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  1. Fairly sure that commander bonus exp (from flags and paints) are bonus based on the base exp. Can someone confirm? Does the x 3 bonus exp mission that comes with purchasing a premium ship increase cpt exp earning rate?
  2. Last night, breaking the 50% win rate in the Misery. Up from 30%. Key lesson is patience, with 30 sec between reloads and engine acceleration of glaciers BBs really need to be in the hands of the zen masters.
  3. Not seeing a lot of talk on this contest so consider it a PSA: https://worldofwarships.com/en/news/common/doody/ Squat down, take a seat and read up on the contest at the above link. Sure, reminding all of you diminishes my odds of winning a ship but hey, it's the right thing to do. Amazingly, it is ANY TYPE OF BATTLE so yup, five coops gets her done.
  4. Prince of Wales

    Hey all, long time, no post. ( This is my personal, open request to WarGaming. Feel free to chime in as well. ) Hello WarGaming, Been with you since World of tanks somewhere in late 2011 I think. Now almost only playing on World of Warships. I would like to make a personal request of your ship designing, balancing, and premium team(s): I have been a Battleship player ever since I first unlocked the Kawachi back in CBT, however my most treasured battleship has been the WarSpite for as long as I remember. Sure I don't really play the old girl as much as I did back then (mostly because of T6 MM but also because I am more playing Yamato/Musashi and other high tier vessels). Now, HMS Prince of Wales is wide open for premium material, and should you ever make her a possible premium in-game, this is where my request kicks-in ! >> Make me another WarSpite please, a T8 variant ! << No ultra-dupah heal like some UK BBs, no Anti-air gimmicks(Hood), no speed boosts, no special consumables (Hydro, radar, reload booster, etc). Absolutely nothing. WarSpite relies on her guns, on her agility, on her brawling(tho it was power-crept since CBT - still manage a DD kill with them every now and then). Not to mention player skill/positioning. Just a basic, sturdy ship with good guns characteristics, good secondaries and agility (well as much as the Prince of Wales lend itself to it, size-wise). Of course the Grand Old Lady isn't as sturdy and good as she was in CBT, but a Prince of Wales might just be able to pull it off at tier 8. That's it. if you really want to do something special with her, just give her tons of resistance against fires and good secondaries. Thanks for listening, and thanks for the Massachusetts btw, haven't had this much fun since Mikasa/WarSpite of CBT. -- François.
  5. First I do not know a lot about this topic, and was not involved in feedback and discussions when DWTs were revealed/announced for Asashio and Pan-Asian's. But i just purchased the Asashio, and was getting used to it, when I thought how I wished there was also a German DD Premium like the Asashio, but one for my German Captains! I was wondering what your thoughts on this are, and whether or not Asashio should stay alone or if it would be good to have other Factions that have a single DWT premium DD?
  6. I have run across a possible chilling problem in WOWS. I do hope WG reads this post. I spend a lot of real cash on this game. I think I am supporting people earning a pay check and to keep the game going (retired US navy). The problem I have found with 0.7.7 is that my ARP arpeggio blue steel ships "have gone away". Yes, I still have the 9 boats in the carousel and in the tech tree, BUT the paint/skins/camo are gone leaving grey only. Yes the ships have the same names, but the GIRL captains (anime) are gone leaving just Japanese guy captains in their stead. Now I earned these ships by grinding my rear end off. I was lead to believe that these 9 boats would remain - period. But the look and captains might be gone if support does not give me a fix. The contract is up and good bye to the look & girls - maybe. If so, too bad. Now if true, a bucket of cold ice sea water hits in the face. What about the real cash I laid out for High School Fleet captains and paints. Will they go away when the contract is done??? Azur Lane girl captains be replaced by guys in the future? If so, I want my $75 back. What about the special paints by the artist for ROMA and KII? They going away when the contract is done? The point is not the contract, it is the money spent by the customer and the future where I don't spend the money for the latest raise cash for WG to make the pay roll. Who here likes spending money on a sweet ride (car, motorcycle, boat, etc.) and then when the contract is gone, here is a different sweet ride with no captain, different captain, different paint job (puke brown or blind you neon light green that can be seen from the moon)? If you paid money for something, you will be unhappy (stronger language can be used here - dear reader) when the SWITCH is pulled. WG - OUCH! The point is this - why spend REAL MONEY/CASH on a product that will not stick around? Note - yes I was not upset when Steven S left the game and from my BB-63 the Mighty MO. I didn't spend real money on that one. Note - I do spend real money on WG/WOWS to keep the game going (no bucks, no buck rogers or boats). There are a whole lot of internet games that have disappeared due to not enough customers spending real cash. Got to make the pay roll. Please tell me I am wrong (I expect to be pointed to a location to read it). Thanks captains for your time. Fair winds on your back and calm seas.
  7. Conspiracy theory

    Due to the recent mission I received 24 hours of premium and within a span of 10 missions I also received two super containers, 50 dragon flags and 15,000 coal. Coincidence? I think not! Now I have to go as they are watching me. Cue the theme music to the X-files.
  8. Tirpitz v. Alabama

    Soooo I am planning to invest in some T8 premiums. I am very comfortable in the Bismarck but I found it to be somewhat limited in many situations I found the North Carolina to be amazing and did very well with her in ranked as well but not as comfortable as the Bismarck. As the Alabama and Tirpitz are practically premium versions of these two I couldn't decide on which one to pick. The main goal for the purchase is 'Credit grinding' + 'Captain retraining' , but for the German tree, I already have the Graf Spee. For Alabama I am planning to use it in ranked instead of the North Carolina. Any suggestions? p.s. planning to only buy one ship
  9. https://asia.wargaming.net/shop/wows/specials/6810/ Daaaaamn, Finally I'll have this tomorrow!
  10. Here you will find a poll regarding premium/permanent camouflages. Leave your thoughts below! I’d also like to add several open questions for the discussion: Would you change the perks of Tiers IV-IX camouflages to be in accordance with the benefits of Tier X camos and each tier’s economy? What are your thoughts regarding the benefits of Tier X camos? Are there any permanent camouflages you don’t like aesthetically? Which ones? Thank you for your time. ”Ad Astra Per Aspera” Phantom out.
  11. Best Credit Machine

    What are the best credit making machines that I can get whilst not going over 60$, so, in other words, not Musashi. I was thinking of Alabama or Lo Yang, since these are credit makers, not trainers, I don’t need to have the corresponding line. Thanks in advance!
  12. RN Cruiser Premium?

    Now that Belfast is supposed to be permanently out of the shop. We don't even have a RN premium cruiser. It's time for WG to come up with a new one! Why is WG releasing so many more US and Japanese premium ships while passing on such a great chance to make more money?
  13. I noticed I do not see the plane launching when I use it--just the catapult moves. NJroc
  14. So, in a nutshell, whis is better...the "Boosted" or "Modded" Massachusetts? I wanted to get another premium to boost my credits (I know the Modded comes with 4M), so I chose the Massachusetts over the Indianapolis. I know the Modded comes with MAIN ARMAMENTS MODIFICATION 1; DAMAGE CONTROL SYSTEM MODIFICATION 1; SECONDARY BATTERY MODIFICATION 2; DAMAGE CONTROL SYSTEM MODIFICATION 2; CONCEALMENT SYSTEM MODIFICATION 1. Does that mean you have to buy those for the Boosted? I'm confused as to the better deal! Can someone help me make the right decision? Thank you!
  15. The following is a review of Haida, a ship kindly provided to me by Wargaming. This is the release version of the vessel and these stats are current as of June 28th, 2018. I'm so happy, I'm crying. Quick Summary: A stealthy British gunship destroyer with a weird Smoke Generator and a single torpedo launcher. Cost: The equivalent of 5,600 doubloons. Patch & Date Written: 0.7.5.1 , June 20th, 2018 to June 28th, 2018. PROS Surprisingly tough for a tier VII destroyer with 15,700 hit points and large areas of 19mm armour. Enormous alpha strike on her HE shells and excellent HE DPM. Powerful torpedoes that hit for 16,767 damage and travel at 62kts. She can single-fire her torpedoes. Incredibly stealthy. Able to drop its surface detection down to 5.7km. Equipped with a British destroyer Hydroacoustic Search with a 3 minute (!) active time. Uses a Commonwealth Smoke Generator with a 90s emission time, allowing her to continue moving while staying hidden. The power (and comfort) of this ship spikes considerably with access to the Special Upgrades, Hydroacoustic Search Modification 1 and Smoke Generator Modification 1. CONS Poor gun firing arcs on A and Y turret. Horrible shell flight time and very high ballistic arcs at range. Struggles to do damage against larger targets with poor penetration on AP & HE shells and poor fire chance. Only armed with a single quadruple torpedo launcher with a long reload. Not especially agile with a modest top speed of 36.5 knots and a 630m turning radius. Her Hydroacoustic Search is very short ranged, scarcely operating beyond the auto-detection radius. Her Smoke Generator is selfish and difficult to use to protect allies. As a Commonwealth ship, Haida has limited use as a commander trainer. Good day and welcome to the Canadian Corner. I'm Mouse and this is my grouchy editor from across the pond, Lert, eh. HMCS Haida is finally here. Finally, Canadians will stop complaining on Reddit, eh? Well maybe. Haida and the Tribal-class took a while getting through development. It's not like there isn't a small bit of controversy regarding how well this ship performs. My fellow Canadian, iChase, quite rightly pointed out that she's not going to be a ship for everyone, y'know? Who was the hoser that thought up a gunship with bad guns, eh? And it's not like she's got a lot of torpedoes to fall back on. Anyway, let's get this review started. It's gonna be a long one cause there's lots to go over and I have to pretend I'm not fangirling all over the place. Before we go any further, make sure you look up several reviews before opening your wallets for this one, okay? Like hold your horses, eh? Okay, that's my intro. Good day. Overview Skill Floor: Simple / Casual / Challenging / Difficult Skill Ceiling: Low / Moderate / High / Extreme This isn't a ship for new players. Haida struggles to deal reliable damage with either her guns or her torpedoes. Her ballistic arcs, poor penetration and horrible fire chance makes standing off at a distance and trying to deal damage challenging at best and horribly frustrating at worst. Her single torpedo launcher compounds this difficulty. This is a ship that belongs on the front lines where mistakes get punished absurdly quickly. Her only saving grace is her excellent concealment. Veterans will love this boat. She's uniquely designed to bully control points and extend vision for her team. This ship is a catalyst, facilitating wins by dominating caps and shutting down enemy destroyers. She rewards an aggressive play style that espouses knife-fights at point-blank ranges while harassing larger enemies. - One of, if not the worst at its tier. This is a pronounced weakness. - Middle of the pack at its tier. Not terrible, but not terribly good either. - Has a significant advantage over her tier mates. A solid, competitive performer. - No other ship at its tier does this as well as this ship. Haida's Firepower is a story of contrasts. Her guns are temperamental but their HE is incredibly hard hitting. She has only a single torpedo launcher but she has the ability to single fire them and deliver monstrous damage per hit. For sheer raw potential, though, she cannot escape being one of the most difficult ships to use on the attack at tier VII. She gets a rating. Haida has a high number of hit points combined with some minor armour improvements. She earns a rating. Her agility and anti-aircraft firepower are nothing to get too excited over, deserving the same evaluation. It's in Vision Control (Refrigerator) where Haida dominates. Even giving her a rating doesn't do her justice. This isn't a torpedo-boat that skulks, frightened of being discovered. Haida uses her concealment and detection abilities to hunt down those who want to remain hidden and punish those who think themselves safe. Hinterland Who's Who: Haida-Players In this short documentary series, we will be exploring four of the different types of Haida-players. They are easily identified by their distinct behaviors and performance, how they react to threats and the level of contribution they provide to their teams. Being able to recognize one of these Haida players and their potential impacts on the game will go a long way towards improving your experience. Click the image for a Youtube playlist of timeless Canadiana! Options Haida's gimmick is focused upon her two consumables. Haida makes use of the new Royal Navy destroyer Hydroacoustic Search consumable while borrowing a modified version of Perth's "creeping" Smoke Generator. In addition, Haida has access to two different premium camouflage patterns. Consumables Haida's Damage Control Party and Engine Boost consumables are normal for a tier VII destroyer. Haida's Smoke Generator is a modified version of that found on Perth and Huanghe -- two cruisers from the Commonwealth and Pan Asian tech trees respectively. Each cloud only lasts a mere 10 seconds but the generator continues making smoke for 90 seconds. With this, Haida can continue moving at speed (up to 12.5 knots) and remain hidden, covered by a continually deploying smoke cloud. Unlike the cruisers which also use this version of the consumable, Haida's reset timer is 120s / 80s between uses -- half the time of Perth's or Huanghe's. Her Hydroacoustic Search is that of the upcoming Royal Navy destroyer line. It's incredibly short ranged, detecting torpedoes at a mere 2.13km and ships at 3.12km. However, it's duration is 50% longer than that of standard cruiser-versions lasting 180 seconds. Upgrades In your first slot, you have a choice. Magazine Modification 1 will help mitigate some of the Fun and Engaging mechanics in World of Warships if you're adverse to that kind of thing. As a destroyer, you will detonate suddenly and often. If you like to gamble, then take Main Armaments Modification 1 instead. In your second slot, take Hydroacoustic Search Modification 1. This is one of the special upgrades and it will extend her Hydroacoustic Search's active time from 180s to 216s which is insane. You could use Propulsion System Modification 1, but that's for quitters. If you don't have the special upgrade, get one ASAP. In your third slot, take Smoke Generator Modification 1. This is another Special Upgrade. It increases the action time of your Smoke Generator from 90s to 117s. If you don't have access to one, you can use Aiming System Modification 1 like a poor person until you get enough sense of self worth to chase your dreams. Spend your coal on Special Upgrades! Unlike other destroyers, Haida doesn't spend very much time stationary, so the value of Propulsion Modification 2 is slightly reduced. To this end, it's really up to you on whether to take this or to reach for Steering Gears Modification 2 instead. They're both good. Camouflage Haida comes with Type 10 Camouflage. Players may also acquire Haida: Maple Leaf camouflage as an aesthetic swap. Both types provide: 50% bonus experience gains 10% reduction to maintenance costs 3% reduction in surface detection 4% reduction in enemy accuracy. Haida's optional Maple Leaf camouflage. This is camouflage is simply cosmetic and provides the same bonuses as her default camouflage. Haida joins Texas and Oktyabrskaya Revolutsiya with awesome, over-the-top patriotic camo. Hinterland Who's Who: Haida Beaver Haida-Beaver is a passive, inexperienced destroyer player. Timid, her concealment & consumables are used as a security blanket and solely to keep her safe. Haida-Beaver sits within the sanctum of her pond (built from hydro and smoke) and hides from any and all threats. She might venture out and do a little bit of damage, but it's all done at range. This is about as exciting as Molson Canadian beer. You can expect to see her on the second line or off at the extremes of the map border, well away from predators. She'll only venture as close as needed to drop torpedoes or fire her guns and then quickly scurry away. Her success will be limited, like a border humping Shimakaze. Firepower Main Battery: Six 120mm/45 rifles in 3x2 turrets in an A-B-Y superfiring configuration. Secondary Battery: Two 102mm/45 rifles in 1x2 turrets mounted where X-turret from the main battery would be located. Torpedoes: Four torpedo tubes in 1x4 launchers mounted amidships. Balancing the Tribal-class destroyers for World of Warships was never going to be easy. The 120mm/45 guns aren't exactly known for their incredible striking power, rate of fire or their excellent ballistic qualities. Similarly, being limited to a single torpedo launcher greatly hinders Haida's damage potential. She has the worst weapon arrangement of any of the tier VII destroyers. These are not easy weapons to use and played improperly, some will struggle to see reasonable damage output. The Guns The single biggest disappointment I have with Haida's weapon systems are her uninspiring AP shells. For small caliber guns, AP shells are important against larger and more heavily armoured targets that are capable of shrugging off their HE damage entirely. Poor energy retention saps the penetration power of Haida's AP over distance, creating a very limited window at which this ammunition can be used effectively. Even slight angling by larger targets will foil their damage attempts. Among the tier VII destroyers, Haida's 120mm AP shells have the worst penetration values outside of 9km, being overtaken by the 128mm German AP. This issue of penetration is compounded by the low damage Haida's AP shells do when compared to her HE. There's only 200 hit points difference between them -- when factoring in for 0.33x multiplier of a penetrating hit, this disparity drops down to just 66 hit points. Given the unreliability of AP shells between overpenetrating hits and ricochets, Haida's AP is only worth firing if one of two conditions are met: Her HE shells must be completely incapable of damaging a given target, or... Her