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# 11
08-15-2011, 06:31 AM
I manually balance my shields, as Distribute is set on "8" for me. But then I've got a razer naga. Every number in the game is at my right thumb. Don't need no fancy keybinds here! Get Imba
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# 12
08-15-2011, 06:40 AM
Used to use that keybind, now I just use a side mouse button. Gives me more control, and often times less stuff bound to a single key seems to work better.
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# 13
08-15-2011, 06:54 AM
There's BigRed, laying the knowledge smack down again. I've actually seen this a lot, almost as if people now don't realize that you can direct shield power without the use of Tactical Team.

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Originally Posted by hurleybird View Post
Used to use that keybind, now I just use a side mouse button. Gives me more control, and often times less stuff bound to a single key seems to work better.
I've actually been wondering about this myself. I have 2 fore weapons, 1 aft weapon (sometimes a second), and redistribute shields bound to my space bar. That's five things to activate in addition to my usual ability activation through the number pad. Maybe I'm UI lagging myself into a weaker state.
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# 14
08-15-2011, 06:58 AM
A single spacebar hit will fire weapons, distribute shields, and activate one additional power consistently. Anything above that requires additional hits. The biggest advantage of the spacebar over the naga (which I also have,) is when you also tie two copies of EPTS to it. That allows you to constantly trigger the one that's up without having to choose a button.
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# 15
08-15-2011, 09:12 AM
Thanks BRJ, I'll try to put this on all my characters. I've heard about this before, but coding is beyond me, so I never had the line to enter in order to get this. It doesn't mess with TT, right? I try to do this manually, or focus on the front or aft shield, but there's so much to do in a fight, that I have trouble doing it as much as I need to. Plus, it is such a slow process, that TT becomes a crutch with its fast redistribution.

Heh, tying my two EPtS's would be great too. Manually chaining that, my two TTs, and two CRFs is hard enough for my old brain.
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# 16
08-15-2011, 09:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Mavairo
I manually balance my shields, as Distribute is set on "8" for me. But then I've got a razer naga. Every number in the game is at my right thumb. Don't need no fancy keybinds here! Get Imba
I am running a G-15 and I have it spamming the hell out of Redistro but it is no where near as fast as TT. TT with EPTS is almost a instantous shield regen, my G15 with EPtS it takes a second or 2 to do the same.
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# 17
08-15-2011, 09:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Cattivo80 View Post
Thanks BRJ, I'll try to put this on all my characters. I've heard about this before, but coding is beyond me, so I never had the line to enter in order to get this. It doesn't mess with TT, right? I try to do this manually, or focus on the front or aft shield, but there's so much to do in a fight, that I have trouble doing it as much as I need to. Plus, it is such a slow process, that TT becomes a crutch with its fast redistribution.

Heh, tying my two EPtS's would be great too. Manually chaining that, my two TTs, and two CRFs is hard enough for my old brain.
I actually find that using Distribute Shields in combination with TT actually makes TT more efficient, particularly if you have Shield heals getting popped on you (or by you) during the duration of TT. TT will actually fill a shield facing to capacity, if the volume of incoming fire is sufficient, thus, re-distributing some of that facing back to the other 3 facings helps either 'natural' regeneration or HoT's (like, and especially, TSS) to maximize their output.

As 'ppumaht' mentioned earlier, manually distributing to a single facing is slightly more efficient for re-supplying that 'particular' facing, but, for many players, simply keeping Distribute running constantly is a vast improvement in survivability, as opposed to no re-distribution at all (which, sadly, is an all too common sight among new PvP-ers, most of whom simply were unaware that the ability to balance Shields even exists... If only there were a Manual of some kind... *sigh* )

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# 18
08-15-2011, 09:43 AM
There seems to be some debate over whether TT affects balancing...I can't say I've noticed TBH. I have 2xTT and balance bound to space, and it seems to work fine.

@SteveHale

You def want to have as few as possible. In the old days I have a whole messy buncha things bound to space on my escort, (2xTT, 2xAPB, 2xEPTS, Fire all weapons, balance shields, Fleet support and....well that might be about it) and discovered there were many occasions during the cycle where I had to hit space 3 times before a weapon would fire (note: I don't use autofire on my escort, so I have to press to fire) which was a major pain in the ***. As such I severely truncated my binds.

I started with just distribute and fire, but have since worked up to 2xEPTS and 2xTT and it still seems to work fine with no delays in firing. I will not be adding any more though.

My star cruiser spacebar bind though...massive, lol. I have to habitually start using it long before I see any enemies to ensure the cycle is maintained.

Re: distributing "manually". I just don't have enough hands. For a brief period I experimented with binding re-distribute shields forward on the spacebar (with fire), being in an escort I am generally trying to face my opponent. It was really good for keeping my fore shields nice and strong, however I soon discovered it just isn't worth the exposed bottom, which other escorts just LOVE to exploit.

I tend to fly with mostly my mouse, although I do also use WASD, especially in close in dog fights, and my other hand does the powers via the keyboard. I simply don't have enough hands to distribute in the specific direction of fire, despite it being far more effective than an overall distribute.
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# 19
08-15-2011, 09:44 AM
Edit: Corrected keybind that failed to copy a '+' symbol when I copied it in from my phone (interestingly enough, later, when I copied from my desktop, it worked fine... Odd, so-called 'smart' phones... LOL)

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# 20
08-16-2011, 08:42 AM
I tried it last night on the SciBoP I'm leveling, and I liked it until I realized it eliminated my torpedo bind for spacebar. I know most people only tie their energy weapons to spacebar, but I tie the torps as well, because on my alpha strikes, the shields are usually gone in the first pass if the attack is successful, allowing the torps to hit bare hull. Putting torps on alt or crtl would make me forget occasionally. So, I had to get rid of the distribute bind in order to keep spacebar as "fire all weapons."
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