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Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 3,025
# 4
02-05-2013, 04:00 PM
It isn't needed, but if you handle things right it can be incredibly useful. I know my fleetmates prefer I bring my Odyssey than another escort when doing fleet STF runs, because I'm can make their work much easier by tanking all the aggro I can and throwing out heals for anything I miss (plus I'm meh as an escort pilot). It lets everyone else simply float there undisturbed as they tear everything up. You need to be more than JUST a healer though; either a cruiser with tanking ability, or a science ship with crowd-control abilities, because otherwise you won't be able to contribute much when your heals are on cooldown.

Example Ambassador
Weapons: 6 Beam Arrays + 2 torpedoes or 6 Beam Arrays + 2 Dual Beam Banks

Cmdr Eng
Engineering Team 1, Emergency To Shields 2, Extend Shields 2, Aux To Structural 3
Lt Eng
Emergency To Weapons 1, Reverse Shield Polarity 1
LtCmdr Sci
Polarize Hull 1, Hazard Emitters 2, Transfer Shield Strength 3
Lt Tac
Tactical Team 1, Attack Pattern Beta 1
Ensign Tac
Fire At Will 1

Doffs
2-3 Purple Damage Control Officers

Watch who big targets like Borg Tac Cubes or Donatra are targeting and keep Extend Shields on them as much as possible. Throw out Aux2Struc and TSS when needed under fire, HE and ET in reserve (but don't be stingy). Use your target-teammate hotkeys (F2, F3, F4, F5) to rapidly locate them instead of manually locating and clicking. FAW + APB will mark multiple targets at once, setting them up for easier teammate kills and hopefully pulling aggro to switch to you even if just for a few seconds. The Damage Control Officers are expensive but will reduce Emergency-To cooldowns enough to keep both abilities always-in 90% of the time and give you tanking ability and some beam-broadside-bite. Alternately you can use an AuxToBattery build, which is a little trickier to use (gotta keep your timing right) but very powerful if you go with it. Finally, PH keeps you out of tractor locks, and RSP is a last-resort 'oh crap' button.

I'm not claiming this to be The One True Build or anything, but its solid and easy to use.