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Too many lines, too many ships, not enough time to grind them all properly, and difficulty focusing on just one.

Currently on the go:

Japanese cruisers - currently at the Kuma, ultimate goal is the Furutaka A/B hull (the non-Aoba-like one). Why? It just fascinates me for some reason, and I'm in no hurry to go on to more modern cruisers in that line. But my run of Random games in the Kuma is not a good one; they all seem to be losses with the occasional rare win, so those XP aren't coming very fast. Expertise should bring results, but I am too distracted by...

British cruisers - I'm actually in no hurry to get any further up the line than I am (Edinburgh), but she's my only Tier VIII ship and thus my only contender for Yamamoto and Honourable Service missions. Can't wait until the split promotes my...

American cruisers - no problem here, and no rush. Sitting on my hands and waiting to see what happens, but Cleveland should be better for some of those permanent campaign tasks because of the fire-lighting, damage-farming possibilities (and having a second Tier VIII hull to go to when one's been sunk).

Then there are the battleships. 

French battleships - Tier V and VI, no hurry to climb higher. I take the Normandie out from time to time to milk her camo, but I really should be concentrating on...

British battleships, with my Iron Duke at a miserable 3K XP plus change (after upgrades), I'm not doing all that well in her either. I seem to "battleship better" in the Bretagne for some reason, but I really ought to get on and give this poor old sod some love, if only to get on to the QE beyond.

Finally I have the Farragut as my main destroyer for Tier VI-plus tasks.

 

(I have a handful of premiums, but they don't count because they can't be ground up to higher levels, and I have the Storozhevoi, which also doesn't count because I use it as my fun derp co-op relaxation ship when I don't have the Vampire available.)

 

Which one would you concentrate on, and why?

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24 minutes ago, Ensign_Cthulhu said:

Too many lines, too many ships, not enough time to grind them all properly, and difficulty focusing on just one.

Currently on the go:

Japanese cruisers - currently at the Kuma, ultimate goal is the Furutaka A/B hull (the non-Aoba-like one). Why? It just fascinates me for some reason, and I'm in no hurry to go on to more modern cruisers in that line. But my run of Random games in the Kuma is not a good one; they all seem to be losses with the occasional rare win, so those XP aren't coming very fast. Expertise should bring results, but I am too distracted by...

British cruisers - I'm actually in no hurry to get any further up the line than I am (Edinburgh), but she's my only Tier VIII ship and thus my only contender for Yamamoto and Honourable Service missions. Can't wait until the split promotes my...

American cruisers - no problem here, and no rush. Sitting on my hands and waiting to see what happens, but Cleveland should be better for some of those permanent campaign tasks because of the fire-lighting, damage-farming possibilities (and having a second Tier VIII hull to go to when one's been sunk).

Then there are the battleships. 

French battleships - Tier V and VI, no hurry to climb higher. I take the Normandie out from time to time to milk her camo, but I really should be concentrating on...

British battleships, with my Iron Duke at a miserable 3K XP plus change (after upgrades), I'm not doing all that well in her either. I seem to "battleship better" in the Bretagne for some reason, but I really ought to get on and give this poor old sod some love, if only to get on to the QE beyond.

Finally I have the Farragut as my main destroyer for Tier VI-plus tasks.

 

(I have a handful of premiums, but they don't count because they can't be ground up to higher levels, and I have the Storozhevoi, which also doesn't count because I use it as my fun derp co-op relaxation ship when I don't have the Vampire available.)

 

Which one would you concentrate on, and why?

The French BB line gets better at T7 Lyon. The dispersion is German style wonky, but 16 x14" guns covers at lot of faults. You can dev strike a dd with AP. The Richeliu is a bigger Dunk. The pinnacle is the Alsace. Love child of the Iowa and Bismark. 

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Forgive me, Lord, for I am weak...

I came in to this thread thinking someone had broken down and actually bought the Duca degli Abruzzi.

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:cap_fainting: My opinion ... you're hosed!  Can you drop out of Real Life and play 24/7?

For what it's worth, the Lyon is a lot of fun and worth grinding to.  The Queen Elizabeth is a fun ship too.  This is a bad time for you to start grinding up the German and Soviet ship lines -- don't go there.

