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Sentry drones

Republic University
Minmatar Republic
#1 - 2015-04-23 20:55:51 UTC
Hey guys I'm training drone skills atm and they are pretty decent but only have up to medium t2 with support skills. I have a maelstrom that I'm using to run blood raider anoms and I'm thinking it'd be more beneficial to run 4 sentrys or heavys as opposed to a full flight of mediums. Any opinions on this I'd have sentry or heavy to 4 at first for a while
Paranoid Loyd
#2 - 2015-04-23 20:58:41 UTC
Sentries for sure. Heavies may do more damage but they are slow, sentries don't have to fly to the target before they apply damage.

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Tsukino Stareine
Garoun Investment Bank
Gallente Federation
#3 - 2015-04-23 21:46:40 UTC
only problem with the above is that you will have to sit still and a maelstrom isn't the most rangey of ships
Republic University
Minmatar Republic
#4 - 2015-04-23 22:51:13 UTC
Why would I have to sit still?
Omnathious Deninard
University of Caille
Gallente Federation
#5 - 2015-04-23 23:06:01 UTC
It all depends on what kind of a pattern you see regularly, if you find lots of battlebruisers and battle ships are getting within 10km of you then heavy drones would be a better option, if you can keep things at range then sentry drones would be better, if you find lots of small ships are getting close to you and you are not able to destroy them without pulling range then you might be better off with a flight of medium and light drones.

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Chainsaw Plankton
#6 - 2015-04-24 01:22:50 UTC
Tsukino Stareine wrote:
only problem with the above is that you will have to sit still and a maelstrom isn't the most rangey of ships

maelstrom also isn't the most mobile of ships...

As sentries don't move you either have to sit relatively still and then either waste time burning back to pick them up, or warp off and abandon them.

also I'd say it depends on your tactics and fit. I'd suggest different things for arty vs ac fits.

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RaVeN Alliance
#7 - 2015-04-24 01:45:20 UTC  |  Edited by: RavenPaine
hollywood118921 wrote:
Why would I have to sit still?

When you deploy Sentries, they drop and stop. When you want to scoop them back up, you have to fly back to where you dropped them.

Also: Not sure what the Mael's drone bay holds, but you want a flight of Light drones FOR SURE, then whatever else works well for you.
Jacob Holland
Weyland-Vulcan Industries
#8 - 2015-04-24 12:27:54 UTC
The Mael has 100m3 of bay IIRC - subtract the 25m3 required for the lights you will always want to have available and you're left with enough space for three sentries.

Two sentries and you're probably better off with a flight of mediums (although the travel time can hurt in some cases, in others it is trivial), three and they look more worthwhile.
I believe the highest paper DPS from 75MBits of Bandwidth is still 2 Heavies, 2 Mediums and a Light - I doubt it's viable but if travel time is negligable to you then that might be the way to go.

However I would probably go with a slightly different set - 1 flight of light damage drones (to clear close frigates), 1 flight of medium damage drones (to add DPS in general) and 1 flight of Hornet EC-300s (to give you a chance of breaking lock and getting out if someone jumps an Interceptor in and scrams you).