People don't like having an ensign tac officer instead of an ensign engineer or sci officer.
After the last buffs the Patrol has more hull but thinner shields with more crew the same turn rate and an ensign engineer. All things considered the Patrol is the beefier tougher ship, but that's not what escorts are SUPPOSE to be and I think the tactical advantage of the cloak makes the defiant a hair better as well as a "true" high powered glass cannon.
In short the defiant is not the "ringer" stat wise it should be according to canon compared to other Fed escorts.
Like I said in my previous post, I consider a defiant with a good pilot more dangerous than a patrol escort with that same pilot for PVP. In PVE the patrol might actually be better then the Defiant with it's extra heal, but not the Armitage.
the jem'hadar attack ship is the best ship in the game. i know most ppl dont have one, but if it ever comes back to the c store get it.
now with a 5th tac console its way better then any fleetship. it has great hull and way better turn rate then the defiant r and BoP. this ship is one bad mother.
i heard some ppl say its not a escort its a destroyer. i say tomato tomato same thing. if u think this ship is not real cause it came out of a box your a hater, because it is in the game and u dont have one does not mean its not real so dont hate.
theres no debate about it the jem'hader attack ship is the bast escort thats way was very super hard to get. i got lucky and only paid $40, i heard some ppl paid up to $500 for it. some paid millons of EC for it. so cryptic rewarded us with a set to go with it shortly after.
This concept is mostly discarded in most MP games nowadays.
For example, if you ask in star trek online for THE best tanker ship, the answer will be "Advanced Obelisk carrier". Stat wise it indeed is THE ship that can take the most beating, but it's hopelessly outgunned by pretty much every other decent endgame ship unless you have elite swarmers. Great for hull heal support though. But don't bring it into pvp
Best damage dealer?
3 set Kumari.
It has THE greatest damage output of all ships in the game, but it can't really take much damage. Add 5 of the new fleet tac consoles AND advanced fleet andorian phasers and you got a phaser damage ship with the damage procs of AP in addition to that (5 fleet tac consoles are enough to give the andorian phasers critical damage on par with equivalent AP weaponry)
Putting on some GOOD shields and stuff like that is a must.
Best tactical- oriented carrier?
Jem dread with Bug pets (you need the bug ship for the bug pets), it can kick ass even without the shini bug pets and putting the obelisk 2 piece set and elite swarmers on it sounds like a fun idea. Too bad you can't put the advanced obelisk universal console onto it
No idea, never seriously played a Klink.
Just take some decent fleet BOP that needs a high fleet starbase shipyard tier and remember to stick to hit'n run (cloak-->decloak-->shoot-->cloak-->repeat)
Best fed escort?
Well, Fleet defiant kicks ass if you know how to alpha and have the cloak console
Fleet avenger with cloak is a fun alternative too
Chimera heavy destroyer might look cruiser-ish, but is actually an escort.
Fleet chimera is VERY badass, but you need lifetime subscription to get one
Best overall escort and best brawler is Jemhadar attack ship.
Best PVE DPS escort is the Tac Kumari
Best spike damage escort is Fleet Dhelan and Fleet Hafeh, followed by fleet defiant.
Most survivable escort is Fleet Mogai with the Valdore console.
By the numbers, I'd say the Jem'Hadar Attack Ship. Dedicated to Damage, decent Eng (and thus survivability), a turn rate that can compete with BoPs, decent console, decent Boff layout, flexible setup...yeah. They start at Half a Billion EC's on the Exchange though, so you might be better off in a Fleet Defiant or MVAE.