My WoWs memory is Ranked Battles, Season Two.
Season One was almost immediately after WoWs started and few knew about it. Was more test than competition, I think.
But Season Two was full on, in your face team battle with coveted rewards (100 Ranked camos! Jolly Roger flag!). The tiers were 7s and 8s and I was in a Hatsuharu (tier 7 at that time).
So here I was on a team and going up against other teams. We were all new to the game simply because the game was new. There were no streamers, no bloggers, no videos to watch to learn how to play. We all brought only our own experience to the fight.
I was in a bottom tier DD and the vast majority of folks were tier 8s. Needless to say some were skeptical a tier 7 could make an impact. But I did.
I learned how to play in that season. I learned that a DD doesn't have to do a lot of damage to be effective. I learned that surviving is critically important. I learned that this old boy could play this game with the young fellas and do well.
I ranked out. I claimed my Jolly Roger and I flew it proudly. There were darn few of us who had that flag and those that did garnered instant respect in randoms.
I have since ranked out numerous times, earning the Flint and Black and the Jolly Roger III. But Season Two was special. I proved to myself I could compete at a high level in this game and I had the flag to prove it. Hard to believe it has been three and a half years...
My birthday wish? Why, the HMS Belfast is the only ship I covet. Seems she might not be available, though. Should I be chosen the Haida with full maple leaf camo would be appreciated.
Vulf-Tak (-VT-) Commander