So I Google, and I read, and I Google some more and I read some more… The topic of POS defense placement seems to be either so well understood that noobs like me just need to L2P or is such a closely guarded strategic secret as to be nearly impossible to find online.
To avoid confusion, POS Defense theory is rampant. Plenty of suggested builds for different locations and uses (hardeners/no hardeners, dickstar/deathstar, etc.) but scant little information about where to actually place said defenses (and more importantly why). There are plenty of helpful hints like “gun placement matters” and “spread them out”. Useful stuff when you’re dealing with a sphere.
Not much to go on really, so I’m interested in feedback on where to locate POS defenses. Part of the confusion/problem stems from the fact that people tend to use rather imprecise language when discussing the topic (see above). So let’s go with a few consistent terms based on this handy chart:
After much discussion with a few friends and consultation with various online sources, the discussion seemed to come down to two different issues– (1) how much distance between units is advisable and (2) whether to array longitudinally along meridians or latitudinally (generally along the equator). All approaches recommended units at the North and South Poles (although differing in views on the distance between units).
North South East West Who Knows Which Way is Best
The three general approaches are represented below with the help of a golf ball (the POS force field boundary) and cartoonish WWII era fighter planes and/or whimsical beatles (representing the placement of generic defenses, regardless of type).
Dubious Truths for Which I need Guidance
I’m told that
- its necessary to spread out the units all over the sphere because although the units can “see through” the POS force field, they cannot hit units.
- if you don’t defend your ewar units with guns, they will go down.
- if you place your defensive units too closely together (<10km), they will be susceptible to bombers.
- its essential to place your units OFF the equatorial plane or your vulnerable.
- its essential to place your units ON the equatorial plane since that is where the vast majority of attackers will approach.
A final piece to the puzzle. POS defenses can only be placed in a band between 5km and 15km outside the force field. With a large tower, that means between a band between 35km and 45km (Ewar is shown here by whimsical tools while guns are represented by cartoonish WWII fighter planes).
“Conventional wisdom” suggests that ewar units should be near the inner 5km boundary and guns near the outer 15km boundary– which would conveniently give one about 10km between units even if they were located at the same “o’clock” position (whether equatorial, meridinal or otherwise).
Now, wise Eve community, what are the collective merits of these (or other) approaches? My general idea for a WH POS was to adopt a deathstar approach similar to one of the ones that BoB use(d) to protect its Titans:
Namely, an equatorial approach (with N and S polar units) but generally concentrated at 8 points along the equatorial plane (12, 1:30, 3, 4:30, 6, etc.).
What am I missing? Am I being too AR?
I’m sympathetic to the “spread out approach” but I’m not so sure that longitudinal gives you much more than equatorial. OTOH, I’m concerned that the spread out approach leaves ewar units more vulnerable than if they were closer together.