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Join Date: Jun 2012
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# 12
10-13-2012, 06:25 AM
This isn't an argument that has anything to do with cruisers whatsoever. I can pull similar DPS numbers on a Tier 3 escort to that of an unwrapped VA MVAE, because weapons don't "downgrade" depending on the ship they're mounted to. In fact the Excel keeps the same shield mod too no matter which flavor it comes in, so if you strap a MACO shield to the Tier 3, it'll be exactly the same as that of one strapped to a a Tier 5 (go ahead and try it).

Basically it's dishonest to compare Tier 3s to Tier 5s, especially from the perspective of a fully-levelled/specced character. The Tiers are designed for levelling (when you wouldn't have had nearly as many buffs and various boosts and skills as you do now), not for comparing in retrospect.