Hello Fleetmates! FCs! VVVs! HHHs! MTACs and all the rest!
First post for me and before I get to the topic at hand I want to say thank you to my fleetmates and FCs for making this new experience welcoming, fun and profitable!
After having flown WTM for a bit over a month :
The best "sites per hour" I've seen us do consistently is 5
The worse sites per hour I've seen us do consistently is about 3.24
In both cases with the same traditional WTM laid-back "lifestyle/playstyle" (which is a good thing) and often roughly the same fleet make-up in terms of types and numbers, if not necessarily players.
Now obviously part of the equation is site spawns and competitors, neither of which we have control over, so I started thinking, what factors slow us down or speed us up?
One answer is properly concentrating fire on tags, but that's a topic for a different post later.
Here I want to look at drones and drone bunnies in a particular circumstance.
From observation, what slows us down more than anything else clearing sites is eliminating destroyers and frigs during either room endgame or site endgame. Which makes perfect sense, since if we aren't Battleships, we're Logi. Naturally we mostly suck at hitting small targets, even with target painters helping.
Now, while it makes sense to let the bunnies and overflow bunnies handle drones during the main engagements, concentration of fire and all that, it seems to me we might do better with a different tactic with available light drones when it comes to endgame mopping up.
Consider this: Sure 50 lights will insta-pop any frig they go after.
But wouldn't it be better to pop more frigs faster once we've finished the "heavy lifting" portions of the site or room?
Basically leaving 50 light drones with a light drone bunny is overkill. One frig is dying in the same time that 4 or more could be killed.
With my decent drone skills and experience outside WTM, 5 lights will always kill pretty much any frig within 4 volleys. 5 rarely.
That means EVERY 4 WTM fleetmates who can engage with 5 drones will probably insta-pop 1 frig where, in the same time span, if those drones were left with the bunny only one frig would be down.
Now, I'm not suggesting we complicate things by making frig killer wings. Too much like work!
What I am suggesting that once it's down to frigs, FCs command that pilots retrieve their light drones from the bunnies and fire at will at the remaining frigs. Now, while sometimes this approach will lead sometimes to overkill since actual targets aren't assigned and maybe more than the optimal number of Bros may engage a frig(or dessie), let's not overwork our FCs or ourselves. I believe on average things will still work out better and faster for us all.
The FCs instead of the usual "Recall drones, recall drones, drones in" command, could easily say something like
"Recall light drones, light drones free fire" once we get down to mopping up.
This, will increase our clear rate without disturbing our laidback style or burdening our hardworking FCs
Thoughts, comments and discussions invited now!