I’m curious if anyone else is as annoyed by this as me.
You load up a challenge. There’s a cluster of fighters deployed toward the top of the map, away from the capital ships. OK, so we put together a small anti-fighter wing, dogfighters, maybe some AA frigates, set in place, no problem.
Then you click Fight.
Lo and behold, all those fighters are escorts, and they pop into existence right on top of one of the capital ships. Voila, now a chunk of your budget has been wasted on AA capability that you may not need; at the very least, that part of your fleet is way out of useful formation.
Some folk may call that a valid “disinformation” kind of strategy. They’re entitled to that opinion. I see it as a way to artificially inflate the attempts/victories ratio. I would feel different if all deployed ships were deployed exactly as shown; you want to put your escort fighters halfway across the map from the ship they’re escorting, fine - but they’ll have to cross all that space to get into position and may be subject to withering dogfighting along the way.
Kind of a rant, I know, sorry about that. Anyone else feel strongly one way or the other?