Thursday, 14 November 2013
In praise of Warp Core Stabiliser fit Epithals, and their counters
I have been reading about some recent ... strong feelings towards warp core stabilisers, and about how evil they are.
You know, how an Epithal fully fit with them might actually survive a gank in wormhole space.
Or maybe how a they are a blight on faction warfare plexers.
Well I am a proud user of warp core stabilisers, on my Epithals.
I also want you to know that they are not the last word when it comes to surviving. We have been caught by well setup warp disruption bubbles.
The Interdictor or Heavy Interdictor is still our nemesis. Sure, you might need to know where we are going; but there are clever hunters out there. The interdictor currently has a warp speed of 9au/s; our Epithals travel at 4.5au/s. If you guess where we are going, in the right ship, you have us well and truly caught.
But you want to run a covops cloak fit ship, and still want to catch us? Nothing stopping you fitting 3 Warp Scramblers on a Recon, Covops or or Stealth bomber ship. A terrible fit you cry? Well if that terrible fit catches us, and a 'proper' fit lets us go, maybe it's time to re-evaluate 'terrible' and 'proper'.
Previously, industrials had evasion tanking. i.e. Don't be where the gankers were. If caught then dead. Now we (temporarily) appear to have choices. I expect this to change in the future; whether due to small gangs, or 'terrible fit' covops cloak ships. Now, in wormhole space (and I assume null), we are relying on hunters not having 4-5 points of warp disruption. This too, shall pass.
I have not done faction war, but I know a certain corp member who is going to have a minor fit (*cough* DJ *cough*) when I say that Warp Core Stablisers are good for the game. It means that hunters have to choose between maximum gank and maximum catch.
Now if you wanted to give industrials an option, how about a low module for fitting to industrials (and plexing frigates), when such a ship is hit with a point, both ships are disrupted and neuted for 30 +/- 10 seconds. Call it a warp core feeback module, and give it a 3 minute reload. A standard fit for such a module might be DCU, Feedback,(edit) Buffer hull tank
For those that object, do you feel that only hunters should be able to pick fights?
I would be very interested in fitting such a module.
P.S. I appear to be both very 'chatty' today, a little more belligerent than normal.