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  1. NoZoupForYou

    USS Sims is Ranked Gold

    The Sims is the hidden gem of this season of ranked gameplay. It's essentially dummy proof, because even a dummy like myself can play well in it. This is partly because of the hidden unofficial covert base xp multiplier that helps it do better xp-wise than all other premiums in its tier. This of course is unconfirmed however all but confirmed through anecdotal evidence.
  2. The following are a series of quick reviews of the Black Friday ships. Access to all eight of these ships was provided to me by Wargaming at no cost to myself. To the best of my knowledge, the statistics discussed here are accurate as of patch 0.9.10. Please be aware that their performance may change in the future. Happy Holidays! I am not going to be negative snark-monster this year. Okay, that's a lie. My first draft of this was chock-full of grumpy holiday resentment. But I vented. I got it all out of my system. I deleted said draft and now I'm feeling all better. I'm able to genuinely enjoy the season again, mostly thanks to being able to play super-auntie. Heck, I'm even finding myself excited for some of the upcoming releases Wargaming has announced for this holiday season.. Even with the inevitable accelerated release schedule that comes this time of year, I feel ready. 2020 has been one Hell of a ride for the game, even if you ignore the pandemic. There has been so much content, so many releases and so many events, it's been genuinely hard for me to keep track. As of Black Friday this year, there are now forty-three (43!) premium and reward ships that have been released and we know of at least two others due out before the end of the year. That's nine more ships than the previous front-runner of thirty-six releases, way back in 2016. As has been custom for Wargaming since 2018, Black Friday sees the release of four new clone ships with sexy black and chrome camouflage schemes. While I would love to use their releases as an excuse to update some of my older reviews, it's just not realistic. Still, I thought I could throw something together that's fun while also speaking to the current performance of said ships. To that end, I present to you, the Twelve [edited] of Christmas. On the first day of Christmas, Sub_Octavian sent to me... ♪ A Ship That's Retiring Shortly! ♫ Massachusetts Black Massachusetts is arguably one of the best premiums that Wargaming has ever made. She's not only fun and powerful, her gimmicks went on to inspire hope of seeing an entire tech tree line based on her performance. It's a shame that she's being retired with patch 0.10.1. I resent "fear of missing out" as a sales tactic and I'm not advocating that you panic buy this ship if she does not interest you, but if she was on your list of ships to get, now's the time. On the second day of Christmas, Sub_Octavian sent to me... ♪ Two Turtlebacks ♫ Tirpitz Black When she was released back in September of 2015, Tirpitz was a monster. It was inconceivable that a battleship could be (mostly) immune to citadel hits. On the third day of Christmas, Sub_Octavian sent to me... ♪ Three Not-Bensons ♫ Sims Black This isn't an easy ship to recommend precisely because there are better ships out there. For the longest time, she was compared negatively to other American destroyers owing to her smaller gun battery and lacklustre fish. On the fourth day of Christmas, Sub_Octavian sent to me... ♪ Four Deep Water Fish ♫ Asashio Black Behold, the ship that single handed made battleships unplayable. Oh wait, that didn't happen. Asashio's torpedoes are stupid. They have a 20km range, almost zero detection and hit like trucks. Oh, but they can only hit battleships and aircraft carriers. She's so single-minded in her purpose its hilarious. On the fifth day of Christmas, Sub_Octavian sent to me... ♪ Five American Piercing Shells! ♫ Alaska Black Like Massachusetts, Alaska is set to be pulled with patch 0.10.1. It's a shame, she's a very nice ship with great artillery. Her AP shells have improved auto-ricochet mechanics and solid penetration, allowing her to flex between ammunition types no matter what target presents themselves from moment to moment. Combine that with good durability and Surveillance Radar and perhaps you can see why she's being retired. On the sixth day of Christmas, Sub_Octavian sent to me... ♪ Six Tribals skulking ♫ Cossack Black Tribal-class destroyers are excellent destroyer-hunters and cap-contesters. This is a high-risk, high-reward style of play that's not for everyone. On the seventh day of Christmas, Sub_Octavian sent to me... ♪ Seven reloads boosting ♫ Jean Bart Black Seeing this ship here is a surprise. Jean Bart was retired last year due to her popularity. This is largely owing to her Main Battery Reload Booster for her guns which allows her to punish exposed enemies like few ships can. On the eighth day of Christmas, Sub_Octavian sent to me... ♪ Eight turrets spamming ♫ Atlanta Black I will always have a soft spot for Atlanta, ever since I watched PhlyDaily and BaronVonGames spamming her rapid-fire 127mm/38s at everything that moved in Closed Beta. On the ninth day of Christmas, Sub_Octavian sent to me... ♪ Nein second bomb drop ♫ Graf Zeppelin Black Graf Zeppelin had a ... well, let's just say "storied" development history, including (but not limited to) bombs that required you to lead a target by nine whole seconds. No, I'm not kidding. That's gone now, thankfully. On the tenth day of Christmas, Sub_Octavian sent to me... ♪ Ten different skins ♫ Atago Black Okay, I'm exaggerating a little. Between Atago, Atago B and her Arpeggio of Blue Steel clones she has nine permanent camouflage options -- ten if you include her default, no-camo skin. On the eleventh day of Christmas, Sub_Octavian sent to me... ♪ Eleven inch shells bouncing ♫ Scharnhorst Black Scharnhorst's 283mm AP shells are notorious for having very limited overmatch potential. With the increase in cruiser armour with the HE and IFHE rework earlier this year, her shells ricochet more often than they ever have previously. On the twelfth day of Christmas, Sub_Octavian sent to me... ♪ Twelve torpedo planes ♫ Kaga Black Kaga is best known for her enormous (if squishy) squadrons. Her dive bombers and torpedo bombers come in squadrons of twelve, her rocket planes in squadrons of eight. Thoughts & Feels There are some good ships here. Wargaming has generally picked winners which makes most of them a pretty safe purchase. Atago, Atlanta and Massachusetts would be my top picks for someone who doesn't already have said ships. These are all strong vessels that have aged reasonably well, but most importantly they're all fun to play. I'm glad they've made the older ships available for direct purchase through the Armory for doubloons rather than forcing you to roll the dice or pay cash. If you want the new four ships, you're going to have to either pony up for a massive bundle, buy them directly through the online store or gamble through loot boxes. I am not a fan of loot boxes at all -- it's safe to say that I abhor them almost to Jim Sterling levels of ire (thank god for him). One thing to be super-aware of with these Black ships is that though they may be clones of their parent vessels, they DO NOT COUNT as said parent vessels for the purposes of missions. So, for example, say the Strasbourg event coming up at the end of the year has a mission which you can short cut using Jean Bart. Jean Bart Black would not work for said mission unless specifically listed. This also means that any follow up camouflages or whatever that gets released for the parent ship will not be available on the Black version. So think twice about spending money on these if that's one of the reasons you wanted them. Thank you all for reading. I hope you stay safe over this holiday season. If you have any questions about the performance of any of these ships, this is the place to ask. I'm happy to wax poetic about my favourites and the rest of the community is sure to chime in too. ♥
  3. anonym_bleJN7gXeLqd

