Before I start this thread, I want to make it clear that i'm not claiming that i'm some amazing PVPer by any means. I am, however, a much better PVPer than the majority of people who post comments on the forums and EVE blogs. With that out of the way, here goes.
Since there have been a ton of comments regarding neutral logi lately with all the crimewatch discussion i've noticed a common theme. Most nullsec guys seem to think that we're unskilled and uncreative with our PVP because we use neutral logi which is "uncounterable". While I admit it is a somewhat cheesy tactic just like Falcon alts in lowsec, as I read their comments, I can't help but think that these are some of the most uncreative and inexperienced EVE players I've ever seen in my life. In fact, I would wager that most of the people commenting are just repeating something they heard someone else say.
I said it in a previous blog post, but neutral logi is really really really easy to counter. This, combined with the bears complete lack of shame in abusing game mechanics is why we don't feel bad using it. Hisec groups have known the counter for neutral logi for a really really long time. Heavy neuts and sensor damps, DONE, its over, you don't need anything else. Hell, if you're fighting on a gate even just shooting the logi works great lots of times. Many times we've killed Guardians before their user could jump through the gate or redock, due to a combination of multibox latency and being horrible failfits designed to function without a cap buddy. A lot of hisec logi fits don't have ECCM, for example.
I guess to some people, the thought of doing something other than hitting F1 on a primary and orbiting an anchor is too much for them to handle.
I've had situations where groups have brought 2 Falcons and 10 DPS characters when we've only had 3-4 combat mains and maybe two logi alts on our side. These people are bringing in TWO FUCKING FALCONS to fight 3-4 people, enough Falcons to easily jam out our entire gang. Then, when they welp the entire fleet including the Falcons and we lose nothing, they complain that we're cheap because we used neutral logi and they tried bringing Falcons in, but even those didn't work. Then, they proceed to go post everywhere and tell all their friends about how neutral logistics are overpowered because they had two Falcons and more numbers and still lost.
They don't mention the fact that their Falcons were trying to jam from 50km against Amarr battleships.
They don't mention the fact that they put their neuts on our battleships instead of the logistics ships.
They don't mention the fact that their blob of ECM drones actually had one of our Guardians jammed out the entire time.
No, the only thing they mention is that they died and there was neutral logi on the field, so that must be the reason they lost. Its like the girl who continually gets broken up with because she's a selfish bitch, yet is unable to consciously accept the fact that she might actually be a selfish bitch, and instead concludes that she can't be the one to blame and it must be the guy's fault. Meanwhile, all of her friends console her by affirming that things aren't her fault and she is beautiful and awesome and is so much better than the guy and he is missing out. The EVE version of this is the self-proclaimed amazing FC whose ego can't accept the fact that he welped the fleet because he made poor tactical decisions and confidently tells the gang that they would have won if it wasn't for the terrible neutral RR. Meanwhile, his gang of F1 pressers don't know enough about game mechanics to realize on their own that the FC is a dumbass and due to the confidence in the FC's voice this becomes their vindication.
Most of us dual or triplebox logi. Its really hard to micromanage and fly as effectively as a real logistics pilot under those conditions and against other merc outfits, our alts tend to lose lots of logi ships. When you've got two logi pilots tabbed with a combat main, it doesn't take a lot of DPS to chew through a logistics ship before you can tab over, broadcast reps, and then receive reps from the other logi that are either in seperate windows or tabbed themselves. Recently, when we were shooting TEST a week ago, they complained that we had 5 Guardians, which then became 8, and then eventually phantom 10 Guardians. We had 3 Guardians, that was all. They had a fleet of over 35 Tornados with Cruiser/Destroyer support. We had a fleet with an Abaddon, Armageddon, Absolution, Myrmidon, Proteus, and Typhoon. In the BR on EN24 they complained about how we cheated by losing tons of neut logi and how thats the only reason we won. I'm sorry, but I wouldn't even say that we won that battle, rather they lost it for themselves. Even with their terribad fits and shit fitting skills, they had enough DPS to alpha our neut logi off the field the second it started repping. They could have probably volleyed the Myrmidon, same with the Abso, maybe two shooted the Typhoon/Geddon. Instead they went after the ship with the smallest sig and highest resists, literally the only ship they probably couldn't have alpha'd off the field. To put this in perspective they had more than enough alpha to kill a freighter before CONCORD kills them, which they did 20 or so minutes later and they think the reason they lost was because of our neutral logi. I'm sorry, but if you decide to go all in on the most expensive ship hoping for a juicy killmail, when you aren't able to kill it, you can't really blame anyone but yourself. Likewise, if you're playing poker and you go all-in on a shitty hand that you have no business betting everything on and lose, they think they lost because the flops didn't go their way. In reality, they lost because they made a decision that was poor and risky.
I don't know why people seem that we'll be completely terrible without neutral logi and won't change anything about our flying style. We'll adapt and and everyone else will continue to die. These are probably the same people who said Titans would be useless once they lost the area DD, and then said Titans would be useless yet once again when their DD was changed to only be able to target capital ships before blap Titans.
You wanna know one of the main reasons people use neutral logi in hisec? Its because you can double it as a scout and allows you to fill two roles with one character. Under the new war dec system, the only change will most likely be moving your logi in corp, and then running an additional scouting character. A bit more of a hassle, but unless they do something about the real issue, logistics ships as a force multiplier in small gang situations, nothing will change as much as they think. We have and always will rely on alts heavily. Why? Because you always have yourself to rely on, versus sitting in station spinning your ship waiting for the right pieces to log on.