I have now been playing Eve Online for three months, and I have lost many, many ships. More than a few of them were lost because of a combination of my inexperience, ineptitude as a pilot, and enthusiasm to throw myself into virtually any engagement.
To phrase it differently, some of my losses have been flat-out stupid. In my first post, I'd like to document some of the more memorable ones.
Let's start with my very first loss mail:
I had just joined Red Federation, and I saw an Augoror Navy Issue outside our station. Pretty much all that went through my mind at that time was: Flashy. Shoot it. I didn't know what an Augoror Navy Issue was and I didn't care. I didn't know about aggression timer and docking mechanics either. Didn't care.
If you have any experience in Eve at all, you can probably guess how quickly I died. You might not think there was much to be learned from this (aside from "don't be an idiot"), but on the contrary, I probably learned more from this loss than any other I have experienced. I immediately learned, and understood the aggression timer & docking mechanics. I quickly learned that I needed to learn what each ship type was and what its capabilities are (which I am still working on). Most importantly, I learned that if I am going to engage someone, I need to have a good idea of how I am going to win before the fight happens.
Next up: http://killfeed.eveuniversity.org/?a=kill_detail&kll_id=113743
Engaged a Manticore on a gate, and was annihilated by the gate guns. Every aspiring pirate had this happen to them once, right? RIGHT? Yeah, I'm an idiot, but I'll definitely never do that again.
This is a case where I scouted the pilot on eve-kill, and knew I'd be facing a HAM Caracal. I figured I'd throw my dual-rep Incursus at him, just to see what would happen. I figured that if I could keep my speed up, load void into my blasters, and overheat that I could rep through the damage and eventually score the kill. Didn't work. While I had virtually no chance of actually winning this, I did make a few mistakes: the biggest of which relying on the "orbit at 500" button. The more I think about this, the more I think that using this button is almost never the right thing to do. I'm going to dedicate a whole separate post to this later.
I could go on forever, but I'm going to end this post with this one: http://eve-kill.net/?a=kill_detail&kll_id=19965874
I had been out looking for a fight for a while, and I finally saw an Incursus on d-scan at a station in Hevrice. I warped to the station at 100km, and slow-boated around, just to let him know that I wanted a fight. He eventually warped to a novice plex, and I warped at a range of 50km. The logic here was that I thought he might be blaster fit (I was rail fit), and didn't want to get caught on the acceleration gate at zero if he was. My whole plan for winning was to kite him within scram/web range.
I have already made a mistake here. I could have easily looked at his ship to see whether he was rail fit or blaster fit. If he was rail fit, I would know that I was probably up against a fit very similar to my own, against a pilot with far more experience and skill points. The only right choice here would be to avoid the fight, and move on.
I warped into the gate at range, and saw my opponent sitting on the gate at zero. I loaded spike in my guns, and moved within range. I launched my drone, and starting firing a few volleys. I wanted him to burn towards me, and start the fight off the gate, which would help avoid any of his corp-mates from warping in and blobbing me. My plan was then to switch to faction ammo, and scram kite him at my optimal range.
This didn't happen. Instead, he killed my drone, and took the gate into the plex. Now that I'm down a drone, I should have just given up, gone back to high sec, bought a new drone, and found a new fight, right? That would have been a good idea. Instead, I followed him into the plex, we fired away at each other at our optimal range, and predictably I lost the fight. I was still fixated on the idea that he might be fit with dual reps, and that I would have been able to kite him and have a good chance of winning. Obviously, the only correct decision here was not to take the fight, and I had ample opportunity to gather enough information to come to that conclusion. Once I lost my drone, it should have been even more obvious.
Most of my blog is going to be dedicated to my losses, for two reasons: 1. I lose ships VERY often, and 2. I find that losing a ship inspires more thought and analysis about my approach to PvP than anything else. A good loss can have me thinking for DAYS about what I could have done differently.