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Old January 19 2012, 02:00 PM   #616
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I have a new favorite tactic in my escort:
Pummel with Rapid fire cannons (Mix of Phaser, Phaser-Quad and Heavy-Duty Tetrion)
Hit with a high yield torpedoes

If the target is still standing as you fly past:
Activate Dispersal Pattern Beta
Deploy quantum mines
Hold Target in place with Tractor beam until mines activate and obliterate them

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Old January 19 2012, 02:42 PM   #617
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Why not swap out the Tetryons for another HD phaser cannon? Don't get the reasoning behind the rainbow, just hurts the power levels...
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Old January 19 2012, 03:21 PM   #618
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Why not swap out the Tetryons for another HD phaser cannon? Don't get the reasoning behind the rainbow, just hurts the power levels...
Actually i think the power levels are not affected by different weapon types for a long time. But yur typical tactical console is weaker if you have a generic beam or cannon console compared to a dedicated phaser or plasma console.
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Old January 19 2012, 04:26 PM   #619
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I have a noob question. Right now I am struggling with piloting the ship in combat as my left hand is busy mashing hotkeys for special attacks or buffs while my right hand is holding down the left and right mouse button to turn the ship in the direction I want. Its very cumbersome holding both mouse buttons and I was wondering if there's a better way?

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I have a new favorite tactic in my escort:
Pummel with Rapid fire cannons (Mix of Phaser, Phaser-Quad and Heavy-Duty Tetrion)
Hit with a high yield torpedoes

If the target is still standing as you fly past:
Activate Dispersal Pattern Beta
Deploy quantum mines
Hold Target in place with Tractor beam until mines activate and obliterate them

That's my tactic too, except I don't use tractor beams. I just carefully time the release of my quantum mines.
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Old January 19 2012, 04:26 PM   #620
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well servers down... damnit... wanted to hit Captain today lol

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Old January 19 2012, 04:29 PM   #621
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I have a noob question. Right now I am struggling with piloting the ship in combat as my left hand is busy mashing hotkeys for special attacks or buffs while my right hand is holding down the left and right mouse button to turn the ship in the direction I want. Its very cumbersome holding both mouse buttons and I was wondering if there's a better way?

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I have a new favorite tactic in my escort:
Pummel with Rapid fire cannons (Mix of Phaser, Phaser-Quad and Heavy-Duty Tetrion)
Hit with a high yield torpedoes

If the target is still standing as you fly past:
Activate Dispersal Pattern Beta
Deploy quantum mines
Hold Target in place with Tractor beam until mines activate and obliterate them

That's my tactic too, except I don't use tractor beams. I just carefully time the release of my quantum mines.
I am doing it the otehr way around, I have been forever used to using WASD for steering and just click the powers I want... it is probably not the best way to play MMOs, but I get by like that and dont get a cramp in the hand...

Alternatively you could change the steering key bind to a single mouse button?
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Old January 19 2012, 04:31 PM   #622
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well servers down... damnit... wanted to hit Captain today lol

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Old January 19 2012, 04:32 PM   #623
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i was actually looking for a "fire all weapons" button to tie to the keyboard...

i know there's a hud one, but it's a click only, i can't tie it to the number pad for some reason... very annoying when i'm setting up phasers and torpedoes on the fore of the ship and want to open up everything i've got towards the enemy

i'm currently using 1,2,3 for my Fore weapons, and 4,5,6 for my aft... that way i'm just hammering the num pad with my three fingers while steering with the mouse lol

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Old January 19 2012, 04:38 PM   #624
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the Space button fires all available energy weapons... space+ctrl fires energy and kinetic like torpedos.

Usualy I just use space... hitting torps as soon as cooldown is down is something I gave up... I prefer to time it to hit the unshielded hull.
With the exception of the hargh'peng as the second explosion ignores shields.
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Old January 19 2012, 04:41 PM   #625
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ahh didn't know those two...

cheers, keep those in mind

i normally unload my entire front arsenal as i'm approaching, sort of get the first shot in and make it count... so it's normally a hargh'peng, and 2 duel phaser barrels... which does the job of getting their attention lol

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Old January 19 2012, 04:45 PM   #626
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ahh didn't know those two...

cheers, keep those in mind

i normally unload my entire front arsenal as i'm approaching, sort of get the first shot in and make it count... so it's normally a hargh'peng, and 2 duel phaser barrels... which does the job of getting their attention lol

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Try obliterating at least one shield facing first and THEN hit them with the torp. Results are much better.
it can be a bit tricky, cause shields regenerate usually and even 1% of raised shields will migitate teh kinetic damage to around 10% of which only 10% bleedthrough damage gets through to the hull... or something like that...

NPCs cheat, their torps work obviously different for some reason.
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Old January 19 2012, 04:45 PM   #627
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i was actually looking for a "fire all weapons" button to tie to the keyboard...

i know there's a hud one, but it's a click only, i can't tie it to the number pad for some reason... very annoying when i'm setting up phasers and torpedoes on the fore of the ship and want to open up everything i've got towards the enemy

i'm currently using 1,2,3 for my Fore weapons, and 4,5,6 for my aft... that way i'm just hammering the num pad with my three fingers while steering with the mouse lol

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I just learnt today that you can enable autofire by right clicking on the weapon's hotkey button (dull green border appears around the hotkey button, turns bright green when its actively auto-firing). So now, all my phaser cannons are automatically fire on my target the moment they are able to, leaving me to concentrate on launching photon torpedos and quantum mines.
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Old January 19 2012, 04:47 PM   #628
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yeah... i've seen that, i just use those to get their attention when i'm just coming into range, then when they turn i stick with the phaser volleys...

i'll test timing things and see how they go when the game's back up...

another thing the NPC's can do that we can't is target multiple ships at once... or is that something you can do later on in the game?

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I just learnt today that you can enable autofire by right clicking on the weapon's hotkey button (dull green border appears around the hotkey button, turns bright green when its actively auto-firing). So now, all my phaser cannons are automatically fire on my target the moment they are able to, leaving me to concentrate on launching photon torpedos and quantum mines.
ohhh didn't know that... that'll certainly make things easier... have to try that

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Old January 19 2012, 05:00 PM   #630
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What you seen is probably the Fire at Will power. I run two copies of that power on my Souvereign, you may have noticed it. Randomly targets everything in range with rapid beam shots.
That is a power for tank though, as it draws a lot of aggro.
As a tac you are better of using Beam overload, which fires a single very high powered beam at a single target. Capable of dropping a shield at once, if you are not up against a battle cruiser or a dreadnaught at least.

And then, something i used to do in my cruiser (notso much these days dor soem reason) when I have enemies in my front and in my rear, I toggle targets and fire at 2 targets simultaneously as well....

Both Fire a Will and Beam Overload, as firing 7 or 8 beams at once for that matter, will drain your weapon energy significantly, esspecially BO, which means your DPS on each shot after that is lower, so give it a second to get back to full.
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