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    Armor weaknesses in upcoming RN BBs

    A rant on Conqueror design decisions: In retrospect, Conqueror has gone through extreme changes to arrive at current hideous state. When I first started this thread, Conqueror had Fuso level of Christmas tree concealment and 419mm triple wasn't even hinted at. 457mm twin was nothing special but it seemed decent and accurate enough to work. In the whole, the initial package - Huge potential HP, weak peripheral armor, absolutely horrible concealment, fast speed, and radar - provided in theory two very distinct playstyles that a player has to alternate between as the match progresses. First is medium range attrition fighter that fights in medium ranges and then retreats to long range to cut spotting and heal. Second is frontline "island dweller" utilizing shell arcs and radar. Player skill would lie in deciding what style to use and how to transition between the distinct styles smoothly. But then, radar (albeit understandably) had to go - maybe because of public outcry, maybe the theory didn't quite work out in practice. This is fine, finding what works is what tests are for. However, for the next design choice, WG went ahead and mixed all the choice strengths of T10 cruisers - good concealment, high firechance both per salvo and per minute, tough citadel in close combat situation, enhanced ricochet angle, quick fuse, superheal - into a BB when the community is fearing BB powercreep into other class's territories. The fact that WG was even willing to sacrifice relevance of the would-be signature gun, the 457mm, to do this, is very mind boggling. This also runs counter to WG's supposed policy of not giving two very different main batteries to ships after they regretted their Mogami gun decision.
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    Armor weaknesses in upcoming RN BBs

    Plus 32 deg to fire full broadside 40% burn chance 1.8 sigma This thing is totally balanced.
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    Armor weaknesses in upcoming RN BBs

    Devs might have overcompensated for the weakness in toughness they chose to give - weak peripheral armor and low HP pool are more than made up for with great concealment (Good Lord, why? DEVS VULT?), Superheal, and excellent guns. As it currently stands, T9 and T10 are quintessential battlecruisers. T7 and T8 are not far behind. Those who enjoyed the chain of ships from Kongo to Amagi will love Conqueror more than Yamato.
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    October Revolution

    38mm deck and armored freeboard have "troll" written all over them.
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    Ranked Season 7: Back to 6?

    I like that the upgrades are actually becoming useful, but if the radar upgrade becomes common enough it will be an annoying nerf to DDs. Donskoi radar duration jumps from 20 sec to 28 sec, and Moskva gets 25 sec -> 35 sec radar duration, which is on par with Baltimore or Missouri. And Des Moines radar will last for a whopping 56 second. Edit: deleted Chappy and Belfast reference. Hopefully the upgrades will remain tier restricted.
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    Carrier thread

    The sortie rate (combination of servicing time and airplane speed) difference is what bugs me the most, even more so than difference in strike potentials. It's as if the devs put absolutely zero attempt at researching how air wars were fought and what factors influenced the outcomes. They tried to alleviate the situation somewhat by increasing USN fighter loiter times (ammo), which was not enough. Only thing it achieved was making Saipan even stronger because it already had good sortie rates.
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    Carrier thread

    In words of Farazelleth (during stream) : "unless you're a masochist, go IJN."
  8. *Based solely on current test build armor stats from GM3D 1. six-incher IFHE vulnerability RN BBs T7~10 are uniformly "painted" in 32mm armor value. Nelson is something of an exception b/c it has 25mm bow and stern common to T7. Currently, only T8+ BBs draped in such a way in 32mm are Amagi and Izumo (which is why they take unholy damages consistently from Kutuzov et al.). All other BBs in T8~T10 range have at least some part of their hull armored in plates thicker than 32mm and thus comparatively more resistant to IFHE showers. i.e. NC has 37mm deck, Yamato has a mix of 50mm and 57mm areas, etc. 2. Citadel issues Nelson's citadel sits over waterline; we all know how horrible this is. Citadel spans from the front barbette to just short of aftcastle. T8~T10 thankfully has citadels submerged somewhat deep under the waterline. However, citadel roof for the machinery spaces is only 19mm, prone to overmatching. I suspect these BBs being extra vulnerable to USN arcing shells. I'm looking forward to further tweaks to the line before release.
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    Kaga is for sale?

    Assuming good players playing each team's CV, Saipan will shut down Kaga and win the damage race. Kaga player will have a rude realization that he has little to no initiative against a good Saipan when he sees Saipan fighters flying faster than empty Kaga DBs.
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    Ranked Season 7: Back to 6?

    That is WG forcing ship diversity because PVE missions/raids/etc are bound to have optimal setups and folks get pissed when their team includes "newbs" not bringing optimal setups with them.
  11. Good for you if WoT experiences helped you. I had a hard time adjusting to relative clumsiness and higher inertia of ship movements, as well as everything being a mini artillery meaning that mere LOS block does not make that quadrant safe from enemy fires. I guess I still struggle judging safety of positions time to time.
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    Duca D'Aosta

    If your shells penetrated the outer layer of spaced armor scheme but failed to penetrate the inner wall (citadel armor), then it will do zero damage. System will show you normal penetration hit ribbons for these zero damage hits. If your shells scored overpens, then the shells most likely hit above the spaced armor portion or hit the bow/stern. Duca main belt is only 70mm thick. Citadel armor behind it is 40mm under turrets and 35mm elsewhere. Octavian hinted at more buffs to come for Yorck and above. They really should implement those buffs - something actually useful - before waving Eugen sales advertisement in front of the crowd again. But as I said before somewhere else, benefits of 27mm bow will be felt in the far future when enough 15 incher European BBs saturate the matchmaker.
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    Duca D'Aosta

    It seems Duca has spaced citadel armor for the full length of its citadel. Can anyone confirm citadel hits from RN cruisers?
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    HMS Hood coming

    I remember that in-game Hood uses values for a worn-out barrel (lower velocity) and different AP shell than the one used by Warspite, resulting in a bit lower pen power. I think with bad pen and excellent ricochet angle, it might be better to forgo citadel shots and just aim for freeboards on certain hard targets.
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    Duca D'Aosta

    Armor-wise, Furutaka and Aoba has 76mm citadel armor + 13mm torp bulge, while Budyonny is better armored with 115mm citadel armor that sits a little bit lower than Aoba. Omaha also has 76mm citadel armor that extends quite bit above waterline but citadel is very short lengthwise and does not even extend under the bridge even. So I thought at first that your observation is based on citadel size rather than armor itself. But then, you were getting citadels from a Cleveland that has notoriously small citadel... maybe the shells lose quite some pen over time?