For all of you who love to spam cap ships I have a message for you. CAPITAL SPAM IS DUMB!
Let me clarify... for all the money you put into cap ships and upgrades in fleet capacity and capital ship command upgrades you could build a whole fleet of carriers, light frigs, crusiers, and defences. Not to mention the aditional support costs that weigh down your economy.
So please do some math on the resorces and cash you spend in comparision the firepower you get in your gameplan.
I agree 1-4 cap ships is worth it, heck mabye even 5-6 on large maps.(I am not talking about huge maps where cap ships are vital to win with a 100 planets to conquer) After that though they become very expensive and almost pointless.
Capital ships are also very easy to take out when you concentrate your firepower onto them. No single ship can defend against 30-50 ships, or a swarm of bombers/fighters, attacking it. So if you do have capital ships you MUST bring support ships to repair and resupply them.(resupply as in antimatter) They also need additional firepower with tech upgrades in longer matches. Armor upgrades are also needed but make them seconary to increasing firepower.
I often use capital ships as meat shields by allowing the enemy to attack them first while my smaller ships do the real damage. Normally everyone first reaction to capital ships is to worry about them and not the 20-40 escorts. This is dumb. Those smaller ships are the real threat in that case.
Sure when I lose a capital ship I think "Crap this isn't looking good... mabye I should pull back." But, durring all that time it took you to wipe out my capital ship with its repair support ships is time you gave my smaller ships and bombers to chew at the edges of your fleet. But, dont underestimate this little mind game either. When you can put thoughts like that into your enemy do so. I have made guys with superior firepower retreat because I took out their capital ship/s.
So, yeah thats my rant. Please Comment with your thoughts, contradictions, advise, or w.e!
P.S. I didn't spell check.