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Interceptor time!

This class has been a bit behind the curve for a while, and we’re going to be fixing that in a few ways.
The biggest changes for Interceptors in Rubicon will be the warp speed changes and the fact that Interceptors are becoming immune to bubbles.
Combined these two changes make Interceptors the best ships at the core function of their specialized role: mobility. To properly Intercept, these ships need to be good at getting from point A to point B. After Rubicon they are going to be very very good at getting to point B.

The bubble immunity idea is one that we’re taking directly from player brainstorming and feedback, and reached our attention through forum posts from former CSM member Prometheus Exenthal. Credit goes to him for a good idea that really grew on me the more I thought about it. Thanks to every one of our players who share their ideas with us over the internet or at meetups or fanfest. We really do appreciate it and sometimes really great things can come from them.

For the most part these guys are being brought to similar power levels to the Taranis and Stiletto, with the bubble and warp speed changes being the bulk of their buff. On average they’ve gotten slightly faster and more agile, and the HP gap between highest and lowest in the class is narrowing a bit. The average HP of the class is actually dropping by a tiny 0.7% which is what prompted my off the cuff comment on the stream that made some people freak out Lol

The most significant changes are to the Raptor and Crow, which are having their roles (combat and fleet) swapped. The Taranis and Stiletto on the other hand are receiving relatively small changes outside the aforementioned warp speed and bubble immunity overhauls.

We’re increasing the lock range of the class pretty much across the board, but we’re intentionally leaving it fairly tight. Pilots will very often want to either fit some kind of lock range increasing module or rig, or receive gang bonuses (remember that Sensor Integrity gives lock range in addition to the sensor strength now) so that they can more easily use their overheated point range while moving quickly. This is intended to be one of the tradeoffs in using what is an otherwise extremely powerful class of ships.

You’ll also notice we kinda devestated the cargo capacity of all the Interceptors. The intention is that if you want to use their bubble immunity for a cyno ship, you have to put some work into it and gimp your fit a tad.

SPECIFICS

CRUSADER – The Crusader’s changes mainly revolve around fittings. Lots more fitting room allows a lot of options for more damage and tank. We’re shaving a bit of HP off the top but the Crusader remains one of the beefiest interceptors (for all that’s worth).

Amarr Frigate Bonuses:
10% reduction in Small Energy Turret capacitor use per level
5% bonus to Small Energy Turret damage per level

Interceptors Bonuses:
15% reduction in MicroWarpdrive signature radius penalty per level
7.5% bonus to Small Energy Turret Tracking Speed per level

Role bonuses:
80% reduction in Propulsion Jamming systems activation cost
Immunity to non-targeted interdiction

Slot layout: 4H, 2M, 4L; 4 turrets, 0 launchers
Fittings: 48(+8) PWG, 120(+20) CPU
Defense (shields / armor / hull) : 225(-21) / 575(-22) / 525(-72)
Capacitor (amount / recharge rate / cap/s) : 415(+40) / 311.25s (+30) / 1.33
Mobility (max velocity / agility / mass / align time): 455 / 3.1 / 1050000 / 4.51
Drones (bandwidth / bay): 0 / 0
Targeting (max targeting range / Scan Resolution / Max Locked targets): 25km(+5) / 975 / 5(+1)
Sensor strength: 10(+1) Radar
Signature radius: 32
Cargo Capacity: 90(-45)

MALEDICTION – Big change for the Malediction is moving one highslot to a low, providing a lot more options for either damage mods, tank or fitting mods. The rocket damage bonus is also being converted to small missile RoF, increasing dps slightly and allowing the effective use of light missiles. A bit of HP shifted to armor allows it to more easily take advantage of the resist bonus.

