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# 1 Engineer escort optimization
03-07-2012, 02:29 PM
Looking at running my vice admiral Engineer in an escort since the T5 cruisers do not seem to be viable pvp...with that looking at running a fleet escort or a multi vector.

With these two ships and being an engineer VA, should I be running cannons and turrets, or beams and dual beam banks?

Unless someone has a better build for a Galaxy-X PVP or Odyssey build, this looks like the best way to go for T6 engineer.
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# 2
03-07-2012, 02:53 PM
fleet escort

epts1, ET 2

tt 1, crf 1, BO3, omega 3
spread 1, crf 1, spread 3

he 1, st 2

fore: quantum torp, DBB, 2 DHC
aft: 3 turrets
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# 3
03-07-2012, 03:11 PM
You might want to hold off on spread until it stops healing.

If you haven't checked out some of the STF escort thread, it can be a good read. Being an engineer, you lack some of the punch a tactical captain can bring. However you can still fly the ships the same and try out the same boff layouts, bringing survivability from your captain skills to the respectable DPS and burst the escort setups provide.

Cannons and turrets are better, imo, for escorts, but you sure can give a beam escort a go if you'd like to try that out. The cannons will give a much better overall DPS, though, as you are not a cruiser broadsiding.
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# 4
03-07-2012, 03:26 PM
Worth getting the multi vector, or going fleet escort?
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# 5
03-07-2012, 03:37 PM
I can offer my opinion, but I'll note that just 'cause other captains like a ship doesn't mean you might like it as much.

I have the MVAE on my engineer, and I love being able to slot Lt. Commander science skills (e.g. gravity well). It still does strong DPS, and being able to use the console to split the ship up is highly entertaining even if negligibly useful. It's manueverable, it packs a punch, and it brings neat CC or annoyance skills to both PvP and PvE.

My alt tac that I am leveling will be flying the fleet. I did not have the dilithium for it on my main (though I had Cpoints already, hence the MVAE purchase), but I was drawn to this fleet's boff layout. Sure, I can't play with neat science toys, but you can set the fleet up to do heavy damage and have the ability to slot more self-heals and/or engineering buffs (power to weapons, for example, or RSP, etc.). A friend/fleetmate of mine has one and never loses aggro to anyone in STFs, for example. I think it's a fine ship, but at the moment I cannot speak from direct piloting of it -- just what I plan to do with it.

To be trite about it, look at what officers you want to slot and how the different bridge layouts may complement your play style. Either is definitely viable and good, imo. Given that, if you are considering paying real money vs. just using in-game resources, I'd recommend the latter, if that helps narrow it down for you.

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