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Newfound Love For The 'phract


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#1 Mad Dog Morgan

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Posted 04 August 2017 - 09:31 AM

So, it had been years since I pulled the Ilya Muromets out of the garage, or at least, it felt like returning to an old friend. The armor values retained, the overall bulkiness of the damned thing, lost to time like knights of old, the Ilya Muromets found a new lease on life with the advent of new ballistics to boat. While fairly ludicrous, the 3 RAC/5 build served as a stepping stone towards a much more sustainable and menacing setup that focused on being a second-line suppressor.

I present to you, the Murdermets.
ILYA MURDERMETS

In most cases, most mechs less than 80t shouldn't or can't exactly fit 3 ballistics comfortably and maintain a reasonable speed. If the team is pushing aggressively, this mech can afford to be in the fray, despite the vulnerabilities of an XL280 engine. The amount of fire being thrown down range means that the enemy is going to want to move out of the line of sight or be opened up like a can of tuna, the meaty bits being exposed to the hungry scavengers in tow.

On its own, it's not much, but following an aggressive team that has reasonable space to maneuver means this mech will perform quite well.

The report of 2 UAC-10 volleys in the midst of the constant drumming of the RAC/5's is a satisfying audio sensation as you're mincing the enemy's armor to bits.

Thanks to the armor quirks of the Cataphracts, this mech can still take its fair share of hits, rotating out when other mechs have fewer battle scars. Yes, it's a barn. No, that shouldn't deter you from giving it a run if you still have one sitting in your garage. The actual front armor with those values ends up being RT: 80/6, CT: 120/6, and LT: 80/6 after investing in the survival tree, which is substantial for a mech that acts as a mobile machine gun.

As for the skill tree, focus on grabbing all the juicy ammo nodes in the firepower tree, make sure to nab all the necessary survival nodes, and ensure that you have some twistiness to shrug off most hits.

Edited by Vaskadar, 09 August 2017 - 09:57 AM.


#2 Laserhupe

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Posted 04 August 2017 - 10:03 AM

not only ur text is priceless. that build is a ****hole of fun! Posted Image

#3 Torothin

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Posted 09 August 2017 - 09:20 AM

I think you are better off with 2 UAC/!0's and 3 medium lasers. That's my fitting as of right now and it does really well. The IM is a beast.

#4 Mad Dog Morgan

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Posted 09 August 2017 - 09:55 AM

View PostTorothin, on 09 August 2017 - 09:20 AM, said:

I think you are better off with 2 UAC/!0's and 3 medium lasers. That's my fitting as of right now and it does really well. The IM is a beast.


You could do the 2 UAC-10 build on the 3D but with more mediums. The point of the IM is to fit as many ballistics as possible, lol.

#5 Bud Crue

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Posted 09 August 2017 - 11:40 AM

Damn.

I might have to buy a third one.

#6 Torothin

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Posted 09 August 2017 - 01:50 PM

Full transparency I did 3 UAC 5's with 2 small lasers and I wasn't happy with the damage during fights. I will say this though. This mech can take way more of a beating than a TBR or at least bit seemed that way to me. Great mech all around.

#7 Flushot

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Posted 09 August 2017 - 04:43 PM

Running the 3D with 2 RAC5's and 4 MLs has been doing stellar for me.

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Posted 14 August 2017 - 08:14 AM

Been having a LOT of fun with the loyalty variant, the 3LL with a standard 280 a UAC20 and 4 ERMLs - go big on the survivability and agility skill trees and with the MASC you can nip out, wreck face and nip back into cover quickly. It is a tank and a half now. I have stared down Mad Cats with this thing!

The Phract is definitely back.......

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Posted 25 September 2017 - 12:02 AM

View PostColonel Clunge, on 14 August 2017 - 08:14 AM, said:

Been having a LOT of fun with the loyalty variant, the 3LL with a standard 280 a UAC20 and 4 ERMLs - go big on the survivability and agility skill trees and with the MASC you can nip out, wreck face and nip back into cover quickly. It is a tank and a half now. I have stared down Mad Cats with this thing!

The Phract is definitely back.......
The loyalty variant is a blast. Running it with two snubs and an AC/20 and cramming the largest LFE I can fit in it after MASC and heatsinks. The snubs sync up nicely with the AC/20's range and projectile speed, letting me put 40 damage pretty much wherever I want. The MASC makes it a mean brawler too.

Edited by o0m9, 25 September 2017 - 12:07 AM.


#10 Ghostrider0067

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Posted 11 February 2018 - 09:51 PM

I've got a load of 'phracts with that one being an exception. I've thought about picking it up several times but have always balked for some reason or another. Perhaps I'll have to just pull the trigger and make it rain lead.

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 07:44 AM

View Posto0m9, on 25 September 2017 - 12:02 AM, said:

The loyalty variant is a blast. Running it with two snubs and an AC/20 and cramming the largest LFE I can fit in it after MASC and heatsinks. The snubs sync up nicely with the AC/20's range and projectile speed, letting me put 40 damage pretty much wherever I want. The MASC makes it a mean brawler too.


I've recently had a lot of fun in my loyalty version also. Heavy Gauss, 5 ER mediums, MASC, and the largest standard engine that fits!

#12 Lance Ninja

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Posted Today, 05:14 AM

I've been murdering with a dual gauss, dual ER medium laser build. XL 295 with 6 tons of ammo and max armor. Stay with the slow fatties and you'll do fine.





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