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  1. dwightlooi

    Shimakaze REDO

    The Shimakaze -- originally the world's and the game's quintessential high speed torpedo boat DD -- has been relegated to become a not so fast torpedo boat with easy to spot torpedoes that slower than their American counter parts or short range than their American counter parts. It's time to REALIGN IT. Shimakaze A Hull Same as current Shimakaze (no change) Shimakaze B Hull 3 x 2 100mm/L65 Type 98 guns replaces the 3 x 2 127mm/50 Type 3 3 x 3 610mm Torpedo launchers (108 sec reload) replaces 3 x 5 610mm torpedo launchers (153 sec reload) Note that I say REALIGN, I didn't say buff. because these changes won;t really buff the Shima it simply allows it to be more adaptable to a player's preferences or the ranked season's particulars.
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    My Preliminary Opinion on Somers

    Somers a Few Hundred Games later If I must sum it up in ONE Sentence, it'll be this: Playing the Somers will make up a very good DD player. After adjusting to the Somers, I am able to play it pretty well. But switching back to the Gearing I do even better. The Somers is pretty good at scoring points. Its fatal flaw is that it CANNOT DO A DD's job of contesting caps and/or gunning other DDs. Because you are always avoid DD vs DD fights and you are always avoiding caps when there is a possibility of running into another DD your team suffers. I agree with the assessment by other posters that the Somers should never have been nerfed of its ROF or Torp reload. In its current state the Gearing is a better torpedo boat, better gun boat and better all round DD. Going from the Gearing to the Somers, you are giving up your 1/3 of your gun DPM, a lot of health, 8 secs of torpedo reload and ALL your AA. You get 2.6 knots faster speed, 2 more torpedo tubes and 0.1km better detection radius. Not a good trade.
  3. dwightlooi

    My Preliminary Opinion on Somers

    I REALLY LIKE IT. It was nerfed a lot prior to release -- guns went from 5 sec to 6 sec reload, torps went from 108 to 130 sec base reload. With its test specs it would have been OP. Now it is OK. First, you have to get it in your head that the Somers is not a gun boat, period. It means you do not engage DDs in gun fights unless he is 1/3 health and you are full or close to it. It also means that you must ALWAYS have RDF to help you avoid getting ambushed -- you will not survive getting ambushed. You do not engage DDs in the early game; you run away from them. If you are lucky you keep them spotted for others to shoot at, but that's about it. You will lose ANY gun fight to ANY full health Tier X or IX DD, much less the super gun boats like the Kitas, the Darings, the Harus, the Friesland or any of the Russians. Why? because you have less DPM than a fletcher, 17.6K health and no AA objects to take hits for you anywhere on the hull. Don't bother with survivability. That extra 3500 hp won't save your bacon when every hit does full damage and will not be absorbed by AA trinkets on your hull. These guns have a very good alpha per broadside though. Which means that in the later game, when you hunt down half dead DDs, each salvo does a lot of damage. With your low detection, you can frequently slam two salvos into a DD before he got his guns pointed. That is about 4~6K of damage and frequently enough to kill them before they can shoot back. In this regad, you are not unlike the Shima. The Shima is a tad bit healthier, but the Shima also has 2 fewer gun barrels, just as deplorable reload and even worse turret traverse. Second, remember that you have no AA. A fighter can circle over you until it runs out of fuel and you will never shoot down one. Stay out of the way of aircrafts. If the CV comes for you, you smoke and hide it out. You can't do anything except waste the CV's time with your smoke duration. OK, with that out of the way, you are faster than the Gearing and very fast for a USN DD at 38.6 knots. With flag and boost you are pulling 43.4 knots. Your 5.8km detection (fully built) is better than anything except a Shima. This means that YOU choose the fights you want to get into. Your 12 torps reload in 99 seconds in a full torp build. That means that you can always count on slinging torps when the previous set arrives on target or shortly thereafter. This is something the Shima can't do. You also have the BEST TORPS IN THE GAME. A Shima has to choose between 20km torps that can be see from 2.5km away and are dirt slow, or 12 km torps which still sucks at 1.7 km and is only OK speed wise. The Gearing and Somers' torps are 16.5km in range and as fast as the Shima's 12km torps and has a 1.4km detect which means it is actually going to hit before the other guy can turn to avoid them. You also DO NOT need 16.5km so you can turn these into very stealthy and fast 71 knots torpedoes and still have 13.2km range which is longer than the Shima's 12km torps. Your principal advantage is that you have the best torpedo in the game, a lot of them and they reload very quickly. You also have the detection to sling them from 6 km when they are practically impossible to dodge. You also turn reasonably well, without mods. If you came from long and sluggish IJN DDs you'll appreciate the Somers ability to actually turn in and avoid unexpected torpedo spreads instead of having to just eat them. This is my build:- Captain: Priority Target, Last Stand, Torpedo Acceleration, Torpedo Reload, Basic Firing Training, RDF and Concealment. Ship: Main Armaments 1, Propulsion 1, Main Battery 2, Propulsion 2, Concealment, Torpedo Mod 3 I sail around with 17K HPs. I don't fight DDs. I don;t contest caps early. I do about 120K on the average per game.
  4. dwightlooi

