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Spotted an Astoria during a game today on the live server, I thought Wargaming haven't implemented the new cruisers yet?

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They are on the live server for testing only. A small group of players, called supertesters, get to play new boats on the live server before release to test them. That way the devs can see how they work in the actual live server meta. 

From my understanding, supertesters also have to do a lot of analysis and reporting about the ships they test...it's not just 'go have fun playing the new ship' like the public test server is. You have to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) that you won't leak info about the new ships. And they're pretty selective about who they let be a supertester. But it's always cool to see how a ship performs by watching a supertester put one through its paces. :)

Edit: I forgot, community contributors (streamers, YouTubers, review writers like LWM, etc.) also get to play with the boats early, as do the Wiki editors. But they also have certain rules they have to follow. It's not a lot of people compared to the server population...I''m sure that well under 1% of active players get early access for being in one of those three categories. 

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Supertesters and other "special" people have them for testing.

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1 hour ago, BrushWolf said:

other "special" people have them for testing.

Hopefully one of those "Special" persons is @LittleWhiteMouse, and we'll get another kick-[edited]review soon! (Yeah, Tiger it IS a hint!)

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1 minute ago, Umikami said:

Hopefully one of those "Special" persons is @LittleWhiteMouse, and we'll get another kick-[edited]review soon! (Yeah, Tiger it IS a hint!)

I would think that she is one of those "special" people.

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42 minutes ago, Umikami said:

Hopefully one of those "Special" persons is @LittleWhiteMouse, and we'll get another kick-[edited]review soon! (Yeah, Tiger it IS a hint!)

 

39 minutes ago, BrushWolf said:

I would think that she is one of those "special" people.

She does have the ship but don't expect a full review. It's not a premium ship that's going to be sold.

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53 minutes ago, Lert said:

She does have the ship but don't expect a full review. It's not a premium ship that's going to be sold.

Ahhhhhhh! Life is hard ...

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8 hours ago, Lert said:

She does have the ship but don't expect a full review. It's not a premium ship that's going to be sold.

 

7 hours ago, Umikami said:

Ahhhhhhh! Life is hard ...

Yeah, but LWM has a finite amount of time to do reviews, so I for one would rather see her focus time on premiums where I have a limited time to make a decision (during ships' initial offerings) and have to spend real money to acquire her without being able to try her out first, as opposed to tech tree ships where, if I hate it, I just sell it and grind more credits to replace the ones I spent. She's probably saved me a couple hundred bucks on not buying ships I would have bought without her review, and made WG about $50 buying ships I might have overlooked with her review. Once I'm back off unemployment (got laid off recently) I'm looking forward to supporting her Patreon just as a thank you for the money she's saved me. :D

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Flambass has been playing the Astoria on his twitch and from what I have seen he likes it quite a bit at tier 7.  He also did like the Columbia, but mentioned it had a high risk high reward play style mostly due to the mb range.

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13 hours ago, Lert said:

It's not a premium ship that's going to be sold.

Then what is it?

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1 minute ago, Umikami said:

Then what is it?

"American cruiser Astoria, tier VII, is the ex-New Orleans, moved one tier down. The new name is a placeholder until the ship is released to avoid confusion with the existing one. Original name will be returned upon release."

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9 minutes ago, Umikami said:

Then what is it?

 

5 minutes ago, DustRhino said:

"American cruiser Astoria, tier VII, is the ex-New Orleans, moved one tier down. The new name is a placeholder until the ship is released to avoid confusion with the existing one. Original name will be returned upon release."

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4 hours ago, DustRhino said:

"American cruiser Astoria, tier VII, is the ex-New Orleans, moved one tier down. The new name is a placeholder until the ship is released to avoid confusion with the existing one. Original name will be returned upon release."

Thanks for the info!

4 hours ago, Lert said:

^

I can't believe you got ninja'd on that one, but thank you also!

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