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Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 1,005
# 116
02-10-2013, 09:22 PM
Even against stationary targets, the more powerful cannons will do more damage, faster.

That ESTF guide says that the beam build is unorthodox, and works best to support a good team of escorts by applying Attack Pattern Beta to multiple targets. It also says it's for the Patrol Escort (then called a Fleet Escort, before the Fleet system was released in Season 6), not the Advanced Escort.

If you're basically starting over again with Escorts, and running PUGs instead of regular groups with friends, I would highly advise going with a more typical setup of cannons and turrets.

This setup from that guide is a very good starting point:
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Advanced Escort or MVAM Escort

Forward Weapons: 3x Dual Heavy Cannons (same type), 1x Quantum Torpedo
Rear Weapons: 3x Turrets (same type as front cannons)

Engineering Consoles: EPS console (+ Power recovery) OR Electroceramic Hull Plating (+plasma resist, good for Borg) , Neutronium Alloy (For general damage resist)
Science Consoles: Assimilated Module (Borg Console), Biofunction Monitor (Crew Regen), Field Generator (Or Grappler OR Impulse Capacitance Cell OR MVAM Console)
Tactical Consoles: 3x of the Energy Weapon type you are using (Ex. Phaser Relay, Plasma Infuser, etc.), 1x Zero Point Quantum Chamber (for Quantum Torpedoes)

Devices: Subspace Field Modulator (defensive buff, similar to Brace for Impact) plus one of the Following - Red Matter Capacitor, Rechargeable Shield Battery, Scorpion Fighters, or Shield batteries

Bridge Officer Skills (Advanced Escort) -

Commander Tactical: Tactical Team 1, Torpedo Spread 2, Canon Scatter Volley 2, Attack pattern Omega 3 (Or Beta 3)
Lt. Commander Tactical: Tactical Team 1, Torpedo Spread 2, Cannon Scatter Volley 2
Lt. Science: Transfer Shield Strength 1, Hazard Emitters 2
Lt. Engineering: Emergency Power to Shields 1, Reverse Shield Polarity 1
Ensign Science: Tractor Beam

Bridge Officer Skills (MVAM Escort) -

Commander Tactical: Tactical Team 1, Torpedo Spread 2, Canon Scatter Volley 2, Attack pattern Omega 3 (Or Beta 3)
Lt. Tactical: Tactical Team 1, Canon Scatter Volley 1
Lt. Commander Science: Transfer Shield Strength 1, Hazard Emitters 2, Gravity Well 1
Lt. Engineering: Emergency Power to Shields 1, Reverse Shield Polarity 1 (OR Emergency Power to Shields 2)
Ensign Tactical: Torpedo Spread 1