I was in an ISE run, as usual, hunting for my last piece of Mk XII gear.
For context, keep in mind that my Tac Galor isn't exactly a healer. I have just enough to scrub myself clean of debuffs and plasma fire, with some personal hull and shield healing. That's it. Most of the time it's all about the guns. When a cooldown on my teams comes up, I'm mostly using Tac Team to give my guns an extra boost. When I'm fighting on elite, I'm usually having a hard enough time keeping myself alive, much less helping anyone else out.
But whenever I have a spare moment to throw an Eng or Sci team to a wounded teammate, a hazard emitter to someone on fire, or a tac team to our nearest escort... I do so. I may come first, but I'm not wasteful.
So after taking down the first three ships on ISE, I notice our team's Odyssey (not a Technicolour Dreamship though) was on fire and at 10% hull, I dropped an Eng Team, a Aux To Structural and a Hazard Emitter on him.
To this the ship's captain says...
"That's the first time anyone's done that for me in an STF before! Thanks!"
I found that really odd. One, I'm not known as a healer and my ship is mostly made to be self sufficient.
But it wasn't surprising. Healers are as rare as diamonds in STF's. It's sad but true.
I've had to play "heal boat" with my Fleet Escort in a few, and its sad when I have to do it to cruisers.
We started. I said Hi. And someone said I take the Kang. I went on the left. I killed nodes. And someone helped me to kill the cube. When I went to the second cube I looked the Kang. It was too late. There were too many borg for the guy and he said nothing. We failed total.
I had a similar experience to this, I think it was Thursday or Friday. We agreed to the right-middle-mumbo tactic. Someone volunteered to protect the Kang, so we let him, taking down ships that crossed our path. I had noticed that we failed the optional with plenty of time left and asked what was going on with the Kang. The guy "watching" the Kang said we let a group of B.O.P.s get past on the left and that it wasn't thier job to take those down. I figured the whole who-watches-what argument was a waste with the genius, so I asked; "Why didn't you warn us that they made it past? We would've got them. ", he said it wasn't his job to do that guarding the Kang. And then he started saying that the groups D.P.S. was a joke. There were quite a few Tac/Escorts in that group and the damage was fine. Communication and teamwork were the issue.
Though have posted this in another thread, I thought would re-post it here - and sorry if it's slightly off-topic, but the principle is the same, so.... with regard to the new Vault Shuttle mission:
I've only managed to pay the mission twice due to time constraints.
And so far, it ranks as being one of my worst experiences so far. Sadly, on both occasions I played it, the mission failed. On the first occasion we didn't even get past the first room as the 'team' flew off and engaged in random dogfights - I'd imagine that Obsek's retreat order came in record time on that one; it was a disaster.
Second time wasn't so bad - we got through the first door and made it to the second room but didn't manage to prevent Obisek from becoming overwhelmed.
I think this mission suffers from players with short attention spans who pay no attention to what the misson actually entails and don't really seem to want to do anymore more than 'shoot at stuff'. They're the same sort of people who ignore the Kang in Cure Space then wonder why the optional fails.
One was infected ground elite, group failed the optional in the second group. Not quite sure why, but yeah. That + the male caitian making really bad cat/sex puns every time he got downs, and used his bare fists against the borg...
Then when we got to the endboss, they screamed at me for running onto the middle platform to engage the borg (something that every team I've done elite or normal, or predating those with the original, has done every time), then promptly decided that EVERYBODY had to jump to the corners. Follow several fails, a number of falling into the plasma before I popped up "This might work better if two people hold middle, three jump." They ask "Who holds middle?" I facepalm and go "Whoever sucks at jumping!"
Next time after saying that? Mission complete.
Then one just a few minutes ago. Cure ground elite. Seemed like it'd be an okay run... until we reached the first gate+turrets. while true we didn't have as much dps due to 3 science, 1 eng, 1 tac, that doesn't excuse them outright ignoring the worker drones (resulting in SEVERAL resets). or not distracting the little turrets while I tried setting the bomb on the second turret. Many resets (only one actual wipe), the engineer goes afk. Meanwhile one guy is ranting about tactics that sound nice, but aren't needed if the little turrets are distracted, causing two guys to quit. Ranter then quits, followed by me.
It's literally the first time I've seen a cure match fail that early, normal or elite. First group to ever utterly fail to stop worker drones, or have trouble taking out the turrets.
See the Cube but non of two spheres ... Cube is away from usual place - so I realise I'm late for the party...
Thats ok ... Ppl have done some shooting for me ...
Hey ... where are they ?!?!
far left bunch of spheres by the left transformer and few odys are chasing them...
