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  1. Ngl, at the end of writing this I actually realized that eyes were stinging a little and my eyes were beginning to water, though I’m not certain if it’s out of tiredness or sadness.
  2. I picked this game up in the summer of 2018. During the three years I've been a part of this community I have played almost every single day. Hours upon hours grinding and just playing. I have never devoted as much time, energy, passion, money, to a game and likely never will again. I have almost every single British premium ship with the only exceptions being the T7 Belfast, Plymouth, Druid, Agincourt and Campbeltown. I have played this game through thick and thin, and will probably be here till the day the servers are shut down. However, the recent treatment of a certain CC and the overall lack of any sense of morality, integrity or basic respect that is required for any professional relationship has really driven me away from this game. Not to mention the pathetic excuse for a "SuMMeR sAlE!!1!" Instead of selling in-game ships for a significant discount, you instead decide to lock a bunch of crappy loot boxes behind a $200 paywall. Not to mention the "95%" discount on the final bundle containing a random T9 ship container. These containers have never been available in the premium shop. As such they have no pre-determined value, nor do the summer sale tokens. Praytell, how can something never sold prior and for a brand new temporary currency be discounted? Since they never returned to their "regular price" it makes the discount completely arbitrary. This dances awfully close to the line of being illegal (at least here in Canada) since you're not able to sell an item at full price and slap a discount onto it to create a sense of urgency. However, I'm not a gambler, and I wasn't about to spend money for some crappy loot boxes that would drop a T5 premium and a T9 premium ship. For the same amount of money, I could guarantee myself any ship I wanted by just purchasing it directly from the premium shop. Or, you know, spend that money elsewhere with a company that respects me as a human being and not just a walking wallet. But what really annoyed me WG about this entire thing was when I saw this: If you haven't played in over 6 months and just logged in you got half of the "summer sale" that was locked behind a paywall for the rest of us. Not to mention that just by winning 15 battles you got a T9 ABSOLUTELY FREE. What did the rest of us blokes who have been loyal customers and players for literal years on end get? We got the privilege to pay $200 for the same thing. Really Wargaming? I spend basically every waking second of my free time playing your game, I spend thousands of hours in-game playing, I create content for your game by making videos on YouTube and writing reviews for ships on the forums (albeit poorly written). I continually stuck by the side of this game year after year, I endured the thick and thin moments and this is how you repay your most loyal players. By refusing to give us the same sh** you gave players who ghosted you, left you for dead, and couldn't give less of a rat's *** about your game. Am I surprised? Of course not. I am so used to being run over by you, I've gotten used to being disrespected time and time again. You couldn't care less about me, or anyone else in this community who actually cares about your own damn game. Hell, I don't even expect a response to this. I am fully expecting you to ignore this like you ignore everyone else and do whatever the hell you want anyway because you have gotta chase that quick buck. And it will never change. You will never care about me. Why? Because you've already gotten money out of me, so you couldn't care less if I dropped off the face of the earth. And for the people quitting who haven't spent money? They were doing nothing but taking up a server slot. This won't change. You won't change. And I'm sick of playing second fiddle to players who downloaded the game 2 years ago and haven't touched it since. Seriously Wargaming, 3 years of playing practically nothing but your game. 3 years of trying to improve this community, of trying to entertain this community, of trying to educate this community. 3 years of me looking up to CC's because I thought making content to improve this community was really fun and something I wanted to do. To be completely honest I still kind of want that, even though Wargaming doesn't listen. Because I want to help grow this community and share something I'm passionate about with the rest of this game. And truth be told I cannot decide if I hate wargaming for constantly screwing me over and over, or if I'm just sad that they keep doing so. But at the end of the day, it honestly doesn't matter because the result is the same. You don't respect me, you don't respect any member of this community, we literally mean less to you than the players who abandoned you years ago. And honestly, I still haven't learned my lesson, because here I am, writing out a long impassioned rant about the game and community I love that will change no important minds, won't be noticed by ANYBODY and it's completely irrelevant because Wargaming will do whatever they wanted anyway. I don't know how to end this rant, I am angry, sad and tired, maybe I'll go get some rest. Maybe the World of Warships in my dreams respects me and the rest of the playerbase for playing their game, but if that happens then reality is rather cruel.
  3. I could write a well-thought-out explanation as to why CVs, in general, are super OP in a game based around concealment and surface ships, but I'm not going to. Mainly because it's a waste of time to attempt to tell most of the playerbase what they already know and the few who defend CVs don't care and/or don't have an understanding of the core game mechanics. Besides they don't matter, the only people who matter are the WG employees and they couldn't care less about what we the playerbase thinks about the game balance. So all in all, threads like these are pointless, they go nowhere, lead to no change and in the end don't actually matter.
  4. Awe5ome

