My impression from emojoe's test I could observe yesterday was that the Nebula's tachyon detection grid, or the T3 Nebula's Tachyon Detection Field console (of which several could be used on a team), coupled with one or two copies of Charged Particle Burst, would be a sufficient counter for "never decloak due to Romulan Boffs" B'rels. They would, finally, be good for something.
The brel is good for something... its simply not a low skill ship. It doesn't need handicap boffs to make it a ship for the masses. As others have said... it won't drive new fed cloak detetor buidls... it will simply kill fvk completely.
Because either there is a boobula around and the brel is rendered useless for the masses that don't know what to do with one... or there isn't one around and all the feds just warp out... either way it would be a very bad mechanic. Don't you agree ?
When the messenger comes to appropriate your profits ... kill the messenger.
Off topic a bit, does anyone know what if any impact the Boffs have on MEF/MES?
I only tried it with MEF, but the tooltip says it gives me more stealth then it did before without the superior subterfuge boff I am using. I don't remember the exact numbers, but the ability is functioning a lot better, it actually keeps me cloaked while within 3k of most players and NPCs where before it wouldn't.
You can just park in place and release endless barrages of romulan torps and other torps and there is simply nothing the borg can do about it, where as before the 2 second reveal would allow them to kill you sometimes.