Been flyin escort the whole time. Jam sensors is your friend. Use it everytime it cycles on. Yer gonna die but yer supposed to in a dps boat. I go for speed and firepower but if flown properly there is no reason not to be able to hang in a fight. Pretty much use power focus to weps and the beat down ensues. start getting hammered focus power to shields on whatever side is getting nailed and Jam sensors for whoever is hitting you. starts to get ugly swithc poer focus to shields,mash evasive maneuvering and get outta dodge. Cycling jam sensors as much as possible. Works for me.
to be a true...glass canon thier weapons need to be able to fire say...14km instead of 10km
Do that and escorts will be chewed up in fights even quicker than they are now. If it can hit at even longer range than a cruiser all you'll get is stupid Escort captains opening fire and taking aggro before the cruiser -a ship designed for survivability- will have the chance to.
Originally Posted by Bahlsa
I just want to be able to beam over to a Romulan, or Klingon Ship, and jack that turkey...
Well, I last well in a escort. I have the ship set to defence, 100 power in shields and the 50 in weapons, boosted up more from the engineering training and it works fine. I take on +1 and barely survived a +2 klingon battleship. Can't see your problem. Unless you have poor shields and even poorer weapons. tachyon beam, torpedo overload and beam weapons are your friend.
Honestly the Escort ships do not need more hull/shield but cloak would be nice. MES pre nerf allowed you to survive in pvp long enough to acctually fire a shot. Now 5 BOP drop out of stealth and just WTFPWN and escort reguardless of how many buffs heals ect are being tossed at you. Hell im not asking for combat cloak just A cloak so I can acctually fight instead of just insta dieing iImmediatly in PVP.
These Escort posts remind of the 'why can't my Rogue wear plate' posts on some other MMO forums. You can toss in Mage instead of Rogue if you like.
People keep saying rogue so if thats the case where is my stealth? I think escorts should be glass cannon but as of now in PVP they are nothing but cannon fodder. Atleast with cloak we would not be alpha striked by 5 cloaked BOP everytime we enter pvp.
Its a DPS and can hold it own, but i wouldn't expect it to be able to take the heat as well. My moto was to rip them fast enough before they can rip me.
Full set of plasma cannons and a plasma turret and yes, plasma torps. Rapid fire, Good management of shields meant i would go in running hot, shields to front and rip in the damage. Usually I'd be through the shields and if i got close enough a high yield to finish the job.
As people here say. Its all about playing you class properly. Escort really comes into its own on full attack. If it gets to heated, then i hit my buffs, adjust shields accordingly, change my power distributions and move my ship. Its quick which means you can turn quick enough and change your shields so you don't take it all to one shield. Evasive maneuvers lets you move quickly, or if dumping energy to speed means you can get out of range quickly. Pick you fights and go at it.
I think its good the way it is. Each ship runs a role.
Its one of the reasons i enjoy this game so much. Its not a simple job of click a skill and move around. You have to fire weapons, keep an eye on your shields, adjust you power levels on the fly to suit you play style and then run your BO's when you need them, while also keeping an eye on your target so you make the most of your damage.