I'm the type of ship that every Klingon fears seeing in battle, someone who'll heavily damage you unless you're really prepared for it.
Wait hang on, no - I'm the one who'll fly into battle with his high dps weapons then die in about 5 secs to a Klingon ship that outmanoeuvres me and can burn through my shields in no time =(
Unfortunately tier 1 PvP seemed quite balanced, I heavily dps a target, whilst it uses defensive skills to try and fend off my attacks and hits me back. Now I've just tried my T2 escort in PvP and to be honest, unless my target isn't paying attention to me I'm on a massive loser. I came up against what I could only describe as a tank (in MMO terms) who had some decent shield buffs against my disruptors and beams (and turret and torps) and I think I got him to 85% with nearly full shields before I died.
Now I know that certain weapons are designed against shielded and unshielded targets, but I tried another PvP and the same again, I notice my front shield going down and before I even have a chance to turn sides I'm dead.
I know I'll probably be flamed (haha you're useless at PvP then) but it doesn't seem right that what is essentially the brute force arm of the Federation can turn out so weak at this point. I'd like to at least be able to make a fight of it! (I think my dps is about 740 and add to that rapid fire cannons and emergency power to weapons).
Has anyone else in an Escort had similar experiences?
i suspect the problem is you've built for pure dps and forgone many survival abilites.
emergancy power to shields, reverse shield polarity to name just a couple, both very useful skills in helping regain shields.
its also worth noting that you can put about a 70/70 split into your weapon and shield power sliders, improving your survivability a lot at the cost of a little DPS.
in PvE an all out forward offensive works ok, but against a smarter opponant you need to have enough survivability to be able to take a surprise alpha attack and get away, which seems to be the problem you describe. people wont always attack the same way, so you can predict how they'll come at you and what they'll come at you with.
invest in some different shield types, find one that suits you best and keep that shield power up and you should do a little better than it sounds like you are now.