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  1. Which is something we discuss over in the video comments as well. No, it isn't. But it is a useful tool for comparing-and-contrasting ships. In this instance, Iowa and Minnesota have the same guns and the same range and the same DPM. They will play differently due to a variety of other factors.
  2. The new Tier X battleship in town is USS Vermont. Her broadside throw weight - twelve 18" shells - is the heaviest in the game... surely there are some tradeoffs? Indeed there are. Let's have a look.
  3. Continuing up the new American battleship branch, we find Tier IX's Minnesota. Offensively, his ship is almost an alternate Iowa, with the same DPM, same range, same shells, and so on.
  4. There's a new branch of the US battleship line in testing. What gives? Are these ships any good? Let's have a look at Tier VIII USS Kansas and begin the speculation.
  5. Wargaming recently announced Tier VII Premium American battleship USS Florida. Is there room for two 14" barreled American battleships in this tier? I think there is, because Florida looks WAY better than California right now.
  6. Are you still searching for "the ship" you want to play in this season of Ranked battles? Allow me to suggest HMS Edinburgh.
  7. SeaRaptor

    For One Brief Shining Weekend Asashio...

    He did indeed. I was impressed; the game will be coming to the channel in the front half of this week. I still don't think Asashio is a very good pick in ranked, but this guy took a look at the enemy team composition, charged the middle of the map, and proceeded to devastate 2/3 of their BB corps with the torps. It was a thing of beauty.
  8. For me, avoiding Lenin is a personal choice. I don't care for the "all guns forward" arrangement. I've never been able to make it work on any of the ships in game that use it.
  9. Usable, but challenging. Probably the same evaluation I'd give her in randoms, to be honest. The torps have a good flood chance, so putting them to work on targets that aren't a SoDak or an Amagi, then following up with the carpet bombs has solid damage potential (or vice versa). The fire RNG remains a quirky problem, though. The rockets will do good work against destroyers. Implacable might actually be a smidge better in ranked than she is in randoms because she knows she won't be up-tiered, but I'd still pick Lexington ahead of her. Excellent points. I agree that Enterprise vs. Massachusetts is a bad matchup for Enterprise; not much else to say there except hope your team has enough brains to shoot at the big giant battleship on occasion. ;) Honestly, this is why I'm glad there are people around with a better feel for these things than myself. Lex has always seemed a "good" pick while Enterprise has felt like the "right" one. I guess for me, thinking as a generalist, Enterprise has always felt like she had the tools to tackle most anyone.
  10. I mean, sure, it's just a question of (a) what CVs you own and (b) what you want to be doing with your CV in a game.
  11. Last but not least, we examine which Tier VIII carriers you should probably be playing - and which you should probably avoid - in Season 17 of Ranked Battles.
  12. I kinda was. I wanted to avoid straight up recommending both Amagi and Kii, but I sort of did in a roundabout way. If she works well for you, then don't take my advice at all. I just know that I have historically gotten more consistent groupings out of North Carolina's guns than Roma's. =)
  13. We've looked at destroyers and cruisers; now that the season is officially underway, let's talk about what battleships you should (and shouldn't) be playing in Season 17 of Ranked Battles.
  14. Same for me. Well, Massachusetts and Tirpitz. Those two were irritating to deal with, but I beat a few of them along the way. Yeah, but ranking every single bloody ship in each class in Tier VIII would be exhausting and make for like hour long videos that no one would sit through. I'd rather toss some ideas at the wall and start a conversation than put in a ton of work on something that most people won't watch in its entirety. =) I've never had any issue with it, but I also recognize that my skill level is above average. For me, the key is being able to negate or at least beat the hell out of 1-2 enemy destroyers. If I can manage that, farm some damage off a battleship, and use my hydro and/or radar to get some spotting damage (and maybe tack on few plane kills), then I feel like saving a star is doable... even without the best damage total in the world.