Lt. Commander
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Update: 2011-11-19

Some people have warned me many times of trying to kill the CE with a PUG. However, I always have great hope for humanity so I usually disregard that advice. Tonight I threw myself into another CE PUG run and unfortunately it didn't turn out as well as last time. I'm a very stubborn person though so I don't give up. I will schedule one more run:

Tuesday 22/11 22:00 CET/4pm Eastern
Password will be escortsonly.

I will now be blunt.
  • DO NOT show up in cruisers or science ships
  • DO NOT use mines
  • DO NOT use beams
  • DO NOT use photonic fleet
  • DO NOT fly around breaking formation

(Did I miss something?)

This is a cannon scatter volley run and you're expected to show up with the following specs:
  • Fleet Escort or a Defiant
  • 3xDual Heavy Cannons in front
  • 1xPhoton Torpedo Launcher in front
  • 2xCannon Scatter Volley 2 or better
  • 2xTorpedo High Yield 2 or better

You're expected to:
  • Target the CE (Yes, I really have to specify this apparently)
  • Stay still in tight formation
  • Maintain a distance of 7-9km from the CE
  • Constantly use your CSV and THY, alternating between your two copies

If you can't or won't follow these guidelines, please don't show up because you will ruin the event for those who can follow them. I will once again link to a video I expect you to watch which clearly shows the simplicity of this method. Study it and learn from it and we will be able to kill the beast within minutes giving anyone who needs the accolade a chance to get it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FYe_Xfs0CQ

Regards
Morgan
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# 2
11-16-2011, 06:34 AM
Invites to do the Crystalline Entity always sound like a trap. :p

But I applaud you for offering this. I know many players struggle with this mission, as it is entirely unpuggable. Just one bad apple will ruin the mission, and people are simply not used to listening to commands via chat _and_ there are always some people that give out contradictory information.
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# 3
11-16-2011, 06:53 AM
Transpetaflops, and other members of the Accolades channel, are happy to help out with Crystalline Entity fleet actions. The channel has organized dozens of CE victories in a single weekend before. I wrote a detailed guide on how to beat it here and it addresses some of the now-faulty information (like the long-dead strategy of Scramble Sensors). I believe they'll be employing the Cannon Scatter Volley method to kill the beast, but there are also some suggested builds.

Good hunting!
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# 4
11-16-2011, 07:21 AM
Best way to kill the CE?

Ignore it entirely.

It will die from loneliness.

(Seriously, this and the Big Fail, err, DIg are the worst missions in the game.)
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# 5
11-16-2011, 07:30 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by MustrumRidcully View Post
Invites to do the Crystalline Entity always sound like a trap. :p
Not sure if this is a sign of appreciation or something else to the developer who created this mission.

Here's a short video from when we last ran this on KDF side. (Thanks to Silverwings for the upload).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wl5ezMBVhLI

The strategy is easy - just kill anything the CE throws at us and have spare firepower to also wear its health down. This is the reason we need all those escorts.
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# 6
11-16-2011, 07:35 AM
Appreciate the offer. The guys on the IG Accolades channel do rock. And they are always willing to help out even when they are busy doing other things.
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# 7
11-16-2011, 08:03 AM
This is an open zone, correct? I would love to watch escorts do their magic.
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# 8
11-16-2011, 08:27 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Aerimus13 View Post
This is an open zone, correct? I would love to watch escorts do their magic.
An instance can handle 20 people so you're more than welcome. In my experience the biggest difficulty is to gather enough people at the same time and we need at least half the instance filled with escorts. But if we can't get enough people it's easy enough to try again another day. I'll suggest a new day and update my OP in that case.
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# 9 Ced
11-16-2011, 10:00 AM
2200 CET (Central European Time) "is" 4pm Eastern. Just to make sure, since the U.S. changed from Daylight Savings Time recently. There is a 6 hour difference (at this time).

Would like to show up and watch, just to see the beast die!

PS> A question concerning other abilities effects, such as Eject Warp Plasma and Photonic Fleet might be good to include in the STOWiki. i.e., what effect does Eject Warp Plasma have on crystalline fragments chasing your ship?
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# 10
11-16-2011, 10:52 AM
Eject Warp Plasma is good to keep the CE stationary. It can be a little tricky keeping formation when it moves around but it usually works anyway. I don't see much use for it on the fragments since the whole strategy is to blow them all up. Pets shouldn't be used at all since they have a tendency to spread out the fragments making them harder to control. That also includes multi vector assault mode etc. And yes, there's a 6 hour time difference between CET and Eastern time (non DST).
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