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  1. This. If you use the lock-on indicator, the bot is aware of the course and speed of your torpedoes the second you launch, and unless you're in a Shiratsuyu or something similar that can fire an inescapable cloud of them, the bots always know exactly by how much to turn and change speed in order to dodge. If you do not, sometimes they STILL dodge your entire salvo because they have no delay in making the necessary course and speed change when your torps come into official spotting range. That leaves vomiting out your entire complement at nearly zero range as the only way to reliably hit a bot with the torps you fired at it.
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    Please add containers of more collections to the arsenal

    Permacamos for Charles Martel, Z-23, Kiev, New Orleans (she was T8 at the time) and Monarch. They give the usual dispersion and detectability bonuses plus 10% service cost reduction, but instead of 50% ship XP you get 50% captain and free XP bonuses.
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    USS Georgia Model - Man those guns are longgggg

    True, but we are mostly talking about the first generation of ship-launched guided missiles in the context of WOWS. Early active radar missiles did not have a smooth course; you would have expected to see a long progression from Bat and that didn't happen, while the early air-air efforts were also all failures. Neither Oriole nor Sparrow II resulted in an operational weapon, and the British Red Dean was cancelled just before it was due to start its formal live-firing trials (in part because of the cancellation of its launch platform, but also because the missile was grossly overweight and oversized for its performance). The next time we see active radar guidance in a missile any smaller than a light airplane is in the early-mid 70s (Phoenix), with Exocet, Harpoon and suchlike hot on its heels for anti-ship work; it doesn't shrink to dogfight size in any reliable form until the early 1990s (the first service versions of AMRAAM). Active homing in a small package is not an easy ask, though for the life of me I cannot understand why the USN didn't put a Phoenix seeker into the nose of a Standard missile or AMRAAM into its Sparrow box launchers.
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    First directive 20/3/19.....can be done in co-op only?

    You can do it entirely in co-op if you have Duke of York, Exeter, Nelson, Hood or Vanguard. Otherwise you require either scenarios or randoms. I agree; someone really dropped the ball here.
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    Premium Carrier Review (Part One): Introduction

    That "broken" part is one of the reasons we're where we are now.
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    1.14 million free XP

    I have the Musashi and the Nelson. Granted, I got a big leg up on the FXP for Nelson with some rather chunky community contributor containers and a well-timed supercontainer or two, but I did not have to pay a single cent for conversion. That is over one million FXP combined for both. I am currently reaping about 100K FXP a month, and at current rates I expect to be able to get either Alaska or Azuma by Christmas. No, I didn't have Alaska on day 1 of release; no, this didn't bother me; no, I won't buy her if I can have her for nothing.
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    1.14 million free XP

    I stand corrected. And I do remember the Musashi vs Missouri debates very well. Anyone who got the Musashi instead of the Missouri while the latter was still around was, IMO, a blind fool (and is now probably kicking themselves daily).
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    Tips for DD Duels

    This is one of the things that makes me leery of tech-tree Pan-Asian destroyers; I am always far more comfortable in the Anshan than the Fushun. The Gadjah Mada's guns were a revelation, but they tempt me into taking risks that my DD skills often have trouble cashing in on, and then my ticket gets punched. The compensation for that is that I've seldom had as much fun getting blapped. If his shooting was better, he was possibly chunking you down harder with accurate alpha strikes than you could wear him down with continuous DPM. I summon @Destroyer_KuroshioKai to your aid.
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    How long to spend our Florins and crowns?

    They have been surprisingly generous with those. US cruisers collection. It was very hard not to walk away without at least one crate, and that would start a collection that gives you a T8 Cleveland permacamo. 3K doubloons. There was a short campaign offered at the same time which gave an identical one for the T8 Baltimore. 3K doubloons for not that much trying, IIRC. British destroyers event - it was almost impossible for even the derpiest player with a T5 ship not to get at least one crate. That collection carries two permacamos, one of which is for the T8 tech-tree Lightning (the other is for the Haida, but it's just worthless bling because she comes with premium camo anyway). Another 3K doubloons. This event - they fed us two Air Supply crates in the daily supply chain during this event, thus guaranteeing everyone who can earn even a crate a day a permacamo for the Tier 8 British carrier, eventually. 3000 more doubloons, without having to lift so much as a finger. ALL of these collections are permanent, so just one crate in each of them GUARANTEES eventual completion. That's before we get on to permacamos available for coal in Arsenal collections (Bismarck x2, Congratulatory camos for Monarch, Z-23, Kiev, Charles Martel, New Orleans), all of which were Tier 8 permacamos when first issued (although New Orleans since took hers down to T7 with her) and the ones we have been able to win in game for T6 Normandie (Ocean Liner), T7 Helena (Remembrance Night) and T7 Minsk (standard pattern; I think that was a January Dailies grind). And if I read correctly, there is the promise of being able to earn even more in this year's iteration of Space Battles. I'm almost scared to buy permacamo now, in case WG offers me a bonus one down the road.
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    Steel/Coal Ships: Which to Choose?

    The Des Moines has been around since the beginning of the game, so there is scope for a large proportion of the DM-playing population to be far more experienced. I have the Salem (since Christmas last year) but didn't start playing WOWS at all until late August 2017, by which time some people had been playing the DM for two years already.
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    Seen on a WG Twitch stream.

    It's currently running as I type this, so all the URL bar shows is ...and that may not stay relevant for very long.
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    Seen on a WG Twitch stream.

    WG-EU Tuccy: "We tried to have our bots pass the Turing test and some of them are better than real people - they even started teamkilling."
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    Steel/Coal Ships: Which to Choose?

    It is my sincere hope that anyone using the Charleston in Randoms is a newer player who wants a low-tier trainer to move their captains between the Erie, Phoenix and everything in between. Given the dichotomy that currently exists between optimisations for six-inch and eight-inch cruisers, she may not be the best trainer for both - but any is better than none. Please for the sake of any newbies who have just left the baby seal nursery, try to spend as little time in Randoms with it as you can.
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    HMS Implacable for free?

    My advice when it comes to spending money on tech-tree early unlocks is this: DON'T. If you feel like risking the money because it's containers for florins and you might win a premium ship (or jump to/get credits for Edinburgh), then it's your risk to take with all the gains and all the potential downfalls; be prepared to content yourself with flags, camos, and having avoided the T6-8 grind. Remember that any duplicates you might get are all for credits here; no doubloons.
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    Why are opt-ins a thing?

    I'm sorry, I have to disagree with you there. This is where all the events are advertised, including their rules and conditions. It might avoid a lot of salt on these forums if people more consistently visited those pages, read the articles, clarified exactly what was on offer and how you went about earning it, and UNDERSTOOD what they had read. Opt-ins are a thing because there are some people here who are violently opposed to any form of anime content and want nothing to do with it, even if it gives them the world. So that means all of these small things now have to be accepted formally, whether they have anime in them or not.