Manic_Wombat

Operation Hermes

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Operation Hermes is the new operation that comes out with 7.2 if you didn't play it on the test server here is a quick rundown.

OH is unique in two ways;

- you are quite limited in what you can take, only tier 7 US, UK or French cruisers plus Lyon or Richelieu.

- there is a new (and awesome) small storm which looks great and provides a lot of (new) concealment effects. Notably that you are only visible for 5 second after firing. Use the storm.

The objective is to escort a Richelieu across (and off) the map while fighting off waves of German attackers including Graf Zeppelin.

Halfway across Richelieu will pause and declare a repair stop and throw a repair ring around itself and begin repairing itself and anyone inside the circle. I think it lasts for 2 mins before it drops the circle and moves off.

This is the most important part - Richelieu has to get off the map with at least 50% of its hit points. And I mean OFF the map - nearly a whole grid square off.

I found that the key to winning was to make sure that you have 2 ships in front of Richelieu at all times in this second half.

There will be some big ambushes as she gets closer to the map edge and a minimum of 2 ships are needed to focus the attackers down and draw their fire away from the Richelieu.  It's very easy to be distracted and fall behind her as attacks come in from each side but 2 ships must stay in front!

I found it to be a really fun scenario.

Apologies for the duplicate post. I got a gateway timed out error report so I pressed submit again.

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Update. I forgot to mention that as soon as the operation starts as many ships as possible should turn hard left at full speed to kill the scout aircraft that will appear very soon. The last one is the hardest as it turns away quite early and if you aren't close enough it gets away.

If it gets away you will be attacked by a lot more aircraft. This may be a good thing (XP and credits)  if your team has a lot of AA but it's a bad thing for most pubbie teams.

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Oh yeah you need to watch out for the destroyer ambushes the little pricks if not focused they will torp the shit out of the Richelieu.

 

Don't panic about the 4 german BB's when they show up the Bismark is the first one to target he goes full ham into your group and is easy to focus fire the other will take the time going around the side of the island to attack. Watch out for the Scharnhorst it will wreck cruisers with its 11 inch guns only worry about the others if they get close within 6km and launch their torps.

 

Basically after the repair zone is at 1 min send someone out to intercept the first destroyer ambush they will ether attack from the west or east depending on which way the exit point is located if its in the north they come from the northeast if its in the west they come from the southwest. There is a Bayern with them you want to aggro the destroyers to make them drop their torps in your direction instead of them going for the Richelieu and to light them up for the rest of your team.

 

Just before the finish line there is a second destroyer ambush you have to agrro them or meat shield the Richelieu they will drop torps in the narrow choke point before the exit point if your really aggressive in a French BB you can force them to torp you near the map border instead of the Richelieu path clean them up and that will give you the time window to rush the carrier just watch out for its cruiser escorts.   

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On 2/28/2018 at 11:26 PM, Manic_Wombat said:

Update. I forgot to mention that as soon as the operation starts as many ships as possible should turn hard left at full speed to kill the scout aircraft that will appear very soon. The last one is the hardest as it turns away quite early and if you aren't close enough it gets away.

If it gets away you will be attacked by a lot more aircraft. This may be a good thing (XP and credits)  if your team has a lot of AA but it's a bad thing for most pubbie teams.

I ask our team to not shoot down the scout planes if I am in my Richelieu AA build, easy to nab 75-95 planes with the long range AA ( 8.3 km secondary's too ).

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Me too. The best course for this is imho to wait a few days till the pubbies got the basic grasp of what to do and then grap the best ship. I 5 starred all of the recent operations this way at the first try.

Yes, I get little joy out of shooting up mindless bots so I only play operations to get the rewards.

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