@Fosil https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zbQ26KwcGnqcZa-uJh2bhi8CY3fC9QTk3v62zCCvsGM/edit?usp=sharing I never actually tried full dictator as I imagined it would run into the same issues as the armageddon as you can only get 5 cruisers.
Right now IN is mid tier with some super favourable matchups and some super unfavourable ones. I went from 60th overall on the ladder to 12th in about 3 days for the purposes of doing a state of IN/faction overhaul idea writeup to send the devs through the balance group. I really didn't enjoy my time with them near the end. The challenge also increased exponentially as I managed to break into top 20, it took significantly longer to get from there to 12th than it did to get from 60th to 20th. I believe this is because I ran into more people willing to play to IN weaknesses even if it resulted in a very long and boring game as well as more people using less interactive but overwhelming builds such as the nid carrier spam.
I don't have trouble with boarding torps. You can't get engine critted if you angle so your prow is taking the shots. Going from 60th to 12th I only lost a single match against SM which was running into Ashardalon. If you play conservatively and to the caps as SM while targeting IN engines with your boarding there isn't much the IN player can do to proactively win. People are honestly just bad as SM and used to being able to do a hard rush and hulk everything. Imo and in Ashardalon's opinion SM are stronger now with the ap changes than they were before even with instant boarding.
@Fosil I do not agree with that either. You just spread your boarding and run while they tick down. IN does less than nothing to you outside of rams and torps. This is even more true with a LC build. Honestly almost all the SM players I run into on ladder are awful who just don't react to anything I do after boarding them. Only person who played them properly was Ashardalon who handily beat me even though he had awful luck with crits.