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Five Handy Tips For Combat In EVE Online

Posted Sat, May 21, 2011 by Space Junkie

PvP in EVE Online is a convoluted affair. There are a thousand variables: everything from position and speed to the nature of your enemies' ships must be considered. It's axiomatic that you can never know enough about how to fight.

Here are five small tricks to give you a little more oomph when fighting.

5. Offline Your Nanos

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Believe it or not, offlining the your own modules can sometimes give you an advantage.

Because most overviews are set not to show passive modules, people often forget that they have modules like nanofibers. Nanofiber internal structures, or nanos, are a common module used to make a ship faster and more maneuverable. Unfortunately, when online, they carry the drawback of reducing your structure hit points. Sometimes, a fight is so neck-and-neck that both participants are deep into structure. That is when getting back that -20% to structure hit points per nanofiber can really give you an advantage.

At times like these, set your overview to show passive modules, right-click on each of your nanofibers, and offline them. Voile! Your structure hit points are magically returned. Though you'll no longer be as fast or maneuverable, you have hit points to spare in battle, which could make the difference in outlasting your opponent.

4. Slip in a Tracking Disruptor

Don't forget tracking disruptors. Though often regarded as the the red-headed stepchild of electronic warfare, tracking disruptors actually have a lot going for them. Unlike ECM modules, which were re-balanced to only be useful on ships that specialize in their use, tracking disruptors can make a significant difference even on non-specialized ships. Next time you fly an assault frigate or interceptor and have a spare mid-slot, consider plugging in a tracking disruptor with a tracking speed disruption script. This will reduce your target's ability to return fire with turrets, causing them to deal less damage, if they hit you at all. (Note that they will still not help you against missile launchers, drones, or energy neutralizers.)

Consider using tracking disruptors with ships like: maledictions, stilettos, harpies, and manticores.

3. Jump Cloak Immunities

The automatic cloak that one experiences when jumping into a new solar system is different from that imparted by cloaking modules. Jump cloaks were created to allow your computer to load the new system and give you 30 seconds to acclimate yourself to your surroundings. However, you are functionally invulnerable while in this state, something that often escapes new players' notice. You can neither be de-cloaked by other ships getting too close nor harmed by area of effect weapons. In times past, you were even immune to the grid-wide titan doomsdays (RIP), but nowadays jump cloaks make you invulnerable to smartbombs, remote ECM bursts, and most importantly, stealth bomber bombs.

This last is of critical importance to people who participate in fleet warfare. Any time a fleet jumps into a solar system where another fleet has had time to set up defenses, there's a good chance that a wave of bombs is going to get dropped. Because the bombs don't care how many people are within their radius, your fleet loses nothing if you delay breaking your cloak until after the rest of your fleet. If you time it right, the bombs will go off on some other poor suckers, leaving you to de-cloak unharmed and start an assault. It is important to note that this does not apply to jump bridges, which leave you vulnerable almost instantly upon use.

2. Offline Your Microwarpdrive

Most PvP battleships will have a microwarpdrive fitted so that they can escape a sticky situation or quickly reposition themselves. However, once the battleship is fully committed to a fight, the microwarpdrive is often ignored. That's all well and good for a maelstrom, since its weapons don't require capacitor to fire, but apocalypses and rokhs desperately need as much energy for weapons as they can manage. Ships like the raven need the capacitor for their shields, as well.

Offlining the microwarpdrive (by the same process described for nanofibers above) turns off the capacitor penalty, freeing as much as 25% more energy for your weapons. Even for tech II microwarpdrives, the capacitor penalty stands at 17%, which can make all the difference to a laser-using ship or one that needs to use shield boosters and armor repairers. This can prevent you from "capping out" and, ultimately, going down in flames.


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