bug ship v fleet patrol escort
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Join Date: Oct 2012
02-05-2013, 10:54 PM
the bug ship is not op,
It takes a clever person to build a effective bug ship boff layout and console layout, due to the ship having such a lack-luster boff layout.
It takes a very good pilot to make the bug ship competitive in pvp due to the ships mediocre turn, hull, and shields.
The bug ship is one of the most expensive vessels in STO, and for all of that rarity it performs not good enough in pvp to justify its cost.
In fact, the bug ships been in need of some love for some time now.
Ramping up the Jem-set (shield, deflector, engine) to mk12 so now bug pilots can use the semi-helpful "victory is life" is a start, but far from being a game changer.
Releasing phased/polaron dual heavys helps a little bit too, but still theres no guarantee that the polaron or phaser proc will even work on every shot fired, and thats not fair.
The new Jem-only consoles do not provide enough bonuses for pvp for bug ships to justify the cost of getting 2 additional jem-ships, both very expensive in their own respects. Why cryptic is trying to get the bug pilot player base to acquire these 2 other jem-ships for the 2pcs console set for their bugs is completely unknown, as it does not benefit them enough in pvp.
As to the bug as a ship in pvp,
The hull and shield rating is to low on a bug ship for it to survive in pvp, it needs constant healing from fellow players in pvp matches to even stay around for more than a couple seconds, cryptic needs to increase its base shield rating and hull to make up for this deficit so the bug ship can be competitive with the fleet version escorts in pvp.
The turn rate on the bug ship is a hair better than the defiant, but it is still not enough turn.
The bug ship needs a higher turn in order for it to even be a choice for pvp combat as even the best bug pilots struggle to gain positioning against even the most pathetic of opponents during pvp matches.
Over all, all those that fly bug ships are superior pilots in every way as they have so little to work with in regards to the bug ship.
The bug ship is always a fair opponent to go up against when comparing it to other escorts due to the bug ships poor stats, why other players don't respect the skills of bug ship pilots just shows how little they know about the mechanics of the game.
We all know that the bug ship needs more help, the new 2 pcs consoles, synergy weapons, and jem-engine/deflector/shields set- is a start, but the ship needs more.
The bug ship just needs more hull, shields, crew, and turn to be competitive in pvp.
other possible fixes cryptic could do to the bug ship to make it a viable choice for pvp could be:
-make all ship-specific consoles ALWAYS work on a bug ship
-add a universal commander boff slot, so the bug ship could have 6 boff slots
-add a 6th tac console slot, so the bug ship can make up for its lack of dps
-add a enhanced battle cloak to the bug
-add a phaser lance to the bug
on a final side note:
Also, people need to respect the awesome skillz it takes to fly a bug ship at the top levels of pvp. It takes macros, changing items mid-match, using insane amounts of teamwork, and coordination via voice programs such as TS or Vent to even get 1 kill in a pvp pug match.
The elite player base that fly bugs and get a few kills in pvp..... what people don't understand is..... (
starts to cry
) it took those guys YEARS of playing this game! amassing vast amounts of knowledge of the game mechanics, to even remotely make a competitive pvp bug ship! I mean, no one can just simply get one and simply add a cookie cutter tac/scort build to it, and expect to do good in pvp