A couple days ago I earned the right to start flying Gallente interceptors. There are two ships in this category, the Ares and the Taranis. The Ares is a quick and nimble interceptor that is ideal for gangs and locking targets down for the rest of your group to deal with but the real reason I have been working towards this ship class is for the Taranis. Compared to most interceptors, the Taranis is slow as hell but it makes up for it with the fact that it can unleash a fantastic amount of firepower. Rather than comparing it to other interceptors, I have been planning towards this ship the mindset that it is an upgrade to my Incursus. It is a very comparable ship except for the fact that it deals 25% more blaster damage, can carry one extra drone, is twice as fast, can tank a little bit more damage, gets a bonus to signature radius and propulsion jamming capacitor costs, etc etc etc... Virtually the only disadvantage from my Incursus is that this ship costs about 10 times as much to purchase and fit.
So I had a corporation member pick me up a Taranis and the fittings for it from Jita during a trip. The ship arrived and I arranged a pretty standard blaster fit I have seen many other pilots use:
3x Light Ion Blaster II's w/ Faction Antimatter
1x 1MN Microwarpdrive II
1x X5 Prototype Engine Enervator
1x J5 Prototype Warp Inhibitor
1x Damage Control II
1x Magnetic Field Stabilizer II
1x Overdrive Injector System II
2x Hobgoblin II
In my first couple of days I have destroyed 8 ships, podded 4 pilots and lost 1 Taranis. Unfortunately I have not really had a kill yet in any situation where my Incursus would not have done just as well but good targets have been scarce. The one loss occurred when I found a very inexperienced pilot in a Drake ratting. I attempted to destroy him solo and got him about halfway through his shields before having to back off and orbit at range with my microwarpdrive running. I held him in place for at least five minutes while trying to find someone from my corporation to bring in more firepower. A simple tech I cruiser would have been enough but unfortunately no one was available. Starting to get desperate, I opened a channel with the pilot and let him know that I had a gang about to warp in and only 20 million isk would save his ship. It was a downright lie and he did not even respond to my request. A few moments later, a pilot in an Ishtar jumped in and landed right on top of me. I attempted to microwarpdrive away but he webbed me down and destroyed my already battered ship.
A lackluster start to my career as an interceptor pilot but it certainly hasn't been the ships fault. Hopefully some more appropriate targets will start popping up so I can really test what she can do.
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