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I played my first game of CV and it has to be BY FAR the worst RTS interface I have ever used. There are no tool-tips. I don't know how to manual drop. The game never tell you and it is the only effective way. I cant group planes together to have fighters escort bombers. No one in game will help you because then they can't farm free xp. I don't know what should be done. I wanted to love CV because the Lexington is in my hometown and I hoped to be able to play it, but my initial experience with CV is lackluster to say the least.

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watch some youtube videos on how to CV.. you can select more than one squadron by holding down the mouse button and dragging over them

 

in game help has some tips too..

 

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Here are two older but still good for basic information video's to start with.

 

I've never done an RTS game before, and from various posts in this forum, that seems to be an advantage... Maybe because I don't have expectations from other games? If that';s a good thing or bad; I can't say; but after a rough start I've done acceptably in carriers.

 

  

 

Massing squadrons; Pick a point ahead of the carrier, click on the squadron icon, and launch them to that point.

 

When they are all airborne, left click and drag a box across the squadrons; they should all then be controllable with a single click.

 

Manual bomb and torp drops are done using 'alt left-click' then putting the torpedo attack cone (or bomb oval) where you want it. There really nothing else to say about that except you'll get better at judging distances with experience.

 

WATCH THE MINI-MAP. It will help tell you when an enemy ship is sneaking up on you, and it will help you pick targets. Better to attack a lone ship, than a ship in a group.

 

In low tier carriers; STAY AWAY FROM the Texas, the Cleveland, and the Atlanta. Other cruisers and battleships can hurt you, or make your squadrons panic; but those three will chew up your squadrons and spit them out.

 

'Panic' is where your torpedo attack cone suddenly gets very wide, or the bomb oval very big. If you haven't already committed to an attack, it's better to just go attack something else,

 

ALWAYS be moving. It's easier to avoid torpedoes if you're moving, than if you're sitting still behind some island.

 

This is also another reason to watch the mini-map; if your team all goes one way, and you another; TURN AROUND to keep as many of them between you and the enemy as possible.

 

Learn how to Strafe/Barrage, (Manual fighter attack,) if for no other reason than to recognize it's about to happen to YOU, and to at least try to avoid it. If your ENTIRE air-group suddenly evaporates; it's likely someone just strafed you with a fighter. Personally I consider that to be a game mechanic that's more broken than the carrier controls; but until and if it ever gets removed, it's something CV drivers have to live with.

 

Better to commit your entire attack group to attacking a single target, unless that target is heavily damaged.

 

The choice between getting close to the enemy; better protection from fleet, shorter squadron turn around, but a greater chance of being seen and sunk; and staying far away; less chance of being spotted and sunk, but you'll have less protection from fleet if an enemy ship or squadrons find you, as well as longer squadron turn-around times; is one that can only be made through you personal experience.

 

I prefer to stay further away, then move up when there is less direct threat from the enemy fleet; or as a matter of self=preservation because I might be caught because the enemy is turning my fleet's flank.

 

Very basic stuff; if you have some specific question, give me a P, and I will try to answer it.

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I played my first game of CV and it has to be BY FAR the worst RTS interface I have ever used. There are no tool-tips. I don't know how to manual drop. The game never tell you and it is the only effective way. I cant group planes together to have fighters escort bombers. No one in game will help you because then they can't farm free xp. I don't know what should be done. I wanted to love CV because the Lexington is in my hometown and I hoped to be able to play it, but my initial experience with CV is lackluster to say the least.

 

Okay... here we go.

 

Since you want the Lexington, you should play the US. Keep in mind, however, that, currently, the Lex is inferior to the Taiho pending Wargaming getting off their lazy ***** and doing something about it.

 

Manual Drop = Alt + Attack Click. Strafe = Manual Drop

Landing/Take-off = F

Escort = click on your other planes on the map, not on the bottom.

 

Strike (all bombers) or Stock is the best way (Strike Bogue, Stock Independence). AS is wimpy as all get-out in terms of damaging ability in all US ships. That being said, Strike is hard-mode.

 

PM me if you have any questions. 'Til then, smooth sailing!

 

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In a division of good players, and dind a way to curb USN CV disparity vs IJN.

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You can still pilot your ships like you would any other ship. However, CVs are sluggish at best so don't count on dodging to save you from anything.

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Is there anyway to manually turn I keep getting hit by torps because the only way I can figure out how ot move is by stupid waypoints?

 

WASD as normal will turn your ship manually. It's just harder to tell from top-down.

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WASD as normal will turn your ship manually. It's just harder to tell from top-down.

 

​Press shift when you got your ship selected and you will enter the 3rd person view which is like any other ship. Shift to go back to the top view. Don't forget to have your ship selected otherwise you will have a close view of one of your squad.

 

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​Press shift when you got your ship selected and you will enter the 3rd person view which is like any other ship. Shift to go back to the top view. Don't forget to have your ship selected otherwise you will have a close view of one of your squad.

 

This is actually the 'Z' key now.

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How do I stop from accidentally deselecting my squadron when I try to manual drop and make my ship change course?

 

Wargaming still seems to be working on that. 
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How do I stop from accidentally deselecting my squadron when I try to manual drop and make my ship change course?

 

 

Wargaming still seems to be working on that. 

 

Well, there is this little lock button on the side of the carrier button. I have no idea what it does, though.

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that lock button on your CV icon in the bottom center UI:

 

It's a selection lock - meaning that when the lock is active you will always have a selection to order around via left click.  If you don't have any planes in your selection, your CV will be automatically selected for autopilot.  You cannot have an empty selection with this active.  And this often results in you sending your CV to its doom accidentally.

 

With the lock deactivated, you can right click to deselect everything and your CV will not be selected.  However if you don't have anything selected when you right click - it will alternate between selecting and deselecting your CV.

 

I play with the lock off as it certainly keeps me from messing with the autopilot on my CV

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Keep in mind, however, that, currently, the Lex is inferior to the Taiho pending Wargaming getting off their lazy ***** and doing something about it.

 

Lex is T8, Taiho is T9. I think you mean Shokaku. 

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that lock button on your CV icon in the bottom center UI:

 

It's a selection lock - meaning that when the lock is active you will always have a selection to order around via left click.  If you don't have any planes in your selection, your CV will be automatically selected for autopilot.  You cannot have an empty selection with this active.  And this often results in you sending your CV to its doom accidentally.

 

With the lock deactivated, you can right click to deselect everything and your CV will not be selected.  However if you don't have anything selected when you right click - it will alternate between selecting and deselecting your CV.

 

I play with the lock off as it certainly keeps me from messing with the autopilot on my CV

 

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