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Tusker FFA – Smartbombing Carrier, thousands of frigs killed

Saturday night saw play to the second Tusker Frigate Free For All. The first one, taking place last year, was a great success with over 2000 ships being destroyed across the 4 hour event. Surely this year would prove to be even bigger, better and more explosive?

Spoiler: It was.

I had chosen 6 dual-repair Incursi as my ship of choice, with an extra Merlin, Comet and Firetail as secondaries. Should be fun!

The night kicked off 15 minutes late due to logistical issues, but within moments we were hitting the top belt with all haste.

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The first Belt quickly turned into a complete clusterfuck. Within moments, many wrecks littered the field. I bravely engaged a Kestrel, only to be pounced upon.

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My first Incursus could not hold up, especially since I forgot to reload the cap booster, and my first Incursus exploded. Not a good start. My second and third Incursi fared equally badly, being overwhelmed with no success. The third one fights off 6 frigates before a group of 3 overwhelms it. Bugger.

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The FFA was now in top gear. Explosions were constant as 200 pilots engaged constantly across belts and planets. Whilst people died by the hundreds, I was now in my 4th Incursus and proceeding to tank a lot.

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Siuil went for me. I STOPPED HIM.

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Mangalalala and Patrick were next

Mangalalala and Patrick were next

3 on 1. Dual Rep Incursus too stronk.

3 on 1. Dual Rep Incursus too stronk.

The Executioner burnt out of range. The Merlin did not.

The Executioner burnt out of range. The Merlin did not.

Whoops

Whoops

So the FFA continued for almost 2 more hours, when my corpmate logged on. We chatted, as you do. Then he hot-dropped a Thanatos into the top belt.

No, really.

Boo

Boo

In addition, he started smartbombing. About 50 people warped straight to the belt at 0. They all died. It was rather amusing to watch. Especially amusing was when a 15 man alliance’s frigate gang (bads!) warped in. They died too.

The Thanatos, sat on our Mumble comms, had no intention of leaving again, so we started hammering it.

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It exploded. The pod escaped. Thanks were said from ourselves to the carrier pilot.

It was only 2000 EVE, and we had 4 more hours to go. So we rocked on into the night. The Tuskers kept using their shiny ships to police the FFA, killing people ganging up and those using cruisers/bcs. They also warped a Freighter into a belt, filled with modules. That went as expected.

I was running out of ships, resorting to my final few as we crept up on 2200.

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Finally, I ran out of ships at 2315 and called it a night, missing the last 45 minutes of the fight.

It’ll take a while for all the kills to come in, but we broke the record of the first FFA by a massive margin. Dotlan shows 4700 kills so far.

Killboard – if you got a kill in the FFA, post it here!

My own kills

kills1Thanks muchly to the Tuskers for putting the event on, as well as everyone else for showing up. It was an absolute blast.

Don’t forget that Ganked 52: Shaft is tomorrow night. Thorax hulls are the game!

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Tusker FFA results in explosions and hilarity.

Saturday night played host to the Tusker Frigate FFA. Over 120 pilots gathered for a massive brawl, resulting in over 2000 ships being destroyed over the course of a few hours – nearly all of them actually frigates!

The action kicked off at 2000 EVE time, with nearly all of us on the Tusker’s mumble server to chat away. Once the “go” was given, most people warped to the top belt to begin the brawl.

The Battle begins

I had chosen a Rail Atron as my ship of choice, and had about 5 tucked a couple of jumps away in High Security space. Having never flown this fit before, I was unsure what it could do. Not a lot, as it turns out. The poor DPS was, however, mitigated by the fact it was fast as hell.

Belt 1 was quick turning into a graveyard – pilot after pilot went GCC and exploded against each other. The sound of autocannons and blasters filled the liquidy space of EVE.

Half an hour into the fight!

Many e-famous EVE players graced us with their presence. Miura Bull of  Brutor Bullfighter, Mangala Solaris of RvB, Rixx Javix of EVEOGANDA and Cheradenine Harper of Diaries of a Space Noob all showed up to prove that they were the best out there. We even had EVE’s famous singer, Sindel Pellion appear!

The Tuskers were providing free tech1 fitted frigates from the station,  so even the poorest among us were able to reship time and time again. My first Atron died to a Firetail, but I avenged it by scoring a bunch of kills across the board with the second Atron. I even saw Sindel sitting, at 0, in a Velator.

I did the only thing I could do.

I’M SORRY SINDEL

The night raged on, with the battles spilling into every belt and onto every custom’s office in the whole system. Each warpin was a battleground and wrecks clogged the overview.

I engaged Cheradenine briefly here, but he warped in Structure.

The Tusker’s did their part in spicing up the  night – they dropped cans with various loot (PLEX, Faction items) at planets and Faction Warfare complexes, followed by an announcement in local. That chosen spot soon become a new battlefield.

I may have dropped on and killed a Mangala.

I soon swapped my Atrons for a Merlin and Incursus, loving the massively increased DPS.

One of the Tusker organisers even warped a Megathron out for us to try to kill, which we obviously did.

My personal favourite kill was a Daredevil who decided to GCC against me in a belt – whilst at 0. Scram, web, dead. K.

At 2200 EVE, the field opened up to allow Tech 2 and Faction frigates to take part – normally ending in the T1 pilots ganging up on their more powerful brethren!

WOOP WOOP THIS IS THE SOUND OF THE POLICE

One of the asteroid belts during the brawl – quite a lot of wrecks!

I, uh, enjoy killing Mangala

Finally, as they said they would, Fweddit showed up 15 minutes before the end in Blackbirds, Thrashers and Hurricanes – by this point there was only about 50 of us remaining. Good going, guys.

The Tuskers ended the night by launching a Faction Fit Smartbomb Navy Typhoon at the star, which we had a bit of trouble killing!

Smartbombs, how do they work?

We had to bail the field as the Typhoon entered structure since Fweddit finally showed their faces, alpha’d a few frigs (and the Phoon!) and warped off again. Oh well!

We’ve posted all the kills we can on the RvB Ganked Killboard HERE.

Easily one of the best nights I’ve had in EVE so far – the combat was fun, the setup was excellent and the comms were hilarious. Many thanks to the pilots involved in setting it all up.

If the Tuskers do another FFA, you should all attend. It’s worth every ship.