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  1. PhantomXT

    So that rock looks like an...

    The rocks on the left also resemble the silhouettes of people walking in the desert.
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    Massachusetts makes losing fun

    Meanwhile Alabama is slowly drifting into oblivion. I’ve been seeing people say that the decreased sigma is not that bothersome, and Massachusetts tends to have better scores than ‘Bama. Don’t get me wrong, I love the style of USN BB’s, but sometimes I wish I could trade-in my Alabama for what essentially is a more comfortable (and apparently funnier) Tier 8 Premium ship.
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    Hood 50% off, Sumner sale 7/21.

    If anyone’s looking for another review and output on Hood, mine’s on the table.
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    Threat Assessment Thursday - Two Brothers

    Several factors must be considered prior to pushing down the middle or otherwise: Are there any divisions on both teams? If these sets of players decide to go through the middle or not can be a team’s salvation or demise. I’ve rushed down the middle with some clan mates in cruiser divisions and they give favorable results mostly; the sheer rate of fire against any defending ship can outweigh the risk of being sunk too early to cause a considerable impact. What ships are intending to go down the channel? If light cruisers and destroyers are doing it, then they may have a chance at breaking through the enemy’s defenses (or causing enough havoc behind their lines that they leave a flank at its weakest. This is where the friendly team must seize the moment and push to rendezvous with the mid-rushers and suppress any stranded enemy warships). It’s an opportunity; a gamble. There’s definitely a prominent risk/reward situation at play; if successful, the raiders can turn the tide of battle on their team’s favor. However, if this ends in failure, then several ships have been lost without causing a strong enough repercussion for the endgame, and the odds of winning are diminished. Peer pressure seems to be a determining factor as well; it can help ensure a victory at times, but it can also mean that the team will resort to passive play, and they can be picked off easily. It is a two-way street. In conclusion: it is not an absurd or obsolete tactic; but a bold one that must be considered/executed without prejudice.
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    Scharn info... new review???

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  6. It would definetly be a nice feature to have different camos available for USN ships (for example, have both of North Carolina’s camouflages available without changing the hull). One can hope!
  7. Here you will find a poll regarding premium/permanent camouflages. Leave your thoughts below! I’d also like to add several open questions for the discussion: Would you change the perks of Tiers IV-IX camouflages to be in accordance with the benefits of Tier X camos and each tier’s economy? What are your thoughts regarding the benefits of Tier X camos? Are there any permanent camouflages you don’t like aesthetically? Which ones? Thank you for your time. ”Ad Astra Per Aspera” Phantom out.
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    Naval Intelligence: Worcester (review)

    True. However, there are certain cases where they fire one volley at you while in open water, and then proceed to fire at a more “profitable” target since they did not obtain the citadels they desired. It’s a strange phenomenon which is probably related to a mindset.
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    Naval Intelligence: Worcester (review)

    Ah yes. Why would someone even want ship?
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    Naval Intelligence: Worcester (review)

    Very good observation. It is indeed a “radical” ship; however, I’ve recently found that players tend to ignore Worcester, and simply allow you to farm away.
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    Naval Intelligence: Worcester (review)

