Much moaning and complaining has been heard over the recent ship changes, especially to how it affected the Hurricane and Drake. We’ve stood by our shield Battle Cruisers even in the face of substantial buffs to cruisers and big nerfs to the ‘combat’ Battlecruisers – the undeniable go-to ship for years in 0.0. Now, it seems they are nigh unusable in the eyes of many players. We watched as players refit their ships, unmounting high-slot modules. We knew time would tell us soon enough if the doubters were right.
So it was late Friday night as our membership talked shop and popped rats that one of our picket ships discovered a 9-10 man gang of LAWN in our vicinity. Knowing our cluster would be glowing with juicy NPC kills, two of our FCs split up on coms and organized a response fleet. Within 2 minutes our forces regrouped at an outpost, organzied into a com channel and stood ready for orders.
We were still calling for more ships when the LAWN boosting / scout Loki entered system. Intel put the hostile fleet at 7 Caracals, 1 Stabber Fleet Issue, 1 Sabre and the Loki. The new CFC doctrine calls for HAM2 Caracals so their gang could put up some good DPS numbers. Compounding our situation was a Pandemic Legion hot-dropper who’d been skulking around in our backyard, surely looking for some BLOPS or possibly bring-your-own-super action. Whatever we did about this would have to be done quickly or we invited a PL response.
Our fleet consisted of Hurricanes, a few Drakes and one Sleipnir that was probably ill-advised given the battle setting. Raw numbers were even, ISK value was likely roughly even (remember the boosting Loki), and the only questions were would we get a fight and how would the old standbys fare.
LAWN’s Sabre was first to the field and quickly dispatched, it’s pilot podded. The body of the cruiser gang landed shortly thereafter, all within 3K of the auto/scram Sleipnir and well inside the Hurricane’s optimals. Despite a good effort on the cruiser gang’s behalf, the results were predictable.
To their credit, LAWN stayed on the field to the bitter end, burning down two Hurricanes before losing their fleet and most of their pods. The stereotypical banter about CFC needing 4 to 1 odds etc was nowhere in evidence. My personal thanks to LAWN and their FC; we’ve tangled before and haven’t always come out on top, today just happened to be our day. GF o7
So, what does all this mean? To me it means the tier 2 Battle Cruiser nerfbat wasn’t a death sentence, and upgraded cruisers still have a meaningful presence. Throw two Scythes into the LAWN mix and we’d have needed serious reconsideration of our fleet composition. Sure, the bigger ships could out-kill the smaller ones. There’d have been little point, though to winning the raw kill numbers if we’d ended up in the ISK hole.
Of course, this is one example and by no means difinitive. HFFS and make up your own minds.
- Raven Zulu