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Verain
10.19.2014 , 12:50 PM | #310
I think a small write-up about power management would be good too.

Specifically:

1- The effects of F1-F2-F3 (from devpost http://www.swtor.com/community/showthread.php?p=7296379)
F1:
+10% blaster damage
-10% base capacity to shield max
-10% base speed to speed

+50%base regen to Blasters regen
-25% base shield regen to shield regen
-25% base engine regen to engine regen.


F2:
-5% blaster damage
+20% base capacity to shield max
-10% base speed to speed
-25% base regen to Blasters regen
+50% base shield regen to shield regen
-25% base engine regen to engine regen.

F3:
-5% blaster damage
-10% base capacity to shield max
+20% base speed to speed
-25% base regen to Blasters regen
-25% base shield regen to shield regen
+50% base engine regen to engine regen.

2- Top times to press these. Examples:

> (obvious) If being pursued, F3 is very solid. It boosts your engine regen, which is your primary run tool, and your speed.
> (nuanced) If LOSsing around a satellite or rock, alternating between F3 and max throttle and F2 and min throttle will give you a wide variance in speed, the first giving you a lot of speed, the second giving you much more turning radius than any other setting.
> (obvious) When attacking an enemy, F1 is almost mandatory. You make sharper turns and deal 16% more damage than F3, and deal 16% damage than F2, and your blaster power comes back much faster.
> (obvious) Most shields do not regen under fire, so switching out of F2 is advised. But it can be swapped back to for great effect if you want an arc to regen fast and you have stayed out of fire on that arc for a couple seconds.
> (obvious) On a gunship, you often want to be in F1 mode when sniping. This gives you back a lot of power.
> (nuanced) If you are using F3 to get places and then switch to sniper mode, what you do depends on what you think will be happening. If you plan to take one-two shots and then leave, just never leave F3. If you plan to do that a few times, then switch to F1 right away (minimizing your railgun energy loss to charging), and about as you launch your first shot, switch back to F3 for a bit to dip into that sweet "engine power NOT recently consumed" regen. Basically, play your engine pools based on what you think will be needed.
> Generally F3 is better defense than F2, but both are needed. If you have a choice betwixt a few seconds at F3 plus a few seconds at F2, this will give you more regen for each than all that time at F4.

3- Emphasize how important energy management is to proper play.

4- Emphasize maximum throttle when you need engine power and aren't under fire.

5- Boosting and switching to minimum throttle repeatedly is very good for varying your range, but because boost has an initial cost to turn on AND you never leave "engine power recently consumed", this will be very hard to maintain for a long time. It's much easier on a scout, and also easier with quick charge shields.
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