Sunday, June 27, 2010

Ships I fly - The Rifter (Shield Rifter Meets it Match)

As I talked about in an earlier post Ships I fly - The Rifter I love shield tanking my Rifter. Well last night my shield tanked rifter died a painfull death to a armour tanked Rifter.

This was the ship that killed me...

[Rifter, Hera Darkthorn's Rifter]
Damage Control II
Small Armor Repairer II
200mm Reinforced Rolled Tungsten Plates I

1MN Afterburner II
J5b Phased Prototype Warp Scrambler I
X5 Prototype I Engine Enervator

150mm Light AutoCannon II, Barrage S
150mm Light AutoCannon II, Barrage S
150mm Light AutoCannon II, Barrage S
E5 Prototype Energy Vampire

Small Projectile Burst Aerator I
Small Projectile Metastasis Adjuster I
Small Projectile Metastasis Adjuster I

The important feature here was that it was using Barrage and had rigs to compensate for the poor tracking. What this means is that she had me scram webbed so she could control range. Then she held me off at approx 5 km where she was able to do more damage to me then I was able to do to her. That combined with her active tank meant that I was not able to kill her. Near the end of the battle I had switched over to barrage myself but it was too late by then. I died as she was entering structure.

I have her fit because later on I found her with my jaguar in a nearby system and engaged her again. The same issues happened however the Jag has a much better tank then the rifter and it was victorious (annoyingly close however).

What is surprising is that I was confident in victory. In the past every time I engage another rifter with my shield fit I win in a close range slugfest. This time however my opponent did something better then just hit approach, she used range to her advantage and she emerged victorious. In other words.... she out piloted me.

Kudos to her (probably a guy in real life but whatever) for actually flying her ship and not just hitting orbit and praying.


  1. I really don't think those tracking rigs would have been necessary. The Rifter has godlike tracking to begin with, and the nerf implied by barrage means nothing, especially since he had you webbed.

    I opt for ambit rigs over the meta ones, but that's essentially my fit. Great tackle setup, and does well in frigate 1v1s.

  2. Other point: Hera is one of eve's top PvPers - I wouldn't have been surprised if he was running w/ implants on top of the superior fit.

  3. He was pretty good. It was probably a combination of superior skills, implants and, most importantly tactics.