Posted - 2009.10.24 01:42:00 - [1
Am looking to branch out into exploration/wormholes, and quite frankly have gotten bored of all my missile-fitted ships.
Decided to look at t3, and like the look of the Proteus.
Problem is, I can't find a non-blaster fit for the thing anywhere to base my own design on - everything's blasters.
Does anyone actually use the Proteus for this kinda thing, or should I crack out my old Drake for doing C1-C3 wormholes and up to 5/10 plexes?
NB: Already have a Tengo, but am bored with it already.
Posted - 2009.10.24 02:24:00 - [3
Edited by: Trvaeler on 24/10/2009 02:35:18
I use it for lowsec and 0.0 missions because it eliminates the possibility of being probed out and ganked by using 2 named ECCMs. It's also immune to bubbles and can cloak warped.
So gives me the ability to pretty much go anywhere with almost zero risk of losing the ship (unless I do something stupid).
In fact, when I'm done a mission, I sometimes just sit there and read the tears in local from peeps with perfect scanning skills, implants and ship bonus/rigs trying to scan me out unsuccessfully.
Find me a ship that can finish a level 4 in lowsec/nullsec with ZERO risk (while in the mission) and I'll use that instead...but so far, T3 is unique with this capability.
Has no problems with tank, but I find I need the blasters for the DPS to be reasonable since I don't use drones (again so I can't be scanned out). I have drones in the bay (can use 5x lights) to help out if there's nobody in the system and quickly for assault frigs though. (quickly deploy and recall them as soon as the target it dead)
I'll look up my fit/stats and post later when I'm home, but it's something close to 250-300dps racial tank and 350-400dps offense. With the low sig and speed (even with AB), the tank can easily handle level 4s for me.
Have 3 mid slots with my fit, so two are taken for ECCMs and the 3rd is used for an AB.
Works for me...but to each his own I guess. An Ishtar for instance will do any mission faster but you are at (high) risk of getting probed out and ganked. The proteus was the difference between highsec only exploration/missions vs lowsec/null.
Can still be probed out in complexes of course, and I don't do those often if there are peeps in the system, but you're still less likely to be caught off guard if you put a can on the entry gate to uncloak any would be gankers.
*edit* - There's really no use other than for what I mentioned above. Many BS will perform the same or better at much lower cost if you're not worried about PVP safety.
I've used it in c2/c3 wormholes and it's doable but slow. I've also used an Ishtar in c2/c3 and in 5/10 plexes and the Ishtar was much faster, (and cheaper) for me anyways.