I'm biased because I only play Klingon...but I must say that most Klingon players are absolutely fantastic - Feds not so much. I certainly die to select Fed players but in general most Feds play carelessly and have no teamwork. Basically the way they play gives me the win. I'm not doing anything special but a lot of Feds are really not cut out for PvP. I can mention specific instances if you like, but trust me - Feds are reeeeeally easy to kill.
I agree with Bob, except I'm not a "fantastic" Klink pvp'er.
I'm average, so when you see me at Commander level pvp - don't be worried.
Lately though the Feds at lower levels have improved greatly in both tactics and teamwork.
I read allot of threads on pvp and weather it's unbalanced or if it's simply that star trek's elite is only playing on one side. I'm not saying im great at pvp and I'm sure allot of elitists are going to say that I'm just a bad player and have a crappy ship, or am unexperienced because feds have so much pve content but I have played dozens of pvp match's ending in federation 0 -1 against klingons 15 with damage and healing looking high on both sides, so whats the problem? Maybe the klings are right they have all the elite players and theres not a single decent fed player in the game, simply all the federation players suck; but that doesn't seem very convincing to me. I've seen allot of very good fed players out there that can deal out the damage or support there team as well as the next klingon the only difference is it seems our ships are out classed, fed ships seem all around worse with less turn rate and a lower impulse modifier, some people might think that doesn't make a difference but it does mean less weapons bearing on the enemy and less chance of escaping and in addition federation doesn't have cloak, no ships with universal officer slots and it's cruisers cant mount cannons the only exception being the Galaxy - X dreadnought which has out of combat cloak and can mount cannons but only has a base turn rate of 3 (degrees per second), thats even lower then the far larger klingon carrier.
So I ask the question, is pvp unbalanced because we are simply outclassed?
Game mechanics I feel are balanced. The tactics however are not (generally speaking). Most days I dread doing my PVP dailies with my fed toons because fed pugs tend to be more disorganized. Generally the Klingon pugs play off each other a bit better. Every so often there are awesome fed groups but I have not been too fortunate in finding them with any consistency. The key to it all is teamwork. Granted the Klingon first strike capability is a good advantage but it is by no means unbeatable. If the fed group works together by healing each other and focus fire, then most times they will shred the Klingon groups. Personally, I feel the issue is in the leveling process itself. The feds grind missions and (at least for me) do it mostly solo. The Klingons in contrast (at least when I leveled mine) do so mostly in a group. You don't need a premade group per se, but just need to play off of each other better and work as a team. Both factions have their ups and downs the illusion of imbalance stems from the differences in the strengths and weaknesses.
I really am starting to feel that the Klinks may be too "purposesly" gimped.
I have a decent (imo) dammage set up on my raptor, but I am coming across more and more escorts that just don't get scratched by my alpha's.
Makes me wonder if the Dev's have over-comped the Fed's.
and then the thought leaves and I go back to shooting.