Alpha Ship Spotlight – Worm

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Our final of fifteen ship spotlights will focus on what is arguably one of the most powerful frigates widely available in the cluster – the Worm class frigate, designed by the Guristas Pirates.

An all-out combat frigate that relies on massive drone and missile damage to decimate its prey, the Worm was built for a singular purpose - piracy. With a huge bonus to drone durability and damage, coupled with a bonus to missile damage and shield resistance, the worm has the damage to threaten quite a few cruiser class hulls that roam the space lanes of New Eden.

A front line vessel for the Guristas Pirates, this light, fast, hard hitting hull has become a favourite among capsuleers across the cluster.

In Detail:

Class: Frigate

Weapons: 3 Launchers

Slot Layout:

  • 3 High Power Slots
  • 4 Medium Power Slots
  • 2 Low Power Slots
  • 3 Small Rig Slots

Bonuses:

(Per level of Gallente Frigate)

  • 10% bonus to kinetic and thermal missile damage.

(Per level of Caldari Frigate)

  • 4% bonus to all shield resistances.

Role Bonus:

  • 300% bonus to Light Combat Drone damage and hitpoints.

Alpha Ship Spotlight – Astero

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This Ship Spotlight will focus on a second hull from the Servant Sisters of EVE – the Astero class frigate.

Particularly adept at venturing into dangerous territories for the purposes of astrometry and recovering valuable salvage, the Astero is packed with highly advanced and heavily bonused sensor systems that make it perfect for scouting and surveying.

While Alpha pilots will not benefit from the Covert Ops bonuses of the Astero, this adaptable little frigate packs fantastic versatility and great durability with bonuses based around increasing drone and armor durability.

In Detail:

Class: Frigate

Weapons: 2 Turrets

Slot Layout:

  • 2 High Power Slots
  • 4 Medium Power Slots
  • 4 Low Power Slots
  • 3 Small Rig Slots

Bonuses:

(Per level of Gallente Frigate)

  • 20% bonus to drone hitpoints.

(Per level of Amarr Frigate)

  • 4% bonus to all armor resistances.

Role Bonus:

  • 100% reduction in Cloaking Devices CPU requirement.
  • 37.5% bonus to Core and Combat Scanner Probe strength.
  • 10+ bonus to Relic and Data Analyzer strength.
  • Can fit Covert Ops Cloaking Device.
  • Cloak reactivation delay reduced to 15 seconds.

Alpha Ship Spotlight – Cynabal

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Today’s Ship Spotlight will focus on the second of the Angel Cartel vessels in the group we’ll be exploring – the Cynabal class cruiser.

On point during any Angel Cartel raid, the Cynabal is a fast attack cruiser that excels at providing a platform for hard hitting guerrilla warfare. With three bonuses dedicated to maximizing the damage application of its four turrets, plus a bonus to warp speed and warp acceleration, the Cynabal is adept at staying ahead of the pack while also having the ability to inflict crippling damage.

One of the earliest designs to come out of the Angel Cartel, the Cynabal’s function and blueprint has barely changed over the years, and it has remained a key vessel within the Cartel's fleet since it was first introduced.

In Detail:

Class: Cruiser

Weapons: 4 Turrets

Slot Layout:

  • 5 High Power Slots
  • 5 Medium Power Slots
  • 5 Low Power Slots
  • 3 Medium Rig Slots

Bonuses:

(Per level of Gallente Cruiser)

  • 10% bonus to Medium Projectile Turret falloff.

(Per level of Minmatar Cruiser)

  • 10% bonus to Medium Projectile Turret damage.

Role Bonus:

  • 25% bonus to Medium Projectile Turret rate of fire.
  • 50% bonus to warp speed and warp acceleration.

Alpha Ship Spotlight – Stratios

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This ship spotlight with focus on one of two hulls from the Servant Sisters of EVE that are featured in this series – this time it’s the Stratios class cruiser.

A formidable drone platform with an armoured hull to match, the Stratios is perfectly suited to exploring and surviving the perils of deep space, and shines when flown in situations where exploring an unknown or hostile area of space is a key part of deployment.

While Alpha pilots will not benefit from the Covert Ops bonuses of the Stratios, this well-built cruiser still provides ample firepower, drone versatility and capability for non-covert exploration and astrometry that can be utilized by those flying with Alpha clones.

In Detail:

Class: Cruiser

Weapons: 4 Turrets

Slot Layout:

  • 5 High Power Slots
  • 5 Medium Power Slots
  • 5 Low Power Slots
  • 3 Medium Rig Slots

Bonuses:

(Per level of Gallente Cruiser)

  • 10% bonus to Drone hitpoints and damage.

(Per level of Amarr Cruiser)

  • 4% bonus to all armor resistances.

Role Bonus:

  • 50% bonus to Medium Energy Turret optimal range.
  • 37.5% bonus to Core and Combat Scanner Probe strength
  • 10+ bonus to Relic and Data Analyzer strength.
  • Can fit Covert Ops Cloaking Device.
  • Cloak reactivation delay reduced to 15 seconds.

