*So I came back after two years, and found that CCP has decided to reduce resistances for all hulls (focused on tank builds) in response to capital tanks. Funny enough I predicted this would happen in 2014, but I didn’t think they would also nerf subcap resists, because of this, I’m rewriting my original 2014 Proposal for a Nuclear Submarine Class (Cruiser hull) to allow subcaps fleets to engage Supers and reduce their resistances over time, at the suggestion of ROLLING BACK the Surgical Strike Resistance nerfs):
We have Stealth Bombers, which are frigates that fire extremely oversize weapons. They also have bombs which do great damage to subcaps.
Now let’s make a Covert OPs Cruiser or BC that’s only effective against Supercaps: The Submarine Class.
They fit Citadel CRUISE Launchers.
These ships must be pretty thin, a cruiser sized tank and sig radius. They would not be allowed to fit MWDs, only ABs. Having an AB would still make them difficult targets for HAW dreads and titans. Carriers would still be able to kill/chase off these cruiser hulls.
Allow them to target hostiles while cloaked. Unlike other covert ops, these ships cannot recloak for at least 3 minutes after they break cloak.
Finally this ship class could fit special bomb launchers that reduce armor, shield and hull resists of the target. Each bomb would reduce the resistances by 0.1%, and last for 120 seconds. These ships would not be allowed to fit regular bomb launchers (so they can never be used against subcaps). Nor can these ships fit any turrets, missiles only, capital sized turrets could be easily abused via webs/scrams/etc in subcap warfare. Also, the small 0.1% resistance debuff per bomb would make it futile to try to bring 1 or 2 of these cruisers along in a roam for the sake of resistance reduction.
The bomb could be refired every 60 seconds, restacking and resetting the duration of the resistance penalty. At 0.1%, it would take 20 of these ships to cause a reduction of 2% every 60 seconds.
The bombs would also be race specific, Amarr hulls could only use the EM resistance bomb. This would would force the fleet to fly the same race and for the overall fleet composition to plan and agree on the damage type based on the ongoing situation.
For balance reasons, a paper thin tank means about 20k ehp (with boosts). The lore reason would be quite simple: The hulls are being gutted of their defensive capabilities to make room for citadel launchers and missile bays. These ships would melt instantly to regular subcaps and sniper ships (oracles, eagles, etc) without support.
Due to the cargo size of citadel missles, these ships could also not remain on field for more than 15 minutes before having to resupply on missles. This logistical problem would balance out the otherwise easy ability to formup and field of these cruisers. These ships would have to DOCK in order to restock missiles (no cargo container drops)
Also these ships would quite pricey. A fleet of 20 of these cruisers would be several billion ISK…cost must be considered in balance (to some degree).
So what does this proposal do, from a larger viewpoint:
1: It makes it possible for subcap fleets to dispose of Supers.
2: It makes it important to have a standard subcap fleet to swat these Submarine Class cruisers.
The above two points overall make subcap tactics and deployment and PILOTS (most of the EvE playerbase) useful, wanted and able to contribute and have fun.
Ends the days of pure Super domination. A Fleet of unassisted Supers would evenutally die. Overall, Super deaths would skyorcket and these ships would only be deployed in the manner that they were originally intended: As strategic assets that bring a lot of firepower to bear.
It allows the overall resistance nerfs in Surigical Strike to be rolled back. The bombs will decrease resistances over time, and thus CCP does not need to nerf the resistances of subcaps in order to increase the chance of Super kills.
I cannot for one believe that CCP would nerf the resistances of Subcaps becasue of their failure to find another way to weaken Supers. There are many frigate/cruiser fits that I myself use that go from strong to useless with these resistance changes. I’m sure most of my other fellow EvE pilots feel the same way. Why are our subcap fits/brawls being punished for Supercap proliferation?