Imperator5 wrote:You are right, and the macros were bugged for most of the time. People just honestly thought that they would be "un-bugged" and not "removed entirely" .
Were the macros working, it would have outdone Emperor and Retribution in a close up broadside while still remaining better at range due to lances.
The emperor is a carrier, so I'd certainly hope a direct damage battleship would beat it. As for the retribution, it was also "weak" at the time, and with the desolator being a lance boat, having it in close range was not a good idea.
Bear in mind, the weapon dps on the desolators macros were actually weaker than the tooltip gave credit for. It implied 5 turrets shooting x, per weapon, but in reality it was only 4 per weapon. In hindsight it was the only weapon that actually counted the "barrels" that it had, at least for the macro part.
But yeah Hybrid weapons are another problem entirely. Or rather, the fact that the range upgrade is separate for lances and macros is a problem.