Wormhole Suicide Preparations 05

I’ve renamed some of my recent posts which were referring to suicide. While I think society goes overboard with their politic correctness, it struck me this morning that the titles lacked appropriate context.

 

This is, or was, the shape of the Loki I was going to lose in a wormhole. That is until I tested it.

[Loki, WH Suicide Trip – Shield – Version 7]

Damage Control II
Nanofiber Internal Structure II
Gyrostabilizer II

Y-T8 Overcharged Hydrocarbon Microwarpdrive
Shadow Serpentis Warp Scrambler
Shadow Serpentis Stasis Webifier
Sensor Booster II, Scan Resolution
Large Shield Extender II

Covert Ops Cloaking Device II
Sisters Expanded Probe Launcher, Sisters Core Scanner Probe I
425mm AutoCannon II, Republic Fleet EMP M
425mm AutoCannon II, Republic Fleet EMP M
425mm AutoCannon II, Republic Fleet EMP M
425mm AutoCannon II, Republic Fleet EMP M
425mm AutoCannon II, Republic Fleet EMP M

Medium Gravity Capacitor Upgrade II
Medium Core Defence Field Extender I
Medium Core Defence Field Extender I

Loki Defensive – Adaptive Shielding
Loki Electronics – Emergent Locus Analyzer
Loki Offensive – Covert Reconfiguration
Loki Propulsion – Interdiction Nullifier
Loki Engineering – Augmented Capacitor Reservoir

There were two main problems identified in practicing with it against my alt.

 

Locking Targets

The sensor recalibration time makes it extremely difficult to sneak up on someone, de-cloak and lock them. With my skills, this delay before I can start to target them is 6 seconds. In practise my Alt always had the time to warp away.

I tried changing tactics – approaching them, de-cloaking at 5km, hitting the MWD and trying to knock them off alignment. In the end the only ships I could catch with some level of reliability were mining barges. (I assume I could catch some industrials this way – but the ships I had at hand to test against had agility buffs, and were quick enough to get away.)

I tried just warping in on my alt at zero while un-cloaked (as if I had scanned him down). While the recalibration time was no longer a factor, from when I appeared on grid to when I dropped out of warp and could lock gave my Alt ample time to warp away.

So the only things I am going to be locking in this ship are mining barges, some industrials, the really inattentive, or ships that have already locked me. Because of what I am targeting, the Sensor Booster isn’t as necessary as I first thought.

 

DPS

EFT reports the fitting above does 254dps. In reality its performance wasn’t impressive. The 425mm’s struggled to lay down the damage if I was orbiting, or the target was orbiting me. Even though most of the ships I was testing against were tanked well and piloted by a high SP Alt, I felt it took far too long to kill them. (Or in my testing, take down the shields.)

Sort of related, I noticed I used far more ammo than expected, so I am going to have to carry more than first planned.

 

Thoughts

I won’t be that successful hunting easy targets in wormholes with this ship. In reality, most PVP I would get involved in is if another player locks me. This fit won’t hold up well there. So I need better tracking, more DPS, and more tank.

The current idea is to change to 220mm auto cannons, drop the Interdiction Nullifier for a Chassis Optimization, and increase damage:

[Loki, WH Suicide Trip – Shield – Version 8]
Damage Control II
Gyrostabilizer II
Gyrostabilizer II
Gyrostabilizer II

Y-T8 Overcharged Hydrocarbon Microwarpdrive
Shadow Serpentis Warp Scrambler
Shadow Serpentis Stasis Webifier
Large Shield Extender II
Large Shield Extender II

Covert Ops Cloaking Device II
Sisters Expanded Probe Launcher, Sisters Core Scanner Probe I
220mm Vulcan AutoCannon II, Republic Fleet EMP M
220mm Vulcan AutoCannon II, Republic Fleet EMP M
220mm Vulcan AutoCannon II, Republic Fleet EMP M
220mm Vulcan AutoCannon II, Republic Fleet EMP M
220mm Vulcan AutoCannon II, Republic Fleet EMP M

Medium Gravity Capacitor Upgrade II
Medium Core Defence Field Extender I
Medium Core Defence Field Extender I

Loki Defensive – Adaptive Shielding
Loki Electronics – Emergent Locus Analyzer
Loki Offensive – Covert Reconfiguration
Loki Propulsion – Chassis Optimization
Loki Engineering – Augmented Capacitor Reservoir

DPS is up to 325, EHP is 56K. Maybe that will work better.

(I did get a dual propulsion Sig Radius tanking Loki fit, which was my other chain of thought.  I just wouldn’t have been able to fly it well enough, so will put that away for another day.)

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