My very first suicide gank

Well, that was interesting.

I’m in my Mammoth coming back from Jita carrying the following:

140 x Vespa II

140 x Scorch S

43 x Shrapnel Bomb

80 x Sisters Deep Space Scanner Probe

So probably around 150m worth of stuff in Jita prices. Nothing worth ganking me over, seeing it’ll take 2+ Tornadoes.

I jump into Bei and notice two Tornadoes on the gate. Hmm, this’ll be interesting, if they’re working together. Naturally, I’m scanned… then this happens:

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Gamelog
Listener: Vincent Trevane
Session Started: 2012.03.29 07:51:43
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[ 2012.03.29 07:52:02 ] (notify) DE JAVUU, criminals are not welcome here. Leave now or be destroyed.
[ 2012.03.29 07:52:02 ] (notify) DE JAVUU: You have foolishly engaged in criminal activity within sight of sentry guns and must suffer the consequences.
[ 2012.03.29 07:52:02 ] (combat) <color=0xffbb6600>1400mm Gallium Cannon belonging to DE JAVUU hits you, doing 3796.2 damage.
[ 2012.03.29 07:52:06 ] (notify) FlyingJ, criminals are not welcome here. Leave now or be destroyed.
[ 2012.03.29 07:52:06 ] (notify) FlyingJ: You have foolishly engaged in criminal activity within sight of sentry guns and must suffer the consequences.
[ 2012.03.29 07:52:06 ] (combat) <color=0xffbb6600>1400mm Gallium Cannon belonging to FlyingJ lightly hits you, doing 3065.6 damage.

I take hits from one of the Tornadoes, which drops my shields to about a third. The second Tornado lights up and I hear the sound of artillery, and I end up in about 25% armor. The next two seconds take longer than they should. CONCORD warps in, and POP POP go the Tornadoes… and I warp off toward the Hek gate.

I remember at this point hitting my screenshot button for the blog, but it appears it didn’t take. 😦

During warp I find the nearest station with repair services, and once I drop out of warp I head off to fix the damage my armor has sustained. A 40,000 isk repair bill later, I realise there might be valuable loot on the Tornado wrecks and head back to the gate to investigate, but someone has already beaten me to it… salvage and all.

All in all I’d judge my fit a success. I might have been able to take a third Tornado in a pinch… but I wouldn’t want to bet on it. I’m going to learn Thermodynamics so I can overheat my modules in a similar situation next time. T2 shield extenders might be nice, too!

V

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9 thoughts on “My very first suicide gank

  1. Congratulations too. Some things you might overlooked from this attack: Your original fit contains 3 inertia stabilizers in low slots, I assume to align before they fire. It did not work. Replace at least one of them with [http://wiki.eveonline.com/en/wiki/Item_Database:Ship_Equipment:Hull_&_Armor_:Hull_Upgrades:Reinforced_Bulkheads] for even increased EHP.

    • I’ve got Power Diagnostic Systems in at the moment, but Reinforced Bulkheads do look very good. If I get a Damage Control II they’ll be even better…

      Thanks for the heads up.

      • I second the PDS’s – more shield is best shield.

        Heck, you pop two of those on with a damage control and you could add a cargo expander 😉

        Istabs increase your signature radius, and so decrease lock time on you AND increase your damage taken. They’re usually never ideal.

        Well done for actually tanking your haulers; as a suicide ganker myself I would scan you and shoot the next guy instead

      • It seemed like a no-brainer, really. I get scanned a couple times a run so discouraging them, or at least surviving is crucial.

        I’m going to take 2 days off my market training to pick up t2 shield extenders… I think with that they wouldn’t have even gotten through my shields.

        Thanks for the feedback.

        V

  2. For shits and grins, I put together an Itty V with tank. Using my hauling alt’s skill, Pyfa gives me 32K EHP and change. 3xMSE, 2xInvuln, DCU, 4xBulkheads, Anti-EM rig, 2xCDFE (all mods are T2). Has a slightly bigger cargo hold than the Mammoth, too. Downside: it has about the speed and agility of an Orca. =]

    Still, I prefer my Viator. Nothing beats being able to cloak up right after you hit that warp button, it warps faster and it hauls more.

  3. For shits and grins, I put together an Itty V with tank. Using my hauling alt’s skill, Pyfa gives me 32K EHP and change. 3xMSE, 2xInvuln, DCU, 4xBulkheads, Anti-EM rig, 2xCDFE (all mods are T2). Has a slightly bigger cargo hold than the Mammoth, too. Downside: it has about the speed and agility of an Orca. =]

    Still, I prefer my Viator. Nothing beats being able to cloak up right after you hit that warp button, it warps faster and it hauls more.

    (not sure if comment was posted twice)

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