I have been playing the new CV mode now for about a week. here are my comments. I have not read anything on this post, I just made notes while I was playing.....
I have been playing WOW since 2012, I was used to the old CV mode and had my strategy's when entering a round. In general I could always sink a few ships and cause respectable damage ( and of course had some really bad rounds). The old Bombers I never really mastered, and I basically just used Auto mode. I liked using Strafe with my fighters but was always frustrated when playing carriers that had multi fighter squadrons ( I play US CV's). As a CV player I found it was also more of a "Commander mode" as I was always viewing the map.
on the new play, sorry this is not an in depth review...
CV control - I can't really control it much other than set some waypoints. I haven't figured out how to select the CV and reverse it... I mean I would normally press 1 then reverse and then stop it... what I mean by this is in Map mode maybe the CV is automatically selected, but i am stuck in my old process of instinctively selecting it so it just seems odd to me and I feel out of sync with the CV.
Planes - it took me a while to wrap my head around the new mode of managing the fighters... I kept wanting to launch them all and have them circle somewhere... to some degree I still do.
I do like that the squadron can make multiple attacks and I have become very aware of the flak and I am working on my tactics to avoid... it is actually much more immersive, I like flying the planes around.
So while flying them it is great, I question whether it makes sense that i can fly all over the map unmolested and light up every ship
So one thing that really annoys me is how a DD can hide under smoke, and shoot the crapout of me and i can't see it.. why can they target me through smoke... I get why I should not be able to see them?
I think the Bombers are great, I am actually using them with strategy.
Torpedos, I think the idea here was to not make it so easy to lay a bank of torps into the side of a ship, I find as an US CV I know have the ability to lay a cross pattern by making several passes.. as long as I avoid the AA.
Fighters? well I guess this new play has put the focus more on the CV player attacking ships, rather than look for fighters to avoid or strafe. I think I like it, but on the other hand I can no longer defend my team mates. But I think this has to do with the changes to AA mechanics.
Overall, yes it is a major change but I respect the planning that has gone into this, and as with all the things that have changed over the years, they continuously adjust the game play to make it fair. there are a lot of calculations that go into these games and I'm not going to trash the WOW team's efforts. Keep up the good work.