(02-14-2014, 03:56 PM)martinison Wrote: I've also noticed that your parsed dps will be higher in general when running with other high dps ships. Probably has to do with how quickly shields get dropped when everyone is hitting at high dps. If I remember right your crit rates are higher against exposed hulls, so the quicker shields drop the higher your crit rates will be and crit rates/crit severity play a huge role of high dps.
There are a few other things to account for, but that's a key one right there. Hits to exposed hull are devastating. Thank you for mentioning that.
The most overlooked variable, though, is piloting skill
. These 20k+ ships aren't getting their results because the people flying them are mindlessly mashing buttons and flying in random directions. They're activating the right abilities at the right moment when in the right position to strike as many targets as closely as possible*. It's not uncommon to see people with good builds who aren't performing up to snuff, and then it turns out they just don't know how to fly their ships.
But back to teamwork - yes, that has a ton to do with it. I wouldn't put too much stock in that 83k parse, because that was a parse taken from a controlled environment: it was likely a carefully planned match with a specific route and specific roles played by everyone involved. Whoever got the 83k has a fine loadout, I'm sure, but they aren't going to deal that much dps every time, especially if they play other STF missions with different people.
That said, it is pretty amazing when you consider what people are able to pull off in this game. The envelope is constantly being pushed because curious (and unfortunately, sometimes arrogant) players want to see how far it will go, and they keep finding new ways to raise the limit of what can be achieved. Just don't look down on yourself if you're not part of the dps crowd....it can lead to an unhealthy obsession that will take all the fun out of the game.
* yeah, I'm a terrible pilot. My timing and ship positioning are laughable. The most I ever parsed with a fully loaded RomPlas beamboat (and I know how to hit out a ship, believe me) was what, 13k, 14k in ISE? But I'm fine with that. I can dispatch NPCs fairly quickly with little hassle, and I enjoy the game. I think enjoying the game is why we all play it in the first place, and it's easy to lose sight of that when you're in the dps race. Just my two energy credits.