Playing with Arcane Fire (Part 1)

In order to get content at a reasonable time of day, wardecs should be made against targets that have structures in your own timezone. Theres no sense in wardeccing a corporation only to be forced to wake up at 3-4 am, unless you have a good reason to do so and enough members willing to alarm clock the timers. So, I often spend time scanning structures in my area to find their timers. Once you have the timers, you can check their corp/alliance member count, killboard, structure fittings, et cetera, and determine if they are worth your time or not.

On one such occasion of scanning structures, I was contacted by Vladamir Valtouri of Arcane Fire Industries. He had spotted me scanning his structure, and was curious as to what I was doing.

Note: The chat logs for this entire saga are rather long. I have massively edited them down to save on reading time. Context has been kept as close to normal as possible.

Vladamir Valtouri > was that you being stationary behind my Raitaru?
Rami Taredi > which raitaru?
Vladamir Valtouri > Azazel
Rami Taredi > Probably, I’m going to all of them
Vladamir Valtouri > what for? just curious
Rami Taredi > just scanning the timers for all the structures in this system
Vladamir Valtouri > wardecs?
Rami Taredi > Yeah
Rami Taredi > You dont need to worry, bad timer for us

His structure had a timer of 18:00 (EVE time), whereas I was looking for timers closer to 11:00. I really didn’t want to alarm clock to kill a single Raitaru, so I was honest and hoped to make a friend out of it.

Instead, the following conversation led me to wardeccing him anyway.

Vladamir Valtouri > most people here are quite friendly actually. but yes they don’t take kindly to pirates. i for one find them helpful to a degree.
Vladamir Valtouri > plus, i’ve helped them deter pirates in the past through various means..
Rami Taredi > how do you fend off pirates without fighting them?
Vladamir Valtouri > trade secret 😉
Rami Taredi > Ok, now I just wanna wardec you to find out LOL
Vladamir Valtouri > that won’t do anything XD lol
Rami Taredi > So putting you in a position where pirates are shooting at your structure WONT cause you to do the thing that keeps you safe from pirates? :O
Rami Taredi > I am mostly joking but it’d be funny
Vladamir Valtouri > it may or may not. however, seeing as how we aren’t in your timezone, and you’d only be taking down a simple Raitaru. it’d be a waste of both our time and isk lol
Rami Taredi > You underestimate how petty I can be
Vladamir Valtouri > anyone can be petty when provoked lol
Rami Taredi > I’m petty when completely unprovoked though
Vladamir Valtouri > i’ll tell you this. what i do depends on the pay 🙂 either i can use in game methods or non-ingame methods
Vladamir Valtouri > understandable. i’m not here to to ask for a wardec though lol.
Rami Taredi > non-ingame methods? You dox people?

For those unaware, doxxing is the collection of a player’s personal information with malicious intent.

Vladamir Valtouri > i’m not a liberty to say whether i do or don’t lol
Vladamir Valtouri > besides, non-ingame methods are rare anyway. only under special circumstances do i whip out those methods. me being wardec’d is definitely not on that list XD
Vladamir Valtouri > havn’t taken out large targets like alliance yet but i’m sure it won’t be hard. however, would be a waste of time. but anyways, doing all the carefully constructed plans i do, it allows me to keep clientel, deliver results, and still maintain a harmless appearance. 🙂
Vladamir Valtouri > like your alliance*

Now, I want to make several things extremely clear:

  1. Doxxing other players is not only bannable, but CCP takes it extremely seriously. From what I have heard its almost always a permaban.
  2. Doxxing is a horrible thing to do to people, and I don’t condone such actions under any circumstances.
  3. I seemed very nice in this conversation, and didn’t condemn things that he said. I was being manipulative, and thought he was a bad person pretty early on.
  4. I learnt in this conversation that if I call him out on anything, he closes up. However, if I stroke his ego a bit and act dumb, I can ask as many questions as I’d like and he’ll generally answer them.
  5. The moment he hinted towards doxxing people was the moment I decided to ask my CEO to wardec him.

