Comments

Let’s talk Stealth Bombers! As we mentioned in the Travel Changes Dev Blog, we are doing rebalance passes on Bombers and Hictors in Phoebe.

Our plan for bombers in Phoebe has several aspects, all aimed at keeping bombers effective while strengthening their counters and allowing skilled fleets to protect themselves.:

A stat rebalance on the bombers themselves. Short version is significantly more HP, weaker agility, larger sig radius, more cargo (so that they can all carry 3 bombs), smidge more CPU, lower warp speed.

Cloaked ships will once again decloak each other if they come within 2km.

Reduction in HP (with increase in resists) for the damage bombs, so that they can be destroyed by (named or higher) medium smartbombs.

17% reduction in bomb speed, with associated flight time increase. This means that you’ll have 12 seconds to react to bombs instead of 10. Range stays the same.

Doubling the effect of the Bomb Deployment skill, to 10% per level. This will allow people to bomb more often.

A new anti-capital void bomb with a tiny range and a large explosion radius. You need to land it right on your target but if you hit a cap ship it will eat a ton of cap.

New 10km radius interdiction probes. Intended to give fleets more options for bubbling themselves and pulling in opponents (including bombers) at undesired ranges.

Stats:

Purifier:

Fittings: 45 PWG, 305(+7) CPU
Defense (shields / armor / hull) : 350(+138) / 600(+213) / 450(+63)
Capacitor (amount / recharge / cap per second) : 355(+42.5) / 266.25(+16.25) / 1.33(+0.0833)
Mobility (max velocity / agility / mass / align time): 300(+38) / 4.4(+0.053) / 1,495,000(+99000) / 9.12s(+0.71)
Warp Speed: 4.5(-1)
Sensor strength: 19(+2)
Signature radius: 50(+13)
Cargo Capacity: 260

Manticore:

Fittings: 38 PWG, 330(+2) CPU
Defense (shields / armor / hull) : 625(+309) / 350(+62) / 400(+62)
Capacitor (amount / recharge / cap per second) : 315(+46.25) / 236.25(+21.25) / 1.33(+0.0833)
Mobility (max velocity / agility / mass / align time): 280(+24) / 4.5(+0.622) / 1,470,000(+4000) / 9.17s(+1.29)
Warp Speed: 4.5(-1)
Sensor strength: 21(+1)
Signature radius: 51(+12)
Cargo Capacity: 265(+80)

Nemesis:

Fittings: 38 PWG, 315(+8) CPU
Defense (shields / armor / hull) : 400(+125) / 475(+159) / 650(+228)
Capacitor (amount / recharge / cap per second) : 355(+61.25) / 266.25(+31.25) / 1.33(+0.0833)
Mobility (max velocity / agility / mass / align time): 275(+11) / 4.6(+0.057) / 1,410,000(-11000) / 8.99s(+0.04)
Warp Speed: 4.5(-1)
Sensor strength: 20(+2)
Signature radius: 52(+15)
Cargo Capacity: 270(+55)

Hound:

Fittings: 40 PWG, 310(+7) CPU
Defense (shields / armor / hull) : 550(+304) / 425(+87) / 350(+69)
Capacitor (amount / recharge / cap per second) : 285(+35) / 213.75(+13.75) / 1.33(+0.0833)
Mobility (max velocity / agility / mass / align time): 310(+26) / 4.4(+0.326) / 1,455,000(+85000) / 8.88s(+1.14)
Warp Speed: 4.5(-1)
Sensor strength: 18(+1)
Signature radius: 48(+14)
Cargo Capacity: 255(+60)

Cloaked Ships Decloaking Each Other:

The change that allowed cloaked ships to pass through each other without decloaking was made back in 2012 to make bombing easier. With the last few years of evidence to look at, it becomes clear that organizing bombing runs has become a bit too easy.
This change will add some more complexity to organizing multiple cloaked ships, as well as returning the old gameplay of attempting to decloak other players with your own cloaked ship.
We know that some players are going to be unhappy with the way this makes their gameplay more challenging, but bombing was very viable before the cloaking change and it will continue to be very viable after.

Bomb HP Reduction:

We’re decreasing bomb HP to 96 armor and 20 hull, and increasing the racial specific resistance on the bombs to 99.8%. This keeps the maximum number of bombs in a wave the same (except when damage bombs are mixed with void or lockbreaker bombs :removed incorrect statement, my bad:), but makes it easier to destroy bombs with smartbombs. Notably this puts the total bomb HP to a level where named or T2 medium smartbombs can destroy them, providing more options for cruiser and BC fleets to defend themselves.

Bomb Speed and Flight Time:

Pretty simple, this reduces the velocity of damage bombs from 3000m/s to 2500m/s, and increases the flight time to 12s. They’ll still travel 30km, but they’ll take 12s instead of 10s to do it. This provides more time for a fleet to react to a bombing, and puts the correct emphasis on effective strategic use of bombs combined with other ships rather than bombers acting alone.

