Yes, I was in the Tier 4 area and made Tier 5. But, no one to fight in that one.. I was fllying a Tier 4 BOP and I was kicking out over 300K damage a game. Get this, I was not the one with all the kills. The Raptors had alot more damage then I. The same for the Federation side..
With the proper Skills, You can withstand HUGE amounts of punishment from several ships at once..
The Battles are Intense in the later Tiers..
Just wait and see
I hope that stays true T4, 5 and up, so far t1, t2 and t3 have been the same, ball of ships or death...
There just doesn't seem to be any incentive in the current PVP mechanic for a single or couple of ships to be off capping etc. the ball moves from point to point capping and destroying any opposition.
I suppose larger objective maps "might" make it a slightly less of a problem, and I'll have to wait until later tiers to judge those, so I'm strictly speaking from the t1/2/3 experience I've had so far. Almost made T4 in OB so up to late T3.