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So I apparently do pretty good damage in my Iowa, but she just feels so lackluster in every way compared to pretty much any other T9 BB. FDG has great armor, hydro, secondaries, etc. Soyuz has Stalinium everything and railguns. Jean Bart has speed boost and MBRB, We don't talk about Minni-slow-ta, etc

Her armor doesn't seem to hold up (I've had cruisers take off 10k when I'm bow in), and citadels from the dumbest angles. Yes I know it's not as bad as it once was, but she still feels so flimsy. Not to mention how much SAP and HE hurts.

The maneuverability is downright tragic, forget dodging torps; if you do; it's purely down to luck. Yes I do have the C hull.

She can go fast but can't turn or get moving/slow down within a postal code, and struggles to be able to didge anything or get out of sticky situations

The guns are supposed to be great, but almost every time I pull the trigger they either all miss, or just shatter and bounce. No, I'm not sitting at 17km+, yes I'm running the dispersion mod, yes I'm trying to shoot what's broadside if I can. Still doesn't pay off. I've had so many 70-80k games that easily could have been 100k+ if the guns weren't so horribly unreliable...she feels like Littorio, without the stealth or great shell velocity. I've watched several videos to try to figure Iowa out, I'll usually try to go to a flank and stay at mid range. Focus cruisers and broadside BB's. But there's nothing like lining up the perfect shot so many times just to have the guns utterly fail in every way. The shells are so slow to get downrange that they're easy af to dodge.

 

I was slow to warm to NC, but I did end up liking her after a while. Iowa I just can't come to terms with. No matter what I try to do differently, I can't can't make this thing work for me....1898941537_Screenshot(1223).thumb.png.92aaa992a06d04a77475d6679740af8d.png

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im having the same problem with the georgia....started playing ranks and it was living up to its description 3 days later its a POS...

i think the only good  day was the first day i played it....shells seem really soft now ..got citadeled head on and detonated head on....

wonder where the great accuracy went ? 

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Hmm this is not the impression I get, I like and I think most content creators like her to. I don't want to go point by point explaining counter arguments (unless you want to) but maybe she just isn't your kind of ship. 

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I like my Iowa. I assume you must not have the hulls researched as she is actually quite fast and maneuverable for a bb.

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2 hours ago, ditka_Fatdog said:

I like my Iowa. I assume you must not have the hulls researched as she is actually quite fast and maneuverable for a bb.

I have the C hull, should have mentioned that

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5 hours ago, KilluaWalker said:

Hmm this is not the impression I get, I like and I think most content creators like her to. I don't want to go point by point explaining counter arguments (unless you want to) but maybe she just isn't your kind of ship. 

It's what I've heard, oddly though I loved all the US BB's up till her. I know she's different from the rest tho, and that's maybe why

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It's fine if you don't get it — Iowa is a good ship, but not necessarily for everyone.

Iowa is a bit more of a jack-of-all-trades than the NC. It's not worse than the NC in any meaningful way (a bit less concealment, but still enough to be battleship-sneaky on occasion. It's slightly better-protected, with slightly improved guns and significantly more speed, so you can play it like a NC sometimes. Where it doesn't work like an NC is that at tier 9, it faces tougher enemies more often, and it just can't get away with the same sort of play all the time.

You need to adjust the Iowa to the situation. I uses a Close-Quarters build, but I will kite or snipe if that's what the situation requires, or I'll get in and push, or sneak up to 13 km and give  CA a surprise citadel.You just can't do the same thing all the time with it.

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I just finished grinding Iowa, having the same thoughts as yours.

Iowa's citadel, from my experience, is even weaker than that of Lepanto, Izumo and Soyuz. Iowa gets citadelled beyond your expectations even when angled due to the 16mm and 25mm of citadel deck as well as the 297mm of citadel armor belt. Turning (both to the position of nose-in and to the position of retreat) almost guarantees a citadel from large-caliber guns for the same reason. 

It's somehow hard to believe, but my GK eats less torpedoes than Iowa does, even when the hydro is not working. I do have the upgraded hull and steering upgrade. 

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Back in the day, 5 years ago, or so  the North Carolina was a great reward after the horrible Colorado,  now the North Carolina has been pushed to the bottom of the barrel as more and more ships pass it by in power including cruisers. I respect that some people may have had good games with it and some people still find it a great ship but not in todays game. The Iowa also has been powercrept and also almost always fights Tier 10 games,  I like the guns on the Iowa but its really only a one trick pony up until the restore of the secondaries, aa is great but carriers are only in the game in my experience about 50 percent of the time. Where it falls down and in my GK as well, is HE spam, I also do not eat torps in the GK but that is because everybody in 20 k is lighting me up with HE spam, so i do not really get into range of a DD or cruiser. The cruisers are usually HE spamming and humping islands or cowering in smoke spitting out their op method of damage. I do run survivor builds on the GK , Pommern and Iowa but it really makes no difference over the course of HE spam, HE spam is like shingles, it does not care whch way you angle. 

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