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Update 0.8.11 - Ringing in the New Year!

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The New Year celebrations begin in World of Warships!

This year, we've prepared heaps of gifts and festive activities for you. You can construct a ship, gather elements of a new collection, score Snowflakes, duel in a Ranked Sprint, enjoy visual improvements, and experience many other features.

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New Year Gifts

  • Enter the Armory in Update 0.8.11 to obtain two Santa's Gift containers for free.
  • Two more Santa's Gift containers await you on the container ship in your Port.

A new section has been added to the Armory—Santa's Gifts. Here, you'll be able to exchange doubloons for various bundles with three types of Santa's Gift containers. These have chances of dropping one of 86 Premium ships, as well as other rewards.

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Snowflakes

As has become a good old tradition, ships of Tier V and above will feature Snowflakes with holiday bonuses.

Depending on the ship's tier, you'll receive Coal, Steel, or Santa's Gift containers for blowing them off.

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New Year Directives
The new game event offers 82 missions spread across seven Directives. For completing Directives and their missions, you'll get rewards. The following particularly stand out:

  • Tier VII Gorizia
  • A New Year-themed permanent camouflage that can be applied to the majority of Tier VIII ships
  • A Big Santa’s Gift container
  • Four Santa's Gift containers that have chances of dropping Premium ships
  • 1,950 Shipbuilding Tokens—needed to buy construction boosters for the Dockyard
  • 24 Shipbuilding containers that drop items from the new collection
  • Nine Port slots
  • 18,180 Coal
  • 2,250 Steel

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To obtain  VII Gorizia, you can play at your own pace to complete five out of 13 missions of the third Directive. The remaining four Directives are aimed at the most determined players—those Captains who have their hearts set on speeding up the construction of the much-desired cruiser  X Puerto Rico. The Directives will be available for completion until January 13.

Constructing a Ship

A Dockyard will appear in everyone's Ports. This is where U.S. Tier X cruiser Puerto Rico will be laid down. The process of constructing the ship is split into six stages, divided into a total of 36 phases. To complete the ship, you must go through all the stages of construction—from laying the keel, to installing the ship’s armament and deck equipment. Completing each stage will bring you valuable rewards, such as Santa's Gift containers, permanent festive camouflages for Tier VIII ships, Steel, Coal, and days of Warships Premium Account.

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Complete all the stages to get cruiser  Tier X Puerto Rico along with an exclusive permanent camouflage.

The construction process will continue automatically from December 16 to January 13. In order to build the ship in time, you will need to use boosters. Some of them are available in exchange for doubloons, others—for a special temporary resource called Shipbuilding Tokens.

Don’t want to spend any doubloons on boosters to finish building Puerto Rico on time? It’s entirely possible to build Puerto Rico using only the boosters available for Shipbuilding Tokens. To achieve this, simply complete the event’s Directives, pass through Daily Missions, and don't miss any Daily Shipments to get more Shipbuilding Tokens as soon as possible and activate boosters in the Dockyard.

Shipbuilding Collection
The new collection consists of 20 elements related to various stages of the shipbuilding process, taking a WWII-era U.S. large cruiser as the example. The collection offers you insights into how a warship is built from a variety of viewpoints. It starts from the keel-laying stage, then moves to the perspectives of those involved in the construction process, the machinery used at dockyards, and the ship’s armament and equipment. Elements of the collection can be obtained from Shipbuilding containers only.

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CAPTAIN'S LOGBOOK

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Have you been waging war on our virtual seas for some years already? Then it's highly likely that you've assembled a very impressive collection of rare in-game items. The Captain's Logbook will allow you to track your progress in collecting ships, patches, Commanders, camouflages, and flags. Click your nickname in the upper part of the Port interface and select “Captain's Logbook” from the drop-down menu to view all the in-game items you've accumulated.

CLAN BRAWLS


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In Update 0.8.11, three Clan Brawls with an unusual format await you. Your victories will be rewarded with credits, Coal, Elite Commander XP, Steel, and Santa's Gift containers.

Dates

  • The fifth Brawl will be fought on December 21, in a 9 vs. 9 format with Tier V ships
  • The sixth Brawl will be fought on December 28, in a 4 vs. 4 format with Tier VIII ships
  • The seventh Brawl will be fought on January 4, in a 12 vs. 12 format with Tier X ships

Each Clan will be able to select its preferred prime time:

  • CIS 15:00 – 20:00 UTC
  • EU 17:00 – 22:00 UTC
  • NA 00:00 – 05:00 UTC
  • ASIA 11:00 – 16:00 UTC

You can read more about the rules and rewards of Clan Brawls in a dedicated article on our website. Stay tuned for more news!

