So, everybody knows the main problem in PvP right now. Exactly. Destroyers.
They are everywhere: less than before, but still everywhere. Recently, I took out of the dust my old Wolf-M to experiment with a bubble build. I 've had lots of fun 1v1-ing any ship. Except destroyers.
The problem with this kind of ships is that they don’t have ANY weakness. They have huge tank. Huge firepower. And I know a corpomate who makes his Antares go to 400 m/s. They can lock down entire areas of the map by shooting black holes that destroy almost every frigate caught in range. They shoot torps every 7 seconds, dealing huge amounts of damage with high aim assist (I got killed countless times by them while plasma knifing a destro from behind). They can warp away when in danger, getting out from almost every fight and then demolishing you with their ranged weapons.
They can only be killed by coordinated teams. But that’s a completely different issue… (I’m looking at you, 4-man squads)
Most of the vets players, me included (even if I’m far away to be a vet…), would like to see them go away from the normal pvp. Players don’t want them to infest t5, a place where the only thing that counts is skill. And trust me, piloting a destroyer doesn’t require any of that.
Our devs should understand that if the old players go away, the game would die. And I don’t want it to happen.
So, here’s my suggestion.
Destroyers could remain in PvE, OS, Dread battles, and maybe Tournaments (still not sure about this).
But, they should be banned from normal PvP and Leagues.
They could have their own Gamemode, which could include Team Battle, Combat Recon and Capture the Beacons. (Beacon hunt and Domination would just be campfests, and Destroyers aren’t fast enough to play detonation)
It should be a casual gamemode, that doesn’t affect your pilot rating.
To keep it relevant, it should be the only place where you can find Beryllium and the new t5 destroyer material (if they add one)
Neodium should be earned through normal t3 pvp, pve and OS.
It would be even technically easy to exclude destroyers from normal PvP, they could just gray them out as they do with too low/high rank ships.
Everybody wins. Vets don’t leave. The grind gets reduced. PvP isn’t flooded anymore with destroyers, it returns mostly skill based and funny. New players grow more easily without Destroyers crushing them.
Tell me what you think about it, and sorry for my awful English.