AP shells must be capable of delivering citadel damage. In all other cases, firing HE is superior given the bonus chance of starting fires and the resulting module damage that can occur from the blast of HE shells. This is owing not only to the deficiencies of Haida's AP shells, but the strengths of her HE. Whatever lamentations I have about Haida's AP shells are largely corrected with her HE. These munitions are not without their issues, but I'm of the opinion that their strengths far outweigh their deficiencies. Haida's core strength lies in the striking power of her HE shells. Her HE shells are listed with a maximum damage of 1,900 per hit, the same as Soviet 130mm rifles. Accounting for penetration damage, each of her hits will strike for 627hp, giving her a broadside alpha strike of up to 3,762 damage per volley. This is the second largest alpha strike at her tier, just behind Blyskawica's own 3,927hp if she hits with all seven of her guns. Haida has a faster reload than her Polish-twin, though, and she unleashes the highest damage per minute of any of the tier VII destroyers, outstripping even the B-Hull Mahan's five, rapid-fire 127mm/38s. She's fully capable of out-trading any of her contemporaries and can even make higher tiered lolitbotes balk at the power of her bite. DPM of the destroyer-caliber tier VII gunships. Haida has got it where it counts but it's one Hell of a close race. I must emphasize that this is limited to soft targets, however. The small caliber of Haida's HE shells leads to penetration issues. Stock, she may only directly damage areas of 19mm or less, which thankfully accounts for all destroyers and the superstructures of larger ships within her Matchmaking. This also includes most cruisers at tier VII or less, though thicker hull plating begins to appear around tier VI for some of the heavy cruisers. By tier VIII+ only British light cruisers remain vulnerable. For battleships, the range of targets is considerably smaller, with only tier V battleships having extremities she can punish. Taking Inertial Fuse for HE Shells broadens the number of targets she can damage, but it by no means is a cure all. The skill increases her penetration to be able to damage areas of 25mm or less. This provides no benefit for engaging enemy destroyers whatsoever. It adds a handful of cruisers to her list of available targets and all of the tier VI and VII battleships as well. However, Haida can not directly damage the extremities of battleships nor the hulls of American and German heavy cruisers at tier VIII or higher. Against these targets, she's limited to dealing direct damage to superstructures and these areas saturate quickly. Haida must switch to her torpedoes or AP shells to hurt these more heavily armoured behemoths. She's not likely to hurt them with fire. She's a poor fire starter. Her fire chance will fluctuate based on skill choice with as low as 4% per shell and as high as 8% with a combination of Demolition Expert and the two fire-chance increasing signals. This pales behind the 7% to 11% on ships like Blyskawica and Gadjah Mada. Destroyers already struggle to stack fires effectively and Haida is unlikely to tax an opponent's Damage Control Party with the blazes she sets. This makes Inertial Fuse for HE Shells more valuable in my opinion -- better to play to her strengths rather than attempt to prop up a weakness. Haida's strength resides in delivering these meaty hits with her HE shells, bringing all six guns to bear and chewing on their hides. Fires per Minute of Tier VII Destroyers before mitigation from the target is applied. "Upgraded" includes the use of Basic Fire Training, Demolition Expert and both fire boosting signals. Haida is never going to be considered a "good" fire starter. You can invest heavily into increasing her chances to set blazes if you wish, but you're unlikely to make more than a single fire stick per minute on an enemy battleship. Note the extreme difference between Haida's fire starting and Gadjah Mada's. They both use the same 120mm/45 guns but Haida uses a modified HE shell with increased damage at the cost of reduced fire chance. This will turn a lot of players away. The Tribal-class destroyers do not have particularly good firing arcs, which necessitates presenting more of a broadside to engage with all three of her turrets. The strengths and flexibility of the ship's gun coverage was supposed to reside in their B and X turrets. With X-turret removed to make room for a 102mm dual-purpose secondary, this leaves all of the heavy lifting on B's shoulders. Thankfully, they're a broad set of shoulders. Not only does B-turret boast great fire angles , but it can also rotate 360º, giving faster coverage from left to right while Haida is sailing evasive on the retreat. This is good news given the modest 10º/s rotation rate of her weapons. In most engagements, Haida will be able to easily bring four of her guns to bear, but you have to give up a lot of side to fire her Y-turret and that's necessary to really capitalize on this ship's strengths. Of course, stacking said damage presents more of a challenge than it should. Other than her fire arcs, Haida has poor shell ballistics. Up to 7km ranges, they're comparable to American 127mm/38s. I'm aware this isn't a flattering comparison given the flaws of American destroyer-caliber guns. Unfortunately, things get worse after that. British 120mm/45s have worse shell flight times than the Yanks. Seriously. These aren't weapons you'll want to stack Advanced Fire Training on. The shell flight time over distance is just too punitive to land hits against anything further out than 9km. So let's recap: The fire arcs on her main battery are not great. Her shell ballistics for HE and AP are terrible. She has bad AP penetration. The small caliber of her HE shells makes her HE penetration bad too. Her HE shells have a terrible fire chance. Her HE shells hit like a truck, however. Haida can out trade just about any destroyer she comes across, provided you can land the hits. Success with Haida as a gunship thus resides in emphasizing the accuracy and frequency of her HE hits against vulnerable targets and switching over to AP only when citadel opportunities arise. In both of these cases, this clearly involves getting in close -- dangerously so. These are knife-fighting ranges and Haida's artillery would seem to point that she should specialize towards hunting and engaging enemy destroyers, with cruisers and battleships as targets of opportunity. This premise is largely reinforced by her torpedo armament. The Fish Haida only has a single torpedo launcher. You can forget any pretense of playing this destroyer as a torpedo-boat for obvious reasons. While having a quadruple launcher is nice, it also comes with the downside of a downright painful 96 second reload. These two traits combined with a mediocre range of 8km may make her torpedoes seem like a complete write-off but they're not without some very strong merits. When compared to work-in-progress Royal Navy destroyer torpedoes, Haida's fish look amazing being comparable in performance to those off the tier X Daring-class in all aspects but range. Haida's torpedoes individually hit almost as hard as Shiratusyu's and Akatsuki's torpedoes. At 16,767 damage per hit and a 282% base flooding chance, Haida can devour large chunks of the enemy hit points with just a couple of strikes. This sits just behind the 17,233 damage and 287% flooding chance of the IJN fish. Haida is fully capable of one-shotting many of the destroyers she faces with a single torpedo. Haida's torpedoes have a 62 knot speed. They close the distance quickly and are on par with the IJN torpedoes at her tier. Haida's torpedoes are an improvement on the Japanese fish, though, with 200m less detectability and 1.2s less reaction time at 8.4s. Haida may single fire her torpedoes. Admittedly this is very difficult to exploit to its fullest. The potential on paper is devastating. In theory, it should allow you to guarantee more hits per launch when precisely aimed. Similarly, it opens the possibility of stacking flood effects to tax and overwhelm the Damage Control Party of enemy vessels provided you can space the time between hits. Finally, it can be used to bait ships into believing you're out of torpedoes when they dodge the first torpedo only to be caught out when they manoeuvre by the other three. However, these techniques are locked behind a very high skill wall barring the incompetence of your opponents. Make no mistake, while there is a lot of potency in Haida's single torpedo mount, it's not easy to use. I didn't forget about Haida's secondary. The British 102mm/45 is a great mid-tier backup weapon. Its high rate of fire is wonderful and it has a better fire chance that Haida's primary battery. There's the added bonus having great fields of fire, so it's very easy to bring it in on a fight. There are two problems with it, though. The first, it's linked to Haida's AA guns. Enabling one enables the other and with a long reach, this can give Haida's position away prematurely which can get you killed. Second, Haida's secondary is very short ranged -- a mere 4.0km. You're going to have to get in stupidly close to make this work for you, or you're going to have to give up on more advantageous skills and upgrades. In playtesting, I did manage to sink two ships with Haida's stock-secondary, so it's not useless. Like all of Haida's weapon systems, it's simply awkward to use. Summary Trying to deal damage at range will yield poor results. Haida is a knife-fighter. Get her in close. If you haven't yet learned how to stack damage with single-fire torpedoes, now is the time. She has a secondary. Sometimes it will kill stuff. Make sure to brag about it when you do. Evaluation: What it would have needed to be : On the whole, Haida's weapon systems are the worst at tier VII. It's not by much. Sims and Minsk are similarly lacking. Hinterland Who's Who: Haida Moose Dangerous when crossed, the Haida-Moose is one that plays the role of a forward scout. Her Smoke Generator and Hydroacoustic Search are used defensively but she places herself up on the front lines to make sure her team has vision for as much time as possible. She prefers to keep enemies at arm's reach. If startled, Haida-moose may charge unexpectedly and can be devastating in these limited encounters. However, she's skittish and is just as likely to flee. Her suicidal bull charges are just as dangerous to Haida-Moose herself as the vehicle their opponents are driving. Haida-Moose will win more often, but no more so than any other destroyer. Haida-Moose's contributions to her team are unpredictable and caution should be exercised whenever you encounter one. Defense Hit Points: 15,700hp Minimum Extremities & Deck Armour: 16mm bow and rear quarter and 19mm stern, sides & deck. It's hella weird. See below. Normally for destroyers, the only thing worth talking about is their relative hit point total to one another. Haida comes out alright here. She ranks third overall for hit points among the tier VII DDs which is pretty impressive, what with Z-39 and Leberecht Maass to compete against. Clearly, Haida has been eating too much poutine. The healthy slug of hit points Haida boasts further improves her ability to out-trade enemy destroyers with her high HE DPM. But there's a further oddity with her armour layout. Large areas of Haida's hull and her entire deck are 19mm thick. This can provide some limited amount of defense against small caliber (114mm or less) HE shells, particularly those fired from battleship secondaries. Finally, the vulnerability of her main battery is worth mentioning. Without Main Armaments Modification 1 or Preventative Maintenance, you can expect Haida's main battery guns to be knocked out frequently. Like Blyskawica, her guns mounts are not fully enclosed turrets. Her gun shields are a mere 6mm thick with open backs. It is not uncommon for high explosive shells to disable one or multiple turrets in an engagement. For a destroyer who is reliant upon winning DPM races at close quarters, this can be crippling. Choose your skills and upgrades with this in mind. Hit point totals of tier VII destroyers. For a gunship, Haida is very well setup to bully other tier VII ships. It's only the Germans that outweigh her in this regard, but she easily caps them in damage per minute totals when firing HE shells. Angling will be key for besting their high AP shell damage. Make sure you take Survivability Expert to further boost your hit point totals. Evaluation: What it would have needed to be : Haida's already close here, but to top German DDs she's going to need much thicker armour, a bloated hit point pool or access to a Repair Party. Agility Top Speed: 36.5kts Turning Radius: 630m Rudder Shift Time: 3.8s Maximum Rate of Turn: 7.5º/s There's a whole lot of "meh" here. Haida's top speed is alright. It's not great, though -- not in a tier populated by the likes of the Leningrad-class (43 knots), Blyskawica (39 knots) and Sims (38.5 knots). Haida is more reliant upon her concealment rather than her flat out speed to control engagement distances. In a running battle, she's at a disadvantage. She's also pretty lackluster with her turning radius. At 630m, you're going to need some advance warning when enemy fish are on their way. You're also going to need a bit of distance from enemy cruisers and battleships in order to dodge effectively. Keep this in mind. Her overall rate of turn is on the low side. Haida's not going to win any prizes for agility. She's comparable to Leberecht Maass in overall agility which isn't a very flattering. Evaluation: What it would have needed to be : Yeah, this isn't going to happen. It's only thanks to Shiratsuyu and Z-39 that she comes away with a rating at all. Hinterland Who's Who: Haida Wolverine Small and scrappy, Haida-Wolverine challenges cap-circle dominance and is eager to fight with other destroyers. Though a solitary hunter, she's a team player and she uses her consumables to get the upper hand when contesting caps and to ensure the enemy never gets the drop on her friends. Haida-Wolverine is looking for a close-range brawl and she's going to use her concealment value to get it. At this tier, you can expect to see her smoke being used more aggressively rather than just an escape tool. Spotting her in a cap circle won't cause her to immediately flee and you're going to have to dig her out with planes, radar or focused fire. Expect some clever use of her consumables and good coordination with team mates. Haida will win a lot more once you're comfortably at this level. Anti-Aircraft Defense AA Battery Calibers: 102mm / 40mm / 20mm AA Umbrella Ranges: 5.0km / 2.5km / 2.0km AA DPS per Aura: 9.4 / 13 / 36.6 I wish I could just say that Haida's anti-aircraft firepower sucks and be done with it, but there's one more point to cover. Disabling Haida's AA firepower to keep her from being prematurely spotted by aircraft also disables her secondary. Not cool. Haida's AA defense is pretty shoddy, but she's in good company at tier VII. Evaluation: What it would have needed to be : Not a whole lot. Tier VII AA power is pretty shoddy and no one really pays it much mind anyway. Just showing up with a specialized AA build alone would make her better than most of her contemporaries, but that's true for any of the DDs. Moving on. Refrigerator Base Surface Detection Range (stock/min): 6.49km / 5.67km Air Detection Range (stock/min): 3.90km / 3.51km Detection Range when Firing from Smoke: 2.31km Main Battery Firing Range: 12.3km Detection Consumables: Smoke Generator / Hydroacoustic Search Haida has the best surface detection of any of the tier VII destroyers. It's not even a close contest. Her surface detection is so low, it almost appears that she has the Concealment Modification 1 upgrade built in (we'll see what happens with HMS Cossack!). It's only when Haida is compared to ships at this higher tier that her surface detection appears almost normal. In fact, out of all of the ships she may encounter, Haida ranks 12th out of some 50 rival destroyers for best concealment. Those that out-spot her are primarily IJN destroyers. Few of these destroyers present any kind of threat to Haida. Generally speaking, Haida can outfight anything that out-spots her and she can outspot anything that could be considered a threat, giving her the opportunity to control the engagement. Ten Best Upgraded Concealment Values Between Tiers 5 & 9 5.37km - Kagero (8), Asashio (8) & Harekaze (8) 5.41km - Fujin (5), Kamikaze R (5), Kamikaze (5), Minekaze (5), Mutsuki (5) 5.44km - Yugumo (9) 5.66km - Okhotnik (5) & Chung Mu (9) 5.67km - Haida (7) 5.80km - Benson (8), Loyang (8), Hsienyang (8), Fletcher (9), Black (9) 5.81km - Nicholas (5), Hatsuharu (6), Shiratsuyu (7) 5.94km - Akizuki (8), Z-46 (9) 5.97km - Jianwei (5), Gallant (6) 6.08km - Ognevoi (8) Smoke Generator As good as her surface detection is there will be times where she has to reach for her Smoke Generator. And here's where Haida gets weird. For a destroyer, Haida is unique, deploying the same "creeping smoke" as HMAS Perth or Huanghe. This consumable constantly deploys smoke for one minute and thirty seconds (or up to one minute and forty-seven seconds with the Smoke Generator Modification 1 special upgrade). However, each smoke cloud disappears in ten seconds (nine and a half with the special upgrade). This allows Haida to remain mobile. In order to stay hidden, Haida must maintain a speed of 12.5 knots or less. Haida moves at between 9.0 and 10.4 knots at 1/4 speed, with the latter value being from a combination of a Sierra Mike signal and her Engine Boost consumable. You can flutter the engines up to 1/2 power for brief intervals to get a little more thrust, just be careful not to exceed the 12.5 knots. Combined with her Hydroacoustic Search, while moving in smoke, Haida trivializes the dangers of incoming torpedoes. Haida's smoke is very selfish. She lacks on team play as she cannot effectively cover allies with her consumable without a high degree of coordination. This isn't something I would expect most friendly players encountered in Random or Ranked Battles to know how to do, especially in the heat of combat. Poor understanding of Haida's consumable will only get her allies killed that presumptuously attempt to rely on it in a moment of crisis. It is possible for Haida to provide cover. There are three ways to do it: The ship needs to synch their speed with Haida and sail in close proximity. Haida needs to call out her speed and announce any course corrections. This is best done in division over voice coms. Haida sails in front of a larger ship that needs cover while both ships move at high speed. Haida herself will not be concealed in smoke -- constantly outrunning it, but the friendly ship will be. Both ships park their butt in what amounts to a single puff of continually reissued smoke. Mind those incoming torpedoes. Haida's mobility with her smoke is very welcome in situations where the battle progresses and you need to redeploy. Haida can accelerate out of her smoke and bring it with her, allowing her to setup in a second