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Join Date: Jun 2012
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# 5
11-05-2012, 04:23 PM
Personally I favor the tactical version; although the science ship has Sensor Analysis, it takes forever for it to match/exceed the extra punch of the third tactical slot.
For pure single target it matches damage per shot after 18 second, and total damage after 36, after that it's supiriour. I don't call that "a long time".

For PVE play the Vesta will far out perform the Ody because cruisers don't have much of a place in PVE play and a good Sci ship is always fun. In PVP play the Ody will probably still be the stronger of the two. The dedicated Cmdr Sci slot seems weaker than an Ody's dedicated Cmdr Engineering slot in PVP play and the Vesta will be more vulnerable to PVP style spike damage.
A lot of this is going to depend on how those Aux Cannons work, if they run entierly off aux power it wll be able to do the top end sci stuff and still pack escort levels of DPS with a standard sci vessal tank. Thats uniquelly powerful no matter how you cut it.