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Captain
Join Date: Jun 2012
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I'm an Engineer in an escort- Defiant-R for now, Armitage by the end of the month. I enjoy all the endgame content, but I don't PvP. Before season 6 I ran a three piece borg set with the MACO shield. Since season 7 I've been running a full set of MACO Mk XII, although the 3-piece bonus is underwhelming.

Now that I've leveled the reputation system I'm looking at the new space sets. The old Romulan shield looked cool, but I never used it after I got the Aegis set. Is the whole set any good? How about the Reman set? I do use the new cutting beam set (I forget what it's called) and the 3 piece shield power seems to work pretty well.

What would the be best set- or combination of pieces- for an engscort for non-pvp endgame content?
Captain
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# 2
01-05-2013, 02:30 PM
Probably (2) piece omega for Tetryon gliders, and then a Fleet Elite or Maco shield.
Commander
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 278
# 3
01-05-2013, 03:35 PM
What're your thoughts on the borg set? I'm currently working to complete the following:

Assimilated Borg Set
  • Assimilated Subtranswarp Engines
  • Assimilated Deflector Array
  • Assimilated Regenerative Shield Array

Great speed, and fast regenerating shields with hull repair and shield regeneration boosts that kick in fairly reliably, slap a field generator on top and it's dead durable if you have the abilities to back it up. The only real downside to this set is that the appearance change to your ship isn't very elegant; the asymmetrical impulse engine visual annoys me a little, but not enough to ditch the set.

Omega Adapted Borg Technology Set
  • Assimilated Module
  • Kinetic Cutting Beam

The Assimilated Module is pretty much mandatory for every ship with critical chance improvement and bonus damage on critical. The weapon power and hull repair boosts aren't exactly unwelcome either! While I do really like the omega torpedo launcher I'm looking to ditch it for the romulan one, as the 3-piece bonus on this set is just too unreliable to be much use, but the 2-piece bonus is pretty good (bonus weapon power and resistance to weapon power drain).

Romulan Singularity Harness
  • Zero-Point Energy Conduit
  • Romulan Hyper-Plasma Torpedo Launcher
  • Experimental Romulan Plasma Beam

The conduit is another must-have console for even more critical chance bonus power to all systems and a good boost to power insulators in one neat package. The torpedo launcher seems at least as good as the omega one, as it fires torpedoes in strings of three. The beam array, if you're happy with a plasma energy build, is pretty sweet with zero power drain and a damage resistance debuff, plus the 3-piece bonus gives you an extra powerful firing mode, with the 2-piece bonus giving extra plasma damage to all (energy) weapons, and a boost to power transfer.


I think it should be none too shabby with the best benefits of three sets. If you're not doing PvP then there shouldn't be any drawbacks (other than cost) as plasma is fine for PvE and solo play, it's just PvP where a lot of people have plasma resistance thanks to many of the shield options.
Captain
Join Date: Jun 2012
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# 4
01-05-2013, 04:06 PM
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Originally Posted by haravikk View Post
What're your thoughts on the borg set? I'm currently working to complete the following:

Assimilated Borg Set
  • Assimilated Subtranswarp Engines
  • Assimilated Deflector Array
  • Assimilated Regenerative Shield Array

Great speed, and fast regenerating shields with hull repair and shield regeneration boosts that kick in fairly reliably, slap a field generator on top and it's dead durable if you have the abilities to back it up. The only real downside to this set is that the appearance change to your ship isn't very elegant; the asymmetrical impulse engine visual annoys me a little, but not enough to ditch the set.

