« on: July 24, 2012, 08:44:21 AM »
I wouldn't say they're all useless, but some of them have a niche that is so slim they're barely ever useful, and some of them are just underwhelming.Deflector Drone < Shield Bearer
Electric Shuttle < Zenith Beam Frigate
Etherjet Tractor < Space Plane/Anti-Armor/Spider Bot
Grenade Launcher < Zenith Beam Frigate
Teleport Raider.. hm should try them again
Zenith Chameleon < Bomber/Space Tank
Zenith Electric Bomber < Bomber/Space Tank
Zenith Mirror < Shield Bearer/*
Zenith Polarizers < Bomber/Space Tank
True, in terms of each of their gimmicks, these are mostly overshadowed by other things, but there is more to a ship than their gimmick. And even then, there are some things that some of their gimmicks provide that other things do not. Like Zenith mirrors will reflect damage (and after reviewing their stats, they actually have a pretty chunky range), where shield bearer's will not. Both grenade launchers and electric shuttles provide radial AOE, which in some cases can out perform the linear AOE of beam frigates.
Also, there are the stats to consider. Like the Z elec bomber has a much higher centralization of firepower than regular bombers, which can be advantages in some matchups. Also, I think both Z Chameleon's and Z Elec Bomber's don't have polycrystal armor, which means they can fair better against some anti-bomber units.
Now am I saying that these things don't need a buff. No; many of those could use a little more love. But things are not quite as clear cut as you put it. (I'm sure you are aware of that, but just wanted to point this out explicitly). Also, while these could use some love, I didn't feel like they needed it quite as much as many of the other things in this list.