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tm63au posted a topic in General Game DiscussionWell its been a long hiatus from early reviewing W.I.P. ships for WG but I'm back for a brand new double tier Russian Premium Battleship. But first a disclaimer or 2 before start. 1. For those Russian Fanboys / Fangirls or Fanpersons and or Snowflakes or Snowflakets ( 2019 YO diversity and inclusion counts these days ) may be a bit unhappy with my review so be aware. 2. AS THIS IS A NEW UNIQUE DOUBLE TIER SHIP SHE IS STILL A WORK IN PROGRESS AND STATISTICS AND PERFORMANCE DISCUSSED HERE MAY CHANGE. Before we get started what's this double tier ship all about, well if anyone has the HSF Harekaze they know it is a 3 hull ship with 3 different gun configurations well WG has gone even further in a new era of style of ship. It was announced back in October 2019 by @Umbaretz that a tier 8 Premium Russian battleship The Borodino would be designed however this ships origins begin back in April 2018 or earlier as a April fool ship but now with WG ingenuity they present a new Russian tier 2 / 8 Premium Battleship. How will it work well its the same way you change gun configurations on Harekaze but instead the entire ships looks and weapons and internals change to the tier you want to play. Tier 2 or Borodino A as we will call it. Tier 8 or Borodino B Yes a new era has begun so that the community can play 1 ship in high and low Tiers. lets get some background on both ships first before we get into the crux of the ships workings. Firstly most gamers here would know at least some idea about the tier 2 version of the ship, it being a Pre-Dreadnought Battleship with many books and internet pages with details about the ship and the class. The Tier 8 ship is another story though the WG developer has so far given us only the briefest description of the ship and I quote " Post-war project of small battleship for the Baltic sea. Armed with two turrets with three 406 mm guns from the battleship Sovetsky Soyuz." Search as I a may for details on the net for the design and details or history of the design I seem to come up with very little apart from this. Firstly The Borodino class battle Cruiser 1912 Secondly This ship some sought of tanker I think then again it could be the ship my eyes are not that good these days. Try as hard as I could to find any information on this Baltic design ship one can only think that this is a case of someone finding another shoe box full of paper ship drawings from under Comrade Stalin's bed during a spring cleaning session and sending them to the maritime museum for prosperity sake which intern due to some staffer and enthusiastic gaming fan informing LESTA of said paper drawings 70 plus years later, so exciting I must say. So now lets get into the this new style double tier ship with my thoughts on both versions. Sadly for me and the community ship game play for both tiers is at either end of spectrum as I enjoyed one version and loathed the other as did the players I played against. WORK IN PROGRESS Borodino A ( tier 2 ) PROs Good armour Great secondaries Above water torpedo tubes excellent HE CONs Short range main guns woeful dispersion Slow speed Slow turning turret speed I thoroughly enjoyed playing the ship it was a historical ship with all the faults of the era it will be a great match for the IJN MIkasa. Now for the bad Borodino B ( tier 8 ) PROs Its a Russian High Tier BB ( 2019 Russian Meta YO ) 100 mm Bow armour 500 mm deck and belt armour AP resistant HE resistant 90 % torpedo protection 30km main gun firing range 20 km secondary firing range Speed 50 knots forward, 35 knot reverse Turret turning time 10 seconds Main Gun reload time 3 seconds Laser guided accurate dispersion AA range 20 km with blanket protection Destroyer like turning circle Detection range 3 km Borodino B ( tier 8 ) CONs Its a Russian High Tier BB ( 2019 Russian Meta YO ) 100 mm Bow armour 500 mm deck and belt armour AP resistant HE resistant 90 % torpedo protection 30km main gun firing range 20 km secondary firing range Speed 50 knots forward, 35 knot reverse Turret turning time 10 seconds Main Gun reload time 3 seconds Laser guided accurate dispersion AA range 20 km with blanket protection Destroyer like turning circle Detection range 3 km Sadly the gap between reality and or historical design and balance seems to be widening with fantasy these days with Russian ships but hey its 2019 Russian meta all you have to do is " Click your heels 3 times and say 'There's no place like home' and you'll be there." This ship is terrible, hopefully as more info comes back from testing WG will do some major balance work for the tier 8 version, one can only hope. regards