Arena of Sompek Special Event
Star Trek Online regularly runs short term events with unique rewards to keep the player base engaged. The latest of these, the Arena of Sompek Special Event, has just gone live today and will run until to February 27th at 9:00 AM PST (17:00 PM GMT). Level 50 to 60 Captains can queue publicly or form bespoke groups to battle in the ancient Klingon tradition of the qaD HoS; an endless battle against allies and enemies alike. Set in a holodeck, teams of six players face waves of ever increasingly powerful enemies as well as environmental hazards. There are infinite respawns as long as there’s one active player. Once all players are incapacitated, the event ends and rewards are distributed based on how many rounds are completed. These include a choice of reputation marks, Dilithium, crafting materials and a voucher once per day, that can be applied toward a special reward, The Sompek Lightning Universal Kit Module.
The Arena of Sompek is extremely enjoyable as well as quite challenging. I jumped straight in to this event today as soon as the servers came up after patching, joining a team via the group finder. Fortunately, all participants were well geared and soon came to grips with the event mechanics. Fire barriers, lighting strikes and the central zone becoming toxic, soon teach you to main your situational awareness and not to stay in one position. The enemies become increasingly stronger each time they spawn and can be from any of the factions, races and species that exist in the game. You may face the Borg so bring a frequency remodulator or a TR-116B rifle. Cover shields, overcharge turrets, solar gateways and other devices are invaluable. Teamwork helps.
Your success in this event very much depends upon who you group with. Therefore, you’ll likely to do better in an organised team rather than in a PUG. However, there is immense fun to be had irrespective of how you play the event. Our group managed to last twenty-six rounds on our first attempt which I thought was respectable. No one complained or was difficult in team chat which is always an added bonus these days. Furthermore, the STO community has been quick to post videos on You Tube and share tactics on the official subreddit. As ever the DPS focused community have already clocked in high round scores and doubtless a league table will follow. Yet this is an event that can be enjoyed by all STO players and is something Cryptic intend to make available regularly throughout the year, very much like “Hearts and Minds”. If they can tweak the time delay between rounds, they may well be on to a winner here.