I really think there should be an artillery line in the republic fleet lineup. Save for the hurricane fleet issue, there is no real artillery platform in the republic fleet lineup. Which seems silly the Republic fleet line has few ships that lend well or at least better than their T1 counterpart in fleet combat. Something like the Exequror Navy Issue is something I’d love to see in the matari republic fleet.
a dedicated gun boats with no utility highs, high volley, balanced mid low layout and good speed.
for example give the Stabber Fleet Issue 10 damage per level instead of RoF 7.5 tracking per level and a 5/5/5 slot layout. this would give the Matari a cruiser sized artillery platform they sorely lack. (The rupture and Munnin are in a sad state and the broadsword is a HIC)
The hurricane fleet is brilliant as is and probably my favorite ship in the game at the moment, although I wouldn’t mind sending its
utility highs to the mids keep up the theme of a dedicated gun boat.
Give Tempest Fleet Issue the same 10 damage and 7.5 tracking per level. this would make it a better sniper than the Maelstrom which is bonused out to be a an active shield tanked brawler anyway. and would give it an advantage beyond fitting over the basic T1 tempest which currently does the same volley but with better gun DPS.
Or making it an 8 gun monstrosity with 5% damage per level giving it the title of the highest alpha obtainable by a subcap.