Training Battlecruisers IV and now V has led me to think more upon these vessels.
For the new and the unknowing, battlecruisers are essentially a step between the flexible cruisers and the hard hitting battleships. A top end cruiser might set up back about 5-7 million ISK, a low end battleship costs around 50-60 million, but a battlecruiser splits the difference at around 20-30 million. Performance-wise the tier 2 battlecruisers provide better speed and agility than battleships and better tanking and damage than cruisers. Plus they are the only tech I combat class to be able to use warfare links, and often overlooked ability.
With good skills the tier 2 battlecruisers can take on some high end PvE content but still struggle compared to battleships. Its also worth noting that Tech II Heavy Assault Cruisers can match the tank and gank of a battlecruiser while maintaining cruiser agility and speed but cost two to three times more.
Battlecruisers require the Racial cruiser skill to III and the Battlecruiser skill to pilot. This means that it is very easy to step into another race's battlecruisers with minimal ship training (although the tanking and weapon skills may be very different). Every race has two battlecruisers, a tier 1 version and a superior tier 2 version.
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The Ferox I pretty much abandoned since the need for a sniping battlecruiser is not very high when you have a Rokh and an Eagle sitting in the hanger. I have a couple Drakes for different purposes and they do me well (and will do better now with a couple more levels in Battlecruisers... I should have done that a long time ago). The Brutix has been a favourite for pure gank purposes but I don't have one going right now, and I have a Myrmidon serving as a remote sensor boosting platform although I did use one for 0.0 ratting in Fountain a while back.
Now I am looking at the Amarr battlecruisers and I'm tempted to give a Harbinger a try. It looks like it can pump out the DPS while maintaining a good solid tank.
Thoughts, comments, opinions from the readers?