another method me and my friends have learned to use is the the science boff jam sensor, not scramble sensor. this way those that had the jam sensor would use it on the hardest hitting enemy ship and itll be forced to find a new target. so in a way its almost like an agro reduction for yourself instead of agro holding.. but the multiple tab targetting and firing method does seem to work in drawing all attention to you most of the time.
Get aggro from the group, the focus target is the problem for us escort, we need to focus it down before anyone from us gets down, you just need to hold the whole group -1.
I`m not sure, but F@W seems to do double damage per shot now, and i had it hitting up to three targets at once, so it seems a good thing to say "hello" after the enemy is in range, but i only tested it a few times, maybe luck. Anyone knows of Beamoverload is now?