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Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 280
I'm a science officer in the MVAE. My ship is fairly strong, but certainly could use some improvement. I'm open to suggestions. I currently use disruptors, and most of them are now [Acc]x3 so I don't plan to change that.

Fore Weapons: 2xDHC, 1xDBB, 1xQuantum
Rear Weapons: 3xTurrets

Deflector: Borg
Engine: Borg
Shield: Aegis

Devices: Subspace Modulator, Deuterium

Eng Consoles: EPS, Enhanced Plasma Manifold
Sci Consoles: MVAM, Field Generator, Biofunction Monitor (faster crew regen = faster hull regen)
Tac Consoles: 3xDisruptor Induction Coil, Borg


BO Skills

Commander Tac: HYT1, CSV1, BO3, CRF3
LT Tac: Target Shields 1, APB1
Ensign Tac: TT1

LT Eng: EMPS1, Aux2Sif1

LT Commander Sci: Sci Team 1, HE2, Shockwave 1


Skillpoints

Tactical
3, 9, 9, 0, 9
9, 0, 9, 0, 0

Engineering
0, 9, 3, 9, 0
6, 0, 9, 0, 0
8, 9, 9, 9, 0

Science
0, 4, 3, 4, 0
9, 9, 3, 3, 0
Career Officer
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 217
# 2
06-29-2012, 05:46 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by dabelgrave View Post
I'm a science officer in the MVAE. My ship is fairly strong, but certainly could use some improvement. I'm open to suggestions. I currently use disruptors, and most of them are now [Acc]x3 so I don't plan to change that.

Fore Weapons: 2xDHC, 1xDBB, 1xQuantum
Rear Weapons: 3xTurrets

Deflector: Borg
Engine: Borg
Shield: Aegis

Devices: Subspace Modulator, Deuterium

Eng Consoles: EPS, Enhanced Plasma Manifold
Sci Consoles: MVAM, Field Generator, Biofunction Monitor (faster crew regen = faster hull regen)
Tac Consoles: 3xDisruptor Induction Coil, Borg


BO Skills

Commander Tac: HYT1, CSV1, BO3, CRF3
LT Tac: Target Shields 1, APB1
Ensign Tac: TT1

LT Eng: EMPS1, Aux2Sif1

LT Commander Sci: Sci Team 1, HE2, Shockwave 1


Skillpoints

Tactical
3, 9, 9, 0, 9
9, 0, 9, 0, 0

Engineering
0, 9, 3, 9, 0
6, 0, 9, 0, 0
8, 9, 9, 9, 0

Science
0, 4, 3, 4, 0
9, 9, 3, 3, 0
I've just recently (as in, yesterday ) created a new build - a Science Officer in the Advanced Escort with the MVAM console - so I might be able to help you here.

First of all, I would ditch the quantum torp for another DHC. This way, you've only got to focus on energy weapon dmg. Having that DBB is a good idea as it allows for some burst where you lack in tactical buffs that a Tac Captain has, so I wouldn't change that.

I'd recommend you save up some EDCs to get the MACO shield, nothing beats it.

Consoles. The EPS is fine, so long as you're someone who switches between different power level presets in mid-battle. Otherwise, it's not that useful. The Enhanced Plasma Manifold is basically pathetic these days, since its bonus was cut in half. So, ditch that and take the Borg console from your tac slot into the eng slot, then put another Disruptor Induction Coil in your fourth tac slot. Sci - MVAM is fine here, as is the Field Gen. As for the Biofunction Monitor, I'd recommend replacing that with another Field Generator.

BOff Skills. Now this is where I prefer the Advanced Escort - you don't have that annoying third ensign tac station. However, if you want to stick with this ship, I'd probably do this:

Commander Tac: TT1, RF1 (though CSV1 is fine for all the spam in PvP I guess), BO3, CRF3
Lieutenant Tac: TT1, APD1
Ensign Tac: Target Engines 1 (good for slowing down those zippy escorts)

Lieutenant Eng: EPtS1 and Aux2Sif is fine. Personally, I run EPtS1 and RSP1. I know a lot of people seem to think RSP has no place on an escort, but it's too good of a lifesaver for me.

