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Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 822
# 6
09-16-2012, 10:53 AM
1. In my opinion an DHC & turret build is great.

To be honest the drain is hardly noticeable on an escort when using dual heavy cannons and turrets. The dual heavy cannon firing rate prevents the drain from being an issue.

As for a 4th DHC vs torp here's my procs and cons:-

4th DHC
+ Always firing and will do much more damage then a torp in the long run. Even unbuffed it's deadly.
+ Not wasted using it on a shield
+ Means you can focus your boff skills on cannon buffing powers.
+ A criting DHC hit can deal twice the damage of a torp and since these things fire a lot there's a greater chance of a crit.
- Extra power drain


Torpedo
+ If you need to kill something quickly and has it's shield facing down, this will deal a decent blow even unbuffed.
+ Can be very deadly when buff by attack pattern alpha (higher crit chance) along with other tac buffs.
+ For burst damage in PvE the torpedo is better then a dual beam bank + beam overload as there's obviously no power drain.
+ 3x Projectile torp doffs can be very reliable in shortening the cooldown.
- All it takes is for the NPC to turn a few degrees and it'll slam uselessly against a shield.
- Pretty useless against shield tanking NPCs, unless you're really really good at guessing when their shield facing will and knowing how long it'll take for the torps to reach the target. Even then, your torp may end up hitting a slither of a shield.

To be honest I'd always choose a 4th DHC over a torp any day. A DHC with the correct mods just deals so much damage it makes torps almost obsolete. Also it's better against targets who shield tank.

Personally I'd say 4x DHC, 3x turret and something else is the best for a DHC-able cruiser. A fourth turret *may* be too much of a power drain, but to be honest I've not noticed it and you'd still do more damage with 4x DHC and 4x Turret then you would with 3x turrets.

As for dual beam banks, I really wouldn't bother with them unless you were to use them like torps (overloaded dual beam bank has similar burst to a torp). DHCs are just miles better.



2. If you were to go manual and stagger your fire, alternating cannons so the least amount of power is drained, then you would see some benefit. However it'd be so fiddly and annoying it just wouldn't be worth the aggravation. Sometimes the autofire will hiccup and do this by accident anyway.

So I'd say stick with the autofire.
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