So I’m currently in a bitter combat with one of the northern player. Our economy,industry all surpass 100 and this is late in the game. I have more science points than him(but just more than a bit). I have weapons level 10 and he currently has 7 but we are researching. He is in first place and I am in second on the leaderboard. I have allied with another player in 3rd. I am wondering, what is the best tactics against a tough opponent. Should I push and be on the offensive grinding and wearing him down(however he has more industry but my empire is basically a river of ships about 300 coming in every day atleast).
100 of my ships have infiltrated his lines and caused havoc in his inner stars. However he has amassed nearly 800 ships plus he has some pretty strong fortresses in the region with 5-6 industry on each. He has about 3 fortresses, which gives a grand total of about 1200 ships in the area. I have less ships(900-1000) however I think I make up for it in the weapons.
What is the best tactics here? Should I go on the offensive, defensive or set a trap?