Solid builds. Very few modifications needed to min max them.
Shaved 8 points of armor off each leg and arm, removed one heat sink, and downgraded a 6 launcher to a 4. Added artemis and another medium laser.
Artemis is worth it every time IMO, and the third Mlas will give you some more punch without making the heat unbearable. Having an SRM10 also means that you get 20 shots to the dot, so no mini missile packs for the last shot lol.
The only modifications to the Cataphract would be personal preference. Swapping armor, engine size, heat sinks and JJ's for more or less of the same stuff. The weapon loadout is tried and true.
Um sorry but almost every premade I had the misfortune of running into hung back and let the pugs eat it first so they could clean up.
Now, do they sit back and let you die?
Or do they take a position to jump snipe, and you push out too far isolate yourself and get killed?
I've never been in or seen a premade that thinks its a good idea to intentionally lets their pugs die. It is never a good strategy to lose teammates. More often than not these players want to maximize return fire as their ally is taking the heat. If you don't win damage trades you probably wont win the game.