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I have an extensive port of ships, there are very few out there, I do not own, probably less than a dozen of the total possible.  I thought I would share my list of favorite ships to play, by tier (IV-X) with the top two of each class (save CVs as I have never really enjoyed playing them, but have enjoyed seeing them about once every third match.)  Been playing a few years now, figured it would be worth my two cents to share my favorites.  I wonder what ships other players enjoy most at each tier...feel free to add yours into the mix!

Tier X

BB:  Republique, Montana

CA/CL:  Hindenburg, Des Moines

DD:  Gearing, Daring

Tier IX

BB:  Jean Bart, Musashi

CA/CL:  Kronstadt, Neptune

DD:  Fletcher, Tashkent

Tier VIII

BB:  Vanguard, Massachusetts

CA/CL:  Baltimore, Cleveland

DD:  Asashio, Ognevoi

Tier VII

BB:  King George V, Scharnhorst

CA/CL:  Helena, Belfast (I know...its broken), Myoko

DD:  Haida, Gadjah Mada

Tier VI

BB:  Normandie, Warspite

CA/CL:  Perth, Leander

DD:  Anshan, Fubuki

Tier V

BB:  Kongo, Konig

CA/CL:  Exeter, Furutaka

DD:  Any Kamikaze variant (this ship should be banned)

Tier IV

BB:  Orion, Kaiser

CA/CL:  Yubari, Kuma

DD:  Clemson (only DD at tier to club with)

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Somewhat less extensive;

Tier X

BB: None. (All I have is Montana, and haven’t cared enough to play it outside Co-op.)

CA/CL: Hindenburg, (Just barely,) Des Moines/Salem, (even less so, only three X cruisers I have.)

DD: Grozovoi, Gearing, (have Harugumo, but so far Aki is still better.)

Tier IX

BB: Musashi

CA/CL: Roon, Buffalo

DD: Fletcher

Tier VIII

BB: Massachusetts, Vanguard

CA/CL: None

DD: Akizuki, Lightning, (maybe.)

Tier VII

BB: Colorado, Gniesenau, (moreso than Shineyhorse.)

CA/CL: Atlanta

DD: Mahan

Tier VI

BB: Warspite, Normandie, (New Mexico before anything else.)

CA/CL: Pensacola, Nürnberg/Makarovberg

DD: Gallant, Farragut

Tier V

BB: New York/Texas

CA/CL: Marblehead, Konigsberg, (Emerald)

DD: Mutsuki, Nicholas

Tier IV

BB: Wyoming

CL: None

DD: Clemson, Wakeful

Honorable Mention

BB: Mikasa (much Co-op goodness.)

CV: Bogue (more Co-op goodness.)

CA/CL: Exeter, St Louis, (not the frou-frou one,) Emden.

DD: Wickes, Stronk Russian Kitakami, (Okhotnik.)

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As far as I am concerned, there is only one Tier X to play, the Des Moines.  Of course, I reserve the right to alter that opinion once I get a second Tier X, but for now, you just cannot argue against that logic. :Smile_veryhappy:

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My highest tier is currently 8, so my list is significantly smaller.

 

Tier 4: Kuma

Tier 5: Konigsberg, Gulio Cesare

Tier 6: Duca d'Aosta, Leander

Tier 7: New Orleans, Scharnhorst

Tier 8: Cleveland, Massachusetts

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Tier X

BB: Grosser Kurfurst

CV: midway

CA/CL:  hindy

DD: khabarovsk, z-52

Tier IX

BB: freddy g, missouri, jean bart

CV: Essex

CA/CL:  alaska donskoi, roon

DD:  tashkent

Tier VIII

BB:  tirpitz, roma, alabamba, kii

CV: enterprise

CA/CL: prinz eugan, mogami 155, kutuzov

DD: asashio, kiev, atago

Tier VII

BB:  scharnhorst, hood, colorado

CV: old saipan

CA/CL:  belfast york, indianapolis

DD: blyskawica, old kiev

Tier VI

BB:  wv 41, dunkerque, p.e. fredrich, mutsu

CV: Furious

CA/CL:  molotov, duca d' aosta, graf spee, nurnberg

DD:  anshen, shinonome

Tier V

BB:  iron duke, konig, bretagne, giulio cesare

CA/CL:  emile bertin, konigsberg, emerald, exiter

DD:  okhotnik the true king of the sea, kamikazi

Tier IV

BB:  wyoming, zucchini 

CA/CL:  danae

DD:  v170

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2 hours ago, Kongo_Pride said:

I have an extensive port of ships, there are very few out there, I do not own, probably less than a dozen of the total possible.  I thought I would share my list of favorite ships to play, by tier (IV-X) with the top two of each class (save CVs as I have never really enjoyed playing them, but have enjoyed seeing them about once every third match.)  Been playing a few years now, figured it would be worth my two cents to share my favorites.  I wonder what ships other players enjoy most at each tier...feel free to add yours into the mix!

