Recounting My Destruction, Part 1

My last post, I identified the explosion of XQ0058. Before my extended break from Eve, I posted the boom of XQ0034. Many ship kill mails to catch up on, so here we go.

XQ0035 Kill Mail
Dramiel fit

Dramiels continue to give me problems. Ciba LexLulu represented Stay Frosty well here, but I do not think a Tristan really stands any sort of chance in this match up. Especially this kiting fit against his howitzer fit.

I was able to locate a possible fit on ZKillboard.

ZKillboard, throughout this time, became a mixed blessing. I enjoy the intel it provides, as well as the reflection opportunity to improve my PvP knowledge. However, the stats inspire a lot of competition within me. Competition against whom? That is the question. I discovered that I begin to set goals for myself, or maybe it is more accurate that I began to fret over my stat image. During most of this time I was maintaining a ZKillboard rate of 50/50, and a dominant solo stat. I have to admit that I enjoyed this, and wanted to expand the lead of kills versus losses.

I mention this, because I feel some of my losses here began to take a toll. If I’m to be honest, I do not believe I was as reckless as I meant to be as I started this challenge. The remaining kill mail messages that follow contain a little more emotion than they should, and I think may have also contributed to my break. That and real life obligations of course.

You will see near the end of this parade of kill mails I enter a bit of a slump. As I reflect back, I do believe I put too much emphasis in maintaining, improving a perceived stat standard, and this led to me focusing on the wrong details – adding a certain level of stress to the experience.

This emotion is not new, I understand, but a genuinely believe it is an important detail that I need to put aside to improve my game. Focus on the battle at hand, without worry of the perception of others, or stats. As I re-engage in this challenge, I am aware of this, and my latest loss, (which I will post in a future entry), reflects my determination to fly dangerously with intent to burn.

XQ0036 Kill Mail

XQ0036 went on the attack into a plex. Once I was scrammed, not much I could do to pull the necessary distance needed for the drones to take him down. Important note here, the Loyalty Points awarded back when I was killed here, versus the Loyalty Points awarded in my last kill mail: 192 LP vs. 1,528 LP. Great boost! So happy this got more attention, and boosted.

XQ0037 Kill Mail

XQ0037 was defending a plex. Kalmaaron in his Imperial Navy Slicer was just too fast. He was able to quickly close the distance, scram, and finish the job – quickly.

XQ0038 Kill Mail

XQ0038 was the victim of my logging after some time within my break. My log ins were sporadic, and I was not really paying attention to CCP events taking place. I believe I was inspired to go to a local asteroid field to kill a rat, in hopes of collecting bonus skill points. I did not intend on a rat getting point on me, and being a bit more challenging than normal. I believe I prefer the kill mails were the station guns took me out, rather than this one. Oh well, XQ0038 sacrificed.

XQ0039 Kill Mail

XQ0039 attacked Physical Removal’s Kestrel. This is a skill I need to focus on when attacking a plex in a kiting fit. It is so challenging to pull distance from the target, distance needed to survive the fight.

If I remember correct, I researched his fit as I was surprised at how little damage I was able to inflict before exploding.

XQ0040 Kill Mail

The kill mail for XQ0040 may seem like a gank, but it was actually more fun than that. It would have been presented better as a stand alone post, but my slacker break prevented a proper story roll out.

Revenge for my 64th & 65th kills

Captain Arimanius and Hyper Codar brought a friend to redeem themselves after I took both of them out in their Kestrels. I guess when you can’t gank with two, bring a third! It was fun though, and totally worth XQ0040’s demolition.

XQ0041 Kill Mail

Following up a fun ambush in XQ0040, XQ0040 was just an ambush. Heading to a novice plex to attack a condor, Lauralite Ann Brezia sat in wait in her Lachesis. XQ0041 was quickly locked, pointed, and destroyed. Sakein even got to get some credit for lobbing a few missiles in the ambush. I am happy for the changes CCP has made to the plex gate proximity. Although I have not fallen victim to this strategy too much, it is annoying.

The story on this is not closed though, there will be revenge!

