I have been running higher tier abyssal sites for quite some time and found some things, that need attention from CCP.
1. Angel and Marshal rooms
These rooms are very hard to do and for most ships nearly impossible to complete. The Angel room is very hard to complete for frigs, because nearly every ship webs and the Cynabals have perfect application at 80km. The Marshal room does way more dps compared to other rooms and Thunderchilds can oneshot most MWD ships. The Marshal room does total 2500-3000dps while other rooms in T6 do 1000-1200dps.
Remove webs from all angel rats except the Echoes and reduce the range of the Cynabals. This should make the room more doable for frigs.
Change the Missiles on the Marshals, let them use Torpedos and reduce rof. Also nerf the damage of EDENCOM ships. They have extreme alphas. The Skybreakers have very high dps compared to other frigs you find in Abyss.
2. The mathematically broken Firestorm filaments
I don’t know if that is a bug or intended. Some NPC’s you find, especially Deepwatchers and Leshaks are pre damaged when they spawn. Deepwatchers spawn with like 70% armor damage and Leshaks spawn with 0 armor and 0 shield. However, in Firestorm sites, the Deepwatchers spawn with like 40% armor damage and get the 50% armor hp buff too. In the end, you end up having to go throught more than twice their hp. Similar thing happens with Leshak, in Firestorms you have to chew throught 6500 Armor hp each while in all other weather they start with 0 armor. This effect does not occour in Gamma filaments, The leshak there have 0 shield at the begin just like in all other weather effects.
3. Cost of some filaments is very high
When you look at the price of filaments, you see that Gamma and Firestorm are very cheap, while Electrical cost over 50m for T5/T6. This makes these filaments barely worth to run because in some case you get less loot then the price of the filament. Also, if someone posts a guide on how to run certain weather effects effectively, the prices skyrocket very hard, because the supply of high tier filaments is so low.
Increase the amount of filaments that can drop at the same time. You can find up to 30 proving ground filaments in one cache, make it so with abyssal filaments too. That would solve the supply issue and makes all weather effects worth to do. Alternatively the loot could be changed, so that more expensive filaments drop more loot to make up for the hight price.
4. Loot in Tier 5 and 6 sites could be better
Home | Abyss Tracker (eve-nt.uk)
As you can see here, the value of the loot increases by about factor 2 each tier you go up. After Tier 5, this is no longer the case, the loot from T6 is about 1.7 times better than T5, while T5 loot is about 2 times better. In T5 and T6 you need ships that cost 3B+ to complete, and thus you have a very hight risk of getting ganked at the exit. For that the reward seem rather low sometimes. Also, T5 and T6 can have either 50% or 70% penalty. The 50% ones drop much less loot than the 70% ones. In T6, the 50% drop average 60m of loot, while the 70% ones drop average 120m of loot each.
- Make it so, that T5 and T6 always have the 70% penalty
- The factor from T4 to T5 and T5 to T6 should be 2.25. So T5 should drop around 80m of loot and T6 about 180m of loot. Maybe the loot in frig sites could be kept the same so that it does not get overfarmed, as the frigs used are often less than 200m total, while the Cruiser cost between 3 and 10b isk.
5. Bring back the Proving conduit
I keep this short, as there are several other threads on the forums about that, but as it has to do with abyssal deadspace, I thought I put it here anyways. The old Abyssal PvP 1v1 cruisers (Vote!) (Ideas) More Abyssal content? Why not? - Communications Center / General Discussion - EVE Online Forums The results from this poll speaks for itself, nearly 60% of the players want the old arena back. The idea is to have both the old arena(2nd gate in T3-T6 sites) as we used to know it and the proving ground events.
Let me know what you think, I hope CCP and the CSM adress these points above.