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6 minutes ago, Dr_Dirt said:

I came in to this thread thinking someone had broken down and actually bought the Duca degli Abruzzi.

Being of Italian extraction, I am sometimes tempted. But then I am reminded that Mouse is rarely wrong about her reviews, and the only reason I have the Varyag is because she's free.

 

2 minutes ago, Daffyd9x said:

:cap_fainting: My opinion ... you're hosed!  Can you drop out of Real Life and play 24/7?

For what it's worth, the Lyon is a lot of fun and worth grinding to.  The Queen Elizabeth is a fun ship too.  This is a bad time for you to start grinding up the German and Soviet ship lines -- don't go there.

Alas, no - but on the rare occasions when Mrs and offspring are at Grandma's and overtime at work is not needed, wonderful things happen.

No intention of grinding German and Soviet lines any further than I already did, but would be interested in your reasons why.

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6 minutes ago, Ensign_Cthulhu said:

No intention of grinding German and Soviet lines any further than I already did, but would be interested in your reasons why.

No reasons other than your abundance of goals and the inelasticity of time.

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16 minutes ago, Ensign_Cthulhu said:

Being of Italian extraction, I am sometimes tempted. But then I am reminded that Mouse is rarely wrong about her reviews, and the only reason I have the Varyag is because she's free.

 

Alas, no - but on the rare occasions when Mrs and offspring are at Grandma's and overtime at work is not needed, wonderful things happen.

No intention of grinding German and Soviet lines any further than I already did, but would be interested in your reasons why.

Only times I know Mouse was wrong was Original Graf Spee Reviews, which she later corrected the mistakes on updated Graf Spee Review recently and her Duke of York has proven very wrong. Duke of York armed with Hydro is far from garbage ship. If it was garbage there is no way my WR would be hovering around 60% in that ship lol. With good Captain, Premium Consumables, proper equipment, and bit of practice the thing is close to immortal when it comes to Torps. The main guns armed with AP seem to shred ships and put up nice damage totals, stealthier than King George V. Lol waiting for Mouse to have to update the DOY review.

But other than those 2 examples Mouse has been pretty accurate on her reviews.

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1 hour ago, Ensign_Cthulhu said:

Why? It just fascinates me for some reason, and I'm in no hurry to go on to more modern cruisers in that line.

"C" hull Furataka is a lot of fun to play; I would recommend not giving up on her because you will be doing yourself a serious dis-service!

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36 minutes ago, Umikami said:

"C" hull Furataka is a lot of fun to play;

C hull Furutaka is basically an Aoba in main-armament terms. I know she had a major rebuild IRL which transformed her that way, but my main interest is due to curiosity over how the six-turret arrangement performs. We shall see how it all works out in the long run. :Smile_Default:

52 minutes ago, Admiral_Thrawn_1 said:

her Duke of York has proven very wrong.

I didn't much care. I'd have loved DOY even if she were total garbage; alas, the combination of my skill and my ship options wasn't up to the task. :Smile_child: Both have improved since (I think, I hope!), so we will see what happens next time something this big gets dangled within my reach.

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1 hour ago, Ensign_Cthulhu said:

my main interest is due to curiosity over how the six-turret arrangement performs.

It's ok against same tier opponents, but fails rapidly when facing tier 6, and God forbid tier 7, opponents. The Furry Taco has always been a good ship for her tier, and didn't used to have the "C" hull gun options; the reason she does have them now is because she needed them, and even more so after the MM changes when she gets uptiered much more often.

It is nice to have 8 inch guns at tier 5 in a cruiser.

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We have the +200% mission through next week.  If you play the Iron Duke every day and get a win, you can probably put enough xp on the hull to buy the QE at a decent discount.  I'm like you (all over the place), with the RN BBs as one of my laggard lines, so I'm playing through the QE now - not bad, actually.

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My issue is credits. RIght now I'm the best situation I've been in for a while, but still not great. I have Yamato and Fletcher both equipped and sitting nicely in my port, but I'm not focusing on them. Akizuki is equipped and fully upgraded, and I'm using her for ranked, but the commander is only 12 points, and that boat is very difficult to make work without 14 (CE and IFHE are both insanely useful). Kiev is Also in port, but also stock and with an 8 point commander, so not a huge focus for me right now. Everything else in my port is premium, and I have 35 open slots. If anyone wants to give me their missouri I'd be happy to take it :Smile_hiding:

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Furutaka is done, in port. 

