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The new features we've seen for cruisers and raiders this year (well, the raider/BOP mechanic is technically coming in 2014) makes we wish there was "something" new for raptors/escorts.

Granted, these ships are already pretty great, but if raiders and cruisers get special features I don't see why Raptors and escorts can't have "something."

I'm not sure what we should have, but I was thinking about something along the lines of the special BOff abilities we saw in Sphere of Influence ... maybe something like a one-button combo of two special attack patterns plus cannon rapid fire that deals massive damage.

Give it a long cool down so you can't just spam it in PVP and rip an entire team of players to shreds, but make it cool enough (powerful enough) that players say "THAT is why you want a Raptor or an escort."
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# 2
12-30-2013, 07:58 AM
For the Defiant class, a barrel roll evade ability might be cool that adds to ones bonus defense.

For Raptors and Escorts in general, I like the OPs idea of a massive burst attack.
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# 3
12-30-2013, 08:10 AM
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Originally Posted by bitemepwe View Post
For the Defiant class, a barrel roll evade ability might be cool that adds to ones bonus defense.

For Raptors and Escorts in general, I like the OPs idea of a massive burst attack.
They will give defiant shooter mode lol I would imagine with some kind of sharp turning axis to pull it off if it was to ever come to be lol.
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# 4
12-30-2013, 08:12 AM
Superior cannon efficiency. Beams are king, escorts use are suppose to use cannons. Something more to offset cannon drain would be excellent.
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# 5
12-30-2013, 10:11 AM
I have a feeling it would be a passive of some kind.

Cruiser commands and flanking are both technically passives.
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12-30-2013, 10:25 AM
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Superior cannon efficiency. Beams are king, escorts use are suppose to use cannons. Something more to offset cannon drain would be excellent.
there already is something like that; it's called 'riding the ass of a cruiser with weapon systems efficiency active'...and coincidentally, hugging the cruiser like that makes it far easier for the escort to be healed if it starts taking heavy fire
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# 7
12-30-2013, 10:34 AM
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I have a feeling it would be a passive of some kind.

Cruiser commands and flanking are both technically passives.
I'd settle for a passive ... I just don't want the devs to leave out the raptors and the escorts when it comes to special ship class abilities.
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# 8
12-30-2013, 10:35 AM
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I'd settle for a passive ... I just don't want the devs to leave out the raptors and the escorts when it comes to special ship class abilities.
Sci vessels will get them first.
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# 9
12-30-2013, 10:40 AM
Wasn't the point of those special ship abilities to bring the Sci, Eng and Raider ships on par with the Escort-style ones?
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# 10
12-30-2013, 10:55 AM
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Wasn't the point of those special ship abilities to bring the Sci, Eng and Raider ships on par with the Escort-style ones?
Yes, raptors though could use a bone throwing to them, fixing the stupid pivot point on the Qin and bringing them up to standard to Fed and Romulan ships would be enough without a special mechanic.
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