Actually, I am not so sure the change fir KA is so bad. It brings it in line with the other two.
It was to easy. A good group can do the optional in half the time.
The death timer is a good thing, too. Not looking so stupid now in my threat controll tank cruiser, heh, escort captains?
Of course now there will also be demand for heal ships.
The best set up now will be 3 escorts, tank cruiser, healing cruiser/sci ship.