I was asked to share my U.S.S. Buteo Regalis, science-torpedo Vesta build that has served me with some alterations now over 3 years (about half of that time on T5, later on T6). And while the build has indeed seen many changes and revisions, the core idea behind the build has been the same – a careful mix between torpedo and EPG-science ability damage.
Link to the build: https://skillplanner.stoacademy.com/22cab86a6aef558fe9a5eaf460363211
While the ship can feel slightly squishier than most others in the game, it has never let me down in any elite mission, and even managed to complete 2-man HSE with only minor changes to better support my tank (on T5, as T6 Vestas were not yet released that time).
Video to 2-man HSE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xx0tFhdi8Rw
Apart from being able to output good DPS, I also feel it has lots of Crowd Control presence, something that has also been mentioned by several of my friends I use to fly with. On maps like Battle of Korfez (asteroid field stage), Storming the Spire or Herald Sphere, where it is necessary to keep enemies from reaching their destinations, carefully activating Gravity Well, Subspace Vortex and Tractor Beam Repulsors at right times and places can be extremely efficient tactic.
In regard to that, a question people have asked me a lot is that how I manage to keep my TBR useable. The key here is to activate it at right times only. On maps mentioned in previous paragraphs, as well as against huge stationary targets like (Tactical) Cubes, Borg Unimatrix ships and Queen’s Diamond, it is a very effective ability. However, it should be never used being in the middle of a pack of enemies if you’re not absolutely sure that the enemies will either die right away or won’t be affected by the push. Mindlessly scattering enemies around will only annoy your teammates. So, the correct usage of the ability takes practice, and a good, easier to use alternative here would be Charged Particle Burst to have an additional ability to proc your Deteriorating Secondary deflector.
Another thing that people have asked me is my insistence on trying to focus both on torpedoes and exotics. And indeed, while it’s true that currently, game has made it much easier to fully buff your science abilities with everything you’ve got and just leave torpedoes to do additional, minor damage. However, I feel that this is not *my* build style, hence I continue on my own route. And personally, I could not wish for a better ship.