Armor tanking: resists vs bufferPosted: 2009-12-03
In the WH, sleeper sites aren’t too difficult, as long as you outnumber the sleepers 3:2 and don’t stop to check on dinner or something. Recently, me and a corp mate tried to 2 man a dual BS spawn. Predictably, the sleepers took issue with our attempts to murder them and we were soon floating in wrecks. It was more or less at this point that we got into an argument over buffer tanks vs resist tanks, as he had a buffer tank and I had a resist tank.
Unfortunately, I don’t have time ATM to do any hard math, but let’s have two hypothetical players called Jimmy and Stuart. Stuart resist tanks, so he has 50k EHP but only 7k armor. Jimmy buffer tanks, so he has 100k ehp, with 90k armor. Both have about the same skills. If Stuart remote reps Jimmy, then he will get repped for say, 300, which is .3% of his tank. if Jimmy reps Stuart, then Stuart gets back… three divided by 70 is…4% of his tank. What I’m saying is that while an active tank takes infinitely more cap to sustain, it keeps you alive longer assuming you have a local rep/someone is repping you.
Seeing as this is the second domi I’ve lost to sleepers I’m probably going to wait until I get my cut from the WH and fit a new one with no major differences except more guns, and that I’ll have thermodynamics trained. While I will not pretend to completely understand how thermodynamics works, it seems ta me that 30% more resists would make my active tank even harder for the first minute of the fight while 2 sleepers are beating the hell outta me. Until my tank melts, that is…
Also, it’s worth noting that while Jimmy and Stuart were fighting sleepers, Jimmy died first while Stuart had 5 heavy rep drones and 2 RRs on him.
My current skills being trained are engineering V, some cap management skills, RR skills and nanite repair paste. I’d love to get a navy Domi but I’d probably lose it.
In closing, yes, the new browser is amazing and I’m kicking myself for not buying T2 ships like Blake did. Hulks are up to 150 mil ATM, I’d better be careful w/ mine…