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# 1 Question on Excelsior refit
07-08-2011, 10:34 AM
I'm about to hit Tac RA and want to buy the Excelsior refit. My question is whether I will upgrade this ship at VA? Does VA have a higher level of ship or is Excelsior also a VA level ship?
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# 2
07-08-2011, 11:47 AM
As far as being a VA only ship, (e.g. Galaxy with Saucer Separation, Prometheus with MVAM) no, its not. It can be upgraded with VA level equipment. (as can all ships)....

What's more important is the availability of BO slots, and your own personal style of play. The RA level Excelsior is still a very competitive cruiser at VA level, and many players prefer it over the other ships that are available...
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# 3
07-10-2011, 03:35 PM
I want the tr 116 - please --- please?
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# 4
07-14-2011, 08:43 PM
the excelcior is an excellent ship to use due to the bridge officer layout. the weapon slots at that level are the same for cruisers.
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# 5
07-18-2011, 02:26 AM
any T5 ship is useful at VA, I use the Excelsior on my VA and she pretty tough for a Bucket of Bolts.
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# 6
07-23-2011, 02:17 PM
I love mine! But I made a big goof.

I've been trying to make my Advanced Cruiser Retrofit more effective for PvP. I was using Antiproton beams all around and was thiking of changing to a lower beam type so I could spread those extra skill points around. Well I played around and played around with consoles and BO skills until I finally found a combo that would make a kill from time to time and had some surviveability. But it wasn't good enough so i went ahead and initiated the change to disrupters by buying stuff from the exchange.

And the story goes...

About a week ago, I had changed to a Fleet Escort for a short time and decided I didn't want to go through the hastle of learning all about cannons. Cannons seem to be the way to go in PVP but I didn;t want to do it. So I respected again back to Cruiser. In doing so I had forgotten to change the top tier from Escort to Cruiser.

So all this time, my top tier has been on Escort, not Advanced Retrofit Cruise.

I went ahead and respeced to Disrupters after I found the error but I would LOVE to know how much better I may have done if I had just fixed the mistake.

Today I've done several PvP's with disrupters and if everyone else on the team is dying, I'm dying, if everyone else is winning, I'm winning. Anotherwords, I'm holding my own but that's much better than I was doing before.

I'll repec back to Antiprotons in a few days and try again with the Cruiser set up properly.
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# 7
07-27-2011, 01:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Jake81499 View Post
I love mine! But I made a big goof.


Today I've done several PvP's with disrupters and if everyone else on the team is dying, I'm dying, if everyone else is winning, I'm winning. Anotherwords, I'm holding my own but that's much better than I was doing before.

I'll repec back to Antiprotons in a few days and try again with the Cruiser set up properly.
I don't know what any of that has to do with OPs question, but I have input on your disruptor thing. I actually did a lot of math to determine the added damage from energy type procs and created a spreadsheet to tell you exactly how much the energy type you choose contributes to your weapon layout.

Long story short disruptors rule IN THEORY but the practical up time seems a bit less than the math would suggest if the 5% proc rate is to be believed. But seriously if you run cannons or 5+ energy weapons there's nothing else that comes even close to the damage boost from disruptors if you have a team all firing on the same target. But, funny story, the resistance it strips never even comes close to 10%. I wish Cryptic would actually label their numbers accurately.
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