    cv haters and bullies

    As for if you're taking the opposite stance then it's understandable if you're raging in the forums. CV's are broken and WG refuses to do anything about them.
  5. Awe5ome

    cv haters and bullies

    Take time to somewhat ensure what you've written is legible. I can't respond if I don't understand what you're saying. However, if you're angry because you believe CV's are balanced and got yelled at because they aren't then you're not getting any sympathy from me. CV's are the most busted ship class in this entire game, and if you disagree well you're just wrong.
  6. Over the past 2 years I've played this game I've had a lot of fun moments, that being said there were moments that I hated this game. When WG rolled out the CV rework I quit the game for over a month, but other than that I've played this game every single day. I've spent more money on this game than I have spent on any other game, and I love this community. I want nothing but the best for this game and generally am not one to rage at WG for a decision that I felt was ridiculous. I've contributed to this community with premium ship reviews (albeit poorly written reviews) and have made compilations of this game. I started a clan and have helped a bunch of new players learn the game and become better at it. I honestly couldn't be prouder to say that I support this game and community, back in 2017 when hurricane Harvey hit USS Texas we raised $281,000 and we've probably impacted the lives of many through WG support of "Save the Children" and "Wounded Warrior Project". I don't want to give up this game, and I don't want to see it become a pay-to-win game, or see the core community abandon it. However, the lack of thought that has gone into this update is insane. CC's were warning about this happening, the player base was saying don't give us more HE spam and don't bring in deadeye. Yet here we are. I don't get it, why? Why would you guys shoot yourselves in the foot and then insist everything is fine? If you've played this game you know it's not fine. Old players who left are just happier that they quit. And here we stand, left with what was once the best Naval MMO you could get. I genuinely want to know WG, did you not hear our concerns or did you just not care? Are you actively ignoring any feedback that isn't exactly what you want to hear? And are you not playing your own game? When the rework was first announced I thought "huh, cool! It be nice to see some of the old outdated skills get replaced with newer more effective ones." And you know what? Some of these changes I like, for example, a secondary build costs 10 skill points instead of 14. I can have a different captain builds on different classes. And I guess the 21 skill point cap is a cool change over the previous 19. But when we consider the pros and cons of this update I find myself with a lot more cons than pros. CONS - Deadeye, this single skill is the dumbest thing in this entire update. Because it appears as though you guys forgot something about circles, circles have the smallest perimeter to their area. This holds true even when talking of eclipses, and since deadeye decreases the maximum dispersion of both horizontal and vertical dispersion you just reduced the perimeter by 10% but the area that the shells can land has decreased exponentially. This is such a massive buff for long-range ships. IT'S INSANE. You know what? I just realized that I'm putting a lot of work into something that very few people will see, fewer people will care, those who do care are in the same boat as myself and WarGaming will continue doing whatever they want so there's no point in me writing this out. Besides, I've given well thought out feedback before and never once received a message from a human saying "We'll consider it" or "No we're not doing that". On top of that, the mods will lock this thread, HapaFodder will write a company-issued statement about "caring for this community" and "we're looking at the numbers" before locking the thread himself. Or he'll just outright delete this and give me a permanent forum ban for all this. I'm just so sick of this. So I'll end with this, WG if you're reading this, take away deadeye, give us back the old system and actually listen to what we're saying. I'm not going to issue a warning about the community abandoning you, or say that you're driving committed players like myself away, but I will say that that this past year has been heart-breaking, depressing and I didn't need you to fix something that wasn't broken by blowing it up with a 16" gun. I'm done, feel free to delete this.
  7. Sometimes I'm infuriated by this game and the dumb decisions WG has made over the last two years but this is one of the sweetest things I've ever read. Stay strong John I hope to see you on the virtual seas! O7
  8. Hey everyone, I recently made a new video and would like some feedback. Criticism, suggestions etc. I'd like to improve so anything is useful thanks!
  9. Awe5ome

    If I have a ship that is expensive

    YES! Anything monty python gets a thumbs up from me.
  10. Awe5ome

    Crystal Balling WOWS in 2021

    I highly doubt that WG will allow such a game to exist. We have carriers limited in all tiers(?) to 1 per team which in my opinion is three too many. Subs will likely have a similar mechanic introduced, but WG will do whatever they want despite common sense.
  11. Awe5ome


    If you have an IQ above room temperature then absolutely. 8" guns and stock Edinburgh torpedoes at T5 with trollish armour and a heal. The amount of stuff you can pull off is unbelievable, I've rushed a Texas, Gneisenau, Kaiser and come out the other side. I've tanked upwards of 2 million potential damage in Exeter. She's not as nearly as powerful as she was, SAP hurts, AP rockets hurt more but as long as you can think at least one step ahead then the ship still remains an extremely capable and powerful ship.
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    2020 Summer sale?

