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I was just wondering if this was possible in PvE, mostly out of curiosity and boredom.
I know this isn't effective for PvP, I already have my PvP setup. This is just to try something different for a fleet team in PvE.
I thought of this after picking up a Fleet Defiant yesterday. A full beamscort, with emphasis on constantly being on the move as fast as possible, using the defensive bonus to tank. I have no intention of topping the dps charts with this build, just doing enough dps to pull aggro and have high enough defense from speed to shrug off most enemy attacks.
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There's only one problem for PvE Escort-tanks:
Well, make it two, Isometric charges.
Oh, three, killer-cannons on gates ...
You get the drift: in eSTFs, and even in the Fleet thingies, there's stuff that can simply one-shot you, while Cruisers and Carriers can take one and heal up, more often than not. Unless they get hit by one of the real mean 350k+ ones.
And yes, they will still hit you.
There's a minimum chance to hit of 25%, you can't become totally invincible.
The other side of the coin:
Since you're not THAT much more tanky than a regular Escort, who can already tank until it gets oneshot if it gets crosshealed ... people might argue that you're actually wasting your potential in a beam'scort.
... and have a bit of a point there.
Especially since you'll lack Engineering BOff slots, which means you'll probably end up with a lower effective weapon power than a Cruiser (at least: a well-build P2W Cruiser) - and at that point, you're not even tanking anymore.
It's not a terribad idea, but ... not really optimal either.