It was probably the new ships which had me coming back to eve more than anything. sure Incarna was cool, but if anything it only stopped me from playing due to the prohibitively large patch invovled… and no one else i knew was going to bust up their internet for a Mac Patch for a game they didn’t play.
These new ships are the first in the system since the days of Apothacara, W-space and T3s… which ironically was the expansion into which i first joined. Anyone who insists that the impact will be minimal is deluding themselves- T3s went from a obescure oddity to THE missioning ship for all those drake pilots out there, a fleet ship in the form of the Pandemic Legion Thundercats (tengu) and one of the most effective solo PVP vessels ever made (the Loki).
These ships will have a similar, if not greater impact.
Battlecruisers are the linchpin of EVE ship classes. the four tier 2 battlecruisers are arguaebly the most common ship types in existance, and the most effective.
The Hurricane, the Drake, the Harbinger, and the Myridom. three out of those four are highly promient PVP vessels in nearly every area, and the Drake is one of the most profolic PVE vessels ever made in additon- the only slightly less standoutish ship here is the Myrm, and that’s not because it’s bad- it’s becuase it’s not exceptional like the other three.
Battlecrusiers are also the goal for new players everywhere. they can compete in a world that other wise seems dominated by T3s, T2s and capitals. training wise it is short ot be effective in a hurricane. ISK wise too.
So in perhaps their first good move of late, CPP’s introduction of new ships in this class is something akin to a masterstroke. the BC hull with large weapons makes it an interesting medium between other BCs and BSs (which, as everyone would know is Large- both ISK and especially SP wise).The main shift i think will be people treating these not as the other BCs (which are essentially overgrown cruisers) but rather faster, lighter battleships- it’s a big shift, and will take some time for people to adapt to.
Just looking over them, here are my 2 cents on what each of them will do to the PVP scene in particular- as with the possible exception of the Oracle, none of them appear to be PVE ships. Of the four, it is the Naga that has me truly intrigued.
The Naga is possibly the first “real” pvp vessel to be broken out of Caldari shipyards well ever. As a race Caldari PVP is shocking. they simply can’t compete on a frigate scale to the other races, they struggle with cruisers, and the only real strong points are the Drake (which isn’t a “real” ship) and it’s sizeable EWAR capacity. the prospect of an Caldari ship that will actually take skill to fly well has me excited. Because the Naga will fill two roles that have been left undeveloped until now- Torpedo boats and Snipers.
Allow me to explain.
the Naga is fitted with an equal capacity to fit both Hybrids and Torps, which is a good thing. a very good thing. The naga offers something that without exception the Caldari have failed spectacularly to provide for their large weapon platforms- Speed.
Consider the Torpedo boat. Torpedos have always been awkward weapons because they are designed with the sole intent of taking on large things- battleships or passive shield fitted BCs really (see drake). the chief problem with this idea is the ships that had the capacity to carry such a weapon were with one sole exception very, very slow. That one exception being the Typhoon, which does it very successfully not because it has good missile bonuses, or even good amount of slots- only five for torps. what made the Phoon good was that it was fast- much faster than most battleships and it could fit a reasonable tackle and TPs due to being armor tanked.
By comparison the stately Raven was faced with being too slow to be good at it, having to sacrifice tank in order to be good at it, and then not being very effective in the end anyway. torpedo raven very simply was not an effective PVP vessel when compared to the PVP BS of other races.
The Naga however, is set to change that.
It will most probably be faster than the Phoon, be able to fit more torpedoes, and will be able to fill it’s low slots with Ballestic control units to pump out substantially more DPS. it’s tank will not be caldari still amazing, but i suspect it will still be reasonable for anyone else.It will not replace the phoon but it will certainly expand that particular field.
It will in short become every ratting/pve battleship’s nightmare. The amount of time before the Topanarg becomes a common sight among every can-flipping ninja salvaging operation- about 2 months. this thing may just well have a “death to any battleship or miner hull” written on it. In my opinion, it will be lethal- the exact kind of skillful flying that relies on transversal and speed rather than a redonkolous passive tank- the exact kind of thing which Caldari are known NOT for.
And it will also take sniping to a whole new level.
With the balancing of Hybrids and the subsquent buff to railguns, we can expect the Mimmy title of BEST SNIPER to be in doubt.
Now consider the Sniper BS.
It doesn’t need to be tanky. in fact the main needs of a Sniper is speed and scanning power, as well as lots of weapon mods and such to give it range.
The naga, ironically has better speed than the Rokh, and only slightly less firepower.
Sniper nargs make sense- they’re good at it, cost effective (hopefully) and have the GTFO ability that the Rokh and other Tier 3 sniper BSs can’t match. the one thing they lack- tankyness compared to BSs is completely irrelevant.
On a final note, i think that BlasterNags will be at best mediorce. in fact the entire concept of a Glass cannon blaster boat is well… not good (hence my reservation about the Talos). the Torpnaga F’s this in every respect except hitting smaller things, which honestly you don’t want to do.
Comparing a hybrid Rokh to a Hybrid Naga is slightly off i think. the Rokh has the tank to make blaster Rokh work, with the “I have epic range on my blasters and what the hell are you going to do about it” factor. the Naga doesn’t and it shows.
I am seriously thinking about cross training just to get the Naga- which is actually easy since BC is universal and i already have torps from my phoon.
Finally…. it looks EPIC. nuff said.