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  1. Special_Kay

    Why is Buffalo a tier 9 cruiser

    For similar total rounds per minute, more guns and longer reload is always better. At least in the hands of a good player. If you are skilled and alert enough to be keeping an eye on every ship that can potentially blap you, you can take advantage of their reload cycles or the times their turrets traverse away from you, and unmask your own turrets. When you're employing Buffalo stop thinking about Baltimore and think more about Brindisi. Smoke aside, It benefits from the same sort of manoeuvres. The difference is that while RM CA SAP throws out constant and consistent damage, Buffalo has the SHS AP penetration and ricochet angles to get some seriously devastating hits once in a while. When you're not doing that, you're trying to set up pop-outs and corner ambushes against other large ships where your huge alpha strike can win you the upper hand. You want to take calculated risks where your vulnerability window is as brief as possible, because Buffalo only needs half a second to put 12 shells into something. These are things that Des Moines could do as well, and if it didn't have autoloaders it would make a lot of sense. But spending a minute and a half setting up, executing, and recovering a "gotcha" with a Des Moines is often only 9 shells instead of 12 (unless your target is at anchor, or fat and slow), and unlike Buffalo, Des Moines gives up a lot of potential chip damage to accomplish that. And even though it's more worth your while in a Baltimore because you don't have autoloaders like a DM, you're still only rocking 9 shells—if you did more than spam mediocrity from bow-in and at anchor in your Baltimore grind, you should already have this skill in your toolbox, and now you get 33% more shells when you do it in Buffalo. Could you massage soft stats for Buffalo and Baltimore to justify swapping their tiers? Yeah. Is Buffalo objectively worse than the other T9 heavy cruisers? No. Is a Buffalo played like a Des Moines worse than the other T9 heavy cruisers? Yeah. @iDuckman hit it on the head; Buffalo is a different playstyle than New Orleans, Baltimore, or Des Moines.
  2. Well in that case... Shikishima would render your ARP Yamato purchase wasteful. For a non-pro CV player, FDR is a luxury port queen which you lack the steel wealth to justify. And Plymouth is still Plymouth. Buy a Somers! I am completely biased towards it, but it's the Shimakaze you can love if you don't love your Shimakaze. Did I mention it literally lays the longest smoke in the game? Speed signal and special smoke module and engine boost, all taken together, lay down roughly 6km of smoke if you start at top speed and continue in a straight line. But really, you could easily justify just sitting on your steel and waiting.
  3. Somers is basically a more agile Shimakaze with functionally better torpedoes. There are a few niches where Shimakaze is a better ship for the purpose, especially where it comes to striking at stationary battleships. But Somers will have torpedoes going out more often, they're a better combination of hard to spot and adequately ranged than any of Shimakaze's three options, and it is far better at avoiding damage if you're highly skilled at actively dodging. Shikishima is superior to Yamato, according to detailed discussions I've had with excellent players who own her. They say the main battery performs better and the armour is somewhat more effective if you play it with detailed game mechanics knowledge. FDR is unique and interesting, and I too am eager to own the ship despite being weaker in carriers and unlikely to play with it much. However, it requires an enormous amount of patience and map reading skill, and every single bad decision you make is far more costly than in any other carrier. The new light cruiser Plymouth is not at all an appealing selection at this time, as the tradeoffs it offers versus Minotaur are the exact opposite of the ones that would make a well-played Minotaur better—if she got HE shells or something else significant, I would be compelled to make a second weighing of those tradeoffs. Frankly, the best thing you can do to make your Minotaur better is to stop taking smoke on her, and learn to open water weave. The agility is second to none, and you're easier to sink sitting still firing from smoke than being lit to all, moving erratically—instead, Plymouth lets you keep the smoke while getting a worse radar, in exchange for handicaps elsewhere. Master open water Minotaur and you get to have better radar, DPM and AA than a Plymouth, and survive better than if you tried to T10 Belfast in a ship that gets overmatched by everything with a calibre greater than 9". In all honesty, none of these ships sound like they're worth a year of steel in your case. Better to divert steel for Thunderer or Georgia while you still can.
  4. Special_Kay

