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New to carriers? Things you should know

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Advice for new carrier captains (tiers 4&5) and apologies for the wall of text to follow.

So... you finally unlocked a CV and want to be the next Captain Chtholly (https://na.wows-numbers.com/player/1027898162,ChthoIIy/ ). Well, here are some things you should know.

Some would say the CV line is very broken. Very unbalanced at some tiers. And the learning curve when you get to tier 6 can be unforgiving. That's when the game gives you the opportunity to strafe with fighters and manually drop your bombs and torpedoes. And until you learn those skills you will be at a most definite disadvantage.

But playing the tier 4s and 5s can be a lot of fun. Play them right and you can rack up the wins. Play them wrong and you will hear nothing but complaints from your teammates. CV's can carry a game, but just as easily lose it before it's even started. One is way more fun than the other.

1) Don't play a random battle until you've upgraded at least your fighters on the tech tree. If you don't, you'll be pwned like a wood cutting noob. So either use free XP or fight Co-op battles until you get them.

2) Buy the Air Group Modifications for your upgrades. They are inexpensive and will certainly give you the advantage over many who don't.

3) Captain skills should be Aircraft Servicing Expert, although Dogfighting Expert comes in handy for US CV's. And then Torpedo Acceleration. If you play them long enough to get 6 or 10 skill points then it's Torpedo Armament Expertise followed by Air Supremacy.

4) When the battle is loading, hover your mouse over the enemy ships to see what their AA level is. There are some ships, even at those lower tiers that will absolutely devastate your squadrons. Just avoid those ships until later in the game.

5) Your planes are on a Carrier, not an airport. Which means you can move around. Ideally you want to be in a place close enough to the action to get your planes back quickly,  but far enough, not to be spotted. Also, don't forget to check how the battle is going and relocate as needed.

6) Unless you're directly under attack, your priorities should be BB, CA, DD, CV. And preferably a ship that's all alone or at least on the edge of a cluster of ships. That way you limit the amount of AA that will be brought to bare on your planes.

7) When dogfighting enemy fighters, try to engage them over your ships. It will give you the edge in what would otherwise be an even battle.

8) Watch your attack planes go in, if your target ship thinks it's your target, it will turn. Change your attack angle appropriately until you have the shot you want, otherwise it will be a wasted strike. Bombs line up straight as you can and torpedoes from the side.

9) Many DD's and CA's are very hard to torpedo if their captains are paying any attention because they have such great maneuverability, learn which ones are a waste of time to attack. Unless you're playing a IJN CV, they can come with 2 torpedo squadrons, in which case, learn to cross drop. Basically, you want them to attack at the same time, but at a 90 degree angle from each other. You don't have to worry about the angle of attack on the ship, just the timing and the angle to each other.

10) Don't use your fighters to escort your own planes. It's always a losing proposition in so many ways. If the target is that well protected, pick another one. Instead, use them to keep the other carriers planes away from yours and to spot enemy ships.

11) Yes Spot!... Spot spot spot. Especially enemy DD's. It's often worth it to use a returning DB squadron to just hover over an enemy DD that's causing your side grief until it's sunk. Your team will love you for that.

11) Don't attack ships that are about to die anyway just to get a kill. It's a waste of a strike and takes those planes out of the game for far too long while they return to rearm. But Do attack ships that have taken a lot of damage, even if they're on your avoid list as there's a pretty good chance their AA will be greatly degraded. Also, if you notice a ship has just put out a fire, go for a torpedo run. If you get a flood or two you will do tons of damage if not the kill.

12) If there are 2 CV's per side, coordinate your fighters to get air superiority. You can link your fighters to theirs or just follow manually. But as soon as they're engaged make sure you join in as fast as you can. Also, avoid the fighters that have a higher tier than yours one on one. Just press the alt key when they're on you tactical view to see what tier their planes are

13) And finally. As a tier 5 CV, you will occasionally be up against tier 6 CV's. If that's the case DO NOT link your fighters. They will get wiped every time your opponent tries to strafe your teammate. Keep your fighters close enough to your allies to help when he engages, and your strike squadrons far away. Tier 6 CV fighters can strafe for devastating results without dogfighting and can literally wipe out multiple squadrons at a time if they're in close proximity to each other.

 

 

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One other thing. CVs are going to be completely changed in the near future. Just keep in mind you will have to relearn everything when that happens, so if you're thinking of starting now, you may want to wait until the rework comes out.

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16 hours ago, AJTP89 said:

One other thing. CVs are going to be completely changed in the near future. Just keep in mind you will have to relearn everything when that happens, so if you're thinking of starting now, you may want to wait until the rework comes out.

Yeah, been tempted to use some Elite Captain XP on couple CV captains, but wIting until after rework and just making use of the CVs that do have good captains while I wait. That way if rework is good I can still be able to train the extra captains then, but if CVs are horrible post Rework then no harm done really since if I keep saving ECXP I will not have lost it.

And I expect we will have free Captain respec just after rework just in case we hate it. That way we can use the Captains on other ships instead. Or if we love the CVs we can get some of our extra captains respec for them.

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Would be nice if players would learn to shoot at the the destroyers I spot... then I could focus on big things hurting them, instead of little destroyers trying to hurt me...

...but I suppose that’s too much to ask; since it seems like players are too busy farming bigger things for damage, to learn to do things like; you know; shoot at and hit destroyers...

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the only thing you should know is carriers are being reworked so dont bother playing them till then

whats the point

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5 hours ago, iamplaya said:

the only thing you should know is carriers are being reworked so dont bother playing them till then

whats the point

Apparently they've been reworking them for a while now. But I'll see it when I believe it. In the meantime, playing those low tier ones can be a lot of fun!

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