location and continue making aggressive plays. The catch is that even when she's not spotted, Haida broadcasts her position. The palls of moving smoke are hard to miss. You cannot count on taking anyone but the most distracted players unawares this way. Speaking of awareness... Hydroacoustic Search Haida is the first ship to be released with what appears to be the new Royal Navy destroyer Hydroacoustic Search consumable. Haida was the test-bed for this new consumable and it's proven to be quite powerful. At first blush, it doesn't look like it, though. The range appears too short to be used offensively and like her Smoke Generator, Haida's Hydroacoustic Search appears very selfish, being only able to spot torpedoes in her immediate vicinity. However, the duration of this consumable more than makes up for any lack of range, providing Haida (and her team) with increased situational awareness. This facilitates Haida's presence up on the front lines. The longer she can remain there confidently, the more her team benefits. Her torpedo detection may seem small, but it provides Haida with all of the time she needs to manoeuvre. The 2.13km range can be modified with Vigilance if a player desires, bringing her torpedo detection range up to 2.66km. For a destroyer, none of these values present much in the way of concern. Short of point blank drops (aerial or otherwise), Haida should have no problems avoiding torpedoes in any given situation so long as her Hydroacoustic Search is running. If she's upgraded with Hydracoustic Search Modification 1, the run time of her consumable is three minutes and forty-six seconds which is an enormous window of relative immunity to torpedo attack. However, there's one more way of putting Haida's Hydroacoustic Search to use -- and that's on the attack. While her Hydroacoustic Search picks up enemy vessels just 1.12km beyond standard auto-detection range, this buffer is more than enough for Haida to abuse. Whether its creeping up on enemies hiding in their own smoke or slipping into range with her own, Haida is stealthy enough to pull it off. What's more, her guns have a tiny stealth bloom in smoke of 2.31km, giving Haida 800m of stealth-firing window to begin hammering targets without being seen in return. For a destroyer with such a high DPM, this is often all that's needed to doom an enemy DD (or a low health cruiser). With the long duration of Haida's Hydroacoustic Search, these attacks don't need to be rushed. You can take your time ensuring you get the proper setup, outlasting enemy Surveillance Radar or even German destroyer Hydroacoustic Search, letting you take them unawares. Crappy Weapons, God Tier Concealment Haida's excellent Vision Control largely explains why her weapon systems are of poor quality. Were her guns or torpedoes any better, she'd be overpowered. Seriously. Summary: Her Smoke Generator is selfish, but it's at least very flexible. Her Hydroacoustic Search's duration is its best feature. It's amazingly comfortable. Haida is stealthy as all get out.. She has no right being this sneaky, especially when firing her guns from smoke. Evaluation: What would have to happen to DOWNGRADE to : The only way Haida is giving up her crown here would be if another destroyer was added with similar concealment levels with American-style smoke and either Surveillance Radar or a cruiser's Hydroacoustic Search. They'd have to downtier Loyang. Hinterland Who's Who: Haida Cobra-Chicken Psychotically aggressive with seemingly little to no sense of self-preservation. Haida Cobra-Chicken will wreck you and poop on your corpse. Unlike the reckless bull-charge of Haida-Moose, Haida Cobra-Chicken's hatred for you is calculated despite appearances. You can think you're safe, hiding in smoke or behind cover, but she'll come and get you. She'll come and get you and you won't see her coming until she's hissing in your face. She doesn't care if you're a destroyer or HMS Belfast. God help you if she migrates into the cap you're contesting. The existence of any enemies on her territory is met with extreme aggression until they're dead or driven off. Haida Cobra-Chicken will abuse her concealment to make seemingly reckless plays to pick off enemies at point blank ranges. She'll knife fight not only with destroyers but cruisers and battleships when opportunities arise. Most of her kills will happen inside of 4km ranges and you'd never expect this level of aggression from something so derpy looking. Enemy radar and hydro is only a temporary deterrent and, like an aggressively swung umbrella, it can only keep enemies safe for so long. Her consumables are used to close the distance unseen, abusing vision to bring hot, poutine-flavoured death to people who dismissed her out of hand. She'll then make her escape to go back to nesting upon her cap circle until the next fool trespasses on what's rightfully hers. The test environment for Haida was about as nightmarish as it gets. All of her balance testing was done amidst the release of the American cruiser line. It was not uncommon for between one third to half of the enemy team having access to Surveillance Radar. If Haida could thrive in that environment, she can make it anywhere. A DeWolf in Sheep's Clothing Haida is a skill-hungry ship. You're going to feel starved for skill points, with so many viable and competitive choices, you're going to feel stretched thin. I played several different builds over the course of play testing and it's the one below that I found worked best for me. Start with Priority Target. This lets you know when it's time to get out of Dodge. Next take the no-brainer, Last Stand at tier two. At tier 3, take Survivabiliy Expert to increase your hit point total. This saved me more times than I care to admit. And then move up to tier 4 to take Concealment Expert. Cuz, duh. From here, it comes down to improving the quality and quantity of her HE direct damage. Basic Fire Training comes first. Haida primarily picks on destroyers and this will help ensure her dominance. Inertial Fuse for HE Shells will facilitate doing direct damage to cruisers and battleships. And finally Adrenaline Rush will further increase her DPM. There are lots of other viable skills, but they are, in my opinion, less worth while than the ones selected. Still, I highlighted skills that are reasonable substitutions. Here's why they didn't make my cut: I value information more than I do a better RNGesus roll. So Preventative Maintenance is less valuable to me than Priority Target. Haida can't out turn her turrets, so Expert Marksman is more for comfort than a necessity. Smoke Screen Expert can be a viable choice if you plan to division often with Haida. This will help your allies cuddle in your smoke screen. Haida doesn't set fires well. Demolition Expert can help pad her up to Sims-levels of fire starting, but it's bit of a waste. Vigilance is a good skill if you intend to division often. It also has some value in competitive for team play. Radio Location isn't really necessary if you focus on dominating capture points. Eventually they'll have to come to you. Besides, Haida isn't quite fast enough to put this to the best use. ... and finally... If you have access to the special upgrades for smoke and hydro, then Superintendent isn't necessary. Most games will end by the time you've used 3 charges. Still, for those marathon, nail-biter games, this could be nice to have. So get those special upgrades. Spend that coal! Final Evaluation I have been horribly stressed while following the development of Haida. It was really hard not to let bias take over my wants and wishes for Haida. I'm Canadian. Haida is my ship. It's likely the only Canadian vessel I'm ever going to see in World of Warships. I wanted her to be good. Worse, I recognized that I wanted her to be perceived as a good ship. I was excited about her. I wanted others to be excited along with me, even if I understood this was foolish and damaging to any review I might do. More than anything else, I feared Haida would end up bland and uninteresting. I could stomach her underperforming. If she was fun to play, I could forgive a lot. As someone who writes reviews, this is incredibly dangerous and I hope I've been successful in reigning this in. If you feel yourself cautious about this ship based on this review, then I've been successful. If you're overcome by hype, please, please, please, stop reading this and go find another review of Haida before your money explodes recklessly out of your wallet and into Wargaming's coffers. Haida that we've been given is a destroyer-hunter. She specializes in close-range knife fights where her high damage output overwhelms her opponents in short order. Contrary to American destroyers, she doesn't do this grace of excellent gun handling, phenomenal fire arcs and fast-firing weapons. Instead she relies on stealth to get in close, mitigating the weaknesses of her poor arcs and shell flight times to deliver several high damage hits before her opponent can react. If a fight opens up at range, she can still maintain a DPM advantage over select lolibotes, but her superiority falls away quickly. It's ill advised to attempt to pursue all but the most badly damaged vessels. Her ideal engagement distances are within 7km and she can be absolutely devastating at closer ranges. I cannot stress this enough: Haida's ideal engagement range is at distances that would be suicide to any other vessel. What is most remarkable about her is that she not only pulls it off, she excels in this environment.With her tiny surface detection, her access to a weird creeping Smoke Generator and an even weirder Hydroacoustic Search, she is well suited to not only closing into these ranges and engaging the enemies, but doing so without giving herself away. These close-range engagements are key to her success and not just with enemy destroyers. The closer you are, the easier it is to land hits, not only with her guns but with torpedoes too. Though Haida is limited to just a single torpedo-launcher, her individual fish are incredibly hard hitting. Haida deals nearly as much damage with her four torpedoes as Sims does with eight. Haida lacks the overwhelming alpha strike normally associated with close-range torpedo attacks, however. You can't count on being able to land Devastating Strike on capital ships. There's little chance of her ever nuking anything but a lower-tier battleship down from full health short of a lucky detonation. Thus attempts at these suicide rushes will, at best, cripple a target and leave you open to reprisals. This does work devastatingly well against cruisers, however, provided you can survive the gamut of Hydroacoustic Search and Surveillance Radar pickets that will be trying to sniff you out. Haida is a weird destroyer, borrowing elements from Kidd, Loyang and Perth with just enough Fujin in there to make you blink. I have found Haida to be a wonderful fit for me and I played the absolute Hell out of her during testing with over 150 games in her final iteration. But therein, I must stress caution. I remember my first dozen games played and it was a steep learning curve. Haida and I fought one another until things clicked and I didn't like her during this learning period. For some of the other testers I've spoken to, this kind of connection never happened. Enjoyment in Haida remained elusive for them and it could happen to you too. Your own mileage can (and will inevitably) vary. Would I Recommend? I suspect Haida will be a source of frustration for many players. This will come from three distinct areas. Players that want to like her but can't make her work for them. I sympathize, really. She's not an easy destroyer to play. I suspect there will be a number of people that pick her up, hit the wall and relegate this ship to a port queen. Players that end up with a Haida on their team that doesn't push. For a ship with so many tools available to facilitate contesting capture points and spotting, few things will be as more infuriating as seeing a Haida that plays passively and hides in the back in their own smoke. Players that end up with a well-played Haida on the enemy team. This is the only thing that's going to be worse than a bad Haida on your team is a good one on the enemy team. While the skill floor is high on Haida, in the right hands she's an absolute monster. She's well set up to bait radar, survive and then double back and do all sorts of mean things to your team. Without coordination and/or aggression, putting her down is difficult. It's not going to be fun watching your destroyers melt to preventable losses like sitting in their own smoke. It pays to keep Haida's strengths in mind -- she is not an easy destroyer to play. Please don't take just my word for it. Check out some of the other reviews on HMCS Haida before taking the plunge. PVE Battles How well does the ship maintain profitability in Co-Op modes and how does she fare against bots? No. Haida doesn't have the raw alpha strike needed to contend with charging bots in Co-Op. You can make her work, but you'd be much better suited with Leningrad, Sims, Blyskawica, Z-39 or any of the tech tree ships. Random Battle Grinding:This includes training captains, collecting free experience, earning credits and collecting signal flags from achievements. Yes. In the chaos of Random Battles, Haida shines. She'll earn you lots of credits and experience. There are two downsides to keep in mind, though. There's no Commonwealth tech tree and there's never likely to be any Commonwealth tech tree. Haida has very little utility as a trainer until you max her commander to 19 skill points and farm elite commander XP which can then be distributed elsewhere as needed. She's not easy to use. While a given players' mileage will vary, Haida can seem very lackluster to those unwilling or unable to play aggressively. For Competitive Gaming:Competitive Gaming includes Ranked Battles and other skill-based tournaments. This also includes stat-padding. Yes. Haida is well suited to Ranked Battles where destroyer duels and selfish plays are heavily rewarded. She will struggle towards the end-game of matches, however, when there are just larger ships left. For Collectors:If you enjoy ship history or possessing rare ships, this section is for you. Yes. Haida is a ship steeped in history having seen a lot of combat in WW2 and Korea. In addition, she's a museum ship. She's the last of the surviving Tribal-class destroyers and the first Tribal-class and first Canadian vessel added to World of Warships. For Fun Factor: Bottom line: Is the ship fun to play? Yes. I love this ship. What's the Final Verdict?How would the ship rate on an Angry YouTuber scale of Garbage - Meh - Gud - Overpowered? GARBAGE - The boat is unbalanced, not fun to play and weak. The ship desperately needs some buffs or some quality of life changes.Mehbote - An average ship. Has strengths and weaknesses. Doesn't need buffs to be viable however she's not going to be considered optimal.Gudbote - A powerful ship, often one of the best ships at a given role within its tier. Usually considered optimal for a given task.OVERPOWERED - The boat is unbalanced and powerful. Typically she's either horrible to play against or she redefines the meta entirely. In Closing I owe a lot of thanks yous for this one. Chobittsu went above and beyond helping provide artwork for this review. Many of my Canadian readers stepped forward with suggestions and support, eagerly anticipating this review. Finally, Pigeon_of_War at Wargaming has been working tirelessly behind the scenes to help make HMCS Haida a reality. He has been wonderful for listening attentively to feedback from the North American community regarding including Haida in World of Warships. On a more personal note, he's been very attentive at addressing my concerns about this ship during its development. I can't thank him enough. And that's it! I'm done! Haida's published and Hell-month is over. I've been working non-stop since mid-May on reviews. Thunderer, Kronshtadt, Monaghan, Salem, Massachusetts and now Haida -- six weeks straight of reviews with little more than a couple days off. I can finally breathe and enjoy summer. I dunno when the next review will be -- probably not for a fortnight. If you're looking for me, I'll be pool side, soaking up some summer sun before the Canadian snows come again on Tuesday. Thank you all for reading. If you enjoy my work, please consider supporting me on Patreon. P.S. There's no codes or clues in this review! Spare your eyes! Appendix A list of sites, programs and people I rely upon to create my reviews.
  16. Premium Test Server

    A common topic of conversation among the members of my clan is the relative worth of premium ships on a personal level. There are plenty of reviews and videos and we see the ships being played, without actually getting our hands on one, how do we actually know if it's right for us? It can be an expensive and risky proposition for a lot of players to plunk down $40, $50, or even more than that on a ship that we only know second hand. At the same time, we could be missing out on a lot of fun if we pass on a premium simply because it's gotten poor reviews. There is a lot to think about and like almost anything else on the internet, if you ask three different people what they think, you'll get four different opinions. My point here - and my suggestion - is that 2 or 3 times a year Wargaming could sponsor a different sort of PTS, a Premium Test Server, where players with public test accounts could log on and actually take premium ships out for a test drive. Look under the hood, kick the tires, form your own, personal opinion and try before you buy. This might be a bad idea if WG isn't confident in their product, but let's assume otherwise. I have no idea how this might affect sales, but I have to believe that it would generate a lot of interest if nothing else. Combine the experience with a decent sale, perhaps when they sell those fleet packages, and who knows what might happen. I'm sure someone there must have thought of this already, so I'm probably missing something obvious, but... ...There are more than a few ships I haven't pulled the trigger on just because I really don't want to waste money on a ship I might not enjoy. Shoot, there's a few ships I'd like to try that I will never get my hands on. Anyway, I'm not saying WG should make every premium available for a spin around the block, but they could probably rotate through the catalogue as availability and current gaming events dictate. Of course, it might mean players will say, "Well, I'll wait until I can try it..." and create some unwanted turbulence in their monthly sales figures. Perhaps making only a few ships available, but on a more frequent schedule would help offset that potential problem, I'm not sure. Anyway, there it is, for better or worse. Thanks.
  17. Think about an Atlanta

    I hear the Atlanta is going away... I implore everyone who doesn't have one, think about getting her. It's extremely unique and when you hit the groove, she melts faces. She plucks CV's feathers, BBQs BBs, Out DPS's many CAs and absolutely murders DDs. This ship has utility!
