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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
I'm not a noob to the game, but I am to PVP. Nothing I try seems to make much difference and its extremely disheartening. I frequently consider leaving the game because I just can't figure out what I'm doing wrong in PVP. I've often read expert PVPer's threads discussing stupid noobs who don't learn from their mistakes. Well, I'm one who wants to learn from the experts. I don't need to be an expert. I just want to learn to hold my own and win on occasion. My questions are below.

The basics:
I'm a Fed Tac flying a Fleet Escort.
Aegis set, tried Borg too and combinations thereof.
3X AP turrets
[Console - Engineering - Field Generator Mk XI][Console - Engineering - Field Emitter Mk XI][Console - Engineering - Shield Emitter Amplifier Mk XI]
[Console - Science - Biofunction Monitor Mk XI][Console - Universal - Assimilated Module]
[Console - Tactical - Antiproton Mag Regulator Mk XII], XI, X & X.
I run power levels at 100, 50, 25, 25.

Maxed out power performance skills and efficiency skills except for weapons which I believe doesn't offer bonuses if power level is set over 85. Also shield maintenance for EPtS. The ship type skills and weapon skill choices are obvious I think. Maximize anything you use.

I have tried multiple BOf setup and its not just this one that fails so spectacularly.

I was talked into an attack pattern heavy build. I was told APO3 would give a better bonus with CRF2 than CRF3 with APO1.
Tac: TT1, APB1, APO1, APO3
BO1, CSV1, CRF 2
I was also told that with 2 EPtS1 I could run it continuously and that was a good thing.
Eng: EPtS1, ET2
Sci: PH1, ST2


Opponents, usually escorts, slice through my shields like a lighsaber through half melted butter. Cruisers and Sci seem to do well too... I don't understand why they can do this so easily but I can't. They take out my shields in 1 or maybe 2 rounds of fire and a good chunk of hull. My attack usually takes several more rounds than that to touch their hull and is so weak that usually they can run away. It's very rare that I can take someone out 1 on 1. And yes I use the tactical captain skills to buff/debuff.

1. How are they taking my shields down so quickly in only 1 or 2 rounds? I'm half dead before I realize whats going on. Is it from BO3? Some other weakness revealed in my build? I have EPtS running constantly and good shield consoles but those don't seem to help much. I see scores in the millions. I am lucky to get a couple hundred thousand.

2. What are they doing so effectively for their defense? Or is it just my lack of firepower? I've seen this same problem in borg red alerts. There are great escorts out there who just slice through borg sphere shields and hull. Yes, I know it could be Borg weaponry. But I suspect they're doing whatever it is the good PVPers are doing.

3. Is there a prototypical PVP build for Tac escort out there that will allow me to start learning how to PVP? Something that isn't fancy, but will let me get my toes in the water so to speak. So that I can learn the trickier builds later. I want to know I have a good build so that any problems can only be attributed to pilot error and I can work on that. Right now, everything seems dysfunctional.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

If any great PVPer would be willing to take me under their wing, I would do my best to pay them back.

Thank you for your time.