    Thoughts on Somers (Upcoming USN Tier X DD)

    Nonsense. The Gearing is a MUCH BETTER torpedo boat than the Shima. The Gearing has 16.5km torps that are 66 knots, low detect and very usable. You can turn these into VERY deadly 13.2km 71 knots torps if you use the torp acceleration skill. The Shima has totally crap torpedoes that were nerfed to the ground. The 20km torps are totally useless with a very slow 55 knots speed and 2.5km detection. You won't hit anything with them The 12km torps are siply inferior tot he gearing's 16.5km torps, losing 4.5km in range for a bit more damage and increase in detection. If you accelerate them these are very high detect 16km torps (inferior to the gearing's) or 9.8km torps (still inferior to the gearings') The Gearing tubes also reload in 104 secs -- much faster than Shima tubes This is not to mention that the Gearing is a good enough gun boat at close range whereas the Shima is NOT. The Gearing also turns well enough to avoid torps most of the time whereas the Shima eats torps for breakfast.
  5. Happened to be in Ranked... CV had his planes out, found my DD, first pass, BOOM 22.4K dead Gearing.
  6. dwightlooi

    55 Knot destroyers

    Wargaming should at least make these Russian, and now French, SUPER FAST ships hydrofoils. Or, at the minimum panning monohulls with the front half of the ship out of the water and the wake starting at the waist. If they are actually going that fast that will be how they are going. They are imaginary ships anyway, so imagine them right!
  7. dwightlooi

    Alaska Feedback: Underwhelming

    Alaska and Azuma are the most survivable cruisers in the game. Why? Because cruisers die whenever they get focused and citadeled. With CLs and CAs that have gun ranges of 16~18km, most of your fighting is going to be done at 12~17 km. So you get caught and die a lot. With the ability to take shots at 18~22km shots, Alaska and Azumas don't die as much. Why not the Russian rail gun battlecruisers? Because they shoot so flat that most of the time you will be pointing your nose at and firing LOS against everything. This means you are exposed to counter fire all the time. The Alaska and Azuma lets you shoot over islands at their preferred range of 18~22km (24 when you use the spotting aircraft). Landing a HE salvo on a BB is worth ~6K dmg on the average with a fire half the time. That's not bad at all. At 18~22km you are not going to be shot at a lot by the BBs and when you do you are not going to take citadels a lot. Azuma is better than the Alaska because at 18~22km I'll take that 125mm citadel deck any day over an underwater citadel and thicker belt.
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    Alaska Feedback: Underwhelming

    It's called "If it's Russian, it's good. If it's not Russian, it sucks"... Very Simple, very easy to understand, no?
  9. dwightlooi

    How to play IJN torp boats

    Let me add the following... Following the BB shell nerf against the Harugumo, the best Japanese DD is actually the Tier IX Kitakaze (which wasn't nerfed). 8x 100mms is more than good enough to take on anything but a Harugumo. Plays the same otherwise. My favourite DD is still the Tier VIII HSF Harekaze. 5.4km detect, 2x4 torpedoes with good reload speed and 6x100mm guns to shred even American DDs. Kicks [edited]in Tier X games regularly. Here's what I really want in a Tier X Japanese DD. IJN Yamasame Class -- Improved Yugumo with high pressure boilers, 100mm/65 guns and reduced torpedo armament. Concealment: 6.84 km (base), 5.4km (min) Maneuverability: 38.5 knots, 2.7 sec rudder shift, 640 m turn radius Guns: 3 x Twin 100mm/65 DP -- One forward, Two Aft (Forward and rear upper turrets have 360 degree traverse). Torpedoes: 2 x Triple 610mm (Type 93 mod 4; 16km, 67 knots, 20,999 dmg, 1.5km detect, 80 sec reload) Survivability: 14,000 HP (base) Smoke, Speed Boost, Repair No radar, no hydro, no def AA
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    Premium Ship Review #122 - Azuma

