I unlocked my Koschei last night and I agree, the Dola sucks donkey b**ls. Honestly grinding out the xp for the officer briefing and the ship have been by far, the worst part of playing this game. (Bearing in mind I first started playing back in closed beta and recently returned.) The Dola upclose with a pocket healer melts faces but anything over 1km you might as well be urinating into the wind... (Let's not forget, you don't bother upgrading a ship that you're only using to unlock another. That's a waste of xp/credits which makes things so much harder ofc.)
Also first game with my new healer and the enemy team had six, yes SIX Corvettes. We had a ton of Dreads and Destroyers that wouldn't swap so I tried to keep them up. We lost 100-16 and I got charged like 1.2k or something stupid for the maintenance fee. (Also noted that I get charged an increased amount, even if I don't use my T4 in a match...)
Oh well, back to Recruit to seal club for money... Won 100-8 with a K/D ratio of 16-0 as a Corvette and the other team was notably upset. I feel bad for the new players I was up against but I need lots of money from fast matches.
So all in all, I'm unhappy as I get charged for losing which puts me further back from progressing and new players are unhappy because I curbstomp them to grind money... Still see no point in having maintenance fees. I'll never buy money/elite status when I can happily crush newbs for cash.
Also a side note: Been playing with a mate of mine. He finally gets two T3 ships and decides to come up to Vet matches with me. We get owned badly and he comes last as he's in a new ship and the enemy team have +4 more T4's then we do. Then he can't play another match because of maintenance fees which I then have to explain to him. He replies "Whats the point? I'll just stick to Recruit where it's balanced and I don't get screwed over for losing." I struggle to get him to play Vet matches now...
Maintenance fees need to be scrapped ASAP and matchmaker needs to hard cap T4's on Vet teams so they match or be more rigorous in matching teams. Or... Buff T3's so they don't suck so badly vs T4.
Funny/Painful story: Had one game where two enemy T4 players were squaded using voice comms (I asked and they confirmed), both using the Invictus (I think). Well, lets just say I've never seen a team elimination game end in less than two minutes due to coordinated multi-nukes... One volley, seven kills... Ouch!