Ok I’ve tried really hard to read all those nearly 300 posts on EC nerf thread, after reading all these whining (myself included, and I whined really loud lmao), I 'm trying to be constructive. Here’s some ideas about how to rebalance EC instead of simply nerfing it to ashes. Please add up your suggestions below, and try to be polite lol
The main problems with EC pre-nerf are as follows:
- Too easily accessed: ECs are seen literally everywhere in highsec, combined with very low respawn timer this lead to exploits as we’ve already seen.
- Nearly zero risk combined with unreasonable high reward: As far as I know running ECs is very low risk. Of course you see some MTU hunters that try to bait and gank you, but normally you only lose your MTU, which I would not call a risk, but a slight inconvenience.
- Easily soloable: Alpha players can do it in a praxis, although much slower. While this is good for newbros, such low difficulty also offers a wide profit window for bots since the cost to create and maintain dozens of bots is veeeeeery low compared to the isk they generated.
So here’s my own suggestions regarding these issues.
- About accessibility: Restrict EC spawns in a smaller area. For example, only systems invaded by Triglavians will spawn ECs. Respawn timer can use a similar mechanics to jump fatigue, the more ECs you run the longer the timer. But such timer should not scale up indefinitely and must have a cap(like 10 min after cleared).
- About risk: Reduce CONCORD presence in trig invaded systems. As local police force and navy are busy dealing with the invasion, their response timer should be much longer(Like double the response timer in accordance to system security). Also increase loot drops from players inside these invaded systems so the gankers have a better incentive to chase the reward.
- About difficulty: I think this content should remain its current difficulty as it was designed to contain newer players. The increased risk of suicide ganking should be enough to keep those bots away…maybe. I don’t really have a solution yet, maybe someone below can help me with that.
I wrote these because of my own selfishness. I’ve invested quite some time to run ECs fast and I really want it to stay as it was, at least to some extent.
I’ll really appreciate it if these words are heard and the change is made, but a very huge probability is that this thread will just sink to the bottom and nothing happens. If that’s the case…well, I can always move on. I can move on to low/null/worm, where CCP want us to go, or I move on to those “carebear” games where I can farm as much as I can. It’s time for the MR 22 Tenno to rise again.