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Post 2017.07.17 02:22

Merlin

Lol, we missed T1 Caldari frigates :)

Currently we have posted:

Tackle:
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[Merlin, Tackle]
Light Electron Blaster II, Caldari Navy Antimatter Charge S
Light Electron Blaster II, Caldari Navy Antimatter Charge S
Light Electron Blaster II, Caldari Navy Antimatter Charge S

Medium F-S9 Regolith Compact Shield Extender
5MN Y-T8 Compact Microwarpdrive
J5b Phased Prototype Warp Scrambler I
X5 Prototype Engine Enervator

Damage Control II
Overdrive Injector System II
Nanofiber Internal Structure II

Small Anti-EM Screen Reinforcer I
Small Anti-Thermal Screen Reinforcer I
Small Core Defense Field Extender I


Caldari Navy Antimatter Charge S x1

Merlin is slow, should we post a tackle fit for it at all?

Magic Merlin:
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[Merlin, Magic Merlin (Fleet)]
Light Neutron Blaster II, Caldari Navy Antimatter Charge S
Light Neutron Blaster II, Caldari Navy Antimatter Charge S
Light Neutron Blaster II, Caldari Navy Antimatter Charge S

Medium F-S9 Regolith Compact Shield Extender
5MN Y-T8 Compact Microwarpdrive
J5b Phased Prototype Warp Scrambler I
X5 Prototype Engine Enervator

Damage Control II
Micro Auxiliary Power Core I
Magnetic Field Stabilizer II

Small Anti-EM Screen Reinforcer I
Small Anti-Thermal Screen Reinforcer I
Small Core Defense Field Extender I


Caldari Navy Antimatter Charge S x1

Is this a proper Magic Merlin? I believe Anti-Thermal rig can be replaced by Extender?

Solo Blaster ASB:
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[Merlin, Solo Blaster ASB]
Light Ion Blaster II, Caldari Navy Antimatter Charge S
Light Ion Blaster II, Caldari Navy Antimatter Charge S
Light Ion Blaster II, Caldari Navy Antimatter Charge S

Medium Ancillary Shield Booster, Cap Booster 50
1MN Afterburner II
J5b Phased Prototype Warp Scrambler I
X5 Prototype Engine Enervator

Magnetic Field Stabilizer II
Magnetic Field Stabilizer II
Damage Control II

Small Anti-EM Screen Reinforcer I
Small Anti-Thermal Screen Reinforcer I
Small Processor Overclocking Unit I


Cap Booster 50 x1
Caldari Navy Antimatter Charge S x1

It's slow like ... very slow. Should we replace MFS with Nano?

Solo Blaster Buffer
SPOILER WARNING!
[Merlin, Solo Blaster Buffer]
Light Ion Blaster II, Caldari Navy Antimatter Charge S
Light Ion Blaster II, Caldari Navy Antimatter Charge S
Light Ion Blaster II, Caldari Navy Antimatter Charge S

Medium F-S9 Regolith Compact Shield Extender
1MN Y-S8 Compact Afterburner
J5b Phased Prototype Warp Scrambler I
X5 Prototype Engine Enervator

Magnetic Field Stabilizer II
Magnetic Field Stabilizer II
Damage Control II

Small Anti-EM Screen Reinforcer I
Small Core Defense Field Extender I
Small Ancillary Current Router I


Caldari Navy Antimatter Charge S x1

Same, should we replace MFS with Nano?
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Post 2017.07.17 04:38

Re: Merlin

What do you guys think about this fit of Merlin:
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[Merlin, Solo Blaster ASB + nano]

Magnetic Field Stabilizer II
Overdrive Injector System II
Damage Control II

Medium Ancillary Shield Booster, Cap Booster 50
1MN Afterburner II
Warp Scrambler II
Stasis Webifier II

Light Ion Blaster II, Void S
Light Ion Blaster II, Void S
Light Ion Blaster II, Void S

Small Anti-EM Screen Reinforcer I
Small Anti-Thermal Screen Reinforcer I
Small Auxiliary Thrusters I


Cap Booster 50 x14
Caldari Navy Antimatter Charge S x1

A bit less DPS, but quite decent speed... maybe need to add more agility?
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Post 2017.08.02 22:03

Re: Merlin

So, I think you can remove the tackle fit if you really want to. It was simply there as an option.

