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I know many of you will say that "it's always been this way", but recently I've noticed a general drop in quality of gameplay in random battles that has gotten very noticeable starting from last week. Not only am I on lots of potato teams, many of the enemy teams aren't doing particularly well either. In quite a few matches where the enemy won, only the top 4 players got anything above 1,000 EXP. I might have to take a break again until Ranked is over and USN cruiser split comes out. My performance and enjoyment has really taken a hit. Bbs doing nothing for the whole match, border hugging BBs and DDs. A cruiser can't do much without solid BB support. I'm referring to what I saw today, on a weekday, not even the weekend. Many of my clan mates have already given up on ranked, and random for the time being. The only match from today that I can be satisfied with is a 92k damage match with 3 kills and a Confederate. I've been playing Tier 7 as usual, but pretty much every match today has seen me bottom tier or mid-tier. What happened to the Tier 7 sweet spot?

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Well, for me anyway, I've been enjoying randoms lately. Likely due to my terrible skill level but since I'm Irish we've always been associated with potatoes anyway, so, works for me. 

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I like eating potatoes lol. A very popular (and absolutely delicious) Chinese dish is potato beef stew. In my hometown of Chongqing we make it spicy.

But I can't carry potatoes because I'm not that good yet. I wouldn't be surprised if in almost half of the battles I've played since 2016 that I am among the few, if not the only player with a decent WTR on my team.

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For some reason MM seems to think I’m some super-unicum that can carry teams; unfortunately my strategic sense is so lacking there is no way that’s the case...

Top three on score page, sometimes only one with a kill/kills, still lose...

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I dont care for random is terrible because is random, some people is just playing for fun and that is ok.

I care for people play like a potato in competitive (aka ranked and clan wars).

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I load the game select my mode of play and Enjoy it.

I  am not going to lose my mind when I lose or have a stroke when a player does something totally asinine.

I don't look to everyones stats for answers as to why they Screwed up.

I do enjoy Playing "My Ships My Way"

This does not forgive the blunders I have made but I own my Mistakes. {I don't Blame others}

My attitude about this game Gives me a glow of satisfaction knowing I did my best.

If my best isn't good enough for you I have a saying just for you .

Up Yours.

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Well a lot of the team players are probably playing ranked at the moment and therefore random battles are filled with more average solo players

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19 minutes ago, Zionas said:

I know many of you will say that "it's always been this way", but recently I've noticed a general drop in quality of gameplay in random battles that has gotten very noticeable starting from last week. Not only am I on lots of potato teams, many of the enemy teams aren't doing particularly well either. In quite a few matches where the enemy won, only the top 4 players got anything above 1,000 EXP. I might have to take a break again until Ranked is over and USN cruiser split comes out. My performance and enjoyment has really taken a hit. Bbs doing nothing for the whole match, border hugging BBs and DDs. A cruiser can't do much without solid BB support. I'm referring to what I saw today, on a weekday, not even the weekend. Many of my clan mates have already given up on ranked, and random for the time being. The only match from today that I can be satisfied with is a 92k damage match with 3 kills and a Confederate. I've been playing Tier 7 as usual, but pretty much every match today has seen me bottom tier or mid-tier. What happened to the Tier 7 sweet spot?

Just wanting to point out that it is currently Summer Vacation, which is like one very long weekend. If you want to judge if gameplay is truly worse wait until kids return to school and then play on a weekday. 

I have played WOT Blitz since 2014 and WOWs since February 2017, and I have seem the quality cycle. Basically we are now in a time if you are wanting to use weaker tanks or ships that require at least minimal team, you do so at your own risk. During Weekends, Holidays, Spring Break,and Summer Vacation the rulebook for thriving in battles changes.

So my thinly armored support ships, mothballed until the Fall, my Heavily Armored BBs, my CVs, my strongest DDs, and certain heavy cruisers are now going to work overtime. Stock grinds get suspended often times as well, only high point caotains and fully upgraded ships survive.

Now while Summer Vacation sounds like hostile wasteland for your ships it is double edged sword that you can use to carve out a nice WR for yourself. Lol I was wiping out entire teams in tanks earlier today. You just have to be mindful that while the game may get flooded with clueless Summer players, you still have the smart ones mixed in that are on the hunt as well.

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3 minutes ago, Admiral_Thrawn_1 said:

Just wanting to point out that it is currently Summer Vacation, which is like one very long weekend. If you want to judge if gameplay is truly worse wait until kids return to school and then play on a weekday. 

I have played WOT Blitz since 2014 and WOWs since February 2017, and I have seem the quality cycle. Basically we are now in a time if you are wanting to use weaker tanks or ships that require at least minimal team, you do so at your own risk. During Weekends, Holidays, Spring Break,and Summer Vacation the rulebook for thriving in battles changes.

So my thinly armored support ships, mothballed until the Fall, my Heavily Armored BBs, my CVs, my strongest DDs, and certain heavy cruisers are now going to work overtime. Stock grinds get suspended often times as well, only high point caotains and fully upgraded ships survive.

