superkite is op. i want to mention other ships like the crus Q which don’t have a counterpart in the same rank. and yes, kalah is vastly superior as well. all steam dlc ships are superior to every f2p alternative, more missiles, more passives, a better ship bonus (poor kartana s… no bonus at all!).
but that is somewhat okay, you can still beat those ships if you outskill your enemy. there is one thing which isn’t ok at all: premium missiles/mines. having twice the load is just a joke. especially combined with ships like superkite.
The Superkite is just insane. I’ve faced many of them on the field and only managed to kill a handful of them out of all my encounters with them. They are just so friggin hard to line up your weapons on…
The Crus-Q has its counterpart on the Federation, iirc, but, obviously, it’s not as effective as Jericho due to shield bonuses.
Kalah vs Deimos 2… I’m fenced on this one, tbh, they’re both VERY close scores. Of course, the Kalah would win from missile slots, but it’s still a close call, I’ve seen good pilots fly both ships (I know first-hand LagOps is an absolute demon on the Deimos 2), but it’s been a fairly balanced tussle.
DLC ship have always been far superior to even the Premium ships, so I’m not surprised. This is especially true in T3. Those Fighters are just insane. You can barely break the D-Eagle’s tank (this with Lasers or Thermal Railguns, ignoring the Kinetic hole most pilots immediately fix), the Bear is just… well, it’s just OP’d to all hell if you can fly it right. However, the Dragonfly just doesn’t fit in this. Mostly because you have the Katana-S with the speed bonus, the Strong with the Minefieldspam and the Prometheus 2 on Empire with the tank. The Dragonfly is easily killed, despite its bonuses.
Having 2 units of Premium missiles is what usually saves my sorry xxxx sometimes. But it is somewhat overpowered to see CovOps fly around with 4 nukes. I just use the large slots for Minefields (god, those things are handy) and some pilots will just go “Whaaaat!?” when I drop the second Minefield off my Dwarf 2.
There is some unbalance between the F2P elements and the Premium items (ships and modules alike), but that’s the devs’ plan to overtake the planet and I question none of it; I use my Standards to pay the Minefields (a total of 100-150/day) and purple loots. Those kinda wore me down cause they’re rare enough as they are and I’ve lost so many of them, already, I just quit doing that and stuck to the 10% chance ones. It’s just so frustrating, you have no idea…