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  1. thehelmsman

    CA-124 inc!

    The very same! My hometown. --Helms
  2. thehelmsman

    ST. 0.10.6, NEW SHIPS

    I'm on the Rochester hype train for sure (in fact I think I'm probably the engineer), but I am incredibly biased, as that's my hometown. I'm still hoping it'll get reworked into a tier 9 and clone the stats of the classic, pre-split Baltimore, which seems to be a popular sentiment. That would be fantastic. Barring that, I'd like to see the radar swapped for a heal, or maybe even the choice between radar and heal. In any case, the ship is a must-buy for me! --Helms
  3. thehelmsman

    USN heavy or light cruisers

    These days, heavy cruisers. IFHE rework pulled a few teeth out of the bite of most of the CLs in the game. --Helms
  4. thehelmsman

    CA-124 inc!

    She's a boring side-grade, but I do appreciate that they're trying to avoid power-creeping the ships we already have. That's definitely the right way to go if they insist on having this ship be a tier 8. I, too, would have preferred they make her a replacement for Alaska, though. They could have cloned the tier 9 Baltimore stats (why they didn't do that with Oregon City and put it in the tech tree instead of Buffalo in the first place, I have no idea) and I would have been ecstatic. I'd like to see Northampton (along with the missing Florida and Delaware-class battleships) some day, too, but Indianapolis is a decent approximation and probably as close as we're going to get. --Helms
  5. thehelmsman

    CA-124 inc!

    I read the description. It has Radar, Hydro, and DefAA all in separate slots, so it doesn't have to choose which consumables to take like Baltimore and Wichita do, but it loses a charge of each consumable as a trade-off. Functionally it's a slightly more versatile but also slightly weaker (because one less radar and hydro charge) Baltimore, which is fine, but it's a boring way to implement the ship. I'd much prefer for it to get a heal instead of the radar to make it stand out. Alternatively, to reflect their assertion that Roch is supposed to have an improved anti-air suite compared to Baltimore, give her an improved DefAA and remove the hydro option to balance it. That is the biggest difference between the Baltimore and Oregon City classes, historically: the latter got a redesigned superstructure to improve the fields of fire of the AA battery. So give her a heal--instead of the radar--or make her a specalist flyswatter. Either of the above would be a more interesting ship than what they're proposing, which is balanced, but also very uninspired. I think they can do better. --Helms
  6. thehelmsman

    CA-124 inc!

    HOT DAMN! As a Rochesterian, this makes me very happy indeed, though, since it's very similar to the existing Baltimore and Wichita, I expect it's not going to get a lot of hype from the community at large. It will certainly be getting some from me! I hope WG will tweak it during development, perhaps swap the radar for a heal (or ideally give it a choice between the two) to make it a more interesting option compared to the alternatives. Still, even if it goes live with no changes, this is an instabuy for me! --Helms
  7. thehelmsman

    Best Cruiser in Each Tier

    Well, hot damn! https://blog.worldofwarships.com/blog/162 It's not quite what I was hoping for, but It's CA-124, and I will take it! --Helms
  8. thehelmsman

    Cleveland Written Review - Got Free Time?

    Wichita is the essence of the old tier 8 New Orleans, which is a ship I actually quite liked, so Wichita suits me fine. I'm still annoyed they chose to give it radar instead of a heal, though. --Helms
  9. thehelmsman

    World of warships becoming world of warplanes

    Nah, World of Warplanes' overhaul was actually a huge improvement. --Helms
  10. thehelmsman

    Premium Ship Review - Agincourt

    Eventually it probably will. --Helms
  11. thehelmsman

    Premium Ship Review - Agincourt

    Interesting ship from both gameplay and historical perspectives... but CURSE Wargaming for locking her behind lootbox RNG. Hard pass for me too until Agincourt comes around to being available for straight purchase. Which it surely will, eventually. --Helms
  12. thehelmsman

    Cleveland Written Review - Got Free Time?

    Seriously, especially since he went to the trouble to necro a 4-year old topic. Cleveland might have waned a bit owing to the IFHE and commander skill changes, but Baltimore is for me still one of the strongest tier 8 tech tree cruisers, and Cleveland is no slouch either. Certainly not trash in either case. --Helms
  13. thehelmsman

    [WIP] RN Battlecruiser Arc

    Bump because Repulse is on its way! Still hoping for a tech tree branch to represent the rest of these (apart from Agincourt which is obviously coming soon as well). WWI battlecruisers, and a 'what if' late-war Hood configuration would be really cool to see. --Helms
  14. thehelmsman

    What tier 10 BB should i get first?

    Go for one that can overmatch all the 30mm cruiser armor that's now prevalent at tier 9 and 10. Basically that means Republique, Kremlin, or Yamato, plus Conqueror because Conqueror DGAF about anyone's armor. 420mm and lesser guns are pretty pedestrian at tier 10, these days, short of gimmicks like SAP or reload booster. Or the British HE, which is still disgusting. --Helms
  15. thehelmsman

    ST 0.10.5, new ships DB152

    OH HELL YES HMS REPULSE Gimme. I figure Arkhangelsk is an easy premium add and would fill the gap of the absent Revenge-class. I still want to see WV' 44, and Nevada '42, and to those I would add Pennsylvania '43 and Renown '39. Nevada and Penna in their late-war configurations should in my opinion be put in the tech tree at tier 6 and 7, respectively, to flesh out the Vermont line. Renown ideally would be used as a tech tree tier 6 for a RN battlecruiser line, with hopefully a 'what if' Hood refit (call it Admiral) at tier 7. --Helms