I had found this as someone posted it in another thread. It may be the evidence needed in the DHC vs DC debate. According to this, it appears that despite the faster firing rate, the DC's do not have a better chance to proc. It also appears that the 10% CrtD bonus outweighs the +20% energy drain from the DHC's. See link below.
Youget bridge officers free as you level up, as well as from doff missions. Most of the ones I use are my unique bridge officers i.e. photonic science, borg science, borg engineer, anroid enigneer, reman science, breen tactical, Jem'Hadar tactical, Aenar and a couple humans and efficient saurians. You can get bridge officers cheap on the exchange.
Please keep in mind that I stated in the original thread, that the DPS term was being used loosely and not meaning a mathematical calculation of DPS. There are other skills that you could use to get more damage out of your ship in short bursts such as Emergency Power to Weapons, but you would be giving up a good amount of survivability for it. , but you would be giving up a lot of survivability, and it has always been my thought that you can't do any damage if you're dead.
You can also see how you like the feel of using 2xDC's/1xDHC/1Torp. When using this, I like the way the cannon fire seems to flow. It seems less "sputtery" and "choppy" and more like a constant stream. (It could just be me)
You need to add a disclaimer that DC's are inferior due to power drain mechanics any time you mistakenly advocate their use.
Even if you refuse to wrap your head around the reality of the weapon you owe it to the new players who look to you for guidance to at least advise them to examine the issue for themselves.
Otherwise the thread title should be "How to spec your Escort so you like the firing animation."
Sorry it was harsh, but you are inviting new players coming to you for guidance so the bar is high for accurate information.
How are DC's inferior due to power drain mechanics, and compared to what? Please include any recorded data comparisons that you may have as well.
Also in regards to the second part of the "quote",that was a discussion response prior to the DC vs DHC data comparison being brought to light on 2/8/13.
DC recommendations in the OP were removed when there was finally some scientific evidence brought forward in the DC vs DHC debate proving that DHC's provided more damage. While I am happy to do that, I will not go back and change every post, but I will note updates as they come about as I did in post #113. The biggest thing that came forward, I believe in that was that the higher firing rate of the DC's does not double the chance of a proc as widely believed. As there was nothing aside from the data link that I had found (and eventually posted), there was no way for anyone to have KNOWN that DHC's had a higher damage output. Not to mention, the damage difference is quite small, however it is there, so it must be mentioned.
Last edited by xgorillapx; 02-14-2013 at 10:12 PM.
Cannons have higher "DPS" than torpedo's. This is why some people will use 4 dual heavy cannons on the front of their escort rather than 3 DHC's and a torpedo. I think it' somewhat misguided personally, because with a modifier like HY2/3 or torp spread3, the spike damage can be devastating. especially against an un-shielded hull.