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At 1st I was sweating the 5 foward weapon slotted Escorts till I saw that that they only have 2 Aft weapons and are not has maneuverable has the BOP

What good will having 5 weapon slots up front do if your're always being hit in the back

If only the KFD had a vessel that could debuff while Cloaked
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# 2
02-20-2013, 07:31 AM
Well....

I agree with you -- let me state that up front. The Andorian Escorts are -- to some degree -- a paper tiger. Overall, I think that the Jem'Hedar Attack Ship (the "Bug" ship) still has the edge..and to some degree, the BoP may have an advantage given the cloaked alpha strike. I came to this conclusion based on two factors:

1. The bridge officer layout. For the Andorian tac version, there are only three slots available for survivability skills. For the Engineer and Sci versions of the escorts, there are five potential survivability slots. None of the non-tac slots are above Lieutenant level.

2. Consoles -- in order to gain the special set bonuses, a pilot will have to sacrifice three console slots -- that only leaves seven for the basics...to include the tac slots to boost damage. This will limit things like shield strength and turn radius, amongst others.

On the other hand...it is wise to be cautious. There are a few tidbits that I think could be dangerous in the right situations...like the fact that the three-set bonus -- "Wing Cannon Synergy" -- allows the deployed cannon platforms to benefit from specific player skill sets, such as cannon rapid fire, scatter volley, etc. That is something even carrier pilots cannot do with thier fighter wings, and it represents a potentially significant increase in burst damage capability. Also consider that the Wing Cannon Console essentially adds two more forward-firing weapons to this ship, increasing the number of forward-firing weapons to seven. I sort of doubt that the wing cannon platforms do as much damage as normal weapons...but together they may be able to add enough dps to make a difference.

The key to piloting this craft will be to kill anything you face as quickly as possible, because although it can dish out damage...it certainly can't take any...if it does not kill on the first strike, then it is probably dead.

Luckily, it has no cloak.
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# 3
02-20-2013, 07:36 AM
Happens all the time. I wouldn't worry about them.

When was the last time you saw a vesta?
People buy them, play with them a few weeks and dry dock them.
Gives cryptic money. Meh
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# 4
02-20-2013, 07:38 AM
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Originally Posted by ztempest View Post
I sort of doubt that the wing cannon platforms do as much damage as normal weapons...but together they may be able to add enough dps to make a difference.
It's already been confirmed by a dev that they do not do as much damage as a normal weapon. The gimmick will be a fun trick to goof around with, but in a pvp setting it's not likely to get used.
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# 5
02-20-2013, 07:39 AM
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When was the last time you saw a vesta?
I run into Vestas a lot in STF PUGs. The last one I saw was yesterday.
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# 6
02-20-2013, 07:41 AM
Been posting this around forums as what it'll be like in game watching Andorian Escorts. I believe it's accurate.
KDF Future with Cryptic. Fact.

What Cryptic should consider before releasing anything.
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# 7
02-20-2013, 07:42 AM
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I run into Vestas a lot in STF PUGs. The last one I saw was yesterday.
Seriously? I am on everyday for hours and haven't seen a vesta since the week they came out. I see the chimera and oddy all the time.
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# 8
02-20-2013, 10:54 AM
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Originally Posted by errab View Post
What good will having 5 weapon slots up front do if your're always being hit in the back
They could always put a turret on the front

I'm expecting a fair few of the 3-tac-seats versions will run with:

3 DHCs
1 Torp launcher
1 Turret up front
2 Turrets at the back

And tac BOffs of:
TT1, CRF1, APO1, CRF 3
TT1, CSV1, TS3
THY1, APB1
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# 9
02-20-2013, 02:55 PM
The Vestas are not the popular one that is for sure. I rarely see them in use. I see lot more of the other ships instead. So their "newness" wore off quick. Just like the new 3rd Anniversary ships. I'm seeing a decline in those as well. Mostly on the KDF one. I still see a few Ambassadors in use.

These new ships will be nice, you will see them. Then they will decline as others go back to a ship they usually favor more.
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# 10
02-20-2013, 09:07 PM
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Seriously? I am on everyday for hours and haven't seen a vesta since the week they came out. I see the chimera and oddy all the time.
Hmmmm, I'm trying to remember an STF in the past week that DIDN'T have an Oddy in it. Heh. I see the Chimera a fair bit too. But yeah, I've been grouped up with Vestas pretty recently. They stick out since for me they're very new you know? I was on a break when they were introduced.
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