Wtf... Cube above the left transformer is live and kickin' ... (and one nanite is down) ...
Can You imagine that...
First thought -- **** the penalty I'm gonner.
But than I think - I will find the same ppl on some other run in a few days.So I start typing...
Link for STF - link for STF elite tutorial ....
In the meantime ppl are getting killed, spawning time is growing, and they are coming back eager to fight those borg...
Some are swearing: "I can not kill them They are sooo strong (*&*%$%.." One look under his icon reveals the sad truth - few major and bunch of minor damage...
I should tell them about heals ....
Anyway - it went for a loooong time ... but we were finally fighting the last cube (I know - I could not belive myself - but there I was) ...So U can imagine we are pounding the cube (now - at that point in time I used my minor heals so my dps is not great and my resistance is even worse) .... with all those untreated damage ... And we do not see progress...I think cube was about 20% when respawn time caught up with us ... Everybody is chilling and when I respawned I said "I'll wait for you- We wait for everybody and than we go for that last charge"
And when we saw that cube is at 100% ...
But - those ppl - I'm kind of proud of them ... We did that cube ...
One player (of those 4) was not new to stf ... I must say that.But he was flying in sci. ship....With out that player we would not make it...
Even though those ppl should not entered elite run - I do hope they learned something and at some point maby they will have patience to fly with newcomers in the lost battle and in the end WIN.
A premade group of 'close friends' or so it seemed, who decided to use an elite ground STF as a social venue. They decided to ignore me when I said the usual polite greetings. No big deal, have it your way, and get the damn optional if you can. Wait, they can't. Utter failure in the first corridor, no teamwork, no mutual cover, they died in droves with epic whining on team chat.
It was absolutely pointless to play along with teenage drama queen antics, where a certain player would run up to the nearest tactical drone and stand there stationary blazing away on autofire while spamming utter crap on team chat. In the middle of a firefight, no less.
EGSTF is not the place to attract attention by whining "Stupid borg adaptation" on team chat. Especially when her friends were apparently obliged to type an immediate reply to her - and asked if she had a remodulator to which she said "OF COURSE!". I wanted to type back - Look, no one cares if you find Borg adaptation stupid - go adapt yourself! But I'm too busy saving their collective backsides to even bother.
This team also had another big glaring problem. Drama queen and friends stand right in the open trading fire with the Borg (and all their one-shot kill abilities). When teammates fall, no one bothers to CPR the fallen officer before running off to engage the next group. Until I ordered them to.
Now, I'm a 'glass cannon' tactical and I find it possible to know when and where the one-shots are coming from so I can survive, heal up and rejoin again. Just takes a bit of instinctive reaction. There are also very cheap damage resistance boosters from the exchange thanks to the Ferengi lockboxes.
They don't even bother to use hypos and enter battle with 10% health. Of course, even more whining from Teenage Drama Queen when the going gets tough.
I had a small laugh when said drama queen got shot to pieces when typing. Lets see if your friends had the initiative to resuscitate. Why yes, they do now? Touching isn't it? When -they- fell earlier and she was right next to the fallen officer(s), she didn't care a damn. Now I'm the one that keeps doing CPR -immediately- when people go down, so the friends got the message eventually.
The next premade queue started without her, probably with a lot of whining that KAGE 'is too difficult' etc etc. Not that I care because that's the first and last time I'll tolerate running a premade with a 'roleplaying' group.
2) Immediately notice that 2 people are flying Peregrine fighters. Third is in Galaxy Refit. Fourth is in a Star Cruiser.
3) Curse profusely.
4) Abort mission.
5) Poor glass of good Red, throw some hard cheddar on a plate with biccies. Pull out good Cuban cigar and a box of matches.
5) Leaver Penalty? Who cares.
If they want to play their pranks with Tier 1s and fighters, they should do it in a Normal map. What are they trying to accomplish?
Then again it's Cryptic's fault for not having a equipment / ship type check list in the first place. The same for the missions that are only playable with shuttles, there should be a similar check for ESTFs.
I just literally left my first STF PUG match for the following reason
It was a CSE, I didn't notice all the ships, I was quickly flying off killing BoP's
After a minute or 2 in the match, a guy in chat actually announces to everyone he knows he's in a shuttle but he bet he does more damage than most cruisers do... someone laughed at him, and then the shuttle guy goes or I'll die trying
I just left right after after telling him thanks for wasting all our time with that.
There is no way I would stand for that kinda crap. The ships in CSE hit hard enough with my full on ship equipped proper, I don't wanna even think about a shuttlecraft...
This person was obviously an attention seeking troll... he drew attention to the fact he was in a shuttle, no one called him out on it till he said it first