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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 10
01-30-2010, 03:38 AM
Originally Posted by Gunfugue
Due to energy weapon power limitations an all energy weapon loadout would just be hurting you. Its torps or mines, and torps are better than mines.
That's what a Power Relay is for. If I understand correctly, not only does this help with shifting power needs, which, as already mentioned, is another vital aspect when piloting a cruiser, but it buffs weapon recharge. You'll be able to land those infrequent and oppurtuntistic broadsides more often and in a shorter span of time.

Another upshot of using Beam Arrays is that they hit instantly and you do not need to manuever to use them. There's a greater marjin for error and a reduced reaction time for your opponent. Worth considering is the damage potentional of a Beam Overload. If I'm not mistaken, it should be possible to dump emergency battery power into weapons right before using this attack, increasing the damage potentional not only for the overload, but the initial weapon strikes tremendously.