K.C.S. Parallel Lines
Fleet Temporal Escort
Updated: 2022 - 12
Build Overview and Focus
The Fleet Theseus was one of the first batches of ships put up on STOBetter. Now both EPH and myself have converted the builds that were on them to be CRF builds, due to now having account wide access too Go For the Kill due to the Legendary Jem'hadar Vanguard Pilot Attack Ship. He however has modified his to fit on the Edison; a similarly styled temporal ship.
Build Purpose and Scope
After much contemplation I am finally moving one of Teryh's builds away from Aux2Bat. On the Theseus with the naturalized Lt.C Science slot makes natural use of this change. However it only has a Lt. Engineering slot so it does start to become a but heal starved.
However, I feel the layout I've ended up with more than makes up for this by slotting the Lt.C as a tactical.
Single Target Benefits
Since the Theseus is a temporal ship, it gains access to Recursive Shearing 3. This was changed sometime this year to instead of working off stored damage released at the end of the duration to instead deal repeat damage captured over its 5 second duration.
This lends itself very nicely to working with single target powers which deal all of its damage to a single target. This can then be captured by Recursive shearing and act as a bit of a final modifier (since it ignores hull resistance sufficiently debuff targets won't capture that same damage increase).
Correcting for Single Target Drawbacks
Cannon Rapid Fire is fundamentally a single target, which while nice to combo with recursive shearing, does have some draw backs. Unlike CSV which distributes damage to three targets, CRF is all in on one target. This makes it really good at taking down big targets while having to take targets on one at a time on smaller grouped targets.
For PvE this results in a lower time to kill for groups of enemies, and does start to create longer combat engagement times. Team composition starts to really matter when we talk about pushing single target performance as having a teammate who can focus on more AOE / group damage. I found this to be also true for my Surgical Build, and have often had to correct for this behavior of single target builds on my support.
Distributed targeting is an attempt to correct for this effect of single target ships. At rank 3 this deals 30% of the damage dealt to the mean target to 3 foes within a 3km radius of the target. This is a great improvement for the utility and clean-up potential of a single target build. While it doesn't reach the same potential as my Saber, the Theseus has surprised me as a CRF build.
Parallel Lines stems from the idea of Euclid's 5th Postulate, otherwise called the Parallel Postulate. Since Time travel can be thought of as travelling across various world lines in both time and space, bending the rules of parallelism in this method of travel would in theory allow for time travel; fitting aptly the Temporal Nature of the ship.
It's a deep math paradox...yes I'm a nerd and studied geometry at school...what did you expect
SCM DMG Out: 85,892,966 DPS: 586,700.59 (39.0% of Team)
Elite Captain/T6X upgrade, all fleet unlocks
T6 C-store ships
Event consoles and Traits
Teryh is my DEW DPS captain, and as such acts it. She gets ships built to deal damage with energy weapons. Full points in energy with the rest spread around to agility, survivability, and a small amount of support.
Teryh's skill tree is similar in many aspects but lacks a few features compared to my engineering captains. Because tactical captains get no inherent power management, I've taken points to buff up weapon power. I've also skipped Drain Expertise, mostly because its of no important, and the other being there isn't any case for me to use Drain Scaling powers on her. There is often a case to use Energy Siphon but it doesn't normally find room in bridge officer layouts to make it worthwhile enough to spec into DrainX when the points could instead be spent on EPG or power.
27 vs 26 Point Tactical ultimate
There is some comments floating around about people moving back to the 27 points in the tactical branch for the cooldown reduction on Focused Frenzy. I maintain that this is a negligible effect and and good build should already have and maintain proper cooldown reduction chaining. Therefore the cooldown reduction from Focused Frenzy should be redundant and therefore ignored. Unless you can maintain Frenzy the entire run (in which case all members have agreed to specifically build conditions and timings before hand) this point is wasted in the sense that the extra unlock will at most times be of unimportance, Therefore 1 point can be moved for utility to Science or Engineering .
Hull Restoration vs Hull Capacity
Once again I took a point in hull restoration. While the same argument as in Jayiie's skill tree doesn't quite hold up, as a tactical captain there is a distinct lack of healing innately avalible to her. As such taking that last point does help in scaling healing things up.
While Teryhs primary goal isn't to tank, this last point in science does get her to the next unlock for +10% max shield capacity. While not a massively important stat, shield regeneration is statically anomaly and adds a huge amount to shield regen in just the first point (more Information on shields can be found here). As such, I have taken the single point. If you want to take the final point of EPG or something else such as power or hull capacity feel free too do so.
Discovery Linked weapons trade the traditional Phaser subsystem offline proc for a passive stat increase, in the case of Sensor Linked this is specifically +5 Starship Defensive Maneuvering and +5 Starship Weapon Amplification. Damage wise this equates to 2% Critical Severity for Weapons. This is not the stunning improvement its often made out to be, and is simply better than relying on a random proc to affect one of 4 subsystems (shields in most cases is what we desire but not always the effect).
Budget wise, generic Antiproton's +20% CrtD passive will be equivalent to a whole ship made of sensor linked weapons. This does come at the cost of swapping to a different flavor and thus losing bonuses in the universal consoles but it presents as a very solid budget option.
This does make them the best of the linked weapons but there's a myriad of other choices. Note that these all proc based and will rely on that proc to see benefits.
Pulsed Phaser Weapons have a proc which reduces target DRR by 10 and increases self DRR by 10
Advanced Phaser weapons come only in beam flavor but it can be used if converting the ship to BO or FAW setups.
