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Posted: Jun 21st 2010 12:51AM DrewIW said

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I'm really glad you didn't mention anything about docking up or dropping corp to deal with a war dec :)

I think it's worth mentioning that there are certain occasions where faction gear can turn a good ship into a great ship. Faction points are excellent on Cynabals or Gallente recons, and deadspace MWDs are an affordable way to make your frigate better. Anything that extends the natural strengths of a ship can be a good investment.

Obviously these aren't the kind of things you'd stockpile as mentioned, but once you have the basics down, it can be a nice way to extend your capabilities.

Posted: Jun 21st 2010 10:13AM Dblade said

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If you are just getting into PvP you would be a idiot to use a Cynabal or expensive faction gear. Your best bet is t1 frigs or cruisers outfitted with as much named or t2 as you can afford so that you aren't bankrupted or made risk averse by the loss. You will lose ships, and a lot of them. Putting deadspace mods on your learning ship is just going to make you someone's expensive killmail.

And also, the whole decision on whether or not to fight is important. Fighting back only matters if you can do so effectively. If you are a small mining corp with not many people with points into combat SP it may be worth it to stay docked: it takes about a month or more to be able to fly even frigs effectively outside of a huge blob of them, let alone cruisers or bc.

This article is kind of pointless though, if you want to PvP chances are you are in a corp that already does it, even if in a limited form by occasional lowsec roams. They'll prepare you if a wardec comes. If you are in a mining and indy corp that doesn't, you wont be in any decent shape to respond, so if this is a concern, start training well before any wardec happens. Both your individual skills and corp tactics. Heck, it may even be better for them if they get wardecced just to drop corp as a corp and join RvB to learn.
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Posted: Jun 21st 2010 10:47AM DrewIW said

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Like I said, it isn't something you would start out with. But using faction gear that plays to a ship's strengths is fun once you have a grasp of things.

RvB is fun, but with all the constraints they put on engagements, it's not a valuable learning experience at all. EVE University or Agony Unleashed are much better options for those looking to learn.
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Posted: Jun 22nd 2010 2:09PM (Unverified) said

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"lag permitting"


Mitigating the effects of lag in pvp is quickly becoming the difference between a 500billion isk loss vs a 500billion isk victory. With ever patch the situation gets worse and worse. I love Eve. There's just no substitute, but the deafining silence on the issue only makes sites like this one complicit in CCP's negligence on the issue.

The fact that CCP continually advertises mass fleet engagements in light of continuing degradation of those mechanics is staggering to me. It's like BP advertising how good they are at stopping oil leaks...

Posted: Jul 5th 2010 12:22AM (Unverified) said

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"and even practical PvP courses you can pay for with ISK"

Id just like to point out the OUCH is a FREE and open university. Its there to help the community as a whole.

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