reason: the pets make quite the difference. tacklers, flankers, shield buffer, all at your disposal, depends on the situation. and they intercept plasma torps.
and the torp console makes lot of fun, especially on mirror event.
just calculate the raw damage numbers involving the skills and 2 photon consoles. its just plain huge chunk of numbers.
imo the best ship a fed can get (aside of box ships).
MVAE is just "meh". 2 dumb pets, doing nothing special nor useful.
TER aside of being famous on TV really nothing special. can be good in pvp to deliver a surprise and feel yourself being like a klingon.