Alpha Ship Spotlight – Orthrus

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A relatively new hull developed by Mordu’s Legion engineers in response to rumours of a new type of fast attack vessel from the Guristas Pirates, the Orthrus was born as part of a new breed of rapid strike vessels.

The crash development of this family of ships has seen the emergence of a new style of vessel that provides both tactical flexibility and solid firepower across several ship lines.

The Orthrus is at the core of Mordu’s Legion’s newest strike formations, and provides superior projection of damage using flexible missile subsystems, while still leaving room for fast target interdiction and the ability to effectively control the range at which engagements take place.

In Detail:

Class: Cruiser

Weapons: 5 Launchers

Slot Layout:

  • 6 High Power Slots
  • 5 Medium Power Slots
  • 4 Low Power Slots
  • 3 Medium Rig Slots

Bonuses:

(Per level of Gallente Battlecruiser)

  • 10% bonus to Warp Scrambler and Warp Disruptor maximum range.

(Per level of Caldari Battlecruiser)

  • 15% bonus to missile damage

Role Bonus:

  • 200% bonus to missile velocity.
  • 50% penalty to missile flight time.

Alpha Ship Spotlight – Brutix

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The last of the battlecruisers in this series of Ship Spotlights, we’ll take a look at the Brutix, from the Gallente Federation.

While also adept at engaging at more of a distance with a railgun based loadout, the Brutix is very much at home as a warp to zero, in your face damage dealer.

Regarded as one of the most ferocious war vessels to ever spring from Gallente starship design, the Brutix is a behemoth in every sense of the word. When this hard-hitting monster appears, the battlefield takes notice.

With bonuses to damage, optimal range and falloff, coupled with a repair bonus that allows it to have the edge on the field when fitted correctly, the Brutix is fearsome in close quarters combat.

In Detail:

Class: Battlecruiser

Weapons: 6 Turrets

Slot Layout:

  • 7 High Power Slots
  • 4 Medium Power Slots
  • 6 Low Power Slots
  • 3 Medium Rig Slots

Bonuses:

(Per level of Gallente Battlecruiser)

  • 10% bonus to Medium Hybrid Turret damage.
  • 7.5% bonus to Armor Repairer amount.

Role Bonus:

  • Can use one Command Burst module.
  • 50% bonus to Command Burst area of effect range.
  • 25% bonus to Medium Hybrid Turret optimal range and falloff.

Alpha Ship Spotlight – Hurricane

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Continuing our exploration of battlecruisers, this Ship Spotlight will focus on the Minmatar Republic’s Hurricane class.

In typical no-nonsense Matari fashion, the Hurricane’s design principles are relatively simple – speed, power and surprise, which make it perfect for guerrilla warfare and the typical lighting fast incursions that the Republic Fleet are famed for.

A highly versatile vessel, the Hurricane has enough turret hardpoints for a full-scale assault while remaining flexible enough to allow for plenty of missile fire. Couple this with sufficient speed to outrun its enemies and enough power capacity to outlast them, and the threat this nimble hull poses becomes very apparent.

With simple turret oriented bonuses to damage, rate of fire, optimal range and falloff, the Hurricane can be deadly in the hands of competent pilot.

In Detail:

Class: Battlecruiser

Weapons: 6 Turrets / 3 Launcers

Slot Layout:

  • 7 High Power Slots
  • 4 Medium Power Slots
  • 6 Low Power Slots
  • 3 Medium Rig Slots

Bonuses:

(Per level of Minmatar Battlecruiser)

  • 5% bonus to Medium Projectile Turret damage.
  • 5% bonus to Medium Projectile Turret rate of fire.

Role Bonus:

  • Can use one Command Burst module.
  • 50% bonus to Command Burst area of effect range.
  • 25% bonus to Medium Projectile Turret optimal range and falloff.

Get Fest-EVE! – Give The Gift Of Fanfest!

With the holidays fast approaching, what better time to pick up your Fanfest 2018 tickets, or pick up a ticket for that special wingman or friend?

From April 12-14 next year, we’re back at Harpa on the Reykjavik ocean front, the home of EVE Online’s development team, to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of EVE Online!

We’ll have presentations and roundtables galore as we celebrate the fifteenth anniversary, and start off the process of charting a course that will take us toward the third decade.

The fifteenth anniversary celebrations are set to take Reykjavik by storm, with the pub crawl, party on top of the world, and recent confirmation that the world’s first internet spaceships parade will be hosted in downtown Reykjavik during Fanfest 2018!

Tickets are now on sale on the EVE Fanfest website.

Deals are also available from our Fanfest partners at Icelandair, Reykjavik Excursions, Sixt Car Rental and Centerhotels here!

If you’ve ever had Fanfest on your bucket list, 2018 is absolutely the year so far to celebrate, with huge plans afoot to make Fanfest bigger, better and more awesome than ever before!