Also... cruisers can, if built well, tank anything.
My engineer in a cruiser can tank an elite tac cube for 5 minutes.
My tactical in an escort can tank tan elite tac cube for... 5 seconds..
5 seconds? I think you're doing something wrong there since my tacs in their escorts/raptors can tank tac cubes for closer to 2 or 3 minutes, whereas my cruisers/battlecruisers can tank tac cubes ad infinitum. But the thing usually goes down in under two minutes anyways, therefore the level of tank that cruisers are easily capable of is just unnecessary. What's the point of having a ship that can tank an armada forever if it's just easier to destroy it in 30 seconds or less?
Cruisers right now have no place in the game. I think that's the big problem here. Anything a cruiser can do, there are things that can do it better, faster, or if not better, well enough to not require a cruiser.
Be that as it may, I think I've said this multiple times, and I am aware this is an exercise in futility, but could the flaming please desist? It doesn't accomplish much, if anything at all.