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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

A good skirmish over a plex

I'm glad do see the plexing mechanism is alive and well. Big fleet fights are fine and dandy but the smaller engagements are interesting as well. CCP implemented a system by which certain plexes are limited in the size of ship they can handle. So any fights in them tend to be with like sized vessels. The way you fly a frigate in a fleet fight and the way you fly one in a small gang are very different. Since running down these plexes counts towards system occupancy we do get fights over them. So things are running as intended.

I start off my night up in high sec. I've just started the manufacturing run on a Typhoon and batch of rifters and thier modules. That done I head towards low sec asking anyone if they had anything they needed for any of our bases down in low sec. After receiving an order I fill my probe up with ammo and head towards low sec. As I pass thru a system I notice an Amarr navy slasher in a plex in Tararan. Once at one of the bases I dock up, slap up a quick contract, and grab one of my Thrashers and head back to Tararan.

By this time, the plex had changed to T1 Cruiser T2 Frigate plex. The Slicer was still on scan however. So was a coercer. Humm ok, back to base and grab the Stabber. By this time a fellow corp made had reached the area and we both went in Stabbers. We figured our chances were small of getting a kill, but we figured what the heck. We're not letting the Amarr de-contest the system. So we charge in and sure enough as soon as we start motoring for the button and the two ships there, they warp off.

So we start killing NPCs and as we're doing that on scan comes an Iskur. Now we keep killing NPCs but then a Purifier comes on scan. This is looking less than favorable for a pair of Stabbers. Stealth bombers tend to eat cruisers for lunch. And Nostra had gotten a little slopy in his NPC'ing and was into structure.

So the Purifier takes a few pot shots at me as I warp out and Nostra also warps out. Yep down to 5% armor before I got out. Nostra oopses and docks up at a station that has no repair facility so he can't undock (he'll get a plate later). I end up back with my ships and repair the Stabber. We decide to go back in Thrashers. So we switch to Thrashers and head on back in to the plex.

When we get there, Vitak in a Crow was already engaged with the iskur and he had dispatched the Purrifier. So we get in on the action and kill the Iskur. Nostra somehow manages to loose his Thrasher in the fight, but we have no problem finishing off the Iskur. At that point I head to the button and start working the timer back to our side.

The rest of it was fairly event free as the Amarr retired from the contest for Tararan for the rest of my stay online that evening. With a new pilot rotating in as Vitak and Notra headed out, I ran down the plex while bookmarking one of the NPC wrecks. I even managed to go back and salvage all the npc wrecks and the T2 wrecks of the Iskur and the Purifier.

Final tally: 2 T2 frigate kills for 1 T1 Destroyer lost. Never more than 2 v 3 at any one time. Good little running skirmish over a plex in a contested system. Course the Amarr pilot had to complain that he died to a 1v3, but I'll just point to my new definition of blobing.

5 comments:

Mynxee said...

Good read :) From a pirate's perspective, the accel gate restrictions on plexes make them fun places to look for targets.

PsycheDiver said...

Sounds like good times...

Letrange said...

Yep bigger ships at the gate trying to block entrance and smaller ships inside. Course there is the factor that the Militia can concentrate to a much higher level than most pirate gangs (when they put their minds to it). So smart flying on all sides is needed.

WTM said...

I really ought to try the plexes.... they sound quite interesting, and knowing the hull sizes you will meet makes them an interesting prospect for some fun PvP.

Cozmik R5 said...

Complaining for being "blobbed" 1v3...

Tell him he can go back to playing Myst !!!