Orca now improves fleet yields by like 80%. And the barges and exhumers got a huge buff (especially the Hulk). So, I don’t know, maybe figure out how to most effectively use the tools you have.
Haven’t looked at the rorqual numbers, but their intent was to turn it into a mining support vessel as well.
For the crystals, they refunded your SP, so you can put it back into the new skills. And because the total SP required has been reduced, you can even end up with extra SP. Which you can then use to… idk… put int industrial core configuration.
Anyway, the turbo crabs and afk miners were the big losers here, but all the other miners came out okay. Ore availability and other numbers might need further tweaking, but it’s certainly not a calamity -unless, of course, you’re a turbo crab with multiple rorqs or an afk miner.
Just because I like to use a porpoise or orca to solo mine, doesn’t make me a turbo crab or afk miner etc.
I like those ships because they have a beautiful design (unique compared to all other industrial ships), and the mining bonus made then super attractive and a also kept me playing the game for several more years than I would have after I got fed up with the rest of the gameplay.
It was important for a miner to have a ship class that used all skill areas, so mining capability + defense - it was also a roleplay objective.
If you were mining in them for the design, then you can continue to do so.
If your priority is isk, there are now much better options.
If you were mining for roleplay, then none of these changes matter. Admittedly, I’m not an RP’er, but I’ve never heard an RP’er complaining about how much money they could make doing their RP stuff.
Last time I checked, the other mining ships combine capability with defense.
Oh, and Sol says, “Yield is yield, waste is additional and not removed from yield.” Of course, I would like to add the caveat that it actually can take from your yield if it’s the last cycle of a roid (because waste is calculated first). Regardless, I too think you’re looking at it wrong. The way it works is that you can mine even more in less time now. The actual cost is ore availability, which may or may not matter to you where you live and how much you mine.
The only argument needed here is that your play style was bad for the game, and now it has been nerfed. The patch introduced new bad-for-the-game play styles while nerfing yours. You can jump to another one if you want to, or not.
If not, I would love to keep an eye on your stuff while you are gone.
God that’s awful. 6 hours wasted for worthless pixels+residue for 5mil isk. No wonder the grindbears are mad. For six hours of work irl the amount of PLEX would bring billions of isk. Time is money but time spent grinding in EVE becomes a joke.