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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 20
05-14-2012, 07:51 AM
Originally Posted by lokkenjp
Just as a note, more is not always better, because usually more of something means less of another thing.
In case of cruisers, Shield Power for example is also of concern.
Weapon Power is still more important.

Originally Posted by lokkenjp
Of course having maxed Weapon Power is nice, and when riding in an escort it's a no-brainer. But in a Cruiser, sometimes even 10-15 less power into Weapons diverted to Shields when getting aggro in Elite STFs do make a huge difference, and *you* are supposed to be the one keeping Cubes busy instead of Sci or Escorts anyway... (and the difference can be as huge as life or death, plain and simple)
Cycling EPTW x2 & EPTS x2 covers this.

No need to swap power settings constantly, and as a Cruiser has 4 device slots - you are not gimping yourself.

I have no issues with my Dread on ESTFs, I'm usually (more than 90% of the time) the main target of all Borg fire.

Originally Posted by MustrumRidcully View Post
Shield Power is probably the second best energy level. but Weapon power still beats it.
If you need more shield power, Emergency Power to Shields is the power of choice. It is better than trying to keep weapon power up with Emergency Power to Weapons, since EptW will give you a small damage boost for 5-10 seconds (in addition to the power level boost), but EPtS gives you a significant shield resistance buffs for its entire duration (30 seconds). You can cycle any two of the Emergency Powers to get 100 % uptime. That's why I always say people should absolutely slot 2 Emergency Power to Shields. STF Borgs have neither subnucleonic beam nor Shield Neutralizers as well, so EptS is really the perfect choice.

Originally Posted by MustrumRidcully View Post
Also, in PvE, to draw aggro, you need to bring damage, otherwise the NPCs wil lsimply shoot at the guy that brings more damage.
And Threat Control.

I can't stress this enough.

If you have any intent to fly a Cruiser in PvE in groups - you should have Threat Control.

Especially on Elite STFs where damage is king, any Cruiser should be speccd to draw fire and soak damage.

Being able to toss a few heals on your allies is great, but for PvE I would focus on not having those allies getting shot in the first place.

Aggressive play, and threat control skill, will allow you to do this.

PvP is different matter, because player's are smart enough to prioritize their targets better.