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I have never had a fleet survive red button even with full shield upgrades.
Quoting lbgsloan, reply 65A well placed TEC starbase will basically require you to send in a titan to tank the nuke now.
I think that's what they wanted, for the red button to be a big threat even for titans.
Red button no longer has any counters.
Or just make the red button cost a lot more than it does. I actually enjoy the fact it can wipe out half of an opposing force, but thats only if they stop to challenge your starbase in the first place. I will say its fairly inexpensive for what it can do though.
It does not wipe out half the enemies forces, it wipes out whole end game fleets.