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Alsace - Hard as an old baguette, sharp as a piece of aged cheese~

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So I'm sure plenty of you have given the Alsace a try on the test server, but some of you may be a bit lazy or just can't be bothered to download the whole game a second time just to try out a few new features.
Mousey and I have been chatting a lot recently about the impending tsunami of stale French jokes and the arrival of the branch I have been waiting for most of all~<3   Obviously there are still changes that can and will be made in the coming days and weeks, I actually noted a slight increase in secondary range between a couple micropatches and was pretty damn giddy over it. Mouse gave a quick summary of Alsace in her Angry Youtuber Review but I'm going to dig a bit more into the ship itself while she's busy writing a proper analysis.

I should note that this is all based on the ship as it is right now, so a lot of this might suddenly change.

Alsace is named for a province on the western border of France, right next to Germany. Alsace is home of the main fortifications of the Maginot Line, which meant to be the impregnable barrier (sadly the German army was the proverbial unstoppable force).
The battleship named for this region picks up where those defences left off.
She isn't going to solo a whole enemy force, she isn't a fabled "I Win" button that so many people crave. But she IS powerful, and in the hands of an experienced battleship player who is aware of their surroundings, she is VERY deadly, even to the "End-all-be-all" Tier Xs like Yamato or Montana.
I've always said that tiers don't really matter, that someone in a Tier I could kill a Tier VIII if they're not paying enough attention (and I have, before the tiering hard-divide). If you're supported by even one competent cruiser or destroyer you can take on anything on the water with ease.
Alsace also has an excellent engine in her belly, pushing her to over 36 knots if you're on the speedboost, allowing you to keep pace with the smaller escorts and make for an excellent vanguard at the outset of the match. If you're a more cautious player, that speed can be used to quickly change flanks to either support a besieged side of the map or to be that big followup punch that crushes a weakly-defended flank. However it should be noted that you're not in an ultimate killing machine, you take damage like any other boat, so if you get into a 1v1 brawl with an equal-tonnage ship, there's a good chance you won't walk away from it. 
But Alsace has the firepower to drag whoever challenges you toe-to-toe with you. With her quad-rifle turrets, she has the power to dish out some serious close-range damage and (especially with the adrenaline rush perk) has the fire rate to keep up a nice barrage. You don't have the calibre of a Yamato, but you have 3 extra barrels over most other ships at your tier, use them~
Then we come to my favourite part of the ship, her secondary suite~<3   I topped out at over 400 hits in a battle, with a dozen fires started and by the end over twice my HP chewed out of other people's keels. Her little guns really are death by a thousand cuts if you get within range, and that part is really easy! With a fully secondary-spec'd captain, I managed to get over 11km of reach with those guns. To quote Skywalker, this is where the fun begins~!    You see a lil destroyer trying to sneak up on you? Annnnnd it's gone! Enemy cruiser trying to burn you down? Sling those shells right back at him and then some! Enemy battleship? More like big juicy target practice!  Even aircraft will have a lot to think about with Alsace's sturdy AA suite. Not enough to eat a whole squadron, but the enemy carrier will probably pick someone else for his next attack~

The French roll their usual speedboost gimmick into the battleship meta with great results in this ship, it has good range but isn't a sniper. It has good armour but isn't a brick. It's fast but not something that can teleport across the map. It has power but isn't going to punish you for wanting to sail something with a bit more oomph.
In the right hands, this ship will excel at both offence and defence, without too much change to your playstyles or captain specs.

To me... the ship's ONLY shortcomings are her catapult fighter which is mainly for show in most situations and one minor detail about her model; that her funnel doesn't rotate. Come on, WG! You guys said in that one vid that France's funnel rotates and clearly the Alsace's funnel is the same design! Gimme my spin-to-win!!!

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My new French Captain....ZReqq4V.gif

 

(First!)

 

Great information post Chobittsu, I know you are drooling waiting for their release.  Like I was with any new Japanese ship or the Pan~Asian ships...until they screwed up the flags! 

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1 minute ago, Minah_Bang said:

Like I was with any new Japanese ship or the Pan~Asian ships...until they screwed up the flags! 

 

Look on the bright side, you can just mod one flag on them and BAM! All are ROKN!

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4 minutes ago, Chobittsu said:

Look on the bright side, you can just mod one flag on them and BAM! All are ROKN!

I feel better now...dnC8Pcx.gifOyep5mc.gif

 

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2 minutes ago, Minah_Bang said:

 

 

Wanjeon joha~!
So how goes things? Get into any trouble lately?

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Nice write up Chobs. Clearly you are enjoying the T9 Le Grande Baguette. 

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Somehow this thread is making me hungry.  Stinky cheese and a baguette?  You bet!

 

Nice review, too.

 

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4 hours ago, Chobittsu said:

Alsace is named for a province on the western border of France

Wouldn't that be the EASTERN border of France, and the WESTERN border of Germany? The western border of France is the Atlantic.

And what this game needs most of all is ANOTHER BB with OP secondaries to power creep everything else. WUNDERBAR!

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2 minutes ago, Umikami said:

Wouldn't that be the EASTERN border of France, and the WESTERN border of Germany? The western border of France is the Atlantic.

And what this game needs most of all is ANOTHER BB with OP secondaries to power creep everything else. WUNDERBAR!

*Looks at map*
*Looks at globe*
*Looks at compass*
...
...
...meh~!

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3 minutes ago, Chobittsu said:

*Looks at map*
*Looks at globe*
*Looks at compass*
...
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...meh~!

Education is OP; please nerf!

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3 hours ago, Umikami said:

Education is OP; please nerf!

I just forgot to Never East Sea Weed

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7 hours ago, Chobittsu said:

I just forgot to Never East Sea Weed

Oh, the shame! (is it bad pun Monday?)

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9 hours ago, Minah_Bang said:

But  but  but...seaweed is good

Yeah it is.  This is just making me hungrier.

 

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On 2/4/2018 at 4:10 PM, Chobittsu said:

Alsace is named for a province on the western border of France, right next to Germany. Alsace is home of the main fortifications of the Maginot Line, which meant to be the impregnable barrier

Fun fact, Alsace was in Germany during WWI.  Naming a Battleship Alsace was probably intended as a light jab at Germany.

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13 minutes ago, Sventex said:

Fun fact, Alsace was in Germany during WWI.  Naming a Battleship Alsace was probably intended as a light jab at Germany.

Well to be fair, pretty much all of Europe was in Germany during WWII   XD

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Alsace is definitely worth giving a try on the test servers if you get the chance. I'm so excited to have her in the game and I'm super glad you're excited too!

Thanks for a great review! It really sounds like she showed you her fiery side! 

I'll bring your feedback to our team! Thanks for sharing!

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Nice Write up, It's going to be fun playing them when they come out!

 

I'm going to torp them first however, when they first hit the servers I will be in IJN DD's "wrings hands together".

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