I just recently graduated from Lexington to Essex and realized that after each match so far i am completely exhausted and have to take a breather.
My first 6 games took some getting used to as I lost track of my extra squadron of planes several times, as i had gotten used to just 4 on Lexington.
The next 6 games i had gotten a slightly better grasp of it and started to get my planes more under control.
But during that span i had to face most likely 6 very good Taiho captains, I assumed as they all had achieved Rank1.
This would be the exhausting part, as it took everything i had in each match to keep the damage to a minimum of 1 lost ship per match and manage to take down 27-37 of their planes in the process.
But the Best part I found to be very satisfying was the potential damage upon spotting and actual damage done, etc etc was better than i thought it be.
At least 4 of those last 6 matches my team did at least 75% of the potential damage upon spotting like one match i recall they did 230k out of a potential of 350k roughly and I work hard to spot for my team as much as i can so way to go team.
But yeah when you new to a ship and all you get is seasoned pros that can run you ragged trying to keep up with their every move and then trying to counter all those moves it tends to leave one exhausted.
But even after one of these matches it is still some of the most fun i have had playing a warship version of chess.