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  1. Weekly MM Tier 8 Rant

    I'm in the "fix MM" camp for tier 8. My preference, however, is to see more missions/events for tier 6, 7,8,9, to get more players into those tiers to ease the tier 8 MM. I think the problem is everyone has a tier 10 and, per WG's admission, players do not keep their tier 9s. The results, IMO, is that there are a lot of tier 10s, a few tier 9s (if any), and the rest of the space being filled with tier 8s. Maybe I'm actually with Flamu (for once) and am just tired of the constant tier 10 events. Heck, if the "Hit Hard" event for Halsey mostly focused on 8-10. I'm tired of playing tier 10s and I'm tired of playing against tier 10s. I think player experiments are neat, but really, should be taken with a grain of salt. Things like timing, events, recent line releases, etc, can effect MM. For example, the calls to nerf BBs gets very loud when I new BB line is released.
  2. Saving Tier 8 - How do we do it?

    I agree tier 8 MM is a growing issue. Here are my two cents: 1. Identifying the problem: I don't know the science behind WG's MM. However, it has been my experience that, on a whole, when a tier ship is placed in a tier 10 game, the tier 8s make up less than a quarter of the each team. In addition, there does not seem to be nearly as many tier 9s. In fact, its rare for me to see games where tier 9 is the top tier; and when tier 9 is the top tier, they make up less than a quarter of the teams. The reason? Here are my theories: a. Higher population of tier 8s. This could be a number of reasons, including the ease of purchasing tier 8s, to popularity, to the fact that it does not take that long to grind to a tier 8 ship. In fact, I am guilty of constantly crapping out at tier 8. b. Lower population of tier 9s. There just seems to be too many bad ships at tier 9. With a lower population of tier 9s, teams are mostly comprised of tier 8s and 10s. c. Higher population of tier 10s. WG appears to have made a huge push for players to play tier 10 ships, including missions, clan wars, and ranked. Conversely, there is little reason to play tier 9s but for to get to tier 10 (unless you are playing the Missouri). 2. Solution: a. Make tier 9 competitive. Fix the dud ships. b. Give tier 9s special missions which might ease the strain on tier 8 MM. c. I hate to say it, but provide more premium tier 9 ships. d. I know this will not be popular, but maybe the repair cost of tier 10 battles needs to be increased. I know 2 years ago the tier 10 economy was brutal with many players unable to afford to play tier 10 games. BUT, it kept a healthy bell curve as far as the tiers were concerned. e. I'm not a huge fan of +/-1 MM. I don't like waiting for a game.
  3. Awful looking permanent camo...

    I'll take historical camo over some game developers failed attempt at abstract painting. I mean honesty, some of the camouflage WG produces is just awful to look at (e.g., Halloween camo; Christmas camo).
  4. I imagine this ship is going to go through extensive testing given the new consumable. So, I doubt the numbers will remain the same when the ship is released.
  5. Gasgone ?

    I agree with what others have posted as you should read LWM's review. In my experience, the Gascogne is a fun ship but she takes a lot of patience to play and play well. Her armor scheme is forgiving but her guns can be irritating.
  6. Bois- Nueve de Julio...?

    True, but the RN gets the OP cruiser were as USN has to toil away with a bunch of meh boats.
  7. Agreed, especially in high tier matches. I've had a fun time with the Abruzzi but it is not for everyone.
  8. I purchased the Abruzzi on Friday and I have been playing it most of the weekend. I believe a few points about the ship need to be made- (1) LWM has it generally correct in that the Abruzzi requires a lot of patience to be successful. (2) It needs to be stressed that tier 7 cruisers are not in a great place with the exception of the Belfast and Fiji. I do believe comparing any ship to the Belfast is inappropriate b/c the Belfast is near, if not actually, OP. (3) I found most of my success with the Abruzzi on the flanks. (4) The Abruzzi is fast. So, in some maps, the Abruzzi can place herself in a good position to fire on enemy DDs trying to cap. Paired with a gunboat DD, the Abruzzi can do a lot despite the lack of a radar. (5) Abuse the concealment. Being a HE spammer is going to get you killed. These are just my thoughts. In Random, I believe the Abruzzi is a fine ship and it is closer to the "good boat" rating LWM uses when writing her reviews. In competitive, the best ships still remain Fiji and Belfast.
  9. The Yasan class may be good, but there is only one in active service. The remaining ships in the class have either been launched or still under construction. As for the CV refit, remember, the question was whether at this time (not in the future) can any European navy stand up to the Russian navy. As of now, the Russian CV has reliability issues. Whether a modernization/refit will solve those problems will remain to be seen.
  10. The age of a naval vessel is not the only factor to consider in this situation. The USN generally keeps their ships more up to date in relation to other navies. Further, US navy has more resources to conduct naval exercises than other nations. Russia's naval woes are well known. Sure, can Russia build and field a fairly modern naval ship? Yes. But can they do so at a large scale to wipe out a European navy? I have my doubts. Moreover, your example that Russia did not have a problem in Georgia misses the fact that that was generally a land war. The USN has yet to struggle in any conflict in obtaining dominance of the ocean or coastal areas.
  11. No European nation can match the Russian navy in size on paper. However, capability and readiness are entirely different question. Russia subs that are holdovers from the cold war are generally in poor repair. In addition, Russian's only CV notoriously breaks down to such a consistent degree that the ship rarely leaves port without a tug boat near by to assist in case of emergency. France and England, combined, do possess a generally well rounded Navy that could keep Russian naval forces at bay.
  12. I used the Kidd and NC and got to Rank 10 quickly. With regard to the Kidd, keep in mind she is a cap control/DD hunter. Unlike other DDs, her ability to deal with BBs is very weak. In addition, you have to be careful on how you handle a Lo Yang. Essentially, you have to bait it to (1) smoke up, and (2) engage it's hydro. A bad Lo Yang driver will get cocky and try to hunt you, which is what you want. The Kidd can trade hits with a Lo Yang and come out on top. If a Lo Yang beats you to the cap, then you have to be patient and wait fort it's Hydro to end.
  13. Asashio Incoming!

    What is the deal with this ship? It looks like a steaming turd. All it can do is torp BBs that sail in a straight line. It can't do crap against a cruiser and it cannot contest a cap without a lot of support. When this steaming turd is released, I'm going to run my best DD killing ships and make any player that buys this barge regret the $40 plus dollars they paid.
  14. Premium Ship Review: Asashio

    Thanks for the review. I’ll run my Kidd to hunt this turd down.