Many people believe the proliferation of super caps is harming the game. And there is more than a pinch of truth in that. Super cap blobs are all too common. This has seriously hurt capital warfare as people don't want to drop dreadnoughts as they may get 30 super-carriers counter-dropped on them. But dropping 40 dreads onto a titan CAN be fun occasionally.
The issue is that the counter to super caps is MOAR super caps. Is this right? Or should super caps need protection? Think the current aircraft carriers of today, they always are surrounded by a support fleet of destroyers and the like. You need to protect the big, expensive shiny from all threats. But what are threats to supers in Eve Online?
How about a new tech two battlecruiser, the torpedo boat which is able to equip a special type of torpedo launcher. Was it Wing Commander II that had special torpedoes for taking down capital ships? Phase Torpedoes or something?
The ship should have a terrible lock time. I mean seriously bad. If you ain't locking a super, don't bother.
The ship should have a tank like an Ibis (well not that bad, but worse than a tier 3 BC).
It manoeuvres like a brick.
The ship has limited module slots, 3/2/2 or something bad like that.
They should be next to useless against anything smaller than a sub-cap.
The torpedoes should have crap range. 30km or so.
Even with the above, the ship should make any super capital pilots pants turn brown.
The idea here is to make a ship that is paper thin, useless against anything but super capitals and has a big delay in firing its first volley. As well as the crap scan resolution (the interference from those uber powerful warheads cause havoc with the sensors) the weapons should fire at the end of the cycle time with the cycle timing being upwards of 30 seconds.
If the super(s) has a suitable support fleet then these BC's will be useless. A single tier 3 BC should be able to alpha these with no worries. Drop a hundred of these and if the enemy fleet has 20 or so tier 3 BC or BS, then the supers will be safe and the defence fleet will get a lot of kills. The torpedo boats will die quickly to any decent support fleet given the time it takes them to fire. But if they are allowed to fire, the results will be devastating to the poor super pilot.
Just an idea.