    Worcester, though able to kite and keep its distance, is not well-suited for open water engagements. Though there are some occasions where it’s a viable tactic. And if you like Cleveland (and Helena ), you’ll definitely enjoy the “Wooster”.
  12. Name: Worcester Ship type: light cruiser Class: Worcester Nation: United States of America Tier: X Greetings fellow captains, supreme overlords, and dispersion divinities. Today, in the third installment of Naval Intelligence, I bring you the last "all-gun" light cruiser built for any navy in the world; the pinnacle of the United States Navy light cruiser line: Worcester. My objective is to inform players about a different, and factual piece of information that hopefully will aid you in deciding whether to obtain this ship or not. This review will go over its history briefly, her in-game characteristics, and other factors such as aesthetics, modules, and what you can expect if you so decide to give her a place in your port. History “History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” - Mark Twain Worcester belonged to a class of ten ships; however, the number was considered surplus to the war effort as the year of 1945 passed and so, only two vessels: Worcester (CL-144) and Roanoke (CL-145) were constructed. This new class of cruisers was conceived as a successor of the Cleveland-class, but their new 152 mm gun mounts and further modification (that were based on experience from World War II) turned them into a much heavier design. The development of the Worcester-class dates back to May 1942, as the General Board requested designs for a new light cruiser class; this new class would fulfill several roles and specifications: destroyer-like speed and maneuverability, dual-purpose artillery, destroyer flotilla leaders, cruiser dimensions, scouting operations, and seakeeping capabilities in almost any weather. USS Worcester was laid down on 26 January 1945 by the New York Shipbuilding Corporation in Camden, New Jersey. She was launched in February 1947 and entered service on 26 June 1948. Though she didn't participate in World War II or any particularly remarkable engagement afterward; Worcester played a secondary role at the beginning of the Korean War (1950-1953). The ship and her crew were complimented by their comrades and superiors several times during their short time in Asia; Worcester received some awards, citations and campaign ribbons during her service career (such as the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, and the United Nations Korean Service Medal). Being the embodiment of a design philosophy pertaining to a bygone era, Worcester was deemed obsolete shortly after her commissioning, and unlike the contemporary Des Moines-class of heavy cruisers, she did not find a new life in the era of the Cold War and newer technologies. USS Worcester was decommissioned on 19 December 1958 and was stricken from the Naval Registry on 1 December 1970. She was sold for scrap to Zidell Explorations, Inc. in July 1972. Two-hundred tons of Worcester's armor plating has been used by the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, in Illinois. Specifications “It's supposed to be automatic, but actually you have to push this button.” - John Brunner Worcester was powered by four Westinghouse 620psi boilers; each fed steam to a General Electric geared steam turbine that turned one shaft respectively. Her power plant was rated at 120,000 shaft horsepower and produced a speed of 33 knots. She had a maximum cruising range of 8,000 nautical miles at a speed of 15 knots. The cruiser was also considered as one of the largest ships of this type in the world; with a length of 207.3 m (680 ft), and a displacement of 14,700 tons when commissioned, she is truly one of the heaviest and biggest light cruisers to ever be commissioned (though the Courageous-class of battlecruisers built for the Royal Navy during World War I are considered by sources as "large light cruisers", which dwarf Worcester in comparison). In-game, her dimensions grant her a rated turning circle of 740 m with a stock rudder shift time of 8.1 seconds; the latter can be considerably decreased by utilizing (separately or simultaneously) Steering Gears Modification 2 in Slot 4 (-20% rudder shift time), and Steering Gears Modification 3 in Slot 5 (-40% to rudder shift time, and -80% to repair time). Her armament consisted of twelve 152 mm (6")/47 Mark 16DP dual-purpose guns encased in six twin turrets, with turrets 3 and 4 being the only ones in a superfiring position (this means that they're mounted at a higher level than the rest of the main battery mounts). These 152 mm guns have a stock rate of fire of 4.6 seconds and can be brought further down with the relevant Slot 6 Upgrade and the Adrenaline Rush skill. These guns are complimented by a 180° turret traverse speed of 7.2 seconds. The High Explosive (HE) (2,200 maximum damage, 12% base fire chance) and Armor Piercing shells (3,200 maximum damage, standard cruiser AP) used by the Worcester are fitting to the magnificent rate of fire that it possesses. They also have a base firing range of 16.7 km, which is sufficient for these guns due to their shell arcs; but more about them on the following section. The anti-aircraft suite on the Worcester is unrivaled in terms of damage and range. The 152 mm dual-purpose mounts have a stock average damage per second of 121.2, and a base firing range of 6 km. Worcester is also equipped with twenty-four 76.2 mm (3")/50 Mark 33/34 mounts which can also be found on Des Moines-class cruisers. Twenty-two of these barrels are mounted in Mark 33 dual mounts; ten of them are mounted on the sides of the cruiser while a single dual mount is located near the bow, they have an average damage per second of 306.9. The other two 3" barrels are located on the stern in single mounts with an average damage of 39.4. Both dual and single mounts share the same firing range of 5 km. The ship also has six dual 20 mm Oerlikon Mark 20 mounts that have an average damage of 73.2 and a stock firing range of 2.01 km. Worcester's armor is typical of an American light cruiser: thin armor plating covering the citadel with a relatively small portion of it above the waterline, while the rest of the citadel is submerged. The entirety of the cruiser's hull is covered by 25 mm of armor, which is sufficient against high tier cruisers, but is defective against any warship that sports a gun caliber equal or above 380 mm. The gun turrets have 38 mm covering their sides and rear, while their faces are covered by 127 mm of armor; though not heavily armored, these values allow the turrets to bounce incoming shells