A few nights ago, someone in our little crew had a brilliant suggestion. With my brother trying to be a Rifter loving pirate, we should loadout some frigates and do some pvp for real. So we finally carved out some time. And I had the best time I’ve had in awhile.
Of course, being the trouble maker I was, I knew I wouldn’t bring a Rifter. And my buddy caught on quick and showed up in his Dramiel. That might seem unfair, but my brother, with his focused training regimen, has quickly ascended to fitting some t2 gear to his Rifter. With Gallente Frigate 5 and now Amarr Frigate 5 under my belt, I had a choice. But I decided to stay true to my new Amarr love and fit a Punisher.
And I won. Again…and again…and again. the only time I lost was when my buddy had switched out to his repping Domi and was repping bth my brother and I at the same time. He stopped finally, but my brother had just reloaded, and I had only a few rounds left. So I had to stop and reload and he didn’t. Granted, against the t2 autocannons it was very, very close. And I’m not sure my buddy quite has his Dramiel fit perfected yet, but still, it was something to be proud of.
And it made me wonder. Everybody I’ve heard of always lauds the virtues of the Rifter as the best T1 combat frigate (I’ve seen some minority arguments for the Tristan though). Why not the Punisher? Is it the lack of the third mid slot? I can see where that would be problematic against other pvpers who would try to disengage if they fell behind.
It also gave me a solid “Eureka!” moment. I didn’t realize that I had all the preqs done for Assault Ships. I mean I think I knew but I didn’t quite know. You know? Anyway, I need to train my gunnery skills a bit more for t2 weapons, but…well it was so fun, I gotta get me one.
But which one? With two maxed out frigate skills…do I go:
Enyo? Ishkur? Retribution? Vengeance?
I’m leaning towards the Ishkur (I had solid drone skills) but I love the look of the Vengeance and the armor resist bonus (also what I love about the Punisher).
Taking your input….nnnooow. Ding.