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Join Date: Aug 2012
12-11-2012, 01:20 PM
This coming from a cruiser pilot:
For your last free ship, I agree with marc. Get a patrol escort or advanced escort, so you can still have a ship with lots of bang for your buck. However for when you aren't in the DPS race, I would also agree and say get the MUAC. It looks terrible (sorry, not a shovel fan), but it's identical to the standard AC in handling, BOff setup, and capability.
As c-store ships go though, get the regent. She's a beautiful ship, and has great combat potential. She loses out on tanking though... so if you want a c-store tank... I can't believe I am saying this... get and Excelsior R... That way you can also get the Fleet Excelsior later... Which currently is the best cruiser in the game for tanking and barely behind the Regent and Imperial for dealing damage.
The Odysseys look pretty, and those who have them swear by them, or hate them... but in all honesty, they are just vanity items. I own all 3, and live in one of them, she performs as well as I need her to, and her damage output is wonderful, but she's been out-classed by the Fleet Excelsior. Which in all honesty, as much as I hate to say it, is probably your best bet as Zen cruisers go.
But for freebie cruisers? Cough up 300k ECs and go get your MUAC.
It is said the best weapon is one that is never fired. I disagree. The best weapon is one you only have to fire... once.