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This thread will cover the upcoming changes to Tactical Destroyers in Ascension and the associated change to Small Artillery powergrid requirements.
I want to start by giving a shout-out to the members of the Tactical Destroyers focus group that has been very helpful in planning these changes. This focus group consists of a combination of volunteers collected from an open call for applications (on the forums) and any CSM members that wished to join in. If you're not familiar with the CCP focus group program, all the logs of our discussions with the focus groups can be found at https://focusgrouplogs.tech.ccp.is/ for full transparency.
Focus group member Suitonia has published some excellent articles about his experience with the focus group so far here and here.
To go along with these changes we are also making an adjustment to the powergrid requirements of Small Artillery weapons. This is paired with a reduction in powergrid for the Svipul, so the end result is that arty Svipuls will be about as hard to fit as today, autocannon Svipuls will get tighter fittings, and all non-Svipul small arty ships will get easier fittings.
- All Small Artillery: -2 PWG
As for the Tactical Destroyers themselves, here's a summary of the changes:
Adding a damage bonus to sharpshooter mode and reducing other damage bonuses to compensate:
This is intended to encourage more mode switching and help create more room for high-skill T3D pilots to really shine, while generally reducing the overall powerlevel a bit. While running Defensive or Propulsion mode all four ships will do noticeably less damage than the current baseline. While in Sharpshooter mode the Hecate and Jackdaw damage will go up a bit, and the Svipul and Confessor will drop a tad.
Removing the sharpshooter scan resolution bonus, adding a new Dampener and Weapon Disruptor resistance bonus in its place:
This is primarily intended to reduce the power of instalocking T3Ds, while enhancing the Sharpshooter mode's strengths against hostile electronic warfare.
Replacing the Confessor and Svipul propulsion mode base speed bonuses with a AB/MWD speed boost bonus:
This change makes MWD Confessors and Svipuls more vulnerable to scrambling and makes their Propulsion mode a bit more situational. Suitonia wrote up a very good article about his view on this change here.
Reducing the PWG requirements of small artillery weapons, and reducing the PWG on the Svipul:
In the context of T3Ds, this primarily helps reduce the power of autocannon Svipuls since they no longer need to have so much excess powergrid to be able to fit artillery. Having a fair bit of PWG free when using autocannons is a normal and intended Minmatar strength, but it can become a problem when it goes too far (and this was one of those times).
Moving a midslot to a lowslot on the Jackdaw.
This is bound to be a fairly controversial change, and it was the last one added to the plan for this expansion. The intention here is to generally buff the Jackdaw by opening up more options for damage and mobility through the lowslot, while reducing some of the very extreme tanks. I'm very interested in hearing what the community thinks about this proposal, so please let us know if you have an opinion on either side.
Some speed, mass, hitpoint and signature tweaks:
These changes generally represent a moderate nerf for the Svipul, a small nerf for the Confessor and small buffs for the Jackdaw and Hecate.
And here are the proposed ship stats and bonuses in full:
Amarr Tactical Destroyer Bonuses Per Level:
5% bonus to Small Energy Turret damage (Was 10% per level)
10% reduction in Small Energy Turret capacitor use
5% reduction in heat damage generated by modules
33% bonus to Small Energy Turret damage (Was 50%)
95% reduction in Scan Probe Launcher CPU requirements
Additional bonuses are available when one of three Tactical Destroyer Modes are active. Modes may be changed no more than once every 10 seconds.
33.3% bonus to all armor resistances while Defense Mode is enabled
33.3% reduction in ship signature radius while Defense Mode is enabled
66.6% bonus to Afterburner and Microwarpdrive speed boost while Propulsion Mode is enabled (Was base speed increase)
33.3% bonus to ship inertia modifier while Propulsion Mode is enabled
66.6% bonus to Small Energy Turret optimal range while Sharpshooter Mode is enabled
33.3% bonus to Small Energy Turret damage while Sharpshooter Mode is enabled (New)
100% bonus to sensor strength and targeting range while Sharpshooter Mode is enabled (Previously included scan resolution)
66.6% increased resistances against hostile Sensor Dampeners and Weapon Disruptors while Sharpshooter Mode is enabled (New)
Slot layout: 6H, 3M, 5L, 4 turrets
3 Rig Slots, 400 Calibration
Fittings: 62 PWG, 180 CPU
Defense (shields / armor / hull): 600 / 800 / 750
Capacitor (amount / recharge rate / average cap per second): 800 / 320s / 2.5
Mobility (max velocity / agility / mass / warp speed / align time): 230 (-5) / 3 (+0.3) / 1,800,000 (-200,000) / 4.5 / 7.49s
Targeting (max targeting range / Scan Resolution / Max Locked targets): 45km / 520 (+195) / 7
Sensor strength: 13 Radar
Signature radius: 65 (+5)
Cargo capacity: 400
Minmatar Tactical Destroyer Bonuses Per Level:
5% bonus to Small Projectile Turret damage (Was 10% per l...
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