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Upcoming changes to FAXs will result in a 37% reduction in local/remote reps. If the percentage wasn’t a clue to just how big the nerf would be, CCP stated, “this is a very large change.”

July 18th, 2018 CCP Rise laid out plans for Force Auxiliaries Balance Suggestions on the Eve Forums. The post has had 9.5k views, with 192 users posting over 400 replies to CCP Rise’s request for input on the topic and suggested numbers. J-space fights and small gang skirmishes are the most used examples being cited by capsuleers both for and against the changes.

The post listed the primary goals of the proposed balance changes as:

Reduce remote rep/s from triage substantially
Increase duration for remote reps (to create larger time windows for target switching)
Reduce local rep/s from triage substantially

Balance Details:

Triage:

Remote Rep Duration (all) reduced to 65% (was 75%)
Remote Rep Amount (all) increased to 500% (was 450%)
Local Rep Amount (armor/shield) reduced to 75% (was 120%)

Capital Remote Armor Repairer:

Duration increased to 15s (was 12s)
Capacitor Need increased to 2440 (was 1950)

Capital Remote Shield Booster:

Duration increased to 20s (was 16s)
Capacitor Need increased to 3300 (was 2640)

Special notes: Capacitor need increase is to keep cap cost/second consistent with current values.

For the Changes:

As the time of writing, Brisc Rubal -a pilot with the CSM tag- has the most posts, 49, 150% more than the next avid commenter. From the tone and evidence Brisc Rubal presents, “That’s not a nerf – that’s a realignment to keep the cap requirements the same after the other nerfs,” it is fair to say he is 100% in favor of the “Large Nerfs”. His primary reasoning being, “Local rep is an issue for subcap fights where one side brings in a FAX or two. This is especially acute in WHs.”

Against the Changes:

While the bulk of the comments were negative on the subject, nothing new for a balance post, there was a pilot with very balanced rebuttal to the changes, Arrendis. Arrendis’ post looked deep into the main most talked about examples to date, and disproved how “conclusive” they made the need for the nerfs. If you enjoy reading a well thought out reply, take a second and give their post a go, I don’t think you will be disappointed.

The one shining light from the post, “This is not set in stone and before we move forward we want to validate the need for such a large change with the community as a whole.” Some have already stated that if CCP is posting about it “figure it as gossip,” but as we have seen with recent Abyssal Deadspace balances they are listening to player feedback, even if they don’t take all of it as actionable. Therefore, if you’re a FAX pilot, a pilot that benefits from them, or think they’re over powered please add your voice to the forum thread for the community.

Featured image credit: Razorien

Source https://forums.eveonline.com/t/force-auxiliary-balance-proposal/90504

17 Comments

  1. Kwan li nilowa

    In my opinion, a FAX outputs as much reps as 10-15 T2 logi… so the nerf to repping power is definitely warranted, and can be offset by simply bring more pilots in T2 logi or à second fax. In terms of local reps, in Wormhole space or small engagements, this just means your standard fit FAX can tank 2 dreads worth of dps instead of 3, which is still pretty high.

    I think thanks to this change, at least in wormholes, players will really have to make a critical decision:
    – bring a fax for extremely powerful reps, and now with a REAL risk of losing it.
    OR
    – judge that the enemy has the capacity to bring 3 dreads worth of dps and stick to sub caps for now.

    Note that this still leaves freedom for altering decisions during fights: if you judge that the enemy no longer has the capacity to bring 3 dreads worth of dps thanks to shifting conditions in battle (hole is reduced, their pilots are all locked on field, or their dreads landed with subcap guns with no refitting capabilities) then bringing a fax is definitely a good call, just not the default call anymore.

    I definitely much prefer this to the default judgement call of
    ‘bring a fax anyways because you’re 99% sure it can’t be broken before your entire fleet’

    July 21, 2018 at 18:48 Reply
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