I dont need to play a specific boat to know when its an issue. I have eyes and can see what happens to BB's and cruisers.
Gearing needs to have its torp conceal increased to around 1.6. There is no reason why torps that are running that fast with that kind of range should be that stealthy,
Shima can really only torp. Sure it has guns and can maybe finish off another ship. But 1v1 in a knife fight against these hybrids, if you dont have smoke or the ability to run you die, its just that simple. Gearing (YY inculded) should not have the same level of conceal as a pure torp boat.
Go into the port and look at the YY, then look at virtually every single other DD. Then tell me the profile isnt more streamlined into the water.
Not being usefull in contesting caps is [edited]. Torps while knife fighting can happen but its not common and all boils down to guns, which the YY and Gear have some of the highest DPM in the game.
The Shima sucks, I know it, most players know it. I still play it because I enjoy a challenge. If I want to piledrive some noobs I just hop on my Haru and set everything on fire.
The nerf to YY will still make it playable.