T6 Sovereign

c4589fd8c2bb1c2ae630e84cfaf3abf01479231785Last week finally saw the release of the much anticipated T6 Sovereign… spiritual descendant of the Big Double-E. As it turns out, the one that comes with the Attack Wing game miniature is but one of two variants – that’s a Command version officially named the “Vizier” class, while a C-Store Intel version is named the “Archon” class.

And predictably, this “exclusive” method of obtaining the Vizier class has caused another bit of an uproar among the player base, but what else is new?

It’s been widely reported that the Attack Wing Enterprise-E is sold out almost everywhere, hence making it difficult for STO players to grab the Vizier in-game, thus causing the commotion. Interestingly, I happened by a gaming store in the mall this past weekend, and found two of these on the shelf! I immediately grabbed one – lo and behold, it’s CAD$18! Considering the fact that it costs 3000 Zen/USD $30 for a C-Store ship, this is a bargain. For CAD$18 (which is around USD$13.50 at current exchange rate) you get a C-Store ship, AND a miniature you can hold in your greedy little mitts!

Iscreenshot_2016-11-16-13-57-30 have to admit, I love the sleek, streamlined design of the Sovereign. In fact, it’s arguably my favorite design of all the canon Trek hero ships. The T6 skin mostly stays true to the Sovereign’s origin – I especially like the big orange deflector – but my God, those nacelles! They remind me of the giant wheels on a monster truck. And just as inexplicable.

Yeah…. no. I’m sticking to the original Sovereign nacelles.

So I was holding this thing in my hands and waiting in line to pay for it, while my SO ogles this sexy nurse figurine in a zombie survival game. ::roll eyes:: What else is there to do but to check the Vizier’s stats on my phone? Turns out, it’s pretty standard Fed cruiser fare.

  • Tier: 6
  • Faction: Starfleet
  • Rank Requirement: Vice Admiral (Level 50)
  • Hull Strength: 44,850 at level 50 and 52,000 at level 60 (Fleet 57,200)
  • Shield Modifier: 1 (Fleet 1.1)
  • Fore Weapons: 4
  • Aft Weapons: 4
  • Device Slots: 4
  • Bridge Officer Stations: 1 Ensign Tactical, 1 Lieutenant Commander Tactical, 1 Lieutenant Engineering, 1 Commander Engineering, 1 Lieutenant Commander Universal/Command
  • Console Modifications: 3 Tactical, 5 Engineering, 2 Science (Fleet +1 Tactical)
  • Base Turn Rate: 7 degrees/second
  • Impulse Modifier: 0.15
  • Friction/Traction: 40
  • +10 to Weapons, +5 to Shields, +5 to Auxiliary
  • Console – Universal – Metreon Gas Warhead Launcher
  • Starship Ability Package (Cruiser)
    • Absorptive Plating (+Kinetic and Physical Damage Resistance)
    • Rapid Repairs (+Regeneration)
    • Enhanced Plating (+Energy and Radiation Damage Resistance)
    • Armored Hull (+Max Hull Hit Points)
    • Vent Metreon Laced Plasma (Starship Trait — boosts Eject Warp Plasma)
  • Cruiser Command Array
    • Command – Strategic Maneuvering
    • Command – Shield Frequency Modulation
    • Command – Weapon System Efficiency
    • Command – Attract Fire

Starfleet Assault Cruiser Technology Item Set

Items in set:

  • Console – Universal – Metreon Gas Canisters
    • Found on the Assault Cruiser Refit
  • Console – Universal – Incremental Phase Cloaking Device
    • Found on the Intel Assault Cruiser [T6]
  • Console – Universal – Metreon Gas Warhead Launcher
    • Found on the Command Assault Cruiser [T6]

Set Bonuses

  • 2pc: Assault Cruiser Versatility
    • +Turn Rate
    • +Directed Energy Damage
  • 3pc: Battle Cloak
    • Grants an ability that allows the user to engage a Battle Cloaking device

 

Compared to the Endeavor (since Kala flies one, it’s the easiest comparison), the Vizier is a bit more maneuverable. The Fleet version of the Vizier is roughly on par with the Endeavor in terms of shields and hull. And the Console 3-pc set bonus gives the ship a Battle Cloak! Very interesting, that.

And then the downside sets in. The two Science Consoles layout is weak under the current meta — Embassy consoles are good not just for raw DPS, but for threat generation/mitigation. The BOFF seating is unique – which is generally good – but no native Science seats? I can’t imagine flying any ship without Hazard Emitters, so that means the Universal Lt.C seat is actually reserved for a Science/Sci-Command BOFF.

