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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 24
06-12-2012, 05:58 PM
Originally Posted by USS_Ultimatum
Using BFAW means using beams. This is still an escort, and going beams mean giving up the best burst available.

Its got more survivability than normal, but its not as far out ahead of the pack as it seems.

The final resistance difference between say EPTS 1 / 2 (and 2 is only up part of the time) will work out to about 3 to 4% resistance on an endgame build.

That leaves you with maybe grabbing Aux to SIF 2, which is not a major improvement over Aux to SIF 1 (which the Fleet Escort can grab).

I suppose you could do EPTS 2 & EPTS 3 for a better overall improvment, but that doesn't leave you with much of value at T1 and means no Aux to SIF or RSP.

Oh don't get me wrong, it's a fine looking ship (stat wise), I'm just adding comments to curb some people who seem to be wildly overreacting thinking that this is the second coming of escorts.
Oddly enough, I'm not disagreeing on any particular point... Except maybe SIF2. I've always found it a significant step up from 1, and it's doing everything the fleet escort can in just one bridge officer, rather than two.

I think she's very finely balanced, considering what it brings to the table. As a tanking option goes, this one - I feel - is definately a better option than the fleet escort. Less DPS as a consequence (and you'd expect that) but nonetheless a good option for those who might be used to the inherent tanky-ness of cruisers who are looking to get in to escorts.

On the topic of beams though... I've been contemplating a beamscort for a while. This might be the thing to get me started.