Last week I posted my initial draft of a Tengu setup. The responses fell into three camps.
1) Looks ok.
2) Get a Ferox.
3) Rick Schippers: "Are you serious about pvp'ing in this? I'd like to encounter you :) A single deimos would rip this apart. You should seriously consider a fitting change."
See? This is why I post ideas before trying them out. I avoid ending up on Winterblink's fail mail section of his podcast.
Basically, I agree with all three points. It looks ok for a cruiser, but a Ferox can get similar DPS (albeit slower hull) for a tiny fraction of the cost, and a single Deimos would by a tough battle that I'd probably lose.
I tried to go back and review the chosen subsystems looking for something to improve the setup and I switched it around to lose the 7th high slot and gain a fourth low slot, exchanged resistances for more base shield points, and got a third Magnetic Field Stabilizer. That all pushed my effective hit points to over 77K and my raw DPS to 513. In other words, marginally better but still inadequate for regular PvP.
As a note: I never said solo in my original post, I was intending for small gang roaming and such. I would never solo-roam in such an expensive ship.
This highlights the problem with the Tengu: there are a lot of subsystems with bonuses to missiles but only one subsystem with bonus to hybrids. Once again Caldari hybrid pilots get the short end of the stick. So in accepting the straightjacket CCP has forced on the Tengu, I'm going to have to acknowlege that for now a blaster Tengu is not viable even for a buck-the-trend pilot like myself.
So back to the drawing board. Instead of going for the plain old missile chucking Tengu I decided to go for more esoteric abilities that a cruiser hull typically does not have. Introducing My Tengu II:
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Instead of a pure combat vessel, this one has a Warfare Link, probe launcher with bonus to scan probe sensor strength, covert ops cloak, immune to non-targeted warp disrupting, and bonus to overheating damage reduction. Not to mention a bonus to tractor beam range and velocity and a 493 damage absorption rate.
If I really want to spend ISK, I could upgrade the modules to this:
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This gives a 720 sustained defence rating.
The purpose of this ship is not DPS or surviving a lot of incoming damage, but rather a utility gang ship: it uses the cloak and interdiction nullifier to probe ahead, scan probes to bust safe spots, and gang warfare link to improve fleet resistances when we engage. It could be a fun ship for flitting around 0.0. The only thing that worries me is fast locking ships with warp disruptors so maybe trade some tank for a warp core stab or two. After all, locking time for me is not important in this ship.
(Best thing about the Tengu: Get all the subsystems and you can switch later on if your mood changes. Except rigs. Damn rigs.)