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Offline Admiral T-Wayne

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The power of fodder
« on: July 03, 2016, 06:34:49 PM »
With the significant focus on whacking NPCs, it's easy to get stuck in the routine of building nothing but heavy fleets (battleships or Z's) to attack our robotic opponents.  We often leave the lighter units behind, to our detriment.

First, against NPCs

A number of my alliance mates have reported situation where they used Battle Mentat to calc out a Z-only attack against an NPC, and they saw that the attack would result in very high Z-fleet losses.  Upon adding a large probe screen to the attacking fleet, they were able to achieve a profitable hit.  These calcs certainly should be done on a case-by case basis, but this is evidence that fodder even has its use in an NPC-crazy world.

Second, for PvP

Many of us will take out battleship- or Z-heavy anti-NPC fleets and use those as-is in PvP scenarios.  We need to dust off the old SFC-playing brain cells and remember the value of fodder for PvP.  For example:

An Athena fleet that is 200x the size of a Z-fleet wins the DSPs battle vs. that fleet pretty easily.  However, add an Artie screen to that Z-fleet that has 60x as many Arties in it as the Z's, and the Z-fleet wins.

As another situation, an Athena fleet of size X, which has an Artie screen of size 10X, defeats an Athena fleet of size 2X.

Again, these are just some quick examples, presented to remind us of the role of fodder ships in the game.