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Warlock Offensive: Tactical Theory
This post is meant to be entirely theoretical, based on incomplete data regarding currently unavailable weaponry.

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The Warlock Offensive

This offensive is meant as a secondary, or last ditch effort, to control the battlefield. It is not meant for use as a primary approach to warfare.

The Aegis Avenger Warlock, is a ship utilizing an Electromagnetic Pulse, through its mechanism on board. As of current, the Warlock version of the Avenger, is not available for testing, and there is no current data, therefore this discussion is based around hypothesis and assumption, later to be updated with the accurate information.

The Warlock Offensive is intended as a large maneuver strategy, in which the goal is to disable as many enemy combatants, and large scale combatants, as possible within the shortest given possible time.

Provided that the Warlock EMP on-board, provides a range in circumference estimated to be at least 60 - 200 feet for the blast radius, this could give a window of opportunity for assault on larger capital and fleet ships.

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The Offensive Breakdown.

Effect:
Let's assume for the moment, that the EMP on board DOES affect the Avengers own systems, and that if two Avenger Warlocks detonated their EMPs simultaneously, without taking precautions ahead of time, both of their ships would be disabled. Either through their own EMP, or their oppositions.

That being said, if the Avenger has its own protection against the pulse, possibly only on the Warlock variant, then there would be no concern for vulnerable systems regarding this offensive, beyond surrounding ships other than the Warlock.

For this hypothetical strategy, we will assume only the Warlock Avengers are protected from the EMP.

Duration of Effect:
Another variable to consider is how long the disabled ships are down. Will this be dependent upon size of ship? If so, can the duration be extended or intensified, by clusters of EMPs detonating?

For this theory, we will assume size does matter, and that for average fighters, the duration will be anywhere from 15-60 seconds. Perhaps in the end, the duration will actually be much longer, or even indefinite, and will depend upon the pilot fixing the systems somehow to reactivate their ship, but for now we'll work with the 15-60 second window.

In larger ships, like capitol and fleet ships, the duration may be shorter. We will estimate around 5-20 seconds.


The Tactic:
During OP, there could be various battles taking place in numerous instances. In some of those cases, we may be seeing larger Vanduul ships. During the course of the battle, there may be immediate action that requires either A) the boarding of a capital or fleet ship, or B) a window in order to take down said larger ships.

This tactic, is meant to bring a number of squadrons together, to work in conjunction for the goal of opening a window where such a goal may succeed.

The main crux of this tactical theory, is based around more than one Warlock. In this example, we will use five, to simplify this model.
Five warlocks would fly at matching speed, in a fixed pattern, according to the goal. In this case, it will be a horizontal pattern, side be side in a straight line.

This line of five Warlocks, would be headed off, by ten other sentinel ships. Fighters that are intended to open a hole, and protect the Warlocks on their mission.

Suggest ships for the offensive:
Super Hornet
Gladius
Avenger (Titan or Stalker)

These ships, would be also be paired in matching speed, in a horizontal line, side by side, however, they would be tiered.
The first tier would be the nose of the offensive. Six ships running ahead of group, directly in front of the Warlocks. The second tier would be the mask of the offensive. Four ships, just above, and slightly behind the nose, and slightly ahead of the Warlocks.

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The approach here is to keep the Warlocks as safe as possible, while mitigating any risk to other pilots and ships.

The nose and mask of the offensive will lead the Warlocks on the safest approach possible, to a capital ship. This could be straight head on, top down, or top up, depending on the battles status.

The Warlocks will target the most vulnerable areas of the capital ship where the most damage can be done. Perhaps the engine, or near the control areas, this will have to be researched thoroughly after Warlock data becomes available, and after data on other capital ships for the Vanduul are also released.

The nose and mask will lead the Warlocks to the vulnerable area, and then when assessed risks are clear, the sentinels will either dog out at cruise immediately, or they will pursue other targets to continue warding off any threats to the Warlocks, while staying the required distance away.

Upon the sentinel ships departure, the Warlocks will start their short countdown, to ensure all pilots detonate simultaneously. For this example, we will assume that all five Avenger Warlocks detonate at the same time, and disable one capital ship, for a total of 10 seconds.

