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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 235
# 44
08-09-2012, 10:48 PM
Originally Posted by unangbangkay View Post
Or you could also leverage good torp Doffs and still make out well with just one really fast-firing Photon. With the right doffs and some complementary cannons (Tetryons or Polarons) you can basically make one small gun shoot rapidly rather than make two bigger guns shoot more slowly. It works out evenly in PVE and affords more flexibility, since in a pinch you won't find yourself shortchanged on cannon skills. Benefits from both worlds.

I believe hakaishin or someone else suggested such a build in a different torpedo-boat thread, and with photons it's a good fit with the Armitage and its torpedo PDS.
With a decent team in PvE, it mostly boils down to six one, half-dozen the other. With most hybrid torp builds you'll drop shields faster but deal less hull damage, and with a good team you don't have to worry about shields at all, as they'll already be stripped. And to those without enough purple projectile officers (or to those whose builds won't allow it), a 3 torp + 1 whatever up front can be just as--if not more--effective than the person who decided to go for the middle.

But as for a single photon firing just as fast, I'd think not. The proc hits each time a torpedo fires, and it cannot lower past the global cooldown, so you really should be running at least two torpedoes. If you enjoy flying with two torps, go for it; if you enjoy three, four, or long as it's fun and you contribute to the team, I doubt anyone is going to give you hell for flying whatever.