After flying the Confessor now for the better part of a month (enough time to train the skill to V) and playing around with the Svipul on Singularity, I feel pretty confident in saying that the tactical destroyers are flexible ships that, even with the same fit, can occupy a variety of roles, albeit not all at the same time.
I actually think the design of these “tdests” is well-balanced. They’re worthy of the title of T3, but aren’t so overpowered that they make other ships obsolete.
Well, almost all ships. Looking at the roles of various ship classes, I can see how the tdests can do about 80% to 90% of what they do, the specialists still come out ahead. Interceptors are faster. Interdictors can bubble. Ewar frigs and Recons have great bonuses. Most other cruisers have better tank.
But I’m having a hard time identifying a role for assault frigates now. The Confessor and Svipul both are better tank, speed, dps, scan resolution, align time, and tracking than assault frigates, making me hard-pressed to think of a role for them. Even in faction warfare, T3 destroyers can fit into small plexes just like assault frigates.
I’m not sure I’m missing something here. In fact, the Confessor definitely can – and the Svipul should be able to – successfully kill a pair of assault frigates. 400 dps and 12-18k tanks vs. 200-250 dps and 6-8k tanks, with more speed for the tdests.
Is the introduction of tactical destroyers making assault frigates obsolete?
Before the introduction of the Confessor, if pressed to provide my favorite ships, a blaster, dual-ASB Harpy and a pair of Jaguars would have easily been in my top five ship classes for PvP. But now, a Confessor alone would beat either of them, and the Svipul is shaping up to be the same.
But now, if I’m looking for a fast damage-dealer that can web or tracking disrupt, I’m choosing a Svipul, not a Jaguar. If I need a ship that can do at least 300 dps and take some punishment, it’s not my Harpy anymore.
The Assault Frigate is dead, long live the Tactical Destroyer?