I will refer those of you who are reading to the public thread on Eve-O discussing the changes. Mentioned in there is a beef up in the active tanking capabilities of the NPCs inside the plexes along with a reduction in their own DPS, coupled with respawns.
I still have some concerns about these spawns interfering with PVP, but if they become a serious impairment to PVP, it should be possible down the line to make adjustments.
What I am pleased with, is that after seeing the numbers, the DPS barrier to offensive plexing should be raised to a point that afk plexing in poorly fit ships should be significantly impaired. The novice rat tanking 25 DPS will still be a viable place for stabs at this point, but the DPS barrier also needs to be low enough for actual newbies to be able to break as well.
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In light of this information coming to the fore, I'm happy to give these changes a chance to trickle in and see what the actual effects on farming end up being. I'm also looking forward to what the rest of the FW community thinks of the changes.
I haven't completely given up on WCS rebalance to also give a hit to overall DPS, but at this point I'm willing to give the changes already in the pipe a chance to see if they work.
In other news, week 1 of CSM9 is in the books, and we appear to be ready to get right down to business. I'm happy to report that despite claims to the contrary by some outside the CSM, the CFC has not completely taken over Eve! There was one point of change being discussed that initially put lowsec at a bit of a difference of opinion to some of the null guys, but everyone seems willing to work with each other, and differences quickly became possible solutions that would work for everyone. As I'm used to the typical tomfoolery around Eve-O and related forums, it's a refreshing thing to work with such a diverse group that is also willing to work with each other to such a degree. I must say that this is looking to be a good year for the CSM.