    So the highlight of every summer for me ever since I began playing this game has always been the summer sale that occurred. Generally, this takes place late July/early August however it's almost August and we haven't even gotten a clue if it's happening let alone confirmation when. Normally I'd just assume that it's going to be a late-year but with all the crap WG has pulled in the months with the lack of events or anything really I'm really starting to think we're not getting a summer sale at all, or at least not like in previous years. The only clue that summer sale might happen is that it's happened in previous years and that a brand new "summer" camouflage is coming for Atlanta. If someone from WG would just confirm or deny summer sale is happening I'd appreciate it.
  13. Awe5ome

    Champagne Review

    CHAMPAGNE REVIEW (Please check out other sources before getting this ship, everything in this review is strictly my opinion) Champagne is a T8 French battleship battlecruiser with spectacular guns, amazing maneuverability, amazing speed but armour that rivals paper mache. This ship is what the player base deserves but not what we needed. It takes the passive play that ships like Nagato, Ashitaka promote and takes it to an absolute extreme, where you are rewarded for staying as far from the action as you can and punished when you push in and help the team win. The guns are incredibly accurate with rediculous penetration and a decent reload and decent damager per shell. Overall her guns are the main selling point of the ship and they're probably the best guns at T8. Survivability Hit Points: 52,600 Torpedo Reduction: 28% Armour: 19mm - 430mm The Champagne's biggest weakest is her survivability, she has the smallest HP of all T8's with some of the worst torpedo reduction and horrible armour. In a 1-on-1 fight with almost any other BB of the same tier at close range, Champagne is dead. Despite being T8 her bow and stern are only 25mm which is even less than that of T7 BB's which now have 26mm which renders them immune to T7 152mm HE rounds that don't have IFHE meaning that in a down tier scenario where you're facing T6 cruisers their HE can still absolutely hurt you. She also only has 9.4" of armour protecting her citadel (240mm) which puts her in line with most battlecruisers, Ashitaka having a 10" armour belt, Alaska having a 9" armour belt and Hood with a 12" armour belt. "Battlecruisers" fall on a scale of more cruiser than battleship to this is a fast battleship but the Royal Navy calls it a battlecruiser therefore it's a battlecruiser. With Graf Spee basically being a cruiser with some big guns strapped to it and Hood being a battleship every way from Sunday except she's faster than 24kts therefore we'll call her a battlecruiser. Champagne feels like a battleship when you're talking strictly about her guns, their ability to pen more than Izumo at ranges of more than 3km definitely feels like battleship calibre firepower. But her armour and HP makes her feel closer to Alaska than something like Hood. Where Hood can bounce the 18.1" shells of Musashi if you're angled well enough at close range Champagne struggles to bounce anything because of how large her bow amour is. Playing Champagne in T10 Random felt like playing a pinate, any shots that hit hurt, and when you only have 52k HP a 3-5k HE volley hurts especially if it's coming from a ship like Worcester, DM with very high rates of fire. In fact, assuming you hit the Champagne for 3k damage every second that would mean Champagne can withstand 17.5 seconds of firepower before dying, now this, in reality, is longer due to things like saturation and heals but overall you could only withstand that level of fire for probably ~30-40s before you died. To add to your pathetic armour and low HP War Gaming decided that you are not worthy of getting 5 heals, instead to balance the ship you are only given 4 heals with superintendent. This further encourages players to play at the back of the map and do nothing for the team. Artillery Main Armament: 2x3 406mm guns Range: 25km Reload: 28.6s Now we get to the bread and butter of Champagne, the guns, oh the guns! There are approximately 171,000 words in the English language and yet I could not string enough of them together to adequately describe just how much I love these guns. Their pen is amazing, they have high damage, and even though there's only six of them I regularly am able to hit targets with 4-6 shell hits. Have you ever citadelled a Vladivostok at a range of 22km? Because it's a cakewalk in this thing. Want to hit that pesky Smolensk in smoke unspotted? Pop the spotter plane and watch as 4 of your shells overpen and two magically ricochet because physics! The guns are just so much fun, yes occasionally you get dispersion which would make the Großer Kurfürst blush. And when that happens you really feel it only having 6 guns but 99% of the time you could trim the beard of the enemy's captain with how accurate these guns are. Overall these guns are fantastic! And I keep coming back to it because of the guns! AA Defenses Continuous Damage: 159 Shell Damage: 1260 AA range: 5.8km Champagne's AA suit can best be described as adequate. For a ship that is designed to sit