I'm not gonna lie, but I like flying escorts as they are unmatched in damage potential, but if you use an escort, please stay out of Crystalline Catastrophe Elite (CCE). I have gotten really frustrated with escort flyers since the super-buff of CCE. They get in, kill the tholians, start attacking the CE , die three or four times, and leave.
The problem is, in every other STF, escorts are great because they just outkill enemies before they kill them, but that doesn't work for the CE. Now, could an escort with a total AP resist and survival build hold their own? Yea sure, but there are very, very few players who do. The fact is, in order to be effective in CCE, you need to be alive to shoot it.
So Escorts, I still enjoy playing with you, but please stay out of CCE.
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Actually, if people went in and had some vague clue what to do or take advice from those who do without pitching a SWOTOR-caliber fit or just ragequitting, that would make it a lot easier no matter what you flew.
I've taken my Caitian in his temporal destroyer and my alien tac in her defiant and managed to not only live but contribute significantly to the effort. It's not the ship it's the person flying it.
Baloney. When I do CCE in my heavy escort carrier, I equip a cheapo blue-quality Delta Flyer hangar and set them to attack my target. They nail the Entity with a tachyon beam every few seconds. If you don't understand why that matters, I'm not going to explain it to you.