Tactical Officer Can't Choose a Ship!
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Join Date: Jun 2012
02-06-2013, 07:17 AM
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Then .Why even bother using the Borg Assimulated Regerative Shield as it is Regen not Resilant?
Looking at shields on an individual basis, all the other set shields beat out on the Borg shields. The Borg shield is only to be considered if you already have the Borg Deflector and Engines. If you do, then it's not simply a choice between (for example) the MACO shield or the Borg shield, but a choice between the MACO shield or the Borg shield
and the 3-piece set bonus
On my JHEC the difference between the MACO and Borg shield is 1.4k per facing. The MACO also have an extra 15% resistance to Plasma compared to the Borg shield, and 5% less Bleedthrough. The Borg 3-piece bonus however has a 10% chance to trigger when you take damage while a shield facing is below 20%, which reliably procs. That clears Hazard debuffs and applies a fairly large shield regen bonus which brings the shields up quickly.
In essence, the MACO shield protects better while it's up but will go down under prolonged fire, while the Borg shield with the set bonus stays up under prolonged fire due to its recovery mechanism.
The last few times I've died in eSTFs with Borg shields it's been due to spikes of 50k kinetic damage. An extra 1.4k shields and 2500 less bleed through won't really have made that huge a difference. On the other hand, the last few times I've died in eSTFs with the MACO shield have actually come from sustained group fire where my shields are worn away and then they start tearing up my hull.
If you're not PvPing (where you will face big damage spikes), you don't have good shield recovery abilities (such as a Science ship with a 1.35 shield modifier and Transfer Shield Strength 3), and your hull is tough enough to be able to take one or two hits while shields are down, the 3-piece Borg set does better than the MACO. If your hull can't afford to take a few hits, you want the MACO so that it'll stay up longer. Once it drops though, unless you have good, solid ways to bring it back up you're pretty much done.
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