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  1. We understand that Wargaming needs to balance the game and prevent OP ships from dominating. Case in point, the recent CV rework and what it is like to play a T10 DD currently. I mention this only to point out the necessity for continued monitoring and adjustment, not to criticize the ongoing CV rework which I believe was necessary and done well. Historically, Wargaming has made changes like nerfing the Minekaze and absolutely butchering the original Fubuki - to name only two. The later example created a lot of confusion and some bad feelings. As a suggestion, the idea of taking any ship, changing the tier and capabilities is more difficult to deal with than leaving them as they were and creating new names for these reworked models as was done with the Pan Asian line. In order to keep this balance stable, I see three possible tools which can be implemented. 1.) Buffing and nerfing the individual ships or classes of ships. 2.) Adding new capabilities with radar being an example. 3.) Using power creep to devalue any OP ships with the Belfast and Atlanta as examples. My main concern is that when a major reshaping of the game is introduced (and this CV rework is a prime example) it's possible that the event will cause so many players to leave that we may hit a tipping point from where the game can not recover. The more complicated the learning curve becomes, the more likely it is that new users will become easily frustrated and leave. Who knows, maybe we have a large enough player base where groups of players rage-quitting isn't a problem. Let me be clear. I think what Wargaming has created is nothing less than a work of art. At the same time, history is littered with the shadows of games which had a huge following and are now all but forgotten. Please don't let that happen.
  2. KenD2

    Great Upgrade

    To be clear, when I used the word refund, the idea was that this would be granted using in-game currency. And yes, I have hundreds of hours of time building up enough Free XP to get both the Kron and the Musashi - so I feel your pain.
  3. KenD2

    Great Upgrade

    Weighing in on this discussion seems to be a no-win decision but this is what my experience has been like so far. I played around a dozen matches today. Roughly about a quarter of these matches were played in a DD, Kamikaze and Asashio, with the remaining ones using my Kronshtadt, the Musashi and a Fiji.Only one match had no CVs, two were single CVs per side with the rest being two CVs per side. I suspect that this will normalize given time. In two of the DD matched, I killed a CV, one with the Kami and the other with the Asashio. I did manage to do serious damage to CVs in both the Kron and the Mushasi. What was unexpected was how reserved many of the players were, with a noticeable portion barely moving out of spawn. This is completely the reverse of what I had been lead to believe in that WG was working towards gameplay which contains serious brawling. Another aspect of the gaming experience that I had difficulty with was the amount of time I was forced dealing with the AA when I would have preferred to have spent that time engaging enemy ships. The flak was somewhat distracting but I suspect that will diminish in time. From my perspective, change is difficult with adapt to and that does tend to cause frustration. As has been mentioned previously, when radar rolled out we had much the same discussion - but I digress. The bottom line for me was that I expected the matches to be far worse and was pleasantly surprised that this was not the case. On the downside, it does seem that a few of the ships which used to be my "go to" choices may lose their luster and other will need to be found to take their place. Where this becomes an issue for me would be ships like the Mushasi, Kronshtadt, and Asashio given that a fair amount of money or effort was put into acquiring these ships. One possible suggestion would be to offer refunds to players who feel they have had their investments diminished, in much the same way CV captains are being treated.
  4. KenD2

    Clan battles season

    We're seeing some confusion as the Clan Battle button says "Ended" underneath and when you click on the Schedule, it also shows tonight's battles as having ended. Any idea what's going on?
  5. I received one of these emails and in all honesty, I deserved it. At the same time, the abuse of the compliment/report system is out of control. One clan I know of compliments each other in synch drop matches and asks all of their players to report specific people whenever they see them. Yesterday, I sank a ship and the player immediately screamed the "N" word in chat. I asked everyone in all chat to report the guy because none of us wants this in the game. Three people on my team said that they had reported him, none on the enemy team admitted to reporting even though they may have. And here's the thing, I had a reasonably good game, said very little in chat but found I had a report when I returned to port. I wonder who reported me... Then we have the absurdity of being able to use misspellings of a "banned" word which is probably acceptable (who knows, right?) and words that live in a gray area. Is it okay to call someone a slur for being same sex oriented? This, in spite of the fact that section 2.02 states, "Typing in such a way to bypass the censor filter is prohibited." How about political trolling? I read the rules and section 2.19 clearly states, "Discussion of social, religious, political, illegal or other controversial topics that may create offense is prohibited. This includes but is not limited to negative portrayal of religious and political figures." Isn't it amazing how many players have names which include blatantly obvious trolling by using the President's name or the candidate who lost? Now, with all that said, Wargaming gets to set the rules. And while I understand this, when you provide a game where your recent survey includes asking whether a player "gets angry" maybe there is something inherently wrong with the game, not the players necessarily. Truth be told, I believe that Wargaming has listened to the community and is reacting to the issue of caustic chat. We should all be supportive of that action. The stories I have heard about the EU server, not to mention the Asian server, are horrific and it is my hope that the NA server won't degrade to that level. On the good side, I will do my best to keep my comments on the clean side of thing but I reserve my right to tell a player who is not contributing to the effort in exactly the same way I would expect another player to tell me if I was not carrying my weight. It's all about balance, right?