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About _Big_Lou_

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  1. _Big_Lou_

    How To Play with Cruisers?

    Hi @rayleo02 here are a few tips for you: 1) Do not rush progress though the different tiers. Learn competence with BBs, CA/CLs, DDs, and CVs in low tiers. Try to learn the different game mechanics, ship tactics and marksmanship when the stakes are lower. 2) Based on a look at your stats: Try to focus on extending the life of your ships. I imagine your normal gameplay sees you pushing the enemy and dying early in a match. If you like the idea of "tanking, giving overwhelming firepower, crushing cruisers with a single salvo..." you will be far more successful if you are alive. 3) Watch youtube videos on the basics of the game, namely marksmanship. Learn how to shoot at range and where to aim.
  2. _Big_Lou_

    Ship kills - NOT a minimal reward

    I know a given random team is going to win when you see focus fire called and there are multiple ships focusing on the same target. Seeing many people working to sink a ship is exactly how to win matches. If you're getting tunnel vision and only grinding damage on one ship, you aren't playing to win. I cannot tell you how good it feels to land 4-5 torpedos on a big tier X BB and see it have the last 4-5k damage taken off for a quick kill. Sure, I did most of the damage, but I am the most happy that the ship is off the board. Honestly, any time I see somebody whining about "you stole my kill" my mind translates it to "this is my first game and I do not know how to play"... It also always results in a report->plays poorly
  3. IMHO, the Konig presents a nice option for a trainer. The guns are very accurate for the tier and the ship is quite robust in terms of survivability.
  4. _Big_Lou_

    Best destroyer hunters in Tiers II-IV?

    If you're really interested in seal clubbing' DDs, a Clemson with radio location and concealment will be devastating.
  5. Had a very similar discussion with @MEANN earlier today. Here is his thread: When one of my clan members asks for tips to improve, I always start with basic marksmanship and then positioning. Knowing how to read a map, understand the differences in friendly and enemy ship compositions and finding a good positional approach is HUGE! Hiding behind an island may feel safe, but you are aren't doing anything to sway the match and are simply losing slowly. Good luck.
  6. Ever watched 7U soccer? Herdball? I think that's what you're suggesting. Consider this critique: Following people and "grouping up" forms clusters of ships. Clusters of ships are not as effective as a smaller number of ships properly positioned. Think of this scenario: 5 of the same ships. 3 v 2. The 3 group up together and the 2 move out on opposite flanks. Eventually the two on the flanks will have the 3 ships in a horrible cross fire leading to massive broadside damage and citadel devastation. I would rather be a mobile 2 than a herded 3. Grouping up to overlap AA sounds good, but leads to static play. Instead of having ships out doing damage, you have soldiers huddled together in a trench afraid to move. On a side note: I love it when the enemy team groups up, especially when I'm in a DD. It is far easier to score big torpedo hits if there is a group of ships versus a lone or paired ship. IMHO the losses in randoms result from poor positioning/navigation opposed to lack of teamwork. The DD and cruiser that rush a cap, get spotted, and nuked in the first 3 minutes are why teams lose. The BB that sits 15k off the back of a cap is why teams lose. Cruisers that are hiding behind islands unable to fire on a single target are why teams lose. If you want better play in randoms, people need to ask these questions: What does the team comp/enemy comp look like? Where do I expect the enemy team to set up? Where do I expect my team to set up? What are my ship's strengths? Given answers to the above answers: What position would effectuate the greatest map control or damage done by my vessel? The answer to this question is most certainly not "herded up 5 other ships". Happy hunting.
  7. _Big_Lou_

    Yukikaze torpedoes

    No, the fractional increase in speed is not worth the decrease in range. In terms of percentage, you are giving up 20% range for only a 7% increase in speed.
  8. _Big_Lou_

    Stop Punishing Tier VIII

    What do you mean by weighing? Statistics should be done objectively using established sample size / confidence measures. I'm not following you. An emotional argument (T8 getting tired of this...) from statistics that are weighted?
  9. _Big_Lou_

    Advice on more consistent games

    Exactly! A wounded DD will play far more passive than one with full health. I play all ship types and wear the Elite DD badge, so I know what it is to play a DD and miserably get focused. Having said this, DDs should be punished any time they are spotted. Focus fire and F3 enemy DDs wins games. Happy hunting!
  10. _Big_Lou_

    Advice on more consistent games

    Sorry for the long delay in response: Simple answer: always shoot DDs first. DDs are the ships that hold sway over the battle. Good DDs will often sway the battle far more than their CA/CL or BB comrades. In terms of influence: DD>CA/CL>BB (CVs can be a wild card) Since DDs hold the greatest influence, always target them when possible, even at 10,12 or even 15k.
  11. _Big_Lou_

    Advice on more consistent games

    As a mark, I've used 30% as a decent mark to shoot for. We have (from time to time) marksmanship training within my clan and generally try to help people get at or above the 30% threshold.
  12. _Big_Lou_

    Advice on more consistent games

    @Ironshroud trying to read into a player's stats is a bit challenging. I took a look at yours and did not see much stick out, most stats looked good. The only exception was your main battery hit rate. A question: When you're in the Myogi, do you use its range and play mostly from the rear of the team?
  13. @UssIowaSailor I'm curious how you've formed your opinion. By your profile, you've posted in forums 1,500 times but only played the game 10 times. Is this a posting account and you use another account to play the game or are you addressing this as more of an outsider looking in? Thanks!
  14. It is a problem I've seen and commented on as well. The population of players that think BBs are "snipers" and lag at the edges of the map, providing no support, and lasting to the end but losing a lot of matches have a new favorite ship, the CV.
  15. _Big_Lou_

    This "Karma" thing is so frustrating

    I do not mean this as a troll question: Why do you care what your Karma number is?