I dont really agree with that statement. if theres any ship that can actually do *without* the IBL's then it's the Shrike. Gauss cannons are freely available, ammo is plentiful and lasts long and it has a large cargo hold. if you really want sick sustained damage then mount EBC's up front with 4 GC in the sides (they can fire forward) and FAA top/bottom.Sovereign01 wrote:That's the thing with M7s, many of them need IBLs to be effective, especially those that mount them in their main batteries, specifically the Aggy, Shrike and the 2 Split designs, as well as the Thresher, though as already mentioned, the Thresher can carry PPCs there which are arguably superior.
but then again, I'm a shrike fanboy so
ps. I did roll with a shrike without IBLs for quite some time, mounting ISRs up front and I was able to take on mutiple Qs/Js/Ks at a time no probs. IBLs did make it easier though.