While we are all considering what this will mean to the game and how we play, we should all be doing that one pre-patch requirement.
We should all be setting a nice long skill to train. Something in the 4-6 day range would be good.
Not that I am knocking CCP here, but the few days after a patch often show up some issues that only occur on the live server, so access to get in and change skills can be spotty.
Now I need to get a couple of frigates close to the new contested areas. As always with EVE, you do not commit what you cannot afford to lose, because when you lose a fight, you lose all you have on you. Frigates I can afford to lose.