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I get my rudder shot out more often on this ship than any other.  Dropping Engine Boost Mod 1 for Steering Gears Mod 1 helped a little, but it is horrifying to be kiting away, lighting things on fire, when suddenly you start turning in a circle... right in front of the ships you've been setting on fire and pissing off.

 

1 skill point will buy me Preventative Maintenance.  Will that help much?

 

I assume Last Stand would help - that's what Blyskawica and others with fragile butts really need.  I just hate to spend 2 skill points on LS for a cruiser.  However, I really want the longer engine boost back!


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I found the same problem with the Myoko.  Last Stand became a necessity, but worth the cost to play the ship.  Sometimes you just have to roll with the punches a little and recognize that different ships require different handling.  


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The line has this same problem all the way up. And it gets worse going up the line, so be prepared. Both in the Martel and Saint-Louis, you will get the rudder knocked out just about every time you take a hit aft of the stack. You need to run all the rudder mods or spec LS into your build. I run the rudder mods so every time it gets knocked out, it only takes 5 seconds for the rudder to repair so it's not a big deal.

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I found the same problem with the Myoko.  Last Stand became a necessity, but worth the cost to play the ship.  Sometimes you just have to roll with the punches a little and recognize that different ships require different handling.  

 

Yeah heavy cruisers that excel at HE spamming while kiting tend to have this problem.  Myoko isn't anywhere near as fragile as the French though.  I put Preventative Maintenance on today and next skill point I'll drop that and add Last Stand.

 

Suddenly doing circles in front of battleships that you've lit on fire repeatedly is not conducive to longevity...


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The first rule of French Cruisers is 'yer Rudder is going to get knocked out.

 

The second rule of French Cruisers is your Rudder is going to get knocked out.

 

As renegadeschultz said, build accordingly or be forced to use Damage Control at the worst times.

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If French cruisers get their rudders damaged disproportionately frequently, shouldn't we investigate why that may be so? Where are their rudders placed? What is the health of that module?

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If French cruisers get their rudders damaged disproportionately frequently, shouldn't we investigate why that may be so? Where are their rudders placed? What is the health of that module?

 

It's not a unique thing to them.  Konigsberg for example, her rudder was getting taken out all the time.  The tendency for this to happen is when these ships have to kite, so all those short shells landing around the tail of your ship can and will take the module out.

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I will not put LS on my French cruiser, it's a waste to me. I'll just wait if WG might fix this one day because right now it's really stupid and way too random. I mean i've been hit by many HE shells from BB and have nothing but fire but then the little DD HE landing 50m next to my rudder (it doesn't even hit me) and knocked it out. Really ? 

 

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It's not a unique thing to them.  Konigsberg for example, her rudder was getting taken out all the time.  The tendency for this to happen is when these ships have to kite, so all those short shells landing around the tail of your ship can and will take the module out.

 

I usually play 4-5 Co-op battles with a new ship.  When I got Blyskawica, the bots quickly taught me how easily her rudder gets shot out.  Yes, kiting is part of playing Blyskawica correctly with those 2 double turrets out back.  However, other DDs don't get their rudders wrecked by the bots at least 50% of the time. 

 

I run Last Stand on all DDs, and I'll run it on French cruisers until something changes. 


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I usually play 4-5 Co-op battles with a new ship.  When I got Blyskawica, the bots quickly taught me how easily her rudder gets shot out.  Yes, kiting is part of playing Blyskawica correctly with those 2 double turrets out back.  However, other DDs don't get their rudders wrecked by the bots at least 50% of the time. 

 

I run Last Stand on all DDs, and I'll run it on French cruisers until something changes. 

 

I run LS as a mandatory trait on all DDs.  It's funny seeing something like Tier IX & X DDs getting engine KO'd and sit still because their Damage Control is on CD and they neglected LS for every previous tier.  Naturally they die quickly after that :D

 

For French Cruisers though I do see the merit of building specifically for it.  Algerie, Charles Martel, etc, the rudder goes out easily.


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Have been salvoed early out of game by BBs 3 matches out of five in single volleys....so don't know about that. T7 experience.


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I get my rudder shot out more often on this ship than any other.  Dropping Engine Boost Mod 1 for Steering Gears Mod 1 helped a little, but it is horrifying to be kiting away, lighting things on fire, when suddenly you start turning in a circle... right in front of the ships you've been setting on fire and pissing off.

 

1 skill point will buy me Preventative Maintenance.  Will that help much?

 

I assume Last Stand would help - that's what Blyskawica and others with fragile butts really need.  I just hate to spend 2 skill points on LS for a cruiser.  However, I really want the longer engine boost back!

 

Preventative MX does help. I dont have rudder problems on my Algerie

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Preventative MX does help. I dont have rudder problems on my Algerie

 

I went one better.  This past weekend I used the retraining discount to respec my captain on Charles Martel to drop Adrenaline Rush in favor of Last Stand.  The rudder still gets damaged but not outright incapacitated requiring special action.  French Cruisers are the only ships in the game for me that I have used Last Stand and it wasn't a DD.  I really miss AR but the fragile rudder is that big a deal for me.

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I went one better.  This past weekend I used the retraining discount to respec my captain on Charles Martel to drop Adrenaline Rush in favor of Last Stand.  The rudder still gets damaged but not outright incapacitated requiring special action.  French Cruisers are the only ships in the game for me that I have used Last Stand and it wasn't a DD.  I really miss AR but the fragile rudder is that big a deal for me.

 

Another advantage to using Last Stand is that you can put the special Engine Mod 1 back on if you don't mind the trade off. Like you, spinning around unexpectedly is very unpleasant to say the least. 

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I swear! because these french rudders don't take hits well that my build on them since the Emile Bertin has also being gear toward rudder durability. />.\\

 

My French cruisers up to the Saint-Louis so far have being not without Wows_icon_modernization_PCM022_SteeringGear_Mod_I.pngWows_icon_modernization_PCM035_SteeringGear_Mod_III.png and... icon_LastStand_dark.png.

 


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