Covert Phasers can help reduce threat output
Agony Phasers can apply a dot, which can help trigger atrophied defenses from temporal for support builds (or just builds running temporal)
Additionally, I've continued to elect not to run the Discovery Phaser Wide Angle Dual Heavy Beam Bank. Even with the bug, it doesn't seem to perform better than putting another fore cannon. This also means theres very little change to the boff seating.
The Soliton Wave Impeller is one of the best performing experimental weapon available to us. While its not the best, it is very high, especially when pushing engine power as high up as I have here. Use the replacement of you're liking here if you don't have it or want something less flashy (it makes a huge blue ball).
The current meta is to run unconventional systems. I do it because the ships seating in the configuration I have it in now lends itself to it, rather than attempting to force it like I have with the Lexington. This is mostly so that I can get access to the 3rd tactical seat for distributed targeting 3 while maintaining CRF2 and Recursive 3. EPH and I agree that slotting for unconventional systems on every single ship is not always the best choice, and you can see that same decision where the seating just doesn't support it over on the Saber where no unconventional system procs are used even through the character has some very good consoles (DPRM and D.O.M.I.N.O.).
After running the Tachyon Net Drones for a while on my Support I am slowly integrating it into most other builds. Having a console with a huge -DRR debuff to things within a 3km radius of the target and having shields shut down on a critical hit is a huge buff.
A Good Day to Die is a tactical captain only trait, and therefore needs replacement for other professions. Easiest choice here would be EPS Manifold Efficiency for damage or Grace Under Fire for durability for Engineering Captains. Science captains have no direct path of upgrade innately, therefore I would suggest something like Adaptive Offense, Pseudo-Submission, or anything else of your choice.
Outside of the standard Universal Designs / Immolating Phaser lance there's not much to improve here. Obvious traits like Promise of Ferocity would be worth slotting, with Superior Area Denial being an option for the debuff (albeit SAD does lack the hanger upgrade aspect on this particular ship and would lose most of that traits utility).
As an player who's been doing this for some time, I have very few keybinds as I use most of my powers manually. As such I have only 1 "spam" button, which consists of the offensive rotation.
Emergency Power to Weapons - Initial power buff and triggers Emergency Weapons Cycle
Attack Pattern Beta - prebuff before firing
Fire At Will - prebuff before firing, upgrades beams, triggers Preferential Targeting
Kemocite Laced Weapons - prebuff before firing
Cannon Rapid Fire - prebuff for cannons, upgrades cannons
2x Aux2Bat - keeps cooldown rotation
Photonic Officer - begins CDR rotation. Since this is not an exotic build using Improved photonic officer, this is fine at the end
Emergency power to Weapons - This is here so that every other rotation it can be activated
ISE Record Damage Breakdown
74.9k DPS - Terran Task Force Dual Heavy Phaser Cannons - Rapid Fire II
55.2k DPS - Phaser Turret - Rapid Fire II
54.1k DPS - Quad Phaser Cannons - Rapid Fire II
53.5k DPS - Dual Phaser Cannons - Rapid Fire II
51.7k DPS - Soliton Wave Impeller
45k DPS - Recursive Shearing III
30.9k DPS - Terran Task Force Dual Heavy Phaser Cannons - Rapid Fire III
29.2k DPS - Heavy Inhibiting Phaser Turret - Rapid Fire II
25.5k DPS - Phaser Wide Angle Dual Beam Bank - Fire at Will I
23.7k DPS - Dual Phaser Cannons - Rapid Fire III
21.7k DPS - Phaser Wide Angle Dual Heavy Beam Bank
21.3k DPS - Phaser Turret - Rapid Fire III
19.1k DPS - Quad Phaser Cannons - Rapid Fire III
14.2k DPS - Pets
10.5k DPS - Heavy Inhibiting Phaser Turret - Rapid Fire III
8.3k DPS - Distributed Targeting II - Phaser
8.2k DPS - Gravity Well I - Gravity Well I
7.2k DPS - Micro Photon Torpedo Barrage - Point Defense Bombardment Warhead
5.9k DPS - Distributed Targeting I - Phaser
4.4k DPS - Bombardment Warhead Explosion - Point Defense Bombardment Warhead
3.5k DPS - Terran Task Force Dual Heavy Phaser Cannons
2.9k DPS - Quad Phaser Cannons
2.5k DPS - Phaser Turret
2.4k DPS - Heavy Inhibiting Phaser Turret
2.2k DPS - Refracting Tetryon Cascade (Rank 2)
2k DPS - Molecular Deconstruction Beam
1.6k DPS - Tractor Beam II
1.5k DPS - Phaser Wide Angle Dual Beam Bank - Fire at Will II
1.4k DPS - Dual Phaser Cannons
1k DPS - Approaching Agony
0.6k DPS - Anti-Time Entanglement Singularity (Rank 2)
0.3k DPS - Weaponized Helical Torsion
0.1k DPS - Counter-Offensive
0.1k DPS - Withering Radiation
The most direct comparison will be the Legendary Columbia Temporal Operative Escort, something I've mentioned a few times in this post so far for both Preferential Targeting and the Point Defense Bombardment Warhead. In a very strict sense this is even the better platform for it.
Terran Acheron Dreadnought Carrier - This is a super interesting platform being Cmdr Temporal with 5/2 and 2 hanger bays for the Elite Terran Empire Frigates. I'm really excited to get this with next years campaign event box.
Moving outside of temporal escorts we get:
Vor'ral Support Battlecruiser - Temporal battlecruiser with access to plent of tactical seating as well as the battlecruiser mastery package.
Sphere Builder Denuos Dreadnought Carrier - 4/3 and has two hanger bays with very similar styled boff layout
Paladin Temporal Battlecruiser - This could potentially work. It also has the battlecruiser package and has tactical seating in spades. You would need to take distributed targeting at a rank lower than 3 but it should be more than capable.