yeah the Marza is broken. It's UNIQUE bc its a faction-specific, no-cannon, no resource, "super-weapon." Sure, you can counter it (MUST counter, no choice) but sometimes you don't have the antimatter, particularly if you need to jump multiple systems, and sometimes they go for 2 marzas (why bother with anything else? it's not like YOU'RE the one needing interrupts, and marauder and akkan suck in comparison); Any encounter on their part, they risk losing 100+ UNITS in 20 seconds to 1 unit if interrupter isn't in position AND has anti-mater AND it's not on cooldown AND it's activated in time to make a difference AND if he doesn't have to interrupt TWO or THREE lvl 6's, which together will wipe a fleet easily with minimal support needed. on med maps, lvl 6 isn't hard, particularly after getting the first lvl 6 and feeding others XP).
Reverie, Radiance's interrupt, etc, all have a CD. but if the battle goes for a few minutes, then if you take your eyes off the battle for even 10 seconds when a lvl 6 Marza is in the ring, you risk losing everything in an AOE to MB+support fleet. "overpowered" is relative and it's overpowered. No question, no discussion needed. Too bad other TEC ships besides Kol suck as bad as Advent's Revelation ship.
I play TEC. Yes it can be countered. BUT, unlike virtually any other ability in the game, it MUST be countered. Yes, I enjoy TEC and having that "I win if I push this and they can't counter it immeidately; if it doesn't work out NOW, it's on cooldown for 4 min and we'll try again then." or, if frustrated, I'll just use my 2 lvl 6 marzas, kill the planet and clear defenses (thousands of resource points) in a minute and a half, and run somewhere else.
if you're playing a multiplayer game with team allies, the simple fact that one player is TEC means that all others need almost have their capitals selected for them because Marza's is so broken. 2 Marzas, with just the "Raze Planet" ability, can chain that to eliminate an asteroid or 1500 hp planet in under 20 seconds and just leave. MB makes them fleet killers BUT perhaps more importantly, LARGE AOE orbital structure clearers. That's thousands of credits/resource lost in 20 seconds, price of another capital ship (ie. a counter). You get 2 Marzas (why get anything else if opposing players MUST counter or lose the on-site fleet?) up to 6 and they're screwed if you can move them around the map effectively, since they kill planets/fleets/defense QUICKLY, and with almost no effort required.
I stopped playing this game a while back because Dark Fleet was so broken. It seemed teh DEVs stopped caring. You research RA, and game was over bc people build multiple phase gates on their planets. No need to worry about econ anymore. No need to hardcore research military tech. The game was fun before me and my friend discovered that RA- sure it doesn't guarentee victore EVERY time, but it was game-breaking- made the whole tactical/strategic thinking part of the game a dead issue. Hard tech to RA, then send masses of free units everywhere/ scuttle for resources.
Marza's just as gamebreaking. Maybe not just one Marza, but multiple. They can wipe out bases before fleet defenses get there, for massive resource damage. They can wipe out fleets if not perfectly timed with an interrupt. And if you have 2 Marza's, you can count on one to go off, and in 20 sec's deal 100,000+ damage for 150 antimatter routinely. That can mean tens to hundreds of resource points damage over 20 secs for 150 antimatter and a cooldown. It's as bad as RA, and ruins the game. It's kind of sad, but true.
It's so bad that my friend, who has an older computter andcan run the game but micro is sometimes an issue, refuses to play anymore. If you're tired of TEC auto-Marza pick (egg and mother aren't nearly as retardedly broken. you can't compare 100,000+/20 sec/1 capital ship/biggest range in game, to any of their abilities on med-large maps). If you're WAY too tired of Marza being so broken, you might stop playing and come back after they fix it. Michael and Alex just can't stand the fact that I DO abuse it (it's hard to dode in the hands of a novice, but in the hands of someone who'se played for a year and has always been good at RTS... it's game-breaking), and I stop having fun when I can't pick the Marza for its other sweet abilities simply bc its ultimate is so strong and my roommates got tired of see it used hit/run or interrupt/lost entire fleet INSTANTLY bc you're not TEC. Just come back in a few months and see if the DEVs still care, and are still working on this game and not their next title. RA finally got patched with 1.1, and game was playable; Marza is the new RA needing a hot-fix but didn't get around to it. I CAN and enjoy winning w/o the Marza, but it's too tempting and too easy to use it effectively. Particularly if you're playing with an ally who escorts your Marza with their own CP's with ship interrupts.
It should be short duration burst, NON-intteruptible, shorter cooldown.
If you can't understand why it's so broken, just drop the game and come back when it's playable again. I'm sorry, but that's the sad but best option for those of us with a precious premium on our times. This game is supposed to be fun, and do that it needs to be fixed from its present broken state.
Personally, my friends don't have the patience for dealing with something like this that should've been patched ages ago, with other areas changed to compensate. If you don't have the patience for things like RA abuse, or Marza spam abuse, then stop QQ'ing and find another game to play that has something that actually resembles faction balance. There are dozens of titles out there. That's what I did until 1.1 came out, nad and I don't regret it at all. My time is precious and so is my patience.
Personally I think they're working on Sins 2 or some other new project. Updating Sins is not profitable anymore, and will be even less so over time in comparsions with producing new title. Balance issues? doubt they care as much anymore. You've already bought the game, and spent time on it. You've done your part to support Sins. So find another game until Sins 2 comes out.