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Join Date: Jul 2012
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# 89
11-29-2012, 12:13 AM
Originally Posted by tom61sto View Post
Well, can't afford much when it comes to purples, so am running mostly blues at the moment.
Am an ENG, but running in a sci just seems to work for me, haven't had much success with cruisers, and won't even mention my attempt with an escort.....

Currently running flow cap, shield emitter, and 2 particle gen in sci slots, all mk XI blue and RCS and the weapon power boost one( plasma something or other) in eng slots.

Overall, the vesta seems a lot more 'squishy', i think is the term, than the RSV ever was, death and destruction seems to be a lot more frequent, even running the exact same setup as the RSV. Am not keen to wreck someones elite STF with the way things are going, and used to do them fairly frequently in the RSV, without too many dramas....but that maybe a thing of the past if what i read on the S7 updates is true.....
It's not just you, EVERYONE is quite a bit squishier in STFs because the Borg have gotten a big buff in Season 7. Whether in my spiffy new Vesta or tank-tastic Steamrunner, I've been dying more and that's apparently the case for most people. I'd bet a few Zen that if you went back to your RSV right now you'd find yourself just as squishy as you are today in your Vesta, if not moreso.

Based on Ask Cryptic answers it looks like the buff may have been at least partially unintended, so expect the Borg to get nerfed to more familiar levels as patches go forward.

Anyway, regarding your gear, you can certainly get by on Mk XI blues while you rebuild your Omega rep and such.

I'd recommend dropping the RCS. The Vesta's turn rate is good enough that you won't need to worry about it. Put in Armor consoles. Those should make you less squishy when your shields go. Neutronium is the general favorite but Ablative is also good since it defends against the most common weapons (Plasma, Disruptor, Phaser). Drop your Plasma Manifold and replace it with the Borg Console. Its benefits are more than enough to replace the +3.5 weapon power, especially if you're using the Aux Cannons (in which case you can skimp a bit on weapon power).

Use one Science console slot to keep your Fermion Field gimmick, it's a lifesaver. Use two more for Field Gens (well worth the investment), and the last one can go either to the Emitter or your particle gen. I'm not a Science Bro, but I wouldn't recommend stacking skill-boosting consoles unless you're sure the powers you're running benefit from said skill. How often do you pop Grav Well, Tyken's or CPB? Is it really often enough that you'd want to stack Particle Gens just to pump it?

As ever, pump your chosen energy type with your tac consoles.

Last edited by unangbangkay; 11-29-2012 at 12:17 AM.