DAS BOOT!

Wormholes are a totally different playstyle of EvE.  Even PvP in Wormholes is utterly different from K-space.  Stalking a target from cloak, trying to keep probes out of range, until you are sure you can get a good fix, then dropping in on the target.  Its closer to U-Boat warfare in WWI than anything else.  Neither side has a way of finding the other accurately that doesn’t involve at least letting them know about your presence.  What you end up with is a game of blind-mans bluff played out over a solar system.

  • Gates as they exist in empire don’t exist, and wormholes have a bunch of subtly different rules to keep in mind.
  • Much of your strength will be in probe ships unless you have a staging tower.
  • Surprise kills.  If you are surprised you are already dead
  • Sleepers can totally mess up a fight.  And they will shift targets during a fight so staging an ambush with sleepers on the field can get nasty.
  • People with capital ships get REALLY confident in their abilities.  Even when they shouldn’t be.

Thank you wreckhunter.net

So what you end up with is fleets hiding as best they can, ideally cloaked, at least off d-scan maybe even logged off, hunting after other fleets, either catching them in a complex, or defending a tower, or some other asset they can force a fight over.  It can be absolutely nerve-destroying, and it frequently ends with battles going until late in the night, or early AM hours.

http://tfhc.eve-kill.net/?a=kill_detail&kll_id=9072891

That’s not a good time for US players.

But it’s rewarding, a unique style of combat and for the people that like the cloak-and-dagger element it’s an excellent change of pace.  Just remember, you can go from hunter to hunted VERY fast, so watch your D-Scan and fly dangerous.

I'm using it every time I can

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About Corelin

An Eve playing Fool who occasionally writes about the shenanigans he and his minions get up to.

Posted on August 27, 2011, in Things I think I think, Wormhole Hijinks. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. You’ve described everything I love about wh space in this post! Though the anaolgy with u-boats falls down, because with ninja scanning and onboard scanners for anoms, it is possible to get the jump on someone without revealing your presence.

  2. People use onboard scanner anoms? Yuck. It takes 10 seconds to cycle drones. Smart wormholers hit dscan every 5. Very hard to ninja into that gap.

    But even with all that you never know when someone is coming to get you. You can go from being the hunter (U-Boat) to the prey (fat target) very, VERY fast.

  3. We get many/most of our kills hunting down people in anoms with our onboard scanner. They never see us coming unless they happen to catch us in the second we’re visible when we uncloak from the WH jump and then recloak

    • Stupidity continues to be the most expensive commodity in eve eh? WHY sit at an easily located site without eyes on the wh.

      • Well generally, we don’t get our kills through stale WH’s. We respawn our static and come through right away looking for targets. So from the target WH perspective, its a K162 which they generally don’t notice right away unless they already have probes out.

        I know we generally run anoms in our static, and don’t always have complete control over it (our static is a c2). It’s worth the risk, and if done well, you can be earning isk whilst also playing bait 🙂

      • I’ve been thinking of this reply and how to respond for a bit now. It just goes to reinforce my joy at my luck in avoiding any long-term life in Wormhole space. This sounds like the kind of tactic that is really fun to be on the “be doing” end of, and an absolutely miserable one to be on the “being done to” end.

        Of course the golden rule in EvE is “Do Unto others before others can Do Unto You,”

      • Nah, it’s by no means miserable to be on the end of. If you’re running anoms, you don’t do it in expensive ships. You may lose ships if people like us drop on you, but you’re generally making far more than you lose. And it happens to us in turn as well.

        You save the expensive ships for sites that have to be probed down

  4. Nah, it’s by no means miserable to be on the end of. If you’re running anoms, you don’t do it in expensive ships. You may lose ships if people like us drop on you, but you’re generally making far more than you lose. And it happens to us in turn as well.

    You save the expensive ships for sites that have to be probed down

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