The Drafting Table: Hurricane

2017-07-04

Backstory

A comment on the first edition of the Drafting Table first planted the bug about using a Cane. I had a cool cut-a-way of a Cane that I thought looked really nice as the header. Someone in the comments mentioned that while I had the picture of a Cane, I was talking about the Hyperion. So I made a mental note to do the Cane at some point in the future. Fast forward to now, when I was able to pick up two very cheap hulls just after having finished training for a Sleipnir I decided it was time.

Technical Details

The Hurricane is a Minmatar Battlecruiser with bonuses to the damage dealing capabilities of Medium Projectile Turrets. For each level of Minmatar Battlecruiser, the Hurricane gets a bonus of 5% to both the damage and rate of fire of Medium Projectile Turrets. There is also a triplet of role bonuses as well. A 25% addition to the optimal and falloff of Medium Projectiles increases the range at which the Hurricane can be effective. The last two bonuses deal with command bursts. Like other battlecruisers, the Hurricane can fit one command burst and has a 50% bonus to the area of effect radius.

EFT Block

High Slots (7, Six Turret Hardpoints, Two Launcher Hardpoints): With all of the bonuses, the choice of Medium Projectiles is straightforward. I selected to 200mm Vulcan AutoCannon II due to its combination of fitting requirements and damage output. For the utility high, I opted for an Armored Command burst with Armor Energizing charges. This is done to improve the resistance profile, providing both more EPH and in turn more effective repairing power.

Mid Slots (4): The mids slots are fairly textbook. First is a Warp Scrambler. Despite the bonus to range, Autocannons are a weapon with very short range, so the additional utility of being able to shut off an MWD and the higher war disruption are better than the extended range of a Disruptor. Second is a Medium Capacitor Booster II, for providing quick injections of power to keep the tackle, reps, and propulsion going. Last are the two prop mods, a 50mn MWD for on-grid maneuverability and a Medium Micro Jump Drive for quick repositioning and escape.

Low Slots (6): I got a little creative with the lows, forgoing a triplet of common staples. Five of the slots focus on the tank capabilities. First up are the two Medium Armor Repairers, one Tech II, one Ancillary. This combination provides both long-term steady tank with a burst of repping power near the beginning of an engagement. Next is the resist profile, which is created by two Energized Adaptive Nano Membranes and a Reactive Armor Hardener. With the reactive to adjust the resist profile as needed for incoming damage, I felt a dedicated explosive plug would be redundant. I chose the second EANM over a Damage Control as with the Armored Command boost the fit was already geared heavy to armor so the additional resistance there would be more useful than a broader profile. The last slot is occupied by a Tracking Enhancer II. With the double bonus to damage from the hull, I felt it was best to provide some additional application rather than more raw damage.

Rigs (3): The rig slots are identical to my other active armor fits, as the combination helps improve the tank capabilities greatly. First is the Medium Auxiliary Nano Pump, which improves the repair output of the reppers. Next is a Medium Nanobot Accelerator, which decreases the cycle time of the repairs. Last is a Medium Ancillary Current Router, which provides the remaining power grid to have everything active and ready to go.

Drones (40 m3, 40 Mbit Bandwidth): Rather than utilize the drone bay for additional DPS, I chose to help make up for the lack of a web in the mid slots. To do this, I packed four SW-600 Stasis Web drones. I will wait here while you run to the comments to roast me.

Bling: There really isn’t a place I would recommend adding bling. The ship’s bonuses don’t really lend it to dramatic improvements by adding Faction or Deadspace mods. If you want to spend more money on the ship the armor reppers would not be a bad place to start.

Implants: As with Bling, I don’t feel implants are strictly necessary here. If you have a set of implants for helping with armor reps, such as an Alkispacian set, they would find use here.

Use Case & Testing

I chose the Hurricane here mainly due to a desire to fly the ship, but also because I had just finished training for its big brother, the Sleipnir. This meant that I could take full advantage of the hull bonuses. Given my comfort with brawling ships and the way I had fit it, I planned on using this fit like a slightly more mobile browsing battleship.

As with all plans, this one did not last very long. I was fortunate enough to have two copies of this fit to test out and both met untimely ends. The first roam I met a small gang anchored by a Harbinger. I was able to get through a gate after getting a fraction of them to aggress me. The Harbinger followed me though and started to engage. I thought I would be able to give him a run for his money with how fast the Harbinger was dying, but I was dying faster. Turns out the Harbinger was using Polarized guns, and I melted.

The second ship met an even more hilarious end. While out attempting to find something to fight, a Legion caught me on a gate. I decided to fight back, as I did not see a good way out. I started chipping away at the Legion’s armor and had made a small dent in it before the Covert Cynosural Field showed up on my overview. This was followed closely by a Widow and a Sin. The Widow jammed me out and I spend the rest of the time laughing about the amount of overkill brought in for my poor little Hurricane as it blew up.

