||01-31-2010 10:01 AM
You can generally handle 3 beams no problem. Under no circumstances get rid of your torpedo launcher, they are basically required in this game.
front: beam array/torpedo launcher (quantum is the best)
back: beam array X2
When his shields go down, simply change your angle a little so the front launcher is in its firing arc and after firing go just barely back to your broadside angle. with enough practice you can launch and be back to broadsiding without too much downtime in MOST situations. Make sure you don't get too close or turning a little will mean passing under them. At the same token, beam damage drops off based on range of course, but as long as you don't fight at 10km, you should be fine.
Front:beam array X2/torp
back: beam array X2/torp
The addition of the back torp helps with very fast small ships. Your ship can't sustain 4 beam arrays firing long term, but for short term it is good and it helps with the very fast guys who fly behind you. There isn't much other choice unless you want to replace a back beam array with a mine launcher.