I'm not gonna lie, but I like flying escorts as they are unmatched in damage potential, but if you use an escort, please stay out of Crystalline Catastrophe Elite (CCE). I have gotten really frustrated with escort flyers since the super-buff of CCE. They get in, kill the tholians, start attacking the CE , die three or four times, and leave.
The problem is, in every other STF, escorts are great because they just outkill enemies before they kill them, but that doesn't work for the CE. Now, could an escort with a total AP resist and survival build hold their own? Yea sure, but there are very, very few players who do. The fact is, in order to be effective in CCE, you need to be alive to shoot it.
So Escorts, I still enjoy playing with you, but please stay out of CCE.
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Asking for Escorts to not take part effectively cuts off... 50%-75% of the game's population at least. I'd take an Escort in and fight, but I would stay and continue to fight. Knowing how to fly an Escort is key to survival. But some people decide that More Dakka is better for survival as "what is already dead can't kill you". Me... I try and maintain a more balanced setup.
If they're dying to the CE to the point that they're giving up, that's either their own fault, or because nobody even tries to remove the stacking buffs - it's entirely survivable as long as the buffs aren't piling up and you don't try to park and shoot at close range.
And it's probably the buff, because in every run I've done, normal or elite, I've only once seen somebody other than me helping on that. And even with a power slot given over to tachyon beam my average deaths per run in CCE is less than 1, and most of my deaths are to the shockwave, not the matter conversion beam.
Actually, if people went in and had some vague clue what to do or take advice from those who do without pitching a SWOTOR-caliber fit or just ragequitting, that would make it a lot easier no matter what you flew.
I've taken my Caitian in his temporal destroyer and my alien tac in her defiant and managed to not only live but contribute significantly to the effort. It's not the ship it's the person flying it.