Bring a Brick
Posted by Corelin
Faction Warfare fights tend to be fast and furious. The number of kills, the amount of fighting and the chaotic nature of the fighting leads to lots and lots of pew pew, and plenty of ships get blown up on both sides. There’s a lot of folks who end up losing ships all the time and quitting the PvP side, just farming LP and waiting for dump days. Let’s look at what happened in this fight:
A small fight, nothing crazy atypical. Let’s do a breakdown by ships that are heavily biased towards DPS, and ships that are heavily biased towards tank.
All the T3s are DPS focused, ditto for both BS, the brutixes, and the stealth bombers. I’ll also lump in the Harbingers and Hurricanes as they tend to be more ganky, especially in shield fleets.
Drakes and Feroxes are the main “tanked” ships.
Of the DPS types? 22 got in the fight, 12 got pasted. Of the tanky types? 15 engaged, 1 got killed. I didn’t even cherry pick a fight. I didn’t have to, in the absence of a solid fleet doctrine the need to live and keep producing DPS outweighs the need for an increase in damage that won’t be mirrored across the fleet. Bringing 30 or so Tornadoes? Ok that’s enough damage and agility that you can think about facing off toe to toe with people, bringing 3 with 25 Drakes? That’s 3 easy kills. If you see people posting ship types and the first words you think are “Kitchen Sink” you really should bring a brick. Something with a lot of tank that won’t draw the other FC’s attention as something he can kill quick and get some DPS off the field.
Most FW fights aren’t to the death. Fleets warp out and no one spreads points too well. Fleets are often mish-mashes and rather unorganized. Several times one of my pilots has reported being primaried but not pointed. These days it’s really easy to tell if you are pointed, if the bars start crashing and you don’t see that icon? Warp the fuck out. Unless you are tackling something big you can get out, get yourself back together and get back in the fight. You aren’t doing any good giving up a killmail to people too dumb to keep you tackled just so you can stay on grid for one or two more cycles of guns.
Fly smart and bring your ship back. If you aren’t replacing ships as much you are joining more fleets and probably having more fun, all the same when you DO lose a ship, you will be in a better place to have a replacement ready, so don’t sweat it too much, learn from the experience, don’t repeat mistakes and have fun.