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# 31
04-09-2013, 04:49 AM
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Originally Posted by alexwtfftw View Post
Can someone Clarify 'Rainbow Cannonboats' or 'Skittles Cannonboats'? is it Eejits Mixing Phaser with Polaron with Tetryon with Disruptor?
It's a pejorative aimed at folks who put multiple (usually three or more) damage types on a single ship, and in the process sacrifice a great deal of damage potential.

Because of the way damage type consoles are setup (damage type consoles are markedly superior to weapon type consoles) if you mix your damage types you're by definition reducing the amount of damage you do by a not insignificant margin.
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# 32
04-09-2013, 05:17 AM
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Originally Posted by stirling191 View Post
if you mix your damage types you're by definition reducing the amount of damage you do by a not insignificant margin.
Difference between a mark xii generic beam console and a mark xii disruptor coil is 10%. That's 10% of your base damage, which is what you do at a power level of 50. In reality it's a little less than 5% practical damage. And that's as wide as the gap gets with the best consoles possible.

Are rainbow builds sub-optimal? Yes.

Is a good player with a rainbow build going to make a bad player with a "correct" build look useless? Yes.
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# 33
04-09-2013, 05:23 AM
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Originally Posted by momaw View Post
Difference between a mark xii generic beam console and a mark xii disruptor coil is 10%. That's 10% of your base damage, which is what you do at a power level of 50. In reality it's a little less than 5% practical damage. And that's as wide as the gap gets with the best consoles possible.

Are rainbow builds sub-optimal? Yes.

Is a good player with a rainbow build going to make a bad player with a "correct" build look useless? Yes.
Which can easily equate to upwards of a 20% base damage difference, and when amplified by offensive Boff/Captain skills that turns into a very, very noticeable difference in output. Of course this is also assuming that the player knows how to handle their power levels correctly, which to be entirely honest is not something that a majority of STO's playerbase can do.

Nowhere did I say a rainbow build can't get the job done, the bar in STO's content is set so low that just about anyone with two firing neurons can complete everything (excepting Hive). But players need to know that going for said rainbow build will, by definition, represent a marked decrease in damage potential.
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# 34
04-09-2013, 11:47 AM
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Originally Posted by guilli88 View Post
Tired of getting stuck in STF's with turret oddeseys.
Were you to team with friends for STFs, you won't have this problem.
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Anyone calling Valoreah a "Cryptic fanboy" must be new to the forum.
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# 35
04-11-2013, 01:00 PM
Seems I had a post removed, and got a warning. I will endeavor to be more civil in the future. Whether or not I can actually do it remains to be seen.
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