Alpha account here, I am wondering, how good is the merlin for pvp in nullsec? I like the vexor and brutix but they are out of my price range atm.
I’m not a PvP’er but have read enough to know that is a good ship…also the Kestrel and Condor in the Caldari line are also great starter ships.
That being said, you will get cooked alive in NULL. I would suggest using T1’s for FW, HS shenanigans or other lower entry-point activities. Not only are you mostly up against Omega characters in Null but also mostly Faction ships, T2 and pirate (just for frigates alone).
Don’t listen to @Runa_Yamaguchi.
The Merlin works plenty fine out in Null. Suitonia’s even got an EVE Is Easy video showing off a simple cookie cutter Merlin fit that does wonders out in Null as long as you know how to pick your fights. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLYl39hWUfY
The best resource for Frigate PVP is this report made by T Sky: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1z7dkJrFiKZo4w_xVgJSmWCUyvKQ8Ha8Q/view
He does a lot of good work documenting and analyzing the various ships and their fits. You can find more information on his blog. http://evefrigates.blogspot.com/
TL:DR; Merlin is perfectly fine for Nullsec pvp, you just need to pick and choose your fits a bit carefully, but that’s easy to do since you are so mobile as a frigate.
I literally said that it was a good ship…I also said that when facing frigates, they will mostly outclass him (pirate/faction).
My point was more that a new character/player (alpha to boot) might have a ruff time in NULL with it.
I watched some of the YouTube vid it looks like that character is max SP as the fit looks so tight! And the char is Omega.
…and T_Sky only shows the Merlin at 45% win rate. (great link BTW…TY)
Thanks for the videos, with those fits, I can kick ass.
Go watch the whaling vid just for fun…trust me, your jaw will hit the floor a few times.
The Merlin is fine, especially when there are 2 or 3 of them. I like to take the condor out for solo stuff personally.