Hi, I am Sol!
Yesterday me and my friend @Black_Pedro transported a Raitaru through highsec. I was flying a mammoth, the equivalent of a Truck in EVE ONLINE, and he was commanding a fleet of seven outlaws (and/or soon to be) as my personal escort.
We went eighteen jumps to pick up the Raitaru, and another ten+ to our destination. A few jumps before we’ve reached it, we saw a small fleet of suicide gankers sitting at the gate, waiting … for us.
BOOM. My ship exploded.
Well deserved, I might say.
Now, the reason why my ship exploded was not because they were there, trying to make others pissed off. They did not even respond to me in local. It was because, despite being escorted, we were completely unprepared. It’s simply not enough to just have an escort.
One could say that an escort isn’t even necessary as long as you put enough brain into what you’re doing. Knowing your enemy is half the battle!
The outlaw’s fleet was composed of Coercers and … a capsule*. Their fleet were two Vexors using sentry drones and a Rupture sporting 720mm Artillery. We did not actually anticipate this. If we had spent time thinking about how they’re going to operate, we would have realized that the relatively short range fitted coercers wouldn’t actually have helped us.
Instead, what we would have needed, were long range weapons to make sure the escort can take out the drones faster than they can take out me. Sure, the fleet was spread around the in-gate, but one or two ships were close enough to do so.
The invulnerability timer would have allowed my escort to distract the gankers, to engage and destroy the drones and ultimately help me survive and getting away.
Next time we’re prepared!
And so will you!
Bonus Content: https://imgur.com/a/j0859Wo
*No, he did not explode on his way. He forgot his ship at departure.