I’m joining FW for Amarr. What I enjoy there is 1on1 PvP with T1FG in Scout Plex.
As a ship to use there, I found Punisher to be very hard to use. The reason is that it has only 2 mid slots, and it is also not suitable as a kite-ship. Because of this, Punisher cannot have an advantageous combat range over other ships.
T1FG is one of the few ship types permitted to enter the Scout-NVY Plex. In spite of this, it is disappointing that there is a combat T1FG that is not suitable for 1on1 PvP.
I know Punisher is a good ship for non-1on1 PvP uses (PvE for rookie, FG fleet DPS, bait, etc). Even so, I don’t think it should be left useless for 1on1 PvP. Below is an idea from me to make Punisher easier to use in 1on1 PvP.
-Turret Hardpoint reduced to 3 (from 4)
-Added Bonus: 5% bonus to Energy Turret rate of fire per Amarr FG skill level
-PG and CPU reduced by about 5
With this change, the new Punisher with 3 turrets will have the same DPS and capacitor consumption as current Punisher with 4 turrets (when max Amarr FG skill). And PG and CPU are also slightly reduced with reducing turrets.
As a result of this, the new Punisher gets 1 high utility slot. This means it can have Neut or Nos. Perhaps, many pilots will want to have Neut. The new Punisher with Neut will be strong in close range combat, which has been weak so far.
In that case, Pulse Laser would be better weapon than Beam Laser. Tormentor and Executioner that is same Amarr ships are more suited to Beam Laser, so this will also broaden the diversity of 1on1 PvP ships, I think.
Next, consider the impact of this change outside of 1on1 PvP.
For PvE, and fleet DPS using Beam, it has little impact. PG and CPU are reduced a bit, so EHP when used as bait may be slightly less, but it’s acceptable (rather, I think it’s a bit OP now).
As far as I can imagine, it would be a big nerf to use with other empire’s turrets. It will have 25% less DPS compared to now when using any turrets other than energy turrets (simply, number of turrets 4->3). But I think it should be accepted. Because, Punisher is Amarr ship.
What do you think about this?