It seems like CCP is pretty much done with the discussion about industrial ship rebalancing. On the 16th, CCP Rise posted about it. He pointed to the “final implementation” numbers he posted in the second comment thread. I don’t see that the proposed ship statistics originally posted really changed. The “tweaks” he mentioned making to them were about packaging volumes, better bonuses for the specialized bays, and not being able to convert them to ORE designed ships. More’s the pity. And on top of all those changes, they are renaming the Iteron I through IV. Well, that’s nice.
I still see it as a whole lot of unnecessary work, but as long as the devs all got paid for their time I’m not going to complain. It’s no skin off my nose and won’t change the way I haul. I suppose that really was my complaint all along. What is the point of having so many ships that do the same thing? However, the same could be said of PvP ships so I’ll just HTFU now.
There is one thing I said would make me me “very angry” the last time I wrote of this so called rebalancing. That would be the elimination of the insta-warp Iteron V fit. It is a ship fit I use to get in and out of Anoikis so it is near and dear to my heart. A first glance at the proposed specs made me wonder if the fit would still be possible. I needed to run the numbers to find out. So I did.
Before I discuss my findings, you need a representative sample of the ship I am talking about. Here is the Iteron V I currently use. It is a fairly common fit.
[Iteron Mark V, Insta-Warp]
Improved Cloaking Device II
Experimental 10MN Microwarpdrive I
Adaptive Invulnerability Field II
Kinetic Deflection Amplifier II
EM Ward Amplifier II
Thermic Dissipation Amplifier II
3x Expanded Cargohold II
2x Reactor Control Unit II
Medium Ancillary Current Router I
2x Medium Cargohold Optimization I
[Statistics – Mabrick]
Effective HP: 4,909 (Eve: 4,051)
Tank Ability: 9.68 DPS
Damage Profile – (EM: 25.00%, Ex: 25.00%, Ki: 25.00%, Th: 25.00%)
Shield Resists – EM: 60.73%, Ex: 65.00%, Ki: 76.44%, Th: 68.58%
Armor Resists – EM: 50.00%, Ex: 10.00%, Ki: 35.00%, Th: 35.00%
Who am I kidding. I have to know, so I went looking for a way to test the insta-warp fit against the new ship stats. I got lucky. Today Jester posted about the proposed HAC and medium long-range turret changes. At the bottom of the post was a link to a modified EFT data set by Namamai with the HAC changes included. If Namamai was going to go to the effort, would she include ALL the changes? YES, she would! The proposed Iteron V changes are in the data files. Namamai, I owe you some ISK.
Here is the rebalanced Iteron V insta-warp fit from EFT:
The numbers are slightly different since I used EveHQ Fitter for them and there has always been a slight variance. They are comparable nevertheless. As you can see, the fit still works. Even with the 6% increase in mass my MWD maximum speed under cloak is still 202 m/sec. The maximum warp time for this ship is 15 seconds. With an MWD cycle time of 10 seconds, I can still get to the magic 100 m/sec in one pulse. We still have our cheap, cloaky, gantlet running hauler. ISK pinching industrialists of New Eden rejoice!