    Correct arrangment of American DD tiers?

    When it comes to tier arrangement in WoWS, it is always curious why Wargaming decides to put certain ships in particular tiers. For ships like the Colorado (VII), North Carolina (VIII), Iowa (IX), and Montana (X), it makes since given that the Colorado is upturned by the North Carolina, the Iowa in turn is faster than the North Carolina (and has longer gun barrel lengths), and the Montana has better armor and more guns than the Iowa. But I do wonder why, historically, the Sims class of destroyers, which succeeded the Benham-class, whould be placed at Tier VII, and the Benham at Tier IX, and why the Somers, a premium would be Tier X when the ship-class that succeeded it, the Benham, is at Tier IX. Why do you think Wargaming made these three premium American DDs placed at the tiers that they are at, despite how the Somers and Sims came BEFORE the Benham in US Navy design?
  4. Yes, premium ships are ridiculously priced (especially at tier 8+). Okay, that is out of the way. I am a bit confused on how prices are set. For example, I present five premium tier 7 destroyers currently for sale...and each has a different price: Z-39 $28.58 Haida $27.34 Leningrad $25.88 Sims $24.82 Blyskawica $23.98 Any theories on how these ships are valued, and why none of these tier 7 premium destroyers have the same price?
  5. LowSpeed_US

    Nerf to Sims? why?

    What is the reason for reduction of deck armour of SIMS? I don't mind the other two destroyers, since they are within the tech tree of their nation. But, SIMS? it being a Premium ship, I think this is rather distasteful.
  6. I actually wasn't going to do any more of these, but I finished a book this morning that told a history that I felt needed to be remembered. That book was called The Ship That Wouldn't Die: The Saga of the USS Neosho A World War II Story of Courage and Survival at Sea by Don Keith. Admittedly I only picked up this book because I spent some years of my childhood in a quaint town called Neosho, Missouri; so my curiosity was piqued when I came across the title. This book isn't about about a warship, at least not in the common sense. The USS Neosho was a Cimarron-Class oiler that was moored between the USS California and the ships USS Maryland, USS Oklahoma at Battleship Row during the attack on Pearl Harbor. The captain and crew not only shot down one Kate dive bomber and held off others with its meager AA armament and a collection of small arms raided from a weapons locker, but got underway to remove their full load of fuel from among the battleships to prevent a potentially catastrophic explosion. USS California and USS Neosho during the attack on Battleship Row Following this attack the USS Neosho had the distinction of being the only fleet oiler in the Pacific for some time. This made her one of if not the most important ship in the Pacific. She was quickly folded into Task Force 17 and given the responsibility of maintaining the fleet which acted as America's first response to the unchecked Japanese expansion in the Pacific. Admiral Frank Fletcher knew well her value, and to safeguard the oiler he had the USS Neosho and her escort the USS Sims leave the fleet for what should've been safer waters, but when a Japanese scout plane mistook the oiler for an enemy carrier the two ships would suffer a tragedy that has sadly been almost forgotten. The initial erroneous identification of the oiler and her escort ship had been corrected by the first Japanese bombers on site, however when it became clear that the task force was not in the vicinity the order was given to attack them anyways. This may have been a strategic play on the part of Admiral Shigeyoshi Inoue, however the commitment of planes weakened the strike capabilities of the Japanese carriers when scouts from Task Force 17 and the Imperial 4th Fleet mutually spotted each other at roughly the same time as the USS Neosho and USS Sims came under attack. This gave a decided advantage to Admiral Fletcher in what would be known as the Battle of the Coral Sea. The survivors of the two stricken ships however would be adrift for four hellish days of fire, thirst, sharks and a dwindling hope of rescue. There were many instances of personal valor and many citations in recognition for the actions taken by survivors from both ships, including later ships bearing the name of at least two men whose actions during the ordeal saved the lives of many and a posthumous Medal of Honor for Chief Watertender Oscar Peterson for being one of the most hardcore badasses to have ever walked the Earth. There were also shameful instances of cowardice, dereliction of duty and questionable actions that had led to many deaths. If you guys have some free time on your hands do yourself a favor and get yourself a copy of this book. I could hardly put it down once I started.
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