In wormhole space, patience is a good way of finding ganks. Just having the holes, the sites, and then sitting around in an inhabited system with a scram-fit bomber or two will get you kills. PI runners, haulers, ventures… and sometimes something a little special. One time, I was prowling around in our chain in a stealth bomber when I saw two industrials on dscan. Guessing from dscan which hole they were heading too, I warped to it… and just missed them. Darn. However, I am a patient man, and they had a nice highsec wormhole one jump away from their home. If I hung around, there’d be more industrials.
First: the setup. I got into their system and burnt a bounce spot at jump range from their wormhole, and meanwhile, brought an alt up and did the same on the other side in another bomber. Being at a bounce, and one not aligned to anything in particular, I was safe enough from surprise decloakings. Tactically, my bombers on either side could see any incoming transports in plenty of time for the other to get into range, and both were equipped with not just a long point but also a scram to deal with any warp core stabilisers. In position, I started catching up on my blog reading and waited for targets to show up.
It took about an hour – but what turned up in my net turned out to be well worth the wait. An Orca warped from their pos and sat on the wormhole. The wormhole was a pristine c5-c5 connection, so an Orca would not threaten it. Meanwhile, the Orca was just… sitting there. I was now cloaked up a few kilometers off it. My alt was cloaked up next to the other side. The Orca, meanwhile, was just sitting there, not aligned, not jumping, just sitting there. Huh. I called in a couple of pilots to help kill it – one got a little distracted by a cloaky Loki and chased it instead, but Alastair came along in a Thorax.
As soon as Alastair jumped through, I decloaked my bomber and we took him down. I guess he was afk or something – he didn’t align, didn’t jump, didn’t call in backup. Just died. Not that it would have mattered – my stealth bombers could each decloak and have it scrammed well before it could align, and jumping wouldn’t help, as both sides were covered. So chalk one up for patience. Well, ok. Chalk up his pod too.
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