Friday, February 29, 2008

Vexor set-up for both Solo and Gang PVP

The Gallente Vexor has got to be my favourites cruiser, if not ship period! There's something about the look of the ship, it's armour tanking abilities, or the fact that it it can carry a good stack of drones with its 100m3 drone bay. And so I'm always looking for a good ship set-up, playing around with various configurations. I can't tell you how much time I've spent docked at a station, putting and pulling ship modules, then undocking and testing theses set-ups. Its' a good part of the fun of EVE.

So I was quite pleased to see and article in the latest issue of EON (issue #10) on the subject of PVP Cruisers set-up. The thorough article written by Sivona, explores the PVP configurations for a number of Tech I cruisers, in both Solo and Gang iterations. The cruisers listed in the article are the Caldari Caracal and Blackbird, the Amarr Arbitrator and Maller, the Gallente Vexor and Thorax, and finally the Minmatar Stabber and Rupture. Here below is the Solo PVP set-up for the Vexor proposed by Sivona:
  • 4 x Light Neutron Blaster
  • 1 x Medium Diminishing Power System Drain I
  • 1 x 10MN Microwarpdrive
  • 1 x Warp Disruptor II
  • 1 x Stasis Webifier II
  • 1 x 800mm Reinforced Rolled Tungsten Plate I
  • 1 x Energized Adaptive Nano Membrane II
  • 1 x Damage Control II
  • 1 x Medium Armour Repairer II
  • 5 x Hammerhead II
  • 5 x Warrior II
I haven't tried it myself, as I mostly get involved in NPC combat running missions (in order to increase our standing with various NPC corps - more on that later), but I'm interested in testing it out. If you're interested in other ship set-ups then see all the ones I've ever listed here. If you want to read the whole article by Sivona, then either order that issue, or even better, subscribe to EON and enjoy the best MMO magazine ever created! And for those who'd want to get the complete collection of issues, you can even order back issues. These Brits are bright little poodles! =)

Definitions (courtesy of Grismar's EVE Wiki)
  • PVP: Player versus player
  • Armour Tanking: A ship outfitted to boost armour resistance and regeneration


Jesse said...

I'm still a bit of a noob when it comes to EVE, but by my calculations 3x Ogres (the max you can use with the Vexor's bandwidth) would do more damage than 5x of the Hammerheads or Warriors. Also, as your drone skills get better this discrepancy in damage appears to favor the Ogres even more. Have I overlooked something?

CrazyKinux said...

Hi Brandstone,

A very valid question. And in this case, you're half-way right. The Ogres do pack more punch per done then the combination of Warriors and Hammerheads. On the other hand they are slow as hell, and in intense fights you want your drones to get to their next target as quickly as possible. As such, the Ogres may not be the best option.

Hope that makes sense.

And thanks for the comments.

Anonymous said...

Basing myself on the ishtar setups I have seen, I think the vexor is better off with railguns. Drones will have a 30km range normally with "ok" skills, so if you orbit your target at 20km, you keep the point while being further away, so tracking for your target is harder. Your target will not be able to web you, and orbiting at the limit of the point, you'll be able to get away faster if you ever get in trouble.

I would remove the webfier for a medium cap injector, because MWD, armor rep and the blasters/rails will drain your cap quite fast. The nos will help you for sure, but I personally prefer a medium neut - get the opponent's cap killed if the target ever gets too close. (I'm thinking interceptors and tackling frigate)

For solo, I would also get rid of the hardener and armor repairer to put 2 plates, if you have enough power grid left obviously.
An HP buffer should give you more time to kill your enemy, and hopefully confuse him a little bit.

There are so many different approaches to pvp, the setups may vary a lot more. This is just my take on it. (and i don't even fly gallente lol)

CrazyKinux said...

Thanks for the feedback! As you say, the possible combinations PvP for the Vexor, and any ship for that matter, are endless.

That's one of the beauty of EVE - you're always experimenting and learning new set-ups!

Anonymous said...

"you want your drones to get to their next target as quickly as possible. As such, the Ogres may not be the best option."

@ Kinux, if you noticed you have light blasters on, which means you are engaged in close up combat. If you could run 2 Ogres, 2 Hammerheads, and a Hobgoblin, in EFT, I get more damage than anything else.

"MWD, armor rep and the blasters/rails will drain your cap quite fast."

@ Cartboard, you don't leave these things on the whole time, especially the MWD.

Hope you have more success with your Vexor, I would like to challenge you to a 1v1 Vexor fight sometime :)

CrazyKinux said...

Will have to try it out Tony!