Birkovic

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  1. The St. Louis appears to be widely recognised as one of the best tier 3 (cruisers) - it's not just you, mate Re BBs: I'm currently at tier 8 in the BB lines, so the game play is different, and I've acquired better sit awareness. At these tiers you generally play at 10-13 km at first due to torp's and waiting for knowledge of hostile deployments. When you and the teams are deployed you can make the decision whether to fight a delaying action on your flank (when outnumbered) or support the DDs which should be providing vision and to some extend a torp screen. At low tiers this feels a lot more sketchy, so I think it's more situational. At lot of people are inexperienced and will play their ships in all kinds of ways... Generally speaking leading a charge in a BB requires a decent bit of skill and especially in open ocean with limited means to disengage it's often not advisable to push too hard, before you feel confident that your team is pushing with you. Or to put it in other words: I often see people overextending or being too cautious, so I guess being able to consistently push correctly in BBs isn't a simple task - even if it sounds like it. Try to work on moving at different speeds and not only full, stop and reverse. Taking some ground and then have your team push can work wonders for me. Especially at lower tiers teams are slower at responding to pushes and don't read chat, so you kind of have to throw your body in there by example and make sure to have a plan B ready, if they refuse to follow your lead. This has some similarities to leading pushes in tanks - if you push too far w/o support pushing up, you are left exposed in no mans land.
  2. Do not stop them. I love it when threads become autistic. Ps. I reached rank 12 and stopped. I hate the player base.
  3. Ditto. @33nfidel why not the Arizona? Being NA I would assume, that you love that boat ;-) It's a better ship (for ranked and pubs) then the Mutsu.
  4. While I thought it looked cool in Aerroons WiP video, I'm not sure that I would spend a lot of time to grind a tier 5 due to value vs. reward (and I own a Kutuzow).
  5. I'm curious, is the Chappy a rough grind? The radar and range makes it seem OK, though I would assume that the carry potentiale solo is below average.
  6. I almost think that I enjoyed the Colorado more then the NM, which is saying quiet a bit. Ground it from stock too (using XP camo's and flags), which wasn't bad at all, as they at that point had removed the old B-hull. @Psycodiver I ran the AA range thing too, but I never had those results - I did shoot down stuff, don't get me wrong - but the AA felt decent, not good like on some ships. That CV player must have made an error or two along the way.
  7. I have the Arizona - Haven't played the Mutsu and only did a few games in the Warspite. I find the Arizona to be a very enjoyable ship. To be honest the only minor downsides are the speed (US BB players won't mind that), AA and that it's a BB which hurts my stats even though I average 79k damage in it and have a decent amount of kills and win rate in it too.
  8. Played 8 games and lost 5 - played Fubuki and Arizona. My god people are bad at this. The random decisions which teams make almost made my head explode. I enjoyed last season, but I'm currently not sure about this one. Had two teams which went all random mode, and went for the 9-line with the DD leading the way. Had another game, where we were up 4 vs. 2 and two team mates just went full ham trying to solo their last two ships, which had 60-80 % health. That didn't end well. At that point I had dealth 95k damage and a health amount of spotting in the Fubuki. I ended up 1 vs. 2. Killed the 50 % Anshan, but their 40 % Aoba proved a bridge too far.
  9. I'll be starting at rank 16, which leaves me in the same dilemma as some of the above: Which ship to start in? I have been planing on finishing my Fubuki grind through this season of ranked along with retraining my Steven Seagal from the Colorado to the NC. I do have access to virtually every other silver T6 though, but I don't believe in trying a large number of ships myself. Instead I normally do some research, pick a few recommened ships and try to learn 1-2 ships in particular, which yields better results. Currently I'm tempted to start at the Fubuki to get into the flow and then level Steven afterwards. What are you guys plans? I've become an old fart with two small kids, a house and a job, so I'm not sure that I think the camo rewards are worth the effort. I guess that I'd might dip into the 10-6 bracket, but I'm not going to break a mouse every other session due to the sheer stupidity of team mates or my own short comings.
  10. I don't see any good argument to deal with the frustration of playing ranked tiers, which the good players have gone through already. It's soooo frustrating. I've only done ranked twice. The first time I got in late, and left again. The second time I got in early and to rank 9 with ease (27 battles and 77,8 % win rate), getting my speed beast module.
  11. Well played, @Folterknecht, well played
  12. I know that this is just confirmation bias, but I have this feeling, that whenever I look up US tier 7-9 CV players stats on EU, that are virtually always 40-50 % winrate players. When I check the IJN players they are normally in the high 40 %s and upwards - no matter the amount of games in other ship types. My god I hate those sub 45 %s with a win rate below 40 % in their US carriers, which are running a full strike Ranger etc. This is only a guess, but I have a sneaking feeling that the values of the ships are made even worse, by less decent/good players playing them, due to the better ålayers often having read up on the carrier lines, before making their pick. That being said, by now I've read enough about US non-premium carriers to accept, that their loadouts are underwhelming compared to their counterparts.
  13. The expected values of the Hipper/Eugen compared to the other ships on your list says it all. These ships haven't been in a good place for a long while.
  14. Thanks mate. I wonder why that table wasn't included on "our" site. EU being EU I guess v0v @RollerCoaster47 Do you think the Gaede is viable for even shitters like me? My knowledge is limited regarding the Maass versus the Gaede.