Alejandro Rico asked in Skill Training Active what a SlowCat was, here is a short and sweet summary.
Ask Dr. Fit: What is a SlowCat?
A SlowCat or Super Sentry Dominix is basically an Armor Carrier with Sentry Drones assigned to a target caller.
While it might sound as simple as it is, there are some elements which make the whole fit worth a look.
The first time I heard from this fit was from my Pandemic Legion handles, they mentioned how they weren’t worried about the titan tracking nerf since they had found a “decent” alternative utilizing Archons:
SlowCats a doctrine of Shit and Giggles
As you can see, there is an insane 4,600,000 EHP buffer on the Archon, the Thanatos variant gets up to 3,800,000 EHP last time I checked. Also notice the spider tanking highs, two repairers to be activated half cycle apart from each other and a transfer array to keep the cap tidy.
The mid and lows are a buch of stuffed resist mods, which thanks to the carrier refiting service can be swapped depending on which fleet type the enemy brings. The shown implants plus the fleet bonuses help to bring the EHP up. The rest is filled with drone related mods.
Last time I checked, perfect Sentry II skills would yield:
- Bouncers max range: 120km – 2300 volley
- Gardes max range 60km – 2400 volley
- Wardens max 140km – 1800 volley
Having a 50 carrier fleet, something an entity like Pandemic Legion can easily achieve would mean a 120K volley, every ~4 seconds.
Since the drones are assigned to an FC with either a Tech 3 webber or a Huggin, the volley damage would be a non dispersed one.
Most “elite” entities frown SlowCat since they feel it to be a “mindless” tactics (being the Fc the only one pulling the trigger) – this is understandable until one take into account the amount of logistics work involved for every pilot in keeping the spider tanking working, pulling drones when the bombers appear and keeping the right range from the undock or POS bubble.
Yes, this is an strictly defensive fit – don’t expect anyone roaming with 50 carriers, and one which the only effective counter is Super-Capitals or a good subcap FC. If you read our 49-U Battle Report, you will notice Against All Authorities Tengus are no strangers to being countered with SlowCats, in fact they managed to stay out of the webbing range while delivering dps toward the fleet.
A few variations exist, GSF once toyed with the idea of Shield Spider Repping carriers (less dps but immediate repairs) and of course there are the massive Dominix / Ishtar fleet which have been featured in the past.