Yeah, I suppose you’ve got no reason to believe me since this is my main toon and not my dedicated logi alt XD
Discipline affects when people broadcast, and how they manage comms. A well disciplined fleet will see that the enemy fleet is comprised of a large number of edencom ships and realize that they probably shouldn’t turn into a gaggle of turkeys the second their shields drop by a few percent. A well disciplined fleet also won’t lose their drones, and will have them available to put out when the fight starts.
For example, if you have a fleet of 5 thunderchilds and 5 [Any other PvP fit battleship], each with 5 T1 logi (ospreys/augs) to support them. The 5 thunderchilds literally cannot, even when optimized to the highest possible degree, break even 3 t1 logis worth of reps (let alone T2). This becomes even worse when you consider that the fleets probably aren’t sitting perfectly still, and worse still when the thunderchilds can’t quite control where their arcs bounce to, and even worse when drones come into the mix since those will happily eat vorton bounces for next to 0 damage.
On the other hand, the 5 [Any other battleship]s can with focused fire easily break 5 T1 logis worth of reps and eventually destroy their opposing fleet.
“But the thunderchild is just meant to stress logi! You’re supposed to pair them with other battleships!”
Sure, but you know what does that better? For each thunderchild, just have a blatantly superior [Any other battleship] shoot a target that isn’t the primary. Exact same effect achieved, except to an even better degree since each ship can control where all their DPS goes, and apply it better than the vortons ever could.
There is simply no good reason in a PvP fleet to take an EDENCOM ship when the 1 and only thing it is theoretically useful for can already be achieved to a higher degree by more or less any other hull of the same class in the game.
As I stated in the OP, these ships are intended to be dedicated damage output boats. But they perform this task exceptionally poorly. They simply cannot fulfill the one thing CCP designed them to do.