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What do you prefer?  Being an "Expert" in a handful of ships or experiencing a large range of ships and being comfortable in whatever you are sailing?

I don't get a lot of time to play, so I'm trying to convince myself to just enjoy the ships I already have and get better in them without worrying about having to constantly grind and acquire to get the ships I might be missing out on (Musashi).

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I play a lot of ships, many of them once a night for the daily bonus.   I don't like getting too specialized or in-a-rut with any one ship.   And I don't sell off ships unless I actively dislike them or find them really boring.

That said, there are some I enjoy more that get played first, along with anything I'm actively working on for modules or the next ship.

 

 

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Being an expert in any ship requires understanding what your opponents are likely to do. That means you have to learn how those ships are played. The best way to do that is by playing them.

So they end up being one and the same. Learning to play your ship to its fullest means playing the other ships as well.

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I don't care if a player eventually plays only a small group of ships or a ton of them.  IMO, for a newer player, experiencing the different ship types:  DDs, Cruisers, Battleships, even Carriers if one is willing, will round out their skillset.  Not only because the different ship types demand emphasis in different aspects of the game more than others, but you also see what the players of those ships are.  You can apply this knowledge when you play other ship types.

 

DDs teach stealth, concealment, cap contesting, torpedo tactics.

Cruisers teach WASD use or die instantly.

Battleships demand patience and positioning.

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It is not a good idea to become too specialised. Don't be that guy who for example plays BB exclusively and has no clue how a DD plays and why they kill him. Experiencing a range of ships and ship TYPES is educational and makes you a better all round player for it.

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2 minutes ago, Edgecase said:

Being an expert in any ship requires understanding what your opponents are likely to do. That means you have to learn how those ships are played. The best way to do that is by playing them.

So they end up being one and the same. Learning to play your ship to its fullest means playing the other ships as well.

Yeah, it's amazing how often you'll see people who don't play a certain type of ship, or only have a few battles in low tiers, rail on endlessly about how "unbalanced" and "overpowered" that same type of ship is. 

 

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"Fear not the man with many guns. Fear the man with just one gun, because he knows it best." - Old West saying.

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Personally, I prefer being skilled with all types of ships.  I find that practice with bad or difficult ships makes me stronger overall and better aware of the strengths/weaknesses of all ships. 

Also, I am frustrated by players who play only one class of ship (battleships seems common).  Such players whine about the other classes because they have no idea how those other ships might be played.  I feel every player should become minimally competent and every class.

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58 minutes ago, Deuce5150 said:

What do you prefer?  Being an "Expert" in a handful of ships or experiencing a large range of ships and being comfortable in whatever you are sailing?

I don't get a lot of time to play, so I'm trying to convince myself to just enjoy the ships I already have and get better in them without worrying about having to constantly grind and acquire to get the ships I might be missing out on (Musashi).

I'm the latter.

I don't have a lot of time either, but I'm not really willing to invest time and effort to get appreciably better, so I just play whatever.

The only time I really "grind" is when I'm about 10 games away from a new ship, or there's an eventthat features something attainable that I really want, or a circumstance where I can make out like a bandit, and I only have one or two ships that are well-suited. Or if I have a new ship, I'll grind it at least until I can upgrade the hull. (yes, I play stock ships in Randoms lol)

For example, if there's a persistent XP bonus weekend, I'll load up Hindy with bonuses to free XP and grind it. (70k away from Nelson, which is why I play stock ships lol)

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like most people here...i play a wide range of ships between countries, tier, and types.  thats basically, to keep me from going bonkers of playing one ship to grind, grind, and grind...i'd get so sick of playing her i'b be happy to get rid of her when i unlock the next boat...lol 

However, to answer your question....you can be an expert and still be well-rounded player.  it would make no difference, unless you have something to prove?   

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20 minutes ago, Deuce5150 said:

Yeah, I was thinking a ship of each type of each tier.  So, a big handful of ships...

I don't go that far.

When I grind up a line, if I like a ship, I keep it. So I've got at least one ship in every line, (except RN DDs) and mostly 3-4 in each line.

I'm apparently a closet Wehraboo, as my fullest lines are KM CAs, (I have T5, 7, 8, and 10) and KM BBs. (T5, 6, 7, 8, and 10)

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In just about any game I play, I end up taking a well-rounded approach.

One of the largest benefits this has is that it gives me a good understanding of the generalized game-plan that any given class/ship-type/whatever classification is going for based on their capabilities. Broad knowledge means better understanding of your match-ups.

On a personal end, I suck at specializing because I get bored and generally find myself looking for a change of pace.

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I'm a ship hoarder collector, so I don't sell any of the ships. I have come back and found I like some ships better the second time around. The first thing stopping you from keeping ships, is how many port slots do you want to buy, since port slots are no longer in containers. Look for port slot sales and stock up with some ONLY IF you feel like spending money on the game. You don't have to. You can get by with the slots you start with and the odd slot from free premiums and the like, but you will be selling ships.

 

Second, is your play style. Do you do ok with bouncing around ships or do you like focusing on one ship at time? You can have lots of ships in either case, but in the second, you will acquire them more slowly. I do suggest having T5 plus ships for events, especially some T6 and T7s for various operations. Having some T8s and a T10 or two is good if you want to do ranked. If you want to do clan battles, make sure you have something other than a battleship as you can only have one of those a game.

 

Otherwise do what you want to do and on days you feel like doing something else, do it. I tend to focus on a few ships at a time for first win bonuses. But I will grind out one ship if it dovetails nicely with an event or mission. Sometimes I just derp around with whatever catches my fancy. If you are feeling like you are in a rut, swap things up to make them interesting again.

 

p.s. Take at least one line in each ship type, DD, CL/CA, BB, CV to at least T5 just to see how other ships play.

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One nice thing about playing everything is that you are immune to the nerf buff cycles and you can counter the Meta anytime you want.

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1 hour ago, Edgecase said:

Being an expert in any ship requires understanding what your opponents are likely to do. That means you have to learn how those ships are played. The best way to do that is by playing them.

So they end up being one and the same. Learning to play your ship to its fullest means playing the other ships as well.

So very much this.

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I like to play a handful of ships at a time.  But different types.  I can learn the handful pretty well and progress along the line pretty well.  And I learn which I am better at and those which I just enjoy playing.  Those two are not always the same ships.  I can come back to those ships as I progress and still be proficient in them.

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I play a lot of different ships to keep it fresh but I can see the value in sticking to a few and really learning their strengths and style. I do feel this pull to grind different lines though. I think it is an accomplishment thing. Sort of default to cruisers though and have all of them at tier 10 already.

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