AoE shouldn't be stronger against a single target than single target skills.
If you're seeing it from other people, there's more likely more going on than just the one skill.
For example, when fighting a single probe, I'm probably not going to blow a lot of abilities on it. Just Rapid Fire, and maybe a high yield torpedo maybe. But when I'm faced with an AoE group, I'm much more likely to use Attack Pattern Alpha, and other general damage boosting skills at the same time.
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