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TheDreadnought #1 Posted 19 March 2017 - 06:16 PM


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I've been having so much fun with the Graf Spee, I decided to give the German cruiser line a try.  Free XP'ed to Tier 5 because I'm not much of a "clubber."


Played one game.  Did 40k damage.  Love it so far.   


Big question on my mind is when is it best to use AP vs. HE.  The AP looks good enough that this line isn't straight up HE spammers.  What say ye?

crzyhawk #2 Posted 19 March 2017 - 06:27 PM

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Generally, I spam AP.  Even when angled, the damage is comparable to the poor HE, especially with DE nerfed.

Sir_Godz #3 Posted 19 March 2017 - 07:03 PM

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AP is very good with them but it doesnt have high krupp value so angled ships shrug it off well. The HE with DE skill is very good at starting fires but has low alpha damage.


German ships are a little different from the other by the fact that broad AP shots are well worth it but the HE is more about the fires that outright damage. They have good range compared to others and that is a big asset to maximize.

_Marines #4 Posted 19 March 2017 - 07:11 PM

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View Postcrzyhawk, on 19 March 2017 - 01:27 PM, said:

Generally, I spam AP.  Even when angled, the damage is comparable to the poor HE, especially with DE nerfed.


^^^ This.:great:

m373x #5 Posted 19 March 2017 - 07:27 PM

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Basic rules apply. If the target is angled enough that AP bounces, use HE.

X15 #6 Posted 19 March 2017 - 07:36 PM

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I've found, barring 1v1, you don't switch ammo type, you switch targets. The HE is just so laughably bad that it is a total last resort for me.

BearlyHereBear #7 Posted 19 March 2017 - 08:27 PM

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Yep, even AP the DDs.  Makes lots of nice holes.

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Phoenix_jz #8 Posted 19 March 2017 - 08:32 PM


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Personally, I've had quite a bit of luck with HE on the DDs, at least with the 150mm guns, because of their incredible velocity (960m/s!). However, against most targets, I use AP (even BBs), if they angle, got for the superstructure. The low krupp will hurt your AP when anything is angled, so be aware, even on the later CA's, whose pen is otherwise very good.


The tier VII, Yorck, is the only one where your AP is poor (shell is light as hell, despite being 210mm, so the pen is crap), so spamming HE is advisable. As for the tier VIII and up... I haven't used the gun, but it's the same gun being used till tier X.


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