Agreeing with OP and adding one more “issue”: damage type of the ammo. Limiting it to an EM/Kin combo makes the ships even worse, esp considering the costs. Damage types for these new weapons should be opened up.
This also ignores the fact that Th/Explo is what you need against Trigs. That is, if these Edencom ships have anything to do at all with Trig invasions and the rest of the June sales pitch, which they do not seem to in their current state.
Like everyone else who loves to try out new ships I was looking forward to this new addition at the price of grinding for the materials etc. However, it seems very much like a conceptual design was released into the game, not a product that went through at least a few design cycles, and to my knowledge that’s a first for ccp. Together with the difficulty in acquiring the blueprints (can you even get them from anything but the DED LP store ?) it is no more no less a missed opportunity.
Talking to other solo emerging conduit runners and comparing numbers, the drop rate for the Trig Holographic Transcriber (needed for the faction vorton projector) is below 1% per conduit, let’s say below 1/2000 per trig ship. You already need 5 of them for the blueprint of the smallest version. The ones on the market (roughly a 200 of them) were probably scooped by groups like NED or EDI during invasions. And not even mentioning the whole skill book ordeal here…
Makes one wonder if anyone at ccp is monitoring the Edencom release closely, as three months into the “awesome new ships, and fearsome new weapons” should be more than long enough to hear the alarms go off and respond to a call for action. At least the trig ships last year worked from day one !