RANKED SPRINT

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Starts: Fri. Dec. 27 9:00 AM ET / 6:00 AM PT
Ends: Fri. Jan. 03 8:30 AM ET / 5:30 AM PT

 

In Update 0.8.11, the 10th Season of Ranked Sprints will be held in a 1 vs. 1 format with Tier VIII ships in Domination mode. Battles will be fought within a reduced combat area on maps you already know well. The limited space will make battles more dynamic, despite the minimal number of participants. The usual ship class matchmaking restrictions are disabled for this Sprint. For example, when playing a battleship, you might find yourself opposing a cruiser.

You can read more about the rules and rewards of the Ranked Sprint in a dedicated article on our website. Stay tuned for more news!

GAME BALANCE CHANGES
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Japanese Tier IV Aircraft Carrier Hōshō

  • The aiming parameters of torpedo bombers have been changed

Previously, the reticule of  IV Hōshō's torpedo bombers wasn't affected by maneuvering, which made aiming significantly easier. Now, the possible torpedo drop angle increases as you maneuver. This change will reduce the aircraft carrier's efficiency and restore the parameter progression of Japanese torpedo bombers.

U.S. Tier X Aircraft Carrier Midway

  • The torpedo stats have been changed:
    • Maximum damage has been increased from 4,233 to 5,067
    • The chances of causing flooding have been increased from 33% to 42%

After the recent changes,  X Midway became inferior to other ships. The increased torpedo damage will improve the torpedo bombers' results, while Midway herself will become more effective.

U.S. Tier X Cruiser Salem

  • The action time of Surveillance Radar has been increased from 25 to 40 seconds

This change will increase  X Salem's efficiency in battle and make her better able to counter destroyers and control key positions on the map.

German Battleships

  • The settings for the shell dispersion ellipse of their main battery guns are now the same as those of U.S. and British battleships

This change will increase the accuracy of German battleships' fire.

Changes to upgrades

  • Hydroacoustic Search Modification 1 can now be installed on any Tier VI ship and higher, as long as it's equipped with the Hydroacoustic Search consumable. This upgrade can now be mounted on German battleships.

VISUAL AND OTHER ENHANCEMENTS

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We are continuing to improve visuals in our game.

  • The Trident and Neighbors maps, as well as the Hamburg and Marseilles Ports, have been updated with the new lighting model and enhanced HDR technology.
  • We’ve added shadow stabilization when moving and rotating the camera. This reduces jittering and flickering.

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The game launching process has also been improved: we’ve updated the loading screen and increased the loading speed of the game client.

ARMORY

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The "Commanders" Section
A new unique German Commander, Günther Lütjens, is now available for 175,000 Coal. He has four talents:

  • Secondary Armament Expert: upon earning 100 "Secondary Battery Hits" ribbons, the secondary battery reload time speeds up by 15%. The talent can be activated once per battle.
  • Iron Strike: upon earning 140 "Main Battery Hits" ribbons, the main battery reload time speeds up by 7.5%. The talent can be activated once per battle.
  • Exemplary Reconnaissance: upon earning three "Spotted" ribbons, your ship's HP partially restores. The talent restores 300 HP per second and its action time in seconds is equal to ship's tier (i.e. 5 seconds for a Tier V ship, 7 seconds for a Tier VII ship, etc.). This talent can be activated multiple times.
  • Air Superiority: upon earning 30 "Rocket Hits", "Bomb Hits", or "Torpedo Hits" ribbons, aircraft restoration speeds up by 10%. This talent can be activated only once per battle.

The talents don't work in Clan Battles and training rooms.

The new Commander also has the following improved skills:

  • Preventive Maintenance: –45% to the risk of modules being incapacitated (by default: –30%).
  • Expert Marksman: +1 deg/s to the traverse speed of guns with a caliber above 139 mm; +3 deg/s to the traverse speed of guns with a caliber up to and including 139 mm (by default: 0.7 deg/s / +2.5 deg/s).
  • Improved Engine Boost: +12.5% to the engine boost action time for the aircraft carrier's squadrons (by default: +10%).

Like other unique historical commanders, Günther Lütjens has some special customizations: a broad pennant, colored shell tracers, and a signal flare that gets fired over the ship when one of his talents is activated.

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Günther Lütjens comes with 10 skill points and a specialization for Tier I Hermelin.

Coupons
The replenishment date of the "Ships for Doubloons" coupon has been changed from March 14, 2020, to December 26, 2019. If you use your coupon prior to and including December 26, you'll be able to moor a new ship in your Port with a discount before the New Year.

As a New Year gift, we’ve added three single-use coupons for the "Ships for Doubloons" category, which grant 10%, 15%, and 20% discounts. The coupons will become available on December 26, and remain active until January 8.