Doubling the strength of the Bomb Deployment Skill:

This allows you to get your reactivation delay on T2 bomb launchers down as low as 67.5s, adding more value to the Bomb Deployment skill and reducing downtime a bit.

New Anti-Capital Void Bomb:

This is the first toe dipped in the water for smaller AoE (and therefore more aiming required) dumb weapons, which we think have a lot of potential in the future. It’s a void bomb with the following stats:

Armor HP: 600
Explosion Radius: 4000
Energy Neut Amount: 15,000
Flight Time: 15s
Velocity: 2000m/s
AoE Range: One Meter

This thing is most useful against very large ships, and has to detonate right on top of a target to have any effect. We don’t expect it to take the world by storm but it should be a very good option for harassing capitals, especially with small numbers of bombers.

New 10km Dictor Bubbles:

This is a new ammo choice for dictors that act just like the normal aoe bubbles except with a smaller range and +50% bubble lifetime. These are intended to be another option that fleets can use to pull in hostiles (especially bombers) at desired ranges and should be quite useful for bubbling your own fleet. We will investigate the option of adding an equivalent Hictor version at a later date, but the system that WDFGs use for their scripting doesn’t easily lend itself to this sort of use so no promises.

Overall we expect these changes to make operating bomber fleets a bit tougher, and provide a few new tools that fleets can use to protect themselves. However bombers remain a crucial part of the nullsec fleet fight ecosystem and we are committed to ensuring that they remain a powerful force on the battlefield.

– CCP Fozzie

[ Original Dev Post ]

165 Comments

  1. Hi, just wanted to mention, I liked this article. It was helpful. Keep on posting!|

    October 17, 2019 at 13:39 Reply
  2. If some one wishes to be updated with most recent technologies therefore he must be pay a visit this website and be up to date all the time.|

    October 18, 2019 at 13:47 Reply
  3. Not all londoners are libtards see the video http://bit.ly/2nXsn88 were they take back control

    October 18, 2019 at 19:04 Reply
  4. Hello, There’s no doubt that your web site may be having internet browser compatibility problems. When I take a look at your site in Safari, it looks fine however when opening in IE, it has some overlapping issues. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up! Apart from that, great website!

    October 18, 2019 at 19:08 Reply
  5. Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if you knew of any widgets I could add to my blog that automatically tweet my newest twitter updates. I’ve been looking for a plug-in like this for quite some time and was hoping maybe you would have some experience with something like this. Please let me know if you run into anything. I truly enjoy reading your blog and I look forward to your new updates.|

    October 19, 2019 at 17:30 Reply
  6. Neat blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere? A design like yours with a few simple adjustements would really make my blog jump out. Please let me know where you got your theme. With thanks|

    October 19, 2019 at 20:55 Reply
  7. I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was great. I do not know who you are but definitely you are going to a famous blogger if you are not already 😉 Cheers!|

    October 19, 2019 at 21:43 Reply
  8. Yes! Finally something about keyword1.|

    October 21, 2019 at 01:40 Reply
  9. This text is priceless. Where can I find out more?|

    October 21, 2019 at 13:54 Reply
  10. I just want to mention I’m beginner to blogs and honestly savored your page. Very likely I’m going to bookmark your blog . You certainly come with excellent posts. Regards for sharing your blog.

    October 21, 2019 at 17:44 Reply
  11. I simply want to tell you that I am just very new to blogging and definitely loved this web-site. Likely I’m want to bookmark your blog . You really have fabulous article content. Regards for sharing with us your website.

    October 21, 2019 at 20:12 Reply
  12. Hi, I do believe this is a great web site. I stumbledupon it 😉 I may revisit yet again since i have bookmarked it. Money and freedom is the best way to change, may you be rich and continue to help others.|

    October 21, 2019 at 23:40 Reply
  13. Hi! I know this is somewhat off-topic however I needed to ask. Does building a well-established website such as yours take a large amount of work? I’m completely new to blogging but I do write in my journal everyday. I’d like to start a blog so I will be able to share my experience and thoughts online. Please let me know if you have any recommendations or tips for brand new aspiring bloggers. Thankyou!|

    October 22, 2019 at 02:23 Reply
  14. Hey very nice site!! Man .. Beautiful .. Superb .. I’ll bookmark your website and take the feeds additionally…I am satisfied to find so many useful information right here in the post, we want work out more techniques on this regard, thank you for sharing. . . . . .

    October 23, 2019 at 09:24 Reply
  15. Can I simply say what a relief to search out somebody who truly knows what theyre talking about on the internet. You definitely know how to carry a difficulty to light and make it important. Extra people have to read this and perceive this facet of the story. I cant imagine youre no more widespread because you definitely have the gift.

    October 23, 2019 at 09:56 Reply

Leave a Reply