The intention may have been to subtly acknowledge your hyperbole by countering it by putting it into game math to set up the poster's counter-observations on their cost-effectiveness in masses.
Thx, that was my Intention.
Corvettes use the Composite damage type, which does 1.5x damage to light armor (LRF, siege) and 1.25x damage to medium (LF). That said, LF do base damage (1.0x) against the very light armor corvettes use, so LF aren't the worst thing to use against corvettes, but they are still vulnerable to them.
Corvettes do more damage (+25%) against LF, i get it, but my Question was can they beat them in a fair fight?
Like I said bevor 2 Corvettes lose against 1 Lf this means 6 Fleetsupply lose against 5 and
380 Credits, 40 Metal, 20 Crystal lose against 300, 110 Metal, 0 Crystal.
I did the same fight with 4 Corvettes against 2 LF, same end.
Then I used 5 Corvettes against 2 Lf, the Corvettes won, with 4 destroyed Corvettes.
That means, 50% (15 vs 10) more Fleetsupply is needed to win with Corvettes against LF, I would call this a soft counter.
Offensively the corvettes can shift their target to something not protected and be done with it before the flak can reposition themselves.
You are completely right, their speed is their main advantage.
Also corvettes are researched sooner then flak and can be built in higher numbers faster then flak and LFs.
Yes Corvettes are faster researched then Flak. But you dont need reseach the LF`s. Reseach Station needs 68 sec to build (extracted from the game). Researching the Corvettes needs 92 sec. That means the Lf Player can build 7 LF (22 sec each), bevor the Corvette Player have one Corvette. But in this early game it doesnt matter, so lets say both Player resarchs the 150 additional at the same time. To fill it the Corvette Player needs 30 FL with 660 sec build time or 50 Corvettes with 700 sec build time (14 sec each). Can 50 Corvettes beat 30 FL? I dont think so, because of my testing above. Corvettes can outrun LF, but they lose the fight.
But it can get even worser for the Corvette Player, after his enemy gets Flak. Flak needs 32 sec for each ship, that means 7 Flak
(224 sec) are build in the same time as 16 Corvettes (224 sec). 7 Flak against 16 Corvettes, is Corvette slaughter.
All the testing was done with Tec units without upgrades against Tec militia units.
At the end I want to say that Corvettes have a big tactical advantage because of their speed, a good Player with Corvettes will outrun his Opponent, thats right. But their fighting strength and their build speed is balanced on my opinion. And never forget, Corvettes suffer against all area of effect damage more then every other ship.