I don't have a particular problem with the difficulty.
What I do loathe is the respawn timer. Fine - give the Borg the stupid ability to set your hull on (plasma) fire, even when they're no-where near you, and one-shot players until the whole team are in respawn oblivion. I don't like it, but if you must make the Borg even more uber YOU NEED TO NERF THE RESPAWN TIMER!!
They seemed just the same as the borg I blew up last season. If you've not played STFs in a realllly long time the plasma dots much more impressive now and torps behave a little differently. But its been that way for months.
Mostly I think its that the people like me with MK XII everything ever builds are not running nearly as many pugs as we use to. I spent yesterday making a sheadload of dil and purple consoled in SB 24 and Gorn field instead. I think i ran maybe 3 stfs 2 of which where the new one and my thought was generally "wow these guys are worse than normal" referring to the players.
Me and a fleetmate had a go at Khitomer accord space elite last night, we did'nt get the optional, not the end of world. However when it came to Donatra we had to give up, it might have been a bug we don't know, but we were constantly getting nailed by her and not in a good way, it was like insta death every five seconds with damage hits on us of 85k, 90k and even 108k damage. I've got to give credit to the team, they did well to stay as long they did but for all our efforts we could not kill her, after a long list of injuries ( we'd run out of repair components) we all realized that to fight any longer would make our ships combat ineffective we all decided to take the hour ban and called it a day after 1 and a half hours of dismal failure.
Has Donatra been made too powerful or is it a bug?
If Donatra has been made over powered, it's going to put me off playing khitomer elite.
She needs nerfing slightly
I confess I was among those requesting harder STFs however I did not ask for 1 shot kills, I was looking for something more along the lines of what Onslaught was like on Tribble before season 7 went live.