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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 23
03-12-2011, 07:27 AM
.................................................. ........BOP ..............................NEW AE................WINNER

Hull .................................................. .31,200...........................35,500.......... ........AE

Shields........................................... ..10,200............................10,600........ ..........AE

Turn Rate @ 50 base eng.................45 ...............................46................. .........AE

Weapons ............................................6 ...............................7.................. ..........AE

Bridge Officers..................................11...... .........................12....................... .....AE

Tact Consoles ...................................3 ..............................4................... ..........AE

Eng Consoles.....................................3 ..............................2................... ..........BOP (but not really)

Weapon Power..................................129........ .....................134.......................... AE

Special Ability wise, Bop has cloak, AE has MV. AE has to give up sci slot for it giving an edge to the bird, but lets be honest, sci slot is **** on a bird and AE anyways. Ill gladly trade two of my sci slots for a 4th tactical on my bird.


Overall this ship has more hull, more shields, better turn, more weapons (more damage, period), more bridge officers, more tact consoles (more damage, period) and more weapon power. The Bird has 1 more eng console, but itll just be used as resistance to help make up the difference in the hull.

People will say "but Birds have universal consoles"...yes but this does not matter when the feds have 10 ships with every viable configuration. All of our birds are Tact Commander/Sci LTC to maximize spike. Everyone has to have an Engy LT. The difference is in that last lt universal. If Bird goes tact theyre completely outmatched as they just copied the AE. 2nd Engy LT...meh. Sci is the only option, which I would us for polarize to get out of tractors (can get omeg to do this on escort) and sci team (which i wouldnt use on escort anyways when you can have two tact teams to do even more damage).

But we all know this ship was made to bring in the $$ so honestly there isnt much point in arguing it. This is easily the best Escort in the game. It completely makes fleet and advanced escort obsolete. The amount of damage this thing can do without any penalty to defense is just ridiculous tho