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  1. Really enjoy the game overall...the graphics and realism that WG has created are impressive. I am a 44.5% winner and three month player so I guess that makes me a Potato as I learn the various ship types and map positions, etc.. I got above 45% and was feeling like I was progressing.....and then the last week. Even as my damage has started to rise and I feel like I understand the strengths of the Kagero and the Bismarck in particular, I have been in battle after battle lately where my side doesn't just lose...we get crushed. And over the last couple of days, it has gotten worse. Tried dropping down to level 3 and 4 ships, figuring maybe I wasn't ready for tier 8 though my Kagero has a 60% win rate on less than 50 battles...but same thing. Just did a game where at tier 3, we had SIX destroyers per side. Three or four were premium ships...not sure about the Russian one...on red team...none on our side. Within five minutes....all six of ours were sunk....before 10 minutes....they had 2 of the three caps...third was still open...WG mercifully just stopped the match and declared a winner. Same thing on the previous match.......three of us left..me on my British BB ...within 10 minutes in standard...WG stops the match though the cap had not yet been taken....defeat. Last night....what is the Stalingrad....what is the Worcester.....on the red team......in both cases....5 min into the match.....we are down to four ships...and one of the red team has seven kills.... then i read on the forums today that those are "test" ships allowed into random matches......I just happened to be selected as an opponent in both cases. As a three month player...it doesn't seem fair.....the MM is picking winners based on some criteria that is giving one side a HUGE advantage. I have jokingly called it the halo effect....WG sends angels to help the red team and my spot on hits do no damage ..or they suddenly, in clear open water disappear from view..not an island close by or a smoke screen in the vicinity. People on the forums are constantly dissing radar..but on my Kagero, I understand it and try to account for it in my game play. I can't do that for targets that just disappear from view for no apparent reason. I read that the the win rate doesn't matter...and I have tried hard not to focus on it and counseled others to not worry about it....just keep gettin better...your day will come. But on these forums..people are constantly either boasting about theirs or trashing 45%'ers/potatoes. I have just kept playing.....but now with all these lopsided matches with me on the crushed team.....not sure it is worth the time and effort. I don't mind losing...I see the game as a challenge and fun and when I lose, I try to figure out what I could have done better or didn't do right. But if the MM puts the "dot" on you and makes full teams of "potatoes" and loads the other side with premium and "test" ships.....what's the use? It is no longer a challenge..you are just fodder for an analytic that favors others... and it damn sure isn't fun. Anyway.....had to vent.....and gonna go find somethin else to do..
  2. Azur Lane voices

    Hmmm.....bought the Admiral Hipper captain cuz I had just gotten the Hipper....logical...or so I thought. First time I had bought a captain....didn't realize I would have to listen to a 12 year old chattering away that I couldn't understand. Finally figured out how to do the "national +" thing....so now I hear the captain in German...which I can't understand either...lol. For 15 bucks, I would think I should be able to hear my captain in ENGLISH or at least be warned before I buy it that I won't be able to comprehend what they are saying if I don't understand either the native language of the captain or the ship nation. First premium ship I bought was the "on sale" 5 dollar ship, Ishizuchi, which didn't impress me at all. Now I buy a premium captain that I can't understand. Been playing for three months....hopefully I will eventually pay for something I really enjoy...at this point I feel like I have been taken advantage of as a new player. Hoping that paying attention to these forums will help some...and it has.
  3. Dang...I thought 50k free xp was a bunch! But I have been goin down all the lines workin towards ships at level 7 and then makin a decision on which ones to tier out. Got my Kagero now that I love and lookin forward to the Bismarck soon. Probably will regret spending all that free Xp at some point but...oh well.
  4. I find, as I get better at understanding positioning and have improved my targeting, my wins are increasing. (Now at a lowly 45%) So if nothing else, it is a personal barometer for me. And some vessels, the Mut...the Farragut....were just tough for me. Now I am struggling with the Gnei and the Colorado but battling on. Really trying to focus more on improving the damage I do (not the number of ships I sink)...assume the less health the enemy has, the more likely my team is to win. My only thought is that it would be nice to have columns that reflect your last 100 battles. Help me see how I am doing now versus carrying all the baggage of the HUGE amount of losses I had in the first 1000 games broadsiding away, having fun, but gettin sunk regularly lol. And anyone with over 1000 battles and a sixty per cent win ratio must be good....random chance/teams could not account for that winning percentage imho. Whatever they have to say or suggest...I wanna hear.
  5. Napoleonic Era Warships

    Thanks for all the responses. My thought was given that WG has done a great job of the graphics and realism for WWI and WWII ships, it would be cool to see what they could do with Napoleonic era vessels....maybe one day. The Patrick O'Brian novels have always been an inspiration to me....Captain Jack Aubrey and his companion, the Doctor....twenty great seafaring novels. If you get a chance....check them out.
  6. Napoleonic Era Warships

    While the majority of the posts about WG on the forums seem to be trashing them for this and that, I am amazed at the graphics and the realistic feel of the sailing and firing as well as the audio. They have done a fantastic job and I just would like to see them apply their talents to the Napoleonic era at some point. Now back to tryin to master the GNEI lol.
  7. Napoleonic Era Warships

    I would love to see WG developers apply their talents to the Napoleonic era of warships....frigates....brigs...sloops! Getting to see them with sails taunt and guns firing....I'd pay for that.
  8. Island camping BB.

