So a long discussion insued tonight. Long story short, one of our little Casualties group is out in null sec pulling strings, and a few other pilots have moved out with him. So he tells us that interceptors aren’t really used for tackle so much as for scouts. I’m down with that – and he says that Ares and Stilletto are the only thing that people use. “Aww,” I says, “no love for my Malediction huh?” “Nope,” he says – “it doesn’t have the speed or the tank.” Which leaves me scratching my head, because it has the same speed as the Ares and better tank. So he starts asking around in their large alliance to their inty scout pilots and with him as the go between, I am told that I am, basically…nuts.
Now, I have no problem with that. After all, I’m not out in null sec and they are, so I’m sure they know best what works…
I cannot for the life of me get the fits that are being described to me to match the reality of the numbers crunched in HQF. And I know sometimes what people think incorrectly becomes fact and later passes into the realm of impregnable logic and beyond that – to superstition. The discussion ended at an impass in game, so, I’m bringing it to you.
I fit all four of the speed interceptors (the 13.5 AU/sec warp variety) in HQF, with the following guidelines:
Lows – all Nanofibre Internal Structure II.
Mids – 1mn MWD II, Warp Scrambler II, leftover slots for tank (Small Shield Extender II’s)
His – whatever t2 guns will fit, Small Neut II if leftover slots.
Rigs – Small Auxiliary Thruster II’s
So, here’s how it stacks up:
- Raptor (124.52)
- Ares (83.02)
- Malediction (78.27)
- Stilletto (65.23)
Raptor wins here, but it is not fitted with a neuter, there’s not enough powergrid. But, DPS is not the point in null sec. These are scouts.
- Stiletto (2,701)
- Malediction (2,573)
- Raptor (2,169)
- Ares (2,046)
The Stiletto is a tough little bugger, no doubt about it. My Mal comes in second with a solid tank, after it there’s a big drop. Before you go crying “armor tank!” bear in mind it has similar shield HP as the Stiletto and better than the Ares. But tank is really secondary…these are scouts, we want manuever and speed.
- Malediction (2.87)
- Ares (2.93)
- Stiletto (3.02)
- Raptor (3.07)
My Malediction comes out on top. Granted, it beats the Ares by 5 hundredths of a second, but every little bit counts right? Still, scouts need speed as much as anything and that, is what I am told, more than anything why the Stiletto and Ares are favored. So check this out…
- Maledicition (5,086.64)
- Ares (4,997.67)
- Stiletto (4,809.81)
- Raptor (4,650.89)
Yep. Look at that.
So, again, I don’t question the reality – null sec pilots are using Stilettos and Ares all day long. And I don’t question that these pilots have solid fits and know exactly what they are doing. So – what am I missing? I don’t know much about Thermodynamics and overheating, but I don’t think it would give a disproportionate bonus to one racial inty over another right?
Or is it possible…just possible…that people took a general assumption (Minmatar ships are fastest) and turned it into a golden rule? And that people took another general assumption (Amarr ships are slowest because they are the heaviest armor tankers) and turned it into a tie breaker between the next two highest baseline velocities?
Is it possible that I’m right?