I’m a returning highsec miner.
I’ve always been super risk-averse. I fly with my main in a porp and three alts, each in procurers. Procurers have high shield tank and moderate hull tank, porp has high hull tank and moderate shield tank.
General setup is to have my procurers sit with ECM drones while they mine. My main sits with Mining Drone IIs and boosts.
Was jumped by a Triglavian recon squad yesterday for the first time, and it was totally unexpected. When they flew in, I just swapped all my ships out to field their combat drone flights. For the procurers, that’s four Warrior IIs and a light ECM drone. For the porp, I can choose between four Warrior IIs and a light ECM drone, or four Valkyrie IIs and a medium ECM drone - I fielded the mediums.
Because I had no idea these were real threats, I just left the drones to do their thing and shield repped with my porp while the miners mined. Porp pulled focus, probably because of the shield logi.
Eventually they got through my porp’s shield and into hull - which, again, is heavily tanked. So that’s when my dumb ass realized something odd was going on, so I got all my combat flights focused on a single recon unit at a time, but spread out the ECM drones across the various NPCs.
Initially three Trigs came in to say hello. After I took down the first one, another two warped in, which I’m assuming was a reinforcement mechanic. But it didn’t really matter. Once I was focusing the damage from all my ships on a single unit at a time, they burned through them pretty easy. No ship loss and only dropped a handful of ECM drones.
Sent my porp back for repairs, then flew back. Salvage looks like it’s gonna cover the porp repair and drone replacement costs. So no biggie, and I’m expecting that next time around if I stat focusing sooner instead of just spreading out my damage like a dumbass, I’ll take less damage next time and probably come out ahead on the salvage to boot.
So it was fun! Livened up my gameplay loop a lot. Looking forward to the next one.
However, on researching it today to see what the hell was going on, everyone seems to be writing angry posts about how they’re storming out of HiSec because Trig Recon Squads. Which may explain why I haven’t seen anyone: I generally try to mine in quiet systems with lots of belts, so it’s not unusual to do a session without seeing many people. But it’s still been weird to not see anybody.
And… Yeah, it was a little bit of a shock, but it wasn’t that bad. Is this really sending my fellow carebears out of HiSec? Or did I just get lucky and pull an easy flight of recon drones?
So here’s the question: Did I just happen to be lucky? Like… Is that just on the easy end of the recon squad thing and it’s usually worse? Or am I just getting the benefit of being a risk-averse paranoid f****r?