I'm PvP PuGer and I was flying a beamer - advanced escort with 3 DBB front, 3 BA rear + a quantum torp in the front. Usually ended on 1st or 2nd place with DMG and almost always as 1st in term of kills. Sure, maybe because Im PuGer and not OPvP player and just had big amount of luck, but still beams can be a viable option for PvP.
I deleted my old characters and now trying a sciscort. With beams of course