Rami Taredi > Oh, you think you’d be able to kill my alliance somehow, cute
Vladamir Valtouri > i never said that XD
Rami Taredi > “like your alliance”
Rami Taredi > literally last thing you said
Vladamir Valtouri > i meant it context of an alliance your size mate
Rami Taredi > I don’t really believe you on that anyway
Rami Taredi > you’re implying you haven’t done something like that before
Rami Taredi > but could easily do it
Rami Taredi > thats like a kid saying he’d be able to beat up anyone he feels like, just he doesn’t want to
Vladamir Valtouri > i never said easily
Vladamir Valtouri > but really though, you need to think about this more in depth
Rami Taredi > I didn’t understand a lot of it, which is why I was asking
Rami Taredi > and you haven’t helped that much 😛
Vladamir Valtouri > ah okay. well then no need to worry about it 🙂 also, it’s not necessarily where i being ghe kid, can simply beat anyone up but don’t feel like it lol. it’s more like a kid who can beat someone up using any methods possible depending on the pay. catch the drift now?
Rami Taredi > You still sound like the kid

Continued in part 2

Angering the locals… Again

Recently, I have been delving further and further into piracy. I joined a mercenary corporation on an alt account, and its been rather fun. If you remember the Chinese group that I harassed with a Nergal, this story is about them.

Sentient beings club made an alliance to be in with their smaller corporations called New Eden Community Alliance (Not very original). They decided to own a customs office in this alliance, which made them war-dec eligible. We immediately wardecced them after we found out.

With no clue where their structure was, we instead searched for stray targets. Eventually, a rattlesnake appeared doing emerging conduits, so we formed up a fleet and grabbed an easy kill. Not long after, they killed their own customs office using their holding corp, so they could end the wardec. They had freed themselves from more possible kills, and we were once again unable to hurt them.

It was then that I asked, “What if we wardec the holding corp?”

So we did.

Once the wardec came live, we reinforced a Raitaru and an Athanor that were in low power. Additionally, the Athanor was unanchoring.

For those unaware, shooting a low power structure will put it into it’s final timer immediately, plus the shield and armor is reduced by half.

Later, we formed up a fleet to bash their Astrahus, and proceeded to lose two Leshaks and two Dominixes to the one guy manning the guns. Although it is embarrassing to admit we did this, we learnt the valuable lesson that proper logi is required when taking on an Astrahus. I wasn’t online to witness any of this.

After that, they decided to stop running and actually attempt to fight us. Pilots left their other corporations and joined the holding corp. Oracles and freighters were spotted being moved into their Astrahus. Their CEO toon was now logged in 24/7 and sitting inside the Astrahus for whenever we attempted firing at it again. They also reinforced our staging citadel one system over.

Phase 5: Raitaru Fight

Both sides formed up a fleet to fight over the last timer of the Raitaru. The Chinese formed up with 15 Oracles and 2 Blackbirds. In response, we had a fleet of Leshaks, Abaddons, Exequrors and tackle frigates. The Leshaks were going to bash the structure, while the Abaddons would return fire from range.

The logi we fielded was very cheap and replaceable, because we expected them to get focused down first. As for tackle, initially I was the only pilot in this role. I had my main (who was not in the war) in a malediction to get warp-ins on their fleet, and my alt in an Atron. This Atron would prove to be a hero throughout the night.

Their oracle fleet was hoping to land, snipe down some ships at range, then warp off and repeat. What instead happened, was they landed, shot down a few cheap logi ships, saw my Atron land close to them, then panic and order their entire fleet to fire at it. Unfortunately for them, once my Atron was under their guns (which was immediately once it had landed), their massive turrets could not track the frigate. I still had some close calls where I messed up my orbit and took some hits, but none resulted in a loss.

The entire fight played out like this, with their fleet landing, getting a kill, then losing one of their own ships. Our ship losses were cheap and instantly replaced on field, whereas theirs were not being replaced. As the fight drew on, their numbers got low enough where they were unable to out-DPS our logi.

They withdrew entirely, and watched their Raitaru explode from range.

We had won against superior numbers.

Phase 6: Athanor Massacre

This fight played out much the same, although they had changed their composition to deal with tackle frigates. We had one additional tackle frigate on our side, and they fielded a Curse, a Merlin and an Executioner.

