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# 9
02-02-2013, 10:41 AM
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Originally Posted by inktomi19 View Post
The basic problem with cruisers, the one which is not compensated by their engineering emphasis, is that beams are underpowered. The exact problem is debatable -- maybe it's a lack of a beam equivalent to CRF, or maybe beams drain too much power, or maybe it's some combination of factors, but ships which rely on beams can't output acceptable damage. Or maybe the problem is just that beams are the only weapon with a wide enough arc to be used by cruisers -- maybe if some torpedoes had wider arcs that could give cruisers the extra punch they need.

But the part which is lacking is firepower, and it's lacking whether you compare them to escorts or not.
Beam arrays themselves are ok (note the word of choice) I don't think their boff skills have problems, a properly used FAW is a very powerful tool and in some cases can be as powerful as CRF for cannons. An adjustment to their drain mechanics would make them good weapons the other problems that has really highlighted their weaknesses is the escorts newly increased capacity to do damage (new consoles etc) and the escorts ability to shrug off damage, fix/compensate for these and beam arrays will be a viable option once more.
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