Hello game devs. First, thank you for your efforts on this game, I understand things take time and don’t run for free.
Let’s set the stage a bit, specifically starting 2014 Kronos expansion, pirate faction rework that nerfed Cynabal PG and CPU. In response to the cruiser thread, Suitonia (now a CCP employee I hear?) had the following reply -
In the time since then, the VAGABOND has been buffed numerous times. It got the Assault Damage Control. It got a powergrid buff. It got a range buff. It had its warp speed increased by 0.5 for being T2 to where it is now 4.5, and Cynabal sits at 5 now as its warp speed advantage has also been nerfed to 25%. (Originally it was 3 vs 4.5 AU/s warp speeds)
On top of this, the Cynabal’s price doubled with pirate faction industry changes, and the cheaper t2 HACs have also continued to bully the poor Cynabal. The Stabber Fleet Issue had its dps buffed to match that of the Cynabal as well, pinning it from another even cheaper angle and becoming a better armor tanked ship too.
As if this were not enough, even in Factional Warfare it is now forced to fight Recons, HACs, etc. due to pirate ships being categorized (rightfully) as much stronger than t1/navy ships.
There is hope, though! The new expansion seems to lead up to more pirate ships. Please, give the Cynabal a niche - currently there is no high dps autocannon cruiser in the game. The Cynabal does less dps with Hail and 3 gyros than the Caracal Navy does with Rage HAMs and 2 BCS. Let the Exequror Navy Issue show the way - it is ok for some cruisers to have speed and comically large damage.
You could even add some fun flavor in the process, changing the 25% rate of fire role bonus into 66.6% damage! Regardless of the number you choose, it is a niche that cruisers are missing as a whole, and one that Cynabal is poised to fill neatly, so I do hope you consider these words. This would also be useful for PvE blitzing setups, and help people consider ships other than the Gila or T3Cs.
Thank you for reading
(p.s. I know the Vagabond also lost targeting range, mwd sig bonus, etc. as well but those have not meaningfully changed the overlap it has with the Cynabal)