I've done some farming on Elite this week... all the dailies and so on, and 2 times also a Breen capital ship appeared in the Deferi dailies. The two times i destroyed it it only gave me total crap uncommon loot... Come on, a Breen capital ship... on ELITE... i expect something for soing that. The other loot was way too much common mk x loot and way too much batteries. Even normal mode gives me much better loot.
Ok, elite is much more challenging, but you also want something special for doing it on "elite". So far, Elite sucks, give us something special there! bah!
I accidently did a ground mission on elite a few days back. Every group of dead Borg gave me at least 2 blue items.
My thought is that because we only face, on average, 10 or so enemy ships per space encounter, and when we do face more it's because of frigate spam, that we really don't face enough enemy ships for the increase to make a difference. A full group on elite would, at times, warrant some good drops, but not always (I can't count the times we'd kill a tactical cube or generic dreadnaught only to get an engine battery).
Solution? Well since the challenge in PvE is more about quickly taking out an enemy and less about desperately trying to survive, I vote we either jack up the base loot drop chance or increase the number on enemy ships when on advanced and elite while lowering their health and increasing their speed and damage.
My fleet mates and I waited until the final episode to complete the entire devidian series on our fed side. In doing so, we did every mission on elite mode, because for us normal is too easy and we, like everyone else, would like rare drops. Each episode gave us aprox. 10 - 15 drops...the combat ones that is. Multiply that by the combat episodes (4), thats 40 - 60 drops that were acquired by 3 playable characters. Out of that, ONE drop was not a common...and that was a green uncommon. We suffered through all 5 episodes on elite, taking much longer time than it would on normal, and getting one-shoted by tougher enemies. To top it all off...we get to the final episode...the final boss...where the best loot should be...and one of the devidians drops a common mk III. A mk III??? Was not happy.
This is just one example, for we have experienced this in a plethora of other missions. Just wondering if ne1 else has experienced the same thing.
but to farm that place, you need to be in a cruiser.
theres no way to harden up escorts and science vessels enough to make them survive the harder enemies.
I prefer doing the slightly easier dailies, such as fleet actions, Ker'rat, and the Breen dailies.
Elite in space is fairly easy, except certain mob types like Undine Cruisers and Escorts HYT one shotting you if you get careless/unlucky and Borg Probes completely locking you with beam over until they kill you (although only had this happen once). Other than those a SV can slowly killing anything while alternating between 25 and 50 shield power with TSS2/ST1/HE3.
Only reason I stopped playing on elite is getting bored of repeating cluster missions every day at the rate which SV kills things. (And poor drop rates, in getting 2 and bit characters to VA my only purple has been a Mk.7 ground shield, from back before there were difficulty settings)