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Shell out 2.3k FXP and I can get Algerie. LG fairly grew on me earlier, know how to play her--to a large extent, mimics the Russian cruisers. However, couple clanmates say T7 and up, the French cruisers aren't anything exceptional.

 

Z-23 I'm at around 23K XP. Seems to be a fairly good all-round DD, and understand the Z-46 and 52 are good in skilled hands.

 

Could work towards Monarch, but it'll be a long grind on the George, so not too eager.

 

Haven't run Chappy in long while, 43K XP from unlocking Donskoi--and again, same clanmates say it's not a particularly good ship.

 

With only 47K XP left to finish Iowa and unlock Montana--and undecided whether I will buy the premium camo--simply

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Algerie has its good points and can hit hard, but it's fragile and can be spotted from space. I keep hoping Charles Martel will be a more convincing experience.

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Sounds like you have a lot of good options.  They're all good ships.

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9 minutes ago, NashW8 said:

Algerie has its good points and can hit hard, but it's fragile and can be spotted from space. I keep hoping Charles Martel will be a more convincing experience.

It is! Martel was one of my favorite ships (Until Saint-Louis :Smile_izmena:)

Algerie has fewer barrels, but awesome range and accuracy. Stay with the battleships and you'll do fine. Bonus points for DDs, planes, or torpedoes screened.

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23 minutes ago, NashW8 said:

Algerie has its good points and can hit hard, but it's fragile and can be spotted from space. I keep hoping Charles Martel will be a more convincing experience.

Gotta say that I loved the Algerie ... a LOT!!!  I'm not  feeling that love for the Martel.

 

 

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Your clanmates sound like really cool guys.

You should listen to them.

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39 minutes ago, Reymu said:

Shell out 2.3k FXP and I can get Algerie. LG fairly grew on me earlier, know how to play her--to a large extent, mimics the Russian cruisers. However, couple clanmates say T7 and up, the French cruisers aren't anything exceptional.

 

Z-23 I'm at around 23K XP. Seems to be a fairly good all-round DD, and understand the Z-46 and 52 are good in skilled hands.

 

Could work towards Monarch, but it'll be a long grind on the George, so not too eager.

 

Haven't run Chappy in long while, 43K XP from unlocking Donskoi--and again, same clanmates say it's not a particularly good ship.

 

With only 47K XP left to finish Iowa and unlock Montana--and undecided whether I will buy the premium camo--simply

French cruisers are good - CM, Saint Lou and Henri are all quality

German DD line is outstanding - Z-46 and 52 are amazing

Monarch is trash - Lion and Conc are great fun - but not everyday ships

Donskoi is a longggg grind - Moskva fun, but prefer other tier 10 cruisers

Have the Montana - top of the food chain right now, though I have not bought perm camo for it (takes about 85 games to pay it off in credit earning verses value of the Doubloons if converted to silver), so not sure if I will buy it

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French CA are good at farming damage but nothing special. I had the longest losing streak when I went from T8 to T10. Not real bad games but just bad luck.

The T9/T10 KM DD are excellent. Good mix between gun/torpedo boat.

The RN BB are just boring, nothing to see here.

The Donskoi is a rather good ship with the right build. You need a good amount of situational awareness.

The Montana is okish, not bad but nothing that make her shine compared to all the othe T10 BB.

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Just restarted the French cruiser grind on the Algerie. Throw lots of rounds down range, and a decent wiggle. Doesn't feel particularly impactful to the match, though. But I've only done the one, so maybe things will change.

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It is possible to have some very good games in the Donskoi.  I use the range mod, stay at about 20K guns are accurate enough to hit at the 20.6 max twist and turn while burning stuff to the waterline.  

I like the upper tier french ships and my second Kracken was in the Emile Bertain so even the low tier can do well.  They are fragile like most cruiser so you have to twist turn stay at range and never show broadside to other CAs or BBs lest you get eliminated.  Easy to say a bit more difficult in actual practice. 

Use the mini map and where the Green Ships are is actually more important than the Reds.

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3 hours ago, Reymu said:

Shell out 2.3k FXP and I can get Algerie. LG fairly grew on me earlier, know how to play her--to a large extent, mimics the Russian cruisers. However, couple clanmates say T7 and up, the French cruisers aren't anything exceptional.

 

Z-23 I'm at around 23K XP. Seems to be a fairly good all-round DD, and understand the Z-46 and 52 are good in skilled hands.

 

Could work towards Monarch, but it'll be a long grind on the George, so not too eager.

 

Haven't run Chappy in long while, 43K XP from unlocking Donskoi--and again, same clanmates say it's not a particularly good ship.

 

With only 47K XP left to finish Iowa and unlock Montana--and undecided whether I will buy the premium camo--simply

I just started LG and have been running it in the tier 6 Ops, the Algerie seems quite a bit stronger as does the Martel.  The French Cruisers are the Cruiser equivalent of Russky gunboat DD's - selfish in the sense that you can't do things with your team - but unselfish in that if you play them well you can harass and totally screw up the rhythm of the enemy team.

I am at the Z-23 and about 40k away from the tier Z-46, it's an okay boat, it has better torps than the Benson and better guns than the Kagero plus OK Hydro, it's nothing special but the Z-46 steps it up a lot.

I am almost finished with the Ibuki, and have done well with it, kiting away and spamming HE - I will be happy to get the Zao so my ship won't be a full length citadel.

I have the Donskoi upgraded and play it similarly to the Ibuki, it's very similar in game play, but you have the very long range radar in exchange for weaker torps.  Play style is similar, but the Moskva is totally different.

I didn't hate the Monarch, but I never enjoyed it - the Lion allows you to ramp up damage by a lot, and it's shells work well enough to spam HE and switch too AP when the option presents itself.

Montana is a stout BB, decent defense against shells, great AA and those lovely steep dropping US 16" shells.  My favorite tier 10.

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Never waste free XP on unlocking next tier ship (unless you're at Kawachi/Myogi ...). La Gallisoniere is a very nice light cruiser for its tier plus you can grind out the remaining XP in scenario mode if you don't want to play randoms with it.

Algerie is the bastard baby of Budyonny's huge citadel and nonexistent armor and clumsy mobility and Admiral Hipper's artillery. What went where - don't ask, just make sure you don't fire your guns unless you have a way of getting out of any mess you get youtrself into.

Charles Martel (which is where I am at right now) is great though, feels like better Hipper (and Hipper was good) halfway between Hipper and Roon really.

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11 hours ago, NashW8 said:

Algerie has its good points and can hit hard, but it's fragile and can be spotted from space. I keep hoping Charles Martel will be a more convincing experience.

Don't worry, it is.  Martel is where the French cruiser line really starts to shine and hit its stride.

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5 hours ago, BunnyHerd said:

Algerie is the bastard baby of Budyonny's huge citadel and nonexistent armor and clumsy mobility and Admiral Hipper's artillery. What went where - don't ask, just make sure you don't fire your guns unless you have a way of getting out of any mess you get youtrself into.

Did I kill one in my Emerald, or had I moved up to the Leander by then? :Smile_teethhappy:  Whatever, it was done with gunfire at close range.

Never, ever free XP past (or into) a ship unless it's a premium, is my philosophy. I've currently got 60K (from crates etc.) plus change (from daily battles), and the "plus change" goes into getting hull, gunnery, fire-control etc. upgrades a battle or so sooner than I might otherwise, but that core "capital" stays intact (and if the "plus change" gets to 5K before I spend any of it, then 65K becomes the new base, etc.)

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