If anyone would be willing to enlight me on a few points regarding the rules of engagement in high-sec space, as me and fellow corporations members faced issues tonight. Read what follows for the main lines of what happened.
As a mining fleet (and corp), we were mining ice (in high-sec) until a player shows up with his T3 cruiser (proteus). He then started to repeatedly ram our ships for no reason and tried to bait us into engaging him by looting one of our fresh rat wrecks (earning a suspect status) and throwing duels at our miners. We asked him why he was doing this and asked to stop. His answer was to wardec us right away…
As a deterent, we called in 2 of our battleship (scorp + rokh) players to guard our miners (2 orcas + 3 barges) for a few minutes and he eventually warped away and so did our battleships.
He came back 15 mins later with a cargo. As soon the cargo got within 4km of our fleet, a suicide fleet of his, jumped to engage us, thus triggering our defensive drones (and blue-flagging us in the process). As you’d expect, Concord showed up and destroyed them in a timely manner.
Their capsules managed to get out but our fleet didn’t suffered much damage besides losing 1 mining barge (covetor), so we decied to stay there as we were confident in our drone contingent (15+ T1/T2 drones). Less than a minute later, he shows up with his proteus again (now blue-flagged) and engage one of orcas (warp scrambled, etc) and despite having an absolute tons of drones on him, his shield went down but his armor never moved at all.
Both battleships eventually showed back up but it was too late to save the orca. Some more fighting occured but it’s not revelant to my main question which follows.
Since Concord never engaged when the player came back (despite being flagged as criminal) and attacked us again. Does it constitute a valid & fair tactic to use a suicide-gank fleet to blue-flag players for further engagement? Or does that constitute an exploit as it is a way to engage in high-sec PvP activities without being shot by Concord?
See this link : https://ccpcommunity1436997059.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/210554829-Known-Declared-Exploits
It is also considered an exploit to commit a criminal act and prevent ship loss to CONCORD by any means.
As for mistakes, we don’t need the long list of what we did wrong, we are aware that pvp activities are part of the learning curve and ok with it. Wrong fittings, tactics, allies management, leaving after the first wave, etc…
Sincere appologies for the poor english as it’s not my main language.