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  1. LittleWhiteMouse

    Premium Ship Review: USS Texas

    Please be aware that this review reflects the USS Texas as she appeared during the testing period. Her stats may have changed since. 'Murica. The following is aimed at new(ish) players looking to find a little more information about various ships from events, for premium currency or for real-world cash. The goal is to allow players to make an educated decision before parting with their time and money and to find premium vessels that suit their chosen style of play, whether that is competitive, cooperative, or simply for fun. The idea here is to elabourate on information not commonly available through reading statistics and provide some (heavily) biased anecdotal evidence to encourage or dissuade you from making your purchase. The usual disclaimers apply: everyone knows the Matchmaker clearly loves me because I spend money so that's why I occasionally get really good games, not because I have any particular skills of note. Other articles in this series: Available Ships: Atlanta, Atago, Aurora, Ishizuchi, Murmansk Pre Order Ships: Sims, Yubari, Gremyashchy Limited Release Ships: Tirpitz, Fujin, Campbeltown, Warspite, Imperator Nikolai I, Molotov, Mikhail Kutuzov, Blyskawica, Anshan,Lo Yang, Saipan, Texas Gift & Reward Ships: Albany, Arkansas, Iwaki,Tachibana, Kamikaze, Diana, Emden, Marblehead Arpeggio of Blue Steel Ships: Kongo, Myoko Condensed Reading: Mouse's Quick Summary of Premium Ships ♥ ♥ ♥ A special thanks to KJar for forcing this ship upon me. Without further ado: The United States Navy New York-class Battleship USS Texas Quick Summary: A New York-class Battleship with a heavily upgraded anti-aircraft armament and a slight reduction in mobility. Cost: No idea. Though apparently there will be a custom skin for this ship in the near future, so odds are we'll see a possible bundle. Replays: Derping up the Middle + Clear Sky & Bully of the Solomons PROs Armed with ten 356mm rifles with good AP performance. A high, 30% chance to start a fire with her HE shells. Tough with a good hit point pool. Tight turning radius of 600m. Very powerful AA armament with higher raw DPS than the Atlanta or Cleveland. All but immune to tier 4 carrier attacks and even some tier 5 carriers. CONs Slow rate of fire of 1.8rpm Very slow turret traverse of 60s for 180' turn. Limited fields of fire on her #3 and #4 turrets, forcing her to risk exposing her broadside to fire. Pathetic secondary battery armament. AA armament is limited to self defense ranges (3.5km). AA armament cannot benefit from Manual Fire Control for AA Armament skill. Very slow, with a top speed of 20.5knots. Slower rudder shift than the New York of 14.0s. Dangerously vulnerable to Destroyers. The USS Texas is upgraded beyond the level of the New York-class Battleship from the tech tree. This runs contrary to the USS Marblehead, which was a partially upgraded Omaha-class cruiser. On it's surface, this may make the USS Texas appear to be better than the New York. However, like the anti-aircraft upgrades for USN destroyers, there's always a catch when you add more flak. The Texas is a New York-class Battleship. For those familiar with the lead of her class as she appears in World of Warships, the changes which differentiate the Texas from the research vessel are minor and easily summed up. The Texas has a better anti-aircraft armament but the added weight makes her slower and less agile. In short, she gains defense against aircraft carriers but she pays for it with a small loss to her flexibility. The other differences are minor -- enough to make the Texas feel similar too, but distinct from the New York. But don't take my word for it. Lert is here to provide his summary while I look into the nitty gritty behind the various facets that make up this premium ship. The Lert Box LWM has once again graciously allowed me some space to post my own thoughts. For this review, I'm only going to compare it to a single ship, that being the New York. It is well known how the New York plays, and its differences in playstyle and gameplay between it and Kongo are well documented. As such I don't believe it necessary to compare Texas to Kongo, while going into detail about its differences with New York will tell enough of a tale. As for what differences there are, well, not many. But the few there are might not be instantly recognizable by looking at the stats. Finally, this review is about a ship that is still in testing as of this writing, so its statistics may still change before it's released to the public. Now on to the categories: Would I Recommend? At the time I'm writing this, I don't know the cost of the USS Texas. That's worth remembering. I am delighted (and even a little excited) to see a mid-tier USN Premium, and a Battleship at that. It's hard not to let my bias colour my impressions. Let me be clear: This is a New York-class Battleship. If you didn't like the New York-class Battleship, then the USS Texas isn't going to win you over. If you haven't played the USN Battleships before, know that this is a slow, clumsy, unsubtle brick