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doaga1 04-03-2013 10:22 AM

Concerning Escorts...
 
Lately I've been noticing, at least around the people I tend to see, that escorts seem to be on the decline....

I see more and more Tac officers in cruisers and in a few baffling cases in Science ships. I often hear people saying escorts are OP... Colossally OP in some cases. which brings me to my question.... Why do tac officers seem to COMPLETELY waste so much damage potential by flying something other then an escort?

sasheria 04-03-2013 10:29 AM

sometimes you need a tank? How do you come to this hypothesis that there is a decline in escort usage?

red01999 04-03-2013 10:51 AM

For a few reasons.
  • Even with superior damage potential, and "adequate" tanking, an escort's still flimsier than a cruiser.
  • This is Star Trek, not Star Wars. I want to use the Enterprise, not a fighter.
  • My reflexes aren't the best (see previous point).
  • I prefer the cruiser playstyle.
  • I already play an engineer on another toon - playing an engineer in a cruiser and a tac in a cruiser are different experiences for me.
  • Unless you play exclusively with hyper-optimized players (many of whom often berate anyone who does not follow their plans for the One True Build - not all or even most of them, but enough to grate on nerves), you're probably going to do alright in a cruiser with a tac.
  • I like having diversity in my options for both offense and defense.

As such, while I have purchased and occasionally use escorts, my tac is going to be remaining in his fleet assault cruiser for the foreseeable future.

doaga1 04-03-2013 11:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sasheria (Post 9006431)
sometimes you need a tank? How do you come to this hypothesis that there is a decline in escort usage?

the problem with that statement is that there's no such thing as "Tanking" in STO. I just seems to be seeing ALOT of tacs in things other then escorts. I may be totally off base I'm just having trouble understanding why a tac would squander Damage potential. I mean you play a tac officer to do damage. I'm a firm believer that if you'd like to fly cruisers you should be an engineer. I just use to running with people that expect NOTHING less then the ABSOLUTE best and putting a tac officer in a cruiser just seems silly to me.

graleron 04-03-2013 11:25 AM

They could just be doing it for that elusive experience called "fun".

ussfury 04-03-2013 11:32 AM

That's why I do it. Fun.

Sure, my Defiant will always be my main ship, but not for the "leet DPS" but because it my absolute favorite ship from my favorite series.

I can take out enemies just fine in an Armitage, a cruiser, even a science ship. Sometimes it's fun to play in a different way.

Not everyone in the game is a min-maxer.

bitemepwe 04-03-2013 11:43 AM

My Fleet Vor'cha thinks its an escort.

lordmalak1 04-03-2013 11:52 AM

Heh, my Kamarag crew remembers when I flew an escort, but they have more fun with the increased challenge of a cruiser.

projectfrontier 04-03-2013 12:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by doaga1 (Post 9007491)
the problem with that statement is that there's no such thing as "Tanking" in STO. I just seems to be seeing ALOT of tacs in things other then escorts. I may be totally off base I'm just having trouble understanding why a tac would squander Damage potential. I mean you play a tac officer to do damage. I'm a firm believer that if you'd like to fly cruisers you should be an engineer. I just use to running with people that expect NOTHING less then the ABSOLUTE best and putting a tac officer in a cruiser just seems silly to me.

Find a mirror. Look at the surface. Notice yourself.

Answer a question - why are our Captains stratified between "Tactical", "Science", and "Engineering" when there is no evidence within the fiction to suggest that such divergence exists, let alone in the manner and to the extent it does in this game?

projectfrontier 04-03-2013 12:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by doaga1 (Post 9006251)
Lately I've been noticing, at least around the people I tend to see, that escorts seem to be on the decline....

I see more and more Tac officers in cruisers and in a few baffling cases in Science ships. I often hear people saying escorts are OP... Colossally OP in some cases. which brings me to my question.... Why do tac officers seem to COMPLETELY waste so much damage potential by flying something other then an escort?

Why do tac/sci captains put points into threat control?


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