Now while Summer Vacation sounds like hostile wasteland for your ships it is double edged sword that you can use to carve out a nice WR for yourself. Lol I was wiping out entire teams in tanks earlier today. You just have to be mindful that while the game may get flooded with clueless Summer players, you still have the smart ones mixed in that are on the hunt as well.

I guess I'll try and see how things go. A summer vacation that starts in May is awfully early. School in Canada goes until mid-June.

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Just now, Zionas said:

I guess I'll try and see how things go. A summer vacation that starts in May is awfully early. School in Canada goes until mid-June.

In the US some of of the Schools get out in May and then go back to school little earlier, and the rest get out in June and go back to school little later. Makes the Summer Vacation hazard little longer for those of us that like gaming, but it can’t be helped.

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9 minutes ago, Admiral_Thrawn_1 said:

Just wanting to point out that it is currently Summer Vacation, which is like one very long weekend. If you want to judge if gameplay is truly worse wait until kids return to school and then play on a weekday. 

 

 

Well that explains a lot of thing about this current...crap fest.

 

5 minutes ago, Zionas said:

I guess I'll try and see how things go. A summer vacation that starts in May is awfully early. School in Canada goes until mid-June.

 

Depends on where you live. I don't know about US and Canada but for us, Summer vacation starts in December and last until early Febuary. Also depending on some specialisation you chose in college, it may start early September. 

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5 minutes ago, Admiral_Thrawn_1 said:

ming,

 

5 minutes ago, Admiral_Thrawn_1 said:

In the US some of of the Schools get out in May and then go back to school little earlier, and the rest get out in June and go back to school little later. Makes the Summer Vacation hazard little longer for those of us that like gaming, but it can’t be helped.

Interesting that this applies to other genres of games as well. When I was a kid, I had a fairly late introduction to gaming compared to kids these days. However, I never played "for fun", I approached most of the games I played with a studiousness and tried to attain at least a decent level. I was happy with a few games and a few books back then, without all the trash that kids these days are exposed to. A full generation used to be around 25 years, now it's more like 10-15.

   Some of my favourite albums of all time are Meteora and Hybrid Theory (RIP Chester), they contain songs that have meaningful lyrics and bring food for thought / feeling. You don't just listen to a song for the sake of it, you really try to get "into" it. This might serve as a bad analogy, but it seems to me that these kids just play for the sake of it, and really don't care whether their gameplay brings any "positive karma" in terms of actually giving a darn and attaining a certain result.

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9 minutes ago, Admiral_Thrawn_1 said:

Lol I was wiping out entire teams in tanks earlier today. You just have to be mindful that while the game may get flooded with clueless Summer players, you still have the smart ones mixed in that are on the hunt as well.

So your saying for more casual players who don’t want to deal with the usual lunacy of 29 unicums and you, summer is a safer bet to play, and not be continually one-shotted death?

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Just now, Zionas said:

 

Interesting that this applies to other genres of games as well. When I was a kid, I had a fairly late introduction to gaming compared to kids these days. However, I never played "for fun", I approached most of the games I played with a studiousness and tried to attain at least a decent level. I was happy with a few games and a few books back then, without all the trash that kids these days are exposed to. A full generation used to be around 25 years, now it's more like 10-15.

Yeah I grew up reading so many books out of the joy of reading that I lost count of them. And akways took games seriously, especially if other people would be counting on me. It still is rather shocking to see players now with complete lack of respect for their team mates and even intentionally hurting the progress of their own teams.

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1 minute ago, Estimated_Prophet said:

So your saying for more casual players who don’t want to deal with the usual lunacy of 29 unicums and you, summer is a safer bet to play, and not be continually one-shotted death?

More volatile time to play is more like it, you may have more seals in the water, but that does not mean the sharks are not still around or even more sharks than usual. And let’s say you put 1 shark on a team with 11 seals and 5 sharks and 7 seals on other team, how do you think that match turns out? Lol

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5 minutes ago, Admiral_Thrawn_1 said:

Yeah I grew up reading so many books out of the joy of reading that I lost count of them. And akways took games seriously, especially if other people would be counting on me. It still is rather shocking to see players now with complete lack of respect for their team mates and even intentionally hurting the progress of their own teams.

I simply don't get the "I play for fun" in games that's thrown around as an excuse. Well, I play for fun as well, but my definition of fun does not equate to total carelessness. I am irritated by those who have this definition of fun, much like how I view alcoholics and party animals IRL. These players may accuse us of snobbery, selfishness, and being inconsiderate, when they refuse to acknowledge how not giving a damn themselves is an even greater form of being inconsiderate.

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16 minutes ago, Admiral_Thrawn_1 said:

In the US some of of the Schools get out in May and then go back to school little earlier, and the rest get out in June and go back to school little later. Makes the Summer Vacation hazard little longer for those of us that like gaming, but it can’t be helped.

