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Lieutenant
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 49
I'm thinking about bringing my Tactical Officer out of retirement and I'm looking for some advice on which ship to go for. I know I want a Cruiser and I'm pretty sure I want a more tactically focused one (since I think it'll suit my playstyle better than the science focused Cruisers) but beyond that I'd like some advice. I'm not doing PvP so this si purely for PvE.

In terms of gear I'm currently leaning towards a Plasma Beam loadout with the Romulan Singularity Harness set to boost Plasma Damage (three beams and a torp fore and aft) and possibly with the Omega Adapted Borg set to provide a bit more damage and one of the torpedo launchers. I may also go for the Reman Prototype set to provide a buff to High Yield Plasma Torps but I'm not set on that.

In general for BO abilities I'm planing on having the following (with the exact ranks depending on the final ship choice): 2xEPtW, 2xEPtS, Engineering Team (with Duty Officers to get it to 15s recharge), Auxillary to SIF, and Eject Warp Plasma.

However this brings up the question of which ship to use. My shortlist is the Fleet Heavy Cruiser Retrofit, the Advanced Heavy Cruiser Retrofit or the Assault Cruiser Refit (with an upgrade to the Fleet variant for the last two when my Fleet finally gets to that level).

For the Fleet Heavy Cruiser Retrofit I like the simple Engineering Officer layout with the Lt. Cmdr slot to allow for an extra high rank power but it does have worse Tactical abilities than the others.

The Advanced Heavy Cruiser Retrofit has the advantage of the Lt. Cmdr Tac slot letting me pick up Fire at Will 3 or possibly AP:Omega but slightly worse Engineering abilities.

The Assault Cruiser Refit is probably the leading contender at the moment. I like the extra Tac ability and the Universal Lt slot means that I can pick up an extra Engineering ability allowing my to pick up either Aceton Field or Reverse Shield Polarity. As a nice bonus, I like the appearance more than the other two .

So, does anyone have any advices or experience to impart?