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# 1 Deciding between 2 ships
11-20-2011, 08:23 PM
Hello,

I am Tactical. I'm right now LCM9. First and foremost I don't plan on spending any C-store points.
I am not a pvp player. I am a casual player.
So my end goal for now is between 2 ships: Advance Escort & Assault Cruiser.

Advance escort has:
hull: 30,000
shields: 4,478
Bridge Officers: 2 science, 2 tactical, 1 engineer
Weapons: 4 Front 3 Back
Bonus: weapons +15

Assault Cruiser has:
Hull: 39,000
Shields: 4,975
Bridge officers: 1 science, 2 tactical, 2 engineers
Weapons 4 Front 4 Back
Bonus: power levels +5

Which should I go for? Of course I would put skill points into the right ship/weapons.
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# 2
11-20-2011, 09:18 PM
In a few weeks when the skill revamp on the tribble test server goes live, skilling for the right ship won't be as much of an issue. Anyway, it comes down to your style more than anything.

A tactical officer in a cruiser is a pretty powerful combination. Straight forward, good sustained damage output and decently strong survivability. For casual PVE it's probably the most all-around build, it can fly into pretty much any situation except the Crystalline Entity fleet action, do the same thing it always does, and succeed.

Personally, I fly an advance escort as a tactical captain. It's a damage dealing powerhouse built to dump a lot of damage very quickly so you don't have to survive a fight (though without MVAM not really as much as the Defiant retrofit), and the science station setup leaves you a lot of useful options (personally I run sci team 1, PH1, and HE2 in PVE, which covers pretty much the full gambit of annoying crap). I prefer it even over the C-store version with the LTC science station, though I do use the C-store's MVAM console on it.

Being casual PVE only is a definite vote for the assault cruiser, but the escort is IMO a much more exciting ship to fly. It's got the speed, the firepower, and the cruiser basically just has its bulk.
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# 3
11-21-2011, 09:07 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ricano
Hello,

I am Tactical. I'm right now LCM9. First and foremost I don't plan on spending any C-store points.
I am not a pvp player. I am a casual player.
So my end goal for now is between 2 ships: Advance Escort & Assault Cruiser.

Advance escort has:
hull: 30,000
shields: 4,478
Bridge Officers: 2 science, 2 tactical, 1 engineer
Weapons: 4 Front 3 Back
Bonus: weapons +15

Assault Cruiser has:
Hull: 39,000
Shields: 4,975
Bridge officers: 1 science, 2 tactical, 2 engineers
Weapons 4 Front 4 Back
Bonus: power levels +5

Which should I go for? Of course I would put skill points into the right ship/weapons.
The are both excellent ships. If you are doing pure PvE, I would probably go for the advanced escort. With it you can have Polarized Hull 1, Science Team 1, and Hazard Emmiters 2. That will get rid of and buffs that PvE will through at you. It is fast, manuverable, and has a lot of firepower. The Assault Cruiser will do more damage over time, but they enemy can't hurt you if they are dead :p
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