- do you think it is the BEST Escort because of the Stats?
No it isn't...
it has only one SCI console, so don't even bother putting SCI BOffs on this Ship (no Photonic Shockwave for you PvPers!)
You can't use Cloak or MVAM with it and it does not have any special abilities of it's own, just the Universal Slots and those only make sense with Engineers because SCI as said before only get's one console slot and it has 2 high rankin TAC BOffs to start with.
If you still say it's "TEH BEST" for some reason, so what?
Then you are just foolish to try to get it only because of that, it will take 2 weeks or 2 months but it will get NERFED it happens every time even with payed for C-Store Items ....OR Cryptic will throw more Ships on the C-Store that are just as powerful / or even better ...and than you will facepalm and switch for then ext best thing again.
It can'T carry Photonic Shockwave anyway, it has no Lt.Cmdr Science. But even if it could, the primary effect of PSW (the stun) is barely affected by a console. You could just as well use one of those 4 engineering console slots for extra Aux Power, for example, if you really care so much about the little damage PSW does or an extra fraction of stun.
Most people I know will sacrifice science consoles first to put in some of those universal consoles. SO not having a science console less but an engineering console more is no loss at all.
I'd take the ship for the extra turn rate alone. Seriously, that's all it would need. It could have the same BO and console layout as the Defiant, Fleet Escort, Raptor, or (regular) Advanced Escort. The extra 3 points of turn rate are awesome. Being able to outmaneuver all other Escorts and compete with BoPs in maneuverability is awesome.
Drop the ship's hull and shield strength by 15 to 25 %, and we might perhaps have something balanced.
I believe that the stats show this escort/raider-like ship to be superior to existing escorts and raiders. In that case, I'm actually relieved that they're making this ship so rare and hard to get, b/c I would hate it if EVERYONE got it. It's a nice ship, I would definitely like to get one of these, but I also recognize that I don't need it. Also, the people dumping hundreds of dollars into C-points to get these are out of control and should probably seek help for gambling addiction.
I've got to say that I can't help but find it a little petty / hypocritical of the OP, being someone who already HAS the ship to be belittling people who want it. So what if the only reason someone wants it is because of "ooooh shiny!"
I want it, simply because like just about every MMO player I like to collect rare items. Just because I'm not RPing a jem hadar doesn't make that reason any less legitimate.
I think the reason most people want is it's a cool ship, and we haven't seen a new T5 escort in a long time. I don't like the approach for getting the ship at all. But what makes it worse is that we haven't seen any other escorts released. I also think it should have just been a reskinned ship, not a 0.5.
I respectfully disagree with your "fix". In fact, if Humans did not want what they did not have, we wouldn't have the society we have today, for better and worse. It's just that this desire can be utilized for productive and destructive ends.
I bought 12 bucks worth of points last night in an attempt to earn the ship. Nothing. That's about all I'm willing to spend in an attempt to get the ship. /shrugs.
You took the risk and the risk is all of ours to take. Accepting it is good for the game.
The players doing what you done but then ranting about it have put a dampener on the week. These people instantly make me wonder if they ever take a moment to considering starving children and those who truly have nothing while they cry their eyes out about a ship.
Seriously, shame on them for damaging ESD chat. Keep out the Winter Wonderland that is now the happy zone where I will be all month around giving out freebies from my fleet.