  18. The following is a review of Massachusetts, a ship kindly provided to me by Wargaming. This is the release version of the vessel and these stats are current as of June 20th, 2018. Over a year in development. Thanks 'bama. Quick Summary: A South Dakota-class battleship which trades a bit of concealment for more agility. She's the first American battleship with respectable secondaries. Cost: Undisclosed at the time of publishing. Patch & Date Written: Patch 0.6.15.1 to 0.7.5.1, January 13th, 2018 until June 20th, 2018. Yes, really. She had a long development cycle. PROs Excellent anti-torpedo protection with a 46% damage reduction. 50% faster reset timer on her Repair Party consumable, allowing her to recover damage more quickly. Low velocity 406mm shells have good overall dispersion area and her AP shells hit like trucks. Improved secondaries compared to Alabama with 2.5km additional range, 50% faster rate of fire and 40% increased accuracy. Excellent anti-aircraft firepower. Very agile for a high tier battleship -- even more so than Alabama -- with a great rate of turn. CONs Very vulnerable to cruiser-caliber HE fire with the majority of the ship having only 32mm of protection. Main battery is short ranged at 18.3km base. Main battery dispersion is a bit wonky with 1.7 sigma. Secondary guns are small caliber and struggle to deal direct damage to most targets. Horribly slow for a tier VIII battleship at 27.5 knots. Large surface detection range for an American battleship at 16.6km base. Overview Skill Floor: Simple / Casual / Challenging / Difficult Skill Ceiling: Low / Moderate / High / Extreme Since the lowering of the citadels of high tier American battleships, they've become much more forgiving to play. They're not as brainless as British or German battleships, but they're still a comfortable ride. Any player of any skill level can pick one up and do reasonably well with them. Massachusetts is only a little more difficult (but only slightly) due to her temperamental main battery dispersion. For Veterans, Massachusetts' poor sigma value and mediocre concealment will prevent her from becoming the darling of many. She's a medium-range brawler that falls apart up close. Her overall carry potential is limited. However, she does allow players to make use of island terrain in the same manner as an American light cruiser to lob her secondary shells at targets they cannot hit with their main battery (which is a nice trick). Jousting and brawling skills will also help here. - One of, if not the worst at its tier. This is a pronounced weakness. - Middle of the pack at its tier. Not terrible, but not terribly good either. - Has a significant advantage over her tier mates. A solid, competitive performer. - No other ship at its tier does this as well as this ship. Massachusetts looks like a rather mediocre and safe offering and that's not far from wrong. While there are remarkable aspects about it, Massachusett's firepower merits only a rating. As good as her secondaries are, they are only a situational weapon. That doesn't make up for the deficiencies with her main battery. With the lowering of the American citadels, their biggest weakness was safely moderated. They're still among the most fragile of the tier VIII battleships. Thankfully, Massachusetts has a Repair Party bonus which puts her solidly in the category. Where the South Dakota-class really shines is in their Agility and Anti Aircraft firepower. Both merit a evaluation. Finally, for Vision Control, Massachusetts has a disappointing surface detection and sits in the bottom half for her tier. She only gets a score here. Options Massachusetts has a couple of oddities to be aware of. First, she's an American Battleship. This has three effects: Her Damage Control Party has a 20 second active period instead of 15 second of other battleships. She does not get access to Aiming System Modification 1 in her third upgrade slot. Instead, she gets access to Artillery Plotting Room Modification 1 in her third upgrade slot. Furthermore, Massachusetts has a unique Repair Party consumable with a faster reset timer Consumables: Consumable wise, you have the choice between a Spotter Aircraft and a Catapult Fighter. This latter consumable offers 53 additional DPS. Massachusetts Repair Party has an accelerated reset timer of 60 seconds for standard and 40 seconds for her premium version. This is half the standard timer for other versions of this consumable. Upgrades The big question presented with your consumable options are as follows: You can largely correct her range deficiency by equipping Artillery Plotting Room Modification 1. This will boost her range back up to 21.2km (compared to 21.1km on a stock Alabama) and your Spotter Aircraft consumable can boost it further. The most appealing and gimmicky choice is to emphasize her secondaries and take Secondary Gun Modification 2. Her accuracy with her secondaries will be boosted to 68% greater than most other ships. Finally, in the question of defense, you must choose between fire damage reduction with Damage Control Modification 2 and further emphasizing her good agility with Steering Gears Modification 2 for her 4th slot. In addition, you have a choice between emphasizing the durability of your already-tough main battery armaments with Main Armaments Modification 1 or doubling the hit points of your secondaries with Auxiliary Armaments Modification 1 in your first slot. Camouflage Massachusetts comes with Type 10 Camouflage. During testing this was in the style of Measure 22 historical pattern but is set to change when the ship goes live. This provides: 50% bonus experience gains 10% reduction to maintenance costs 3% reduction in surface detection 4% reduction in enemy accuracy. During playtesting, Massachusetts used the Measure 22 camouflage (blue hull, grey superstructure). To my understanding, this is being replaced on live when she gets released with the black and grey scheme shown on the World of Warships devblog. Ye be warned, says I. Firepower Primary Battery: Nine 406mm rifles in three turrets in an A-B-X superfiring configuration. Secondary Battery: Twenty 127mm rifles in 10x2 turrets, Massachusetts is the fifth American battleship in World of Warships armed with 406mm/45 Mark 6 naval rifles. Colorado, North Carolina, Alabama and Alabama ST all make use of these guns and many players should be familiar with their performance. Generally speaking, these are accurate weapons with comfortable dispersion but they pay for this with lower muzzle velocity. They have longer shell flight times over distance than other battleships. Their heavy shells don't lack for penetration power, however, preserving energy well. They also hit like trucks. Official penetration values of American 406mm/45 Mk 6 Guns, taken from World of Warships Armada videos published by Wargaming. At the time of writing this, Massachusett's guns have the hardest hitting AP shell at tier VIII. They do 500hp more damage per shell than their closest competitor, the IJN 410mm guns found on Amagi and Kii. They far outstrip the 381mm/380mm guns of the Bismarck-class, Monarch, Richelieu, Gascogne and Roma. With nine guns and a 30s reload, Massachusetts is easily one of the hardest hitting battleships at her tier. Massachusetts falls behind the other American battleships for two reasons, however. She has the worst shell grouping out of all four previously mentioned battleships. She is also short-ranged. With a maximum reach of 18.3km stock, Massachusetts is one of the shortest ranged battleships at her tier, besting only Monarch and Roma. The impact of this flaw is mixed. It can largely be alleviated by taking the American upgrade, Artillery Plotting Room Modification 1, which resets her maximum range back up to Alabama levels. This is a less than ideal solution given Massachusetts secondaries which compete for attention with Secondary Gun Battery Modification 2 in the same upgrade slot. The alternative is to make use of her Spotter Aircraft consumable to temporarily boost her range when needed. This range deficit isn't terrible when the ship is top tier, but on some of the larger maps and against higher tiered opponents, this lack really begins to hurt, especially when compounded by her low top speed and surface detection radius. The second issue compounds on this problem, however. Massachusetts has the worst sigma value of any of the aforementioned American battleships with a 1.7 value compared to the 2.0 of North Carolina and 1.9 of Alabama, Alabama ST and Colorado. Her guns, while still boasting good performance, are overall less reliable. It's unlikely Massachusetts will ever be the darling of the competitive scene because of these flaws. On a per salvo basis, most players will struggle to see the difference between Massachusetts' accuracy and that of Alabama. Over the course of several matches this will be far more telling. Massachusetts will average less damage from her main battery due to shells straying from the center of her reticle. Massachusetts' claim to fame in game is that while she has the same 127mm/38 secondary armament as other high tier American battleships, they aren't nearly as lame. These guns are 40% more accurate and reload 50% faster while having 2.5km additional range over those on North Carolina, Alabama and Alabama ST. The range and rate of fire are easy to appreciate -- these are straight up buffs that any player can wrap their minds around. The accuracy buff is a little more challenging, however, and is worth examining further. Secondary dispersion buffs are multiplicative. There are four buffs available in the game currently for tier VIII secondary guns. In ascending order, they are: Secondary Signal: 5% dispersion improvement. 3rd Slot Main Battery Upgrade: 5% dispersion improvement. 3rd Slot Secondary Battery Upgrade: 20% dispersion improvement. 4th Tier Commander Skill: 60% dispersion improvement. Thus, Alabama and North Carolina could reduce their dispersion area down to 30.4% of its normal size with all upgrades and skills applied. Massachusetts, by contrast, can reduce hers down to 18.24% of Alabama's dispersion radius. As fun as these big numbers appear, it really doesn't mean anything without seeing it applied. To this end, I ran tests to compare secondary accuracy with the assistance of the WGNA Forums community (thanks, guys!). Only misses were recorded and then not all of them (there's splash render issues at that much zoom). It took about 20 to 30 hits to sink Mahan, including a fire. Not only does it take Massachusetts less shots fired to sink Mahan, thanks to her faster reload, it takes her less time too. In this demonstration, it took the stock Alabama roughly 4 minutes to sink the destroyer. Her fully upgraded self took less than 66 seconds to do the same. Massachusetts did it in less than 24 seconds. Hopefully that puts it into better perspective. Massachusetts secondaries are awesome at shredding enemy lolibotes. Even intervening terrain doesn't automatically keep an enemy ship safe. These are the same guns Atlanta uses, so their high arcs are legendary. If an enemy ship is hugging their island waifu and lobbing shells at you, your secondaries can hit them back and force them to back off. However there are three main problems with these guns. Her 127mm/38s lack penetration. They can only deal direct damage to areas of 21mm of armour thickness or less. This limits them to damage select cruisers and destroyers or the superstructures of more protected ships. If you take the Inertial Fuse for HE Shells you can increase their penetration to 27mm which will allow them to punish all cruisers within their matchmaking spread and lower tiered battleships. There is a catch to this though. Secondaries tend to aim for the waterline of enemy ships. At very close ranges, this will cause Massachusetts' secondaries to shatter against the thick belt of battleships and cruisers, mitigating some of her damage output. With Massachusetts' improved accuracy, she's very good at hitting the belt armour at close range so they tend to work best at distances of 5km+ against larger targets. Her 127mm/38s are terrible at setting fires. Though these guns have excellent reload rate, each hit only has a 5% chance base to start a fire. They cannot be relied upon to tax the Damage Control Party of enemy vessels. Each fire they do set should be seen as a bonus, not an inevitability. Their predictive aim is lacking. You'll find at the extremes of her range (distances greater than 9km) that these guns struggle to hit small targets that are constantly manoeuvring. This is probably owing to the long flight time of shells out to these distances. Any enemy lolibote would have to be out of her gourd for trying to get Massachusetts-senpai to notice her. Surprisingly, this extends to larger ships as well. Lert and I sat down and conducted some raw Bismarck vs Massachusetts tests. At 6km with both ships fully upgraded into secondary builds, Massachusetts out performed and sank Bismarck every single time (!). Bismarck just doesn't stand a chance against Massachusetts' damage output. Even with each ship destroying a couple of secondary guns per trial, Massachusetts won conclusively. Now that's all in theory, mind you. The reality of Random Battles (or Ranked) has so very often demonstrated that secondaries are a completely situational weapon. For every game where they perform phenomenally, there will be games where they contribute less than 1,000 damage. The question then becomes if Massachusetts' improved secondaries are worth the cost of the sigma and range difference from her sister ship, Alabama. I'm not convinced it is. It's certainly novel, but I wouldn't ever call it a fair trade. Massachusetts has less than ideal fire angles. Unmasking her X-Turret is just asking to get her penetrated through the front. Despite her secondaries, Massachusetts isn't ideally setup for brawling as you'll see in the Defense section below. Summary: 1.7 sigma hurts. Secondaries are surprisingly devastating. Unfortunately you can't always use them. Do you like to gamble? Her firepower is very RNG dependent between bad sigma and her secondary performance. Evaluation: What it would have needed to be : Amagi and North Carolina jockey for the top spot. Massachusetts would have needed better dispersion on her main battery and her improved secondaries to take this position. DefenseHit Points: 66,300Maximum Citadel Protection: 32mm + 310mm + 16mm roof Min Bow & Deck Armour: 32mmTorpedo Damage Reduction: 46% Massachusetts' durability is a bit of a mixed bag. THE GOOD: She has awesome torpedo defense -- one of the best in the game behind Alabama (49%), Musashi (55%) and Yamato (55%). I suppose you could call this good news for a battleship that's meant to be up on the front lines by design, not that I'd recommend eating fish if you can help it. Her citadel is fully submerged. All of the high tier American battleships (including Alabama) had their citadels lowered in early 2017. Massachusetts carries this same trend forward, making her much harder to get her machine spaces blown out. Awesome turret face armour. Massachusetts has 457mm turret faces and barbettes. The sloping on her turrets can bounce battleship caliber shells for days until you're in point blank ranges. Her Repair Party has a short reset timer. Massachusetts' Repair Party comes off cool down in half the time. She's better able to take advantage of multiple charges of her consumable when needed which increases the value of the Superintendent skill. It's easy for her to cycle through the maximum of five charges in a given match, giving her access to a larger health pool per game on average. THE BAD: Her citadel roof is 16mm. So if an enemy battleship shell does manage to penetrate her belt at a shallow angle, she doesn't have roof armour thick enough to cause their shell to ricochet -- it will simply overmatch and deliver a citadel hit. This is devastating, especially at close range. This only applies to the areas over her machine spaces (her magazines are better protected), but her machine spaces are huge. Cruisers love to burn her. With only 32mm or less everywhere except her turrets, barbettes and belt, Massachusetts is highly vulnerable to cruiser-caliber HE shells. With the right captain build, any 150mm+ armed cruiser can hit her over and over and over again for massive amounts of direct damage, never mind the resulting fires. THE UGLY Her secondaries are fragile. Remember those secondaries? Y'know, the gimmick that's the big selling feature of this ship? Yeah, those. They pop easy. Like most secondaries, they are not particularly well armoured and if Massachusetts gets spammed by HE shells or British cruiser AP, she's going to lose these turrets quickly. There's not a whole lot you can do to protect them, either. At best, you can use Auxillary Armaments Modification 1 in your first slot to double their hit point total (from 800hp to 1,600hp) but that's not going to save them forever if they get taxed. Overall, Massachusetts' protection scheme is best suited to medium range (10km to 16km) engagement distances in World of Warships. This gives her a chance to use some of her vaunted agility to help dodge incoming fire (ooh, a segue!). Up close, she becomes too vulnerable to brawl effectively if she gives up her sides. Evaluation: What it would have needed to be : Massachusetts would need quite a bit to bump her out of the doldrums of mediocrity here. She's far removed from being and little more than a bad citadel placement away from . Bow tanking is still as effective as ever so long as the enemies oblige you by throwing anything smaller than 460mm rounds in your face. Here Massachusetts outplays a tier X Großer Kurfürst, bouncing her 420mm AP shells in a brawl and using her superior agility to keep on the Kurfürst's flank while never giving up her own. If they catch your side, you're dead stupidly quick. Agility Top Speed: 27.5 knotsTurning Radius: 710mRudder Shift: 15.7s Maximum Turn Rate: 4.5º/s Massachusetts is the most nimble battleship of her tier. It's a shame she wasn't faster. Her flexibility is limited. Once she commits to a given part of the map, there's little chance of flexing somewhere else, never mind dictating engagement distances. For a ship with a lot of secondaries, this is a shame -- you're only ever going to bring them to bear if someone makes a mistake (that someone may have been you). Due to whatever quirk it is that dictates energy preservation in a turn, Massachusetts holds onto an extra couple tenths of a knot over her sister ship when her rudder's hard over. Combined with her small turning radius, Massachusetts can change her heading faster than any other tier VIII battleship and giving her comparable handling to a high tier Soviet cruiser but with a much tighter turning radius You can see now why I lament her lack of speed -- she could have been the complete package. Massachusetts is a bit of a sluggabutt when it comes to initiating a turn, however. Her sloppy rudder shift time leaves a lot to be desired, even if it is around the norm for a tier VIII battleship. In order to take advantage of her high rate of turn, it's recommend to equip the Steering Gears Modification 2 upgrade, though this will come at a severe cost to her fire damage mitigation. Given that you're likely going to be eschewing fire prevention skills anyway to upgrade her secondaries, this isn't a bad investment. Evaluation: What it would have needed to be : More speed. 