First, the lossmail.
And this is the ship that I was up against.
Now, let me be clear that this was the first time I flew this ship in actual PVP. I had been flying this ship around in the Black Rise region running Plexes and I was fairly confident that this particular setup should have gotten me into a few good fights. Thrashers are pretty tough ships and continue to be a bane to frigate class ships. Now, sadly, like most of my Eve career, I’ve spent very little time flying Destroyers simply because in my past there just wasn’t a use for a ship with little to no tank. So, I know I am bound to lose this ship eventually..
But, just not as quickly as I did.
First off, I simply should not have turned on the PC. You know what I mean. There are simply days, and even weeks, where no matter what you do it will come out wrong. Here’s all the things that went wrong prior to logging onto Eve.
- Lawnmower steering breaks down.
- Eight large trees that I have been watering for months trying to save.. look dead.
- The Goathead weeds that I thought I physically removed.. I find nearly a dozen.. with my feet.
- There is something dead in my wife’s car. I can’t find it.
- Begin beta test of Smite, get stomped every minute.
- Play World of Tanks, lose almost every battle, nearly ever shot bounces, and I die early often. No matter what tank I am in.
So, I should have had the thought that I probably needed to re-think my fit. Looking back, I made some very beginner mistakes. Then again, the way combat works in Faction Warfare, they weren’t unreasonable ideas. However, the concept was based off of some things I had heard regarding armor tanked Thrashers being a real pain to deal with.
I should first set up what happened. I was flying around, looking for a solo fight because I really need to put some more effort into, what I consider, one of my weaker points. Hitting some local plexes also wouldn’t be bad. I jumped into Kinakka, where KRAKEN. is operating out of, and ran a quick D-Scan. A Navy Comet shows up and I see that he is at a Minor Plex. I warp to the Acceleration Gate just as he turns and jumps in. Unfortunately I hit the gate and get stuck momentarily before I follow him in. He’s about 50-60 off of me when I land.
Mistake #1: Passive Armor Tank + Close Range Weapons w/Short Range Ammo = No hits on target. My hope was to catch him right at the landing, scram and web him and then bury him with heavy damage from Hail. My Thrasher makes a beeline directly toward the Comet and he comes towards me and fighting ensues on the chance that I can get him before he makes his combat orbit.
Mistake #2: Federation Navy Comets have Drones. – I completely forget about this and I might have been able to save my ship had I remembered this tidbit. The way I have my overview set up, I didn’t see enemy drones (I have a different tab for that). If that had happened, I might have at least been able to cut his drones down and chased off the Comet.
Mistake #3: Change Ammo ASAP – In the fighting that occured, I desperately tried to trick him to get into range.. but that is a near impossible task with a 400mm plate slowing down all your turns and acceleration. I should have switched to the Phased Plasma the moment I realized that he was shield fit. The downside to this is that Projectile weapons take ten seconds to reload, so if I had guess wrong (and I probably would have switched to Barrage anyways) then I really didn’t have the time to recover.
The fight turned out to be a learning experience and I stepped away from PVP for the weekend fully aware that throwing more ships into the grinder would have benefitted little for me. That and I was somewhat broke at the time too. But, now that I know what I did wrong.. well, let’s just say I will be trying out another Thrasher build.. soon.