Amarr Frigate Bonuses:
5% bonus to Rocket and Light Missile rate of fire per level (was rocket damage)
4% bonus to armor resistances per level

Interceptors Bonuses:
15% reduction in MicroWarpdrive signature radius penalty per level
5% bonus to Warp Scrambler and Warp Disruptor range per level

Role bonuses:
80% reduction in Propulsion Jamming systems activation cost
Immunity to non-targeted interdiction

Slot layout: 3H(-1), 3M, 4L(+1); 1(-2) turrets, 3 launchers
Fittings: 35 PWG, 150(+15) CPU
Defense (shields / armor / hull) : 325(-97) / 550(+93) / 425(-32)
Capacitor (amount / recharge rate / cap/s) : 355(+11.25) / 266.25s (+8.4) / 1.33
Mobility (max velocity / agility / mass / align time): 435 / 3.15(+0.05) / 999000 / 4.36(+0.07)
Drones (bandwidth / bay): 0 / 0
Targeting (max targeting range / Scan Resolution / Max Locked targets): 27.5km(+5) / 900 / 5(+1)
Sensor strength: 12 Radar
Signature radius: 33
Cargo Capacity: 98(-37)

RAPTOR – The Raptor is getting a heavy overhaul. It was a trainwreck before, and we’re switching its role from the “fleet” interceptor to the “combat” role (essentially a more shield and range oriented Taranis). As befits it’s role change, we’re swapping the fleet tackle range bonus for a shield resist bonus (that won’t be super powerful due to the lack of midslots but will provide some cool options) and this ship is getting more fitting, hp, cap, speed and agility. Compared to the Taranis it has a bit less HP, less damage and less tracking, but has advantages in speed, agility, and range.

Caldari Frigate Bonuses:
5% bonus to Small Hybrid Turret Damage per level
10% bonus to Small Hybrid Turret optimal range per level

Interceptors Bonuses:
15% reduction in MicroWarpdrive signature radius penalty per level
4% bonus to shield resistances per level (was tackle range)

Role bonuses:
80% reduction in Propulsion Jamming systems activation cost
Immunity to non-targeted interdiction

Slot layout: 4H, 3M, 3L; 3 turrets, 1(-1) launchers
Fittings: 36(+10) PWG, 155 CPU
Defense (shields / armor / hull) : 525(+32) / 350(+34) / 425(+3)
Capacitor (amount / recharge rate / cap/s) : 355(73.75) / 266.25s (+55.3) / 1.33
Mobility (max velocity / agility / mass / align time): 420(+5) / 3.2(+0.25) / 999000(-76000) / 4.43s(-0.19)
Drones (bandwidth / bay): 0 / 0
Targeting (max targeting range / Scan Resolution / Max Locked targets): 27.5km(+2.5) / 940 / 5(+1)
Sensor strength: 14 Gravimetric
Signature radius: 34
Cargo Capacity: 92(-58)

CROW – The Crow moves into the tackle slot to replace the Raptor. It gets a big buff in the form of a highslot moved to a mid, and some extra HP. In exchange it gains some mass which hurts agility and reduces speed slightly when prop mods are running.

Caldari Frigate Bonuses:
10% bonus to Kinetic Missile damage per level
10% bonus to Missile Velocity per level (was attached to interceptors skill)

Interceptors Bonuses:
15% reduction in MicroWarpdrive signature radius penalty per level
5% bonus to Warp Scrambler and Warp Disruptor range per level (new)

Role bonuses:
80% reduction in Propulsion Jamming systems activation cost
Immunity to non-targeted interdiction

Slot layout: 3H(-1), 4M(+1), 3L; 0(-2) turrets, 3 launchers
Fittings: 35 PWG, 160(+10) CPU
Defense (shields / armor / hull) : 550(+22) / 325(+79) / 375(+23)
Capacitor (amount / recharge rate / cap/s) : 315(+2.5) / 236.25s (+1.875) / 1.33
Mobility (max velocity / agility / mass / align time): 430(+5) / 3.1 / 1065000(+66000) / 4.58s(+0.29)
Drones (bandwidth / bay): 0 / 0
Targeting (max targeting range / Scan Resolution / Max Locked targets): 32.5km(+2.5) / 860 / 5(+1)
Sensor strength: 12 Gravimetric
Signature radius: 35(-1)
Cargo Capacity: 98(-52)

TARANIS – The Taranis doesn’t need huge changes, we’re shaving a bit of HP off and giving it some lower mass in exchange.