of a warship that's got some pretty cool AA power and that's about it. Me? I loved her. But my resume includes loving several wonky premium ships, such as the USS Atlanta & Saipan. The Lert Box Is the Texas worth your money? The only reasons not to buy Texas when it comes out are because the bundle is unfavorable, you can't afford it, or you can't stand the slow gameplay of mid-tier US battlewagons. The Texas is simply put a refined New York. Nothing more, nothing less. So if you enjoyed New York, get Texas. Recommended Modules The USS Texas has three module upgrade slots. For the first slot, equip Main Battery Modification 1. Keep your main guns alive. For your second slot, AA Guns Modification 2 is your best choice. This exemplifies her AA defense ability which really is the defining feature of the Texas. This will increase her range from 3.5km to 4.2km and is the first piece of the puzzle for making her AA guns truly formidable. For your third slot, I would recommend Damage Control System Modification 1. To be fair, the gains here are very minor, but it's the best choice of the three for a Battleship. Recommended Consumables The USS Texas has access to two consumables -- a Damage Control Party and a Repair Party. Upgrading the Damage Control Party to the premium version is almost a must with most Battleships. This reduces the reset timer from 120s down to 90s which will help mitigate the inevitable swathe of fires that enemy high explosive rounds will set on your decks. It's up to you on if you want to upgrade her Repair Party as well. Keep in mind, that like many Battleships, the USS Texas benefits greatly from the India Delta signal which boosts her Repair Party's output by 20%. In addition, I find it useful to put on an India Yankee to reduce the time required to extinguish a fire. Lastly, no other mid-tier Battleship benefits as greatly from the November Foxtrot Setteseven signal which boosts her AA power by a further 10%. But frankly, this is just overkill. When kitting out any of your ships, keep her strengths and weaknesses in mind. Pay special attention to how much it will cost you to mitigate her weaknesses and if this price is too dear -- especially when the points might be better spent exemplifying her strengths. Recommended Captain Skills You're going to want to select Captain Skills that boost her AA power. Again, this plays to the strengths of the USS Texas. Your first skill should be Basic Fire Training. This nudges up her AA power by 10%. It also boosts your secondary gun batteries but they're all but forgettable. At tier 2, make sure you grab Expert Marksman. This will reduce your turret traverse from 60s down to 48.6s which is still slow (let's be honest) but at least it wont make you want to pull your hair out. At tier 3, you've got the choice of three good skills, IMO: Superintendent is usually my go-to skill for Battleships. I always like having as many Repair Party charges as I can get. However, a good case could be made to go for High Alert instead, to reduce the reset timer of your Damage Control Party from 120s to 108s (or from 90s down to 81s with the premium version installed). Fires are the bane of US Battleships. And lastly, Vigilance isn't a bad skill either for the Texas. Without a spotter aircraft, your ability to detect incoming destroyer-launched torpedoes is limited and this can help somewhat. At tier 4, Advanced Fire Training is your port of call. Combined with AA Guns Modification 2, this will extend her maximum range from 4.2km out to 5.1km. Be very aware that Manual Fire Control for AA Armaments is useless for the USS Texas. The skill only works with AA guns of 85mm or greater and hers cap out at 76mm. You will gain no benefit from using this skill. Though I don't put much value on the tier 5 skills for the USS Texas, Jack of All Trades has it's uses. Personally? I would rather use the 5 points acquiring some more low tier skills. Other useful skills for the USS Texas include: Basics of Survivability and Situational Awareness at tier 1.
  2. These are training room tests from the PT server showing the new changes coming for both ship upgrades and commander skill sets with the next WoWS update. The ship used in this example is the Tier 4 Japanese Yubari cruiser and tier 5 American Texas battleship. These videos are showing the new game mechanics and will not reflect the same game play results for the live WoWS server. Each WoWS Player results will vary. More ship DFAA videos to follow
  3. I was searching around the internet and found something old. I am not sure if anyone remembers the Gray Water Ops. people. When WGNA was on the west coast, they made WG WoWS challenge coins one year. One of the coins was the Texas. And guess what? They still have a few of them left and still selling them. http://www.graywaterops.com/wargaming-net/uss-texas-world-of-warships-challenge-coin Now I am not sure if the coins still have WG WoWS bonus codes on them (first 3,000). This coin is licensed and will only ship to North America addresses. I wish I had knew this before Christmas. I thought I would let new players know about this unique souvenir.
  4. OKIES_NAVY

