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Join Date: Jul 2012
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# 3
11-05-2012, 08:37 PM
As the above poster said, the HEC is an escort first and carrier distant second. More specifically, it's a Patrol/Blockade Escort first, which means it's tankier than the likes of a Defiant or Prometheus.

Thusly, the typical cannon-heavy Escort setups work best, with dual heavy cannons and a torp launcher or dual beam bank up front and turrets in the back, damage-boosting consoles in the tactical slots, field generators in the science slots, and Neutronium alloy in the engineering slots.

The usual set shields/deflectors/engines should be most effective as well, with mixed Omega/Borg or MACO/Borg pieces, depending on your preferred flavor of survivability or damage. With Season 7's revamp of the Borg set (Assimilated console will be removed from the set and placed in a new set) that setup won't be possible, so the math will probably skew towards mixing in the Aegis or Reman bits depending on your damage type.

BOff abilities should concentrate on buffing the cannons and survivability. Rapid Fire, Scatter Volley, 2x Tactical Team, Attack Pattern Beta or Omega, and maybe a torpedo/beam ability for tactical, and 2x emergency power to shields and maybe Reverse Shield Polarity/Directed Energy Modulation for engineering. You can boost your healing and team support abilities with science skills like Transfer Shield Strength and Hazard Emitters, or go for even more buffing with Polarize Hull or something else.

Note, this is definitely not the end-all-be-all setup, and I don't play PVP. In fact it's mostly similar to a one-size-fits-all build for any VA-tier escort. There are exotic builds and torpedo-heavy builds I've seen performing quite well, especially once you factor in Duty Officer procs and other such things.