Tier X

BB:  Republique, Montana

CA/CL:  Hindenburg, Des Moines

DD:  Gearing, Daring

Tier IX

BB:  Jean Bart, Musashi

CA/CL:  Kronstadt, Neptune

DD:  Fletcher, Tashkent

Tier VIII

BB:  Vanguard, Massachusetts

CA/CL:  Baltimore, Cleveland

DD:  Asashio, Ognevoi

Tier VII

BB:  King George V, Scharnhorst

CA/CL:  Helena, Belfast (I know...its broken), Myoko

DD:  Haida, Gadjah Mada

Tier VI

BB:  Normandie, Warspite

CA/CL:  Perth, Leander

DD:  Anshan, Fubuki

Tier V

BB:  Kongo, Konig

CA/CL:  Exeter, Furutaka

DD:  Any Kamikaze variant (this ship should be banned)

Tier IV

BB:  Orion, Kaiser

CA/CL:  Yubari, Kuma

DD:  Clemson (only DD at tier to club with)

If you know how amazing is the shenyang you would forget the Clemson.

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Tier 4.  I don't play much here any longer, but:

BB: Wyoming and Courbet.

DD: Izzy!!

Cruiser: Doogie!  Yubari, Svietlana

T5:  I play even less here, as the mm is just as stinky as tier 8's is.  (and I get tired of facing multiple Atlantas and Scharnhorsts every game...)

BB- none.

DD- Nicholas;  Jian Wei.

CL; Emile Bertin.  Furry Taco.

T6.  Slightly more, due to OPS, but still not my favorite.

BB  Arizona; New Mex (with commander Dasha) Normandie.   They've mainly been retired for anything but ops- thanks to the current meta.   Fuso I'm grinding.

Cruiser:  Huang He is my current all around favorite. La Glass/De Grasse (ops); Dallas;  Buddy (also ops)  Nurnberg. (that fast reload rocks in ops!)

DD;  Farragut!!!!

Tier 7.  NOW we're talkin'.

BB:  Colorado; Lyon; Gneisenau.  Honorable mention to Nelson and Ashitaka.

Cruisers: New Orleans; Helena; Boise.  Algerie,  Yorck.   Grinding Schors, and it's okay...  Honorable mention: Myoko. Atlanta.

DD's:  Mahan!!  Sims!! Leningrad; Haida.  Honorable mention: Minsk. (Lenny's torps are just more useful)

Tier 8.  NOT my favorite, due to the MM.

BB.  None, really- they're all retired.  Gascogne is about the only one I play now.

CA:  Wichita!!  Baltimore. Eugen.    Honorable mention: Hipper.  Atago- because I always do well with it.

CL:  Cleveland.

DD: Benson!!!  Ognevoi; Le Terrible.  Cossack.

Tier 9:

BB:  Alsace!!!!  Missou.  Musashi.

CA: Buffalo; Roon.  Alaska- how the hell did I forget that??

CL: None yet- haven't played

DD:  None yet.

Tier 10

SALEM!!!!

Des Moines

Montana

Republique

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I have all the ships, minus carriers in tech tree.

I have sold those I am not good at or have low win rates .

I was about to sell my Minsk,  took her out with 11 point captain and got 100k 4 kills, decided to keep her...

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I have all but 9 or 10 premium ships.

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My list of FUN ships.

T10, Republique,  minnow , Wooster Des Moines, Henri. Gearing, shimmy and Groz.

T9. Missouri, lion. Kitty and Chung Mu.

T8, Massachusetts, Amagi, Kii, Eddie, kutizov and any premium DD.

T7, Shornhurst, Fiji, Helena and premium clones, Jervis and any premium DD.

T6 too many.

T5 Julio ceaser, Texas, Exiter, any premium Dd.

T4 Arkansas Beta, Yubari, any destroyer. 

T3 dertzki

T2 umikazi

T1 black swan.

 

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24 minutes ago, _no_one_ said:

If you know how amazing is the shenyang you would forget the Clemson.

Why?

I usually don’t die to guns in destroyer knife fights, but torpedoes. PA destroyers are the only ones I’m not concerned about in another destroyer, (unless Anshan or Lo Yang.)

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Tier X

BB:  Republique

CA/CL:  Minotaur, Des Moines, Henri

Tier IX

BB:  Musashi, Iowa

CA/CL:  Buffalo

DD:  Jutland

Tier VIII

BB:  Vanguard, Alabama

CA/CL:  Hipper, Martel

DD: Kidd

Tier VII

BB:  Hood

CA/CL:  Boise, Abruzzi, Fiji

Tier VI

CA/CL:  Perth, Aoba

DD:  Shino, Aigle

Tier V

BB:  Kongo

CA/CL:  Konigsberg

Tier IV

CA/CL: Duguay-Trouin

Tier III

CA/CL: Tenryu

DD: G-101

 

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Boy, this is going to be short.

IV

CL - Karlsruhe

BB - Orion

V

CL - Konigsberg

BB - Konig.

