Two Megathron-class Battleships down in a twenty-four hour period with illogical fittings, or are they?
At 21:31 on the 31st of May in the system of J231710, Crystal Yaken, a member of the wormhole corporation Seven Guardians lost a Megathron with questionable fittings to a Loki and Proteus of Low-Class.
Although at first glance this seems to be an egregious fitting mistake by the pilot, the presence of the Higgs Anchor rig, which was introduced in Phoebe, must be noted. Upon interview with the pilot it was learned that the Megathron was fit in a throw-away manner in order to collapse wormholes that connected with Seven Guardians’ home system.
Less than a day later, Crystal lost a similarly fit Megathron at 12:29 on the 1st of June in the High-Security system of Perimiter to a Forsaken Asylum(KRAZE) Proteus.
Forsaken Asylum are well known for their tear-harvesting method of ‘War-Deccing’ alliances and corporations that move expensive assets in and out of High-Security space.
The Forsaken Asylum pilot Luukje explained that the Megathron was spotted by his scout as it jumped into Perimeter. This was when Luukje pounced, dropping three Warp Scramblers on the Megathron from his Proteus. Yaken, noting that the Megathron was unable to warp despite the four equipped Warp Core Stabilizers, began to reapproach gate. Luukje landed a bump and Stasis Webifier on the Megathron, sending it careening away from jump-range and to its quick demise.
Crystal Yaken informed TMC that this loss was due to the improper scouting of Perimeter. However you may choose to look at this loss, it was pilot error but also a calculated risk. Members of Goonswarm Federation, for example, experience constant war-dec by groups like Forsaken Asylum, and because of this there is a calculated risk in every ship purchased a ship in Jita with the intent to move it somewhere using a main character.
Perhaps the moral of this “ALOD” is not that Crystal Yaken fit a ship with hyper-expensive modules (he didn’t), or as first glance would tell you, is incompetent at ship fitting. The true lesson to be learned is that EVE is a game of calculated risk and calculated reward. Closing a wormhole with a half-fitted and half-rigged Battleship has a greater reward than the 300 Million ISK killmail of said Battleship.
Running the High-Security ganking gauntlet sometimes has a higher reward than risk… if you make it through in one piece that is.