Why didn't you use fleet support? Capitals are support ships, they help fleets, especially the Skirantra. Why did you not have fleet support?
There are answers to this question, but we are getting sidetracked by addressing it. The point is capships - only capships. Not what I could have done differently or how I could have played better. Is it the intention of the devs that the vasari have NO cap that can go toe to toe with a sova? If so, fine, but I want to hear players, or the devs themselves say it.
Let's take a hypotetical map. 1 homeworld for you, 1 homeworld for your enemy, and 1 roid in between. That's it. Nothing else. Your enemy rushes you with a sova as soon as it hops off the assembly line. You have no time for your "fleet support." What are you going to do?
I was getting rushed by dual halcyons all the time before I ever played this particular game. That's why I started opening with dual skirantras - it was the only cap that could somewhat counter the halcyons. Eggs got slaughtered, kortuls got slaughtered, starbases got slaughtered (all due to bombers) - you need something that can make fighters. Assailants got slaughtered either by fighters, seekers/scouts, or combination thereof. Skirmishers? I don't build skirmishers.
You could have easily wiped out all his fighters even if you were balanced ~half and half, since as his fighters chase your bombers, your fighters would be cutting his down while taking no losses themselves. Before long, he'd have had zero strikecraft, and you could then re-balance your fleet to be something like 6bomber/2fighter. Add the scramble bomber ability to that, and you would have had a fat swarm of bombers kicking his teeth in.
Fair enough. I am willing to test this out with someone anytime New Year's Day or after. Anyone who wants to meet me online, PM me and we will set day/time, screennames, etc.
If i were you i would have spent the resources on fleet first.
That's fine, in fact I suggested the idea myself if you read my opening post. But just understand, I have NEVER seen anyone not build a capship to start the game, and if you are proposing that vasari do this, then they are the only race that "shouldn't" build a capship to open. Now, perhaps that's entirely fine - I'm not judging it. I'm totally cool with the idea. I'm simply asking "are you sure you want to 'go there' with this suggestion?" I mean, was this the intent of the devs?
Deciphering the "intent of the devs" feels a little too much like "decipering the will of the gods," methinks. LOL.