They actually took away from their Oracle count to achieve this diversity though, which meant they had less DPS to actually kill stuff with. After losing a few ships in similar style to the first fight, they made a horrible mistake.

Their fleet began to warp, unaligned, to where they were earlier.

We had their ship wrecks to use as warpins, and we tackled their fleet as they trickled in, single-file.

The scariest part for me was their Curse, which instantly neuted out my tackle frigate. My warp disruptor actually barely stayed on him for another cycle, and I watched both my speed and HP go extremely low. At the last moment, I warped out, just after our Vexor pilot put his own point on the ship. The Curse died, I warped back in with my shields back up, and we continued to kill them one by one.

In the end, we cleaned up their whole fleet, and killed the Athanor shortly afterwards.

Conclusion

After losing both battles, the Chinese began to unanchor their last remaining citadel, their Astrahus. However, after the wardec ended, they decided to stop the unanchoring process entirely, and make the citadel a freeport. We’ll likely remove it once we actually have proper logi support to survive the station guns.

Overall this war has seen massive improvements to our morale, and taught us plenty of lessons along the way.

Kookaburra MTU Hunt

Owner of Kookaburra Academy, Sobine, decided to hold an MTU hunting competition. I didn’t really care much about the prize, but having a good showing was important to me (Since I’m known in alliance as the MTU hunting guy).

The rules were as follows:

  1. Points are awarded for MTU kills, with more points if they are owned by alliances that are red to us.
  2. Killing a ship via suspect baiting while taking down an MTU is extra points
  3. Competition runs from downtime until the downtime of the next day

My plan was simple, go to systems near Jita and look for MTUs there. The population of those highsec areas is higher, so I could expect more MTUs being left about. While this was true, there were also dozens of mobile depots that made it difficult to locate the MTUs.

I shot down all of the MTUs I could find in the area, then checked out the areas surrounding Hek and Dodixie. Finally, I went back to domain and searched around a couple of systems that I personally know that usually have a decent amount of MTUs.

At downtime of day 2, I had killed 33 MTUs, and finished in first place. As Kookaburra ran the event as somewhat of a charity run, I then donated another 5 million isk per MTU I had killed, equaling 165 million isk.

Here are some moments that I found entertaining throughout the competition.

Two pilots were fighting over an emerging conduit, and had both placed MTUs down at the location.

A retriever had met its demise, and had been pulled in by his MTU.

Several MTUs I found had already been damaged before I started shooting at them. I wonder how many different attempts to kill them had occurred in the past.

I messed with a retriever, by shooting his MTU while he was on grid. He was smart enough to pick it up and ignore me.

This retriever was a different story entirely. He pulled his drones in, and warped off in fear. I gladly took the free MTU kill.

I found a fleet of multi-boxed hulks parked inside of a POS shield… In highsec.

The name of this MTU’s owner was amusing.

A bit of a panic moment, as I land on an MTU next to a blood raider FOB. I warped off before there were any issues. The FOB didn’t appear on my probe scanner window, as I’d filtered out everything except deployables at the time.

Thanks to Sobine for organizing this event.

A Mission Running Disaster

From time to time, you spot a mission runner leaving an MTU at in each room, planning to come back in a noctis later. I rarely find a mission runner doing this, and even when I do, I usually get only a couple of MTU kills before they scoop the rest.

Today was different.

After completing an abyssal site with fellow corp member Terra Andedare, I undocked to see an expected sight.

So, to sum it up:

  1. A total of seven MTUs were seen on the combat scanning window, after I had instantly reshipped into my confessor
  2. The mission runner had just left system, to hand in the mission he had just done
  3. Out of all systems they could have dropped this amount of MTUs in, they just happened to drop them in my home system
  4. I value MTUs over abyssals, since I have a misplaced sense of values

The MTUs were swiftly cleaned up, and the mission runner happened to be a good sport about it, saying he had learnt his lesson. The lesson to be learnt here is fairly simple; take one MTU with you, and pick it up between each room. The locations can then be bookmarked for a noctis to do the rest of the work later, while keeping it free from being combat scanned.