Hi all, I guess it was time that I use these forums to seek help at last.
I recently bought the "Intrepid retrofit" and yes, I knew it's neither a DPS heavy escort nor an unkillable tank. To be honest, I wasn't even sure I could enter an elite STF with it.
Well, I can, but sadly (although not unexpectedly), I end up being the least useful player there. And that's why I ask you, wise forum goers (and hopefully also experienced players), what role should I actually fill in STFs, and possibly other coming space based missions?
I will note that I'm an engineer with mostly universally trained skills that I can't afford to retrain for any new build. Not helpful, heh?
So far I found several possibilities, but...
Crowd control: Yes, many available powers (GW, Tractor beam, TB Repulsor), but what good are they, when I'm still unable to defeat the targets (2 tac consoles, only a Lt Tac boff slot). It's so been next to impossible to defend the Kang in CSE, there's the speed and abilities, but not the DPS. I can take probes (on one side) in KASE, but that can do any ship, without the need for sci powers.
Power/shield drain: This seems to be the thing I'm the best at, right now. Many abilities, subsystem targeting. It works marvelously against Tac Cubes, Ass. Carriers, Donatra... The downside: Half the "enemies" in STFs are unshielded and unaffected by power drain (not sure if generators and the like even have any "power"). Also, draining small targets like probes is usually not worthwhile.
Healboat: Haven't really tried that, but it could work, at least in shield healing and using HE for hull. But it misses eng boff slots that could help (extend shield, AtSIF, ET). Also, not sure it would really help in STFs, since I wouldn't be able to do much more than that healing. Lastly, my Odyssey works great as a healboat while still dishing out respectable damage and being able to tank.
Torp boat: This I might eventually try, the problem is it will hardly work since it necessitates some very specific skillset in order to perform.
So, anything I missed? Or do I have to put up with following the group, doing the least damage, draining the occasional large targets and healing others in a "limited" manner?
And if the latter, what can I possibly use in place of Gravity Wells?
Oh well, thanks and my respect to anyone who actually reads this through.
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Crowd Control is really an awesome ability that is really useful in STF's, been able to debuff targets so the rest of your team can really crank out the damage is also part of the package too. A Science ship is not there to pull big damage numbers, its there to increase the numbers of the team overall and provide more control in the battlefield. (The Healing can be nice too!)
I'll admit I retired my science ship a while back and went escorts, not looked back since :-P
Not sure why you mention Tanking Solvax, thats best suited to cruisers.
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Give it a rest already. If you'd bothered to actually read you will see that he's an Engineer. In a Science ship. So let's either hear you keep whining about "not fulfilling your role" or shut up.
To the OP, don't listen to him. The Ablative console will be able to turn you into an indestructible tanking platform for a few seconds while you spam your heals and Sci BOff powers like Tykens. Done properly you can actually be very useful in STFs, but you will need support from the others.