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# 21
04-03-2012, 04:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Cosmic_One View Post
Many of the T2 ships are quite good. I have an alt that still uses his Exeter at VA. I believe Grand.Nagas also used has an alt that uses the Exeter. The thing about STO is that in PvE you can be quite effective even without all the extra BOFF abilities a T5 ship normally grants you. In Normal mode and with autofire on I can practically sleep though combats even when using my T2 Exeter.

Plus I've grown bored with the T4 choices (Galaxy, Defiant, Intrepid) and will often use a T2 or T3 ship for the Captain Rank just to add some variety. One thing I really think STO needs is more ship choices rather then just skins at the early levels.
Defnitely agree, particularly with your comment pertaining to variety. That was one of the interesting aspects of pulling my Nova-refit out of mothballs - I was correct in my assumption that I'd be the only Nova-class ship participating amongst a fleet of Odysseys/Dreadnoughts/Starcruisers/Defiants etc; and that (in my opinion) made in all the more interesting and, frankly, enjoyable.

Certainly, I don't really like making compairisons to the TV series, but in the series/movies Starfleet sent every available ship to deal with emergencies, not a fleet of a particular type.
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# 22
04-03-2012, 12:29 PM
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Originally Posted by reyan01
Defnitely agree, particularly with your comment pertaining to variety. That was one of the interesting aspects of pulling my Nova-refit out of mothballs - I was correct in my assumption that I'd be the only Nova-class ship participating amongst a fleet of Odysseys/Dreadnoughts/Starcruisers/Defiants etc; and that (in my opinion) made in all the more interesting and, frankly, enjoyable.

Certainly, I don't really like making compairisons to the TV series, but in the series/movies Starfleet sent every available ship to deal with emergencies, not a fleet of a particular type.
Oh definitely, I remember doing the same thing in my Nova a while back and leaving a B'rel at less than 50% hull in a one-on-one fight across Kerrat before having to retreat. Later I even embarassed my fleet commander by taking out his shiny new BoP with a Commander flying an Exeter.
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# 23
04-03-2012, 09:14 PM
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I somewhat get the impression that Science is slowly being changed into pure support rather then having a lot of offensive potential with its BOFF abilities - not that its still not powerful in leveling PvE. Now we have aggro-drawing Skills and more supportive Science Vessels. It kind of seems like Cryptic is pushing the game more toward the Trinity. That's just my impression, anyway.
Except this "trinity" doesn't work at all in the game as it currently stands. DPS is king in PvP and PvE. Science ships don't have enough weapon slots, and to get the most out of their woefully underpowered abilities, they have to run low weapons power to boot. Since Cryptic is hell-bent on undercutting all offensive Science abilities, they just can't objectively compete with Escorts and Cruisers.

The only worthwhile shield drain is Charged Particle Burst, and that only works within five kilometers. Tachyon Beam doesn't have an adequate trade-off for being limited in arc. Viral Matrix is useless against everything but Dreadnoughts. Gravity Well's kinetic damage is extremely poor. The list goes on and on.
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