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Good Mech For Ppcs?


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#1 Lucky The Magnificent

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Posted 21 April 2021 - 11:27 AM

I noticed I don't have any mechs that use PPCs, so I would like to get one that specializes in them.

Any suggestions considering the recent rebalance?

#2 martian

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Posted 21 April 2021 - 11:58 AM

View PostLucky The Magnificent, on 21 April 2021 - 11:27 AM, said:

Any suggestions considering the recent rebalance?

Inner Sphere or Clan?

Weight class?

#3 Lucky The Magnificent

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Posted 21 April 2021 - 12:57 PM

I'm ok with whatever I am just looking for something particularly good at using PPCs

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Posted 22 April 2021 - 04:21 AM

View PostLucky The Magnificent, on 21 April 2021 - 12:57 PM, said:

I'm ok with whatever I am just looking for something particularly good at using PPCs

Well, any 'Mech with one or two energy hardpoints can be armed with some kind of PPCs, but I would like to mention one or two more common builds:

Shadow Cat
A very popular sniping 'Mech armed with twin Clan ER PPCs and equipped with Clan ECM suite.
You are lucky since this exact Shadow Cat serves as the currently available Trial 'Mech, so you can test it for free, without having to spend money on it.

Vapor Eagle
Another (in)famous jump-sniping 'Mech, this time carrying three Clan ER PCs.
VGL-1

Huntsman
Versatile OmniMech with a pair of shoulder-mounted Clan ER PPCs. Since it is an OmniMech, you can use different OmniPods to completely rework its loadout, once the jump-sniping gets old.
HMN-PRIME

Nova
An old OmniMech, but you see jump-sniping it with twin ER PPCs from time to time.

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The Inner Sphere has a lot of PPC 'Mechs too: Awesome with three Heavy PPCs, Fafnir, etc.

Edited by martian, 22 April 2021 - 04:30 AM.


#5 Lucky The Magnificent

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Posted 22 April 2021 - 07:01 AM

I did try the Shadow Cat. I like the combination of ECM and range.

#6 martian

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Posted 22 April 2021 - 07:20 AM

View PostLucky The Magnificent, on 22 April 2021 - 07:01 AM, said:

I did try the Shadow Cat.

Those PPC 'Mechs have their pros and cons.

Often they are hot running, if pushed too hard, especially on some hot maps. However, this can be mitigated by unlocking additional cooling nodes.

The Shadow Cat is good for sniping, but relatively fragile. Of course, there are durability nodes that can be unlocked.

The Vapor Eagle and the Huntsman have ER PPCs in side torsos, so sometimes they have problems with targeting enemy 'Mechs that are too high or too low.

The Nova can carry ER PPCs either in side torsos or in arms, that's upon the player.

View PostLucky The Magnificent, on 22 April 2021 - 07:01 AM, said:

I like the combination of ECM and range.

There are many other IS and Clan 'Mechs of all weight classes, sometimes with ECM - just two days ago PGI added a new ECM-capable heavy 'Mech (the Thunderbolt) with a small PPC quirk.

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Posted 22 April 2021 - 07:26 AM

You may think it is crazy, but: Executioner.
Swap omnipods to equip 4(!) ER-PPCs. Group them 2-2 and go! A beast. If you not use heat override it could survive 2-3 alphas. I use such an Executioner now and it ROCKS!!!

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Posted 22 April 2021 - 07:40 AM

View PostDuke Falcon, on 22 April 2021 - 07:26 AM, said:

You may think it is crazy, but: Executioner.
Swap omnipods to equip 4(!) ER-PPCs. Group them 2-2 and go! A beast. If you not use heat override it could survive 2-3 alphas. I use such an Executioner now and it ROCKS!!!

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