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  1. 1. DERZKI!!! (with Okhotnik as a close second) 2. Cleveland 3. desMoines 4. Conqueror (or Montana) 5. Minotaur
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    Best Free XP ship?

    I'd honestly go for the Nelson, if it's still being sold.
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    Tier X Ranked Prediction?

    I think the overall message tends to be that players rarely take really 'optimal' ships into ranked. Even at higher ranks, the lack of coordination in team comps means that people must take ships which can fulfill most roles, which usually comes down to whichever ship they personally perform best in. That, or people just take whatever they're currently grinding legendary mods on. That said, if I were to guess: I assumed that Smolensk would be another ship which works in randoms but lacks the features needed in competitive gamemodes. Having seen so many smolensks in KoTS though I'm starting to second-guess myself. Perhaps we will indeed see a bunch of these sailing around. That will put a damper on any ship which is vulnerable to HE spam and struggles to deal with smoke. Republique and Bourge are both gonna have a rough time. GK will be even less competitive. Henri and Zao might see themeselves replaced in the flanking/long range HE spamming role, though I typically don't see many Henris in ranked anyway. Conversely, long range radar ships like Stali or DM might gain new utility. Personally I really enjoyed taking smoke mino into tier X ranked these past few seasons. There wasn't much radar around and you could take these great positions contesting the B cap and supporting your DDs early on. But again, my impression is that Smolensk might well be able to do this better.
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    wharts your favorite modpack and settings?

    As most others, I use the mod station. Score timers- like DouglasMacAwful, I'm shocked this isn't part of the base game. Even the aesthetics fit in. Running lights is decent- mostly useful in bow-on positions where it's hard to see the direction of smoke relative to the funnels. It gets used shockingly often in CB, where bow-tanking is common and people have this annoying habbit of being extra-tricksy with their engines. There used to be a mod which allowed you to draw directly onto the minimap. Very useful in CB where you can make sure everyone has it, but I haven't been able to find this mod in a long time. Lastly, I find there are several mods which show the overall healthpools of each team, and how those healthpools are distributed. I've found a mod which adds green healthbars to the ship lists on either side of the screen. It's invaluable in giving a quick overview not only of which team is winning the health game, but which team is doing a better job focus firing. This is, at the end of the day, an attritional game.
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    Getting higher Damage with HE rounds

    200 hits in a friesland is nothing. Frankly, I'm surprised you got up to 45k with that. British BBs have huge HE shells. You want to be aiming at the upper hull at least, as well as the bow-stern to set additional fires. In fact, with most ships you want to be aiming at the upper hull, not directly at the superstructure. Depending on the ships involved, 3-4k can range from excellent to ok. 177 shell hits also doesn't seem like that much depending on the ship. In a DM for instance 1-2k is average per salvo (once saturation sets in), and 177 hits quite normal. That's why you get such a short reload and such good AP. In a Henri, Zao or Hindy you might expect up to 4-5k per volley, but here the range matters a great deal, as well as if you hit the turrets or not. When in doubt, youtube can be a great resource. iChase still has some excellent guides on penetration mechanics and how to aim, so you can make sure there isn't anything you're missing. I'm decently sure they're still up to date, despite being a few years old by now. Also might be worth simply watching replays from unicum players in the ships that you own- I always find watching those extremely informative.
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    Getting higher Damage with HE rounds

    Looking at the ships you have in port, you have several which are absolutely dependent on IFHE. This is extremely important to keep in mind: some ships are balanced under the assumption that you have certain captain skills. Ships like the Cleveland, Atlanta, Nueve de Julio, etc. are unplayable without IFHE on your captain. On these ships, IFHE can raise your HE alpha by 400-600% (unless you're super accurate when aiming at the superstructure). It's more important than concealment expert. Before buying a ship or starting a line, it is essential to research which skills you need in order to play it.
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    Henri IV, Zao, or Moskva?

