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# 11
04-08-2013, 05:31 AM
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Originally Posted by benovide View Post
On competitive levels, Disruptor, Antiproton, and Phaser are the three mains. Plasma is decent if your primary focus is via procs.

But overall, Dis, Ap, and Ph, are the three primary energy types. I would heavily recommend staying away from tetryon and polaron. Phased Polaron is half and half.

Fleet weapons are the best to pursue. (Strongest weps in game next to the Quad Phaser Cannons and Quad Disruptor Cannons)

Also, learn when to GTHO, when you make your first attack run, time your abilities vs how long it'll take to complete your attack pass, and click battle cloak. If you don't kill your target in the first pass, you don't want to stick around for the retaliation. A BoP can't survive jack crap.

I've had idiots try and take my in my Dreadnought, Negh'Var, Guramba, it never ends well for them if they don't kill me in the first pass.

Beware of Science Vessels, when a player is playing in a Science Vessel, check his profile to identify if he's a Sci Officer in it, if so, avoid attack that ship in a BoP, he, most likely, will be able to detect before you even get into weapons range. And will be dead before you even decloak.

Watch out for Cruisers running dis/mine/RCS builds.

Even a Dread can turn on a dime. Don't assume because it's slow, that he's not built. I've had more idiots charge my dread thinking they can out run my turn, and then discover they are in the crosshairs of my cannons, flew into a minefield, and get 12 Orion Raiders charging up their *** before they decloak, before their buddy finishes his first pass, and their next buddy blown up after the pass, and the fourth near death.

In a Bird of Prey, you want to use hit and run, it is so vital to know what targets to take on, and what targets to stay the hell away from, and when to GTHO.

I've seen the dumbest things happen from BoP and Escort Players. Don't just charge in like an idiot, everyone will know you'll hit your torps, then high speed cannons, and will buff accordingly, followed by their own debuffs on you, I had an idiot in a B'rel get so close, I just used my assimilated tractor beam and allowed by slavers kill the fool.

Just choose your targets wisely.
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Join Date: Jul 2012
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# 12
04-08-2013, 10:10 AM
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Originally Posted by mindsharp View Post
The most important thing that you can do is learn the buff icons and what they mean. I mean all the little icons that show up under your targets tab mouse over them and it will tell you what they each mean. The best way to learn the icons is to train up some boffs and run each one on yourself until you know it by heart.

Before you even think about attacking someone with a bop you must watch your target and make sure they dont have defensive buffs going. Tac Team, Attack Pattern Omega, Transfer Shield Strength, RSP of course. If any one of these are running then you should NOT attack. As the others have stated you cannot hang around blasting at a hardened target, you will die.

The next thing you want to keep in mind is you can NEVER rush your attack. Wait until all* your damage buffs are ready before you start your run. Use this time to watch your opponents buffs. When you are ready activate ALL your damage buffs starting with the longest running buffs. Attack pattern ALpha, Go Down Fighting, Tac Fleet, then Beam Overload 3, Torp High Yield, then your shorter buffs, Attack Pattern Omega and last Tac team. It is best to have a tractor beam so you can stop your target which gives him a -def rating which will give you 100% chance of hitting with BO3 (mostly). Make sure you have Evasive Maneuvers ready so you can get out of town. You will have to practice the timing but you will be vaping feddy bears in no time.

*you can get away without having Tac Fleet and GDF on softer targets. they have 4-5 min CD so you can fit two alphas in while they are on CD.

And one last note, try to hit your buffs outside of 10km from target or they may hear your buffs activate! Yes that can happen and your target will have Tac team up and waiting for you, if they are alert.

Have fun!
When a target doesn't have Tac Team, it can sometimes be a good way to get an opponent to WASTE his buffs to get within "Audible range" and hit one of the minor ones (say, CRF1 or DEM)-especially in C&H matches-more than one Feddybear has stomped on Evasive when I've done this, and was more than 20K away before he realized I wasn't chasing him, but instead capturing the objective. (the TRUE humour being, he'd just burned up his defensive buffs trying to get away, so he was ez prey for the Raptor that followed him out there before decloaking!) PvP can also incorporate "headgames", and Feds have a healthy fear of the Decloaking Alpha.
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Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 61
# 13
04-08-2013, 02:19 PM
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Originally Posted by patrickngo View Post
When a target doesn't have Tac Team, it can sometimes be a good way to get an opponent to WASTE his buffs to get within "Audible range" and hit one of the minor ones (say, CRF1 or DEM)-especially in C&H matches-more than one Feddybear has stomped on Evasive when I've done this, and was more than 20K away before he realized I wasn't chasing him, but instead capturing the objective. (the TRUE humour being, he'd just burned up his defensive buffs trying to get away, so he was ez prey for the Raptor that followed him out there before decloaking!) PvP can also incorporate "headgames", and Feds have a healthy fear of the Decloaking Alpha.
Agreed, that can be a effective way to set up your attack. But, I would caution you against trying it against a Sci captain, unless you know exactly what skills he carries. You dont want to get hit with a Charged Particle Burst or Sci Scan and get decloaked.
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