in the back and snipe the AA can feel lacking when you're all alone. I've had a few games where either by pure luck or enemy stupidity I managed to shoot down quite a few aircraft but most of the time it feels like an empty threat especially against the brand new German CVs. In one match the brand new AP rockets could do as much as 15k in two passes and the AP bombs dropped me for 30k "Just dodge" right? The AA doesn't hold up especially against T10 CVs your only option is to try and outrun them or just hope you aren't the target because your AA is about as useful as using firecrackers. Maneuverability Top speed: 34kts Turning circle radius: 850m Ruddershift: 12.4s The Champagne's only means of defence is the stereotypical runaway. With a top speed of 38.5kts using both engine boost and sierra mike signal, you can outrun almost every battleship (Georgia the exception) and run down some destroyers. In the few times that I've been able to push with my team using the engine boost to run down destroyers was really fun. However, most of the time I used engine boost strictly to run away from flanks that have been completely overrun or when I need to reposition myself. The ruddershift felt standard, not like Thunderer or Vanguard where you have an insane 8s ruddershift but still didn't feel as bad as a stock Montana with 20s ruddershift. It's good enough to mitigate damage and move out of the way. Overall the maneuverability was very good it really does feel like playing a cruiser with 16" guns. Concealment Sea detectability: 12.9km Air detectability: 8.9km Smoke firing: 15.8km The concealment of Champagne is nothing special good enough when all you're doing is moving to a middle position on the map and shooting broadsides 15+ km away. The Champagne isn't too stealthy but it doesn't really need to be when you're 15km away from the nearest enemy. Air detectability does feel a little large and I'm often randomly spotted by some fighters that the enemy CV placed nearby but again detectability isn't a big concern if you're sitting at the back of the map. Captain and Upgrades The upgrades and captain skills are your typical battleship upgrades and skills. Slot 1: Main Armaments mod 1 because when you only have two turrets having one of them broken or destroyed really hurts. Slot 2: Damage control mod 1 because there's nothing better in that slot, the engine and rudder don't break often enough for me to justify using Engine Room protection. Slot 3: Aiming Systems because when you only have 6 shells any increase to accuracy helps. Slot 4: Ruddershift mod 1 because you shouldn't be tanking in the first place so equipping modules like fire prevention are of limited use. I'd rather have the extra little maneuverability to try and dodge shells a little easier. Slot 5: Concealment mod 1 because there's nothing better. I found these upgrades to work best on Champagne, you could go for a meme secondary because why not, but you'd see very, very limited use out of that build and would probably regret not speccing into fire prevention and fire mitigation. For my captain, I only have 14 points but you can't go wrong with a tank build especially when you have so little HP and armour any damage mitigation is enormously helpful. T1: Priority Target T2: Adrenaline Rush/Expert Marksman T3: Superintendent, Basics of Survivability T4: Concealment Expert, Fire Prevention I made the recommended skills bolded, basically, if you have a 10 point captain I highly, highly recommend Priority target, then your choice between Adrenaline Rush and Expert Marksman, Superintendent and finish it off with Concealment expert. With your next points get Fire prevention, Basics of Survivability and then whichever 2 point skill you didn't pick up before. Of course, this is entirely my opinion so feel free to experiment with your own builds maybe you do really well with a different build feel free to let me know. Camouflage schemes: (Standard) (Alternative Camo) Final Thoughts: Champagne is a Good bote! Is she OP? No, she's not. Champagne has some major advantages like her main battery but with some big drawbacks like her HP and armour. The ship can absolutely decimate enemy teams if you get broadsides but struggles against bow-tanking opponents. It's very fun to play the Champagne, the guns are addictive you're constantly a threat, no matter the range no matter the opponent, these guns hurt if your enemy isn't careful. However, I'm not sure this is the kind of ship I want to more of in World of Warships, encouraging such a passive playstyle is so counter-intuitive to what we've been trying to get BB's to do for a long time which is push in, support your teammates and get objectives. This ship not only encourages you but demands you play passively because pushing in is met with a hailstorm of bullets, HE spam hurts, AP hurts the only way to not die in this ship is to be the backline, the supporting line. Taking potshots at broadsides and helping whittle down enemies.
  14. I plan to release my review for Champagne this upcoming weekend, so I put together a little compilation of funny/fun moments. I honestly hope you enjoy watching this as much as I enjoyed making it. Take care all, and happy Canada day for my fellow Canadians!