We know that there are titans and dreads from four major empires right? They should be EQUALLY balanced. But (talking as a nullsec alliance member) the Caldari Titan/Dreads(or only the Titan) had lost their point of existence. First, the damage delay caused by missiles (and kinetic single-target doomsday) is not acceptable for a 10%tidi conflict(even any tidied battle, since there are more and more tidi over New Eden). The missiles would reach targets after 10 years if you want to press your F1 on anything. Also, if your side wants to DD alpha a titan/cap on the other side, it would be painful for the pilots flying their levis since kinetic doomsday takes more time than other DDs to reach targets, 4 seconds in a 2000v2000 battle mean a year.
So I have come up with a solution to this. Why can’t we let Levi&Phoneix (or at least the Levi) have the ability to WARP their XL missiles? (not for rapid torpedos on Phoneix) I think it is totally logical based on New Eden’s background, and the actual needs. I mean, probes launched from a frigate which costs like 300k ISK can have the ability to warp to any point of the system (small fighters can warp also), why can’t we implement this technology to missiles launched from giant Titans that costs 40-60bil ISK?
In my thought, the XL missiles would leave the launchers for their target, immediately after leaving they enter warp and drop out at 2000 meters to their target. This 2000 meter is where normal missile skills take part in, which still takes explosion speed and radius into account. These warpable missiles would have slightly less damage, explosion radius, and speed compared to their brothers. This is to put a difference between two Ammos(warp/not warp) and to let both of them have a reason for the pilot to use them (to explain it in ‘background story’ is that the warping missiles sacrifice their warhead load, tracking computer and thrusters in order to be able to warp). And finally, with this feature we have the reason(or explanation) to buff the kinetic doomsday–since on the description it is formed by a swarm of missiles.
This feature can be added through a skill like “Missile Warp Operation” (increase missile warp speed etc…). Here I have some thoughts over the equipment going to be used if this feature is accepted:
A mid/low active module (T1/T2) called Missile Warp Computer(which only allowed on Titan/Dreads or just Titan). It acts like a siege module like these on dreads but has no punishments. By activating this module, XL torpedos and cruise missiles would have a “Warp Range” and “Final Range” instead of their normal range, and the “Final Range” would be much smaller than the original flight time. Also, this can be fitted with scripts either to buff the range or the speed of the missiles. This way, I think, is the most practicable way to implement this feature, but an additional mid-slot usage can be dangerous to Shield Titans/Caps
A new type of XL missile which can warp. This differs from normal missiles but they would follow the same characteristics of their brothers. For example, Javelin would have higher warp speed and longer warp range, as well as Final Range than Rage Missiles. This way enables the pilots to choose which one(warp/fly) they want.
A new type of XL launchers(T1/T2/Faction) which can give the loaded missiles a warp ability.
By writing this, I realize that if Phoneix has this feature it might become too OP since it can enjoy firing XL Cruises with warp ability from more than 200kms from the target(while staying cheap). That is the reason I want to use modules for the solution since we can block the Phoneix from fitting them to the ship (Phoneix and Levi use the same launchers, so their ammo would be the same…), but adding a mid-slot module can be dangerous to a shield Titan, and the XL warp launchers would provide less flexibility if the pilot suddenly founds out that he needs more damage and tracking (also this can eliminate the normal XL launchers!).
Feel free to discuss my idea here bois. I am not a native English speaker, which means it might be hard for u guys to understand some of my phrases (sorrrrrry for that ). Let’s Make Levi Great Again!