Gallente Frigate Bonuses:
10% Small Hybrid Turret damage per level

Interceptors Bonuses:
15% reduction in MicroWarpdrive signature radius penalty per level
7.5% Small Hybrid Turret tracking speed per level

Role bonuses:
80% reduction in Propulsion Jamming systems activation cost
Immunity to non-targeted interdiction

Slot layout: 4H, 3M, 3L; 3 turrets, 0 launchers
Fittings: 35 PWG, 150 CPU
Defense (shields / armor / hull) : 275(-41) / 425(-32) / 675(-28)
Capacitor (amount / recharge rate / cap/s) : 355(+11.25) / 266.25s(+8.4) / 1.33
Mobility (max velocity / agility / mass / align time): 420 / 3(+0.05) / 1070000(-5000) / 4.45s(-0.17)
Drones (bandwidth / bay): 10 / 10
Targeting (max targeting range / Scan Resolution / Max Locked targets): 22.5km(+2.5) / 880 / 5(+1)
Sensor strength: 10(+1) Magnetometric
Signature radius: 36
Cargo Capacity: 92(-33)

ARES – We’re planning on making optional missiles part of the flavour for Roden ships, and moving the Enyo out of that shipyard eventually. The Ares mostly keeps its old role as an excellent tackler (the loss of speed is more than made up for by the mass decrease, leading to a slight increase in speed with a prop mod running) and can now also do a surprising amount of damage when fit for gank, especially if you use both guns and missiles.

Gallente Frigate Bonuses:
10% bonus to Small Hybrid Turret damage per level
10% bonus to Rocket and Light Missile damage per level

Interceptors Bonuses:
15% reduction in MicroWarpdrive signature radius penalty per level
5% bonus to Warp Scrambler and Warp Disruptor range per level

Role bonuses:
80% reduction in Propulsion Jamming systems activation cost
Immunity to non-targeted interdiction

Slot layout: 3H, 3M, 4L; 2 turrets, 2(+1) launchers
Fittings: 30 PWG, 150 CPU
Defense (shields / armor / hull) : 300(+19) / 400(-22) / 625(-43)
Capacitor (amount / recharge rate / cap/s) : 315(+2.5) / 236.25s(+1.875) / 1.33
Mobility (max velocity / agility / mass / align time): 425(-25) / 3.1(+0.155) / 990000(-110000) / 4.25s(-0.24)
Drones (bandwidth / bay): 0 / 0
Targeting (max targeting range / Scan Resolution / Max Locked targets): 27.5km(+2.5) / 955 / 5(+1)
Sensor strength: 11(+1) Magnetometric
Signature radius: 35
Cargo Capacity: 96(-29)

CLAW – Ahh the Claw. We’re giving this old stalwart a hand up in a few ways. Splitting the damage bonus into two provides just over 4% more damage at max skills. The lower mass helps both speed and agility. Extra fitting allows for better tanking or effective artillery fits. And we’ve finally fixed the lock range.

Minmatar Frigate Bonuses:
5% bonus to Small Projectile Turret Damage per level (split between frigate and interceptor skills)
7.5% Small Projectile Turret tracking speed per level (moved from interceptor skill)

Interceptors Bonuses:
15% reduction in MicroWarpdrive signature radius penalty per level
5% Small Projectile Turret Damage per level (split between frigate and interceptor skills)

Role bonuses:
80% reduction in Propulsion Jamming systems activation cost
Immunity to non-targeted interdiction

Slot layout: 4H, 2M, 4L; 3 turrets, 1(-1) launchers
Fittings: 45(+5) PWG, 125(+25) CPU
Defense (shields / armor / hull) : 325(-27) / 500(+113) / 475(-18)
Capacitor (amount / recharge rate / cap/s) : 285(+4.75) / 213.75s (+2.8) / 1.33
Mobility (max velocity / agility / mass / align time): 475 / 3(-0.09) / 1100000(-26000) / 4.57s(-0.25)
Drones (bandwidth / bay): 0 / 0
Targeting (max targeting range / Scan Resolution / Max Locked targets): 22.5km(+5) / 1000 / 5(+1)
Sensor strength: 9(+1) Ladar
Signature radius: 30
Cargo Capacity: 94(-26)

STILETTO – The poster boy for fleet interceptors that are already working, the Stiletto doesn’t need all that much work. A good bit less mass helps it keep some distinct areas of advantage over the new Crow.