27.5 knots just doesn't cut it if you want to be the best. Alternatively, shave off 50m from her turning radius. That will get people to sit up and take notice and steal the crown from Gascogne. Anti-Aircraft Defense AA Battery Calibers: 127mm / 40mm / 20mm AA Umbrella Ranges: 5.0km / 3.5km / 2.0km AA DPS per Aura: 151 / 238.5 / 120.5 Out of the seven American battleships at tier VIII+, Massachusetts has the least DPS but her effective AA DPS is better than Alabama and Alabama ST's and sits just behind North Carolina. Massachusetts is a powerful anti-aircraft platform. Her heavy secondaries are a mixed blessing as far as her AA defense goes. She's more likely to have skills like Basic Fire Training and Advanced Fire Training which will emphasize her AA power further but her upgrade slots will likely be filled with secondary-specific or range boosting modules rather than AA Guns Modification 2. This upgrade is necessary to truly solidify American battleship AA defense and without it, the range gap is enough to allow aircraft to make their drops. Still, Massachusetts presents a thorny target most CV players would rather avoid. Her dispersed AA guns makes her overall defense less vulnerable to being knocked out by cursory HE shells and it takes a sustained bombardment to suppress them fully. Her small and medium caliber AA guns are nicely dispersed, making them more difficult for single volleys of battleship caliber HE from Royal Navy battleships to neuter her AA power (they may have to shoot you twice instead). Evaluation: What it would have needed to be : More firepower or more range -- something to make her stand apart from the likes of North Carolina & Kii. Refrigerator Base Surface Detection Range: 16.56km Air Detection Range: 12.18km Minimum Surface Detection Range: 12.43km Detection Range when Firing from Smoke: 16.01km Main Battery Firing Range: 18.27km Detection Consumables: Spotter Aircraft / Float Plane Fighter So now we get to the bad news. Massachusetts has a big butt (and I cannot lie). While none of the American battleships are contending for a top spot in terms of concealment at tier VIII, Massachusetts is definitely the worst of the bunch. North Carolina's stock concealment is 900m better, for example. For a short ranged battleship with secondaries as her gimmick, more concealment would have been preferable, not less. It's only thanks to the failures of Amagi and Kii that Massachusetts has any pretense of mediocrity. As it stands, she hangs out with the chubby Richelieu and Gascogne in the bottom half, just behind Tirpitz in overall badonkadonk size. The only spot of good news is that her aerial detection range is excellent and can be reduced down to just over 9.4km after all upgrades, which gives her a little more flexibility while moving into position. One of the fun tricks you can pull off with Massachusetts involves taking advantage of smoke mechanics. Secondaries won't give away your position in smoke the same way as main battery guns will. So you can park Massachusetts in friendly smoke and let her secondaries go to town. It's hilarious. It's not terribly effective, mind you, but hilarious. Just make sure your friend has Hydroacoustic Search to spot those incoming torpedoes well in advance. Evaluation: What it would have needed to be : Lose 900m off her stock surface detection range or give her access to a game-breaking consumable like Missouri. No more Drama Llama There's only one skill build worth considering for Massachusetts despite what common sense will tell you: That's to go all out on her secondaries and never look back. No, this build isn't optimal, but it's FUN, damn it. MAN-otaur approved. Seriously, though, if you want a good build, take Superintendent to maximize her awesome Repair Party consumable. Build the rest as you will. Final Evaluation The story of Massachusetts in World of Warships begins with Alabama. Alabama was originally going to be for Supertesters only as a reward ship for those who had performed exemplary service in this volunteer role. The masses like you and I, were going to get her equivalent in the form of Massachusetts -- not-quite a clone with small differences here and there (slightly more agile, slightly less stealthy and a different small & medium caliber AA suite). But it wasn't meant to be. The community blew up and Alabama was released to the masses and Massachusetts suddenly found herself with an identity crisis. I've had my hands on this ship since December of 2017 and she's been in the works since at least August of that same year. This ship has gone through several different iterations with development accelerating towards late Spring of 2018 (which undid a lot of my previous work). I'm pleased with the final result, but there's a caveat: This is one Hell of a fun ship to play but she's not good. Secondary built ships are seldom optimal. Their gimmick is just too situational to top more well rounded ships. Massachusetts gives up a lot to be a secondary monster. As much fun as her pew pews are, they're not going to win many games in of themselves and she's not an ideal platform upon which to base such weapons. Bismarck, Gascogne and Tirpitz could have told you as much. These ships are all reliant upon a combination of factors to keep them relevant and competitive, between turtleback armour, amazing speed, torpedoes, agility, rapid fire guns and/or Hydroacoustic Search. Massachusetts weighs in among these brawlers with arguably the best secondaries of the bunch and a Repair Party that's available in half the time. She has nice agility and good AA power. But she's too slow. She's too easily spotted. This isn't enough to take the top spot from the brawlers. If people were hoping for another Tirpitz, we got what amounts to another Kii instead. So if she's not top dog among the brawlers, where does this leave her? Her artillery is only ever going to be okay with 1.7 sigma, so she's not going to compete with the likes of Alabama, North Carolina or Amagi. Even Kii arguably outshoots her with her ten guns to Massachusetts' nine. She's only ever going to be a mediocre artillery platform. And it's not like the combination of the two unlocks some new paradigm either. No, Massachusetts isn't good. She's not terrible either and her game play is fun and different from anything else in the American battleship line. That's good enough for me. I'm glad to see this final chapter of Alabama-gate come to a close on a relatively positive and interesting note. Would I Recommend? So if you could only have one high tier premium American battleship, which should be it be? Missouri, Alabama or Massachusetts? Not that she's available anymore, but Missouri is the defacto winner. Surveillance Radar and her broken, overpowered economy is just too good to pass up on. Out of the two remaining ships, Alabama is superior. She's well rounded if offering very little that's different compared to North Carolina. What Massachusetts offers is unique game play. That's it, really. She'll earn the same amount as Alabama, but you'll have to work harder for the same gains. PVE Battles How well does the ship maintain profitability in Co-Op modes and how does she fare against bots? Very yes. Bots will rush you without hesitation, bringing them into secondary range. That's exactly where Massachusetts wants 'em. Easy mode! Random Battle Grinding:This includes training captains, collecting free experience, earning credits and collecting signal flags from achievements. Yes. Massachusetts works well in Random Battles. She's great for farming Close Quarters Expert achievements. Team up with a smoke laying friend for extra hilarity. For Competitive Gaming:Competitive Gaming includes Ranked Battles and other skill-based tournaments. This also includes stat-padding. No. I'd give Massachusetts a pass here. Alabama is superior to Massachusetts and North Carolina bests them both. If you want to bring a brawler, dust off Bismarck or Tirpitz. For Collectors:If you enjoy ship history or possessing rare ships, this section is for you. Yes. She earned 11 Battle Stars in WW2 and is preserved as a museum ship. For Fun Factor: Bottom line: Is the ship fun to play? Yes. Secondary spec'd battleships are derpy fun. What's the Final Verdict?How would the ship rate on an Angry YouTuber scale of Garbage - Meh - Gud - Overpowered? GARBAGE - The boat is unbalanced, not fun to play and weak. The ship desperately needs some buffs or some quality of life changes.Mehbote - An average ship. Has strengths and weaknesses. Doesn't need buffs to be viable however she's not going to be considered optimal.Gudbote - A powerful ship, often one of the best ships at a given role within its tier. Usually considered optimal for a given task.OVERPOWERED - The boat is unbalanced and powerful. Typically she's either horrible to play against or she redefines the meta entirel In Closing This has been one Hell of a busy month. I'm still not caught up on everything that needs doing, though I'm happy to say that I am making gains on my work pile. This review is getting published five days sooner than I thought I might with only minimal corner cutting. So yay! Next up will be a review of HMCS Haida, due out before July 1st. Happy Canada Day to you all! If you enjoy my work, please consider supporting me on Patreon. Appendix A list of sites, programs and people I rely upon to create my reviews.
  19. Name: Hood Ship type: battlecruiser Class: Admiral Nation: United Kingdom Tier: VII Greetings fellow captains, supreme overlords, and dispersion divinities. Today, in the third installment of Naval Intelligence, I bring you one of Britain's icons of World War II and the inter-war period, the premium Tier VII British battlecruiser: Hood. My objective is to inform players about a different, and factual piece of information that hopefully will aid you in deciding whether to purchase this ship or not. This review will go over its history briefly, her in-game characteristics, and other factors such as aesthetics, modules, and what you can expect if you so decide to give her a place in your port. History “History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.” - Winston Churchill The ship belonged to a class of four battlecruisers known as the Admiral-class. Hood was the sole representative to be completed once the other three members -Howe, Rodney, and Anson- were canceled. Hood 's keel was laid down on September 1st, 1916 by John Brown & Co. in Clydebank, Scotland. She was launched on August 22th, 1918, and she entered service on May 15th, 1920. For twenty years, Hood remained as the world's largest and most powerful warship in the world. Her design was the result of maximizing a battlecruiser's traits (light armor, high speed, and battleship guns) while considering the occurrences regarding the Royal Navy's battlecruisers -three months prior to Hood's construction- during the Battle of Jutland. Two of the most significant adjustments made to the design, thanks to the loss of 3 battlecruisers at Jutland, was the increase in thickness of the main armor belt to 305 mm (12 in), and the internal armor plating that protected the forward magazines. This addition in weight plagued Hood with a lower freeboard, which attained her several nicknames such as: "Largest Submarine in the Fleet", "HMS Wobbly", and "The Seven B's" ("Britain's Biggest Bull*****ingest B***ard Built By Brown"). Throughout the inter-war period, Hood saw extensive service as the flagship of the Battlecruiser Squadron of the Atlantic Fleet and became the Royal Navy's poster boy (or girl, depending on personal perspective) due to her size, media coverage, and inter-war actions. She took part in a worldwide cruise which lasted from late 1923 to 1925, the purpose of the cruise was to project British naval power and influence to other countries and colonies (something that came to be known as "gunboat diplomacy"). Throughout her service, the ship became the pride of Britain and the Royal Navy, being appropriately referred to colloquially as "The Mighty Hood". After the cruise ended, she was refitted from 1929 to 1931 and continued to go on cruises, training, and minor refits. Through the 1930's, Hood's dire need of a major refit and modernization became apparent (such as her power plant's diminishing performance and the crew's inability to wash and bathe due to the fresh water evaporators being redirected to the boilers). She was scheduled to enter drydock in 1941 for a significant refit; however, the outbreak of World War II altered her fate in history. In 1940, Hood became the flagship of Force H and participated in the destruction of the French fleet that was docked at Mers-el-Kébir, French Algeria (present day: Algeria). She scored four 15" shell hits on the French battleship Dunkerque and was straddled in return by the same ship. Once the operation ended, Hood returned to Scapa Flow where she was replaced by Renown as the flagship of Force H. She participated in a couple of sorties without much success afterward. In honesty, Hood's recognition and popularity stem from the wrong reasons. During the Battle of the Denmark Strait, Hood, alongside the much newer battleship HMS Prince of Wales, was ordered to intercept the German battleship Bismarck and the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen. Hood's participation in the engagement was brief, after one of Bismarck's 15" shells struck the leading battlecruiser and provoked a series of events which can, in majority, only be speculated upon; however, most theories converge on the idea of the German shell hitting Hood's after magazines and producing a jet of fire that erupted near the mainmast of the ship. The subsequent blast resulted in a fatal explosion that claimed Hood herself and most of her crew. Only three crewmen survived. Specifications “Technology is neither good nor bad; nor is it neutral” - Melvin Kranzberg Hood was powered by 24 Yarrow oil-fired boilers and 4 Brown-Curtis turbines. Her power output was rated at 144,000 shaft horsepower and produced a speed of 32 knots at the time of her commission; however, the lack of a major refit and meticulous repairs decreased her speed to 29 knots. She was armed with eight 381 mm (15")/42 BL Mk I rifles that were capable of firing a shell every 30 seconds. Her secondary armament comprised of fourteen 102 mm (4.01") QF Mk XVI dual-purpose guns on seven dual mounts (in-game their range as a secondary armament and an anti-aircraft gun is 5 kilometers, with an average damage of 65.8). The anti-aircraft suite on Hood was additionaly composed of twenty-four 40 mm QF 2pdr -also known as "Pom-Poms"- that were mounted on three sets of eight barrels (in-game range and average damage: 2.49 km, and 59.4); for close range she possessed four quadruple 12.7 mm Vickers Mk III machine guns (range/damage: 1.2 km/8.4), and finally she had the experimental UP AA Rocket Launcher Mark I -this particular armament was deemed inefficient and potentially dangerous by the Royal Navy- it never shot down any aircraft but in-game they possess a range of 1.5 kilometers and an average damage of 50 (though their historical range is 305 meters/1,000 feet). In the tradition of World War I warship design, Hood was also equipped with six 533 mm (21") torpedo tubes that were fixed in the hull. Four of the tubes, two on each side, were mounted above the waterline and remained onboard the ship until her demise in 1941. Meanwhile, the remaining two torpedo tubes were submerged and located near the "A" turret, but they were removed in 1937. Hood's essence is that of a battlecruiser, and her armor scheme reflects this. Her main armor belt is 305 mm (12") thick and is mostly underwater while being covered by her torpedo bulges which provide most of the ship with a torpedo damage reduction of 18%. Above the main belt, Hood's thinner armor belts can be found: the one directly on top of the main belt has a thickness of 178 mm and is relatively small when it is compared to her 127 mm (5") belt that ends at the weather deck. Internally, Hood's armor is also reminiscent of a World War I capital ship. Her citadel has a turtle back armor scheme which increases the protection of her vital parts at close range -though not as effectively as her German counterparts- and reduces her armor's effectiveness at long range due to plunging fire. Hood's citadel armored deck slopes have a raw thickness of 51 mm and are sloped inward. The battlecruiser's deck protection is also inherited from World War I designs. Her deck armor thickness is distributed among two decks in-game: the weather deck near the bow and the stern share a thickness of 25 mm, while the midships section has 51 mm. Her citadel's deck armor can be sectioned in two parts: machinery and magazines. The machinery spaces such as the engine rooms are protected by 38 mm near the centerline, and 51 mm on the sides; while the magazines of the main battery turrets are shielded by 76 mm of armor -with small portions near the ends of the front and after sections being protected by 108 mm and 127 mm respectively. In all, Hood's armor scheme is sufficient to make angling possible and shield the ship from cruiser-like armaments, but it gives out easily against high-caliber guns when showing a poorly angled broadside to enemy battleships. Her bow and stern are covered by 25 mm of plating; however, small 127 mm and 152 mm plates can be found next to the main belts (these can be used to bounce enemy shells through angling, but the Hood's captain should not actively look for close range engagements against capital ships of any kind. Playstyle “Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.” - Bruce Lee Hood's style resembles that of Kongo's. To players of the Japanese battleship line, this comes to no surprise, as both vessels were designed as battlecruisers; ships equipped with battleship guns, relatively light armor, and a powerful array of boilers and turbines to give them a speed advantage over contemporary battleships. One must make the most of the battlecruiser's armament of eight 15" guns and their armor-piercing (AP) shells which have a short arm time, a maximum damage of 11,400 points, and a slow shell velocity of 731.5 meters per second which is shared with the guns' high-explosive (HE) shells. Hood's HE shells are respectable; possessing a 34% fire chance, a maximum damage of 5,300 points. Unlike most battleships of the Royal Navy, these HE shells are not subject to the 1/4 HE penetration rule. The lack of this rule provides Hood's 381 mm HE shells with a standard penetration value of 63 mm. Further, the battlecruiser's speed must be used wisely in maneuvers and fleet operations; such as a push or taking a defensive position. Her turning circle of 910 meters, accompanied by a rudder shift of 13.4 seconds and large dimensions make her commander think ahead of their maneuvers, and opt for open waters which allow the usage of Hood's speed and rudder shift. Related to the previous paragraph, the spotting of opportunities and potential flanks alongside friendly cruisers must be prioritized. Her short-fuzed AP shells make her an effective counter to enemy cruisers and lightly armored battleships; however, the shells' short fuze is also one of her weaknesses since they are unreliable at penetrating main armor belts at any range (most times they will shatter or bounce). The correct shell usage and proper aiming are necessary to obtain high damage games with the Hood. Her AA suite on its own is not impressive, but Hood has access to a unique Defensive AA Fire consumable that multiplies her UP Rocket's average damage by x25. But more on this consumable on the following section. Consumables “The more you leave out, the more you highlight what you leave in.” - Henry Green Hood comes equipped with standard British Damage Control Party and Repair Party consumables. The Repair Party is similar to those found on equal, and lower tier Royal Navy battleships. Additionally, Hood has access to a special Defensive Fire AA consumable that multiplies her short range aura -comprised of her rocket launchers- by 25 times for 60 seconds. This translates to an impressive 1,250 average damage while using stock values, and it can be enhanced by Advanced Firing Training, Basic Firing Training, AA Guns Modification 2 Upgrade, and the November Echo Setteseven signal flag. Aesthetics “Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that's why it is so complicated.” - Paul Rand Her sleek, long, and lean hull make her a sight to behold. The superstructure is an interesting blend between World War I and inter-war designs. The funnels of Hood also project this peculiar idea that she possesses a massive power plant and can stretch her legs when she's needed to do so (that is if ships have legs... but that is a topic for another day or a more laid back discussion). Conclusion “Any fool can know. The point is to understand.” - Albert Einstein Personally, I quite enjoy her, especially considering her historical significance and the recognition from the H.M.S. Hood Association that this premium ship has. She is a formidable team member when used correctly, not as a brawler, but as a flanker and an opportunist that can hit hard and fight hard. Her presence in a match also allows for some light-hearted banter to take place between the teams at the start of a battle. And what better way to honor the real HMS Hood by making conscience about her through playing her in-game and getting to know her story and rise as a naval legend. "Ad Astra Per Aspera" Phantom out. References Allen, F., Bevand, P., & Charpentier Ltd. (2014). H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood - Ship Specifications and Armament: H.M.S. Hood - Notes for Visitors. Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/ship/pamphlet30s.htm Allen, F., Bevand, P., & H.M.S. Hood Association. (2014). H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood - Ship Specifications and Armament: Hood Factoids. Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/ship/hoodspecs7.htm Wargaming.net. (2018). Hood. Retrieved from http://wiki.wargaming.net/en/Ship:Hood Wikipedia. (2018). HMS Hood. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Hood Wikipedia. (2018). Attack on Mers-el-Kébir. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attack_on_Mers-el-Kébir Quotes recovered from Goodreads, website: https://www.goodreads.com/quotes In-game images and icons recovered from the Wargaming Wiki, all credit goes to their respective authors. Other images recovered from Google Images. Due to my circumstance, I must make do with electronic sources and screenshots from other players or the wiki itself.
