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  1. My first 19 pointer in every nation is set up as a generalist to serve in as many different ship types as possible. That's why this Bismarck captain has Concealment Expert instead of Fire Prevention and Last Stand instead of Adrenaline Rush - he needs to drive every German premium I have (plus his home ship) from Bismarck to T-61. The second and subsequent are set up for a specific ship type. Thus my Yamamoto captain is my generalist across all my Japanese premiums, but my current Izumo captain who just recently made 19 points is set up exactly as you describe, as is Jack Dunkirk for my British BBs, and most of the rest of my BB captains are being developed the same way.
  2. Yeah, I sort of had that feeling at one point. This is my balls-out, no-fear, risk-it-all secondary-specced 19 pointer for Germany. I have many other battleship captains, including 19 pointers, who have been or are being optimized for damage mitigation, but this one mostly sees co-op and I accept the consequences which can accrue from bringing him into randoms. This also is true, but sometimes the tactical situation doesn't permit! Sometimes you have to hold the line while your team-mates do God's work elsewhere. I don't mind being the punching bag for every man and his dog if it means they're so distracted beating up on me that their opposite flank gets wiped out and we roll over them.
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    Researching if MM is rigged (WR-rigging)

    I think you underestimate people's ability to co-operate sometimes. Not all the time, to be sure, but enough to make your bold statement not be one of absolute fact. Then we get into the debate over whether the potential for misuse is greater than the greatest possible good that could accrue. Couldn't have said it better.
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    Researching if MM is rigged (WR-rigging)

    I know I'm not the only one who wants that capability disallowed absolutely. Bring on the unicums - I'm eager for a rematch with a couple of very good ones I've tangled with a couple of times.
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    Researching if MM is rigged (WR-rigging)

    He's not fighting you; he's presenting an alternative viewpoint - one which, as an actual player of the game, he is fully entitled to.
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    New German containers (Happy Monday.)

    There won't be a next one, unless you're opening premium crates or still got some non-premium spares unopened. At this stage, better just to grind for it and save the money to buy the Parseval a permacamo.
  7. Already being on fire in all four places! Also features a misidentification that makes Jingles look good and a torpedobeat so narrow only RNGesus could have got me through.
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    Less than 11hrs remaining on dockyard event

    My specialties are histopathology and an interest in autopsy pathology. What I think of this whole Coronavirus thing from the very start would get this thread locked, for the language I want to use if not the topic! If I ever get back to Oz, you and I can talk about this face to face.
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    Slava for 63,000 Research Points in 0.9.7

    I feel the same way about some of my resource premiums, including one or two that I slaved a lot for and spent most of what I had on. Some of them I don't even play once a week... but then something comes along for which they are PERFECT, and I'm glad I spent the resources.
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    Slava for 63,000 Research Points in 0.9.7

    The irony is that it's technically free. Yes, you need a hell of a lot of work to get there and plenty of time or patience, but one can do it without paying money. "Locked away" is something of a misnomer here when the vast majority of premium ships are behind an absolute paywall. A season is 3 months, right? That's 90 days, give or take. A million XP will take you from Tier 1 to anywhere, and over three months that's 11,112 XP a day (rounding up to the nearest XP). That's not even the second container per night. They offered Shikishima and three T10 permacamos for steel a little earlier this year; stocks of that item might be a touch depleted. I was favouring coal to compete with Pommern.
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    Less than 11hrs remaining on dockyard event

    You two should get together over a beer when it's over. Seriously, why Victoria and not everywhere else?
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    F.D. Roosevelt Over-Powered planes?

    Your reasoning was sound, but alas another datum has come along to weigh against that: I somehow doubt they will release THREE ships to the RB in such rapid succession, but you never know.
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    Researching if MM is rigged (WR-rigging)

    Back in the day, my school cricket team played a bunch of world class professionals. It drew, and it would have won if one of the batsmen hadn't got a crippling cramp on his way back to the crease and got nailed 'out'. I played for the same school's chess team, and there isn't one of us who would not have wanted to face a Grandmaster solely for the experience... even though we knew how it was almost certainly going to end. Maybe things have changed in the last 40 years, but I can imagine that high-school team of the 70s-80s seeing the opportunity to go up against the best as a challenge and an honour. There's a part of me that doesn't like seeing well-known unicums on the other team, for obvious reasons (especially from 07 or some other high-ranking KOTS finisher). There's another part that's eager to face them, to get experience in what going up against the best is like and hopefully sharpen my skills for the next encounter. If that's not what you want, fair enough... but ask yourself why not, and what you might be missing.
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    ST 0.9.8, World of Warships birthday, dockyard.

    I think they chose well giving us this. They could easily have gone for more 'Murica, and they'd have been justified (for Russians, they really know how to do 'Murica more spectacularly than even the Americans do), but this is a nice touch. I think if they made a similar camo available for both Alaska and Haida, people would buy it. To me it's a waste of money to put a free any-ship linkable camo on a premium when it could go on a Tech-Tree T9 that badly needs it (for in-game economic reasons). The way this is worded suggests that we can get more than one. This is good, because I have at least three T9 ships that I'm tempted to keep once I'm done with their grinds (Izumo, Yugumo, Jutland), and being able to fit out more than one of them with a permacamo would be nice.
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    ST 0.9.8, new ships

    I do sometimes wonder if you couldn't bring back the original now. Tier 7 seems very often to be uptiered against 8 and 9 now, rather than consistently being top dog against 6 and 5, and with the growth of the Russian cruiser line in particular she would more often face opposition that poses a serious threat to her. However, the impression I get is that Belfast '43 is Wargaming's way of saying that isn't going to happen.