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Archived Post 09-21-2011 12:27 PM

Photons, Quantums, or Plasma?
 
With the switch to a one second global cooldown for torpedoes I've been thinking about trying out a spread of three or even four fore launchers with turrets aft. When I look at the various torpedo types I find it a little confusing that everyone I know seems to believe that quantums are far better than photons. If I'm comparing two torpedoes, both very rare XI, one photon and one quantum the photon does almost as much damage, fires faster, has a higher dps and more desirable bonuses.

What about the tiny amount of extra damage makes quantums so special?

And also with the new Torpedo Spread how have Plasma torpedoes fared in terms of dps? I know plasma torpedoes aren't exactly popular but I have a certain fondness for "older" weapons.

Archived Post 09-21-2011 03:07 PM

Photons have a higher DPS because of the lower cycle time.

Quantums are the most desirable due to their high burst damage; no other torpedo hits harder (save for HY Plasma and Trico).

Archived Post 09-21-2011 03:19 PM

I've always been a plasma person myself, specifically for High Yield (creates Heavy Plasma Torpedoes) - it's been more reliable than my Photon, and Quantum is just too slow for me.

Archived Post 09-21-2011 03:34 PM

Plasma
 
With TS3 or HY3 Plasma is not the joke it use to be
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Archived Post 09-21-2011 05:26 PM

I prefer using Eject Warp Plasma over plasma weapons, it seems to have a much higher chance to proc the target. for torpedoes I use Quantums and tricobalts.

Archived Post 09-21-2011 06:28 PM

Quantum torps fly faster then photons too, of course!

Archived Post 09-21-2011 07:15 PM

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Originally Posted by ACES_HIGH (Post 3768372)
I prefer using Eject Warp Plasma over plasma weapons, it seems to have a much higher chance to proc the target. for torpedoes I use Quantums and tricobalts.

EWP has a 100% proc rate :p

As long as your target is in the plasma, they get hit by it's effects.

Archived Post 09-23-2011 02:17 AM

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Originally Posted by tyman2480 (Post 3768494)
Quantum torps fly faster then photons too, of course!

Not as fast as photon. Its goes like this in terms of speed photon => quantum. Personally i use both with phase and then switch between the two.

Archived Post 09-23-2011 02:27 AM

Apples, Oranges or Pears ?

Archived Post 09-23-2011 07:15 AM

Personally I've got a mix of Photon and Quantum on my Galaxy. I stick two Quantum launchers in the fore slots for HY and AoE scatter. Then I stick a Photon launcher on one aft slot to shoot off as I turn cycling through my shield sections spreading the damage. Works quite well :). Plus, now with the GCD for torps reduced to 1 second I can now get the 4 torp effect like we saw in First Contact which looks ace (HYII followed by 2nd launcher).

Never been a fan of plasma because they can be shot down so easily especially if your opponent have BFAW, same goes for mines.

Hope this helps.


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