Much of the year has been a huge disappointment for Glaive owners as the ship, in general, has failed to live up to expectations of being a kick ass medium fighter. The ship leaked boost fuel excessively and it’s cannons were nerfed.
So it was when I called up the Glaive over at Levski (Delamar) to run some 8k bounty missions. Much to my surprise, even with the default loadout, the Glaive lived up to the high expectations I have always had for this alien based fighter.
The handling was smooth, shields adequate, and the fire power of those two size 5 WRATH Plasma cannons is back!
Now I can get into this! No running around flying your crime stat like a badge of honor without pay. Get me some hard cold UEC. Doesn’t matter if it is aUEC, it spends the same. These are fun grind ’em missions that can easily fund an arsenal of new mods in a day or two…
Bounties on scoundrels in light fighters, usually Buccaneers, fetch 6000 aUEC and many of the “live” bounties command less, albeit can be a bit more fun. You too can hunt any player with a crime stat of 2 or more by completing the North Rock mission.
The updates to the super hornet during the 3.4 patch were cruel. Not only did the SH lose it’s armor, the default loadout failed to impress as it was plagued with divergent PIPs. Fixing the super hornet up for use in the verse was an expensive proposition and quite frankly, not worth the risk and I ended up melting mine in favor of a larger LTI pack.
Fortunately the super hornet remains in my fleet as a loaner in the 3.5 patch and I have been quite impressed with the new gimbal system which turns the default loadout into a rather formidable package capable of running most of the bounty missions. If you replace its nose turret with a size 3 distortion repeater that I like to call the Doctor – the DR Model-XJ3, you can tame the larger multi-crew ships.
Make no mistake, unless you are dedicated FPS you will need to learn to fly. Dog fighting with your favorite buddies is a safe and fun training exercise we usually avail ourselves with using AC’s multi-player free flight mode. In this mode players are free to exit and update their ship’s configuration or change ships with having everyone exit and rejoin (private mode).
If you are lucky, you can turn your training mission into a squadron battle with anyone else that intrudes in your free flight space.
The Corporation, still smarting over their rekt performance against Nomadsoul’s Diamond Shredders, posted a question on Spectrum. One(1) Hammerhead or seven(7) fighters? I think that is the wrong question!
Here is more of the battle:
I suspect Cintra left out the mission objectives in her question, in this case I will assume she is talking about defending a cargo convoy. We came in with a Hammerhead sporting a crew of 4 and 3 medium fighter support ships. Since we were targeting cargo ships, medium fighters would be more effective taking down the larger targets.
Flying a Glaive I provided close support for the Hammerhead operating to a large extent inside the firing bubble of the Hammerhead where I was free to engage targets without becoming defensive. Our targets were so focused on the Hammerhead I was largely ignored.
Fighting within the Hammerhead’s firing bubble also meant that I didn’t need to mash the AB/Boost buttons and as a result I remained in the fight while my two wing mates left the fight early to refuel. Unfortunately the Glaive, despite having two fuel intakes, does not regenerated boost fuel.
So I suspect the answer to Cintra’s question is neither.