Lieutenant Commander Sci: TB1, HE2 and TSS3. Here you've got a decent hull heal and a great shield heal. Shockwave on an escort, IMO, is only useful if you're a tac, because you can boost its dmg with the tactical captain abilities. And a tractor beam is awesome on an escort, especially when used on other escorts. Just make sure you activate it when they're not using a counter to it - like PH and APO.

As for your skill tree, I'll just go ahead and give you what I'm currently running:

http://www.stoacademy.com/tools/skil...uild=Build01_0

I hope this helps.

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Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 1,395
# 3
06-29-2012, 05:52 PM
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Originally Posted by tick0 View Post
Lieutenant Commander Sci: TB1, HE2 and TSS3. Here you've got a decent hull heal and a great shield heal. Shockwave on an escort, IMO, is only useful if you're a tac, because you can boost its dmg with the tactical captain abilities. And a tractor beam is awesome on an escort, especially when used on other escorts. Just make sure you activate it when they're not using a counter to it - like PH and APO.
I'd like to second this as I'm at 49 on (coincidentally enough) a Sci alt with the non-MVAM, Rear Admiral version of the ship. A tractor beam (you really only need TB1) in conjunction with C:RF3, an AP of your choice, Sensor Scan and potentially SNB (although you shouldn't need it: you use the TB to flank and watch their cooldowns appropriately) is pretty sick.
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# 4
06-29-2012, 08:12 PM
Thanks. I'll have to try some of those changes.

Any recommendations on doffs to go along with this?
Career Officer
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 217
# 5
06-29-2012, 10:59 PM
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Originally Posted by dabelgrave View Post
Thanks. I'll have to try some of those changes.

Any recommendations on doffs to go along with this?
The way to go is 3 x Shield Distribution Officers (purple quality, if you can). That, coupled with high aux power (pop an aux battery before use) = hax. It's an awesome shield heal...though of course in need of a balance pass.

As for the two other DOffs...I'm currently using a purple Sensors Officer (which "severely degrades target's damage capability by 75 for 10 sec" when you use Sensor Scan) and a purple Tractor Beam Officer (which drains your target's shields when Tractor Beam is used).

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# 6
06-30-2012, 07:50 AM
I'm sticking with the MVAE. I do prefer having that higher level sci BO ability, and never really liked the engineer ones. Any actual skillpoint change will have to wait until I get my 900-day vet respec in a couple weeks, which gives me plenty of time to plan it how I want. In the meantime, I have the absolute least fun part: changing the ability tray.


Now that the big stuff is out of the way, I'm left with lots of little questions.

Suppose I were to take out my EPS, which I've certainly considered at times. What engineering console would I put in its place? Some kind of armor, diburnium or neutronium? Something P2W (hopefully not)? RCS (I doubt it)?

Taking the place of my deuterium, would I do better with engine or aux batteries? I'm thinking aux since I do a bunch of sci stuff, but engine could help if they get disabled from a phaser proc or target engines.

Power levels. I currently run at 100/25/50/25. I have two efficient BOs, and have the player trait for increased power levels. Any recommended changes? I do have other presets, but rarely remember to switch to them.

Are there any keybinds I might want to use? Right now all I have is the one to call targets in team chat, but that's usually only good with pugs and when I can't get a teammate on vent.
Career Officer
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 735
# 7
06-30-2012, 08:48 AM
My advice is to choose between the beam bank and the torpedo. You really don't have enough boff slots to do both well, while also doing justice to your cannons. As it is now, you're spreading yourself too thin.

Myself, I prefer to slap the MVAM console on a regular advanced to keep my ltcmdr tac slot, but that's a matter of taste.

I for some reason like torpedos. I usually run:
TT, CRF1, APO1, CRF3
TT, HYT2, HYT3
EPtoS1, RSP1
HE1, TSS2

For MVAM setup, I'd just swap HYT3 to HYT1. For beam setup, I'd swap the HYTs for BO/TssX.
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# 8
07-04-2012, 10:46 AM
Is there any reason why I might consider 2 copies of EP2S (1 & 2) instead of EP2S 1 and something else, or is this a bad idea?
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# 9
07-04-2012, 11:11 AM
Honestly to just use the ep2s cycle to keep up shield resists all the the time. if you are using mutliple tac teams and apo dynamic, you may want to consider just one ep2s and sif or RSP as your engie powers
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# 10
07-04-2012, 11:27 AM
I do have 2 tac teams, but I'm using APD instead of APO.
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