THIS SHIP WAS NOT GIVEN TO ME BY WG I FOUND IT HERE IN MY PORT BUT I WILL EVALUATE IT ANYWAY. SHE IS STILL A WORK IN PROGRESS AND STATISTICS AND PERFORMANCE DISCUSSED HERE MAY CHANGE.
So when i got up this morning turned my game on found this ship in my port, thought they must have me ( WG ) confused with another tester but then who am I to let a opportunity like this pass me by, however looking at this ship My GOD wish I hadn't got it.
The 1820 USS Ohio a Tier 10 " SHIP OF THE LINE " warship, at first I thought WG were joking and this was a prank but after watching @NoZoupForYou own review they must be serious.
WORK IN PROGRESS
Well I was determined to do my best to give this ship the benefit of the doubt and soldier on.
WHERE TO START
Firstly to give this ship any chance it needs a engine and some metal decks still not certain that will save it.
IT has white sails
Great eye candy as a PORT QUEEN
Completely unarmoured ship
Slow speed 12 knots
Terrible turning circle
No AA suite
No Anti torpedo defences
High Detection range
Poor shell penetration
Shortest range main guns
Lowest hit point in tier 10 history
Citadel sits high above water unprotected
the list goes on
For those gamers who are not aware the first iteration of WOWS back in Alpha and Beta testing days started out with the " Ship Of Sail " Meta which proved to be unsuccessful which was scrapped for the more relevant " Ironclad " meta but it seems WG are trying bring a ship of this meta back however I believe this will be a disaster.
LETS LOOK AT THE BASICS
First off with a displacement of only 2724 her hit pool is dreadful
She has no anti torpedo bulges
A complete lack of any AA artillery
30 × long 32-pounder guns
32 × medium 32-pounder guns
2 × 32-pounder carronades
Main guns with dreadful firing angles and dispersion and short range, AP distance of only 1210 yards
HE rounds firing distance of 742 yards
One only has to look at this model to see that the citadel sits to high above the water and has no protection at all as do all the guns.
This ship is totally incapable of defending its self in the current game Meta.
I cant believe this will be the first of the new NTC ships
I wait with keen interest what feelings and views @LittleWhiteMouse has about the current state of this ship.
One can only hope that WG will see the short fall of this current iteration of this model of this ship.
This ship should be pulled from in game testing and more internal testing done at Lesta to rectify the many serious problems with the ship in its current state.
On a brighter note WG were gracious enough to give the ship her ATLANTIC BOW refit.
In closing I would very much hope that WG will be able use there creative skills and talents to bring this great ship to a higher game play level and see her in game in the not to distant future for all to enjoy rather than some ahistorical or never before built ship.
My next review will the Tier 5 USS Texas now in its third iteration after the new AA rework.