I watched for years as forum whine first destroyed battleships, and then moved on to capships. “WAAAAH! WAAAAH! Capships too stronk! Muh nano-gang can’t kill capship fleet! NERF!” I always figured these people envisioned themselves as Luke Skywalker in an X-Wing going against the Death Star.
And the carrier hate in particular was over the top. I tried to tell people that no carrier pilot fears a roaming battleship, or even a roaming caphip for that matter. But you want to see every capship in system insta-dock? Let them see a Sabre on dscan, or a T3 cruiser, or any number of other frigs or cruisers I could name. Of course nobody listened, just as they won’t now. People always believe exactly what they want to believe, nothing more nothing less.
So I recently found a botter I wanted to take out. I watched him, studied him. Has fleets of Ishtars running nullsec anoms constantly,. Must make multi-billions a day. So I maneuvered a carrier into position over some days time. Was risky, moving this thing. But without risk, there is no reward, and nothing ventured nothing gained, right?
I have high carrier skills. Maxed fighter skills and fighers II’s. Not to mention omnidirectional tracking link II’s, drone damage amp II’s etc. So I warped on grid, and there he was, ratting in an afk-Ishtar. I launched fighters and on the first pass fired all heavy weapons on the fighters. I orbited him and kept pounding, and every time the heavy weapons cycled I’d fire them again.
Maybe once I got most of the shield off before it just repaired back to full health again. I had to settle for destroying his drones and calling it a day. My friend watching said “This thing is what I’ve been training for all this time? A Carrier?” I said “Yup.” He said “Why shouldn’t I just switch to training for an Ishtar?” I just shrugged and said “You should.”
So yeah, let’s have some more carrier hate. Come on, let’s hear it. I’m all ears.