Not long ago a war broke out between a null sec and a low sec bloc. The low sec bloc won, allegedly because of implants. The reason low sec blocs can use implants is because warp disruption bubbles do not exist in low sec, so your pod is at minimal risk of getting destroyed, and thus you are at minimal risk of losing implants which means you can use some really expensive ones.
null blocs does not have this luxury. fast forward to Havoc expansion and warp bubbles are now coming to specific parts of low sec. This raises concerns since it is also alleged that CSM is largely controlled and influenced by null sec blocs.
That’s a massive oversimplification and ignores a lot of other factors.
Not least of which is the average goon’s complete lack of understanding of basic lowsec mechanics. The number of goon line members that got blapped by gate and station guns was absolutely hilarious.
Implants helped, but were far from the major factor in that war.
At the time when TEST was anchoring Keepstar and attempting to takeover trade from ICY I lived in Rancer as part of local alliance. TEST was flying 150 man mega fleets through our pocket and each time they last 2-3 ships w/o getting anything in return. Repeat this a bunch of time and suddenly their fleets get reduced to the point of being “no threat”. We had only 10 pilots and still managed to fish out some battleships out of their fleet.
This shows the level of competence of nullsec pilots.