Normally, I don’t call out pilots who fly like complete idiots, because that’s not very cool. The goal of this blog is to help people improve their PvP by taking a critical look at their game and identifying not just tactics, but approaches to the game and ways of looking at things, too.
But, in rare cases, improving one’s game requires public ridicule as a motivator. You have to be certain that you either a) never want to speak to that person again, or b) understand what makes that person tick. And the mistake has to be particularly egregious. This scenario suits both criteria.
Yesterday, I observed a loss that was just horrible. The pilot in question was flying a Svipul – oddly enough a dual ASB fit – and slid into a FW plex to fight a lowly Catalyst. As you might imagine, the catalyst was sitting right at zero, and the fight began quickly. It ended almost as quickly, too.
That’s right, folks. The Svipul pilot was me. What was my egregious error, other than losing T3D to T1D? Did I forget to overheat? No. Did I forget to load the right ammo? No. Did I delay before turning on my ASBs? No. I made the most basic error you can in a T3D.
I forgot to switch to defensive mode!
That’s a colossally stupid mistake – a T3D 101 lesson, if you will – and resulted in such an embarrassing death that I can’t begin to describe to you. I was in a fleet at the time, and my corpmates, bless their hearts, were trying to salve my shame by pointing out all sorts of excuses. “That was always going to be a close fight,” Thedaius said.
No, it wasn’t. He was at 20% structure when I died. I just needed 2 more cycles of my guns. If I’d have been in defensive mode, my ASB cycles would have fully repped the incoming damage and I wouldn’t have even bled any armor. This was 100% preventable if I’d have remembered the quintessential fact about the freaking ship I was flying!
Just shameful. Inexcusable. Stupid.
So, consider this a Talvorian Dex roast. Please shame me. I need it so I never do this again. I need it so badly that I’m lifting my ban on ad hominem comments for this post. I look to you to live up to Eve’s reputation for brutal trolling!
Even I need harsh lessons from time to time.