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Hi! I just recently bought the Baltimore and I was wondering if there were any experienced Balti captains that could give me some advice on how to play the ship or are there some things that I need to be warned of beforehand? How does the play style compare to that of the New Orleans?  (which is amazing at T7 now!)

What are the best upgrades available for the Baltimore? 

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Baltimore, like many of the USN heavy cruisers, thrive around islands and has very good AP. 

It's also worth noting that your bow can bounce shells of 38.6 cm caliber and lower, meaning that you can bow-tank against the likes of Richelieu, Bismarck, and Monarch AP.

It's advisable to do your best to never show even a little bit of side with Baltimore, since her belt armor is lacking and she can easily be citadelled. In addition, island cover is important as she is quite vulnerable to HE spam.

She has radar, but unlike the old New Orleans, her concealment doesn't allow her to instantly counter-detect an enemy destroyer the moment Baltimore herself is detected, so be more judicious with her.

She also doesn't fire too quickly, and her arcs are still rather high, so make sure you use that island cover and choose your targets wisely (and switch ammo as appropriate).

Personally, I take defensive AA and radar for a mixture of anti-surface and anti-air capabilities, and equip her with the following upgrades:

  • main armaments mod 1
  • damage control mod 1
  • aa guns mod 2
  • steering gears mod 2
  • concealment system mod 1

In terms of playstyle, I play her mainly as a destroyer/cruiser hunter, as well as an AA escort. Usually, I prefer to have the cover of islands or the distraction of friendly ships (usually battleships) when I'm firing, and make sure to know when to retreat if too many ships are focusing on me (as well as when to stop firing).

You shouldn't go too wrong playing her as a New Orleans of old, just be wary that you can't get away with as much thanks to your nerfed detection.

 

 

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5 minutes ago, Avenge_December_7 said:

Baltimore, like many of the USN heavy cruisers, thrive around islands and has very good AP. 

It's also worth noting that your bow can bounce shells of 38.6 cm caliber and lower, meaning that you can bow-tank against the likes of Richelieu, Bismarck, and Monarch AP.

It's advisable to do your best to never show even a little bit of side with Baltimore, since her belt armor is lacking and she can easily be citadelled. In addition, island cover is important as she is quite vulnerable to HE spam.

She has radar, but unlike the old New Orleans, her concealment doesn't allow her to instantly counter-detect an enemy destroyer the moment Baltimore herself is detected, so be more judicious with her.

She also doesn't fire too quickly, and her arcs are still rather high, so make sure you use that island cover and choose your targets wisely (and switch ammo as appropriate).

Personally, I take defensive AA and radar for a mixture of anti-surface and anti-air capabilities, and equip her with the following upgrades:

  • main armaments mod 1
  • damage control mod 1
  • aa guns mod 2
  • steering gears mod 2
  • concealment system mod 1

In terms of playstyle, I play her mainly as a destroyer/cruiser hunter, as well as an AA escort. Usually, I prefer to have the cover of islands or the distraction of friendly ships (usually battleships) when I'm firing, and make sure to know when to retreat if too many ships are focusing on me (as well as when to stop firing).

You shouldn't go too wrong playing her as a New Orleans of old, just be wary that you can't get away with as much thanks to your nerfed detection.

 

 

Thank you for the advice. So as long as I don't act like a potato, I should be fine. 

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