  20. Premium Ship Review #102: Monaghan

    The following is a review of Monaghan, a ship kindly provided to me by Wargaming. This is the release version of the vessel and these stats are current as of June 8th, 2018. Cue crowd singing: "Monaghan! Monaghaaaan! Monaghaaaaaan! MONAGHAN!" (Mono...! Doh!) Quick Summary: An AA-specialized Farragut that has the option for being outfitted as a gunship or torpedo-specialist. Cost: Undisclosed at the time of publishing. Can be won through the American Cruiser Collection crates. Patch & Date Written: 0.7.5. May 30th to June 8th, 2018. PROS Option of two different armament load-outs -- a gunship or a torpedo-destroyer. Gunship destroyer has solid DPM on her main battery. Long fuse timers on her AP shells make them excellent at citadelling cruisers at point-blank ranges. Torpedo destroyer has access to quintuple torpedo launchers with tier VIII fish and has a Torpedo Reload Booster too. Good AA power for a tier VI destroyer with access to Defensive Fire. Fast and agile. CONS Horrible ballistic arcs on her 127mm/38 main battery. Very long range on her main battery which increases her surface detection while firing her guns. Gunship destroyer has short ranged torpedo armament. Torpedo destroyer only has two guns mounted on the bow, making her largely unable to defend herself. Her tier VIII torpedoes are slow at 55 knots. Large surface detection range. Does not have access to the American Smoke Generator. (!) Defensive Fire and Torpedo Reload Booster are mutually exclusive. Overview Skill Floor: Simple / Casual / Challenging / Difficult Skill Ceiling: Low / Moderate / High / Extreme Monaghan appears deceptively simple on the surface. She's a Farragut-class destroyer -- a destroyer even relatively new players can get access to even with only a week's worth of casual play. This will suffice to familiarize most inexperienced players with the first hull option. The second, however, is more reminiscent of the tier V Japanese Mutsuki. I would not recommend Monaghan for novice players that haven't already got a handle on these two types of game play lest they frustrate themselves. Monaghan's play style is immediately familiar to Veterans. However, her torpedo-specialist build will feel awkward given the size of her surface detection range. Here's the break down of her components: - One of, if not the worst at its tier. This is a pronounced weakness. - Middle of the pack at its tier. Not terrible, but not terribly good either. - Has a significant advantage over her tier mates. A solid, competitive performer. - No other ship at its tier does this as well as this ship. Whichever hull option you choose, Monaghan will have either guns or torpedoes. This hurts her overall Firepower performance with her overspecialization leaving her with a rating. Her Vision Control (Refrigerator) and Defense are unremarkable while her Agility is . Her Anti-Air is weird, having the potential to be the at her tier, but only if you specialize deeply into it. Monaghan only really excels in one place, and that's the potential (not the initial value) of her anti-aircraft guns. Most of the time, you're not going to want to bother with touching them anyway. On the whole, the ship rates only a rating in the categories where it matters. Ye be fairly warned, says I. Options Monaghan is two premium ships in one. She has two armament choices between her A-Hull (four guns, eight torpedoes, or "four-eight") and her B-Hull (two guns, ten torpedoes, or "two-ten"). The former is a gunship, with short-ranged torpedoes that best performs as an anti-destroyer role with spotting and harassing of larger ships as secondary role. The latter is a torpedo destroyer, woefully under-armed to perform any kind of interdiction against enemy lolibotes. She can scout as a secondary role, but she must give way to any enemy opposition in between her torpedo reloads. Consumables: Monaghan's consumables are odd. Her Damage Control Party and Engine Boost are standard for an American destroyer, but her Smoke Generator is not. You also have a choice in your 4th slot on which consumable to take between Defensive AA Fire and a Torpedo Reload Booster. Be warned, running this ship can get hella expensive. Normal American Destroyer Smoke Generators have a longer emission time. In addition, their smoke clouds last longer than either Russian, British, French or Japanese destroyers. For whatever reason, Monaghan doesn't get access to the American consumable and has to make use of the ghetto one instead. This has a 20 second emission time and each cloud lasts 81 seconds. By contrast, Farragut's smoke has a 26 second emission time and each cloud lasts for 118 seconds. Boo-urns. Monaghan defaults to a Defensive AA Fire consumable in her fourth slot. This has a 30 second action time and it increases the damage done by her 127mm/38 and 40mm Bofors by a 4x multiplier. You can swap this for a Torpedo Reload Booster. This will reload all of her torpedo tubes in 30 seconds. Camouflage Monaghan comes with Type 10 Camouflage. This provides: 50% bonus experience gains 10% reduction to repair costs 3% reduced surface detection range 4% increased dispersion of incoming fire Upgrades For Monaghan's upgrades, they're mostly standard for a destroyer. Start with Magazine Modification 1 to reduce your detonation chance. If you like to live dangerously or you intend to be using a Juliet Charlie signal most of the time, then Main Armaments Modification 1 is superior. Take Propulsion Modification 1 in your second slot. Speed is life for a destroyer. In your third slot, you have a choice. Take AA Guns Modification 2 if you intend to specialize her as an anti-aircraft ship. Otherwise, stick with Aiming Systems Modification 1. Finally, take Propulsion Modification 2 to increase Monaghan's acceleration. Firepower A-Hull Main Battery: Four 127mm/38 in four turrets in an A-B-X-Y superfiring configuration. A-Hull Torpedoes: Eight tubes in 2x4 launchers mounted amidships B-Hull Main Battery: Two 127mm/38 in two bow-mounted turrets in an A-B superfiring configuration. B-Hull Torpedo Options: As A-Hull above or ten tubes in 2x5 launchers mounted amidships Both versions of Monaghan use the infamous American 127mm/38. It's renown comes from it's excellent rate of fire, gun handling and good shell damage with both AP and HE. Its infamy comes from horrible ballistics and terrible fire setting properties on a per-shell basis. Mongahan's range with these guns borders on ridiculous, rivaling even USS Sims for maximum reach which is a mixed blessing (though primarily a liability). With sufficient numbers of these weapons, Monaghan becomes a fierce prospect in a knife fight. Without, she's a victim. USN 127mm/38 guns are some of the most interesting destroyer weapons in the game. They are plagued by horrible shell flight times which makes them lob shells in "rainbow arcs" at even modest ranges. Yet somehow they are among the best AP shell throwers -- rivaling even Soviet 130mm -- with their ability to devastate cruisers at point blank ranges with citadel hits. These are weapons you need to be in close to make operate efficiently, particularly in an anti-destroyer role. There, with her fast reload, a four-gun Monaghan can shred opponents in short order. Four-Eight Monaghan Monaghan's four-eight configuration is a near-identical load-out to that found upon a C-Hull Farragut. This is the knife fighting variant of Monaghan, designed to excel in close quarters combat. Her short range torpedo launchers necessitate using ambush tactics to put them to use outside of suicidal brawls with larger ships. On paper, four-eight Monaghan is only outgunned by contemporary destroyers Aigle and B-Hull Farragut. In practice, she's an excellent contender for one of the better cap-point bullies at her tier, but this performance falls away quickly when facing higher tiered opponents. Outside of knife fights, this version of Monaghan begins to struggle. The horrible ballistic arc on her 127mm/38s, while facilitating catapulting shells over obstacles like islands, makes gunnery against anything but slow and predictable targets almost impossible at range. Monaghan can seldom take advantage of her phenomenal reach. However, she still must suffer the additional spotting range every time she opens fire. Without Inertial Fuse for HE Shells, her ability to directly damage tier VI and VII battleships is limited to superstructure hits. Even with the skill, she cannot hurt the extremities of tier VIII battleships wiht her HE shells. Her short-range torpedoes are limited to ambush uses which are most easily deployed around islands. Four-Eight Monaghan's torpedoes are limited to the short-ranged, Mark 12 torpedo. With a full concealment build, it is possible (if only just) for Monaghan to launch these weapons from concealment. You have only a 210m window of opportunity to do this and it's best done by sailing just in front of an enemy ship and dropping her fish into their path with the hopes that they sail into them. This tactic is easily foiled by any form of detection consumable, however. This version of Monaghan's armament does not up-tier well. Not only must she contend with other gunships with better DPM and larger hit point pools, some are stealthier besides. In higher-tiered matches, engagement ranges increase and the amount of island cover decreases -- two banes for a close quarters specialist like four-eight Monaghan. Opportunities to use her torpedoes outside of knife fights melt away when she's bottom tier. The prevalence of Surveillance Radar and longer-ranged Hydroacoustic Search further compounds the difficulty of making her short-ranged weapons work. Four-Eight Monaghan peaks early, often having its most dramatic moments when top-tier and early on in matches. Two-Ten Monaghan The Two-Ten Monaghan gives up any pretense of being a gunship destroyer (or even being able to adequately defend itself) to turn into a torpedo specialist. I must stress this is an option -- you may still equip the two quadruple launchers with the short-ranged torpedoes if you wish, but that would be a mistake. Her access to the quintuple launchers firing tier VIII fish is probably the reason most players have any interest in this destroyer in the first place. First, the bad news: if your Two-Ten Monaghan gets tracked down by another destroyer, you're dead. In theory, you may be capable of outfighting a Mutsuki, but that would be a closer battle than anyone would want to reasonably admit. Monaghan sacrifices of any pretense of competency with artillery to get access to the following: Those are Benson's upgraded torpedoes and ten of them between two launchers. While they're pretty meh at tier VIII, they're hella powerful at tier VI. Even one of those slammed down the throat of an enemy lolibote at tier VI and VII will kill them good. Only a scarce few German destroyers (and Aigle) are able to suppress their gag reflex and manage to hold on after getting one of those shoved in their faces. These fish are not without their flaws, however. They are slow -- their 55 knot speed means that it takes almost 62 seconds for the torpedoes to reach the end of their run at 9.2km. If they're spotted anywhere along their course, even at close to their 1.1km detection range, they're quite easy to dodge. In addition, their flood chance is only on the better-side of average for a tier VI destroyer. It's comparable to that found on the IJN torpedo boats. Finally, being quintuple launchers, they have an appalling two-minute reload timer. I strongly recommend looking at Torpedo Armament Expertise for any commander dedicated to sailing Monaghan. All of these flaws can largely be forgiven when you account for Monaghan's Torpedo Reload Booster consumable. Before you get too excited (because you skipped the Options section and didn't read it there first), this isn't the lightning-quick, 8 second torpedo reload consumable found on Japanese destroyers. Monaghan isn't capable of deploying a twenty-torpedo wall of skill. Her consumable accelerates the reload to 30 seconds. Those of you with a touch of evil in them will have realized that this is just long enough for an enemy that got hit by your first wave of torpedoes to go "Oh, shoot, I'm flooding!", activate their Damage Control Party and have it go back on cooldown before your second wave hits. Hilarity and Liquidator medals ensue. That's Monaghan in a nutshell really and why people will want her. You can turn a Farragut-class destroyer into what amounts to a Mutsuki with a consumable that allows her to double-dip fish into unsuspecting enemies sailing in straight lines. As good as this sounds, it barely keeps pace with ships like Fubuki or Shinonome. If you map out the maximum number of torpedoes that can be fired over ten minutes, Monaghan puts out 70 torpedoes compared to 72 of Fubuki and 81 of Shinonome (Fubuki needs another 8 seconds to get out her next 9). Monaghan just doesn't quite keep up with these torpedo specialists, especially given the versatility of three triple launchers and the massive Japanese warheads on their torpedoes. Evaluation: What it would have needed to be : Of her two builds, the Two-Ten Monaghan is closer to boasting a rating but even that's a long ways off. She's not as good of a torpedo destroyer as Shinonome or T-61 for example. In Monaghan's gunship build, she doesn't stand up to Farragut (B-Hull) and Aigle. Defense Hit Points: 13,900hp Minimum Extremities & Deck Armour: 16mm Remember when destroyer durability was relegated to just hit point totals? It's nice being back at a tier where it's just about hit points again and not wonky armour schemes or Repair Party consumables. Compared to Farragut, Monaghan has a fine ol' slug of hit points. Skills like Suvivability Expert will help, adding another 2,100hp putting her just shy of Gaede. This is especially handy in her Four-Eight build where she's expected to trade hit points in gun duels with enemy destroyers. In the grand scheme of things, though, she's decidedly average for a tier VI destroyer -- neither fragile nor tough. Evaluation: What it would have needed to be : Monaghan would need another 2,000 hit points to be any kind of contender here. Agility Top Speed: 36.5kts Turning Radius: 560m Rudder Shift Time: 3.4s Maximum Rate of Turn: 8.4º/s Monaghan is almost identical to Farragut in terms of her agility, with only a minor disparity in her rudder shift time to differentiate the two. What defines Monaghan (and Farragut's) agility the most is their small turning radius of 560m. American destroyers have always been incredibly agile with tight turning circles and Monaghan are no different. She's only outdone by HMS Gallant in this regard at her tier. Monaghan also boasts a decent top speed which helps her progress through her turns faster while also giving her the option of dictating engagement distances against slower ships, like Japanese destroyers. Overall, Monaghan handles beautifully. This is arguably one of her best traits and it makes her super-comfortable in knife fights. Evaluation: What it would have needed to be : Rejoin the British Empire, you rebel. Gallant has a tighter turning circle and nearly as much speed which makes her more nimble by far. Anti-Aircraft Defense A-Hull AA Battery Calibers: 127mm / 20mm A-Hull AA Umbrella Ranges: 5.0km / 2.0km A-Hull AA DPS per Aura: 22 / 28.8 B-Hull AA Battery Calibers: 127mm/ 40mm / 20mm B-Hull AA Umbrella Ranges: 5.0km / 3.5km / 2.0km B-Hull AA DPS per Aura: 6 / 49.8 / 21.6 It's time to celebrate mediocrity! Monaghan, regardless of her configuration, has the potential to have the best anti-aircraft firepower at her tier. Lemme preface this by saying that stock, she doesn't have the best anti-aircraft firepower among the tier VI destroyers. That honour belongs to Hatsuharu (of all things) which really puts everything into perspective. Monaghan does take upgrades well -- specifically, she takes Defensive Fire well and, on paper, she looks like she may be a competent anti-aircraft picket ship. With her consumable blazing and every upgrade stuffed down her throat, Monaghan puts out some decent killing power. But at what cost? Let's be real: If you're using the Two-Ten Monaghan, you're going to want Torpedo Reload Booster instead of Defensive Fire in your final consumable slot. Upgrading her for anti-aircraft firepower is a waste of points and upgrades that could be better spent on emphasizing her torpedo performance. It's only the Four-Eight Monaghan where taking Defensive Fire makes any kind of sense and even then, I'm not entirely convinced you wouldn't be better served sticking with the Torpedo Reload Booster anyway. If you do go this route -- if you go full hog and bathe Monaghan in all of her anti-aircraft potential, then you get comparative killing power to a mid-tier British cruiser while Monaghan's Defensive Fire is active. Unlike a British cruiser, you will have the added bonus of a disruption effect. This can be hella-annoying for enemy CVs; especially for inexperienced aircraft carrier commanders not expecting this from a mid-tier destroyer. They may even make the mistake of trying it twice, not recognizing that you're the one scattering her drops. Throughout this, you shouldn't expect to swat down entire waves of aircraft. You're likely only to bruise them unless the squadrons linger. Still, this can be a nice supplementary source of credits and experience if you want to go this way. Just keep in mind what you're giving up. So Monaghan has great AA power -- AA power you're unlikely to ever exercise to its full potential because there are better choices out there. Evaluation: What would have to happen to DOWNGRADE to : Don't take Defensive Fire. If you don't, then Hatsuharu is better. Refrigerator Base Surface Detection Range: 7.2km Air Detection Range: 3.48km Minimum Surface Detection Range: 6.29km A-Hull Detection Range when Firing from Smoke: 2.68km B-Hull Detection Range when Firing from Smoke: 2.43km Main Battery Firing Range: 12.51km Much ado has been made that Monaghan has better surface detection range than the lead of her class, Farragut. This is accurate. It's entirely irrelevant, mind you, but it is accurate. Monaghan is a total cow when it comes to being stealthy which is really not what you want to be when you're a gunship that specializes in close-range knife fights. It's even less desirable in a torpedo-destroyer that can scarcely defend itself from a Japanese destroyer, never mind a competently played hunter. While Monaghan is able to stealth fire her fish in both configurations, her large detection range is a nuisance. Her guns make it worse. Her main battery range is an alarming 12.51km but most of this range is already useless given the horrible shell flight times. So not only do you have useless range, it also allows Monaghan to be spotted from a long ways away when she has to pull the trigger. Where this gets just downright idiotic is that this range weakness compounds if you have the audacity to try and specialize Monaghan towards her AA power -- y'know, one of the selling features of the ship? Yeah, tacking-on Advanced Fire Training to boost the range of your AA power also boosts her 127mm/38 guns to have a reach of 15km. So she's a stupid, fat cow with a bullhorn screaming at the Reds to shoot at her. And for whatever reason, Monaghan doesn't even get access to the improved American Smoke Generator consumable. Instead she has to make do with the same one found on Soviet, British, French and Japanese destroyers. This means less smoke made and your smoke clouds don't last nearly as long as other American destroyers -- because reasons. Ugh. Monaghan's only saving grace is that she's not German. Or tier VII. Evaluation: What it would have needed to be : She needs to get her surface detection below 6km with upgrades. Genuine Bona Fide Electrified Six-Tier Monoghan There are two builds to consider with Monaghan. First off, though, a caution: A full anti-aircraft build just generally isn't worth it for this destroyer. Her Two-Ten hull doesn't have enough AA DPS situated in her 127mm/38s to be worth upgrading with Manual Fire Control for AA Guns and Advanced Fire Training is a loser-skill option that will only make it easier for enemy ships to spot you when you're engaged in gunnery battles which is bad news for both hull types. For both builds, start with Priority Target and then pick up Last Stand at tier 2. Tier 3 is where all of the choice begins and where the two ships diverge. For the Two-Ten Monaghan, take Torpedo Armament Expertise to accelerate your reload. The Four-Eight Monaghan should look at Survivability Expert or Basic Fire Training for their first tier 3 skill. Grab Concealment Expert at tier 4 next for both builds. For your next nine skill points, you're spoiled for choice. The Four-Eight