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I Don't really play lower than tier 5, so here's my list "for randoms"

TIER X

BB- Montana, Conqueror, Repub

CA/CL- Salem, Worcester, Henri IV

DD- Gearing, Harugumo, Grozovoi

TIER IX

BB- Missouri, Musashi, Alsace

CA/CL- Alaska, Ibuiki, Roon, Buffalo 

DD- Fletcher, Udaloi, Black

TIER VIII

BB- NC, Alabama, Tirpitz

CA- Charles Martel

DD- Kagero, Lo Yang, Kiev

TIER VII

BB- Colorado, Nelson, Nagato

CA- Algerie

DD- Leningrad, Blyskawica, Akatsuki

TIER VI

BB- Mutsu, WV, Fuso, New Mexico

CA/CL- none

DD- T-61, Anshan, Gaede, Gnevy

TIER V

BB- Texas, Kongo, Gulio Cesare

CA/CL- none

DD- Kamakaze, Fujin

 

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Tier 10

BB Republique

CA - Hindenberg , Zao ( my favourite tier 10)

DD Daring

Tier 9

BB Mushashi

CA Alaska

DD Jutland

Tier 8

BB Tirpitz 

CA Atago

DD Cossack

Tier 7

BB Sharnhorst

CA Atlanta

DD Haida

Tier 6

BB Bayen

CA Perth

DD Anshan

Tier 5

CA Exeter

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T10 - Do not like, do not play

T9 - BB - none; DD Fletcher, CA/L Buffalo

T8 - BB None; DD Lo Yang, CA/L Kutuzov

T7 - BB Hood; DD Haida, CA/L Boise

T6 - BB Warspite ; DD Monaghan; CA/L Perth

T5 - BB Kongo; DD Kamikaze R; CA/L Krasny Krym

T4 - BB Arkansas B; DD Clemson; CA/L Phoenix

T3 - BB Konig Albert; DD Vampire; CA/L Varyag

R2 - DD Tachibana, CA/CL Emden

 

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I started keeping track of a different type of fun list: I have so many ships now, I just want to have a good time when I play. And part of having a good time is reducing the amount of times the game is completely frustrating or seeming powerlessness. 

So my new list is ships that rarely feel extremely frustrating. This definitely precludes many tiers. I know its supposedly a great thing to be able to strive for that +2 MM bottom tier carry, but more often than not, you're simply sent back to port quickly. There's two exceptions to this. 

T1 T2 T3: Nothing seems really that exciting. Perhaps Friant with seal clubbing capt

T4: Orion, Clemson, Ishizuchi. Orion really can nearly do everything. To race against other bbs in DPM, you NEED to switch to AP. This is something I learned. 

t5: Avoid this tier. Guilio Cesare can handle T7, but even she has many games where she can do nearly nothing. 

t6: Also largely avoid this tier. Shinonome is a very capable ship. I cannot recommend Graf Spee or Aoba here, although I find these fun

t7: Scharnhorst, Gneisenau, Helena, Fiji! This tier is super fun! T7 ships generally have a lot of firepower for a lack of concealment. This makes them ideal for taking on T9, which also isn't that often. Mahan is really really really fun, but unknown if it can handle any situation. 

T8: Takao! Past T7 lethality increases exponentially compared to defense, so its less likely to have an impact here on a match that's going badly. Especially since the many-T10 MM still happens often enough, I generally would avoid this tier. Takao/Atago is the singular exception. Graced with decent concealment, exceptional accuracy and a load of emergency fish, this cruiser can generally do everything provided a DD isn't permanent-spotting you. She can dodge, she can set fire and do damage to T10, she can run and hide, she can cap, she can kill DDs when they're spotted. She can dodge torpedoes. Massachusetts and Bismarck/Tirpitz are exceptionally fun, and I play them often too, but in t10, they can be difficult to have an impact. North Carolina I hear is also great. Baltimore and Cleveland are great ships, but being against t10 BBs is murderous. DDs in high tier take far too much more difficulty than even the cruisers. 

T9: None. Chung Mu is a strong boat, but frustration is common in high tiers, esp for DDs. I don't like high tier BB play, not reliable enough to influence bad games. 

T10: Maybe Worcester. Worc seems to be the only boat I have so far that doesn't really care about much of anything, except Ocean. If you have another team mate, you can take on anything if they spot. However if you're alone vs 1-2 BBs, you can't usually spot them from behind rocks. You can almost always find a good spot to use island cover. She also directly influences caps and DDs and planes, unlike Zaos and Henri's which I often see played for damage but without ability to influence a bad match. Don't get me wrong, some of the T10s are hugely powerful, but are too easily frustrated by other circumstances. Ex. Harugumo, GK, Gearing, Montana. Des Moines also supposedly is a good pick, but one I don't have. 

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3 hours ago, Estimated_Prophet said:

Why?

I usually don’t die to guns in destroyer knife fights, but torpedoes. PA destroyers are the only ones I’m not concerned about in another destroyer, (unless Anshan or Lo Yang.)

 

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59 minutes ago, _no_one_ said:

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All I know is I’m not afraid of them, and they tend to try to run away when I confront them with a non-PA destroyer.

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