As the title says I am a VA tac officer looking for some suggestions. Since I began I have mainly stuck to cruiser class ships, with the occasional foray into escort-dom.
I am currently flying, and have been for a long time, you guessed it the Excelsior.
What I am asking is which of the escorts are better, survivability seems to be a big problem on them and I was wondering if people could advise on which of the stock ones are good for what and if I was to buy Prom or Def which would be better?
I play alot of PvP (not a hardcore PvP-er) and from experience the escorts are the first to go boom usually. I have decided I want to make use of all my offence capabilities.
Even on my Klink char I have not used the BoP, only the cruisers, so looking for advice on which escort would be a good build for me to work on for my Fed.
I am mainly looking for that super knock out alpha attack punch that I see people do with escorts.... (although I am interested to know what tact skills apart from tac team, people use for survivability?)
For defense, EPtS is a must have or TSS for the resists it gives your shields. For a heal go with AUXtSIF, again for the resists. PH will give a hull resist and will break tractor beams which slow you down.
For offence Attack patterns Beta or Delta (and/or omeaga). The key to a good alpha strike is having all your attack buffs up when you are at the effective range for your weapons and the the enemy has no or few defenses available.
It takes practice and timing.
As to the escorts I don't know that much about the FED side as a player(yet). And the team supporting the escort is what makes them shine or fail.
But facing them in my Raptor I have found that the Defiant retro a tough opponent in the hands of a good pilot.
I use the defiant retrofit in PvP for my Tac toon so most of my survivability options are somewhat limited without good team support. Otherwise if your lone wolfing it, strategy is whats going to keep you in one piece. Hit and run, bob and weave. I use x2 tac team one, EPtS, RSP, attack pattern Omega 2 and Delta 1. Science team 1 gives me a decent shield boost and Hazard emitters do a good job of geating scratches off my hull. Shield batteries come in handy too :-D
I tried pvp with my escort yesterday and got pummelled in the first game. I see what you mean about escorts needing a good team to go with them. I had 3 cruisers and a sci and none of them were working together so essentially it was everyone for themself.
Also being used to usually winning pvp its a bit disheartening to keep getting blown up again and again.
But hey ho, that hows we learn. I need to find ways to increase my survivability.....
If your lone wolfing it in PvP cloak up and pick your fights. Run like hell if you need to or stay and play and take your chances. Most good escort pilots flying on their own will hit hard with a good alpha strike and then run like hell, and cloak up for another pass or hunt down targets of opportunity. Its what makes flying the Def-R so much fun :-D