I've made first place with my engineer in a Tac Ody, even generously healing others in range of me. Getting first place requires a combination of good firepower and tactics. Dying at all can hurt your chances for a high ranking.
As far as i am aware , it isnt based on pure dps , more on what objectives you go for , i.e in gorn minefield , are you mindlessly attacking everything that moves , or specifically targeting frigates / cruisers / attacking the dreadnought when thats the main goal
i run a support orientated vesta , which does nowhere near as much dps as dedicated dps escorts , and yet i can routinely get 2nd or 3rd by attacking the right targets
In space i'm often 2nd, sometimes 1st, and always first on ground.
In space, people often have poor builds. The starbase 24 is a huge dps race. If you're 3rd or worse it means your build isn't really good. And if you can't survive a dozen of mobs on ground FAs, well, you might have issues being first.
I'm pretty sure healing has something to do with ranking as well as Damage. in my Vesta I routinely get 3rd and I haven't set it up for Max DPS or anything. as i still use beam arrays in back for use of sub-system targetging mainly for weapons and shields.
Joined Sept 09.
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