Nert the Illums and get ready to see a whole lot more people playing Vasari.
Either that or you'll actually see the elusive Destra Crusader (gasp!). Yeah sure you'll see more people playing Vasari and TEC, but thats only because Advent won't be as easy to cream people with. There are currently 2 types of Advent Player; the type who really like Advent for their sleek ships, cool synergies and culture pwnage, and the type who were so sick of being obliterated by illum spam they had to switch to Advent and do the same just to survive the first half hour of a game.
I fell into the later category for quite sometime. Now though I'm quite fond of Advents other nifty features. Cap ship synergies are awesome (I revel in the difficulty of pulling off a CB+Malice combo, and feel so badass when I do). The only thing is I don't ever have to use Destras. Ever. Because Illums are stronger, can live longer (thanks to illusions and repulse) and way cheaper to replace.. They need to be nerfed so their power lies somewhere between assailants and enforcers. Currently theyre on par (or better) than Kodies, which is ridiculous.
There is 1 way to beat an illuminator spam, and its quite ridiculous as well. Spam flak. Pretty much you've got two kins of fleets flying around in a game. Illums and flak. Thats IT! Nothing else can stand up to illums that early, and the only reason Flak do a decent job at it is because disciples are not common (and weak as geeks), flak are loaded with health and can target more than 1 illuminator at a time. But flak aren't meant to kill lrfs. Theyre meant to kill fighters, and to a lesser extent bombers.
Im not saying illums should be weak at all, jsut weaker than they are now, because currently they steamroll 95% of lrf heavy fleets, taking minimal losses (almost as if they were just plowing through a fleet of lfs) and have the momentum to continue.
Point is, unit spam isnt healthy for any game its like a friggin disease, (illumspamitis,good one) and needs to be cured.