Changes After Testing

After playing around with this fit, if I were to take a Hurricane out again I would likely start from a different place than here. While this fit did some interesting things on paper, those things did not help it perform in actual testing and might have hampered it from doing a little better. I will call out the Armored Command Boost here specifically, as I had to make some fitting sacrifices to make it work. While I am sure there is a scenario where a command burst is a viable solo tool, this fit does not seem to be the place. In addition, the webbing drones lived up to their common usefulness and did nothing effective. Having some DPS drones might have made the engagements I did have a little more interesting.

While it didn’t work as intended, I learned quite a bit from taking the Hurricane out to play. I hope you enjoyed reading about my failings and that I’ve inspired you to get out and try something different on occasion. Until next time.

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Comments

  • CarlGustav

    I would skip command boost
    And go for 420 guns instead. I might exchange the Normal rep with a plate

    Don’t use web drones they suck
    Low web value
    Stacking penalties makes them useless.

    July 4, 2017 at 12:03 PM
    • Nicola Arman CarlGustav

      Are they more valued in pve?

      July 5, 2017 at 4:42 PM
      • Ron Peppers Nicola Arman

        Not really, they get blapped before you can react to the aggro switch. They’ve tried to rebalance them in the past but they become OP really easily so I guess they just gave up trying. Shame really, all but two of the ewar drones are barely worth having in game.

        July 5, 2017 at 10:15 PM
        • Arrendis Ron Peppers

          Yep. There’s apparently no way to make them effective in a flight of five without making them ridiculously OP when 50 of them get you. I guess they can’t tell the game to count by 5s when working out diminishing returns.

          July 7, 2017 at 4:43 AM
          • CarlGustav Arrendis

            Really diminished returned should work on the receiving end instead of sending end.
            That would solve it amassed

            From a pvp perspective they do have some minor uses in fleets of slow ships to keep opponents slow. A set of 5 will reduce speed by less then 40%

            From a solo perspective ewar is always better as it’s binary. If you get lucky then you recive 0 incoming dps.

            Tracking disruptions and sensors disrupting is mostly junk.

            From a pve perspective fit a faction web or a tp or a tc and use combat drones for higher dps.

            July 8, 2017 at 1:46 PM
  • Davide Nguyen

    I was actually looking at the utility drones while playing around in the fitting app. I dont’ see why the web drones are so frowned upon. Sure, the dps the drones provide is lost but if you really need to control the field a bit better with a drone-control range web rather than 10km’s without overheat. Eh.

    It makes me wonder how the drones actually stack. 300’s reduce 5% each and 600 10 and 900 20.

    Is webbing substracted from the base speed or actual speed?

    July 4, 2017 at 12:03 PM
    • randuir Davide Nguyen

      I’ts subtracted from the base speed, but webbing drones suffer from diminishing returns in the same way that some modules do. This is why people generally dislike them: 5 webbing drones with 10% slow-down each will have a net slow-down of less than 40%.

      July 4, 2017 at 3:01 PM
      • Robby Kasparic randuir

        I also discovered just how squishy they are as well. So in addition to the stacking penalties they die really fast.

        July 6, 2017 at 1:49 PM
  • Mephiztopheleze

    No utility Neut in the high slot while solo’ing? That just makes you a meal for any frigate that can get under your guns.

    July 4, 2017 at 12:46 PM
    • Robby Kasparic Mephiztopheleze

      Well, good thing I only found battlecruisers and Black Ops then 😛

      July 6, 2017 at 1:46 PM
  • Pew Pew

    Nice. 🙂

    July 4, 2017 at 4:49 PM
  • Pichu Games

    Ps4 ?

    July 4, 2017 at 7:55 PM
  • why am i even posting here

    cane is better for arty skirmishing, if you want to brawl go myrm with links, neuts, active tank, brawl fit + jumpdrive

    July 6, 2017 at 9:59 AM
    • Why are you looking at all the ships in my hanger? I might have a Myrmidon like you describe.

      July 6, 2017 at 1:45 PM
  • Verdis deMosays

    I do like what you’ve done here, but I think I’d suggest a couple of changes. This is really a Stratios with guns instead of drones, and like the strat, needs a quick end to fights.

    I would recommend swapping a EANM for a gyrostab, and putting the resist charges in the command boost. With good skills, it comes out about the same, and increases dps noticably.

    I also would suggest a set of EV-600 drones instead of the SW, since the neuts don’t stacking penalize themselves into oblivion, and the webs do. The drones are equivalent to a T2 small neut, but don’t draw cap, so it’s free cap pressure.

    Otherwise, nice fit, and good to see a Cane out on field again, especially one as balls out as this. See you out there!

    Verdis deMosays
    Cardinal of Chaos
    Sixth Empire
    (We are recruiting!)

    July 6, 2017 at 1:02 PM
    • Robby Kasparic Verdis deMosays

      Thanks for the feedback. I was rolling with the resist charges, but my boosting skills are garbage. So that didn’t go well with the fitting sacrifices I had to make to get it on there. Interesting idea with the neut drones, will have to give that a try at some point.

      July 6, 2017 at 1:45 PM