On the heels of the battlecruiser rebalance, CCP Fozzie has announced that there will be a string of ship rebalancing coming in December. In addition to this, four new navy electronic warfare frigates will become available. Without further ado, here’s a summary of these changes.
Most of the ship balancing centered around T1 frigates, along with an assortment of navy and pirate ships. The Worm, Gila, and Othrus are all set to have their effectiveness tailed back, as Fozzie and his team felt that they were too dominant in their ship class. Specifically, the Worm and Gila are losing one low slot and 20 CPU, while the Orthrus is having its missile damage bonus reduced from 20% per level to 15% per level.
The other major change listed dealt with the Punisher, which is going to be buffed. It will receive one new turret slot, a new low slot, and increases to power grid and CPU capacity. The damage bonus is also being changed from 5% laser damage increase per level to -10% laser capacitor use per level. A myriad of smaller changes have been mentioned, which are listed below:
- Breachers are receiving increase in mobility
- Rifters and Slashers will enjoy an increase in CPU and PG
- Tristan speed reduced
- Firetail and Hookbill receive a buffs to damage bonuses
- Tormentors and Sacrileges get an increase in drone bay size
- Barghests will gain a second utility high and increase in damage bonus
- Navy Ospreys are gaining more power grid, drone bay and bandwidth, along with changes to damage bonus to increase overall effectiveness with missiles
The new navy EWAR frigates have the stated goal of bringing unusual uses of the racial EWAR specializations in a frigate-sized platform. For example, the Navy Crucifier and Griffin will have very effective weapon disruption and ECM respectively, but each will have the effective ranges of their ewar significantly reduced. Fozzie has stated that these ships shouldn’t eclipse electronic attack ships in a larger fleet setting, and says that they’ll really shine in small gangs.
This article originally appeared on TheMittani.com, written by Lioso.