Fought Zao Amadues on stream tonight!
Mixu announced that he was going to try out the new inties today. I missed the last fleet they had and decided to put my Taranis to good use today! Harry, decides he wants to join, but he doesn't have an inty so he tags a long in a Firetail instead. Stage was set, I had no date, a two liter bottle of Cola and an all perfume mix tape!
We get two jumps out of home, when we find a stratios on scan. Mixu scurries back to get a scanning Arazu. We did get the signature he was in scanned down but the stratios noticed our presence and buggered off before we could even get into warp to the site. Probes were dropped on grid. I think next time we could probably have saved a second or two on deploying drones off grid.
Mixu jumps back in his Malediction and we head into Metropolis. All in all, we get a few close calls but no one was willing to fight. We end up being somewhat spread out. No voice comms made it hard to figure out where people were at, and the generall lack of kills made us a bit more soloish than gang. We would try to get something and the rest would assist... If we ever found anything. After a few jumps I jump into a seboed rupture. Luckily, I came out of warp aligned to a belt. I warp to it and land 100 km from a Rifter that was beltratting. He warps off, and I decide to put the warp speed change to the test. I warp to his celestial at 100, but alas land 100 of him again. He warps off and I try again to warp to 0 to that celestial. No luck, he lands off me and warps station. I give up, and the rest of the gang is a few jumps out at this point.
My failure captured on stream
I didn't die! But we didn't get any kills either. Mixu writes the name of a mission plex, just as I am about to land on the gate one jump out. They are already there, but I believe they weren't out to catch Zao Amadues, flying his extremely fun looking dual tanked Breacher. I land on the gate and Zao is there! Which is pretty cool, cause I suspected he would be streaming. Sadly, my computer can't handle watching the stream and playing at the same time. When i get in, he is in low armor and we're chipping into structure. Repping with both the armor and the shield made it super hard to actually get him all the way down.
I have never flied a Taranis like this before. I have only done fleet tackle, and I've never been flying the ranis and being a primary source of DPS at the same time. Something i totally failed during the fight. When I landed and got in fighting position, Harry was already down. Mixu was TD fit, and I was dual prop, so no more webs for us. I get scram/webbed and switch to AB. At this point I was applying damage, but I started aligning out and I got out in structure.
Mixu bravely holds point for a very long time. I didn't know Harry was down at this point, so I rep up and I expect the fight to be over already. Spending more time getting back than I should've done. This time around I immediately get aggro on jump in. I am able to deal with it and put my drones on Zao, trying to stay out of scram range. Realizing I do NO damage what so ever I burn in and get scrammed again. I thought that was OK, I could get out if I wanted. I lightly apply DPS again and then im Target Painted by the rats. God damn Rats! I am all of the sudden taking WAY more dps from the rats, and from Zao now focusing on me! I derp with my AB, turning it of instead of overloading it. But fix it almost immediately. I was aligned, and got out in structure again!
I decided to go with ENAM instead of Magnetic Field Stabilizer or tracking enhancer on it, because I expected to be in a fleet situation in 0.0 and expected to have to worry less about fighting frigs(which is why I settled on dual prop) I think this saved me, but might have cost us a kill.
If I had refitted to scram/web, instead of MWD/scram/web I could probably had spent more time in the fight doing more deeps. If we didn't do it with a bunch of rats present, maybe I could've stayed longer in the fight. I think I might also go for rails next time.
The ship survived, so there is that! And from the stream chat, it looked like they were enjoying themselves. Even thought it might have been more comedy than drama really. Flying Inties is hard! I think I might focus more on getting the Frigate groove on.