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The "Camouflages" Section
We’ve added New Year permanent camouflages for Tier VIII ships that are available in exchange for doubloons.

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Specifics of the New Year permanent camouflages:

  • Can be mounted on the majority of Tier VIII ships.
  • Ships with this camouflage have a special festive horn sound.
  • An unlimited number of these camouflages can be stored in the Inventory.
  • Once mounted on a ship, such a camouflage acquires the properties of a typical permanent camouflage and gets assigned to the ship.

The New Year camouflages can be obtained as rewards for completing Directives, combat missions for Gorizia, and shipbuilding stages at the Dockyard.

New Year camouflages can't be mounted on aircraft carriers or  Tier VIII ARP Takao, Tier VIII HSF Harekaze, Tier VIII AL Yukikaze, and Tier VIII AL Montpelier.

The "Containers" Section

  • "Belle Époque" containers with collection elements of the same name are now available in exchange for Coal.
  • Shipbuilding collection containers are available in exchange for doubloons. The containers will be available in the Armory until the release of Update 0.9.0.

The "Ships for Doubloons" Section

  • Tier VIII Kaga, Tier VIII Saipan, and Tier VIII Graf Zeppelin have been added.

NEW CONTENT

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n Update 0.8.11, we’ve extended the number of permanent camouflages available in the game client in exchange for doubloons.

The following permanent camouflages have been added to the "Camouflages" tab of the "Exterior" section:

List of camouflages:

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Mutantovsk —  X Khabarovsk
Scorpioid —  X Yamato
Crocosaur —  X Montana
Angler —  X Shimakaze
Fossil —  X Henri IV
Octodroid —  IX Alaska
FlyFire —  X Gearing
Galaxy —  X Des Moines
Blue Aster —  X Z-52
Century Hawk —  X Hindenburg
Alldestroyer —  X Großer Kurfürst
Rover —  X Shimakaze
Zaya —  X Zaō
Spaceport Hellcarrier —  X Hakuryū
Norma —  X Minotaur
Aurora —  X Moskva
Paris —  X République
Bionic —  VIII Charles Martel
Bionic —  VI Pensacola
Bionic —  IX Saint-Louis
Bionic —  VII Algérie
Bionic —  VII New Orleans
Bionic —  X Henri IV
Bionic —  X Des Moines
Bionic —  VI La Galissonnière
Bionic —  IX Buffalo
Bionic —  VIII Baltimore
Norwegian —  VIII Tirpitz
The Maid of Orleans —  VIII Gascogne
The Republic —  VIII Gascogne
Dazzling —  VIII Gascogne
Special —  VIII Atago
Combat —  VIII Atago
Tropical —  VIII Atago
Special —  VII Scharnhorst
Z-15 —  VII Scharnhorst
Mediterranean —  VII Duke of York
Tropical —  VII Duke of York
From the Bottom of the Ocean —  VII Hood
The Last Conquest —  VII Hood
Type 14 —  VII Hood
Grigio-azzurro chiaro —  IX Brindisi
Grigio-azzurro chiaro —  X Venezia
Grigio-azzurro chiaro —  V Genova
Special —  VIII Tirpitz

The Ajax 1940 permanent camouflage for Tier VI Leander has been added. You can obtain it as a reward for completing a special combat mission. Follow the news about combat missions if you want to get your hands on it.

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Ships Tier VIII Borodino, Tier VIII Cheshire, Tier IX Bajie, and Tier VIII Wukong have been added for testing by developers, volunteers, and community contributors.

OTHER IMPROVEMENTS AND FIXES

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  • Removed the battle type loading animation on the following screens: battle matchmaking, battle loading, and battle statistics.
  • Reduced the Clan Base loading time.
  • Increased the speed of exiting the game client when full-screen mode is active.
  • Trento: fixed the models of destroyed parts of the ship.
  • Changed the color of shell tracers to red for Commanders Nikolai Kuznetsov and Luigi Sansonetti.
  • Fixed the hull volume of cruiser  IV Svietlana, which is considered when calculating the chances of engine damage.
  • Fixed the models of the secondary battery guns on  X Großer Kurfürst with the Alldestroyer camouflage mounted.
  • Changed the description of cruiser  IX Brindisi in the Port.
  • The Monster Bay Port is no longer available for selection in the game client.
  • Added the “Ultra” sound setting for the game client in the Microsoft Store.
  • Fixed camera jumps when switching to the spectator camera.
  • Fixed a rare error that caused the shell trajectory to be incorrectly calculated after hitting armor. This could lead to an armor-piercing shell dealing double damage to a destroyer after an overpenetration.
  • Fixed an error that caused ships to collide with small islands when moving on autopilot.
  • Fixed an error that sometimes caused an enemy ship to remain locked on to, despite it no longer being visible.
  • Fixed an error that sometimes caused a player to receive the "Spotted" ribbon after their ship was destroyed.
  • Fixed an error that caused a situation when a player whose aircraft carrier was destroyed stopped seeing allied ships while piloting their remaining squadron.
  • Fixed an error that caused the icon for the "Operation" battle type to not be displayed on the "Battle!" button's tooltip.
  • Fixed an error that caused a rare situation where enemy bots ignored the visibility reduction created by a cyclone.
  • Fixed an error that caused a player to sometimes receive sound notifications about torpedo hits launched by another ship when using the Azur Lane voiceover. Now, the notification is played only on a player’s own torpedo hits.
  • Fixed an error which prevented the sounds of main battery guns from playing on ships with the permanent "Master of the Water World" camouflage mounted.
  • Fixed the lighting for the Big Race and New Dawn maps, as well as for the Ocean Port.
  • Updated the appearance of emblems for Public Test seasons.

