 (Cargo)
Post battle review:
Well, I got the test I wanted, but I did not like the results. If I'm going to solve my drone problem then I either need to dramatically improve my tracking (probably through rigs) or find a solution that is not tracking based (such as smart bombs or rockets).
Outside of the typical drone issue, the fight went as well as could be expected. I got under his guns and managed to stay there.
Lessons for the future:
Well, the Punisher Plan is officially at an end. I will write up a fourth quarter review and start setting some goals and plans for the next phase of my pvp career. That probably means that the next few posts are going to have less pew-pew in them than has been typical of the last couple of weeks.