sporadically. The barbettes also possess a thin skin, which can make the main battery mounts prone to being knocked out (it is advised to equip the relevant upgrades and commander skills to enhance the turrets' survivability). Playstyle “Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.” - Bruce Lee At first, she may not be that appealing to those that treasure short shell flight times and flat travel arcs; but she makes up for the lack of fast shell velocities with an impressive array of consumables and impressive rate of fire that allow Worcester to adapt to most situations that arise on the battlefield. It is noteworthy that Worcester's 152 mm guns benefit from utilizing Inertia Fuse for High Explosive Shells (IFHE); this commander skill increases shell penetration by 30% while reducing the probability of causing a fire upon hitting a target by 3%, though the sheer volume of fire is sufficient to compensate the fire chance reduction. The usage of this skill grants Worcester an HE penetration number of 33 mm, which is enough to cause penetration damage to any battleship with a conventional armor scheme (i.e. Conqueror/Montana). Those players that own the Tier VII USS Atlanta will find Worcester as a much-improved version of her. Worcester's core features are (similar to Atlanta's): the ability to hurl shells over islands towards incoming enemy vessels; searching and eliminating hostile destroyers; support the fleet with a no-fly-zone of anti-aircraft artillery; and, since she can handle open water engagements more appropriately than Atlanta (though perilous in nature), Worcester is capable of kiting and evading incoming shells while providing suppressive fire that can soften or sink hostile vessels outright. Worcester can prove to be a difficult enemy to bring down if handled correctly, though her fragility compensates the potential havoc she can bring down upon the enemy team. She is not to be taken lightly, as her varied consumable lineup mixed with a high rate of fire and proper positioning can turn Worcester into the fulcrum of her team in terms of damage and support; alas, like most warships in the game, Worcester requires a team that can synergize well to bring victory, and this cannot go unnoticed or unspoken. Consumables “You will need to be mature and pragmatic. You must use your heart to decide the destination, but use your head to plot the journey.” - Amish Tripathi Worcester has the most amount of consumables at Tier X; starting with a standard cruiser Damage Control Party, standard-issue Defensive Fire AA, Tier X USN Surveillance Radar (range: 9.9 km, duration: 40 seconds), cruiser Repair Party, and a standard Tier X Hydroacoustic Search with a 4.9 km range. Using these consumables at the right moment is key to performing well in Worcester; though running an all-premium consumable lineup is quite expensive without Premium Account, and necessary precautions must be taken if one is low on credits (such as prioritizing some premium consumables over others, signal flags, and camouflages). As a Tier X ship, Worcester gets access to a unique Legendary Module named "Enhanced Countermeasures". This consumable increases by 20% the duration of Hydroacoustic Search and Defensive Fire; additionally, it increases by 10% the duration of Surveillance Radar. Aesthetics “Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that's why it is so complicated.” - Paul Rand This class of light cruisers, like those before it, were based on the hull of the Brooklyn class cruisers, which gives them an interesting appearance when looking at their bow from an oblique angle. The superstructure is not cramped, and the funnels don't have that "crooked" aspect that Cleveland-class cruisers have. The gun turrets, unlike Seattle's, are not overly wide nor tall, they give an interesting flair to the design which certainly makes it stand out from its predecessors. Conclusion “Any fool can know. The point is to understand.” - Albert Einstein This light cruiser is a challenging ship to master at the beginning, but once one gets used to the shell arcs, the odd engine acceleration, and the idea of being a support ship that has damage-dealing potential; it is one of the most enjoyable ships to play in my book. In my opinion, the grind to Worcester is worthwhile, and a triple division of Worcester's is a frightening sight to behold. "Ad Astra Per Aspera" Phantom out. References and resources Baterman, T. & Yarnall, P. (May, 2018). USS Worcester (CL 144). NavSource Online: Cruiser Photo Archive. Recovered from: https://www.navsource.org/archives/04/144/04144.htm GlobalSecurity.org. (July, 2011). CL-144 Worcester. Military. Retrieved from: https://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/ship/cl-144.htm Wargaming.net. (2018). Upgrades. Retrieved from: http://wiki.wargaming.net/en/Ship:Upgrades#Enhanced_Countermeasures Wargaming.net. (2018). Worcester. Retrieved from: http://wiki.wargaming.net/en/Ship:Worcester Wikipedia. (2018). Courageous-class battlecruiser. Retrieved from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Courageous-class_battlecruiser Wikipedia. (2018). 6"/47 caliber gun. Retrieved from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/6"/47_caliber_gun Quotes recovered from Goodreads, website: https://www.goodreads.com/quotes Armor scheme GIF created with GIF Maker, website: http://gifmaker.org/ In-game images and icons recovered from the Wargaming Wiki, all credit goes to their respective authors. Other images recovered from Google Images.
  13. I definitely hope we see more sister ships and other designs (such as the German O-class battlecruiser, SMS Derfflinger, and De Ruyter to name a few).
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    Naval Intelligence: Hood (review)

    @mofton I’ve finally run some tests regarding her HE. It is true that her shells are not ruled by the 1/4 rule. The review has been changed accordingly, thanks! It is true that her midships armor plating is strong; however, I think her large dimensions are a mild weakness when engaging at close ranges. Which is why I advice not to close in that much. I currently have it on mine. It’s an interesting alternative that can also prove useful when you’re in a bad spot (i.e. torpedoes).
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    Naval Intelligence: Hood (review)

    Thank you! I will consider it. I’ll have to run some tests on Hood’s HE. If she’s not subject to the 1/4 rule, then her penetration number is at 63 mm. I will get back to you once I conduct some tests in a training room. Thank you for the observations on her shells!
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