This is my experience as an LRM Catapult driver.
Despite being the dedicated Missile Support boat I can not fulfill my duty as a Missile Platform in the event of too much ECM coverage.
As it stands a single Fast, light, ECM equipped mech can cripple me without even having to touch me. Once I enter the bubble my C4 and C1 is reduced in its abilities solely to my lasers. It is less of a problem for a C1 but A1 and C4's take the heat for this.
Unlike other Missile Hardpoint carrying mechs they do have much in the way of self support. With Missile Mediums they can achieve much with their higher speed and varied armaments. With Missile Assaults they carry much more than missiles and generally use Missiles as a secondary rather than primary source of Damage Outputs.
The prevalence of ECM over LRM's has caused the push of the SRM A1 Catapult over an LRM or SSRM Catapult. That is another matter.
Overall my Experience as a LRM user is this.
I stack Artemis, BAP, and increased sensor range. I often times find that I will have to actively seek out targets because either I am under ECM coverage and can not gain solid locks. If the enemy team is under ECM coverage then I seek them out for Direct Line of Sight targeting.
As a Support Boat I should not be thrusting my mech out into the open to have to do my job. Most of my time is spent Positioning and Repositioning without any shots fired. I do not like to waste shots. Many LRM Pilots that I know and play with make up for ECM by increasing the amount of ammo they carry. They resort to back to back fire and use unreliable locks to fire.
The worst part of it is when we make pot shots with LRMS. I sometimes resort to dumping ammo and using pure instinct and estimations to dumbfire my LRM's at a target. Why? Because either it is a mech with ECM coverage or I am under ECM coverage and can not fire anything with a high degree of accuracy.
As an Addendum;
I dislike the use of Tag on my C4. The reason why? I already dedicated BAP, a Module slot, and Artemis for the best possible locks and sensor detection. Removing one of my two Medium lasers that still give me a reasonable amount of power to defend myself and assist my teammates when my Ammo runs out is unreasonable. Unfortunately, Light mechs with Tag are a rarity.
Vassago Rain, on 10 March 2013 - 09:05 AM, said:
Oh, and yeah, agree with all the above guys. You'll get maybe two pages of useful feedback, then the LRMboats will be all over this thread to declare how this isn't 'canon,' and 'not like muh battletechs on sarna, the most legit source of CBT on the internet!'
I only dislike the current incarnation of ECM because it can invalidate one entire sector of weapons at a very low cost. No one likes it when you have a useless teammate. It is worse when that teammate is forced to move out of position and can end up in a hopeless situation.
Edited by Tichorius Davion, 10 March 2013 - 09:17 AM.