Your intent isn’t very clear. However, if you’re implying that there should be cheap and easy to hop into battleships for “smaller groups” then that’s a -1 from me. Larger groups would be able to benefit far more, and we don’t really need more structure spam from smaller groups who can’t even protect their assets currently
As much as I would love to make battleships great again they simply don’t hold up against a larger force in smaller and cheaper ships. Three or four dudes in 20 mil cruisers can sink a 150-200 mil battleship fairly easily. Battleships are slow to move, slow to lock, and often unable to avoid fights being brought to them. They seem designed for stand up brawling yet are unable to meet the muster against heavier odds. It might be somewhat different in large scale fleet engagements but there is nothing stopping someone from bringing twice as many cruisers or assault frigates and practically winning the isk war by default.
Don’t get me wrong. I love to fly battleships, they’re great fun. But I generally will only pvp in cruisers and below. And I am unsure what potential changes could be made to correct this and build a new meta.
Not at all. Capitals are hardly an issue that prevents smaller groups from becoming competitive. Bigger groups can outform smaller groups and destroy their “new meta sub caps” with a swarm of frigates.
Again: How is your BS supposed to level the playing field?
Basically, the thread is just another ban capitals from lowsec thread?
I’m not exactly against it, but wouldn’t this just make it even harder for small groups to own capitals?
TBH I’d be in favour of this if battleships also got a sig resolution buff + cargo space buff. Why would a tiny frigate running windows XP have a better sig resolution than a battleship running windows 35.
I suspect that a lot of folks see “Empire Space” and think “hisec”.
If you had just said “ban capital ships except freighters from losec” I think more people would understand what you’re getting at.
Back to the topic at hand, I agree that perpetual fear of capital hotdrops does definitely stifle losec; not just structure warfare, but gang warfare in general. But I think the solution for your issue isn’t to ban capital ships from losec, it’s to ban standard cynos from losec. This will have the benefit of eliminating hotdrops while still leaving slower capital escalations as an option, and also leaving losec as a part of the sandbox where smaller groups can use capitals without having to deal with nullsec.