Wednesday, 31 July 2013

I Panicked (Bye Bye Harpy)

"Life in a Wormhole" is a collection of blog posts documenting my adventures in EVE Online. Together with a small group of real life friends we will attempt to survive in the harshest of space EVE has to offer.

I think it's important to remember that every single encounter within EVE Online can be a learning experience. Whether it's being scammed on your first jaunt into Jita:
"Holy shit, this guy's leaving EVE and he's giving money away!"

Or even now, 7 years later. Let me set the scene...

A bit of bubble camping PvP: fighting on your own terms. You've taken out a few ships already, got that adrenalin surge out of the way. You scout out the enemies ahead of time, you have the chance to flee but choose to fight. The odds are stacked in your favour. You completely have the upper hand. You beat the enemy half way into hull!

... Then you panic, you screw it up, and you die.
Oops.

So I lost my Harpy. A Malediction lands in my bubble, it turns out it's bait - I take the bait and I pay the price for it. Not a big deal - you lose a lot of ships in EVE, I got used to that a long, long time ago.

Except.

What annoys me, is that I could have (and should have) won. I didn't need the replay to tell me this, I knew it mid fight. Here's what happened: I screwed up... and when you screw up and lose, it hurts.

More specific?

Well, I wasn't expecting it to be a trap.... So firstly, I could've been more informed as to which players were in adjacent systems. Had I known this? I might have still engaged him, but it wouldn't have been a shock when his corp mates showed up.

Second mistake: when local spiked I panicked. I saw his friends coming in the system and I tried to find a way out of the engagement. I aligned to a safe point which would allow me to insta-warp once I'd killed him.
"He's at 50% Hull. This is mine!"
"Miss. Miss. Miss. Miss."

In my haste to align, I'd stopped chasing him. He pulled out of range of my guns and became invincible. Look at the replay, he's 50% hull, I'm only 5 km away from him, he's invincible. I should have taken the extra shot before aligning; make sure he's dead before I attempt my getaway... I reckon I even had time to loot his wreck before his corp mates arrived: it was that bad.

So of course, once I'd realized - I tried to course correct. I did get a bit closer, but it all took a bit too long and I paid the price. Such is the nature of EVE.

Fortunately, the fight was recorded since I fixed my streaming :) it's only a 3 minutes video, watch me die:

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