Ganked 78 – In which I lead us to battle against PIZZA, Brave Newbies and VoC
Last night played host to Ganked 78 – Cherry Poppin’. The theme? Artillery Battlecruisers and down. The FC? Why, it was me. Yes, I had finally decided to lead my first Ganked roam.
We gathered up 140 brave pilots in Rens, with a bizzare mixture of ships. Tornados, Thrashers and Hurricans were expected. The Panther, Vargur and Vulture were… not. But oh well.
Whilst waiting in Rens, a suspect Cyclone decided to try and bait on the undock. This is normally a good idea, unless there’s a 100 man arty fleet right next to you. His Cyclone was pretty standard. His pod was a crystal set. Whoops.
So at 2000 we departed Rens. Our initial destination was Providence. Whilst the war had ended 36 hours beforehand, I was not about to let that discourage us. So to Providence we went. Guess what we found in Provi?
Nothing. A whole lot of nothing. No bombers. No ratters. No scouts. Nothing.
So we ignored Provi. We went forward to HED-GP. Nothing.
So we made our way towards Querious by way of Catch, at which point we received word of a Verge of Collapse gang some distance behind us. We burn back a couple jumps where a scout reports their gang – Tengus, Basilisks and a bunch of Recons. Their scout jumps past us, so they know where we are. We know where they are. They know what we have. We know what they have. So VoC did something extraordinary, just to get a fight. They jumped their 30-40 man gang into us.
The resulting fight can be found on SirSqueeble’s twitch stream here at 1:27:40. Likewise, here’s a screenshot from another video;
We tore through the enemy Basilisks, at which point the Tengus warped off with a couple of losses in their ranks too thanks to some superb tackling by the likes of Green Gambit and Melkor Valor. VoC’s pricey fits meant we had just destroyed over 14 Billion ISK in the span of about 4 minutes. We’ll take that. Battle Report is here. Massive props to VoC for coming into a fight they knew they could not win. You guys rock.
Following this, we diverted to Curse to drop off some loot and kill some random nullseccers in a belt. Zealot included. Not bad.
Onwards we went towards Delve. Our new destination? NOL-M9. TEST are leaving and we plan to throw them a party with projectile rounds.
2 jumps from NOL, a scout has called a cyno in a side system. It’s a Rapier on station, so the scout engages whilst the rest of the fleet heads over. The Rapier is dying, as expected, but then a Thanatos undocks from the station. No big deal, he’s probably going to rep the Rapier. The Carrier pilot has other ideas. Since there’s only a couple of destroyers, he’ll blap them with his drones! Right as 100 ships jump into system. Oh.
Now unable to dock, the Thanatos takes a full broadside from our fleet.
So it was, on the 10th of August, did Ganked down a Goonswarm Carrier on a station, in less than 60 seconds. Killmail.
We quickly snapped back to our original route and found ourselves one jump away from NOL in PR. Our Panther pilot is running ahead, and tells us to warp to the gate. So we warp. Turns out he meant he had something tackled, and ignored the stop bubble that was away from the gate.
What followed was devastation, as over 15 PIZZA bombers decloaked above us. Our efforts to survive were brave – we knocked out about 10 of them. But the remainder struck true. The bombs completely annihilated about 80% of the fleet. Vargur and all. All hope seemed lost, but there was a shining beacon of hope. Very few of us had been podded and this was NPC nullsec.
We docked up by the dozens within system and bought anything we could. Hastily fit Thrashers, frigates and whatever else we could purchase. PIZZA had reshipped to Talwars and were sat outside, with the undock bubbles and camped. A cyno had been lit on the NOL gate and Armour HACS and Guardians were pouring in, belonging to PIZZA’s allies. So we fit everything we could. The brave 70 who would fight. We would make it to NOL or die to the last man.
With a yell in local, we undocked in our charge. We broke through the camp and forced them to scatter.
We chased and brawled for a few minutes before we received word the AHAC fleet had left the NOL gate and were en route to us. So we went to the NOL gate were they had left their Cyno. A 900 million ISK Loki? Yes please. Renegades did not take kindly to this and came back onto the gate, so we ran next door into 1DH.
With courage in our hearts and ammo in our guns, we re-approached the gate and prepared to fight to the very last man. PIZZA came through first with their talwars, so we fought.
We fought and we fought. So we won. Huh.
Not having any of this malarky, the AHAC fleet gave chase as we fell back again into A-E. This time, we fought and we died.
Back to Rens we went, by way of the medbay. We decided Brave Newbies would be worth a fight, and relocated to Stacmon to go out. 35 Frigates and Destroyers were all that remained of us.
On our way through lowsec we ran into some Pandemic Legion Vexors. Turns out Brave Newbies were chasing them with a 100 man Battleship + down gang, so we lost a bunch of ships. Whoops.
Our final roam was with 23. We fit up Destroyers and set out for the Brave Newbies HQ system again, where we met their 100 man frigate gang at a planet.
23 vs 100. It was glorious.
We came in at 50 and kited away from their gang, forcing them to close the distance. Our Algos and Talwars kited above and ahead to draw them further in, whilst our Catalysts and Thrashers held the front line, tackling and killing anything that tried to break through,
The Brave Newbies needed no such tactics. They charged en masse. Frigate after frigate burned towards us, and our destroyers met them in kind. The BNI forces had fit their frigates haphazardly on purpose, so we tore through them. We downed frigate after frigate, but they merely reshipped. Cruisers started appearing within their fleet and we knew it was over, but we kept fighting regardless.
Our Destroyers were now dropping off fast and we eventually ended the fight. 23 vs 100. 61 Kills onthe Ganked killboard, but many more on ZKillboard here.
So thank you to Brave Newbies for actually trying to give us a much more fun fight (which you managed!). Thanks to VoC for having the balls to jump into our fleet earlier. Thanks to PIZZA who, despite bombing us, gave us an actual fight with Talwars. No thanks to Renegades Council, because no.
We killed 173 ships for a total of 23 billion ISK across 5 hours on my first FC’d roam. Even better, someone frapsed all our major fights. So watch it;
BONUS: Here’s my notes from during the roam.