from some one who flys mostly cruisers learning how to properly chain powers when you have never done it before takes time to get the rhythm down. putting 8 beams and giving him the boff powers and telling him to go out will result in you coming back and complaining about a worthless damaging cruiser that is not healing or tanking
6 is the best for the learning curve with a front and rear torp. 8 is not optimal i do not care what forums say my power even when chaining 2 EPTW would still drop to below 75 then damage is less then 6 beams any ways.
and i fly a galaxy and do not have any issues getting my front or rear on target even with out ditching the saucer
i do not run threat control and still get aggro in a galaxy running 6 beams and 2 torps
I'll stick to these simple and easy to understand things because it works. Who cares about DPS and threat? Fly the damn thing right and both will be taken into account more or less automatically. These ships reprise their movie roles as Trek cruisers that it's no difficulty learning to operate them seat of the pants and (surprise) newbie cruiser pilots are no liability to my teams, Elite map or not.
Any sort of argument RE: "I'm right you're all wrong" is no assistance to anyone reading the thread. Might as well put some political diatribe in like some other threads and call it a day, because the usefulness of the discussion had dissipated with the commencement of abovesaid debate.
I will admit with hat in hand that I actually /bugged what I thought was an art mismatch during the unboxing.
Fortunately there was a typo in something else, so I actually apologised for the previous /bug report with the second. That's the gentlemanly thing to do.
This did confuse some on facebook and Dev Blog commenters too until someone pointed out the ships were meant to have "mirrored" roles. One of my favourite ship types now and when setup in the gunship / team healer role, a good complement to my patrol escorts.
Best of all? Prices are down to 350k so I'm getting MU ships for all my alts.
STF Flight Instructor since Early 2012. Newbies are the reason why STO lives and breathes today. Do not discriminate.