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Some buffs and a couple nerfs for Italian cruisers

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Per the devblog:

Italian researchable cruisers

- Removed the damage limit of semi-armor-piercing for shells of caliber of 283 mm and lower against destroyers;
- Improved ricochet angles of semi-armor-piercing shells from 60-85 to 80-85;
- Changed the basic firing range of main caliber guns:
- - Taranto, tier III: increased from 9.6 to 10.34 km;
- - Alberto di Guissano, tier IV: lowered from 14.14 to 13.51 km;
- - Trento, tier VI: lowered from 15.37 to 14.65 km;
- - Zara, tier VII: increased from 14.32 to 14.65 km;
- - Amalfi, tier VIII: increased from 13.95 to 14.68 km;
- - Brindisi, tier IX: increased from 15.21 to 15.57 km.
- Venezia, tier X: improved firing angles for the second turret by 19 degrees to both sides.

Semi-armor-piercing shells are an intermediate between AP and HE shells: AP deals good damage when hitting citadel, HE does stable but relatively low damage and can causes fires. SAP shells should deal good stable non-citadel damage, but due to the ricochet angles they were not effective. Also, due to the limit on damage against destroyers, this cruisers were weak against this class, so the limit was removed.

The changes to the firing range will build the progress logically from tier to tier. 

Please note that the information in the Development Blog is preliminary.

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SAP damage needs to be nerfed.

It was obvious from the first set of stats that SAP damage values are too high.  They should be higher than HE, but LESS than AP.  Giving SAP higher damage and better angles than AP makes no sense.  WG even seems to know this; why else would they have been limited to 10% on DDs?

Now with even better angles, why would anyone ever use AP?  With lower SAP damage values, you would use SAP for angled ships, and still switch to AP for broadsides.

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17 minutes ago, ZoomieG said:

Giving SAP higher damage and better angles than AP makes no sense. 

So when did WG gimmicks make sense in the first place? :Smile_teethhappy:

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2 hours ago, ZoomieG said:

SAP damage needs to be nerfed.

It was obvious from the first set of stats that SAP damage values are too high.  They should be higher than HE, but LESS than AP.  Giving SAP higher damage and better angles than AP makes no sense.  WG even seems to know this; why else would they have been limited to 10% on DDs?

Now with even better angles, why would anyone ever use AP?  With lower SAP damage values, you would use SAP for angled ships, and still switch to AP for broadsides.

Because SAP won't citadel heavy cruisers, or the belt armor on a damage saturated BB.  SAP is supposed to be the default ammo, much like HE is for almost every other cruiser line.  AP is situational, like almost every other cruiser line.

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