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# 30
06-27-2012, 08:08 AM
Originally Posted by tenkari View Post
another reason cruisers usualy sit farther back is that their beam weaponry is efective at any range. cannons on the other hand loose strength at farther ranges. cruisers can engage earlier farther back while escorts need to get up close to attack.

That's partially correct.

For one thing, getting close to things like cubes (above or below) means less torpedos you have to eat.

Another is that distance plays some factor in threat determination. A Cruiser will have an easier time holding aggro the closer they are to a target.

Lastly, while the drop off in damage for beam arrays is not as sharp as it is for Cannons - there is still drop off.

1km will be the range you will see the maximum effect for beam arrays.