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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 7
02-16-2010, 03:56 PM
You will not be able to use Viral Matrix on an escort. Viral Matrix I is a Science Commander level ability. As such, you need to have at least one BO position that allows for a science BO to use Commander abilities. Escorts do not allow for that (Fleet escorts have 1 Science BO at Lt Commander, Advanced escorts have 2 Science BOs - 1 at Lt Commander, and 1 at Ensign).

Personally, I'm using Polarize Hull I and Science Team II for my Lt Commander Science BO right now. Polarize Hull reduces damage to the hull and deflects tractor teams, Science Team II reduces shield damage by at least 25% and almost completely recharges all shields.