|Skeptical Cat is skeptical.|
For the first time in perhaps ever, a slew of Tech 1 frigs are competitive with Tech 2 and faction frigates. Yes, there are advantages to the latter but its not so obviously overwhelming like it used to be. Furthermore, with the improved Ewar and Logistics frigates it is possible to run full fledged Tech 1 frigate fleets with impressive capabilities and able to punch above its weight against a less prepared enemy cruiser fleet.
There are a number of options in the Destroyer hulls, all of them competitive with Tech 2 and faction frigates and dangerous in small groups to cruisers and battlecruisers.
The cruisers of each race are powerful and fast and decent options to use instead of battlecruisers and Tech 2 cruisers. They are obviously more maneuverable than battlecruisers with nearly comparable damage profiles in some cases, and definitely threaten faction and tech 2 cruisers in many cases. The enhanced logistic cruisers give FCs with these Tech 1 cruiser fleets a logistics option that does not cost an arm and a leg and introduces a lot more complexity and variety to this level of combat.
And all of these Tech 1 ships are very affordable meaning there is no better time in the past when getting into PvP is affordable and not an exercise in futility. On top of that, faction warfare has been reinvigorated and the variety of fleets/gangs and combat styles in the low sec arenas are at an all time high. If you don't PvP but think you might want to, now is the time to start.
Go. Now. Start PvPing.
Sure, there are issues in null sec with the bloc level warfare, and solo PvP is still an extremely hard style in today's environment, but the complexity of combat is at an all time high and allows a lot more room in the meta to have a prepared and experience small group divide and overcome a larger less prepared group. This is dynamic skill based PvP at its best and its everywhere now.
I don't know how long this Golden Age of PvP will last, but ride the wave while you can.
|Sounds like a plan! Where'd I park my rifter?!|