Don't normal fragments hitting a ship heal the entity as well? When I played it that was what people were saying and I'm sure that I saw the entity's health go up in the early stages before the large fragments arrive.
Large Crystalline Fragments will split into Small Crystalline Fragments. It is important to understand two things about this behavior. First, they will not break into Small Crystalline Fragments if shot down so you can prevent this. Secondly, they only split into Small Crystalline Fragments if they hit a ship.
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Nice post overall, but in my experience this part isn't accurate. I personally was being pursued by a Large Crystalline Fragment and to check this very theory (it was going around zone chat while we fought), I fired aft phasers at it and destroyed it. It did not contact me at all, as my hull and shields both stayed at 100%. Upon exploding, four or five Small Fragments made a beeline for the CE and I could not kill them all before a few got back and healed it.
I am suspecting that there is a random chance variable as to when the Large Fragments explode into Small (healing) Fragments.
The only thing that is an absolute certainty when fighting the Crystalline Entity is that a 20-ship PUG fleet will be utterly impossible to manage and will almost always fail because everyone is dead certain they have the solution, when in fact very few do and no one knows who those few are, including themselves.
well most smart ppl will read this take it apply it an get win, what will most of the others do, not read this an goto zone chat an put in all caps how they are right everyone else is wrong an giant amounts of fail will continue with this instance.
Odd escorts go to the left. Even escorts right. Thats 1, 3, 5, 7 LEFT. 2, 4, 6, 8 RIGHT. 7 & 8 are CE shooters.
I got the reference.
It was funny.
But after 45 minutes of orbiting the CE and trying desperately to avoid the fragments, I gave up. It seems to me that when any fragment impacts a ship, the CE heals. A ship can withstand 4-5 impacts before dying, especially the big ones.
That means, every time a player dies in the fight, that's 5% back to the CE. Watch all the little explosions. This fight is too hard, as is.
So killing the fragments isn't exactly counter-intuitive, it's just not being productive. And seeing 4 Admirals in their Star Cruisers wasting time by killing fragments, that's downright depressing.
I'm not discounting the possibility that killing fragments doesn't heal the CE. I think it does. However, seeing it go from 32% to 61% in seconds made me not want to play anymore. 15 minutes of spamming my phailz0rz for nothing made me not want to play anymore. See you guys tomorrow.
I joined up after the game went F2P, and I've tried the Crystalline Entity twice. Both times there was more fighting going on among players than against the CE because people still don't know the solution. People were screaming to have people kicked for using torpedoes and mines. Others were shouting don't shoot the fragments, while just as many were shooting the fragments. Then the MMO snobs stand back and make snide comments about how stupid people are in public rooms. I got blown up by a group of fragments and then some idiot started yelling about how I dumped the warp core, which I didn't . I'm so glad the community here is different from all the other MMO's out there. *sarcasm*