Within this window, the Warlocks will immediately depart at cruise speed, or they will work in formation with any followup activities.

First off, within the ten second window, it will likely be easier to target other following systems, since the shielding will be down:

Engine/ Thrusters
Shielding
Weaponry

Second, if lets say our priority was to board, the shielding and engines would be the primary targets, with shielding taking ultimate priority, in order to open up the ship for boarding and provide more vulnerable targets to fellow combatants.


This hypothetical tactic, in this instance, is meant only to disable larger ships, not to destroy any, for further objectives. It is a theory that can be expanded upon, especially more so when we have more data on the way Warlock EMPs function.

For instance, rather than five ships, we have ten. Rather than a single line of warlocks, we have a blanket, or vertical line, cross, T-shape, or any others that work based around the state of the battlefields. It can, of course, be more than ten, any feasible is appropriate given the situation and availability of resources.

Again, this is completely hypothetical, may not be possible, or even approachable depending on any number of factors. What I am providing is a specific strategy, that can be considered in any variation that "may" function successfully.

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I like this tactic. I recently came up with the idea, it's likely not new, that we could kill Kingships or any capital ship by destroying it's engines while it's in orbit.

So we lure a Kingship to a planet and EMP the thing, hit it's engines, run, and let gravity do the rest. Dead Kingship. It's pipe dream though; I doubt that sort of mechanic will be in the game.
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I doubt it as well, but its not a bad thing to consider any possible options that may exist. After all, there is no reason why we shouldn't take advantage of any opportunities to succeed.

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While I would adore the mechanic of killing the engines and let gravity burn it, it needs thorough in game testing.(We really should test it.)

Additionally the Warlock is far too small and weak to actually effect capitol ships even in a swarm. What you want is a Barracuda E-Warfare Capital Ship the UEE Navy has. A Barracuda is unlikely to be obtained through legal means(OPPF Pirate members could grab it.) however,but judging by Drake Interplanetary's Pirate selling tendencies it is possible that one of their undisclosed,but mentioned pocket destroyers could have this capability and legal acquisition.

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It is a good assumption that the Warlock, even clustered, would not affect the kingships/ capital ships. That is why this is all theory. Its very possible that some mechanic in game could allow for something like this, or for this tactic to be used in another way.

Using the Barracuda, or any E-Warfare ship, can be an excellent focus of this tactic, in different ways. Of course, again without testing, its hard to say how any of this "would" work, only of theories of how it "might" work.

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We could easily equip a corvette or Idris with an EWAR suite. I think EWAR cap ships combined with tali's, gladiators's, and Harbinger's would be a fine anti-cap task force. Add in Wardens, Sabres, or other fighter escorts and we have a good all-around task force. Add in Sentinels in order to disable enemy fighters, using the above tactic or some other tactic, and it seems nearly invincible on paper, unless I'm missing something.

Has anyone considered gaming the instance system? In order to ensure victory we could just fill up every instance almost to the max. That way we allow enemies to come in but not in overwhelming numbers. That way we can defeat them little by little.

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Here is another thing to consider, they will have drones from what I understand, that can be released for mining or scanning. If its possible to retrofit an EMP on-board a drone, we'll have a great asset for saving lives, rather than putting pilots into harms way.

But this is a big if.

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Here is another thing to consider, they will have drones from what I understand, that can be released for mining or scanning. If its possible to retrofit an EMP on-board a drone, we'll have a great asset for saving lives, rather than putting pilots into harms way.

But this is a big if.

The drones are likely too small to be effective just like the Warlock swarm. The radius would be very unlikely to penetrate the interior of the ship where everything important is. Engines look like the best target to EMP atm as they're exposed.

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Again, its all theory anyway. The drone concept could be applied to enemy combatants though, in smaller fighters perhaps.

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I'm wondering if the tight formation would be vulnerable to 'Duul AAA.
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I'm wondering if the tight formation would be vulnerable to 'Duul AAA.


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Yeah, kinda like that.
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Yeah, kinda like that.

In my personal opinion yes if Duul ships are designed in this manner. As far as I can tell though they emphasize anti-capital and utility functions with large ships and have mass quantities of fighters. Further information is needed to give a proper answer.