As my Five Ships post may have indicated, I’m quite fond of a certain ship in particular, and a certain class of ship in general. That ship, of course, is the Rapier. Dual-webbed, I get 400 dps out of mine. I love it. I have three of them, one in each major staging area. I love recons. I love the Curse. I really want to love the Lachesis, if I could only get some decent dps out of it.
So, I’m not gonna lie… I feel like CCP gave me an additional Christmas present with the announcement that the January Proteus expansion is going to include a recon rebalance.
This. Is. Awesome.
Let’s go right for the heart of the matter. Combat recons (Curse, Arazu, Rook, Huginn) are all getting dscan immunity. That’s right… for most circumstances in k-space, no warning about a combat recon about to land on you until it’s too late. Can you imagine the tears and carnage incoming from ships as useful as recons becoming even more common and dangerous?
In an entirely unrelated occurrence, Curses jumped in price by 33% today.
Now, of course, all of these changes are subject to modification, and I’m sure they will change as the community gives feedback. But I’m pleased that all of these changes appear to be buffs to a ship that was, in my opinion, a great ship made weak by time and the repeated cycles of rebalance that made T1 ships so much more powerful.
Yes, that’s right folks, CCP took a look at a ship class and didn’t pull out the nerf bat. Then again, ECM still needs to be “looked at”, and that’ll almost certainly result in a significant nerf.
But I can’t wait for my first Rapier v. Rapier duel. Or a Curse v. Curse… mmm…
I’ve been kicking around the idea of a “How to Fly a Rapier” post for a while now, but I think I’ll hold off for a bit. Folks have also criticized me for flying an armor Curse, and I’ve been dabbling around with a shield version. Best get those posts ready!
Blue skies ahead, recon snobs!