Thanks a bunch for the feedback! Always good to hear what you guys have to say about specific changes. Although, like Hardy mentioned... ideally it's done without attacking each other
The 'please buff instead of nerf' sentiment is dear to my heart, as I completely agree. In most cases.
Quite frankly, the Nuke Salvo, Repair Autobeams, and Kinetic Armor Amplifier were utterly broken. I understand the frustration when one of your favourite modules gets the nerf bat, but you want the game to be a fair competition, right? We'll be keeping a close eye on these modules as there's always a chance of over-correction and knock-on effects are something we'll be increasingly vigilant of.
For example, maybe the Nuke Salvos can get a damage increase in 1.11 because we observe that the removal of Tier 2 ships from Veteran in 1.10 makes instakilling not as big an issue as it is in 1.9.5.
Other nerfs, like the Storm Missiles, are born from the alternatives being pretty good, but everyone uses the Storm Missiles anyway. Plasma and Purge Rams feel good enough, so buffing them to match the Storm Missiles seems like an unnecessary change. We'll keep an eye on it, and hopefully Tempest Missiles with their usability improvements (and Missile Repeaters with their bug fixes) will be a more viable option.
Many things were nerfed, and buffed, with standardization passes. If we see problems emerge due to these changes, we can reconsider which modules are exceptions to the rule. Let's wait and see what the standardization does. I heavily disagree with the notion that standardizing these modules is 'dumbing down' the game... most of the variance between tiers was token at best and didn't create any meaningful positive dynamics in playing the game. Now that everyone knows the ranges of certain modules, the level of play can increase as it's based on pure skill rather than remembering 10 variants of the same module.
One thing we're definitely going to look into is the power of Artillery Cruisers and the counters to them. Thanks for raising it
Balance changes will be done much more frequently than in the past, so keep the feedback coming. Who knows, maybe a week from now you'll have found a way to make Artillery Pods the new flavor of the month and Nuke Salvo nerfs are the least of your concerns!