not really getting escorts...
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Join Date: Dec 2007
01-28-2012, 02:58 PM
It's turning slower then your cruiser? I don't even know how that's possible. I could take the impulse engine off my Akira all together and still run circles around my Excelsior.. :p
But in all honesty, it just takes some getting used to. An escort CAN tank, and don't let anyone tell you it can't. I run my Akira, which is a tier 3 ship, as my primary STF boat and rarely die--and when I do it's from massive spike, like being too close to something when it pops, or a horrendously OP plasma torp crit, or something along those lines. Even with 2 engineering slots and a Tac captain I can still tank decently well. I've been thinking about trying an Akira on an engineer, but then I lose my HYIII and I'm not a happy panda.
Power-wise, I generally just run max power to weapons and don't worry much about the rest.
I recommend going with the Efficient Impulse and Paratrinic Shield you get out of Past Imperfect (You can replay it to get the new Mk at every tier) along with a Positronic Deflector (Preferably a [ShdS] [SIF] blue) and maybe a damage resist engineering console, but the rest is up to you. Escorts are probably the 2nd most flexible ships in the game behind the BoPs. You can cannon-vvhore, you can beam-vvhore, you can torp-vvhore, you can do anything you want.