Hello Multiplayer Fans,
I recently played an online game with teams and was stuck battling against an AR player. Essentially, he mass-colonized, over-stretching himself severely, and then sat back and did nothing but culture. I send in my fleet to a practically completely undefended planet, to have them pummeled to death by two or three "Wail of a Sacrifice" abilities.
To those of you unfamiliar with this ability, essentially AR has to build a Temple of Commune and then use the temple's ability (which is about lvl 6 tech to research) to sacrifice the planet (abandoning it) and doing damage to all enemy forces in the gravity wells of any phase-lane-connected planets. The damage is multiplied by the population of the planet.
So, since his culture was so high, I could not colonize the planet once he "Wailed" nor did I have any fleet left to defend myself from his forces phasing in. I'd retreat, he'd Wail the planet that I had just attacked, and I'm back to ground-zero with my fleet. He then recolonizes immediately after, and I'm stuck with having to keep my fleet a planet behind my front line planets.
Therefore, what is the best strategy in retaliation to this kind of gameplay (using any faction)?