    BB 36 on the move

    Local news in Houston is reporting the Battleship Texas will be closing to the public after this Sunday 08/25/2019. She is scheduled to receive $35,000,000 in repairs primarily to the hull. The drydock facility has not been named and neither where she will end up following the repairs. The news report made it clear she will not be returning to her berth in LaPort, Texas near the San Jacinto battle field and monument. Repairs are estimated to take no less than 6 months and could easily extend to 2 years. I am amazed at how vague this report is and how devoid of details it is. They also claim information concerning the future home of the Texas is unknown. How many places are there to park a 107 year old Battleship? Is repairing the hull of the old girl the way to go? Months roll by without a word concerning the future of the Texas and then suddenly all hell breaks loose with activity. What happened to plans to take her out of the salt water for ever? Sounded like the way to go to me. As long as she remains in water, especially salt water, her life expectancy will be in doubt. I first saw USS Texas in 1957 and she was a sad sight to see. The teak decks had been covered with concrete and more surfaces were covered with rust then were painted. Very little of the interior was open to the public. The renovations since then have been awesome. WG has donated a great deal to the preservation of the Texas. I am no longer in Houston so I am at the mercy of TV affiliate news coverage for any information.
  5. FuryTomic

    Don't Mess With Texas

    I was down in Texas last week to visit family friends, the NA Office, and got a chance to also visit USS Texas! Wanted to take her out on a spin again after visiting her in Houston...
  6. I wasn't completely intending on being a seal-clubber. I just wanted to get some commander's XP on my 19 point Iowa captain and after a FDG game where I died pretty badly, I wasn't up for another high-tier match.
  7. I was surprised to learn I have both. Played them 5 times between them. A year ago. So, I really know nothing about them. Coming back now. Comments, insights, please. (Any mods?)
  8. This is, to date, the best Texas game I've ever had. I think it might have something to do with all the ZZ Top I've been listening to recently.
  9. Psycodiver

    History of USS Texas

    Heres a good listen about the USS Texas
  10. thanks to WG for the work of the catapult of uss texas, now the boat was much better with his seaplane. the only thing they have to adjust is the plane mounted on the catapult, and put the correct plane An OS2U Kingfisher scout plane is seen before launch atop the middle turret of USS Texas while at Iwo Jima, February 1945 /9 WG= 9/10 POINTS excellent work!
  11. Malarkey_

    Loving the "Mighty T"

    Just another fun match in one of my favorite ships in the game.
  12. I had a plan to go one way in this match, but things took a turn and I pretty much stayed near spawn most of the match chai sniping like a scrub in my Texas, not how I normally play but it payed off. Normally I wouldn't show off a 120k damage Kracken match (not trying to brag but its kinda normal in this ship) but I'm more amused because I played like a chai sniping scrub and took way to little damage. Heres a link to the replay file https://replayswows.com/replay/27431#stats Sorry for the siezure inducing video, my game recorder (FBX) doesn't seem to want to cooperate since the update yesterday
  13. Hi Everyone There is a petition going on to save the Battleship Texas. If you are in the U.S., please sign it so we can save the last dreadnought. The link is below. https://www.comeandsaveit.com/#petition
  14. Has WOWs ever considered having an EBAY like auction for discontinued ships? If they do not want to do it for profit (Which is a great idea IMHO!!) What about Charity auction? WOWs has done things for the Battleship Texas and Vet causes. I would gladly contribute a Nikoli I ….Built with Stalinium and has Russian Bias module plus Halloween Camo....Scare your enemies to death!!! How much would one person pay for a Missouri or some other boat
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