Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 11
09-06-2011, 01:06 PM
Red Matter device, not console. It was a pre-order thing.

And escorts with beams kill other escorts in a dogfight, but are pretty weak otherwise - the worst of both worlds: firepower of a cruiser but hull of an escort.
Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 12
09-06-2011, 11:21 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Naevius
Red Matter device, not console. It was a pre-order thing.

And escorts with beams kill other escorts in a dogfight, but are pretty weak otherwise - the worst of both worlds: firepower of a cruiser but hull of an escort.
Not really. You still can have punch as beam escort, but its rather one huge spike (BO+HYT/SPREAD) instead of sustained burst for few seconds.

I was experimenting with my earlier Advanced Escort build. And even tho I was speced for cruisers (-10k hps/-2k shields;-5 speed) I did not feel gimped at all.

Tactical Captain

Dual Beam Bank; Beam Array, 2x Photon launcher
3x Beam Array

The reason for so many photons is that without nadion inversion the beam drain can be too much, so it really doesn't matter if you have 4 beam arrays or 5 beam Arrays. Dual Bank is solely for BO3 for manual spike along with torpedoes.

Tactical Team 1, Fire at Will 2, Attack Pattern Omega 1, Attack Pattern Beta 3
Torpedo: High Yield 1, Torpedo: Spread 2, Beam: Overload 3

Emergency Power to Engines 1, Emergency Power to Shield 2

Science Team 1
Tractor Beam 1; Hazard Emmiters 2

Borg engines
Borg shield
Aegis deflector

+shield power console;+shield hps console
multi vector console, borg console; deflector/halon console
4x phaser console

100/25/50/25 - attack setting
100/50/25/25 - under fire setting

I was satisfied with the performance. I'm just waiting for Lt.cmd engineering escort (AKIRA !!!) to port the build on it.
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