You have plenty of time to burn over to their location and uncloak them, quite frankly. A Stiletto or Dramiel with a Nanofiber low slot should be more than fast enough to burn the distance, uncloak, AND lock up the hauler before it warps off.
This should NOT be considered an exploit. It’s one of the few ways for Haulers to keep themselves (relatively) safe.
go to youtube and look up MWD cloak and yes it is intended.
personally, It bugs me that you can activate the MWD AFTER the cloak but the few times a ‘bug’ slips in that prevents this everyone loses their collective ■■■■. I spent years thinking you had to preform the impute on the same tick with no problem but carebears gunna carebear
T1 ■■■■ fit industrials that can’t really fight back and die to Cats or Thrashers in HS if you tried harder. Next thing, your gonna whine you can’t tackle T2 cargo ships that can warp cloaked or with HP bonus with inherent +2 WC strength while they can fit extra WC.
Nothing in the most useless ship class next to exhumers you want anyway, if they start dying to fast you won’t have anybody to shoot at except tougher ships.
those ships are at over 90% reduced speed. they still have to get up to speed when they decloak and a ab/mwd does help much in that area. so if you cant target them within that time, maybe you should rethink what you fly or fit
So you cloak and hit the MWD. When the MWD cycle ends, you decloak and immediately warp, because the acceleration provided by the MWD, even under the (actually only 75% for an improved) cloak penalty, is enough to put you over the 75% threshold for warping once you decloak.
Done correctly, you won’t be lockable unless someone manages to decloak you during the MWD cycle.
Years ago CCP changed some mechanics regarding ECM and cloaking which inadvertently also made the cloak/MWD impossible. Within a few days of that going live CCP went “oops, we didn’t mean for that to be affected” and changed it so it worked again. So they purposely allowed for it again, meaning it’s intended.
There was a whole thing about how they hadn’t accounted for it in their mineral faucet calculations. They had been assuming mining would be interrupted by warping back and forth to stations to unload. Instead they were jetcan mining at a higher rate than had been anticipated and, consequently, were shipping up into BS hulls and the like more quickly as well.