Thursday, 15 March 2012
Know Your Enemy - Crucible Updates
First of all, I've updated destroyers to reflect that they are now awesome - the thrasher is one of my favourite solo ships right now, and the crucible changes have really make the whole class very powerful. (For those who don't remember, they removed the 25% rate of fire penalty resulting in a large dps buff, increased HP across the board and decreased signature radius to make them only slightly larger than frigates, although they're still much slower). Dictors (which are in same article) have also been updated slightly to reflect their new comparison to destroyers.
The dramiel got some small revisions too, mainly updating some stats and changing references to 'really awesome' to just 'very good'. The dram is still a powerful ship, it's just no longer the win incarnate that it was previously (this is of course further cemented by the assault frig buff). The deimos got a very small update too, on account of its increased speed - it wasn't a huge buff, but it's enough that an armour buffer deimos can now chase down and gank kiting battlecruisers which is pretty significant. It's not the only gallente ship which received that kind of buff, but it's the one which was most affected given how much it relies on speed to apply its damage.
Finally, I've completely rewritten the oneiros entry to take account of its updated slot layout and new usage. I still feel like it's quite early days to say how oneiroses are 'normally' fit and used, especially since they're still quite rare, but based on what I've seen and what I expect to see I hope it's a fairly accurate assessment.
In other news, I've just finished writing parts 2 and 3 of my bubble mechanics series, covering avoiding bubble camps and interdictor tactics respectively. Those should be going up in the very near future, once I've had a chance to give them a proofread and add in some pretty pictures. Know Your Enemy for t3 cruisers is also underway, although I may put it on hold and work on assault frigs first, since I'm aware a lot of people have been asking after that one.
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