Say there’s a ship with 2000 hit points and 1000 shields. You are firing 1% armor bane. What happens?
I theorize that you are doing 20 damage per shot, hitting the shields first.
Also possible is you are doing 0 damage until something else drops the shields.
I can’t tell from watching replays. If nobody knows, maybe someone could test it in one of the old worlds? If the second case is true then a pure armor bane ship should lose to a scout with a shield.
Kinda have to think it’s the first case, though – it deals damage based on armor value but deals it to everything. So a high shield ship lowers its DPS but doesn’t actually make it useless…?