Monaghan should look towards skills that help with gunnery. Inertial Fuse for HE Shells will help damage battleships. So too will Demolition Expert. However, Superintendent is very useful for the extra smoke charge which, in long games, will allow you to sit still and bombard enemies with less worry about being damaged. With any points leftover, take Adrenaline Rush or wherever you wish. The Two-Ten Monaghan should look to skills like Survivability Expert, and Superintendent as a matter of course. Any leftover points can go where the player wishes, though I would highly recommend trying to squeeze in Radio Location so you can be where other destroyers aren't. Final Evaluation Harekaze 2.0 this is not. You're getting the choice of playing a Mutsuki or 4/5ths of a Farragut How many people use the C-Hull on their American DDs anyway? Am I the only one that avoids it? Two different armament options!? Sign me up! That was my initial thought when I heard that Monaghan could swap between two very different builds. This got me all kinds of excited. I loved the change in game play styles offered when you can equip different weapon types. This is part of what makes Harekaze and Mogami so much fun, in my opinion. Yet for whatever reason, Monaghan just hit a sour note with me. I never found my earlier excitement stoked further with compelling game play. I find this incredibly strange given the enjoyment that can be found in torpedo destroyers and gunships respectively. It took me a while, but I think the issue that makes me feel 'meh' (foreshadowing!) about Monaghan is her surface detection range. I guess the Japanese destroyers have spoiled me. If I'm running with so few guns, I want to get close to ensure torpedo hits. But Monaghan's too fat to get that close and unlike the higher tiered American destroyers, she doesn't have the self defense armament to protect herself if she gets spotted by a picket ship. Once you factor in the slow running speed of her torpedoes, this extra launch distance really makes landing those hits difficult. Benson, with Concealment Modification 1 can get a whole 500m closer to fire off her fish and she's generally not worried if she's lit by another destroyer beforehand. As for her Four-Eight hull, well -- I have never found the C-Hull variants of the American destroyers particularly compelling. Give me the choice between more dakka versus surface ships or more dakka versus planes, I am going to choose the former every time. So Four-Eight Monaghan feels just under-gunned for me. Her extra concealment over Farragut helps a bit here -- I mean, you can choose to turn away, rather than engage some of the bigger, scarier boats but I'm still left wanting more. Oh well. Monaghan isn't terrible, she's just not for me. The variety offered by this ship is a good thing. Would I Recommend? This isn't a ship I would get for myself. If I won it in a crate, hooray! It would still most likely sit in my port unused barring use in some occasional Daily Mission. PVE Battles How well does the ship maintain profitability in Co-Op modes and how does she fare against bots? Yes. Monaghan can spit out a lot of damage very quickly with her massive torpedo walls. So long as you can survive closing with bots, you should be able to derp fish at point blank range up their nose and score some big damage in Co-Op. Random Battle Grinding:This includes training captains, collecting free experience, earning credits and collecting signal flags from achievements. Yes. Monaghan makes a great trainer for either your gunship destroyer captains or if you've specialized some of your high tier American destroyers commanders to emphasize throwing torpedoes instead. For Competitive Gaming:Competitive Gaming includes Ranked Battles and other skill-based tournaments. This also includes stat-padding. No. Monaghan doesn't have a competitive edge over ships like Shinonome, T-61 or Aigle. For Collectors:If you enjoy ship history or possessing rare ships, this section is for you. Yes. Monaghan earned 12 battle stars in her service during WW2, including fighting at Pearl Harbour. For Fun Factor: Bottom line: Is the ship fun to play? No. This one surprised me, but I just couldn't get into this ship. You would think with two hull options, the variety would appeal, but we just never clicked, Monaghan and I. Your mileage may vary, though. What's the Final Verdict?How would the ship rate on an Angry YouTuber scale of Garbage - Meh - Gud - Overpowered? GARBAGE - The boat is unbalanced, not fun to play and weak. The ship desperately needs some buffs or some quality of life changes.Mehbote - An average ship. Has strengths and weaknesses. Doesn't need buffs to be viable however she's not going to be considered optimal.Gudbote - A powerful ship, often one of the best ships at a given role within its tier. Usually considered optimal for a given task.OVERPOWERED - The boat is unbalanced and powerful. Typically she's either horrible to play against or she redefines the meta entirely. In Closing This took longer than I had planned. I caught the summer flu that's been going around locally and that cost me a few days. My next review will be USS Salem, the tier X American cruiser. Expect it around the week of June 18th. Thank you all for reading. If you enjoy my work and find it useful, please consider sponsoring me on Patreon. Appendix A list of sites, programs and people I rely upon to create my reviews.
  21. Rank Flags & low level premium missions

    Why doesn't WoW put on at no extra cost rank flags for the commander of that ship? If I have a Commodore why can't I fly a Broad Pennant? It's only a few pixels and if we have slogged a few commanders up to 14 points or more let us show them off! Also, why not some low level premium missions? I think it would be fun to take out my Albany or Mikasa and have some specific mission for us as a reward for having bought/earned these ships which only collect dust.
  22. Name: Scharnhorst Ship type: battleship Class: Scharnhorst Nation: Germany Tier: VII Greetings fellow captains, supreme overlords, and dispersion divinities. Today, in the second installment of Naval Intelligence, I will be sharing with you a review about one of the most loved battleships in the game, the premium Tier VII German battleship: Scharnhorst. My objective is to inform players with a different, and factual piece of information that hopefully will aid you in deciding whether to purchase this ship or not. This review will go over its history briefly, her in-game characteristics, and other factors such as aesthetics, modules, and what you can expect if you so decide to give her a place in your port. History “Study the past if you would define the future.” - Confucius The Scharnhorst originated from the idea of having to counter contemporary French, and British battlecruiser designs; such as Dunkerque, Hood, and Renown. France's Dunkerque and Strasbourg were scuttled in 1942, and Great Britain's battlecruisers were sunk during the early years of the war. The Kriegsmarine also considered that the Panzerschiff (also known as the pocket battleship, an example being the Admiral Graf Spee) was not intended to be a mainline ship made to fight battlecruisers and emerging fast battleships; instead, that particular type of ship was ideal for raider operations and anti-cruiser/destroyer roles. Furthermore, the compliance of the new Anglo-German Naval Agreement of 1935, which allowed the construction of a Kriegsmarine that would be restrained to a size equal to 35% of the Royal Navy, was also considered prior to the design of the first German battleships of the new era. With that settled, I will briefly talk about Scharnhorst's service record to make way for the ship's specifications. The battleship's keel was laid down by the Wilhelmshaven Navy Yard in 1935, in Wilhelmshaven, Germany. She was launched in 1936 and entered service in 1939. Though her sister ship, Gneisenau, was completed before Scharnhorst, the class was widely considered by many sources as the Scharnhorst-class regardless. Both members of the class saw service accompanied by one another. Where one would go, the other would follow. During a raiding cruise in November 1939, the merchant cruiser HMS Rawalpindi fell prey to the pair, engaging the two battleships despite overwhelming odds. In the April of 1940, the pair encountered the battlecruiser HMS Renown while supporting the German landings during the Invasion of Norway. The aging British capital ship scored hits on the Germans and successfully made the two battleships retreat. Two months later after repairs, the duo met the aircraft carrier HMS Glorious and her escort screen. Glorious was sunk with the loss of over 1200 hands (receiving the unfortunate distinction of being the only fleet carrier sunk by enemy gunfire in the war), but Scharnhorst was damaged yet again. Fast forward to 1942. Scharnhorst took part in the "Channel Dash".The two battleships, heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen, and 6 destroyer escorts made their way through the English Channel to reach German ports while evading Allied forces. The operation was a success, although Scharnhorst sustained damage by mines and remained at Kiel for most of the year due to repairs. On the day of December 25th of 1943, Scharnhorst would weigh anchor for the last time with orders to intercept allied convoys headed for the Soviet Union. Accompanied by five destroyers, she headed to the Atlantic to find the valuable transports to the Allied war effort. Distant from her destroyer screen, Scharnhorst moved in to engage one of the convoys, but she encountered an enemy escort screen lead by the battleship HMS Duke of York. Faced with insurmountable odds, Scharnhorst was sunk with the loss of 1968 of hands. Only 36 were rescued. The Battle of the North Cape would go down in history as a major British victory. A memorial stone dedicated to the ship and her crew can be found today in Wilhelmshaven, Germany. Specifications “We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works.” - Douglas Adams Scharnhorst's power plant consisted of 12 Deschimag ultra-high-pressure oil-fired boilers which fed steam to 3 Brown, Boveri & Co. geared steam turbines and produced 160,000 shaft horsepower. Historically, she was able to produce 32 knots (36.8 mph/59.2 kph) at full speed but in-game, she is limited to a speed of 30 knots (34.5 mph/55.5 kph), a respectable number at Tier VII, which is only superseded by Gneisenau and Hood at the time of writing this review. Her rudder can shift from side to side in 14.5 seconds; it can be brought down to 11.6 seconds with the rudder shift upgrade. Lastly, her turning radius is rated at 800 meters. The ship's main armament is composed of nine 283 mm/11.1 in L/54.5 Drh LC/34 naval guns which are capable of firing every 20 seconds. The guns themselves are complemented by a firing range of 19.9 kilometers (this can increase temporarily to 23.88 km by a spotting aircraft, but the guns' effectiveness at that range is questionable). This rate of fire and gun caliber is uncommon among battleships and cruisers, which makes this ship the more unique to play due to her cruiser-killing capabilities. The accuracy of the main armament is not exceptional, but it allows the Scharnhorst to punish broadside targets at medium and short ranges with AP shells capable of dealing a maximum of 7,600 damage. While the HE shells are not exceptional, they possess a 20% fire chance and are subject to the 1/4 penetration rule, which grants them 70.75 mm of penetration. Scharnhorst's secondary armament comprises of 12 150 mm guns and 14 105 mm guns, making it a force to be reckoned with at close range. The 150's are encased in four dual turrets and four single mounts, while the 105's are encased in dual mounts. The secondary armament is evenly distributed along the ship's sides with the exception of a 105 mm mount which is located behind the Caesar (number 3) turret on the center-line of the ship. Her secondaries have a base range of 5.3 kilometers but can be increased to 8 kilometers with captain skills (most notably Advanced Firing Training, which increases the range of all secondary guns by twenty percent), Secondary Armament Modification 2 upgrade, and Mike Yankee Soxisix (this signal flag increases maximum secondary battery range by an additional five percent and reduces dispersion by that same amount). Scharnhorst's AA suite comprises of fifty 20 mm barrels mounted on single and quadruple mounts (short range aura: 2.01 km, 30 DPS) followed by sixteen 37 mm guns found on dual mounts (medium range aura: 3.51 km, 20.8 DPS). Lastly, the 105 mm dual mounts double up as anti-aircraft mounts (long range aura: 4.5 km, 116.2 DPS). The AA range and effectiveness can be increased with the relevant skills, upgrade, and signal flag. It must be noted that these numbers are stock values. The battleship also comes equipped with two triple torpedo launchers - one on each side - that have a short range of 6 kilometers and deal a maximum damage of 13,700, their reload is timed at 68 seconds. These tubes allow the Scharnhorst to excel at brawling and deal a considerable blow to any possible opponent, if not sink them outright. The Scharnhorst is one of, if not the most durable battleships tier-for-tier in the game. Her 350 mm main armor belt (red) is one of the thickest belts up there (when compared to ships like Nagato, Bismarck or Alabama) and can be used to bait enemy fire while presenting odd angles. The thinner plates on the fore and aft ends of the hull (yellow) offer the opportunity to bounce shells (or arm them without intending to do so), their thicknesses are 70, and 90 mm, respectively. The bow and stern are covered by 25 mm plating while the plating above the main belt is 45 mm thick. The deck itself is 50 mm thick, and the citadel deck plating found below the main deck is mostly 80 mm, increasing to 95 mm near the barbettes. The turrets have a face thickness of 360 mm, a roof thickness of 150 mm, and a side thickness of 220 mm. One of the most recognizable aspects of German battleships is their turtle back armor scheme, which makes them very durable at close to medium-range engagements. Scharnhorst is no exception to this, and her citadel is further protected by 110 mm slopes that are angled inwards on its sides, it is also worth noting that Scharnhorst's citadel sits below the waterline, making it near impossible to hit at close ranges. However, this armor scheme has the disadvantage of losing effectiveness at long range, so plunging fire can be effective against the Scharnhorst. Her torpedo bulges mitigate 24 percent of all torpedo damage that strikes this ship. The bulges don't cover any part of the bow or stern whatsoever; instead, they cover the citadel as much as the armor belt does. These disadvantages can be offset by the ship's maneuverability, good situational awareness, use of consumables (Scharnhorst does not get access to hydroacoustic search, but could utilize a fighter plane at the captain's discretion), and Vigilance (which adds 25% to torpedo acquisition range). Playstyle “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” - F. Scott Fitzgerald Scharnhorst's style is a blend between a conventional battleship and a heavy cruiser. One has to prioritize lightly armored targets - most notably cruisers and thinly-armored battleships - to make good use of her 283 mm guns such as cruisers and battleships that have thin upper armor belts or plating. She is an opportunist that is able to push, retreat and relocate fairly quickly for a battleship, allowing her to pick fights carefully and spot opportunities to flank the enemy. She can keep up with friendly ships that are capable of ~30-knot speeds, so the opportunities of a major push or a flank can be exploited heavily if the Scharnhorst is located in an advantageous position. Strong armor allows the battleship to get up-close-and-personal with enemy cruisers or battleships, but one must be aware of positioning, angling, and numerical supremacy in order to succeed. Like any other vessel, she is vulnerable to focus fire, and she can be her team's damage powerhouse if she possesses ideal support from her teammates (especially against aircraft carriers and destroyers). This ship is not invincible, but she can be a force to be reckoned with if the Scharnhorst's captain uses her strengths to their favor. Remember, you are part of a team, and they depend upon you as much as you depend upon them. Coordination and knowledge can make way to a successful match (or at least a very good one that is worth remembering). Consumables or "...there is one thing we do know: that we are here for the sake of each other..." - Albert Einstein Scharnhorst has access to German battleship damage control, a good heal, and the option between a spotter aircraft for a temporary firing range increase or a fighter aircraft to counter aerial strikes (or give oneself a higher chance of dodging enemy shipborne torpedoes). Usually, I find myself using the heal so I can maximize my ability to tank and last longer in the main battle line or a brawl, so it is my personal recommendation to consider implementing Superintendent in your set of skills. Aesthetics “Rules of taste enforce structures of power.” - Susan Sontag Her design is composed of smooth curves, and her superstructure is not cluttered. This is only enhanced by the shape of her Atlantic bow, the shape of her gun turrets, and her secondary battery mounts on the weather deck and the sides of the superstructure. The battleship's fog horn has a satisfying yet menacing sound which can be used to taunt enemy warships or announce the battleship's arrival to a brawl. Finally, her premium camouflage is identical to the one she was using around 1943, and it is absolutely gorgeous (one that doesn't use skin modifications can only hope that Wargaming gives her sister ship the premium camouflage she deserves, unlike the one she sports in the game right now). Conclusion “The ending is nearer than you think, and it is already written. All that we have left to choose is the correct moment to begin.” - Alan Moore Scharnhorst is a fine ship, and she is by far my favorite premium, but I have written this review with objectivity as a priority. In my eyes, she is a must-have if you're looking for a fun credit grinder or a German battleship commander trainer (cruiser commanders can also work, but normally they don't make much use of her secondary armament), then this ship is for you. I cannot stress enough how rewarding, and flexible this ship can be in the right situations. In Random Battles she is an absolute beast and can hold her ground against higher tier opponents rather well; however, she's not invincible or lacking weaknesses (such as her torpedo protection or small gun caliber). In Co-op and Scenarios, she is a joy to sail; her fast reload, maneuverability, and endurance make her a solid choice for any scenario that allows her access. If what you seek is history, then the Scharnhorst is definitely worthy of your port. As stated further above in the review, she saw her fair share of action and earned herself, and her crew, a place in modern history's halls of fame. "Ad Astra per Aspera" Phantom out. References Wargaming.net. 2018. Scharnhorst, website: http://wiki.wargaming.net/en/Ship:Scharnhorst Farley, R. 2017. Scharnhorst: Nazi Germany's Super Battleship or Paper Tiger? The National Interest, website: http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/scharnhorst-nazi-germanys-super-battleship-or-paper-tiger-20078 Wikipedia. 2018. List of battlecruisers of World War II, website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_battlecruisers_of_World_War_II Wargaming.net. 2018. Dunkerque, website: http://wiki.wargaming.net/en/Ship:Dunkerque The Authors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. 2013. Anglo-German Naval Agreement. Encyclopaedia Britannica, website https://www.britannica.com/event/Anglo-German-Naval-Agreement-1935 Wikipedia. 2018. Scharnhorst-class battleship, website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scharnhorst-class_battleship Metz, K. & Van Lönnen, H. Memorial Stone Battle Ship 'Scharnhorst'. Traces of War, website: https://www.tracesofwar.com/sights/25374/Memorial-Stone-Battle-Ship-Scharnhorst.htm Wargaming.net. 2018. Upgrades, website: http://wiki.wargaming.net/en/Ship:Upgrades Quotes recovered from Goodreads, website: https://www.goodreads.com/quotes Amor scheme image provided by @Naesqr Revision consulted with @Maceswinga In-game images and icons recovered from the Wargaming Wiki, all credit goes to their respective authors. Other images recovered from Google Images. Due to my circumstance, I must make do with electronic sources and screenshots from other players or the wiki itself.
