Thursday, 15 March 2018

Anatomy of a Wormhole Camp Breaking

We weren't hired to do it, but it got done nonetheless.

It started with a random Rattlesnake transiting a gate in Aralgrund while I was moving ships; with no warning and no pattern, and no one in tackle, it got through, but we traced it as far as Offikatlin, 2 jumps away.

Ten or twenty minutes later, a second Rattlesnake followed. Same corp. Same direction. So names were taken, research undertaken. Rogue meddlers, who were ex-Wingspan members striking out half on their own. Blobby, but if it's Wingspan, probably an easy enough push-over if you can play your cards right.

We became aware there was a wormhole in Offikatlin, with a Rogue Meddlers eyes alt in the lowsec keeping tabs on everything, so I scanned it down, and jumped in. On the inside, a Gila and a Garmur and two large T1 warp disruptors.

So, it was clear that these guys were bringing in heavy hitters to bust a Citadel. Problem was, there was only me and another guy online, and we didn't have the attention span or ships to bust a Gila, at least 2 Rattles, and judging by killboard history, a bunch of bombers.

So, with ships to move and logistics to complete, it went on the back burner for a few hours, and we got back to it when Deamon Gr signed in and wanted something to shoot.

"Well, there's a camped wormhole in Offikatlin."
"OK, I grab my Mach. Lets go, FC."

So out of the Stratioses and into a Mega and a Rook. mega because I had it lying about for years, and Rook because I needed to get into the hole without any warning and the Rook didn't show up on D-Scan. The eyes in local would see the 3 toons and then, suddenly there's a Rook on the hole and it jumps in, and something gets pointed and then it's a Mega and a Mach and it goes south from there.

So that's what happened, except it's not a Gila and a Garmur, it's 2 Gilas, a Garmur, a Taranis and a Rattlesnake. Good thing I brought a tanky Rook, and tanked the lot of them for the time it took to warp two BS's to the hole and jump in.

Then the shoosting began in earnest, with us clobbering the Rogue Meddlers camp in short order, even though the initial hole presence swelled with 3 stealth bombers and 2 Ravens that warped in at range. The Mega lost 500m from safety after I burned it off to get point on a Raven that MJD'd off anyway. And I didn't load Null early enough, which reduced the DPS I could push out at the Raven and Rattles.

I guess we could have stuck around to save the citadel or finish it off, but it wasn't our fight and we had bigger fish to catch. But either way, the element of surprise, the correct ships, and bloody-minded aggression is what matters. That and a good dose of YOLO.

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