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PSA: Aegis is DANK

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This thread caught my eye on the Asia forums: Wargaming Premium Shop Hates This!!! Click Here to Find Out More!!!

 

tl;dr for those who haven't already found out, the Aegis operation is broken and is an insanely fast way to grind credits and XP.

 

How much credits and XP?

 

Decided to do my own research on this in the name of science. Some time ago I wrote a thread about grinding XP in PvP and PvE, and asserted that under certain circumstances it would be faster to grind XP in PvE than PvP. Fully utilizing 50% first win bonuses, I managed the following rates in my testing:

 

PvP: 1.21 XP/s
PvE: 1.45 XP/s

 

That's nice, but then I recorded some data for Aegis:

 

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Aegis: 1.91 XP/s!

 

And this is base XP, no modifiers included. With a daily win multiplier, it would be double what I was getting in PvE or PvP. This is also very consistent, especially now that they only allow T6 in operations. I played maybe twenty solo games in the admittedly mediocre La Gasoline and got five stars almost all the time and never less than four.

 

How to Farm Aegis?

 

xscore has good instructions in his thread, but for those who want a picture:

 

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Take a fast cruiser with high AP DPM and preferably defensive AA

 

  1. Camp in smoke behind the Mahan (1) and shoot AP at the cruisers in the first wave (2). 
  2. Once you farm all those citadels, use HE on the DDs and BBs
  3. Take a wide arc to the north (3) and shoot AP at the cruisers in the second wave (4).
  4. Once you farm all those citadels, deal with the BBs in the back if possible. The wide arc is to prevent them from nuking you.
  5. Pass the BBs (5) and you should be able to shoot AP at the western cruisers in third wave (6)
  6. Once you farm all those citadels, you may be able to hit the eastern cruisers depending on your range, but either way should be close to the end of (5).
  7. When everything in the third wave is gone, the two carriers at (8) will spawn. Try to get a permanent fire on each before farming, but if too many planes get up, burn your defensive here.
  8. As you rejoin the convoy (7), there's the Ryujo to farm at (9), but chances are it will get nuked by the rest of your team as soon as it's spotted.
  9. Now you should be at the 10 minute mark with 150k damage, and the ships at (10) are just icing on the cake. They're quite squirmy and a bit hard to hit, but you can still pick up extra damage and kills here and there.

 

Okay, have a nice day.

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Aegis is one of the easier scenarios because all the ships move at the same speed and come from know locations. Also, as it is an older scenario people know how to play it well. I played it a couple of times yesterday for the heck of it and the team easily got five stars both times.

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Yup. That is exactly how I did 260K damage in a Leander.

You need a smoked ship, but at the beginning you immediately break away from the mass of Green ships and head north towards the tiny island in D3 or so. When the second wave comes into view, smoke up and hit them with citadels. Drop a few torps too. After they have passed, race to about A6 and wait for the CVs, whacking the cruisers guarding the Liberty ships on the way for a few cits. Then kill the CVs and head for the fourth wave coming out of the northeast corner. 

Aegis is a blast, farm lots of XP and damage, and win. I've done it in Okhotnik as well, but Leander is better. I expect Perth would be brutal as well, but Leander's heal makes it ideal. 

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I'll stick to regular random battles and easily farm there :) 

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52 minutes ago, Taichunger said:

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Yup. That is exactly how I did 260K damage in a Leander.

You need a smoked ship, but at the beginning you immediately break away from the mass of Green ships and head north towards the tiny island in D3 or so. When the second wave comes into view, smoke up and hit them with citadels. Drop a few torps too. After they have passed, race to about A6 and wait for the CVs, whacking the cruisers guarding the Liberty ships on the way for a few cits. Then kill the CVs and head for the fourth wave coming out of the northeast corner. 

Aegis is a blast, farm lots of XP and damage, and win. I've done it in Okhotnik as well, but Leander is better. I expect Perth would be brutal as well, but Leander's heal makes it ideal. 

Perth for me. Look at the credits and XP.  That is tier 7 kraken base XP. 

 

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Backing up what OP says. 

 

And I employ the same method as you. Smoked up, t5 CVs cant drop you. So you just farm them. 

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Aegis is definitely my most favourite scenario, followed by Dynamo. But if the team fails to sink the enemy ships escorting the transports before they reach the middle of the map, the Amagi wave will spawn. That's when things can to go horribly wrong if your team isn't competent enough to deal with them.

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1 hour ago, Snargfargle said:

all the ships move at the same speed and come from know locations

 

I think this is really what makes it broken. In Aegis they vary the ships up a little sometimes, but it's way, way easier than changing up the locations as with all the other scenarios.

 

1 hour ago, Zakuul said:

I'll stick to regular random battles and easily farm there :) 

 

Even if you're really good I think this would still be faster in terms of XP/s (and at the very least more consistent). Maybe if you're really good and play a lot of high tier you could get close, but then you'd probably do better in this too... hard for me to tell since I'm neither.

 

14 minutes ago, Ajax_the_Great1 said:

Damnit, don't give away my farming secrets. It sucks when more than 1 person is doing that.

 

I would say one to two people doing it is okay. Once you get more than that you start risking some of the transport ships in the front and therefore the stars.

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It's a fun mission.

 

But it's an awesome mission in the Budyonny:

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So.....we just had an Amagi, Fuso, and Kongo spawn where the CV's normally do - this is the first time I've ever seen this. What the actual F?

 

 

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1 minute ago, ExploratorOne said:

I think if one of the waves isn't destroyed soon enough, 3 BBs spawn.

Ah right. That explains it. We had two New Mexicos in this who couldn't hit a damn thing and I was out of range. Ruined by a damn Furutaka.

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I find the Dunkerque works pretty well and of course if you are decent with manual drops the Ryujo can rack up tons of XP as well.

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5 hours ago, SalvoSanta said:

So.....we just had an Amagi, Fuso, and Kongo spawn where the CV's normally do - this is the first time I've ever seen this. What the actual F?

 

 

If the convoy escorts get too far south, mid map I believe, it spawns the BBs

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I promise you, the OP's description is lies.
The WG Premium Shop probably loves you for doing this, it asks that you use LINE CRUISERS to farm massive Damage... to get EXP.

This means massive EXP to CONVERT.

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Meh, my Missouri gets more than this. Its fast but ultimately a waste of flags for me. 

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I prefer Aegis over the other scenarios because of its relative straightforwardness.  The scenario doesn't try to be too creative.  There is less to f_ck up, and given the apparent mean quality of human players in bot matches, that is a good thing.  I only wish the hard version was available.

 

Besides, everything is broadside, and it's fun racking up ten-thousand citadels with the Budyonny or Cleveland.

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50 minutes ago, AirshipCanon said:

I promise you, the OP's description is lies.
The WG Premium Shop probably loves you for doing this, it asks that you use LINE CRUISERS to farm massive Damage... to get EXP.

This means massive EXP to CONVERT.

 

Yes and no... it depends on what you're trying to do: I think the guy on Asia forums was taking the context of using premium cruisers to grind captain XP or elite captain XP, presumably stacking Dragons and whatnot. I think that's a pretty legit use case... for me I was trying to grind out the Oleg mission on the Asia server, which only considers base XP, and this was by far the fastest way I could find to do it.

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NGL, this feels kinda dirty. I'm a complete potato in Cruisers. Yet... somehow...

 

Also, this battle saw a Transport pulling some crazy Yuro crap.
[edited]Torpbeats from hell.

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Perhaps the best earnings I'll ever get in a non-random battle mode

 

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edit: there was actually a better one from a different scenario during that 3x exp.

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