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Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 68
# 15
01-02-2013, 05:34 AM
Another really hard counter (but more likely situational) to tractor beams is Photonic Shockwave. The shockwave's disable interrupts abilities that have wind-up or tick-over-time, such as the (assimilated) tractor beam, tachyon beam, and Donatra's Biogenic Charge attack.
I haven't had enough experience to see what other abilities it interrupts, as I'm sure there are more things it can hamper. Still, even when an escort is shut down for a couple of seconds due to the shockwave is reason enough to use it.

The HUGE downsides are that it has a 3km radius, meaning you have to push towards the beamer, and that it requires a minimum of a Lt-Com Sci slot
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