Steamrunner build advice
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Join Date: Jul 2012
12-30-2012, 05:35 PM
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Drop the beams and replace them with turrets. Steamrunner is an escort, and you don't even get the benefit of subsystem targeting to use them with. If you're concerned that you can't get enough Polarized Disruptor turrets, just replace them with standard disruptors, you won't suffer the power penalty.
Like the other guy said, a set is preferable, and until you grind your reputation the only decent ones are Aegis (which is now expensive) and the Jammie set, which is free and actually good, even if you aren't running polaron weapons.
Replace your hull plating with Neutronium or Ablative (Neut is all-purpose but Ablative helps better against Borg which you'll be fighting a lot for your rep sets). Drop the plasma distribution manifold and injector assembly for more armor, or use the engineering slots for your extra universal consoles.
For science get yourself Field Generators ASAP. Craft them if you must. Until then use Shield Emitter consoles. The Steamrunner will never be a great science ship so your Particle generator boost is going to waste.
For tactical, just go whole-hog with consoles that boost your weapon damage (in this case disruptor coils). Yes, drop even the quantum chamber. You'll be doing most of your damage with the cannons, so the torps and mines are just icing on the cake.
Fix your Boff setup, too. You're running 2 Tac Teams, so your Eng team will screw the cooldown. Instead switch your ET with EPTS2 and one of your EPW with EPTS I. Keep those on constant rotation and just use the RSP as a panic button. Since you have the Resonance Cascade console your prime survivability measure will be keeping your shields up, not repairing your hull.
Keep the Hazard emitters, you'll need them to clear plasma fire and borg assimilation.
For tac, do you really want to insist on so many Torpedo/Mine skills? You're mounting cannons, not trying to run a torp boat. Either get a second CRF or add Scatter Volley somewhere there. Do these things by replacing the DPB and THY. Think about replacing APB with AP Omega to boost your maneuverability and get you out of Borg tractors.