In the midst of the outcry over The Mittani's actions this past Thursday, CCP Greyscale has quietly dropped a post into the Ships and Modules section of the EVE Online forums announcing that they are neutering the only upcoming nerf to Titans that really mattered. Titans will be retaining their insanely high Scan Resolution values. The scan-res will not be reduced to a 5mm base as previously announced.
Of course, a typical combat Titan doesn't have the 200+ scan-res of the blap Titans in my previous post. But a more typical combat Titan will still have a scan res of 150mm or more, gained through a combination of expensive Sensor Boosters and the Quafe Zero booster. In short, Titans will continue to lock targets faster than battleships. I'm sure this is a relief to the few hundred pilots that are affected by this; the thread announcing the change had grown to a 134-page threadnaught and clearly models the way for how to deal with CCP for all future nerfs. Simply stamp your feet and refuse to go away, collectively posting several times a minute until CCP has no choice but to capitulate to your endless bitching and whinging.
Frankly, I think I preferred it when CCP would double down on unpopular policies when challenged.
Goons, you'll need to rename the station in CCP-US again.(1) And needless to say, I find the timing rather amusing. Mittens was of course a major champion of the Titan nerf and displayed his smug for all to see when it was announced by Greyscale. Now that Mittens is under threat of losing his position, the issue he championed suffers with him at the same time. I'm sure it's just coincidence. But just in case, someone photoshop a picture of Mittens lying on his back like Arwen Evenstar in Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, with Elrond seriously intoning "His fate is bound to the Titan nerf now" over his shoulder.
I'm going to have a lot more to say about the Voices from the Void podcast featuring Elise Randolph and Seleene later today. But I was extremely pleased that Dani, one of the hosts, directly linked the Titan nerf to the Sanctum/Haven nerf announced last year at this time. Both Elise and Seleene were on the CSM at that time, but neither spoke out about "kicking the can down the road" about that issue. Unless I'm mistaken, the CSM was completely silent when that happened. Unfortunately, Dani didn't think to call them out on this and the two of them were content to let the comparison go by unremarked.
Iterations are so out this season. Instead, we don't implement change until we can completely re-engineer the Titan's role in the larger context of its future battlefield role.
If only that had been the philosophy in 2011. Certainly, the entire balance of risk/reward regarding 0.0 ratting, incursions, and L4 missioning in high-sec should be addressed in a top-down perspective looking at all elements. And certainly, I think both Greyscale and the CSM would agree that this is the case. But at the time, this iteration on sanctums and havens was done, and it was adjusted in a second iteration later in the year, and will almost certainly be the topic of future iterations. But it's fun to think about where we'd be today had CCP folded on the sanctum/haven nerf bitching the same way they're folding on the Titan nerf bitching.
For Titans, though? Not so much. No touchie until a high-level top-down review of their entire battlefield role is performed. A comparison with a really bad movie comes to mind: Chancellor Valorum in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, asking Queen Amidala if she will table her request about the invasion of her planet pending a fact-finding mission to Naboo by the Galactic Senate. In this version of the tale, Amidala meekly says "sure, sounds good", goes back to her quarters on Coruscant, and eats bon-bons for a couple of years while she waits.
And while we wait two years for our fact-finding mission on Titans, blap-blap-blap-blap-blap-blap...
(1) Yes, I know it was already renamed. It needs to be renamed again, again. ;-)