For those against a tiered system, I have ONE question..
How do you expect new players and lesser ships and stats to compete again those older experienced ships and players then?
You want to complain about a tier system but offer no solution to that dilemna.. Without some kind of system in place, explain YOUR solution to the problem because I would love to hear it.
Match-making, just like every other competitive game does it.
Months down the road when you have all your experience and beefed up ships, what is going to keep young new players from joining when all they end up being is fodder for you to laugh in glee because you have all the power?
Funny that you don't see the irony of what you're saying. Those beefed up ships you are afraid of only exist under a tiered system. What we want instead is horizontal progression so nobody can beef up anything and the only thing holding a new player back from dominating may be lack of experience.
Instead, under the tiered system you like we will indeed be in beefed up ships and one of two things will happen: Either we veterans farm new players to cover repair costs, or we all stay in tier 5 and the new players will have nobody to play with. Talking about the veterans that will actually stick around for that. Either way it's lose lose for new players.