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Navi Yarg
Gallente
Lone Star Industries
Posted - 2006.04.06 23:20:00 - [1]
 

I'm about to do portal to war this will be my second level III mission, my first was Drone Infestation ( i did it with help). I'm trying to solo this one what tips do you have and is it doable?

Topodo
Posted - 2006.04.07 01:24:00 - [2]
 

Edited by: Topodo on 07/04/2006 01:26:12
Actually, I would recommend that you hold off on it - Portal to War #2 is the hardest level 3 mission of Gallente/Minmatar space. It ranks up there with Spy Stash.

You may want to get exposed to some of the other missions first before taking it on, to get an idea of the kind of tanking strategy you'll need.

As for myself, I haven't tried Portal to War #2 in a battlecruiser yet. If you truly feel compelled to do so, try to tank thermal and kinetic, and try not to release drones in the first area, or you will agro extra ships and make it an almost impossible fight. And consider yourself warned.

Zekk Pacus
Caldari
RPS holdings
Posted - 2006.04.07 01:36:00 - [3]
 

I had a corp mate who tried portal to war in a brutix a week into flying BCs. He lost four of them.

You need a crazy tank and even then you need to pick targets very carefully. Crank up the resists to stupid levels and use a dual-rep. You also need to be able to do a fair bit of damage because IIRC there's a timer on the mission - if you aren't able to get a certain point before the timer runs out it becomes pretty much undoable.

Lorette
Gallente
Grandma's WIth Guns
Posted - 2006.04.07 01:44:00 - [4]
 

The first area is a...you know what. Its the BB's that get you, just put on rails (if you normaly use blasters) since they snipe from 30km and take em out asap. I can kill all 3 before my cap runs out using Lrg SB2+amp+kinetic hardner, and once they are out let loose the drones for about 5 seconds then re-scoop em which will get the next group of frigs to target you. Re launch the drones and bobs yer uncle only hard part of the mission is done.
The 2nd area switch the kinetic for an EM and its easy (just dont stay in the middle and get everyone shooting at you at once)

Kathira
Gallente
Denial of Service
Freelancer Coalition
Posted - 2006.04.07 05:32:00 - [5]
 

Edited by: Kathira on 07/04/2006 05:35:43
Edited by: Kathira on 07/04/2006 05:34:48
I survived the second part ( staying in middle ) with a heavy tanked brutix, but its a very hard stuff.

Low 3 Hardener 1 medARII 1 1600 Tungsten

The med AR was running all the time and they brought me down from 7.7 k armor to around 2.5 k armor until my 5 Drones and my weapons killed enough to lower their damageoutput so that my AR could hold it.

I tested Brutix with
dual 150th ( heavy tanked )
250th (long range ammunition )
in several level 3 Missions incl. the Extravaganzas ...

The long range has always been easier.



Kayl Breinhar
GoonWaffe
Goonswarm Federation
Posted - 2006.04.07 06:06:00 - [6]
 

This mission is the reason I've decided to run L3 in a Domi.

Arrs Grazznic
Poena Executive Solutions
Posted - 2006.04.07 08:25:00 - [7]
 

One of my corp mates solos all level 3 missions in a Brutix, so this mission sequence is definately do-able in the ship, however you do need good skills and fittings. See this thread for more details.

Cheers,
Arrs

The Knight
GoonFleet
GoonSwarm
Posted - 2006.04.07 11:21:00 - [8]
 

Originally by: Navi Yarg
I'm about to do portal to war this will be my second level III mission, my first was Drone Infestation ( i did it with help). I'm trying to solo this one what tips do you have and is it doable?


The second level of Portal to War is tough. When you first warp in, you are situated right on top of several gamma frigates that web you and proceed to try and blow you up.

Also, there are 3 blackbird sitting out at 25km's. All of these ships aggro as you enter.

Its at this point you need to make a decision about deploying drones, because drones seem to be the trigger for additional spawns which can include a few Navy Moa's.

If you are able to pop the blackbirds and tank the frigs, then you will be in good shape, but the blackbirds are slick and move out to 30km's or more. If your tank is depending on Nos, you'll have to Nos the frigs.

If 30km is a little too far for your guns, then you'll have to try and close while webed...which means you need to kill the frigs.

My tactic, and I'm sure there are better ones but this works for me....is to simply try and tank it all and be very efficient with my kills. I deploy drones on the frigs and start taking down the blackbirds. If you do this fast enough the only extra aggro you will pick up are the soilders. The last 3 times I ran this mission I didn't **** off the Moa's until I was ready. The Brutix takes a beating on this level, but it is doable.

