Returning after quite a long break. Looking at my abilities, weapons, BOFF, gear, etc - I've got 0 clue on what the 'current thinking' is when it comes to top tier. I left about a month after the starbase system launched. At that time I had generic XII blue gear(beam banks).
Anyone want to give me some goals to aspire to in terms of item acquisition and ability/boff loadouts? Currently in a Recon SciVessel...so need recs on updating that as well..
I rarely will ever do PVP anymore(did it a bit a long time ago but lack of updates has gave me a bit of disgust). I prefer to play more of a CC/Dmg role - not so much the shield buff everyone role.
Not a ton has changed since you left, really. I can't remember the entire timeline, tho.
Vesta was released. People fawn over it like its God. I have one, still prefer my Atrox.
Romulan reputation + Romulan embassys = Crazy good plasma gear. Work that up and look into getting some +plasma consoles at the very least. Unless you go Vesta, which is kinda phaser-locked if you want to get the most out of your quantum focus phaser.
If you do go Atrox, Elite Scorps are bloody amazing.
Grav well is still pretty much king for sci abilities PvE. VM is still nice. Drains were buffed then nerfed again, (They took all the drain abilities off shared cooldowns, then later it seems like they added power insulators to higher level NPCs, after S7 I could no longer reliably get shields down like I used to prior)
The torps are nice. The experimental beam is over rated, but it is good.
Edit: I've been trying to save some for the release, but I hear in the new tholian rep there will be rewards that give bonuses for running high Aux power... that will certainly help a sci. Sorry, I'm putting my fingers in my ears and going "NANANANA!"
Edit: I found the best part of going plasma for sci was the romulan weapons 3pc set giving you the mini BO, as I tended to run low on tac slots and the mini bo doesn't share cooldown with beam abilites.