Yes, people like that combination... There is a reason for nearly everybody using it... one of the reasons it's so damn difficult to kill an escort these days.
So everyone needs to fly escorts because no other ships combines survivability so neatly with damage output.
Escorts: Damage + Survivability
Cruiser: Damage (over time) or Survivability (resistance or healing)
Science: Exotic Damage (not so much these days) or Debuffs or Survivability
This change is one source of those symptoms taken care of and that can only be good.
BTS, the new set versions will have endgame variations...meaning Mk XII. the old one was really only Mk X despite of the OP procs.