I would also suggest starting to align when your tank starts to show weakness...and then don't hesitate when the whole thing falls apart. Simply warp out and come back and give it another try.

I ran a medium cap booster with 800's and I was able to run the repper the entire time. I didn't want to run dual reppers because the next spawn (through the gate) is an Amar Navy force, so I fitted hardeners.

ZebedeeUK
hirr
Morsus Mihi
Posted - 2006.04.07 13:32:00 - [9]
 

Originally by: Arrs Grazznic
One of my corp mates solos all level 3 missions in a Brutix, so this mission sequence is definately do-able in the ship, however you do need good skills and fittings. See this thread for more details.

Cheers,
Arrs



Yes I do :)

Actually what I did not mention in that thread is that I use
4x250mm Rails with Plutonium (Still do lots of damage at 30km where the Blackbirds are) for the big stuff and then
3x150mm Rails to help the drones with the small stuff.

You absolutely have to take down the blackbirds first with the large guns after that 1 T2 Medium repper and the 3 armour hardeners are enough to recover while your small guns and drone finish of the frigs.

Naqua'aht
Minmatar
N O M A D s u n
Posted - 2007.05.26 10:45:00 - [10]
 

Have just instigated this mission cycle via an agent in Pator. Im flying a Hurricane BC and after reading your thoughts, I am officially worried... ;)

There, not the most auspicious first post ever made but a start none the less.

FT Diomedes
Gallente
Factio Paucorum
Posted - 2007.05.26 11:16:00 - [11]
 

I did this mission in a Myrmidon, with relatively low SP. Warp in, kill the Blackbirds with 250mm rails, while flying away from them. I think I may have used drones on the frigates, but I don't really remember. I don't remember having to warp out, but it's possible that I warped out once.

Naqua'aht
Minmatar
N O M A D s u n
Posted - 2007.05.26 11:37:00 - [12]
 

Originally by: FT Diomedes
I did this mission in a Myrmidon, with relatively low SP. Warp in, kill the Blackbirds with 250mm rails, while flying away from them. I think I may have used drones on the frigates, but I don't really remember. I don't remember having to warp out, but it's possible that I warped out once.


My humble thanks Diomedes.

I may have fluffed things domewhat by failing to complete part 1 before the scheduled reset... silly me Embarassed

Tinilla
Gallente
Posted - 2007.06.03 15:40:00 - [13]
 

I and a friend just did the lvl 2 part of this mission in an Ishkur and Purifier.

The hardest part for us was the 4th stage with all the caldari navy ships.
The webbers right on the gate were the main problem, I ended up warping out 4 times and loosing all 5 of my drones before we were able to get the webbers taken out so I could speed tank the rest of the stage while he sniped with the missiles.

We were thankfully able to get in before the fleet showed up for the last stage and managed to blow the tower up and get out with my ishkur down to only 75% structure.

Zo5o
The Scope
Posted - 2007.06.03 16:04:00 - [14]
 

Originally by: Topodo

Actually, I would recommend that you hold off on it - Portal to War #2 is the hardest level 3 mission of Gallente/Minmatar space. It ranks up there with Spy Stash.


Mordu's legion would disagree with this statement. Wink

Putrudius
Minmatar
Black Watch Legionnaires
Posted - 2007.06.24 22:32:00 - [15]
 

Originally by: Zekk Pacus
I had a corp mate who tried portal to war in a brutix a week into flying BCs. He lost four of them.

You need a crazy tank and even then you need to pick targets very carefully.


I did this mission solo today in a Jaguar. The first combat encounter was with T2 150mm AC's and a LIMOS rocket launcher. Without an AB fitted it felt like an eternity to catch up to the BlackBirds. I had a small cache of gear in a local station so I warped out to refit my high slots with three 250mm small arty's and dropping the rocket launcher. With my current gunnery skills (~4.35mil SP) skills I could hit them with EMP S and Phased Plasma S at 20km as I got closer to orbit 10-13km from the 'Birds. they went down pretty quick. In the last gate I destroyed the control tower before the 4 BC's started eating up my shields. A quick warp out to refill cap and shields followed by one head on race to the loot lead to a successful mission within the bonus pay time.

for reference my mid and low slots:
Med: T1 pasv Kin and EXP resists, T2 MED Shield EXT, Small CS-L emergency booster
Low: three T1 Power Diagnostic Systems

Cheers!


 

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