    Yes, it is tanky. BBs can't citadel it from the front, especially at short range. However, the upper bow can still be penetrated, so you don't want to just sit there, and plunging fire can get your citadel. It also tanks HE spam better than the Stalingrad, though it still burns easily (it has a very weak heal). The AP feels amazing, espcially with the legendary mod. Incredibly fast shells and incredibly accurate. That said, they still don't hit very hard and the DPM is lousy. Once you've played the Stalingrad it's very hard to go back to them, since the Stali is nearly as accurate and far harder hitting. The Henri is a kiter. I was shocked when I first got her: she's so big and turns so slowly compares to the SL. But after a few games I realized the gameplay is exactly the same, just at even longer ranges. If you liked the previous french cruisers, then you'll like the Henri. If not, then she won't change your mind. Zao I've only played occasionally. Great ship, and can really control a flank when there's no DDs around (this is especially relevant in CB). Great guns, great torps, great concealment. That said, if you ask her to do anything other than kiting, you'll be disappointed. I've done you a favor and entered these three ships into a random number generator. Rngeezus says you should get the Moskva. This is now objective fact.
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    Map Idea to help older bbs get some HE relief

    The problem for HE spammers is that they rarely have the firepower to kill a BB on their own. They depend on focus fire and hard hitters securing the kill. Last night my clan had a big realization that because of this, the GK is actually one of the best BBs to take in Clan Brawls. A single cruiser, even a desMoines or Yoshino, simply can't deal with him fast enough to stop him pushing in and breaking their team. So it's clear that the way to stop HE spam is to make focus fire difficult. That means big maps, lots of tall islands and smaller teams. That all said, I'm not sure this would actually improve the game. Focus fire takes skill and teamwork. BBs are already tough and strong. While we were happy to find out that the GK is viable in Clan Brawls, simply having the BB push through every battle because his counters have been made impractical doesn't stay interesting for very long. In the end, you gotta ask if the solution here isn't just for you to get better at playing BBs...
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    How much FXP is an SC worth?

    So, you can potentially get 50k freeXP from a SC, so maybe that's a good answer. But in my mind, 50k freeXP is one of the best SC rewards you can get, with most camos and flag rewards being worth significantly less. At the same time, you also have a tiny chance to win a premium ship, including the removed ones, which could easily be worth millions of freeXP. So I'd say that a risk-neutral evaluation would say that a SC is worth about 20k freeXP. Personally, I'm probably pretty risk-averse, so I wouldn't pay more than 10k freeXP for a SC. I also have lots of camos and flags already, and don't really need any more premiums (I already have a Missouri), so the SC rewards ain't worth that much to me. On the other hand, a player who has all the tech tree ships unlocked and knows how to grind freeXP might be far more willing to shell out freeXP for other rewards. Such a player might only be missing a few premiums, increasing the chances that he gets one of those from a container (I think?). Such a player might actually be quite risk-seeking, and find it worth-while spending upwards of 70-80k freeXP on a container. I guess my overall point is that it really depends on what else you can do with your freeXP, and what your attitude to uncertain rewards is.
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    Atlanta help

    Uh, don't do this. Please. The #1 reason I see new players quitting this game is when they buy their way into higher tiers and then get frustrated because they don't know what's going on. High tiers are not inherently more challenging, but there is a greater focus on meta and mistakes are far less telegraphed. You will die for mistakes you don't see from enemies who are doing things you don't understand. This game does a TERRIBLE job teaching itself to new players. Unless you start at the bottom and work your way methodically and SLOWLY to the top, taking care to watch plenty of youtube tutorials and learning from each of your mistakes, you will never learn how to properly play. I cannot emphasise this enough. I can see on your stats page you already have tier 8 ships. This is a terrible mistake, and it will ruin your fun in the long term. With less than 200 battles you should not be past tier 5, if not tier 4. Buying premiums isn't going to save you from the frustration- only practice will. I know this sounds harsh, but I've seen this happen too often and there's really no need for it. High tiers isn't going anywhere. It'll all still be here waiting for you in 6 months or a year or two years. But please, please, please, have the patience to wait until you are ready. As for the Atlanta, you need at minimum a 14 point captain with both CE and IFHE. Many also recommend the range upgrade, which is a valid choice, but personally I prefer having a shorter range to make island campign easier. For people with a bit of experience it is fairly easy to camp behind islands and burn down BBs as they push into you, but really good players udnerstand that the main role of this ship is DD hunting and contesting caps, and will often play accordingly to win the game, even if it means lower damage totals.
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    Tier IX and X US and RN cruisers

    This is where I must admit to some bias. I hate the french cruisers. They bore me to death. They are the most absolute standard, plain, no-thrills, monotone, unchanging cruiser line in the game. I kept grinding and grinding this line, hoping beyond hope that the next ship would excite me in some way. They disappointed me to the last. The French cruisers in my opinion are totally identical relative to their competition throughout the entire line. If you liked the ship which preceeded her, then you'll like the Alge. If not, then like me you will continue to be disappointed.
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    Tier IX and X US and RN cruisers