New Year’s special—some articles will contain a special hidden button for attentive readers! All you have to do to claim your presents is read each article and click a special button you find within. Each button will remain active for 3 days and, when clicked, will endow you with three signals: Zulu, Papa Papa, and Equal Speed Charlie London.

Equal Speed Charlie London will bring you 50% more XP for each battle, Zulu will raise your credit earnings by 20%, and Papa Papa will triple your Free XP gains.

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Was not expecting that pile of new perma camo. Can not wait to look at them! The additional free Santa crates is also very welcome. 

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So, Santa crates won't be sold in the regular store? We'll have to buy dubz, and then go in the game and buy crates? I don't think that's a great idea, personally.

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40 minutes ago, TheKrimzonDemon said:

So, Santa crates won't be sold in the regular store? We'll have to buy dubz, and then go in the game and buy crates? I don't think that's a great idea, personally.

Would be willing to bet that it will be both.

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1 minute ago, paradat said:

Would be willing to bet that it will be both.

Hopefully you're right, will save me a lot of time if I can buy directly.. like last 2 years. 

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Just now, Tigershark87 said:

Hopefully you're right, will save me a lot of time if I can buy directly.. like last 2 years. 

Also makes it possible to buy them as gifts for others.

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7 minutes ago, paradat said:

Also makes it possible to buy them as gifts for others.

And get your Secret Santa flag ....

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I still think that instead of Lutjens that another German commander should have been selected such as Karl von Muller but if Admirals are going to be a hard rule Maximilian von Spee would have been a better choice.

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I love these events.  I am rescinding my former comments and smiling and nodding.  Ty wargaming, looking forward to this.  

 

I will I’ll just say that I have a lot of tier 8 and 9’s to run over the course of this event and if I do my 10’s, well that’s nice too.  

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3 hours ago, TheKrimzonDemon said:

So, Santa crates won't be sold in the regular store? We'll have to buy dubz, and then go in the game and buy crates? I don't think that's a great idea, personally.

Likely to help people’s bank or credit card accounts from freezing due to a ton of small purchases to a Russian corporate account.

Heard some people had such issues when buying Santa crate after Santa Crate. So the Doubloons thing is likely to allow for bulk purchases in Doubloons and have players use them for all the individual  Santa Crate purchases.

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So why does the news feed say 8Am eastern time, yet...8:20, it still won't connect. Clicked "Contact Customer Service" tab, and it says 9:00 EST. Come on, really? 

 

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i got a quick question, i remember that there was something with resetting the line and getting your snowflakes? can anyone tell me what the parameters are for that?

 

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8 minutes ago, TobTorp said:

i got a quick question, i remember that there was something with resetting the line and getting your snowflakes? can anyone tell me what the parameters are for that?

 

You'll get one snowflake with each T5 ship and up in port.  From the website:  As has become a good old tradition, ships of Tier V and above will feature Snowflakes with holiday bonuses. Depending on the ship's tier, you'll receive Coal, Steel, or Santa's Gift containers for blowing them off. V-VII gets anywhere between 400-750 coal, VIII-IX gets 75 steel, and X get one Santa Gift Container.  Remember, there is only one snowflake for each ship so win in all your ships one time to receive the max amount of snowflakes available to you.  Resetting the line is different.

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Glad WG gave us the option to pre-download updates.  Weird, needed 137 mb download today and I am at 66% completed after an 1 hour.  Thanks WG for your flawless launches

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33 minutes ago, thatbruinskid said:

is the game just crashing for anyone else on Mac? still on loading screen logging in and it just crashes and shuts down laptop.

Ahoy! Can you run a WGcheck and crash report and PM me  with them?

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1 hour ago, Gneisenau013 said:

Ahoy! Can you run a WGcheck and crash report and PM me  with them?

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I believe WGcheck does not run on a mac

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