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Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 897
# 14
01-09-2013, 04:33 AM
Granted, I've only flown the normal, but I've done it in my Recluse and I swear, a carrier is a godsend for the mission, assuming that the rest of the team is "properly constructed"...

My tactics, normal-tested but applicable to an elite:

Phase 1 - and the big key why the team needs to be balanced, is that I follow the "tried and true STF rule" of not using my fighters. They can, and will, aggro everything unless you have a puller pulling the targets 5+km away before the fighters engage... You'll need 2-3 DPS-scorts to mow everything down in the 10 minutes... Reason I call it the "tried and true STF Rule" is that it's recommended to not use them if playing a 10% strategy - same applies here...
Phase 2 - start spamming fighters on intercept. In this mode, they're geared to take on the "weakest" target in range, and that tends to be the plasma-ball of doom. Works best if escorts focus on probe-spam then pegging target. Carrier flies (as recommended) within 2 km of the target unimatrix (well within the "safe" zone of both unimatrixes hyper-lance) and lays suppressive fire on the unimatrix. Be ready with maximum hull healing for times you're caught in the spreads...
Phase 3 - Carriers will remain in "red alert" mode if they deploy fighters, and a carrier can deploy within 15km of a locked-on target... slap on "attack my target", keep queen in sights, stay away from the rest of the squad, and maintain extreme (8+km) range. In case of party-wipe, shift to engines/aux, get 10.1km+ but not more than 14km out of dodge, and start stagger-launching your squadrons every 1/2 cooldown so that you remain in red alert mode, completely outside the queen's combat zone but you should maintain a steady stream of fighters to occupy the queen's attentions. I know my recluse has a 21 second widow cooldown at baseline 60-ish aux, so launching every 10.5 seconds will definitely maintain red-alert status for me while the team awaits it's respawn timers...

Second thought - mix polaron (drain) and tetryon weapons, queen uses a lot of "manual rebalancing", by stripping non-facing shields through tets this helps offset her ability to abuse this, I've flown normals with my tetryon-recluse and a buddy in a tetryon-armitage and the two of us typically proc enough to quickly redline all her shields and keep up with her insane regeneration...
50: S'Leth/Eurthyr/S. Dareau/Ardrian/Krudge/Annlova Not: Jadja
Still at it. CBS "restrictions" fell by wayside with freebie Breen. Time to re-examine ENT and ToS at tier 5, repurpose the Connie into Sci and rebuild an Akira escort into the "NX". 6 "eras", spread evenly over all the classes...