I am really a Solo only player and just got my first Escape on any map playing Point of Contact with two friends. I have yet to really find a place to make the MAAWS effective, as I have only tested it out on Mayday playing Solo, which is probably not the best map to be testing the MAAWS.
I have just purchased all of the I.M.S. upgrades from the armory and it was not as helpful as I thought it would be. Yes, it is cheap but with the lingering flaming pools, you can accidentally down yourself and end the game.
I had always played with sentries as a Solo player, but I find they are expensive for how long they last depending on what difficulty and relics.
I just got my first escape using this set up during a 3 player match on P.O.C:
Weapon Specialist (with upgrade)
Upgraded Incendiary Ammo
I used Feral Instincts, but would have been more comfortable with armor and letting someone else use Feral.
I ran a Vulture for my Strike Package and so did another teammate and it worked wonders. Two fully upgraded Vultures and one player with fully upgraded Grenade Turrets and Sentries got us a Gold finish.
I used the Riot Shield, which has come highly recommended by others and I must say it saved me on multiple occasions. My teammates both used Grenade Turret's.
I am totally going to test the MAAWS out on some maps other than Mayday, It seems like it would work decent on Awakening.
Honestly, I like running the No Machines relic now; I prefer running and gunning and I see no use for the Equalizer on Awakening. And since I like dropping armor and ammo, I rarely have enough cash for a sentry gun. Finally, my teammates all use IMS with fire pools so I don't need to drop more IMS creating more fire pools.
So I just do no machines.