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  1. Currently in the Element contest going on in WoWs, you earn "currency" that you can spend towards items in the premiums/gift shop. Like camo, flags, and the Kamikazi R. They are like doubloons, but not. But you can spend them on certain items in the shop. Hopefully, that is what is meant for 9.19.
  2. I am seeing more arty than ever before, 2 to 3 every match, but I haven't played much so I hope you are right. What few I did play, arty was running around raining shells constantly and shotgunning low tier lights. My few games makes me think arty is worse than ever, but as I mentioned, I hope you are right and my few games was an anomaly.
  3. When I neared the end of the paragraph, it sounded like a function, and a vague impression of an algebraic formula materialized in my mind . . . lol.
  4. +1 for using the word "Hubris". WoT has become a cesspool for a variety of reasons. Bad players, Bots, Sado Masochists, Trolls, Lag spikes, Yolo Bads, Kids being babysat by WoT instead of parenting, Meth Addicts, etc. Outside of crappy MM which is also a real problem anymore, many of the aforementioned reasons are why you keep seeing people drown.
  5. Read that the Hipper and Eugen might be getting a buff. Still working the lower tiers, stats coming up. Koenigsberg is still my go to boat, but I am starting to cotton to American DD's. Really like the Farragut. Also picked up the Yubari, and I kite and dish out laser accurate damage with it, which is similar to the KB in play style. Still have trouble with my Hipper and Yorck solo, but when I division with them I fare better. TLDR: Running tiers 4 and 5 mostly, getting better. Hipper might be getting some love, and I still really want to be good in that boat.
  6. Oh, I have engaged with Gasai quite a bit over time. At first with a bit of admiration and cautious curiosity, then with increasing astonishment over his in your face Nazism and White Supremacy master race crap, moving to outright anger, and then cooling to a removed/aloof stance of "You need to change your ways kiddo". He goes out of his way to make it clear that he would rather play alone. FYI - logged into WoT after a month off. Lost 5 high tier games in a row. Bads sitting in back, 40%ers yoloing in E100s, and chat full of salt. Logged off, played WoWs, felt better.
  7. Yeah, and that thread ended just like most of his. Devolves into "I am the best" with cartoon points of emphasis, and then a lock. I left WoT to get away from shit like that. Fortunately he should be a non entity in WoWs. As others pointed out, no E-25 to hide in with Radar and Hydro around.
  8. @Birkovic - why tier 7? Typical composition and skills of boats, and captains due to MM? I did get a Belfast, which can dish out some serious damage, but I seem to overextend, or not push out when needed. Hard boat to balance based on team actions. I have the Yorck, which I like as well as the Koenigsberg, but again, my WR suffers; however, I do more average damage (yet miserable as an average) than the Hipper or Belfast. Had some good games this a.m. with Clemson, Nicholas, Farragut, and Koenigsberg . . . reluctant to venture up further, even though I like the Yorck as much as the Koengisberg.
  9. Power ground to the Hipper, win rate tanked, etc. Realized I was making the same mistake in WoT (early on this time), fled back to the Koenigsberg with my 14 skill captain, and stick around tier 4/5 with American DD's and run my Koenigsberg as my go to boat at tier 5. WR/damage etc. are slowly drifting back up after tanking horribly with the Hipper. TLDR; Koenigsberg.
  10. I remember being a DINK (Dual income, no kids), when my wife and I graduated from college. Boats, cars, property on salt water access canals in South West Fl. Camping on remote islands that shitter tourists couldn't get to. On plane in 3 feet of water, watching rental boats try to mimic my high tide burn and plow into an oyster bar Defining our respective careers, making lifelong friends we still stay in touch with 20+ years later, and then our children, the best things in our life. Still heavy into long distance racing, a big focus of my life now outside of this game. Yeah, go live, good luck, have fun. Games will be here when you slow down a bit.
  11. So I started doing everything wrong in WoWs just like in WoT, put the brakes on hard this weekend. Power ground up to the Hipper, because if the Koengisberg was so awesome, the Hipper is even awesomer right? Ahhhh no. Got smashed, WR plummeted, damage plummeted, frustration rose. Took some time out, got back to basics, took that 13 skill captain, plopped him back in the Koenigsberg, and I am sticking around tier 4 and 5. Damage came back up, average experience came back up, and WR started to level off and even climb a bit. Happier, and doing better. I realize now, all the knowledge I have in WoT that allows me to recognize what I am up against at tiers 8 and 9 is non existant in WoWs, I have no business at tiers 7 or higher. Gonna learn and get better at lower tiers first. Phew!
  12. Ummm, I liked Garbad. Controversial or no, at least he made me think hard about my line of reasoning on some things.
  13. Well, other than the Prometheus reference, I have worked with "Vision CEO's" and CEO's that can go down on the shop floor of any factory, walk into a booth, and take over for the technician for the line and make product. I get what you are saying, but in my experience, there are quite a few CEO's that are very hands on, but not intrusive. Their are CEO's that are hands on and destructive, because they think they know better than anyone else, and CEO's that say "here is my vision, make it happen". Fortunately for my last 30 years, I mainly get aligned with the first type.
  14. My new CEO is plugged in hard, he is the reason we are doing better and have had a good turnaround. If you are in a meeting with him, and you throw out a budgetary number, or a line item cost, you better damn well be right, because if you are not, he will rip you to shreds with facts, about the financials. The guy is a freaking West Point grad, that served in the 10th Mountain division, came back from Afghanistan and got a degree in Chemical Engineering from MIT so he could prove his shit to the engineers who think they know how to run a company and develop a product. You are categorizing an entire group of people, along several industries, and at least in my mind:
  15. Did they ever, or will they add a "cockpit" flight mode, as if you are flying from the cockpit? I am a hardcore flight sim user (DCS Eagle Dynamics), and War Thunder let me fly a plane proper. I refuse to fly a plane in arcade mode - you might as well be playing 3D asteriods . . . ewwwwww. Just a personal preference. If they added this flight mode, I might play it more, of course it would need to support a head tracking system so I can look around naturally.