Since the winter update (and its rollback on drone behavior), I’ve noticed a HUGE increase on drone aggro from Serpentis.
My late evening started with a Serpentis Sanctum followed by a Serpentis Haven that went like hell. I’m used to do those sites with my ishtar, I’ve done them many, many times. Yet tonight, my drones kept getting aggro ALL. THE. TIME. Every damn single time they were out for more than 20s they would get shot at. Getting Serpentis BS orbiting at +30km was horrendous, as they would always aggro my drones before they could even reach it. I lost 2 heavy drones within the first hour. I usually lose 1 every 2 days or less (I’m not afk while doing my sites, I do a lot of manual targeting).
During the (rock) Haven, I did a couple tests and ended up not being shot at for 3 WHOLE waves. I killed all frigates and cruisers and let the close range BS aggro my drones. As they were stacked and my drones didn’t need to MWD, they didn’t receive any damage. The drone kept all aggro for 3 full waves, until the end of the Haven. I have never seen that before. Ever.
After that, I did 4 DED in Guristas space, and everything went very well. Drone aggro was as usual : not too little, not too much.
Finally, I decided to give it another try and went back in Serpentis space, did another Sanctum, and again, drone aggro was off the charts. I had instances where, while the pocket was red square on me, they would instantly switch aggro right after I dropped my drones in space (especially frigates). It took me around 4x as much time as usual to do the sanctum. I had to recall my drones every 20-30s and go run after BS.
I finished the Sanctum and stopped there. This was the most painful and tedious PVE experience I had in EVE in the last 5-10y.
Has anyone noticed anything or am I seeing things ?
EDIT : Ok so after DT today I did 4 other Haven and 1 Sanctum and everything seems to be back to normal. I really doubt I’ve been unlucky on 2 Serp haven, 2 Serp sanctum and a Serp DED all in a row, so maybe something was temporally broken.