I can already here the shouts of don’t be silly - of course it can’t.
BUT it can, and it does surprisingly well. I have completed it 3 times now on different ALPHA alts. On my third run I managed to complete Studio I and Showtime without any warp outs. and I’m damned proud to have done so.
I am always looking for difficult challenges. First I set about running L4s as an ALPHA in a Gnosis to see what the alpha experience was like. I finally settled on a hybrid fit that runs them well, in quite decent times and is fun to fly. Of course I could have run them in a Rattlesnake but my interest is in challenge not ease of execution. I have succesfully completed ‘Smash the Supplier’ and the bonus level in Angel Extravaganza in a Gnosis but they were extremely hard and having succeeded once I would not bother again. Most other L4 missions are straightforward. For an ALPHA It clears L4 missions quicker than a VNI and is more fun.
So I then looked for a new challenge and looked at the Gallente Epic, having never run it before. I looked at the fora and read tales of Battleships melting under the onslaught so I set about it with some trepidation. Missions up to Studio I were straightforward but Studio I and Showtime bring a lot of dps. Clearly a Gnosis cannot hope to tank it all so you have to fly smarter and avoid most of it. I found in L4 missions that Battleships aren’t much trouble to an afterburning Gnosis as long as you get close enough. Studio I is the hardest of the missions as the Elite short range battleships put out a huge amount of damage with good tracking so getting under their guns and staying there is hard. The initial ships are ok if you can break them up, then you shoot the studio, trigger the reinforcement wave, pull them away from the studio before warping back to it to finish off. The reinforcement wave is hard to kill but I have done so by breaking them up and picking off isolated ones until you get down to 3 elite BS then you can get in close and finish them off quickly.
The secret with Showtime is to find a warp in point that means you are close enough to the Battleships to quickly get under their optimal but far enough away to kill off the frigs and cruisers by the time you get there - not easy but doable. The final reinforcement wave is not a problem at all as they are long ranged.
I have now run Syndication 3 times on 3 different ALPHA alts using the Gnosis each time. I have really enjoyed doing this. I will be dropping out from the game when ALPHAs are no longer allowed to run L4 missions as they bring me the types of challenge I enjoy running. I did subscribe for many years on my main from the early days but only play casually now and there will not be any suitable challenges in security missions if only L3s are available.
My fit for showtime was:
Large cap battery
3 shield hardeners
1 Copasetic shield boost amplifier
1 Pithum c-type medium shield booster
2 Magnetic Field stabilizers T2
2 Drone damage amplifiers T2
2 Capacitor Flux Coils T2
5 250mm railguns T2
1 Drone link
Rigs: 2 cap circuit rigs 1 T1, 1 T2 and one T1 cpu overclock rig
T2 and faction ammo and T2 drones mainly vespas.
Earlier missions used 2 hardeners and 3 of each damage mod to give higher dps.
I have been very pleasantly surprised to discover just how effective the Gnosis can be for ALPHAs.
Hope some of you will find this interesting and give Syndication a try in something smaller than a BS.