With NCDOT living in low sec in Yong and with jump range of all of our operations here in CVA, their super capital fleet hangs a shadow over everything we do. It has led me to think a lot on the power of supercarriers and Titans and whether or not they lean to far to the overpowered side of the balance spectrum. There is certainly a lot of opinion in the community that this is so, but this is not a "Nerf Supercaps!" post. Instead I simply want to look at the current situation and discuss it.
First, let's look at the range of a supercarrier with Jump Drive Calibration IV based out of the Yong system.
As you can see, there is 153 valid destinations in range in eight regions, including most of Catch and Providence regions. All the supercarrier fleet in Yong needs is one alt with a cyno beacon and fuel to hotdrop anyone even though they are many many jumps away. This means that any small or lone capital operation in 153 systems has to be extra vigilant of any neutral or hostile coming through because NCDOT has a lot of supercarriers and it only takes a handful to obliterate a fleet of capital ships.
On top of that threat, we have their Titans and the jump portals to contend with. Fortunately, their range is not as long as that of supercarrriers.
Despite only have 3 light years less range (7 compared to 10 for the supercarriers) the number of systems that can be accessed is cut in half. Still, from Yong a good portion of the main targets, Providence and Catch, are still in range it is nowhere near as encompassing.
Nevertheless, those 74 systems have the double threat of being hotdropped by a supercarrier fleet and a conventional fleet from the Titan's jump bridge, making almost any significant operation fraught with peril. The best way to counter this threat would be to have your own supercapital fleet on standby, or setup some traps to bait these ships to their death. Unfortunately, this is difficult for small entities without extensive super capital resources.
This is exactly why cynosaural field jammed systems are in such high demand; it removes this threat and allows some measure of operations to occur.
So the question for the masses is this: do you feel that the current state of super capital tactical flexibility is acceptable?