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KaptainKaybe posted a topic in General Game DiscussionEveryone already griped about how bad AFT was for AA prior to the recent patch ... but then it got nerfed even more. And now, you have the Massive AA Fire skill that increases the very tiny instant damage when reinforcing sectors ... at the cost of increasing the cooldown between uses. In fact, the cooldown penalty is much worse than the buff to instant damage. Remember, these are four point skills, people. Supposedly on par with skills like CE and Fire Prevention. Yet AFT is now only good for some DDs and Secondary gun builds (and even there ... I'm actually switching my German captain to a zombie build now). And Massive AA Fire makes your ship *weaker* for some reason than not spending those four points at all. Looks like BFT remains the one and only decent AA skill now. And only three points to boot. This should open up some possibilities for captain builds.
It took me a bit to realize that AFT doesn’t extend AA range anymore. Instead it’s a 15% boost to DPS for medium and long range AA. Manual AA reduces AA sector switch time by 20% and boosts amount of switch by 20%. I don’t think I’ve ever had a build on any ship with both AFT and Manual AA. Never hated CVs quite that much. So how the heck do you choose between AFT and Manual AA? Are there some ships where neither is worth bothering with? (Like DDs with Def AA maybe?)
With the Atlanta being back up for sale I couldn't resist adding her to my port. With my love of US DDs and complete comfort with their rainbow arcs it was a perfect fit. What do you find the most optimal spec? Currently I run PT, AR, BFT, AFT, and CE and working on my 16th pt. My main question is do you find IFHE worth it? It would give her the ability to pen 27 mm of armor so effective against plating of T7 and below BBs, but also give you the ability to pen up to T9 cruisers that have 25 - 27 mm of bow/stern armor. I am almost tempted to drop CE as she is an island fighter so unless driven into open water isn't really useful other than getting your detection from planes down to roughly equal to her AA bubble. Your thoughts?