With recent proximity alert changes (beacons should have at least 100 blocks), PvP in space will be a lot more quiet. While the change is understandable, it unveils a rising problem with universe structure when it comes to engagements in space.
I’l start from Planetary design to compare it to orbit layout. Golden globe is the most active and one of the smallest planets being a class 2. It’s also the richest planet made out of gold, making it the most lucrative place to mine. Planets of Homeworld system are not as rich and less visited, but still relatively active and easy to access. Other pvp planets are rarely visited and are more or less “semi-safe” zones for mining.
But what about PvP orbits? Black hole sounds like a perfect place for pirates and miners to roam, with lots of resources. But sadly it isn’t. This sector not only has 2 asteroid rings, which take much longer to patrol, most of asteroids are placed randomly near the planet. This is the largest pvp space hotspot with almost no activity. Playerbase is distributed evenly between Walla, Homeworld, Cebo orbits with some of them mining Black Hole.
The only way to find pvp there is to place beacons or ambush enemy faction after Eton event. It used to be much better in season 8 with one asteroid ring with many ores inside, several groups of resource asteroids not far from the rings and a mist field in the middle with a Sphere POI inside it. The idea is that there should be one small hotspot pvp sector with the most valuable resources. It will drive conflict naturally, and force pvp fights for people who want a bit more than they get in other PvP systems.
Also, since beacons should be 100 blocks now, it’s a good idea to encourage base building to control asteroids. As of now, space bases are completely useless since CV manual fire rocket launcher has more range than any of base gun. A prefab cv can destroy any base in space without taking a single hit. Even more, this base should be built manually because of Effective Builder League.
To sum up this post, my suggestions are:
- Make Black Hole the most active pvp hotspot by having only 1 asteroid ring with asteroids distributed inside it and close by in groups.
- Increase incentive to spawn space bases by buffing their range and removing EBL to control resources which will result in more active pvp.