    47 Million Potential Damage they say

    Well, losses are better than wins for certain grinds. Top damage contests/credit grinds most notably, and potential damage would probably be another. Anything where you care about maximizing your contact with the enemy and not about XP, really. Now obviously a quick match is worse than a long one win or lose. but generally you don't want to be in a position where the better you do, the shorter your match gets. Hence hard carries and drawn-out losses are ideal for the purpose.
  5. The worst part is how the boosts have time value, so you're pressured to spend at least $25 up front just to keep the option open to grind out the ship, before you know your work schedule or family schedule or any of that. That's where this crosses the line from over-priced into exploitative.
  6. If base concealment is 11.2km and full concealment build is 9.7km, does that mean Bedford cannot mount the concealment module despite meeting the tier requirement for slot 5?
  7. Bridge sits on a literal castle Hardest to spot CA at-tier As far as enormous ninjas go, at least Vladivostok can arguably be mistaken for a small island at first sight. Seems like an obvious way to cram a T6 cruiser into T7 so as to require less paper ship at the top of the tree. But I suppose that's better than tossing in gimmick shells/smoke.
  8. Special_Kay

    Clan Battle missions are gone!

    All was well in the end, thanks for the care and attention.
  9. Continually reversing into the corner may be an aggravating but effective means to control drift, at the expense of a consistent heading.
  10. Special_Kay

    Free Commander XP

    Behold! 'Tis I, the anti-Zath!
  11. Special_Kay

    Arc idea: What's old is new again

    I'm conflicted. How dare you keep coming up with great ideas that we'll never get? You're making us live with the knowledge that the game could be so much better.
  12. Some of them, absolutely. Do note I never implied every destroyer player does it or that it's the only way destroyers can be played. But look at @sendit2me30 earlier in the thread; s/he takes pride in honing skill at the most risk-free and least impactful means of doing damage. It's a refuge of not-really-PvP-just-PK gameplay in a PvP game that shouldn't have existed in the first place, where they think having only one counter, and a soft counter at that, is a perfectly fine thing. I was going to go on at length about why you're wrong here, but I think the bigger issue is that you're talking primarly about tier 4-6 and I'm not. Smaller maps and short torpedo ranges means you're not really capable of the problematic tactics I'm talking about at those tiers—if you're staying within 8km I don't really consider that skulking. Suffice to say that sonar and other destroyers are a pretty soft counter to long-range (12km and up) "Silent Hunter-style" destroyering, and the real counter (carriers notwithstanding) is to just let that DD be mostly-useless so you have a 12v11 against its teammates. That is what the game is better off without.
  13. Special_Kay

    Salem vs Jean Bart

    Salem is strong, Jean Bart is unique. Of course, if you haven't played Des Moines yet, then Salem is unique to you also. Neither is a bad choice, but unless you're not a cruiser person, I would suggest Salem first.
  14. I agree with you almost entirely here. Carrier vision control, especially in 4CV matches, still needs adjusting. For that and other reasons you highlight, if they were to stop addressing carrier balance now things would not be okay. As I said earlier, Shimakaze is not one of the problem ships. And you're doing some dishonest accounting if you expect to compare average damage numbers of DDs against maximum theoretical hit points for BBs—that's not a silliness I'm going to be baited into. I do believe destroyer torpedoes can still be effective when the weapon platform's approximate position is known to the enemy team in the majority of cases. Just as with Montana AP, for instance—neither Montana AP nor Shimakaze torpedoes are going to do a lot of damage to a battleship who knows where they are and has no other incoming threats to worry about. But add a second vector of attack, and they both become extremely potent threats despite their position being known. Obviously perfect vision of destroyers is another matter, and not one I am advocating for.