Friday, 18 December 2009

Secrets out!

Its now been a few weeks since the dominion expansion and we have seen a wide variety of changes. And every change I've came across so far has been "bloody marvellous".

The most marvellous of all has been the changes to the faction ships. One of these faction ships caught my eye within the first day or two, and that ship is the Dramiel.

On paper it doesn't look like much, couple of Ac's, and a shield tank. Looks just like the old Republic Fleet Firetail. Didn't look very special at all...

...Until I started to play with it in EFT. More out of boredom than anything and I started to notice how much potential it could have. It had near uncatchable speed, half decent dps, drones, a falloff bonus, and the ability to fit a large shield buffer. After about 20 mins of EFT warrior-ing I came up with this:

[Dramiel, New Setup 1]
Overdrive Injector System II
Overdrive Injector System II
Tracking Enhancer II

Medium F-S9 Regolith Shield Induction
Gistii B-Type 1MN MicroWarpdrive
Shadow Serpentis Warp Disruptor
Cap Recharger II

200mm AutoCannon II, Barrage S
200mm AutoCannon II, Barrage S
[empty high slot]

Small Projectile Ambit Extension I
Small Projectile Ambit Extension I
Small Ancillary Current Router I

Warrior II x3
Warrior II x1

6950 m/s with snakes NOT overheated. Its insane. Overheat and you break 10k/ms.

"Yeah so what its fast" you say.

Well that's not all it is. Its got 20km falloff with small Ac's, a decent buffer should you screw up, and a better scan res than most interceptors. And on top of all that, its cap stable.

EFT it looked good. I couldn't wait to test it out in game, so I sent off my hauler to Jita to buy one and a bunch of snakes to go with it. Overall it cost me about 250 mil to buy the snakes and the ship. (I didn't buy the faction point at first)

At first I regretted spending so much on a frigate, but the moment I undocked I knew I had got my moneys worth. Holy shit! This thing was fast. It was so ridiculously agile. It literally went to top speed in about 3 seconds.

Since then I've spent most of my Eve time flying one and its already got itself 49 kills. Being the sharing type I quickly let my whole corp know about how awesome the Dramiel was. Most dismissed what I had to say at first. But soon Felix brought one, and we went on a long roam which resulted in the killing of several ships and gangs. One gang in particular consisted of a Blackbird, Thorax, Hurricane, Kestrel, Myrm, Hyena and a Harbinger. And after a long fight we either killed or chased them off with just two Dramiels. (We did have a Taranis with us, but it died within the first few seconds. Sorry Siskin!)

After that, Jaxx got one, then Spec, then pretty much the rest of the corp. Nearly everyone agreed just how awesome it was. It was everything you could expect from a ship.

We soon started flying around gangs 4-5 of these and there was nothing they couldn't handle. nothing could catch us, we just slowly wore our targets down and they either had to flee or die.

We decided to keep the details of the Dramiel and its awesomeness secret from outside of the corp. But as we started to lose a few, and kill alot of ships in gangs consisting of only drameils. The secret started to get out. Already our area is completely overrun by Drameils, there's one on scan in nearly every nearby system. And this particular killmail made me post this.

So here I am. Laying claim to the idea of Dramiel gangs. Python/Space jerks thought of it first! And the rest of you are just unoriginal twats!

Only joking of course :)

Buy one, try it out. Have a blast, send me isk as thanks!


  1. I was so inspired by this post that I went out and bought my very own Dramiel too... Very excited to have one. Now to see how long it lasts...

  2. It lasts pretty long if you stay away from scrams and webs.. so ships with such bonuses or faction are nasty :)

    Drones are no worry tho, cant catch ye if you zooom around in 7k m/s :)

  3. The thing is crazy fast. We killed a Rapier the other day whos drones still couldnt catch us even once we were webbed. My own Warrior II's can't even keep up with my ship when I recall them.

  4. One of our guys had one fit out pretty similar to this. He did lose it eventually but was having a friggin blast for hours before that. I'm tempted to try one out myself sometime.

  5. My Dramiel didn't last very long... :( First fight with a Thorax, I died. I couldn't keep distance, he was too fast for me, and once he was in scram range I was gone. Ah well... So much for the excitement, I think I'll go back to a cheap frigate. :)

  6. Alexia: Orbit better. If you're going out of point range with your current orbit, test your orbit ranges until you find one that puts you where you want to be. Pulsing your MWD will indeed get you killed if he has a scram.

    Edit: Also since the secret is out, I went ahead and posted about my AB fit.

  7. Even with the AB fit it goes 2400m/s. Not bad at all.

  8. heres my question so like 15 blogs have posted the "dramiels rock fits" but considering eve is a game of many sides, has anyone found the anti-dramiel? (i still think the fed navy comet needs an overhaul)