Somewhere on the net there is a mass battle simulator I got hold of during the Scorpius War Championship game. Instead of singular battles it spits out percentages, how likely a certain ship will perform vs another while simulating hundreds of times. Unfortunately i have forgotten the name and place where to get it.
However: The task was to find out how i can safely sit in Webmines with my T-Rex Class Sweepers without having to worry about those nasty Crystal Thunder Class Carrier, which usually are stronger than T-Rex’s.
After simulating different specifications i found the following, which would call a major finding for advanced players: A Mark 8 T-Rex Class Battleship equipped with 8 instead of 10 beams has a near 40% survival chance when fighting a Crystal Thunder Class Carrier, a ship that is known to beat a T-Rex every single time.
I believe with 7 or 8 beams installed there will be a wave of fighters travelling back, jamming the fighter bays for a little longer, which gives the T-Rex enough time to fire another round of torpedoes. The same will happen with any carrier, so this might be a better specification when fighting a carrier race.