XQ0042 Kill Mail

Dramiels are just death for this Tristan. Again, XQ0042 was defending, and just could not go the distance. However, when I scanned this Dramiel was about to enter the plex, I began to pull away from the plex entirely. Porphyrios Malchos had to steam forward quite a distance to catch me, while I was quick to set drones on him. By the time he closed the distance, my drones were well into his armor as I established point on him. He had just inches of internal structure left on him when he finally blew me up. Although this strategy and his determination made this an interesting fight, it just establishes further how dominant Dramiels are against my poor little ship. Porphyrious Malchos was a great sport about this as well, and donated 10 million ISK to me for my effort. Hey, every bit helps, and I appreciate the gesture!

XQ0043 Kill Mail

XQ0043 was defending a plex when six “brave” pilots attacked the mighty Tristan. I forget which ship it was, (although I seem to remember the Merlin), but I was focusing my attention on one in hopes of getting a kill out of the gank. The only joy I was able to get from this endeavor was the fact that they had to hurry and finish me, before one of their pilots lost a ship. I deprived three of them from getting in on the kill. I will glean such a victory condition from a one sided fight as this.

XQ0044 Kill Mail

Pretty straight forward fight here. XQ0044 defended the plex when Teo Enat in his Federation Navy Comet came in, closed distance, and melted me down.

XQ0045 Kill Mail

In contrast to XQ0044, XQ0045 began to pull distance away from the plex as Lufax was scanned at the entrance of the plex. Similar to the strategy I employed with the last Dramiel, I depended on Lufax’s determination to kill me to commit to closing the distance. Meanwhile, my drones spent the time clobbering at him. Overall, I was happy with the way I managed my speed and distance, but the extended fight depended too much on such details. In the end I blew it, and he was able to close distance to blow me up.

XQ0046 Kill Mail

There must have been a Federation Navy Comet fire sale during that time. XQ0046 was defending a plex. Ultimately I was just too conservative with my Microwardrive. Too slow, and made it easy for him to catch up to me. One interesting note here about ZKillboard, later Judge Sarn shows up on my Kill Board. The damage I applied to Judge Sarn, (apparently never completely repaired after our fight), allowed me to be tagged on to Nuke Cave’s kill mail. Unfortunately this takes away from what I am sure was a solo fight. However, this helps me to understand that the stats prevented on ZKillboard are not perfect.

XQ0047 Kill Mail

XQ0047 was defending a plex when Reiner Hass in his Incursus attacked. This turned out to be a long, long fight. Reiner Hass could not close the distance on me right away, and began to work on my drones as he continued to get to me. This began the drone dance that I have become comfortable with, removing and deploying as each begin to take damage. Unfortunately the details that go into this take a toll on my attention. However, I have to say in this fight I was up to the task. As modules burned out from both ships and drones finally fall after many drips in and out of the drone bay, Reiner Hass finally closed enough distance to finish me off.

XQ0048 Kill Mail

XQ0048 went on the attack, but ended up chasing off an LP farmer. I began to pull some distance form the plex entry point to think about my next move when I scanned this Worm at the gate. Pretty straight forward fight from here on out, as the Worm just has too much power over the Tristan.

XQ0049 Kill Mail

XQ0049 attacked this plex with Fat Zero’s Federation Navy Comet defending. I was still attempting to engage my Microwarpdrive for one burst – hoping to pass through far enough past his scram. No luck.

XQ0050 Kill Mail

Seeing this was my 50th ship in the challenge and my interest/frustration with attempting to attack plexes, I changed my fit up to a brawler. I needed a little change as well. I was beginning to feel comfortable with the kite fit, and felt I could manage more modules. Additionally, my ZKillboard was just so full of the previous fit, I started to feel some pilots were beginning to prep specifically for my engagements – or at least they would be able to.

XQ0050 was able to gain a kill before meeting this end, (and the kill was sweeter as it was revenge). However, this kill mail demonstrates the need to experience more fits. Hilary Clinton Ongrard met me outside of a plex. I was able to experience the Coercer’s massive dps in this fight. So intimidating in fact, I went full stupid – I did not turn on my armor rep during the fight. Again, I need to get used to managing other modules and other fits.

The end to my 50th ship is probably a good place to stop this long post. Although some details may have been lost over time, I hope it enjoyable to read over.

Part 2 coming soon.