Suppose I was finish running a mission in low sec and then found out my buddies in PVP ships were being attacked at gate in the same system. One of them is using a very blingy ship. Unfortunately, I’m in a PVE ship, meaning I have several inefficiencies. I have a battery, but if I removed it I could have fired my blasters, reload them, fired again, reload, fired it again, reload a 3rd time, and fire 10 more volleys all while running my armor repair before I run out of cap. The battery changed it from “can go on for a few minutes” to stable, but the odds of a fight lasting that long are not too big. The next problem is the ship has a huge kinetic hole, 5 volleys of 720mm titanium sabot and I’m a goner. Other inefficient module slots are a tractor beam in the high and nanofibers in the low. Oh and one of the rig slots was empty. I was asked to tackle and damp one of them and my ship could do neither so I decided to grab a ship that could do so.
I did have a PVP ship with the same hull… 3 jumps away in the next constellation.
The decision I made was that the PVE ship wasn’t going to be optimal. I went to grab my PVP ship which had 8/7 the weapons DPS, a lot stronger volley, more EHP, and a tackle module. I came back to find one of my buddies destroyed and most of them pretty badly beaten up. The end story was not exactly a happy ending, although I did manage to not add my ship to the wrecks.
Was trying to suit up to a better ship a good thing or a bad thing? Was trying to help right away in a PVE ship with three wasted modules (tractor beam, battery, nanofiber structures) or making 3 jumps to get a correct ship at an NPC station and try to save the day right? I didn’t exactly miss the fight entirely, but assuming I would be the second target after the first ship went down, I’d end up doing more damage if I tried to fight immediately than trying to get a new ship since at least my drones would do some damage.
If I thought my friends could win the fight without me at all, would just warping in and using my PVE ship a valid idea?