How many times do you have to watch your ship explode before this Mission ceases to be enjoyable?
As a Tactical Officer, I had understood that my ship would be fairly tough. However, the Heavy Plasma Torpedoes just slice effortlessly through my shields and the ship explodes - again and again and again ......
How are we supposed to complete the Mission?
I am a Captain 30, my ship is similar to the Defiant and the enemy is a Reman D'Deridex.
Evidently Worf is a much better Captain than me.
The Mission is supposed to be for a Captain 30. Am I supposed to go away and explore some uncharted systems to gain a few more levels?
How can I get shields that can resist Plasma Topedoes?
D'Deridexes are a pain in the rear, particularly at lower levels. The number one tip I can give you: Get polarized hull I. Activate it when he kicks the tractor beam on, because I've found that almost always is when he fires several Heavy Plasmas in a row.
I'm afraid your ship isn't that tough defensively - Escorts are probably the most fragile; they make it up in being the most damaging.
Trying to attack the sides might also help. If all else fails, ask a friend to do the mission with you (make sure you're the team leader and he balances his level with yours)
Don't stay in the forward arc, stay to the D'Deridex's flanks, then he has no tractor beam, no plasma torpedoes.
What the above poster said, Polarize Hull and also Attack Pattern Omega are also really helpful for getting out of the tractor beams, and thats really when the trouble starts, because once you are tractored, the torpedoes come a 'flyin.
also try and avoid using fire at will (if you have it on a boff) until he fires the heavy torps. be careful here cos he often fires of a single to fool you and then the next cycle (while your faw is still in cooldown) throws out the 5 in a row that are killers.
So I suppose I need an Engineering Officer to be stronger?
Generally speaking, ship type determines more than captain type in regards to overall tanking. Cruisers are fantastic at tanking, Escorts have a really hard time, and sci can tank well if they want, or they can load up with utility spells.
That said, Engineering captains are better at tanking than non-engineering captains flying the same ship, no matter what type of ship. Tactical captains are better at doing damage than non-tactical captains flying the same ship, and sci...uh...gets subnucleonic beam.