I am playing an AI game on the 2nd hardest difficulty, with one of each type of player, with me being TEC Rebel. I am 4 hours in. Own 55% of the galaxy, have almost all of the tech, a fleet with a titan (level 6) and ALL of the capital ships (level 5-7 each). When even the Vasari Rebel attacks me, I spank him. The TEC Loyalist and Vasari Loyalist rarely come around. The Advent Rebel died a while back, not sure who offed him.
But then I get to the Advent Loyalist... This is where the wheels come off the cart. Around hour 1 in the game, he took 1 planet from me. On his second planet that he tried to take, all of my defenses (including a fully beefed out starbase), and his fleet died. So it was down to his titan (level 8) and me rotating capital ships back and forth from the next system over (to get repaired). I eventually gummed the thing to death. Since this was earlier in the game, I thought, "Wow, I need to upgrade my damage, cuz that thing just won't die". So I avoid him till I finish off the offensive tech tree.
The next time I encounter the beast was when I was trying to retake the world I lost. My titan, all the Cap ships, and about 25 Flak frigates. He meets me with "The Beast", 3 Cap ships, and about 25 cruisers and 40 frigates. He has a starbase in the system. The main defenses he has up are hangers, sans why I brought all the flak. I am trying to fight him at the at the far edge of the system, to avoid the few turrets he does have.
So "The Beast" comes straight for me, while his fleet tries to flank me. So my titan hits him with his shotgun blast that lowers his armor by 7. Then I attack with everything (except the flak frigates and 12 fighters, who are busy trying to shoot down the tons of enemy fighters and bombers). I throw every special power that I have from each Cap ship. This goes on for 2 minutes and he has barely lose 40% of his shields. Anything else in the game would of been toast. I notice that all of my ships have a 40% damage debuff. Hmm, that seems pretty bad. My ships are starting to get pretty beat up, and I have to send 1 back home. I then decide to turn everything on to a level 10 Mothership. Might as well kill something before I have to flee. Do I erase it off the face of the galaxy? Nope. So Mom gets -7 armor and everything except the 1 Cap ship I sent home hammering it for over a minute and it's shields are barely down. Are you kidding me?!? I look at the ship and it has some kind of buff called 33% Shared Damage. So apparently, with -40% debuff, and them having this 33% Shared Damage buff, I have hammer the thing with my titan, all but one of my Cap ships, about 30 bombers, and not expect to even scratch the paint on it. Something is very wrong here.
Has anyone else noticed this?