I have checked page up and down on zkillboard, and only a small fraction of the fits I see use the drone subsystem, and a even smaller percentage of those again was fitted for pvp by a good margin(it is a pve subsystem basically), and the point I’m going to explore lays with the drone-boat aspect of the fit, and while I know the power of these ships is the extend of how different they can make the ship with a quick refit session, I think some of the aspects might be less desired like the offensive drone subsystem.
The drone boat: On most fits, tho I might be a bit subjective here and lean towards cloaky fits, the ship has like 3+6 lows and mid slots. I’m confused, one less slot than the stratios which has 5 + 5 mid and low slots, this is while the prot has a much larger hole in its resist profile, so to compensate it needs to use that +1 low slot over the strat to fill it, while the strat has a minor hole and only need to use a rig slot. Also many fits need you to use a cpu or pg rig to fit everything too, so basically the difference between the two is that the strat has +2 mid slots over the prot. Though the proteus get more high slots their overall dps isn’t much different at all, especially if you fit turrets on the strat too.
Proposal, give it some character by giving it 25mbit but if the power is too great tune down the drone dmg per lvl to 7.5% on the subsystem, this would put it in the sweet spot between the ishtar and the stratios.
Give it a mid, to justify that u can take away a high slot+turret hardpoint, or even two? This will make the ship more desired in pvp, maybe it will see some more uses outside the set destination, refit, run a DED site, refit, set destination home, while don’t give af about gate camps. I don’t see giving it a mid slot will help the fit much in the pve department other than +20% cap recharge which is my guess they would have it used for(though most of their fits already is cap stable so who cares).
Would love to see some love to a ship that actually looks pretty nice.
NB: Some comments below might be inappropriate, but I get triggered by trolls.