    Meh, it totally depends on you. Both Seattle and Neptune are similar to their predecessors. Depending on your playstyle, both can be considered either improvements or downgrades. Neptune trades worse survivability for more DPM. So you have more torps and more guns, but you're even more prone to getting blapped. If you're a careless RN CL player who lets himself get citadeled or brawls a lot, you won't like her. However, if that is the case then you won't like the mino either. As for Seattle, she trades comfort for DPM. Strictly speaking she is a better ship than the cleveland: with a heal, better survivability and much more damage output. However, in exchange she loses out in all the stats which make a ship 'feel good' to play. She is slow, turns slowly and has a slow rudder shift. Her turrets turn slowly, have AWFUL gun arcs and break fairly easily. Most of these don't strictly affect your performance if you play smart and think ahead; they're just kind of annoying. The only real issue is the poor gun arcs which make the seattle a much worse brawler than the cleveland, but again this is something she shares with the worcester. Overall, my advice is just pick the line which you prefered at tier 8.
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    Best first path to T10/CB Usefulness?

    If you're looking to 'pad your CV' and get into a competitive clan, then ship lines is like the 10th most improtant factor. As a baseline clans want you to use discord or teamspeak. Most probably won't look at anyone with less than 500-1500 battles. Clans which are serious about CB won't look at you until you have 2000-3000 battles. Once you have those prerequisits, by far the most important thing is winrate. Most clans have some baseline you must reach: top clans demand 60-65% (which extremely few players have), but even semi-competitive clans will be more eager to take you if you have a high winrate, and once you get into sub-50% territory is when your options start getting restricted. Easiest way to get a high winrate is to be good at the game, for which I recommend watching lots of youtube tutorials. If you want to pad your stats you can also try divisioning with unicum players, but for that you need to first convince them to let you join and most clan recruiters know this trick and will be looking at solo stats. Some clans may also have personal rating requirements (which I disagree with- I think pr is a useless stat). Next most important is probably damage and frags. You also get these by being good at the game, though here ship choice does matter (high tier and high DPM fire-starter ships can be used to pad damage, while getting frags is all about burst damage, so torps and big BB salvos). Smart clans may also look at your hit rate (how acccurate you are) and survival rate (here they will be looking for a low survival rate to make sure you're not a backline camper). Lastly, being seen as a nice player who doesn't rage easily is also a good bonus. Frankly, being chill is probably the main reason I was allowed into my current clan . After you've jumped through all those hoops, maybe a recruiter will think to check which ships you have in port. The general opinion tends to be that the first 1500 battles don't really matter- they say nothing about the actual quality of a player. That time is better spent learning the mechanics as quickly as possible and getting to know the meta. People are very aware of how difficult this game is for new players, and are generally willing to forgive imperfections if you're a nice person. Clans, ultimately, are a social endevour.
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    Best first path to T10/CB Usefulness?

    As you kinda say, thinking about CB at 130 battles is a bit absurd. This stuff won't really be relevant for you until you have, at minimum, 20 times the number of battles you have now. But, what the hell. Why not be absurd once in a while? So, the current tier X CB meta is almost entirely made up of big gun cruisers. BBs are capped at one, and taking any more than a single DD is considered wasteful. The BB tends to be something which both tanks well and can hit hard at range: Yammys, Kremils, maybe a Montana. The main job of the DD is spotting and cap contesting, with torps mostly seen as a bonus. I think Daring was the most common last season, but it's quite diverse. As for cruisers, the meat and potatoes ships are Stalingrad (non-tech tree) for holding a position, and Henri as a generalist and flanker. I think Henri is your best bet as it is by far the most common tech tree ship taken into CB, but I also remember it getting nerfed since the last season, so maybe that is changing. A few other cruisers are also brought on occasion for more specific roles, like a DM as cap support or Zao for off-flank kiting and as a Henri-counter when there are no DDs around. That all said, tier X is still quite well balanced and there are very few ships which are seen as completely uncompetitive. Hindenburg is unfortunately one of them; mostly because the Henri is seen as doing everything it does but slightly better. Kiting DDs like khab or haragumo are also unpopular, as well as more niche BBs like the Bourge (non-tech tree) or GK. There are also several ships which have been added since the last tier X CB season, and it's unclear how they affect things. Frankly, given that it will likely take you over a year before you reach tier X, I wouldn't stress so much about selecting your ship lines now. Most ships are competitive, and the meta will likely be different by the time you get to see it.
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