Looking at rush times: Pulsars can be had 68seconds before kushan heavy corvettes, and 113 second before kushan assault frigates. But kushan light corvettes can be had 40 seconds before pulsars, and kushan interceptors/bombers 63 seconds before pulsars.
Viable real game kushan counters to a pulsar rush include:
- Opening interceptors and then getting assault frigates. You should be able to kill collectors or modules and force him to make gunship corvettes to defend. You can also get gravity wells right after assault frigates.
- Opening bombers and chancing a quick win or quick loss.
- Opening light corvettes and then getting heavy corvettes too to pump 4x corvettes.
- On medium/large maps: Opening assault frigates and then getting gravity wells.
Note: When facing a rush, you typically want to build the same number of collectors as your opponent or 2 more.
Keep playing! If you want add me on steam (cloaked2222) and try a pulsar rush vs me, I’ll play Kushan and show you a few ways to deal with it. That said, I wouldn’t be against suggesting to maybe reduce the build time on heavy corvettes from 25 to 20 seconds. I’ve been thinking they may build a bit too slow for a while. Just keep in mind Pulsars and Heavy Corvettes are asymmetrical, and shouldn’t always be compared apples to apples.