I am a realtively new player considering a Taranis, and I have some tactics questions.
Let me start with a true story.
Yesterday, as I was supervising some major NPC loot recovery operations, I was attacked by a pirate in a Taranis.
At the moment I was in my very basic anti-rat Thorax outfitted with 2 Small and 2 Medium Modal Neutron
blasters with AM charges, Medium named NOS, 10MN AB II, X5 Web, some cap recharger, paper-thin 400mm
plate, named medium armor repper, MFSII, and a couple of power diagnostic units. Oh, and 4 Hammerheads I
in the drone bay - two of them significantly beat up.
My shield was 90% down from confronting 3 major rats 2 minutes before.
As the Taranis locked onto me, I was really scared, because, well, I have read a lot about the deadliness of
this small ship, and, well, I had no shield and a corp-mate's Iteron behind my back.
Taranis used its MWD to get within 1km or so, immediately locked and started orbiting and shooting.
The confrontation from that point on looked like that:
Bzzz... bzzz... bzzzz...
<he warp scrambles me and continues shooting>
*locked* *turn on the tank, since 20% of poor Rax's armor is already gone*
<he turns on his webber>
*blam* *turn on my webber and NOS* *blam*
*launch Hammerheads* *blam* *blam*
I let his pod warp away because I am not really evil
The whole confrontation lasted about 20 seconds, and still I had about
70% of my armor hitpoints intact when the poor soul blew up.
According to Concord email and the contents of the loot can, he had the
following Taranis setup:
High: 3 Light Neutron II with Void, Knave I small NOS
Med: Some named 1mn MWD, Langour webber, Fleeting warp scrambler
Low: Most expensive Tech I MFS, some damage control stuff
Needless to say, this confrontation made me think.
I've been playing for 2 months and have barely 2 million SP - most in
Learning, Science, and Drones. I have extremely basic gunnery skills.
I fly an el cheapo cruiser (it is 50% or so the cost of a Taranis, and
only my afterburner is Tech II).
The attacker has been playing for more than a year, and, judging by
his setup, has way, way more combat SPs than me.
I have taken him out trivially, in just 4 shots.
So, what is the point of having a Taranis then?
Is it usable at all for solo PvP? If so, what would be the strategy against
something like a Rax?
I have no doubt Taranis is great for ratting - heck, my second-favorite
ratting ship after Vexor is the Atron.
But so far I am a bit underwhelmed.
The attacker seemed to do everything right here (i.e. he was in range, he
had good ammo and doing good damage), but he still lost decisively...
What are everyone's thoughts?