Critique my tac excelsior.. and questions
Excelsior Refit, USS Brooklyn Battery
Fore: 1x Dual Beam Phaser Bank, 1x Phaser Beam Array, 2x Quantums. All Mk12 borg.
Aft: 2x Phaser Beam Array, 2x Quantums. Mk12 borg.
(Im looking for mk12 very rare non borg stuff, it's expensive, how much better is it in pvp?)
Mk11 Maco Deflector (Have mk12, waiting on sheilds)
Mk11 Maco Shields (Working on mk12..)
Eng consoles: Neutronium alloy, Emergency Forcefields, EPS Flow Regulator, all mk11 rare, and a RCS accelerator, mk11 uncommon.
Science consoles: Borg Console, and ? (Sheild Generator, or Sheild emitter Amplifier, which is better with the maco shields? My shields run 70-100 on attack, 118-125 on defense, and i run two EPTS.. as explained later)
Tac Consoles: 2x Zero Point Quantum Chamber, Mk11, one rare, one uncommon. 1x Phaser Relay, Mk11 rare.
Now for my Boffs:
Lt Cmd Tac: Tac Team 1, Spread 2, High Yield 3
Cmdr Eng: EPTS 1, Reverse Sheild Polarity 1, Directed engergy mod 2, aceton beam 2 (Anything better for pvp and pve? :\ Aceton seems only pve quality?)
Lt Eng: EPTW1, EPTS2
Ensign Eng: Eng Team 1
Lt Science: Polarize Hull 1, Tractorbeam 2
Im looking for a good balance between dps and tank, more so a little more dpsish. I like my torpedo setup and i can get quite a number of them off, especially with the doff buffs. I also use phasers and quantums to keep it canon. That being said, how are my equiptment and boff powers set up? If been toying with them a bit lately and this is my latest build. I notice more tanking ability. Also, my power transfer rate is pretty fast, which is nice in stick situations.
Facing your target you have 1 DBB, 1 Phaser beam array and 2 Quantums.
Anytime your target has shields, your Quantums are basically ineffective.
This also forces you to face your target to get the most out of the DBB, but then you’re backing it up with a weak beam array. And then neither of your fore beams are backed up with a skill of anykind.
Aft you have two beam arrays and 2 quantums. Are you always going to running away or do you plan to be facing your target for your fore set up?
Broadside, so many limited arc weapons now means you have a 3x phaser beam array broadside, which is extremely weak.
So you’ve tried to cover several directions and instead have wound up covering not much in any strong capacity.
If you really want to stick with multiple quantums, then stick with just your quantums fore and go with this:
FORE: 2x Beam Arrays, 2x Quantums
AFT: 4x Beam Arrays
Now at least, you can have a solid 6 beam broadside.
Second is your BOFFs, you’ve given way too much priority to Torpedos when Beams are really going to carry the load.
If you must have a torpedo skill, go with the following:
Lt Comm Tac: TT 1 > TS 2 > BFAW 3
Here are some things I would change about the rest of your BOFFs.
COMM ENG: EPTW 1 > EPTS 2 > EPTS 3 > AUX to SIF 3
LT ENG: EPTW 1 > RSP 1
ENS ENG: ET 1
LT SCI: PH 1 > HE 2 or TSS 2
Lastly, you are a Tank and Support ship. Take threat control, at least 3 ranks if not 6.
I pretty much agree with everything USS_Ultimatum has to say.
I run the 2 Torps fore 6 Beam method for STF as you can tilt the ship and get 6 beams and both tubes on the gate or Generator.
But if you going to tank, having multiple tubes forward is a bad idea as you generally want to be moving at all times for the defence bonus. Just move a torpedo to the back for the boss.
If you really want DBB's on the front your kind of limited to running turrets on the back. Not really an ideal setup. You could try Single Cannons on the front and Turrets on the Back and run two CRF's.
And while Phasers are a great weapon in STFs they tend to suck as the Borg are immune to the Proc, making every other weapon better than them.
Oh and if you want to keep it Canon, run Photons they do less damage per torpedo but more DPS than the Quantums due to the higher firing rate and with two tubes and two purple Doffs, I get a fantastic stream of Torpedoes.
Well, I figured it would be an upgraded excelsior :P
I figured I'd be facing my enemy 60% of the time, most of the time I'm turning in circles, distributing damage across my sheilds and alternating my torpedo tubes, front, rear and repeat. As you can see my build reflects torpedo damage, with the consoles, my skills, boff powers and doffs. I do have full points in threat control.
