I finally reached tier 3 tactical in Memory Alpha. I was looking forward to seeing what this tier had to offer. I would have been happy with Rare Quantum Mk VIII at the very least. What did I find instead?
Transphasic Torpedos.... Blah.
I wanted to like them. I actually enjoyed ST-Voyager's last episode when they used these to annihilate a borg cube in one shot. So what gives? Why must they suck so bad?
Bleed-through is a cool idea, but as it stands I have yet to see it out perform a quantum burst of the same number in any way. Even a fully shielded target tends to take more hull damage from a quantum burst since most of the time you blast through a single shield. (Especially in PvP settings.)
As it stands they also have a longer cool-down than quantums. I could live with lower DPS because of longer cooldown, but why does this torpedo suck so bad?
Increase the base damage. Nothing too fancy. A Mk VIII transphasic should do at least as much DPS as a MK VI quantum. I shouldn't be taking a downgrade when I replace my commander VI quantums.