But wait… in order to get the Vizier to par with the Endeavor, I’d have to upgrade it to Fleet quality. As for the 3-pc bonus, I would need to buy the Archon as well as the T5U Assault Cruiser Refit… yeah, this is getting expensive real fast… never mind needing three slots for a trio of consoles of dubious usefulness.

In the end, I put it back on the shelf. As much as I love the Sovereign’s design, it’s just another cruiser in a faction already full of them. If I didn’t already have the T6 Arbiter and T6 Odyssey bundle, this might be a viable purchase… but I do. Sorry kids, Heidy is keeping her money for Christmas on this one.

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14 thoughts on “T6 Sovereign

  1. I was considering getting one of these T6 Sovereigns too, but then I realized that I already have a T6 fleet Arbiter and a T5U tactical Odyssey, so it’d be kinda superfluous for me to have yet another big cruiser. :/

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    1. So I’m still a bit confused about your situation. Didn’t you say you deleted your original toon, and your current is a brand new one? If so are you sure you still have access to a Fleet Arbiter? I’m pretty sure Fleet ships are locked to a toon, which would mean when you deleted your old toon you would’ve lost the Fleet ship.

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      1. I still have my old account, and my new toon is an AoY toon, yes. But thanks to a very special person who used to be in my fleet, I was able to get a fleet ship module and get my T6 fleet Arbiter back. Long story but yeah, the good old USS Katana (NX-97521) is out of mothballs and back in business.

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  2. And yes, those big orange and blue glowy bits on the nacelles have got to go. lol

    If I do end up getting a T6 Sovereign (because I’ve always wanted one and hoped they’d release one because it’s my all-time favorite canon ship from the old movies), I’d definitely just use the normal (canon) Sovereign skin on it.

    Why are Cryptic’s designs so ugly? 😦

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    1. But I wouldn’t say Cryptic’s designs are ugly, not as a generic statement. I mean, I think there are some real winners in the bunch, like the Odyssey and the Pathfinder, and overall I like the CBC and Chimera designs, just to name a few — then of course you get some stinkers like the Valiant with the giant flabby ears (i.e. U.S.S. Prince Charles), the Scryer/Battle Donut, and now we can add the Sausage Wagon to that list.

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      1. And LOL at “Prince Charles,” “Battle Donut,” and “Sausage Wagon” (I don’t even want to know!). And the “Pizza Cutter” (Nautilus).

        The Pathfinder kinda looks like a leaping frog to me; that’s why I put the canon Intrepid skin on it, except for the Pathfinder warp nacelles which I did like. Mine (USS Apollo) is basically a hot-rodded experimental Intrepid-refit that serves as a test bed for new technologies, per my background story for it.

        And I’m OK with the Odyssey-class; I do think it’s a truly worthy successor to the Sovereign-class and the Enterprise name.

        The only thing I really don’t like about the Chimera is the weird, bulging secondary hull. If they’d just cut that bottom bulge down to about half, I’d be fine with it.

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      2. I happen to like the Pizza Cutter design!

        The only thing I don’t like about the Pathfinder are the downward curving pylons, which I suppose is what made it look like a leaping frog. On the Cassini I used the Pathfinder saucer and hull, and Bellerophon pylons and nacelles. Thought that looked a lot better than the stock design.

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    1. Absolutely. If you don’t already own a comparable T6 Fed cruiser, and you can find this in-store, by all means grab it! It’s much cheaper than a Steam/Zen purchase, and it’s a solid ship. Like I said I didn’t get it because it’s entirely redundant for someone who already owns the T6 Odyssey bundle and the T6 Arbiter.

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      1. Same thing with me and all my cruisers. Between my T6 fleet Arbiter, T5U tactical Odyssey, T5U (I think?) Excelsior, and T5 Ambassador, I think I’ve got enough cruisers to last a while. lol

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    2. Go for it! I think you’ll really like it and if you’re more into cruisers like I am (even tho I’m a tac guy), you can’t go wrong with it.

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  3. Heidy:

    In response to your earlier comment re the Pathfinder (since apparently I can’t reply to a reply in here), I agree; the Pathfinder’s downward-angled wing pylons are mainly what made it look like a leaping frog.

    That’s why I used the regular Intrepid pylons on mine as they’re straight out instead of downward. I just didn’t like the Pathfinder skin because like many of Cryptic’s designs, it just felt too busy and over-designed for me.

    So appearance-wise my Pathfinder is just an Intrepid with Pathfinder warp nacelles (which I do like) and the darker grey “upgrade” material on it.

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  4. I almost have the full console set, just waiting on the Command Assault Cruiser [T6]. It has been a challenge to find, if anyone has a suggestion on how find this ship that would be awesome. Great Post by the way!

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