New ship advice
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Join Date: Sep 2012
02-04-2013, 07:19 AM
I don't have a Multi-Vector Advanced Escort, and none of the friends I usually play with do. So I can't comment on that.
Regarding the Heavy Escort Carrier and Vesta Pack - a hangar slot is always a good thing, and there's really no drawback. In a way, the gameplay is probably similar, since both would be relatively fast-turning ships probably using a dual heavy cannon loadout, and with fighter/shuttle pets.
The Vesta is interesting. The fact you can slot three Aux Dual Heavy Cannons in the front is nice, having them run off Aux power instead of Weapon power makes energy management a lot easier in a Vesta. It plays a lot like a Science/Escort hybrid if you do this, and many people do. A real Escort will still do more damage, but it's a lot of teeth for a science ship. I'm not really convinced it's worth paying for the Vesta Pack, though.
Yeah, I got it, but I also have a lifetime STO subscription and had a hell of a lot of C-store stipend banked.
I don't actually have a Heavy Escort Carrier, but a friend uses the Armitage on one of his VAs, and we've compared it, talked about it some.