But that’s how the Campaign is; the opponents are random and more-or-less suited to the size of your own fleet most of the time.
If you’re having trouble beating fleets that you seemingly cannot harm, this means that your ship and fleet designs are flawed. Yes there is a draw timer and if it’s 100% vs 100% you’ll lose. The enemy fleets are taken from online challenges, I think, and uploaded into the campaign, and Tank Lures and other Tank designs are popular out there. This means that unlike in the “normal” mode you will have to make sure that your fleet:
A) take down shields
B) take down armor
C) does not have its own shield and armor taken down
I have basically four fleet designs:
- fighter spam, 15+ squadrons of laser cannon cheap fighters (as quick as possible) - it is important to have this many to take down Tanks. If a minute or so go by without damage, I retreat.
- Multiple Warhead Missile spam with Anti-Rush and Anti-Fighter support, set to Formation. (usually at least 6 MWM and 3 AA)
- Cruiser assault spam. 0.20+ speed, 10+ armor, 500+ shield cruisers with 2/3 anti-shield weaponry and 2/3 anti-armor weaponry, set to Keep Moving etc
- Frigate assault spam. 0.50+ speed, armor not necessary but nice to save on repairs, 1 frigate shield II, with 2/3 anti-shield weaponry and 2/3 anti-armor weaponry, set to Keep Moving etc.
I also usually make a Frigate plasma+EMP spam with Anti-Rush and Anti-Fighter support set to Formation, but this is not more efficient than the 4 above. Mostly there for variation.
So what you are saying is that when you encounter a fleet that has a Tank or two, you don’t know what to do? Send in Assault Ships! Lasers! There’s a counter for everything and quite frankly just spamming with fighters would make a very boring game. It is efficient and will win you most battles alone, but sometimes you just encounter so much fighter-hate that it is pointless going on.
The timer must be there but it is annoying in some cases, where I knew I could win if just given enough time (they cannot harm my fighters) - but that’s the rules of the game. Not a reason to uninstall the game, really.