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  1. I'm a BB main but I've only played the RN line up to KGV. I find spamming HE neither fun nor interesting.
  2. Premium Ship Preview: Asashio 0.7.2

    I never understood WG's issue with the BB population. First, BBs were always going to be destined to be a popular branch. Despite many BBs having "meh" wartime careers, BBs were capital ships and tend to be relatively famous compared to their cruiser and DD counterparts. Even carriers, which did the bulk of work in WWII, were not as well-known as many BBs (e.g., Arizona v. Enterprise). Second, the other classes are sometimes just downright punitive to play at certain points in the tier progression. Playing a cruiser in the tier 5 to 8 range can be a struggle given that many cruisers can be one shot by a BB. The only cruisers I can recall playing between tier 5 and 8 that I thoroughly enjoyed was the Fiji, Belfast, Prinz Eugen (I don't know why b/c I hated the Hipper), Cleveland, and the French premium. If WG wants to attract players from BBs, then giving cruisers some love might help. And let's not talk about CVs...
  3. French BB most in need of a buff???

    It has taken me awhile to adopt my play style, but I find the Gascogne okay as is without any need for a buff. In any event, the developers are going to want a lot more data before adjusting the Gascogne. The ship has only been out for a week.
  4. MM Power Spreads

  5. Premium Ship Review: Gascogne

    I'm going to have to get in a training room and test this out. I've driven my Roma in 200 plus games and I do not remember getting wrecked by DD AP. The closest experience I have is getting chewed up by Des Moines AP when I was broadside at less than 8 k. I blame myself more than Roma's armor because I was out of position. I ended the engagement by ramming the Des Moines. :) I find Roma to be one of the better tier 8 BBs in Random despite a lot of Roma complaints I've seen. The only time I feel completely out of place are in games where a tier 9 or 10 cv or present. In those games, I can't flank and have to stick close to strong AA ships to just survive the first 5 minutes.
  6. Premium Ship Review: Gascogne

    Thanks Mouse for the review. I especially like the material concerning shell flight time and penetration values.
  7. Premium Ship Review: Roma

    Wow. I didn't realize I was the top Roma player. That'll change, I'm sure. For what's it's worth, my WR in the Roma is now 67%. I do not believe Roma needs a buff. She is competitive at tier 8. For those struggling with the Roma, I would keep this one principle in mind: Concealment is life for Roma. Roma can utilize its concealment as both an offensive and defensive weapon. Roma's excellent concealment allows you to flank opponents and it allows you to disengage when the battle turns against you. Constantly watch the mini map to determine if any ship is able to detect you under 11 km. If there is a ship that is able to detect you, you need to then assess whether you should (a) engage; or (b) move out a little past 11.1 km to ensure you will be and to disengage once you fire your guns. Now, let's address Roma's alleged weaknesses, namely her guns and armor. First off, you must understand that concealment is how Roma gets out of trouble, which is different than other tier 8 BBs. For example. USN BBs can get out trouble by "bow tanking" and utilizing their hard hitting guns. German BBs depend on their turtle back armor to get out of trouble. You cannot rely on Roma's armor or guns to save you if you are out of position and broadside to an enemy. Roma can "bow tank" somewhat, but fires will chew you down in short order. Further, when you start bow tanking with the Roma, you are giving up it's best advantage if the enemy is within 11.1 km of your ship. Roma's guns and armor is best used with her concealment, i.e., fire from concealment at a point when you are angling into the target. Once you go dark, repeat. I've turned tier 10 games by chipping away at tier X BBs because they cannot turn their guns around to fire at me before I go "dark." If you dislike using concealment on a BB, Roma is not for you. Do not play the Roma if you like to constantly engage opponents at 16-18k. Do not play the Roma if you like to charge into a cap with your secondary's blazing. I'm not the best WOWS player and make no representations that my way is the best way. I've had bad games in the Roma, but when I do, it is not because of the ship. Rather it is because my concealment was taken away and I could not disengage, usually because a DD or plane was keeping me spotted. Roma's an excellent ship and one of my most successful tier 8 BBs. I do not believe she needs a buff in the slightest.
  8. I wondered that also. What is the stigma of N.C at 18 k as opposed to 23 k? That seems to me to be the problem with the adjustment being made to Roma. NC will be more accurate at 18k than that the Roma at the same distance..
  9. The CCs were all over the map with the guns. One item I noticed was then the Roma's guns tended to over pen due to the high velocity.
  10. To each their own. I opted not to purchase the Ashitaska for the following reasons: 1) I'm not interested in purchasing B hull ships; 2) The reviews were "meh," and I didn't want to dedicate to the time to learn how to make it perform. Tier 7 is very competitive for BBs. 3) I wanted to save my money for the Roma. LWM's review is much more nuanced than you are suggesting. Sure, she concluded that it was a "Mehbot," but she specially noted "Ashitaka has speed and firepower. That's recipe enough for skilled players to cause a lot of havoc. However, there's only so far skill will take you on Ashitaka. She's too big to hide. She can't effectively angle against most battleship opponents. This leaves you with out-trading your opponents and for that, you're reliant upon your aim and RNGesus. If she had a single universal ammo type, I could drop this down to 'low'." In short, people can make the ship perform. But there are more balanced tier 7 BBs out there.
  11. HMCS Haida "pricing"?

    It’s a tribal class DD that was operated with the Canadian navy during WWII. She has been teased in the past by various people but there has been no official word from WG.
  12. Be patient. A new DD line just dropped, so it's the new flavor of the month. With the Vampire and T61 coming, I expect you'll see even more DDs. When Roma drops, you'll see posts on this forum that World of Warships should be called "World of Roma." When the French BB line is introduced in the game, you'll see battleships everywhere. It is the circle of life for this game.
  13. Premium Ship Review: HMAS Vampire

    Thanks for the review! The only disappointment was that it was not the Roma you reviewed. But only a few more weeks (I think Roma will drop in early January).
  14. Most intimidating-Fuso. Least intimidating-Renown.