TL;DR: Learn Racial frigate and Cruisers up to level 4 and the destroyer and Battlecruiser skill up to 4 or even better 5, NOW or you will regret it!!
One of the most valued commodities in EVE is Skill Points (SP). The only way to acquire them is with time, real life time. Iskies, items, experience, and even the largest of alliances can’t give you more SP. All you can do is speed up the rate you acquire SP by plugging in implants and remapping.
However, curtsy of CCP, as outlined in their DevBlog (evenews24.com/2012/11/06/dev-blog-back-to-the-balancing-future/) you have the perfect opportunity to acquire more SP, by investing in some skills right now!! The window is about two months, give or take, depending on CCP.
Let me elaborate.
CCP has been rebalancing the different ships we fly, tiericideing as they call it. Part of this effort is the introduction of four new Destroyers in the upcoming December patch. However, CCP is also going to change the skills needed to fly the destroyers and later on the Battlecrusiers. As you may have noticed, most ships have specific racial skills. You need Gallente frigate level 3 skill to fly the incursus, and Minmatar frigate level 3 skill to fly the Rifter.
However, to fly a destroyer you only need to learn destroyer level 1 skill AND the appropriate frigate racial level III skill. For example, you need the Destroyer level 1 skill AND the Caldari level 3 frigate skill to fly the Cormorant.
This is going to change. CCP will be introducing specific racial destroyer skills (four of them, one for each).
But CCP has stated that if you can fly a ship now, then you will not have to learn any additional skill.
Instead, CCP will GIVE YOU the appropriate skill.
Therefore, for you to gain all four different racial destroyer skills you can either wait till the change and learn these skills (if they take the same time as now it’s going to be a *2 skill, ie it will take you 8 days to learn it up to level V)
Or, you could just learn all four different frigate racial skills up to level III, around 8-9 hours tops, and learn the Destroyer skill to the level you need (for the maximum benefit, level V is advised). Then come the skill change you will magically have an additional four skills at level V, or a net SP gain of 1,536,000 (512,000*3), which amounts to around 569 hours, or 23 days at maximum attributes (remap 27/21 +5 implants). Additionally, these new racial destroyer skills will be part of the requirement to fly Cruisers, instead of the current racial frigate requirements.
That was the small gain, now if you could bear with me for a little more, you would gain much more SP!!
The other ship lines that have no different racial skill requirements are the Battlecruisers. Here too the requirements are Battlecruiser Skill level 1 to 3 (for tech 3 BC) and the appropriate racial cruiser
skill level 3. Meanwhile, the current racial frigate level IV skill requirement was not mentioned in the DevBlog, my understanding was that it will be changed to the new level IV racial destroyer skill. For
example to fly a myrmidon you need Battlecruiser skill level II AND Gallente Cruiser Level III, AND either Gallente Destroyer Skill level IV. Additionally, the requirements to fly Racial Battleships will be changed
from Racial Cruisers 4 to Racial Battlecruisers 4.
CCP will be making the same changes they made to the destroyer skill. Four new skills will be created for the different racial battlecrusiers. Additionally, the same rules will apply: if you can fly a ship now, you
will be gifted the appropriate skill to fly it, once the change is implemented.
Therefore, do yourself a favor learn all racial frigate skills up to level 5, and all the cruiser racial skills up to skill level 3. In addition, to the current destroyer and battlecruisers skill up to 4 or even better up to
You will thank me later… hopefully by sending iskies to my retirement fund.