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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 5
02-28-2010, 12:19 PM
Originally Posted by JJR512 View Post
What kind of weapon loadout are you using?

I ask because this is another aspect of escorts I have been struggling with. The prevailing opinion is to arm an escort around a full frontal attack. Now, if you do this, but then you need to turn your weakened shield, which presumably is your front shield, away from the enemy, well then you're doing very little damage. In fact, at the point, you're probably taking more damage than you're giving.
Very true. When solo facing multiple strong opponents (escorts, cruisers and battleships) I basically use hit and run tactics. Fly in at full combat speed, blast away at a couple targets I know I can destroy in one pass, then Evasive Maneuvers out of weapons range. Against multiple batteships (D'deridex) I use Jam Sensors on the target, destroy it and try to get back outside of weapons range. Romulans love to use Viral Matrix and Tractor Beam, so sometimes I'm screwed no matter what (don't have Science Team). That's one reason I'm not pro-death penalty. But those are the breaks when it's 5-1.

I'm using cannons and torp in front, turrets in back. Escorts don't have the staying power to circle and broadside against multiple equal-tier opponents. Your biggest advantage is almost nothing can stand a full-on buffed escort pass. Don't try to stand toe to toe. Escorts are throat-gouging ninjas, not brawlers. Zoom in, kill stuff, zoom out, turn-recharge-repair, repeat.