Sunday, April 6, 2014

PVP on a Budget: Destroyers

One of my tenets as a pirate is that tend to fly cheap ships and a relish the opportunity to engage and destroy ships that are many times the cost of my own.  In my mind, there is no better class of ships in terms of "bang for the buck" than the T1 Destroyers. Fully-fit with T2 mods, they will cost somewhere between 10M and 12M isk, and unless you run into a counter-fit they are generally able to win against most frigates, even the more specialized (and more expensive) T2, faction, and pirate frigates.  Gangs of kiting Talwars can wreak havoc on large frigate gangs as well as punch above their weight.

The frigates I tend to fly are usually scram-kiting ships, which are extremely strong in 1v1 frigate duels, but very weak against multiple targets.  To expand my horizons a bit, I've decided to fly destroyers that are designed to engage frigate gangs.  For this purpose, I'm looking for high DPS, high speed, and good projection.

[Thrasher, 280mm Artillery]
Gyrostabilizer II
F85 Peripheral Damage System I
Limited 1MN Microwarpdrive I
Faint Warp Disruptor I
Tracking Computer II, Optimal Range Script
280mm Howitzer Artillery II, Republic Fleet EMP S
280mm Howitzer Artillery II, Republic Fleet EMP S
280mm Howitzer Artillery II, Republic Fleet EMP S
280mm Howitzer Artillery II, Republic Fleet EMP S
280mm Howitzer Artillery II, Republic Fleet EMP S
280mm Howitzer Artillery II, Republic Fleet EMP S
280mm Howitzer Artillery II, Republic Fleet EMP S
[empty high slot]
Small Ancillary Current Router I
Small Ancillary Current Router I
Small Processor Overclocking Unit I

My current favorite is this 280mm Artillery Thrasher.  It does a very good dps of 275 overheated, but more importantly is the alpha.  Each volley deals over 1600 damage!  Projection is also decent, at 13+14 km with the tracking computer running.  This is powerful enough to take out most lightly-fit tackle frigates in only a couple volleys.  The speed of the shit is nearly 2600 m/s with the MWD overheated.  Not the fastest ship out there, but quick enough to outrun any AB frigate.  Total cost: around 12M isk.

[Cormorant, Rails - 150mm]
Magnetic Field Stabilizer II
Damage Control II
Limited 1MN Microwarpdrive I
Warp Disruptor II
X5 Prototype Engine Enervator
150mm Prototype Gauss Gun, Caldari Navy Antimatter Charge S
150mm Prototype Gauss Gun, Caldari Navy Antimatter Charge S
150mm Prototype Gauss Gun, Caldari Navy Antimatter Charge S
150mm Prototype Gauss Gun, Caldari Navy Antimatter Charge S
150mm Prototype Gauss Gun, Caldari Navy Antimatter Charge S
150mm Prototype Gauss Gun, Caldari Navy Antimatter Charge S
150mm Prototype Gauss Gun, Caldari Navy Antimatter Charge S
[empty high slot]
Small Hybrid Collision Accelerator I
Small Polycarbon Engine Housing I
Small Polycarbon Engine Housing I

The Cormorant was my ship of choice until I trained into Thrashers.  The Cormorant has much better optimal range (20 km), and very similar speed to the Thrasher.  It deals slightly less DPS, and has a much lower-damage alpha.  An advantage is that it's able to fit a defensive web, and it's able to swap ammo to further improve its optimal range (if needed).  The biggest downside is the capacitor.  The railguns eat up a lot of cap, so it can't run its MWD for nearly as long as the Thrasher can.  I still love this ship though, and the best part is that it's very, very cheap.  This fit costs less than 7M isk.

[Talwar, Light Missile 2]
Ballistic Control System II
F85 Peripheral Damage System I
200mm Reinforced Rolled Tungsten Plates I
Limited 1MN Microwarpdrive I
Faint Warp Disruptor I
X5 Prototype Engine Enervator
Upgraded 'Malkuth' Light Missile Launcher, Caldari Navy Nova Light Missile
Upgraded 'Malkuth' Light Missile Launcher, Caldari Navy Nova Light Missile
Upgraded 'Malkuth' Light Missile Launcher, Caldari Navy Nova Light Missile
Upgraded 'Malkuth' Light Missile Launcher, Caldari Navy Nova Light Missile
Upgraded 'Malkuth' Light Missile Launcher, Caldari Navy Nova Light Missile
Upgraded 'Malkuth' Light Missile Launcher, Caldari Navy Nova Light Missile
Upgraded 'Malkuth' Light Missile Launcher, Caldari Navy Nova Light Missile
Small Warhead Calefaction Catalyst I
Small Warhead Flare Catalyst I
Small Ancillary Current Router I

The Talwar is what I would fly if I had decent missile skills.  Like the Thrasher, it has a very strong alpha strike, but it has projection out to 45 km, limited only by its targeting range.  The downside?  It's the slowest of the bunch, moving at only 2300 m/s overheated.  It's also not an ideal solo pvp ship.  The amazing projection is a bit of a waste in situations where you have to keep your target pointed.  Talwar gangs are excellent against frigates however.  Cost is around 9M isk

1 comment:

  1. If you like scram kiting ships so much, have you considered using a Hookbill? The sheer amount of range pressure can give it the upper hand even againt some destroyers.

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