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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Fit of the Week: Retribution Omen

As promised -- twice -- here is my current favorite among the new Amarr cruisers:

[Omen, Brawler]
Pseudoelectron Containment Field I
1600mm Reinforced Rolled Tungsten Plates I
Energized Adaptive Nano Membrane II
Energized Adaptive Nano Membrane II
Heat Sink II
Heat Sink II

Experimental 10MN MicroWarpdrive I
Fleeting Propulsion Inhibitor I
Faint Epsilon Warp Scrambler I

Focused Medium Pulse Laser II, Conflagration M
Focused Medium Pulse Laser II, Conflagration M
Focused Medium Pulse Laser II, Conflagration M
Focused Medium Pulse Laser II, Conflagration M
Focused Medium Pulse Laser II, Conflagration M

Medium Ancillary Current Router I
Medium Trimark Armor Pump I
Medium Trimark Armor Pump I

Valkyrie II x4


Picking a favorite among the Amarr cruisers was tougher than most: I'm actually a fan of all four of them, and I nearly went with the Arbitrator.(1)  But it's tough to argue with the Omen.  In the same way that the Thorax puts the Vagabond out of business, the redesigned Omen very nearly puts the Zealot out of business.  It doesn't, thank Heaven... but it's a close thing.  For a small fraction of the cost of the Zealot and without needing any faction fittings at all, you get a faster ship with more DPS and more versatility thanks to the large drone bay.

The primary thing you sacrifice is tank; a properly fit Zealot approaches 70k EHP.  Out of the box, the Omen has half that.  But the Omen has nearly as much armor HP.  The difference is in the Zealot's T2 resists.  Get a Damnation into the fight and the Omen's EHP rises to 50k... and that's just silly but in a truly awesome way.  Remember, this is a 10m ISK T1 cruiser.  I suspect we're going to be seeing a lot of these during Alliance Tournament 11.

Anyway, the tank fit is "basic armor starter": DC, one plate, two EANMs and two Trimarks.  The third rig needs to be an Ancillary to fit DPS.  If you want, you can further tank this beast and get it even closer to Zealot country.  I like having two Heat Sinks instead.  They push the Omen's DPS close to 500.  Tracking is quite good and the ship's sig is small enough that if you fly smartly, you can switch to Conflag ammo, overheat for the first 30 or 40 seconds of a brawl, and do 529 DPS once your Valks get into the fray.  That's not equal to a shield Thorax, but it does out-DPS a HAM Caracal and the EM damage from lasers will slice right through a shield gang.

If they kite you, switch to Scorch crystals and you're still doing a very respectable 360 DPS out to point range.  That said, this is a brawling ship.  Overheat your MWD and you're 250m/s faster than an overheated Zealot, apply scram and a web and you'll find that that Conflag ammo is quite appropriate to a greatly-slowed target.  If your enemy runs, let them.  If you have even minimal logi, almost anything that can kill your ship has to get close to your ship to do it.  Anything else, you can wait out your aggression timer and jump through a nearby gate, dock up, or whatever.  The main worry is arty Tornadoes; it only takes three or so to cut down this ship in a single volley.

The Omen's one of the few T1 cruisers that I'd suggest boosters for, simply because it can benefit from so many of them.  Mindflood will help with the ship's cap issues, Frentix is great for the laser range, and X-Instinct is a good choice to cut the ship's sig.  You can even approach AB HAC territory by taking away the web and fitting a meta afterburner instead.  If you do that, then the X-Instinct is absolutely appropriate.

Cap management is the Omen's biggest issue and is the most difficult thing about flying this ship.  Like its big brother the Abaddon, the Omen is tough but lacks endurance.  Two minutes into the fight, you're going to be suffering.  If your fleet is Omen-heavy, that might very well drop your fleet's DPS to low levels.  In this case, it's a good idea to have an extra Auguror along with orders to send cap to any Omen that calls for it.  I wouldn't blame you if you wanted to skip the issue entirely and replace the web with a Small Capacitor Booster and charges.  That's what Abaddons do and it's not a terrible idea here either.  Still, you can mitigate the issue somewhat through smart use of your MWD: only have that thing cycling if you absolutely need it.

All in all, the Omen is very nearly as scary as the shield Thorax, though for slightly different reasons.  Fit it properly and you'll be rewarded with a tough, high-damage brawler that will be difficult for the enemy fleet to take down.


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.  


(1) The Arby has created a new niche for itself in fleets, that of a kiting e-war ship for armor fleets, similar to a properly-fit Falcon.  It'll be the FOTW another time.

10 comments:

  1. I'd say the big brother to the omen is the geddon, not the abaddon. The maller is a much better match for the abaddon.

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  2. I really like this fitting. The Omen is great in small Gangs or Gatecamps, and it lowers the price to get into PvP on some really cheap level.

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  3. "In the same way that the Thorax puts the Vagabond out of business, the redesigned Omen very nearly puts the Zealot out of business."

    Shouldn't that say Stabber instead of Thorax?

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    1. He's refering to this article: http://jestertrek.blogspot.de/2012/12/fit-of-week-heavy-tackle-thorax.html

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  4. Quad light beam laser is a terrible weapon, but u don't need ACR and meta DC anymore :P

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  5. swap 1 valkyrie to 2 warrior would be better , but anyway it quite awesome for omen having this brawler fit.

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  6. So glad you brought up the Omen. I EFTd my way into the build you mentioned (small cap booster instead of web) but haven't flown it yet. Pretty vulnerable to neut or TD but awesome none the less.

    Love to hear you do an Arbitrator one (and talk about how you would fly it too). That ship is so versatile it's really hard to know how to fit it. Reckon you can make a fit that can kite and brawl?

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  7. "The primary thing you sacrifice is tank; a properly fit Zealot approaches 70k EHP"

    The loss of the optimal bonus is rather devastating for comparisons to the Zealot. They're not even the same kind of ship to me.

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