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The latest season of clan battles reminded of me the total lack of premium T9 non-super cruiser options. I mostly played in USS Alaska, which is not as good as it once was due to the loss of fire prevention. I find it curious that WG has not released any premium non-super cruisers at this tier. I consider T9 tech tree cruisers to be weak for their tier when compared to their T10 successors (e.g. USS Buffalo vs USS Des Moines), unlike several T9 tech tree DDs and even some BBs. In addition, many have some glaring vulnerability (e.g. HMS Drake's rear turret firing angles). Instead of a steady stream of more premium cruisers at T8, or more premium T9 CBs, why not cash in on the considerable pent up demand for balanced premium T9 CAs or CLs? Here are a few ideas based on ships that actually were built: USS Rochester - This ship belonged to the successor to the Baltimore class heavy cruiser, the Oregon City class. It was in service from 1946 to 1961. Here is how to bring the ship to the game: Start with a fully upgraded Baltimore Add a few thousand hit points Add a repair party and upgrade slot 6 (like all T9 cruisers get) Adjust the radar consumable to last 35 s (consistent with other T9 US cruisers) Increase turret rotation speed by 1 degree per second Decrease rudder shift by 0.5 - 1.0 s Slightly improve AA continuous damage to reflect historical AA battery and the better firing angles offered by the smaller super structure of this class Everything else stays virtually identical to the USS Baltimore The cool thing about Rochester is we know WG can balance what would essentially be a T9 Baltimore since that is where the ship was slated prior to the US cruiser CA/CL split. USS Fargo - This ship belonged to the successor to the Cleveland class light cruiser, and was the lead ship of the Fargo class. It was in service from 1945 to 1950. Here is how to bring the ship to the game: Start with a fully upgraded Cleveland Add a few thousand hit points Add a repair party and upgrade slot 6 (like all T9 cruisers get) Adjust the radar consumable to last 35 s (consistent with other T9 US cruisers) Decrease rudder shift by around 0.5 s Improve her concealment by -200 to -300 m Slightly improve AA continuous damage to reflect historical AA battery and the better firing angles offered by the smaller super structure of this class. Her AA should not be quite as strong as USS Seattle's because she did not have a dual purpose main battery. Everything else stays virtually identical to the USS Cleveland I'll do some further research on other historical T9 premium non-super cruisers that could be added to the game. One that comes to mind is the already in development: HMS Tiger. Maybe add HE shells, or a short range hydro and some more hit-points and up-tier her to T9? If anyone has any other cruisers that could fit in this category, historical or not, please share below. Thanks!
Hello! USN Player here. Mostly play Battleships. Just got to Tier V and Tier VI recently. Because of the British Cruisers event, I discovered "heavy cruisers" are a thing in the game. A Cruiser with more armor and BB-like guns?? Sign me up! My first CA I got was the Pensacola. She's got really big guns, but she's a paper ship. Kinda like the paper though as it challenges me to be a better player. I'm new to the CA playstyle, but I really like the concept. While I'm practicing being a better player with the Pepsicola, I would like a CA with more armor. I consider myself a Tier 4 or Tier 5 player looking to get good enough to play in Tier 7. Which Heavy Cruiser(s) would you say is(are) the best in the game? And if you can't answer that question, then which Nation do you think has the best Heavy Cruisers in the game? I like big guns and armor. Any recommendations?
So I've been sailing in a Fiji with 12 Six Inch gun, and still love it, after 200+ games. Accumulated a lot of credits, etc. during the Free Premium weekend and from before. Now I want to try a heavy cruiser (203mm, 8 inch) guns so I don't have to get quite as close and can do more damage. I'm seeing (in the Tech Tree) a few cruisers, Like the Myoko, that sound good on paper - most of the reload times are 11-14 seconds. And it would be nice to have torpedoes also, but that is not an absolute requirement. Mostly I do Random and co-op now... I would work up from a cruiser of a lower tier if it was a nationality that I didn't have experience with. ...so what do you think? Thanks in advance for the input!