So after 150 games in the French Tier 7 BB Lyon I thought I'd share my likes and dislikes.
Overall fun factor for me : High
I'm not a BB player at heart, but I love this bote.
While the guns are individually underwhelming sometimes, you get 16 of them.. What's that old saying "Quantity has a Quality all it's own" While you may have issues farming citadels with them against other BB's other than at close range, for cruisers they are devastating, and also to any DD's that's foolish enough to get close. Against BB's I've had success with superstructure hits, also with minimal angling you can still get 8 guns on target.
it's armor is is weakness, you can and will bounce shots if you know how to angle, but you're going to take damage, I've played all the tier 7 BB's and it feels the least tanky of them all.
That being said in brawls I tend to come out the victor most of the time just by sheer firepower.
It has decent-good AA, and with the lack of CV's it's serviceable, you could spec for AA and bump that decent to a good I'm sure.
So I'm most likely going to be shunned for this, but I am running a partial secondary build in the form of AFT and Manual Fire control (no BFT in favor of concealment)
1. They do good damage, I've had a high damage of around 65K in a match from secondary hits and fires, though 25-35k combined is the norm when I do get in brawls.
2. "But Brand! it's not a brawler! You're doing it wrong!" Very true, but esp at tier 7, you end up brawling in the latter stages of the match, and that added DPS has helped immeasurably, You can't always keep range and lets face it, sometimes you have to push into a cap, I've been in many matches where I've set my secondaries on a cruiser or DD while brawling with another BB, and kill them.
13.2 with concealment expert, I tried not running that skill, but ended up just being a HE pinata.. no fun. Your mileage may vary with that.
I hope this is the tech tree version that goes live, I think people will enjoy the play-style that it offers. I will say I do not like how WG implemented the early release of it, as it seems too much like gambling to me.
Apologies for poor grammar and typos.