Well we are not the Pandas but we beat almost everything else out there. If you don't want to pay go with the free option, it's your choice but you'll be hard pressed to find better people to fight for you.
Edit: Also keep in mind EC are nearly worthless when you have the ship you want, there are almost no other expenses.
This may be off topic but our fleet is kinda new and looking for a good friendly fight, if you wanna set something up PM me in game @Jsimon22.
Quote of the week:
Originally Posted by sollvax
a pure cannon build is always less effective than original starfleet specs