  23. Dummies Guide to the USS Sims United States Premium Destroyer I've had Sims for a while now. I'm doing this guide at the behest of a clanmate of mine, bolstered by all of the questions about the USS Sims on the US DD thread in general. I've personally always enjoyed the Sims. If you play it correctly, it can be a fun and even decent ship. However, I would argue that it will never be a good ship. Here's why. (As always, stats are provided below) - Stats - All stats provided are base without captain skills HP: 13800 Main Batteries: 4x1 127mm Main Battery Firing Range: 12.9km Maximum HE Shell Damage: 1800 Fire Chance per Shell: 5% Maximum AP Shell Damage: 2100 Main Battery Reload: 3.3 seconds Main Battery 180 Degree Rotation Time: 5.3 seconds Maximum Dispersion: 112m HE Shell Initial Velocity: 792m/s AP Shell Initial Velocity: 792m/s Sigma Value: 2.0 Torpedo Tubes: 2x4 533mm Maximum Torpedo Damage: Mk15 Mod. 0 - 11600, Mk7 Mod. 2B - 8500 Torpedo Range: Mk15 Mod. 0 - 5.5km, Mk7 Mod. 2B - 9.2km Torpedo Speed: Mk15 Mod. 0 - 65kt, Mk7 Mod. 2B - 49kt Torpedo Reload: Mk15 Mod. 0 - 87 seconds, Mk7 Mod. 2B - 72 seconds Torpedo Tube 180 Degree Rotation Time: 7.2 seconds Maximum Ship Speed: 40.4kt Turning Circle Radius: 500m Rudder Shift Time: 2.1 seconds Surface Detection: 7.3km Air Detection: 3.7km Detection Firing from Smoke: 3.3km Consumables: Damage Control Party | Smoke Generator | Engine Boost/Defensive AA Fire - Guns - The main batteries are pretty typical USN DD guns. Same damage, same shell velocity, same arcs, yadda-yadda-yadda, etc. The gun layout is basically a Benson minus 1 gun. Or if you're newer to the game, it's the exact same setup as the Hsienyang, the T8 Pan-Asian DD. Reload and DPS output are excellent. Your smoke lasts about as long as a typical university lecture on how paint dries, so be sure to use that to your advantage. Islands are also your friend, as your gun arcs are wicked high. Smoke is great, but always remember: In USN DDs, HE reigns supreme. Use AP only in extreme circumstances at incredibly close ranges and only on lightly armored targets like broadside DDs and British CLs. But for the most part avoid AP. DD Gun fights are also easy to handle in most cases thanks to the main battery turrets turning faster than a hamster wheel. Keep in mind that it's much easier to win DD fights in Sims when you close the distance. Stay outside of torpedo range but stay close enough that it doesn't take your shells 87 years to reach the target. - Torpedoes - So let me start with this before we go any further: These torps are BAD. Very bad. The only redeeming feature is one torpedo option that can stealth torp. They do practically no damage, the reload's nothing to write home about, and the speed, oh god the speed. Or realistically, the lack there of. See, you have 2 options for torpedoes on the Sims. Sounds great right? Wrong. One option is the awful short-range situational shotgun torps you've been dealing with all the way up to T7 in USN DDs and have been trying to get away from the whole time. The second option is a set of torps that go 9.2km. The only issue is that they go 49kts. 49kts. What are these? Aerial torps? They might as well be, because they also do 8500 damage. Yaaaaaaaaaay. Now, these are possible to use. Just keep in mind that they're out performed by Duca torps in pretty much every way. Let that set it in. - AA - Now, having explained both the guns and torpedoes, I will explain in this section why the Sims will technically never be the best choice. Because AA is your best choice. Can you run a gun boat build? Sure, but you won't out gun an actual dedicated gun boat. Can you do a torp build? Uh... don't. The point is, this thing's AA is HELLA STRONG. Build up that AA, slap that DF consumable on with the might of Zeus, and div up with you friend's favorite T7 CV because it's time to go plane hunting. The AA spec Sims was the Kidd before there was a Kidd. CVs, Kaga in particular due to it's low plane HP, hated this thing with a burning passion. Most still do. Make no mistake this is the best, nay, the only way to play the Sims. Now go my friends. Go and slaughter the enemy aircraft. Watch them all fall from the sky while the enemy CV goes off in chat about how broken DD AA is. And then laugh. Laugh because it's hilarious. - Captain Skill Builds - Gun Build: Meme AA Builds (Extremely Viable): - Conclusion - Thanks for reading my Sims guide for dummies! I hope you liked it. These will become more normal as I'm thoroughly enjoying making them. Look forward to more in the future! Please feel free to leave any feedback below.
  24. Dummies Guide to USS Sims

    Dummies Guide to the USS Sims United States Premium Destroyer I've had Sims for a while now. I'm doing this guide at the behest of a clanmate of mine, bolstered by all of the questions about the USS Sims on the US DD thread in general. I've personally always enjoyed the Sims. If you play it correctly, it can be a fun and even decent ship. However, I would argue that it will never be a good ship. Here's why. (As always, stats are provided below) - Stats - All stats provided are base without captain skills HP: 13800 Main Batteries: 4x1 127mm Main Battery Firing Range: 12.9km Maximum HE Shell Damage: 1800 Fire Chance per Shell: 5% Maximum AP Shell Damage: 2100 Main Battery Reload: 3.3 seconds Main Battery 180 Degree Rotation Time: 5.3 seconds Maximum Dispersion: 112m HE Shell Initial Velocity: 792m/s AP Shell Initial Velocity: 792m/s Sigma Value: 2.0 Torpedo Tubes: 2x4 533mm Maximum Torpedo Damage: Mk15 Mod. 0 - 11600, Mk7 Mod. 2B - 8500 Torpedo Range: Mk15 Mod. 0 - 5.5km, Mk7 Mod. 2B - 9.2km Torpedo Speed: Mk15 Mod. 0 - 65kt, Mk7 Mod. 2B - 49kt Torpedo Reload: Mk15 Mod. 0 - 87 seconds, Mk7 Mod. 2B - 72 seconds Torpedo Tube 180 Degree Rotation Time: 7.2 seconds Maximum Ship Speed: 40.4kt Turning Circle Radius: 500m Rudder Shift Time: 2.1 seconds Surface Detection: 7.3km Air Detection: 3.7km Detection Firing from Smoke: 3.3km Consumables: Damage Control Party | Smoke Generator | Engine Boost/Defensive AA Fire - Guns - The main batteries are pretty typical USN DD guns. Same damage, same shell velocity, same arcs, yadda-yadda-yadda, etc. The gun layout is basically a Benson minus 1 gun. Or if you're newer to the game, it's the exact same setup as the Hsienyang, the T8 Pan-Asian DD. Reload and DPS output are excellent. Your smoke lasts about as long as a typical university lecture on how paint dries, so be sure to use that to your advantage. Islands are also your friend, as your gun arcs are wicked high. Smoke is great, but always remember: In USN DDs, HE reigns supreme. Use AP only in extreme circumstances at incredibly close ranges and only on lightly armored targets like broadside DDs and British CLs. But for the most part avoid AP. DD Gun fights are also easy to handle in most cases thanks to the main battery turrets turning faster than a hamster wheel. Keep in mind that it's much easier to win DD fights in Sims when you close the distance. Stay outside of torpedo range but stay close enough that it doesn't take your shells 87 years to reach the target. - Torpedoes - So let me start with this before we go any further: These torps are BAD. Very bad. The only redeeming feature is one torpedo option that can stealth torp. They do practically no damage, the reload's nothing to write home about, and the speed, oh god the speed. Or realistically, the lack there of. See, you have 2 options for torpedoes on the Sims. Sounds great right? Wrong. One option is the awful short-range situational shotgun torps you've been dealing with all the way up to T7 in USN DDs and have been trying to get away from the whole time. The second option is a set of torps that go 9.2km. The only issue is that they go 49kts. 49kts. What are these? Aerial torps? They might as well be, because they also do 8500 damage. Yaaaaaaaaaay. Now, these are possible to use. Just keep in mind that they're out performed by Duca torps in pretty much every way. Let that set it in. - AA - Now, having explained both the guns and torpedoes, I will explain in this section why the Sims will technically never be the best choice. Because AA is your best choice. Can you run a gun boat build? Sure, but you won't out gun an actual dedicated gun boat. Can you do a torp build? Uh... don't. The point is, this thing's AA is HELLA STRONG. Build up that AA, slap that DF consumable on with the might of Zeus, and div up with you friend's favorite T7 CV because it's time to go plane hunting. The AA spec Sims was the Kidd before there as a kid. CVs, Kaga in particular due to it's low plane HP, hated this thing with a burning passion. Most still do. Make no mistake this is the best, nay, the only way to play the Sims. Now go my friends. Go and slaughter the enemy aircraft. Watch them all fall from the sky while the enemy CV goes off in chat about how broken DD AA is. And then laugh. Laugh because it's hilarious. - Captain Skill Builds - Gun Build: Meme AA Builds (Extremely Viable): - Conclusion - Thanks for reading my Sims guide for dummies! I hope you liked it. These will become more normal as I'm thoroughly enjoying making them. Look forward to more in the future! Please feel free to leave any feedback below.
  25. Z-39: How is It?

    Dummies Guide to the Z-39 German Premium Destroyer So, I got Z-39 the day it came out. There have been a lot of mixed reviews on it talking about whether it's good or bad, but I'll be frank here: it's a decent ship but it relies heavily on its user's DD play style and map awareness. That said, let's move on to the different aspects. For those interested, I have provided statistics below. - Stats - All stats provided are base without captain skills HP: 19600 Main Batteries: 1x2 150mm, 2x1 150mm Main Battery Firing Range: 11.8km Maximum HE Shell Damage: 2200 Fire Chance per Shell: 12% Maximum AP Shell Damage: 3700 Main Battery Reload: 7.5 seconds Main Battery 180 Degree Rotation Time: 22.5 seconds Maximum Dispersion: 104m HE Shell Initial Velocity: 835m/s AP Shell Initial Velocity: 835m/s Sigma Value: 2.0 Torpedo Tubes: 2x4 533mm Maximum Torpedo Damage: 14400 Torpedo Range: 8.5km Torpedo Speed: 65kt Torpedo Reload: 90 seconds Torpedo Tube 180 Degree Rotation Time: 7.2 seconds Maximum Ship Speed: 36kt Turning Circle Radius: 670m Rudder Shift Time: 4.5 seconds Surface Detection: 7.5km Air Detection: 4.4km Detection Firing from Smoke: 3.3km Consumables: Damage Control Party | Smoke Generator | Engine Boost | Hydro-acoustic Search - Guns - The 150mm guns can either be a hilarious meme or the worst thing you've ever touched with a 10ft pole depending on the situation and their use. You are not going to win a lot of DD dps fights in this thing. Forcing them to trigger and then hide in smoke so that you can rely on your use of hydro to catch them off-guard is going to be one of your go-to tactics. For the ones too smart for that, stay at range and kite battle them. if you aim well with HE you'll be doing 2k-3k salvos if you hit most of your shells. Chances if you're fighting something like a Mahan, Benson, or Hsienyang they'll try just holding down the fire button instead of firing salvos because it's easier. In this case they'll probably only hit shells here and there, so if your aim is good and you fire full salvos With HE things should go alright. IT IS ADVISED NOT TO USE AP ON DESTROYERS. The last thing you want is overpens in a fight where every bit of damage counts. However, with CLs/CAs and BBs you'll have a little more luck in this department. On lightly armored cruisers you can easily get citadels when they go broadside. On BBs fire HE into the superstructure until you get a fire, then switch to AP and play like a Des Moines firing a metric butt-ton of AP into the superstructure (note: if they're dumb and repair a single fire, switch back to HE, set another fire, then proceed with AP). When firing at CVs HE spam = profit (< important). Above all else, remember your reload is long and your turret traverse is slower than your average potato + negative 30 years of WD40. Do not rely on your smoke. It's German. It won't be there long. Do not sit in it. Especially not broadside, that's a good way to get smoke torped. - Torpedoes - The Torpedoes actually aren't half bad for their tier, however, you'd do well to remember that they are still German torps. In fact, they're copy-pasted max Maass torps. That said, they're fast and reasonably long enough range for stealth torping. Keep in mind that damage output is mediocre at best and anemic at worst. If you get uptiered to T9 and fire torps at something like a Musashi, don't expect much of anything really. Fire your torps, but rely more heavily on your guns. - AA - The AA on this thing is actually pretty potent, however, this makes it kind of like the Akizuki of tier 7. Why is this? Well i'm glad you asked, it's the lack of Defensive AA Fire Consumable. But just like the Akizuki, an AA build on the Z-39 is still a pretty good meme even despite not having DF. Below there will be some recommended AA builds for those of you who are feeling spicy. - Captain Skill Builds - Gun/Torp Hybrid Builds: Meme AA Builds: - Conclusion - Thanks for reading my Z-39 guide for dummies! If you liked it let me know in the comments and I might start making this a regular thing. Feel free to discuss any ideas or issues. Let me know if there's anything I should fix!
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