It’s a blob. A slimy looking patchy green blob. It’s slow; slow to jump, slow to turn and even slow in a straight line. With a MWD on it will pull over 600m/s, but will take you a week to get it there and when you do, it takes two weeks to stop. It’s Eve’s equivalent of a 1970’s Cadillac – my alt’s tanking BS, the venerable Navy Dominix.
This upside down army running shoe has two redeeming features, though. For one, it has the same nasty drone bonuses as it’s standard equivalent. This means that the time I spent training my alt’s drone skills to five across the board was time well spent, as five T2 sentry drones make one hell of a mess. In three days Gallente BS5 is going to boost that mess making capacity even higher. The Navy Domi my alt flies has been set up with plenty of drone boosting modules too, 2 drone link augmentor’s, one drone tracking computer and one drone navigation computer. This means I use medium drones to kill short range frigates and cruisers both, while sentries will kill everything at range and battleships at even quite close range.
The real beauty of this thing though, is the second feature. One third more shield, armor and hull plus 10% more CPU and powergrid than its straight green cousin means it tanks like a bitch. Cap stable with two large armor reppers and damage control plus a hardener sees this thing sitting in the middle of the toughest of level fours and almost disappearing under explosions and lasers, all the while sitting at 90% plus armor.
It really depends on the mission as to whether the alt takes the Domi or the Noctis, though. This is because some missions have spawns which will kill drones off real quick, making dual boxing too much of a hassle, not to mention bloody expensive. Other missions have triggers which will aggro the whole room and they are the ones the Domi loves. Fly in, aggro the entire room, pop drones (set to aggressive, unless there’s any naughty ninjas around) then switch back to Blastie, fly the Mach in and kill everything. Very, very quickly.
See, when you have a total of nine T2 sentries (4 in the Mach) and a set of 800mm AC’s all hammering a rat BS, he doesn’t even have time to think, “Oh crap I’m melting,” before he becomes yet another wreck full of metal scraps and meta one rubbish.
Interestingly, when your main has no aggro and drones are on aggressive, they follow your guns, i.e. they shoot whatever you shoot, for Blastie that is very handy.
I have never PVP’ed in a Navy Domi, unless you count the time I tried flying one through hostile null sec (scotch involved, long story and it ended predictably). I reckon they would be a fearsome thing flown in a spider tanking gang, though.
Price wise they’re not too bad, pretty cheap for a faction BS actually. However, if you have the drone skills, they are very impressive as a sort of mini carrier.
Next time we will look at something even fatter, even slower and even bigger.
It’s all in the mind, you know.