Coward is a euphemism in games like WOWS, and should be understood as such. It is usually someone's opinion that someone else isn't being aggressive enough in the game. Again, not a "real" coward in the definition sense. But someone who isn't playing aggressive. And, even then, it's opinion. Sometimes you might be doing exactly what needs to be done to WIN THE GAME. Sometimes, that requires running away. Sometimes it requires outright hiding! Many games I've won by running away. Many others by hiding.
I have had many a game won that way. Seen many more lost by people not doing that. This game is all about situational awareness. Most battles, teams split in two. Rare that either meet up still on level field. There is no good pushing forward, into a sure death. Make a firing retreat. Bait enemy to far edge.
I have had many times where I am turned tail, shooting only a few of my target and moving at a speed to keep em in range. Is great. My away and their forward gives me range and as such, hit benefits. I control cover forcing them to position. So my one ship? Holding out three and keeping them from a clear cap. At which time, my team clears, gets cap and now can move into an ideal position.
Finished off with, as you said, many wins when enemy outguns you, but with a retreat, can run out on points. Made most clear to me in a me sole survivor, three on red. I ran away half way into map with 400 hp left. I didnt engage at all after that with my CA. Just kept sneaking caps, hid far away and let time run out.
Devil's advocate is when there is an advantage being pushed but people turn, or island hide letting inferior numbers get ahead. That one grrs my gears at time. Notably when my shchors is pushing up while two tier 9s come to full stop behind island cause of an Atago?
That is where I note the cowardice comments comes in. One doesnt notice the reasons why for movements. Counter destroyer work is a big one for me. Team not noticing took out two DDs that were about to get our carrier. Or when a few ships push well enough to gain control.
Last one is my fave. Not hiding, juat we killed all he enemies in range. (See our div's eight kills). Overall, most peeps who chat the smack I notice often are lower in score, and in wins. Thosechigher in wins, lower average tier. Who is the real coward now?
Edited by Vaporisor, 22 March 2017 - 08:10 PM.