The one thing that bothers me too is the weak broadside. I guess I should replace the DBB with a beam array? The whole reason i took my excelsior over my assault cruiser was the better turn rate for torps, and HY3. I have an escort for the faster stuff. I was also going to build a seperate beam boat idea.
I prefer Spread over BFAW because the latter targets everything around you, spread is just in the arc you are firing in. I prefer not to draw too much aggro, or rather, i find I have more control of my targets with spread.
What does emergency to aux do?
I'm a Tac Captain in Excelsior Retrofit and I can tell you this ship kicks a lot of @$$.
Keep in mind I use her primarily for PVE, not PVP.... but in the PVP I've done she is hard to kill.
I will log on tonight and get you my exact current build. In the meantime, from memory:
All my energy weapons are Tetryon. My tactical consoles are all XI Tetryon boosters (no torp consoles).
Up front, I run Dual Beam Bank, Beam Array, Quantum Torp, and I think a single cannon.
Aft, I have quantum torp, and 2 turrets.
These are the purple Borg versions, mostly mark XI.
I do believe I run the Borg set except for Omega shields. To be honest, I do this because someone told me it was a good idea, not because it is any better than full Omega or full MACO.
Her turn rate is quite high for a cruiser. You'll be facing your target(s) 80% of the time. I usually only turn around to fire the aft torpedo while the fore is on cool-down. You can use those engineering slots and consoles to keep your weapon and shield power UP.
I do not broadside in my Excelsior. I equip and fly her as if she were an escort.
Ran Cure Elite a few nights ago and we finished with 5 mins to spare. My ship, the U.S.S. Lachrymose, was definitely a big contributor to that. (It also helps to have a Vo'Quv on Kang defense!)
I want to stress that I first purchased and built up this ship before I knew what I was doing in STO. So not everything is maxed out like it could be, but she's still a beast!
Those are some typical cruiser configurations. I have seen two unusual setups for Tac Excelsior Retrofits with very good focused DPS...
All energy weapons are Tetryon.
#1 Pew Pew Build
Fore 4X Cannons
Aft 4X Turrets
Eng Console 1RCS, 3 Neutronium
Tac Console 3 Tetryon + Damage
BOFF TAC: Tac Team1, C:RF1, C:RF2
The rest as usual. Heavily focused firepower, similar to the usual all dhc escort build. Just use both Cannon: Rapid fire and pew pew away.
#2 Torpedo Build
Fore 1 X DBB 3 X Quantum
Aft 4 X turrets
Eng console 2 RCS, 2 Neutronium
Tac console:3 zero point quantum chamber
BOFF Tac THY1, BO2, BO3
3x projectile DOFF for extra torp fire rate.
The single beam weapon on this ship works great with the two beam overloads to strip a target's shield, while the constant barrage of quantums does the rest. Use high yield 1 to finish. The two RCS consoles make the ship turn like an escort.
I am using this build myself with an aegis set and antiproton weapons and it is awesome, and a match for the DHC escort I was using before.
That all cannon/turret build sounds tempting. I was thinking about it with phasers..
I'm thinking of going 2x Quantum up front, and 2 beam arrays, with 1 quantum in the rear and 3 beams.
Or a combination of the two..
Maybe.. 2 Quantums and 2 cannons up front, with 1 beam, 1 quantum, and 2 turrets in the rear?
Hows that? It seems like i have a lot better arcs in all directions. 5 weapons broadside, 6 fore, 4 aft.
I may switch out a zero chamber quantum for another phaser relay then, for the cannons and turrets. I dont think im going to use Rapid fire though. Or should i? I'd like to keep both high yeld and spread, and i dont have many spots with my tac.
If you're really stuck on using torps, I'd suggest reducing it to one fore and one aft.
For science I'd suggest you take atleast one hazard emitters.
As for the cannon build, it is pretty much the best build for the Excelsior.
Alendiak, what do you think of my last suggestion? 2 Quantums and 2 cannons up front, with 1 beam, 1 quantum, and 2 turrets in the rear. With two phaser relays and one quantum. Ill switch out forfields and grab another field gen.
Science boff, Hazard emitters or science team? I've been wanting to use Hazard team for the borg shield neutrilizer, but they dont seem to affect me much.
How do i search the exhange for a boff with the desired skill?
What stats on weapons are generally more desired? acc, crith? etc
PvPed with a friend, and yeah, basically it was a war of attrition that he won, his sheilds outlasted mine, and i couldnt punch through his. Made me really consider science team and getting better weapon arcs. Drawing it out, Im only going to have 2 small blind spots in the rear with 3 weapons to bear on each side, otherwise I'm going to have a ton more to bear on most angles compared to now.
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