Here is a battle report from this past Sunday’s action, hope you like it. Also there will always be “that guy” who will rage at the doctrine name, I know about SwiftCats – but that long german name is how DOT Bros actually call that fitting.
Battle Report: Superwaffe Tag des jüngsten Gerichtes a.k.a EloCats.
D7-ZAC solar system, like many other Tribute systems was being contested by GoonSwarm Federation and Co. who dropped SBUs in a continuation of what it seems to be a forever war in Tribute.
Famed FC Elo Knight, formed up a Naga/Tornado Tier 3 fleet to shoot the SBUs and hopefully provoke a fight. It didn’t took long for the DOT brothers to actually “get it”, Lazarus Telraven (LazTel) from GoonSwarm Federation had formed up a sizable Alpha Maelstrom fleet which showed up and proved to be too much for Elo’s fleet. So the retreat order was given to the DOT Brothers to hustle up to G5ED-Y (Vale of the Silent) for a reship.
Initially the doctrine of choice was going to be AHACs, but at the last minute Elo Knight decided to swap for the “Superwaffe Ishtars” and issued the order to buy up all the market orders and contracts for “Ishtars” in the Vale Market and stack sensor range dampener in the mids and light artillery on the highs.
The DOT Bros fleet was a bit perplexed out of this, other were intrigued. Still the new composition was formed in hassle and the new fleet bridged its way back toward D7-ZAC.
The plan was to get the Ishtars to assign the sentries to the FC (in this case Elo) who would call primaries (and thus engage the drones) while the rest of the fleer distributed the sensor dampeners along the enemy fleet Huggins and Maelstroms. Small tackle was to be dealt with the small artillery.
So the cyno goes in D7-ZAC just as the GoonSwarm Federation fleet was about to leave thought the H-W9TY. While they did stayed on the system, they didn’t warped to the cyno, something with Elo Knight had actually been expecting them to do. Finally Elo Knight gives up and decidedly warps his fleet to the H-W9TY gate at range.
Having landed on the gate, a bit of chaos ensued – the DOT Bros. FC ordered his fleet to assign the drones to him in order to focus primary – but this did not works. The drones start shooting at random things which is why on the video below you will hear the FC asking the fleet to scoop and assign drones several times. The other and more grave shortcoming was the lack of a logi anchor, the fleet logistics ships were asked to ancho Elo Knight at 20 – 30 km, something which proved a bad idea.
Still, Elo start calling primaries while secondary orders were issued to the Ishtars to focus sensor dampeners on specific targets (mostly GSF Recons), even with the ensuring chaos and unreliable focus fire you will be able to see in the video how fast those Maelstroms started to drop. Meanwhile, LazTel started calling DOT Bros Lokis and Ishtars as primaries which manage to hold reps, then after losing a couple more ships the Goon FC notice the closeness of the enemy logistics (remember these had no anchor) and thus he calls them primary to good success. Laz was called primary several times, yet their logistic proved more than competent keeping him alive. Elo eventually go down and Ipsus (another Black Legion FC) takes over, the fight continues but in the end fleet the Ishtars had to disengage due having fewer logistics and the fear of being hot-dropped with SlowCats, still definitely a good fight from both sides and is nice to see some variation on the doctrines used.
Thanks to Pink Fuzz for the video and the battle report hints:
Oh yeah, D7-ZAC was saved, just in case you were wondering…