Now for the QE.

Ranked can go jump; I'm in this to have fun. And I had a lot of it tonight.

Of interest, I looked at my free XP tonight, and between my actual free XP and the convertible XP locked up in my ships, I have more than enough to get the Nelson.

When's the next discount conversion due? Conversion at current rates will cost $75. Ouch. I think I will keep on grinding; the knowledge that I could get her at any time will help motivate me.

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4 hours ago, Lillehuntrix said:

We have the +200% mission through next week.  If you play the Iron Duke every day and get a win, you can probably put enough xp on the hull to buy the QE at a decent discount.  I'm like you (all over the place), with the RN BBs as one of my laggard lines, so I'm playing through the QE now - not bad, actually.

  Ha- I've had that one sitting in port since I finished Iron Dink, but have yet to upgrade and play it.  ( burned through a TON of credits finshing several ships and buying their replacements during last ranked season, and have been stockpiling FXP ever since. )   It's on my list...  I keep meaning to but- then I win a new shiny called Lyon, and it's off to the races, lol!

  I'm using every trick I can to finish Lyon in time to play Richelieu in some Ranked games.   Prinz Eugen has served me well, so far- but World of BB's has made NO a non starter for ranked.  Too bad, it was a lot of fun to play last season.   I'm not confident enough in either my Benson play or my Kiev/ Oggie play to use them in ranked.  (7 matches total between the three of them, lol.)   Martel hasn't been set up yet.  That leaves Hipper/Eugen, my BB's, and Kutuzof and Atago.

  While I can't make a call on which line to concentrate on first for the OP- not knowing his style or anything- I CAN say that USN CA's  are a blast to play, and if the rest of the French line is as fun as Lyon- I'll be sticking it out through tier 10.

  I'm a ship line [edited], too, lol!   Got 140 in port now, and I've at least tried my hand at every line in game but the CV's.   So far, the USN lines have been most successful for me; BB's to 10, Cruisers to 9, and DD's to 8.   I also have German cruisers up to tier 9; and both French lines to tier 7 (BB's) and tier 8 (CA's)  German BB's and IJN cruisers are at 7 as well.  I have both Kiev and Ognevoi, but I cheated and FXP'd a few to max my free ship take from the split.  I'm actually just starting Minsk, playwise.  

Everything else is at 6 or lower.

  Of those, Budyonny and Leander pretty much convinced me to stop their respective lines- not fun at all.

 I had a wicked hard time with Umikaze, and Waka Chaka wasn't any better, so there it's sat for nearly 2 years.

Didn't like any of the IJN BB's so far- except the Premiums.  I did buy Fuso, but it's one among many that need to be upgraded and played.  (it's a long list, lol)

Pan Asian DD's are fun, and I'm up to the tier 5 now- that line is still moving.   I despised Gnevny, though- and that's exactly what the tier 6 PA is...

I stopped German DD's at tier 3, but recently picked it up again, just for a lark.   It's more fun than I remembered, and I'll likely continue this line.

And as mentioned earlier, I have Queenie E in port, just haven't played her yet.  Looking forward to it, though- and the KGV even more!  (I enjoy the heck out of Duke of Pork and Hood.)

  Currently, I'm concentrating on Lyon and Baltimore for most of my playtime.   With Benson as a distant 3rd.  Love the ship, but  just haven't buckled down to really playing it seriously yet.  The rest are just whatever ship I feel like playing for a couple of games.

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6 minutes ago, Ensign_Cthulhu said:

Furutaka is done, in port. 

Now for the QE.

Ranked can go jump; I'm in this to have fun. And I had a lot of it tonight.

Of interest, I looked at my free XP tonight, and between my actual free XP and the convertible XP locked up in my ships, I have more than enough to get the Nelson. When's the next discount conversion due?

  Right now.

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1 minute ago, Fletcher7_1944 said:

  Right now.

It was offering 1:25 when I looked at it in game this evening. Odd.

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2 minutes ago, Ensign_Cthulhu said:

It was offering 1:25 when I looked at it in game this evening. Odd.

