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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Fit of the Week: Super ABHAC Legion

I wrote last year about afterburner-fit Zealots and how dangerous they are if they're used properly.  This is that Zealot's bigger meaner brother:

[Legion, Super ABHAC]
Damage Control II
Imperial Navy Energized Adaptive Nano Membrane
Imperial Navy Energized Adaptive Nano Membrane
Imperial Navy Heat Sink
Imperial Navy Heat Sink
1600mm Reinforced Rolled Tungsten Plates I

Federation Navy 10MN Afterburner
True Sansha Warp Disruptor
Stasis Webifier II
Conjunctive Radar ECCM Scanning Array I

Heavy Pulse Laser II, Imperial Navy Multifrequency M
Heavy Pulse Laser II, Imperial Navy Multifrequency M
Heavy Pulse Laser II, Imperial Navy Multifrequency M
Heavy Pulse Laser II, Imperial Navy Multifrequency M
Heavy Pulse Laser II, Imperial Navy Multifrequency M
Heavy Pulse Laser II, Imperial Navy Multifrequency M

Medium Trimark Armor Pump II
Medium Trimark Armor Pump II
Medium Trimark Armor Pump II

Legion Defensive - Augmented Plating
Legion Electronics - Tactical Targeting Network
Legion Engineering - Power Core Multiplier
Legion Offensive - Liquid Crystal Magnifiers
Legion Propulsion - Fuel Catalyst


In terms of fleet compatibility, the two ships and the tactics to use them are virtually identical.  AB ships need either good warp-ins or they'll want to fight on a gate.  For every three to four ABHACs, you add a Guardian, though if a significant number of those ABHACs are Legions like this one, you can reduce the ratio substantially.  The reason?  While the Zealot tanks well and has a great signature radius, this Legion is nearly as tiny, nearly as resistant, and has three times the buffer.

That's going to give you lots of extra time to get kills, and the Legion has a major advantage over the Zealot there as well, doing between 50 and 100 more DPS at the same range, depending on skills.  Certainly, this Legion is a hell of a lot shinier than the Zealot that it's based on, but the high DPS and tough tank means that even in small groups, the Legions will justify their greater expense.  Tech2 Trimarks are also coming down in price thanks to slowly increasing popularity of T2 armor ships of both types (and the salvage that comes off their wrecks).

With your Legions, Zealots, and Guardians, you'll need a number of utility ships, notably a gang-link ship for bonuses and a solid tackling team made up of either nervy inty pilots or better still, a small group of web Lokis and heavy tackle Proteuses.

As with the Zealot, there's lots of room to accessorize your mid slots.  Point-Web-ECCM is pretty typical, but it's equally typical to use the same Phased Muon ECCM Caster mod the Zealot uses to increase the sensor strength of your Guardians.  Alternately, you can go with a Small Cap Booster for anti-neut defense.  Some guys even use Tracking Computers to assist ABHAC range.

There's another utility fit that's a bit more unorthodox, though.  The Tactical Targeting Network sub-system, while extremely popular, really mostly serves to make your ship kill-mail-whore friendly in a large group of other HACs.  It's tough to match this Legion for lock time.  However, if you're willing to sacrifice that, there's an interesting alternative: the Emergent Locus Analyzer sub-system.  This will cause your ship to lock no faster than a Zealot and will cost you a mid slot.  However, it opens up an additional high slot in which you can fit an Expanded Probe Launcher, either a Sister's version, or the new T2 version.

In smaller gangs, the probe launcher provides an intriguing ability to have your cake and eat it too: the full DPS of a combat ABHAC mated to a bonused scanning platform to provide the warp-ins the rest of the fleet needs.  Who needs to lock the targets fast if you're the first one to warp in on them?  Fair warning, however: fitting this sub-system to your Legion will make it hideously ugly.

But I've been joking for more than a year now that the uglier a T3 is, the more effective it is and vice versa.  ;-)

Fly scary!


All Fits of the Week are intended as general guidelines only.  You may not have the skills needed for this exact fit.  If you do not, feel free to adjust the fit to suit to meet your skills, including using meta 3 guns and "best named" defenses and e-war.  Ships can also be adjusted to use faction or dead-space modules depending on the budget of the pilot flying it.  Each FOTW is intended as a general guide to introduce you to concepts that will help you fit and to fly that particular type of ship more aggressively and well.

8 comments:

  1. You should have gone for the alliteration and said: "Fly Fugly!"

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  2. Thanks Jester. I refitted my Legion like this one. We went on a mini roam inside wormholes this week and we realized we didn't have anyone with a probe launcher. So this will solve the problem!

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  3. Where;s the post you promised us yesterday?

    "If I haven't ticked you off yet, come back tomorrow. I'll talk about how sov should work, but probably never will. In the process, I'll expose some more hypocrisy."

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    1. I decided four posts was plenty for one day. It'll be the first thing I post tomorrow. ;-)

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  4. I disagree with you about the source of the intact armor plates. From what I've seen the price drop happened after they rebalanced 0.0 mag sites. I know when I was grinding them (a couple months ago) I'd pull in 10ish plates an hour.

    Maybe the price dropped down to ~20 mil earlier, but I have a feeling those changes at least have something to do with the drop in salvage costs.

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  5. Jester,

    Could you share your thoughts on a solo PVP fits for a Zealot and a Legion? I won't have much gang support and I'm curious if these would work for me or if you would do something different instead.

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  6. Karbox DelacroixMarch 1, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    Hulks drop intact armor plates. Just saying...

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  7. Have to disagree with you Jester.

    A legion is by several factors more expensive and is only marginally better than a Zealot for an ahac gang. Not worth it.

    Also you won't always be fighting in web/tackle range with ahacs, use tracking computers and another utility mid instead.

    @Ignatius the Zealot is a terrible solo boat, its too slow. The legion can do some interesting things, but the other T3s do them better.

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