Are beam escorts a waste of time?
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Join Date: Dec 2007
09-21-2011, 08:15 PM
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Past 5km, DBBs deal more damage than DHCs. The drawback is that you don't have turrets adding to your forward arc damage if you're running just beams. On the other hand, you're also not drawing off additional weapon power by having turrets adding to your forward arc damage. I don't think it's purely coincidence that 3 turrets has similar power drain to Beam Overload. It's fairly balanced either way you go, with the net swing being negligible. If you're really concerned about it, there's a starship weapon DPS calculator out there that you can download, and check it out for yourself.
tl;dr - Play what you want, and have fun with it.
... I sincerely hope that post was not TL for anyone... That would make me sad.
I generally find staying at 5K+ in a good Escort to be hard to accomplish lol. I am just too darned fast. Beam Overload is a major drain on the system if you use a higher level one and I find I recover much faster from Turret + DHC bursts than I do form BO so they do not even out TBVH.