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  1. Woah okay ranked sounds pretty damn bad. Is the new season coming any time soon?
  2. So I'm back from a ~1.5 year break, having played ~250 mostly solo battles since I've returned. Not that much, but enough to start getting a feel for the game. At first I was like "omg so many new things/tenks". But digging a little deeper, and playing some more battles, I'm surprised at how little the game has evolved. There are bonds and these "improved" things we can eternally grind for. As they're 5k each and considering the rate at which I've been piling bonds from playing normally, I don't see how I could hope to equip every tank with those. They don't seem to make a gigantic jump
  3. At this point I'm not sure how many times I've come back to this awful game after a long hiatus, and I'm too afraid to ask. Slowly started playing a few games again over christmas... Hopefully this time around I can finish my grind to the WZ-120 and stomp enough faces with it to reach 60% overalls so I can finally retire as a true unicorn. Anyways two weeks ago I played my first real 10+ game session in a long time.. Was platooned with some old pals and just as I was about to leave we were rewarded with an epic last match. Crucial contribution is always nice to pull off. http://wotre
  4. Pretty much. They are sisters after all. I think I prefer the Scharn by a tiny bit, since I'm gonna get up close anyways the lower pen is a non-issue as it's 11-inch guns can still citadel other BBs when up in their face. It has better dpm, faster turrets and an AP round that's more effective against soft targets due to fewer over-penetrating hits. Gneisenau does land more of those monster citadel hits from plunging fire at range, but the accuracy is too derpy to make it reliable. It also struggles more against cruisers in the 12-16km range band and as a result seems to get torched b
  5. So I just wanted to say, thanks everyone for the advice. I've upgraded my Bayern into a Gneisenau and at about the same time I unlocked manual secondaries on my captain. Been doing much better. I started getting into the habit of pushing caps rather aggressively as soon as I have a bit of support, with good results. With manual secondaries it's a whole lot easier to bully DD's off point.
  6. Oh I'm all for pushing at every opportunity, was just trying to point out that sometimes it might not be wise. Besides, pushing into people's faces and getting those massive citadel blows from close range is the most fun you can have in this game.
  7. Surely there are situations where hanging back is a valid tactic. When your side of the map has inferior numbers, it would be suicidal to commit to a big push. You're just gonna get crossfired and rekt, no? So in that case it's better to kite from your gun's effective range (so not max range, since you won't hit shit) and pound them as you retreat. They're going to realize they have the upper hand and come to you anyways, so there's no need to offer your hitpoints on a silver platter. Or am I missing something here? EDIT : This makes me think of a follow-up question - as a BB, should
  8. I had not played much BBs until the Kriegsmarine was released. Pretty much only played up to a Kongo and sucked gigantic dicks with it. Recently I bought a Scharnhorst and started leveling up my German BBs. I've been getting putrid win rates all the way up to the Bayern, despite what seems like decent damage and xppg. For instance Bayern is sitting on 64k dpg and 43% WR now that I'm almost done with it. And somehow the Scharn gets 65% wins with just a tad more dpg. The weird thing is that I feel like I understand the game. For the most part at least. I successfully anticipate torp la
  9. I tried carrying a gold clip on my bat for a while and at first I kind of liked it - useful if you want to blap something thick from the front when it's reloading. But I went back to full apcr after the first game where I ran into a half-loaded clip in a tough situation. NOPE. So bat is the only one of those that carries no gold for me. But, as has been said already, I don't think any of the tier X meds are particularly gold-intensive.
  10. http://wotreplays.com/site/2827804#tundra-the_bolshevik-is-7 I haven't been playing tenks at all this summer, but today I had a go for the first time in a while and this match put a smile on my face. Nothing fancy I guess, I just get into people's faces and brutalize them for a while until the hill is won, then defend at the end while my pubbies push on. I think that's a more legit ace than the first one I had earned.
  11. So I had mostly shit games yesterday, and I think sub-50% WR for the day, but also these two nice(ish) ones. http://wotreplays.com/site/2686155#pilsen-the_bolshevik-e_75 I randomly run into this dude from my clan in his T49 on my first game of the day. Decided to take my E75 out for a spin as I hadn't played it in ages and I was not disapointed. It has a potato crew mind you, no 6th sense, because the good crew went on to the E100 and I didn't have an extra crew for my fascist boxes. Nonetheless, E75 was too much fun to sell so I kept it around and restarted a 75% crew in it. It
  12. the_bolshevik


    My impressions after playing ~20 hours over the weekend : The balance is quite good, and all heroes have interesting and different advantages to abuse. Team comp is very important though, and in randoms having your five pubbies pick their favorite offense or sniper hero and never switch can be rather frustrating. Because of this I ended up playing tank and healer way more than I thought I would. But the game is very objective based, and since you need to push objectives relatively quickly and effectively, tanks and healers are critical to success. I played some solo, but mostly I was
  13. Why is "pubbie" necessarily derogatory? It's just the way I think of anyone that I don't recognize in pub matches. It can't be based on stats since I don't use xvm... So if I don't know you, you're a pubbie. And I hope to be a pubbie to your eyes. Sadly there are some xvm-using arty players that dash my hopes on a daily basis.
  14. the_bolshevik


    Played about 2 hours so far. It's really quite good. Also doesn't feel like a beta at all, the game is already in a very polished state. Buying it for sure.
  15. the_bolshevik


    I am super excited for this game. Though I don't really play anymore, I spent quite a lot of time on TF2 back in the day. This looks like a modern blizzardy spin to a genre I love so I'm definitely playing the crap out of the open beta this weekend. thebolshevik#1314 if anyone wants to group.
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