First of all Hello to all of the 106th Fleet!
This is my first few days being a part of this Fleet, and my first few weeks playing STO. I am very excited to be a part of both this fleet and the game. Being a first post this will be hefty.. I hope you bear with me.
I was hoping I could get some advice from you Veterans on what ship you think would be best. I also have a few questions I will add at the bottom. I am a Tactical player and have enjoyed the Escort styled play so far and would like to upgrade from my Tier 4 Patrol Escort up to something a little more beefy. I have done some research on what ships are out there and have an opinion on what I think would be best, but it would be an inexperienced guess at best. I made a chart of the ships I liked and highlighted the parts that stuck out to me. I also added my current ship just for comparision.
It seems for raw power I would go with the Andorian Kumari Escort. With 5 Front weapons and 5 tactical consoles, can any ship in the galaxy put out more damage? (I am Andorian, so this seems "logical" heh) I do see that it would be more fragile than the other choices.
Questions arise with these various ships... Most are hard to obtain for one reason or another. I won't have fleet shipyard access for 25 more days, and a few are lockbox drop only, requiring patience or lots of cash, or both really? Andorian Kumari Escort and the Blockade Runner Escort Retrofit are the only easy-to-obtain ones listed (using a credit card).
1. Are there any great tactical ships I have overlooked?
2. What does the Crew Count matter?
3. Without the word Escort, the ship cannot equip DHC's correct?
3. Are you still reading this far down? If so I thank you!
PS Thank you for allowing me to be part of your Fleet. I am grateful and am looking forward to contributing asap.
The Science version of the andorian escort is your best bet. You may slightly lose some offensive, but it makes up for it with its healing capabilities. I prefer the Bug (Jem Attack Ship). Its two Lt. Universals make it highly configurable. But as you said, you need a big pocket book for either.
If you can hold out for fleet ships, I would go with one of them. If you like escorts, all three of the fleet ships are worth their price I believe (Defiant, Patrol and Advanced <if that's still what they are called>).
Really though, what are you looking to do with your ship? PvE, PvP, straight damage and let someone else try to heal you, high damage and a little self-sustaining healing??? With all the advancements the game has made in recent months, a tac works really well in all ships. It really comes down to play style (The questions I asked above).
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