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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 2
03-10-2012, 01:28 AM
as a combat engineer i found that burst and run tactics seem to work better than sustained DPS, i too fly a fleet escort (although i am about to swap out for a dreadnought) and i found that you can focus your class skills for sustained DPS WHILE burst damaging (you can skip to the summery of you don't care how)

....but how?....

...glad you asked

Plasma Weapons! (and to a lesser degree Plasma Disruptor hybrids)

- Plasma Dual beams
- Plasma Cannon x2
- Plasma Torp

- Plasma beam array x2
- Plasma Torp or plasma Mines

Plasma offers Engineers a way to force a burst damage shock attack with a sustained Damage over time tick, this lets the comparatively fragile fleet escort (compared to cruisers of a similar level) to fly in cannons blazing and with a full torp spread then pull away with evasive and run repairs while the enemy continues to take damage.

for the fleet escort to work in this way you will need the following BoFF skills:

- Torp spread
- Cannon spread
- Tactical team

- Eng Team
- Aux shields

- Sci team
- gravity well

This allows sustained combative crowd control on single and mass small targets (such as fighters) and massive burst DPS giving you enough time to use your evasive to pull away and rebuild hill and Shields (usually about 8-15 seconds to do both) while your target is still taking damage and is pretty much stuck in one place ready for your next mass burst DPS run.

Every other run can sustain a Gravity well and mine drop limiting your targets movement while covering yourself, additional skills that up torp and mine damage can massively up the overall control level by limiting enemy movement.

Anything else?

Additions such as the Borg set offer shielding and a free tractor beam to limit movement where as the Omega and MACO sets can massively increase your durability and damage but for beginners with the Fleet escort i would seriously consider making the aegis set, I know the aegis set isnt the best anymore but considering the rarity of borg drops and the silly price of the sets in terms of Data chips its more than worth picking up the Borg and aegis sets for dealing out damage and absorbing it respectively.

Summery: TLDNR!

so yea long story short for a combat engineer your best bet for living through combat to actually do some damage is Plasma weapons and the borg or aegis sets using hit and run tactics to Burst and DoT your targets with big AoE (area of effect) targeting rather than direct damage to a solo target.
This effectively lets you pull agro and still give your team mates (tank) a chance to grab the target back before it eats you alive while letting you sustain your DPS level and take out heavy plasma torps and small craft that would normally sap your tanks shields and hull.

hopefully my years of getting my butt kicked will help you out in some way.