    I agree...lol. Drives me nutz! Seems worse over the last week or so....probably just the wheel of fate puttin' its marker on me for MM.
  9. Only time I have gotten the team penalty was for inactivity after I was sunk early on my BB....we had just left the launch area, I was in the center back..I sailed forward and turned west at 1/4 speed...everyone else immediately went to the flanks....CV was behind me stationery....incoming full set of enemy planes from two carriers straight up the middle....before I could get out of broadside, I was hit by incoming torps and the bombers....glug glug.... At the end of the game which I watched to the end, I was shocked at getting the penalty but since I didn't get a chance to contribute, I just shrugged it off and served the two game pink. No game is perfect...hopefully they work the bugs out of process as times goes on.
  10. Sorry....no clue on how to generate a replay of a game. Will put it on the list of things to learn...lol.
  11. Depressed

    When I lose three in a row....I take a break. Find myself blamin others and that is neither right or more importantly fun. In my case, I listen to some tunes from my music library...grab a new cigar....water the yard...lol...anything to calm down and relax. It is a game...and I am pretty bad still...44 per cent winning percentage...but gettin better and focusing on enjoying the ship and gettin the best out of it rather than whether we win which I can't control by myself. I echo what others have said...don't let folks stat shame you.... I have actually gotten three messages after games...you suck or a variation thereof...and in one case it was my highest damage battle to date on a DD with two caps, we won, and I finished second on team stats....shrugs....feelin good and then the message pops up..there are morons in every game...I guess somehow someway I didn't meet their expectations...lol. Hope you get past this...it is a fun game and such dang realistic action on the screen...I am still amazed at how they do it!
  12. Sounds like what it is...thanks. I can plainly see it pop up on my screen....in my case...a skull with a radar radius graphic on it..assumed that was radar...didn't know the diff with RDF. And like you said it stays up forever... guess that is cuz I am the lead ship heading towards a cap. And then bad things have happened lol is why I wrote the post! Appreciate the response....still learnin'...and lots of folks on the forum seem to supply meaningful responses....a few...not so much.
  13. I am at 1500 games or so and just beginning to get a clue...lol. First 500 games, I just went out and followed others around...broadsiding away....and losing alot and getting sunk early..on cruisers and bbs....but enjoyed the game. At level five, it got more serious, and decided if I was gonna stay that I needed to watch all the basic vids ....those have helped. Now getting into positioning and understanding where I should be on my DD, Cruisers, and BBs for each ship type. Hope by the time I hit 2.5k games that I know where I should be generally on all the maps...that is my goal...we shall see....but so far so good. Has definetely helped on the New Mexico...still learnin on the Gnei....but for the Yorck and the Kagero...feel pretty good about it. And my targeting is coming along, though I still feel at times that your accuracy is "baked in" for individual games...some games I am spot on and crush them...in others...spot on and not one hit...I call it the halo effect....the developers anoint certain people as their "angels" for a specific game....probably [edited] reasoning on my part but it is a working theory...lol.
  14. Just really getting into tier 8 games with my Kagero (thirty games or so and doing real well) and several times I have been radared before I could even get to full speed leaving the launch area...guess that makes it twenty seconds or so....just doesn't seem right. It gives my heading and in a domination fight that is EVERYTHING early or am I missing something? In every case, I went down early trying to cap with massive incoming fire from red ships. I will get it for the Kagero with a couple more captains points so I am not complaining as much as asking what vessels get that HUGE a radar read? I needs to know...lol..is it the same for all ships in terms of radar radius? Guess I should try to find a radar vid and check it out......fast! Anyone know of a good one?
  15. This is what i have been doing...going down all the lines for the IJN, US, and German classes for CA, DD, and BB. Now have a Kagero that I love (and my best win ratio at 75% through 30 battles or so), a Mahan that I am enjoying...not as stealthy as the Kagero but hits a bit harder and fires torps more frequently, the afore mentinoed Aoba and Yorck are fun...haven't mastered the Tier 6 Cleveland yet, and as I stated in the initial post learning to enjoy the New Mexico and frustrated with the German Gnei....love the look of the ship but horrible win ratio and poor damage produced so far...and the reason is me..not others...but I will keep at it... I seem to "halo" ships alot with a full shower of shells but no hits with the Gnei when I am spot on target which is very frustrating since you wait so long to fire again on all BBs.