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Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 163
# 43
11-23-2012, 11:08 AM
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Originally Posted by skyranger1414 View Post
I'm sorry, you have just proven you have no idea of what a tanking cruiser is supposed to DO. The threat control skill is possibly the MOST important skill points you can spend for a tanking captain because its what allows tanking to occur. Otherwise how do you plan to hold agro? You're not going to out-dps an escort (or possibly even a sci vessel). So if you're not tanking you just became a healing cruiser.... how well can tanking cruisers heal will depend on the build but if you want to tank it won't be satisfactory.

A cruiser is not valued for its DPS alone, a cruiser is valued because it allows escorts and sci vessels to totally ruin an NPCs day with impunity. If you're not doing that, your tanking cruiser is simply not doing its job. A healing cruiser can work differently but they usually also tank or DPS.
Cruisers where never meant to "tank" in the trinity sense. The threat control was added after the change to skill trees. A cruiser doesnt have to take the extra threat skill as each ship class has plenty of options to keep their survivability high. Escorts have high maneuverability and turn rate to maintain high defence and dps.