I like what has been said to improve this DSE encounter.
My thoughts of a Borg intercept would be this.
1. 10-20 Federation Ships or Klingon Warbirds
2. No level requirement
3. Borg are brought to scale with the average level of the ships there (meaning AI, adaptive powers, Hull strength.)
4. Borg need to have heartier vessels, shields
5. The command ship be tougher all around, with any surviving Borg vessels attempting to protect it.
6. Get rid of the Destroy 4 groups of enemies that is just too stale. Make it more of the neighborhood of 6-7 groups.
I will update when I get some input. on this idea. Because this nerfing needs to stop. The Borg and the players deserve a REAL Borg invasion and Experience.
My dream is about all the people who don't care at all about their ship builds and think they are cool because they survived the PvE leveling without a problem. Maybe at some point, after the borg shreded their ships to handy pieces often enough, they start thinking about what they could do to improve. Undoubtable the Borg DSEs are harder the lower your level is and its not a problem to fail if there are only 5 Lt. /Lt. Commanders but at some point, maybe at Commander you have enough options to stand a chance with basic teamwork (focus fire on 1 shield facing of this big angry cube, healing your teammates if necessary, ...)
And as others already mentioned: they are the Borg!!! Let them scare me please, would be a nice variation.
Let everyone in - and sure - we are probably going to steam-roller the initial instance. At the point of 3 out of 6 groups being killed, the instance is locked to whomever is there.
....the command ship warps in, with escort of cubes, spheres and probes that is balanced out at the number and level of players in the instance. So - if you have 20 ships - guess what - going to have to wade through a pretty stiff defense of that command ship.
If you only have 5, markedly less.
Do not know if the game engine can handle that choice level..but...who knows. Still and excellent idea Idali.
8 runs with the Borg the first 5 defeats the last three victory, follow the topic about tips for the Borg, main thing is to take the regeneration probes STAT and then attack one side of the big mothership. Victory will be yours my young padawannies