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Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 1,113
# 14
01-09-2013, 05:33 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...
Well, with the upgrade announcement leaving NX and Connie fans in the dust again, can we restart / revisit the T5 Connie and NX threads - since they will no longer be "truly" endgame ships... (after we get the T5 versions, it'll be time to see them added to the T5U upgrade charts too...