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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 2
08-02-2011, 05:17 PM
Top damage potential goes to the escort. Escorts don't have as many weapons as cruisers, but they can use dual and dual heavy cannons, a bonus to weapon power, and tactical focused boff stations. Cruisers aren't slouches, a tac officer in a cruiser is can still be a major damage threat, but it's more of a sustained damage output, escorts put out big fight-ending bursts of damage.

No C-store ships to worry about until Admiral, and aside from the Galaxy-X, they're all available in-game, though the grind can be pretty daunting (just under a month IF you maximize your grind, more like 6-10 weeks if you're dedicated but just won't be bothered with certain things). If you stick to escorts, the MVAM is the only thing you can't get for free. Cruiser wise, your best bet for damage output is the Excelsior, which you can't get for free - it's either cash or grind. It's on marks of exploration, so it's a slightly easier grind than MVAM, but it's still a 500 mark grind.