Hello, and welcome to my diary! Here I will be chronicling my personal transformation from a PvP noob into slightly-less-of-a-noob. I will be regularly updating my diary with entries in which I dramatically recount exciting PvP experiences I have in EVE and reflecting on what I learn from them. This will primarily be done for your entertainment, although I believe it will be helpful in accelerating my own improvement as well. A link to every entry will be added to the OP.
I first became acquainted with New Eden in 2014 through DUST 514, which I played very heavily from then until its closure last year. I instantly fell in love with New Eden. I loved the lore and the concept. Moreover, I loved the complexity of CCP’s games, which DUST 514 shared through the fitting system. I made this EVE character in 2015 but never played past the trial, then I came back after alpha clones were implemented in November 2016. I was very grateful that CCP had made EVE semi-F2P because I missed New Eden deeply, but my experiences in the trial did not make me confident in committing to subbing. I am loyal to the Minmatar Republic, this loyalty being first aroused from my affection for the Minmatar Scout in DUST 514. Small and fast things are my favourite in all games I play; I get a David-and-Goliathesque sense of satisfaction from taking down larger, stronger, and tankier foes with things that often get underestimated. Ultimately, I play for fun, not to pad my killboard; I spent far too much time in DUST 514 caring about my K/D, so I’ve decided to eschew that attitude in EVE. That said, improving my skills and pushing my performance to the limit is also something I get a lot of enjoyment from.
I prefer to fly solo as opposed to gangs because this makes player skill more of a deciding factor, unless you have a very competent FC who’s good at organising the fleet through complex tactics. The prospect of blobbing some poor helpless guy is not one that appeals to me very much. I’m not opposed to flying with 1 or 2 others though; that can be fun. I’m located in Heimatar and do most of my fighting around Amamake, Auga, Kourmonen, Kamela, Huola, and Arzad. My favourite ship is the Slasher; it fits into the ‘small and fast’ archetype I mentioned above, and it’s cheap. I have a special love for tracking disruptors and I see a lot of potential for player skill to be a factor in the form of strategically swapping between tracking and optimal range disruption scripts.
The Story So Far:
After wanting to biomass from boredom after spending a couple months dabbling in exploration and station trading, I threw myself into low sec PvP in search of some excitement. I’ve been practising PvP in FW for about 3 months now, funded through a very generous donation from an old player from DUST 514 I know. When I started, I was stuffing my lows with plates and my mids with extenders (the orthodox fitting strategy in DUST 514), and wondering why I lost. After every fight I would ask for feedback (the veterans of EVE are incredibly helpful and willing to help newbies) and slowly I’ve come to grasps with the rough meta of solo frigate PvP. Now I’m at a point where I know how to make a fit that might actually work and have a solid bank of knowledge on most things relevant to PvP, so this is the perfect time to start this diary - it will be more exciting and in-depth than ‘Today I learnt the difference between a Warp Scrambler and a Warp Disruptor’. Very recently I started to practice manual piloting, but I’m not very good at it and it will be a little while before I’m proficient enough with it that I can implement it into live combat with reliable success. At the time of writing, I am still an alpha clone.
I thank you for accompanying me on this journey; it will be a lot of fun!
Entry 001: Every Journey Begins with a Single Step - 2017.06.19
Entry 002: So Close! - 2017.06.22
Entry 003: 1 Step Forward, 2 Steps Back - 2017.06.25
Entry 004: Punching Above My Weight - 2017.07.08