Aceton beam is for debuffing a boss in elite STFs.
Don't change it.
did you actually look at the numbers i put here, against what it does now?
you realise the numbers i have put here would make it do almost exactly the same thing as it dose now?
bar a few % while actually making it useful outside an stf?
compensating for it being instantly cleared by HE which is run be EVERYONE as a heal/cleanse?
not to mention changing the CD on the level 3 version of the power that is less useful than the second level power.
and compensates for the little issue where the ships with the LtCmd and above stations are typically ships whos turn rate is measured in YEARS(excluding the HEC), by turning it into a beam modifying ability rather than a narrow arc deflector ability?
I find it invaluable against bosses too and STFs in general, but like you said currently not much else.
Now, before we go rewriting the rule book, why is it in effective vs everything else?
Primarily the ability is an energy weapons debuff and small radiation DoT skill. Thus complimenting the roll of engy cruisers as tanks or support vessels. It's not inherently an offensive skill nor should it be.
For me my main problem is that it can only be fired in a narrow 90 degree arc. On cruisers that'll have this ability especially in PvP that's almost useless. I'd make it 360 (so you can use it on those pesky escorts sitting on your tail) or at least a 180 degree arc.
Second is the cool down. It's a long time to wait between debuffs.
If I were to add anything to the ability I would make it more an AoE effect, if keeping a non 360 arc make everyone in the arc for 5km should get effected by it (to perhaps a lesser extent). Or perhaps you shoot a target and an AoE bubble forms from the target much like grav well but just for weapons debuffs and a little DoT. Would certainly be nice when trying to tank multiple aggroed targets at once instead of popping all your heals then dying a few seconds later.
Didn't realise the tier 3 of this ability gives a 75% debuff. Will have to give that a go tonight. Only been using AB1 up until now.
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and then that pesky escort uses a 45 second CD power to remove a 3 minute CD power instantly, but that's a whole other can of worms
i would be just as happy to plug this power into my kling tacs LtCmdr BoP station as i would be to put it on my fed engies cruiser.
and with these stats its a viable alternative to DEM on an agile all cannon bird, or a hulking great cruiser,
all the sophistry in the world over forcing the mmorpg class model where it doesnt belong, and only serves to parody itself for the whole world, highlighting its myopic failings, helps nothing.