    Yet, in spite of all the bad things I do better in the Azuma than in ANY OTHER CRUISER. This includes the Wooster, the DM, the Alaska, the Zao or the Hind. Why? Because I actually hit stuff at 15~22km with the Azuma's guns -- something I find rather hard to do with any of the Americans because of the wonderously slow shells from their 305 or 203mm "mortars". The Zao and the Hind hit fine, but they don;t hit hard and don't fire fast enough for 8-inchers. Game play with the Azuma is simple. Stay 15~22 km away from the enemy. Fire HE all the time except when you know you will have a good broadside shot against a cruiser coming up. Don't get focused and make sure you play safe enough to use up all 5 heals. Expect 100~150K a game.
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    Kitakaze Module - Long range or rapid fire?

    BB Shells don't slow down as much. At 13km the 100mm/65 is at a flight time of 14.3 secs. They are also falling almost vertically, so get you range 1 pixel off and you fall ahead or behind the target. Good luck hitting Cruisers much less DDs.
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    Suggested Torpedo Fix for high tier IJN DDs

    Torpedo hit rates will of course depend on YOU and how YOU USE THEM. However, that doesn't change the fact that Wargaming has given the Torpedo Specialist IJN DD line worse torpedoes than their counterparts in other lines. I believe that this should be rectified and I have made suggestions which does so without making the IJN DDs Overpowered. I am doing so by:- Giving IJN DD players a choice between fast, long ranged or stealthy (Deep water) torpedoes -- the choice itself being unique to the IJN DD line. The Long Range Torpedo itself being basically Gearing Torpedoes with a bit for damage and a bit worse detection. From there, you can trade range for speed or you can trade the ability to hit DDs for stealth. These changes do not affect the game balance much and restores the attractiveness of the IJN line and it's Torpedo Specialty.
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    Kitakaze Module - Long range or rapid fire?

    Long range = Suicide Your gun bloom goes further and more enemies can see and shoot at you You can't hit anything at >12.5 km anyway I don't even take the Fire Control upgrade (so I can have a 11.3km gun bloom)!
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    Whats the difference between Aki and Kita?

    Kitakaze is the BEST IJN gunboat. The recent BB AP nerf against DDs specifically excluded the Harugumo, but not the Kitakaze. The Kitakaze (36 knots) has the crucial speed increase over the Akizuki (33 knots) -- you can actually disengage with the Kitakaze. The Kitakaze picks up one torpedo tube and 12 km torps. The Kitakaze picks up the 6th Upgrade slot (with the critical gun or torpedo reload buffs) If 4 turrets is not enough, 5 is not enough.
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    Harekaze Skills

    I only run 19 point captains Arpeggio Captains on IJN ships (with the exception of Yamamoto) so I can move them around at will -- I have six Arpeggio 19 pointers. I only run the B Hull which gives the HSF a unique blend of stealth, speed and effective guns at Tier VIII. With the penetration buffs to the 100mm/65 guns I no longer take IFHE Here are my skills pick as a Destroyer Hunter:- 1 Point: Priority Target, 2 Point: Last Stand, Adrenaline Rush 3 Point: Survivability Expert, Basic Firing training 4 Point: Concealment, Radio Location Here are my skills pick as a Multi-role Destroyer :- 1 Point: Priority Target, 2 Point: Last Stand 3 Point: Survivability Expert, Basic Firing training, Torpedo Armament Expert, Demolition Expert 4 Point: Concealment I don't go looking for a gun fight in Tier X games unless I know the enemy DD is hurt. I do go looking for a gunfight in Tier VIII games (yes, even against the Akizuki, albiet I'll try to spot him from outside my detection range and make him take a few friendly salvos first).