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you should also mention that the tractor beam that comes with 3 borg set pieces is boosted if you have a target hit by the cutting beam...don't know the exact numbers (vary with skill i guess) but it is 2000 dmg upwards.
there is a "disable visuals" option in the context menu of those items
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Captain
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# 5
01-05-2013, 05:49 PM
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Originally Posted by baudl View Post
you should also mention that the tractor beam that comes with 3 borg set pieces is boosted if you have a target hit by the cutting beam...don't know the exact numbers (vary with skill i guess) but it is 2000 dmg upwards.
I've read that the cutting beam/tractor beam is pretty lethal but has a long cooldown. Other than that is there a benefit to having both borg sets?
Captain
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# 6
01-06-2013, 01:25 AM
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Originally Posted by bohiap View Post
I've read that the cutting beam/tractor beam is pretty lethal but has a long cooldown. Other than that is there a benefit to having both borg sets?
nope, it should be just mentioned since some people might overlook this combination. it's even with the long CD a nice thing to have. And the borg set (the old one) still is a fine set to have.
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Captain
Join Date: Aug 2012
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# 7
01-06-2013, 01:30 AM
I run the full borg set on my VA defiant-R on my engi. And that little ship gets around. Tough, nimble, and overall good. Not as tanky as the full MACO set, but she's got the two passives and the tractor. And yes, the cutting beam + assimilated tractor can do some MAJOR ouchness.

However if you can't get your paws on the borg set, use the omega full set, or the two piece omega with MACO or Adapted KHG shields. And remember to have that copy of EPtS1 lying around.
It is said the best weapon is one that is never fired. I disagree. The best weapon is one you only have to fire... once.
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Captain
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 531
# 8
01-06-2013, 02:09 AM
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Originally Posted by hereticknight085 View Post
I run the full borg set on my VA defiant-R on my engi. And that little ship gets around. Tough, nimble, and overall good. Not as tanky as the full MACO set, but she's got the two passives and the tractor. And yes, the cutting beam + assimilated tractor can do some MAJOR ouchness.

However if you can't get your paws on the borg set, use the omega full set, or the two piece omega with MACO or Adapted KHG shields. And remember to have that copy of EPtS1 lying around.
Now that I think about it I may have the old borg set lying around somewhere. I may give it a shot, or just save up and get the new one. I've got EPtS w/ TT. I run them constantly.
Commander
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 278
# 9
01-06-2013, 05:15 AM
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Originally Posted by bohiap View Post
I've read that the cutting beam/tractor beam is pretty lethal but has a long cooldown. Other than that is there a benefit to having both borg sets?
*facepalms* Didn't think to try the contextual menu, I just expected an icon like on ground gear, thanks!

Yeah the tractor beam takes 4 minutes I think to cooldown, so I have a regular tractor beam as well (with a tractor beam shield drain duty officer), since I find it useful for pinning targets once I have my front cannons to bear. The borg tractor beam does some serious damage, coincidentally I've found it to be one of the best anti-borg tools in PvE since you can use it on nanite transformers and such; it does more damage than a normal tractor beam (it does kinetic damage x25 rather than x20) and the 2,040 extra damage with a cutting beam is just nasty, especially since the cutting beam is no slouch on its own, the two combined can make a torpedo salvo hurt even more than normal.
Career Officer
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 247
# 10
01-07-2013, 03:56 AM
I have said it a million time I will say it a million more times.

You simply cannot out do the borg set. It's like the end all be all of sets. In this game if you do not have to worry about healing as often and genning then you can concentrate on dps and support. Staying alive is the name of the game and the borg set does it the best. The original XI version is good but I want to step up and get the XII version (If only they sold marks in the c store my life would be endlessly easier.) And it flickers like crazy (The skill kicks in) I am always glowing with a green FF and taking no damage to my hull or shield regening. The only problem now is when to kick in my boff skills lol it's a good problem ti have.

Both sets just fit so snugly in my build it's just ridiculous and then with the cutting beam, my god 360 degree firing and works in tandem with skills you should already have maxed and the free tractor beam (Wish cool down wasn't so god awfully long, which i use all the time on big prey that have good survivability nothing sucks more then using this thing for the extra dps only for the enemy to die a second later.) you free your boff skills up to get something more useful.

This set used to be the belle of the ball before they ripped out one of the consoles and put it in her more aggressive twin sister. I guess you can assume one is a a cyber demon and the other techno angel but together they make me do nothing but smile.
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