  Weird, according to the mission briefing on the log-in page, it should be 1:35.

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11 hours ago, Ensign_Cthulhu said:

Japanese cruisers - currently at the Kuma, ultimate goal is the Furutaka A/B hull (the non-Aoba-like one). Why? It just fascinates me for some reason, and I'm in no hurry to go on to more modern cruisers in that line.

Grind that Kuma! The Tenryu ended up as one of my fave ships in a long time (still in port) and the Kuma is even better! Perfect little cruisers...looking forward to the Furutaka.

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Ah, I see you took my advice without actually getting it.

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6 hours ago, legozer said:

Ah, I see you took my advice without actually getting it.

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I admit I cheated at the end - I used FXP for the last 800 or so. But that was mainly because my OH was going to kill me if I stayed up any longer and I wanted to go to bed with the thing in port and (proverbially) my head still on my shoulders. If I'd had the time I'd happily have played another game; I'd had a long string of wins and I was finally getting the hang of her.

 

@Fletcher7_1944 I found the Leander so much better after the Emerald that it rekindled my desire to go pushing up the British CL line. The Fiji was better still. The Edinburgh is a mixed bag - she's a bigger, somewhat more clumsy Fiji with higher-tier matchmaking, but I'm starting to get the hang of her. The Jianwei (Tier V PA-DD) is every important respect a Broke-class destroyer leader, so essentially a British DD with deepwater torpedoes.

As far as the American heavy cruisers are concerned, I have the Cleveland and am looking forward to the Split, where I SHOULD get Pensacola. I've played the Pepsi on the PTS and liked her (I think I even took the early guns, to find out what T6 would be like; I understand we get the upgraded ballistics, even if the turret rotation is stock, which is pretty good.)

Japanese BBs - I have the Ishizuchi (Baby Amagi), which is a lot of fun. Unfortunately I've had a string of losses in her, not at all like the run of good luck I had closing out the Kuma last night, so that has soured the experience somewhat. The kitty captain has just gone into the Furious Taco and needs retraining, and I don't want to fritter away the captain XP I earned in Space Battles (I'm saving that for the American cruiser captains after the split), so buying the Ishi was the right thing to do.

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And people wonder why I only play DD pretty much...

No time to git gud on everything so I picked a type and stuck with it.

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17 hours ago, Canadatron said:

And people wonder why I only play DD pretty much...

No time to git gud on everything so I picked a type and stuck with it.

  Lol- I never said I was GOOD in all of those ships!    I actually specialize mainly in the three US lines- I've figured them out pretty well.    The rest are kinda on a ship by ship basis.  I think the French lines will be my other favorites.   German cruisers, too- the nu Eugen rocks, and I'm eager to break out my Roon- just waiting for my credits to recover.  Nurnberg was probably my all time favorite CL to play- I don't know why everyone hates on it, it was perfect for an adrenaline junkie like me!

  I want Georgie, because I like my Duke.  No real interest in the line past there.    Eventually, I want to pick RU DD's back up but I'm sticking to the US ones till I finish the line, and fooling around with the PADD's.   Germans will probably be next after US, as I prefer the utility style of DD over the specialist.  (and I like the idea of getting hydro on my DD!) 

  As for the long term, I'm really hoping they do justice to the RN and especially French DD's whenever they get around to doing them.   Those light cruisers-masquerading-as-DD's look interesting, lol.

@Ensign_Cthulhu  Yeah, Itchy-Scratchy can be a fun one.  I haven't played mine in a long time...

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On 5/4/2018 at 12:22 PM, Dr_Dirt said:

I came in to this thread thinking someone had broken down and actually bought the Duca degli Abruzzi.

*raises hand*

I know your pain, OP. Every ship in my signature is currently in my port, and that doesn't count premiums so long as the nation in question has a free tech tree associated with it. I have a problem.

Personally though I'd say French BBs, since they're your highest BB line and the Normandie is just a BLAST! Personally I'm grinding out credits for Hindenburg right now, but once that's done I'll be on my way to grind out the cash for the Lyon. And the Algerie. And the Fiji. And the Gaede. And probably something else I unlock in the meantime like Bismarck. Did I mention I have a problem?

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