Minmatar Frigate Bonuses:
5% bonus to Small Projectile Turret Damage per level
7.5% Small Projectile Turret tracking speed per level

Interceptors Bonuses:
15% reduction in MicroWarpdrive signature radius penalty per level
5% bonus to Warp Scrambler and Warp Disruptor range per level

Role bonuses:
80% reduction in Propulsion Jamming systems activation cost
Immunity to non-targeted interdiction

Slot layout: 3H, 4M, 3L; 2 turrets, 1 launchers
Fittings: 30 PWG, 150 CPU
Defense (shields / armor / hull) : 400(+13) / 400(-22) / 500(-28)
Capacitor (amount / recharge rate / cap/s) : 250 / 187.5s / 1.33
Mobility (max velocity / agility / mass / align time): 435 / 3.1 / 1020000(-80000) / 4.38s(-0.35)
Drones (bandwidth / bay): 0 / 0
Targeting (max targeting range / Scan Resolution / Max Locked targets): 27.5km(+2.5) / 925 / 5(+1)
Sensor strength: 10(+1) Ladar
Signature radius: 31
Cargo Capacity: 92(-28)

Let us know what you think!

11 Comments

  1. Bubanni

    I hope they add a little more lock range to them than this

    October 2, 2013 at 11:07 pm Reply
    1. want moar lock range now

      50 km ftw

      October 4, 2013 at 11:58 am Reply
  2. Dennis the Dreamer

    meh heart this.

    October 3, 2013 at 4:32 am Reply
  3. Mr Unthinkable

    Wow the crow is gonna be number 1 ceptor, im thinkin masb maybe even dual asb. Few rocket launchers to take out drones.. GG. Crow much better fleet support ceptor now… Im so happy.. All those lonely nights playing with my craptor telling myself its gonna change, they wont forget about us lol!!!

    Ahhahahahahahahahha *dances like a loon*

    October 3, 2013 at 8:56 am Reply
    1. ...

      Lyonic?

      October 3, 2013 at 12:11 pm Reply
      1. Lyonic unmasked!!

        Ayeeeeee lol 😀

        October 3, 2013 at 1:38 pm Reply
  4. Winter of discontent

    This sucks! My taranis will no longer be able to loot covert ops cloaking devices without cargo mods after I have laid waste to a silly stealth bomber pilot.

    October 3, 2013 at 12:08 pm Reply
    1. Slothen

      I think they should just make those modules smaller. They’re a real pain.

      October 3, 2013 at 4:37 pm Reply
  5. Kama Kairade

    I like the idea of bubble immunity, but would like to avoid yet-another interdictor nerf. I’d be overjoyed if this applied only to anchorable bubbles.

    October 3, 2013 at 6:39 pm Reply
  6. evan

    Cool at least they change ceps …. Can you pls give them more scan resolution> for example t1 frigate Slasher has 940mm and 20 times more expensive Stiletto 925mm is this a joke or something . Interceptors should be able to almost insta lock and they are weaker then t1 frigates in almost everything and prices are around 10 to 20 times more so pls do little bite more then bubble immunity and warp speed.

    October 3, 2013 at 7:54 pm Reply
  7. Upkilt camera 2, nessie retrns

    So anyway, we all remember the armour rocket crows that used to rape, with the addition of a midslot, could a shield rocket crow rape too?

    As for people on ceptor threads talking about fitting webs on ceptors…. Just no.

    You have 1 tank as a ceptor and thats speed… Get in web/scram range ur dead.

    October 7, 2013 at 1:08 pm Reply

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