First week of May?? Where in the U.S,,and what schools ?? But definitely feels worse than the weekends...can`t get a decent game since Saturday....MM turned worse since the update ,,in my opinion . No school break would explain the extremely unbalanced teams. You are either on the side that gets hammered  with almost no ship loss on red side,or if lucky,on the winning side,still not enjoyable....

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15 minutes ago, Zionas said:

I simply don't get the "I play for fun" in games that's thrown around as an excuse. Well, I play for fun as well, but my definition of fun does not equate to total carelessness. I am irritated by those who have this definition of fun, much like how I view alcoholics and party animals IRL. These players may accuse us of snobbery, selfishness, and being inconsiderate, when they refuse to acknowledge how not giving a damn themselves is an even greater form of being inconsiderate.

People enjoy different things and different playstyles. Just because a game doesn't reward or encourage a particular playstyle doesn't mean someone can't have fun with it. It's not that complicated.

Oftentimes the types of players who enjoy playing in a way that isn't particularly effective will move to co-op so as not to irritate the more serious players, but then WG releases missions, campaigns, rewards, or whatever that can only be achieved in PvP, so then you'll have those types of players trickle back into those modes.

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1 hour ago, Zionas said:

A cruiser can't do much without solid BB support.

This is sooooo truthful. The one's that I do feel apathy for are the dedicated cruiser players of ranked. Christ man they will win or die depending on the performance of there DDs and BBs. Its rare or not consistent enough to advance in ranked especially in tier 10 ranked battles IF BBs are not supporting them. Case in point

In ranked, BBs and DDs, are the engine of victory. Its frustrating for me going dedicated cruiser ranked, that these class ships don;t perform. But its ranked lol. Cheers!

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If you want some of the the worst player should removed from your battles get screen shots of their chat.

In my experience the worst players you could ever imagine being on your team often fill chat with some very prophane, or highly inappropriate remarks, or very racist comments. If you get screen shots of that and send them in to Wargaming support in a report ticket Wargaming will hit them with various bans.

While Wargaming does not reveal what actions are taken against specific players I have some friends that crossed violated chat rule just once and got hit with nice ban and they did not do anything like that again lol. And if a player if not smart enough or considerate enough to at least attempt to play with their team, then often in my experience they will not be smart enough to avoid saying some colorful things in chat...

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58 minutes ago, silverdahc said:

Well a lot of the team players are probably playing ranked at the moment and therefore random battles are filled with more average solo players

I share the same opinion. Griding Ognovoi atm , and if you guys saw the wins and losses i had the last hours.... 

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4 minutes ago, Admiral_Thrawn_1 said:

In my experience the worst players you could ever imagine being on your team often fill chat with some very prophane, or highly inappropriate remarks, or very racist comments. If you get screen shots of that and send them in to Wargaming support in a report ticket Wargaming will hit them with various bans.

 

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1 hour ago, Zionas said:

I know many of you will say that "it's always been this way", but recently I've noticed a general drop in quality of gameplay in random battles that has gotten very noticeable starting from last week. Not only am I on lots of potato teams, many of the enemy teams aren't doing particularly well either. In quite a few matches where the enemy won, only the top 4 players got anything above 1,000 EXP. I might have to take a break again until Ranked is over and USN cruiser split comes out. My performance and enjoyment has really taken a hit. Bbs doing nothing for the whole match, border hugging BBs and DDs. A cruiser can't do much without solid BB support. I'm referring to what I saw today, on a weekday, not even the weekend. Many of my clan mates have already given up on ranked, and random for the time being. The only match from today that I can be satisfied with is a 92k damage match with 3 kills and a Confederate. I've been playing Tier 7 as usual, but pretty much every match today has seen me bottom tier or mid-tier. What happened to the Tier 7 sweet spot?

Could it be because generally better players are still grinding ranked, so those who are left aren’t generally as good?

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3 minutes ago, Navalpride33 said:

This is sooooo truthful. The one's that I do feel apathy for are the dedicated cruiser players of ranked. Christ man they will win or die depending on the performance of there DDs and BBs. Its rare or not consistent enough to advance in ranked especially in tier 10 ranked battles IF BBs are not supporting them. Case in point

In ranked, BBs and DDs, are the engine of victory. Its frustrating for me going dedicated cruiser ranked, that these class ships don;t perform. But its ranked lol. Cheers!

Lol I feel like a genius for getting Rank 10 As soon as Ranked started this season, and then quitting until next season. I predicated all too well what would happen with tier X Ranked at this time of year lol.

Ranked Battles + Tier X + Kids getting out of School for the Summer = mega disaster 

I for one am not going to lose a fortune in credits, my sanity, and burn a large pile of Signal Flags for a few extra camo, 2,500 Doubloons, And Jolly Roger Flag. I have my Read Jolly Roger Flag and my Corgi Fleet Flag that looks a lot like a Jolly Roger so I am content. I got what I What I could easily strip out of Ranked which were the Signal Flags, 250 Doubloons, And that Rank 10 cost reduction flag that is saving me credits in other game modes.

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