First, I hate fighters. Cruisers and frigates are all I play with. I haven’t figured out how to get fighters to do anything worthwhile yet, and my defense cruisers manage to swat them like flies.
So far, so good.
Bought the game a few days ago and I beat all the single missions, and am collecting up honor points now to unlock everything (which I just completed this evening).
On the last few I started a new tactic:
A front line made of tank (massive armor and shields) and balanced large cruisers.
A mid line of “defensive” cruisers (lots of point defense, tractors, and anti fighter stuff).
A backline of a swarm of missile-armed frigates.
The above formation has done a good job of overwhelming pretty much everything I have run it against. I’ll try it against some challenges now.