As the title goes, what’s your usual/basic engagement sequence?
I know this is an extremely basic aspect of PVP, but I have to admit it’s one where I still make mistakes as I’m learning to fight solo. In the rush to lock/set orbit/approach, etc, I often find myself messing up and/or missing some commands.
For now, the sequence I try to use is this:
0 - Activate prop module (single hotkey press)
1 - Set range (usually with hotkeys, W for orbit, Q for approach, etc)
2 - Lock (usually ctrl + click target on the overview)
3 - Activate modules (usually with hotkeys, as quickly as possible after lock begins)
4… - Manage range, overheat, reps, etc (from this point on, initial engagement is actually done)
To give some better context, I’ll list a couple of examples, some mistakes that I make during the initial engagement of a solo PVP fight:
Set Range vs Lock: This is probably where I make more mistakes: either I feel that while I was trying to set range I wasted time to lock/activate modules/tackle, etc, and the other guy pulled range, or got closer; or that while I was trying to lock and activate modules, I wasted time to start moving, so the other guy got a better positioning and/or hit me harder because I was still stationary.
Lock: I pre-activate modules but click the target too soon as it is warping in, before it can be locked; that messes the sequence and makes me lose valuable seconds (What’s the cue to start engaging a target that’s warping in, btw?)
I know that a lot of answers will probably fall in the “it depends” category, but I thought it was worth a shot asking. Also, I’m 100% aware that with practice I’ll probably make less and less of those mistakes, and I’m out to lose ships and all. But that’s a question that has been bugging me since I started trying to learn solo PVP and that, after quite a few fights, I still can’t answer by myself.
Any insights are very appreciated, thank* you all. o7