Otherwise Im running the consoles suggested, and I just destroy everything. The DPS I burn through is just ridiculous, and thats also the reason I have DCs instead of DHCs on the front, its sacrificing that blunt damage for more DPS.
As an engineer running this build I am nigh untouchable in an STF, I like that I can basically slot into any role and do my job well, whether its protecting the kang, or crowd control on probes, or just flat out destroying something REALLY effing fast.
I thank you for the tips provided here.
Just a note, I know this is supposed to be specialized for damage and "3 turrets is tops" and all, but with cannons the rotation never worked for me, it always seemed like something wasnt firing the way it was supposed to, I have found any more than 5 cannons/turrets and the rotation of weapons fire gets off and something ends up not firing at all in the end. Thats why I have a tric back there, plus MKXII DMGx3, it eats cubes as I fly on to my next target.
I just wanted to say thanks a lot for taking the time to write this excellent guide! I just started playing STO this week, and found the initial amount of things to learn overwhelming. I decided to temporarily halt my Science/Cruiser character, and make a new Tactical/Escort character using this guide for advice. Since then I have been dominating the Starbase 24 missions Ive been running, coming top in most of them, which has let me score some great gear.
I am currently in a heavy escort, and will move to a tactical escort when I hit Captain. I like the look of the fleet escort for the next tier after that, and saw that it was mentioned in your list of ships. Is the Fleet Escort superior to the Advanced Escort? Did you include it for people who have no intention of buying a C-store ship, or is it actually competitive with the Tactical Escort Retrofit/MVAE? I assume that the Vice-Admiral ships are superior?
Experamenting with it now. I went and bought 3 DC XI Borg AP's.
Ok, I ran half a dozen Normal STF's with 3 DC's and I'm really not seeing very much difference if any between 3 DC and 3 DHC. I also ran the Distress Call, Sh'mar and 3 Karrats. The only one I saw a big difference in was Sh'Mar where it took under 1.5 minutes to kill all the ships. That might have been just dumb luck.