"As a reminder, we would like to state there are no skill changes planned for the winter expansion - your Destroyers and Battlecruisers skills are safe for now, as we are not adjusting spaceship command skill trees until we are done with the Battlecruiser class."I know that I still have a lot of time to take advantage of the training changes coming with CCP's tiericide efforts but with the latest dev blog discussing battlecruiser and battleship changes I figure I need to take care of business before I forget.
- Breaking Destroyers and Battlecruisers skills into four racial versions with an identical training multiplier (thus making it four times harder to get all races trained)
- Changing skill requirements for Racial Cruisers from Racial Frigates 4 to Racial Destroyers 4
- Changing skill requirements for Racial Battleships from Racial Cruisers 4 to Racial Battlecruisers 4
- Changing skill requirements for capital ships from Racial Battleships 5 to 4, but introducing or increasing other skills to keep the same overall training time requirements
"Let us repeat again: if you could fly it before, you will be able to do so after the change. Technically it means if you are able to fly an Oracle by having Amarr Cruisers 3 and Battlecruisers 3, we will remove the Battlecruisers skill from your character and give you Amarr Battlecruisers at 3. If you had Battlecruisers at 3 and Caldari Cruisers 3 instead, you would not receive Amarr Battlecruisers but the Caldari Battlecruisers skill at 3 instead. The same principle work with the Destroyers skill."CCP Fozzie clarified further in the comments thread for the dev blog when answering a question:
Antoine Jordan: "So if I have Battlecruisers V and Amarr Cruiser III, after the patch I'll have Amarr Battlecruiser V, right? So that I can fly them to the same effectiveness I could before the patch."
CCP Fozzie: "This is correct."
So all I need to do is train the three racial Cruiser skills I don't have to III and I will have Battlecruisers V for all races. As a byproduct of the requirement to train the racial Frigate skills to IV before beginning Cruiser training, I'll also have Destroyers trained to V as well. The nicest part is how long the training takes for me. Even with my attributes not min/max'd each of my pilots will finish in under nine days.
Nine days. Yes, I know that I still have to learn the gunnery skills to fly the ships properly (well, except for the Caldari missile boats). But for the eventual payoff I think I can divert nine days of training for support skills on both my pilots to have a big payoff down the line. I can't wait for the spring expansion.