Lore is never an arguement for gameplay power...still phase out should be there...In bfg the tabletop they were unbeatable. it really should be different. I think slow with very rare 120sec or something but long during super speed with multiple turns during so but needs to be choosen for complete activation once befor activation and course cant be changed during it. Its like giving chain commands. very slow but instant turn on some ships otherwise ( base speed) strong guns strong all round tank. Cant remeber if easy to enter or not at all applies in the lore.
Objectives provoke fights. If you hold 3 of 5 u win. 'U say u had no fight cause he had all objectives? with 3 ships you could have covered 3 objectives. But u would need to fight hus frigates. 'U just cant chase em. Is he faster ? Let him come to u. Are u faster? Make him chase u. It cats and mice.
I haven't enough games under the belt to tell. So far noone outdamaged me yet. Best try was a mechanicum nova fleet that hit me pretty hard but still could not destroy me. He outmanouvered me and won through map control non the less. I have about 10 games or maybe 15 so far with my Ork fleet. I think I need about 300 more to make any saying about the balance XD. It's not obvious. The game seems easy on first look cause of the easy controlls but there is really some depth with all those fleets.
I think in matched your matched up against equal players with sort of equal ranks. I never felt beeing on a dissadvantage in any of my mp games. It's not "ranked" of LoL yet. Just play and have fun all the players are as noob as you so no worries. The sooner you start the better for you. I think they need the stats for balance and in full version it will be different.