You should probably have your 'solo blaster buffer' fit with the AB as that's used quite a bit.

The ASB fit isn't used as much because it's complexity for the sake of complexity. It has less EHP than the buffer fit and only really gains a tiny bit of speed to compensate (which you can actually fix on the buffer fit if you fit a T2 ACR and a T2 AB). The second ASB fit just won't work as well as using a second MagStab tbh I don't think. You are right in saying that you need speed to get in range, but the reality is you should only be taking fights you know you have a chance of winning anyway, so fitting for edge cases (trying to catch up with something that is out-kiting you) isn't ideal.

There's no mention of the magic merlins either, which are fit roughly like this if I recall correctly:

SPOILER WARNING!
[Merlin, Magic Merlin (Fleet)]

Damage Control II
Micro Auxiliary Power Core I
Magnetic Field Stabilizer II

Medium F-S9 Regolith Compact Shield Extender
5MN Y-T8 Compact Microwarpdrive
J5b Enduring Warp Scrambler
X5 Enduring Stasis Webifier

Light Neutron Blaster II, Caldari Navy Antimatter Charge S
Light Neutron Blaster II, Caldari Navy Antimatter Charge S
Light Neutron Blaster II, Caldari Navy Antimatter Charge S

Small Anti-EM Screen Reinforcer I
Small Anti-Thermal Screen Reinforcer I
Small Core Defense Field Extender I


Void S x600
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Post 2017.08.06 03:24

Re: Merlin

Magic Merlin was in the original post.

ASB fit (vs buffer) uses less PWG and allows replacing ACR rig with something, for example, a speed rig. And there is still spare PWG to upgrade meta tackle and AB to T2 version, which is only possible in buffer variant with PWG implants. And the signature is smaller too (43m vs 50), not sure how important is that, but I guess that's almost 20% impact on tracking.
As ASB fit was already published, I've reposted it with slight 'optimizations'

I decided to preserve tackle with a note about its slowness and better alternatives: in my experience, sometimes you are looking for tackle to help newbro and ready fit could help.

I also posted original buffer fit.
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Post 2018.03.16 17:36

Re: Merlin

I've been using a 2 Web Rails Merlin intended to minimize transversal and fight in scram-kite range in low sec. It seems to do well against most other frigs; just thought I'd post it here and get some feedback.

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[Merlin, Rails 2 Web Solo PvP]

Magnetic Field Stabilizer II
Damage Control II
Small Ancillary Armor Repairer

X5 Enduring Stasis Webifier
1MN Y-S8 Compact Afterburner
X5 Enduring Stasis Webifier
Warp Scrambler II

150mm Railgun II
150mm Railgun II
150mm Railgun II

Small Auxiliary Nano Pump I
Small Hybrid Collision Accelerator I
Small Transverse Bulkhead I


Spike S x1
Javelin S x1
Caldari Navy Antimatter Charge S x1
Nanite Repair Paste x1
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Post 2018.03.19 13:09

Re: Merlin

Sagittarius Griffins wrote:I've been using a 2 Web Rails Merlin intended to minimize transversal and fight in scram-kite range in low sec. It seems to do well against most other frigs; just thought I'd post it here and get some feedback.


The transverse bulkhead rig is pretty questionable. The reason for using hull buffer with an SAAR in the lowsec frigate meta is simple: you 1) reduce the chance of getting volleyed through active reps without 2) reducing your speed with trimarks/armor resists. However, a single bulkhead adds very little EHP, you're already going to have range control against literally any engageable target, and a kinetic rig helps round out your resist profile against likely incoming damage, so that you can maximize the value of your heated paste cycles.

Also, you should drop one of the Enduring webs for a Compact web, which will allow you to upgrade your Compact AB to a T2 AB. You're stable without the SAAR running. The rule of thumb with SAAR fits is that you need cap life (with everything running) just a little bit longer than the 33 seconds it takes to cycle through all 8 heated paste cycles. If you have to use all of them at once, you'll definitely die right after you run out of paste, and if you can afford to pulse your rep, you can afford to manage cap. Since you have 45s cap life with a T2 AB and with SAAR and guns heated, you should be fine.

Edit: One other thing - burst aerator gives more DPS than collision accelerator, and the impact on cap life is like 3 seconds with heat.
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