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    Captain Virgil Hilts got a reaction from EliZacharias in Garbad's Initial opinions on WOWS   
    1. Not necessarily so. U.S. carriers were mostly set on fire due to bombs or kamakaze attacks. And the U.S. had very little success with torpedos (witness the battle of Midway) against any ship. Torpedo bombers were slow and vulnerable, and had to get in very close to make very well aimed attacks with a lot of torpedos in the water, in order to get even a relatively poor hit ratio. Unescorted torpedo bombers were, for the most part, easy pickings for fighters, and once they were low and slow enough to get into a torpedo run, for anti-aircraft batteries. All of Torpedo 8 was shot down, with only George Gay surviving, at Midway, with no hits. Not sure the U.S. even scored a torpedo hit with any of the 3 torpedo squadrons. And the U.S. dominated that battle for the most part.
     
    2. Actually, the later U.S. battleships were designed, and then regularly updated, to be anti-aircraft platforms. The most modern of them were good at it. It's one reason the U.S. sacrificed some armor for speed, in order to have battleships be fast enough to stay with carriers and screen for them. Destroyers didn't really even have enough firepower to defend themselves, cruisers were iffy, but later U.S. battleships could fill the air with a steel umbrella, eventually the Japanese resorted to suicide attacks of one form or another just to get hits.
     
    3. If any player can consistently get reliable torpedo hits against a decent enemy player, provided the "victim" isn't alone or nearly alone, and very slow, then topedo bombers are fairly OP compared to reality.
     
    4. That's somewhat true, in some cases. But, most often, carrier squadrons were launched a couple of scouts first, maybe, attack planes shortly after, and then fighters, to escort the attack groups. Then another wing of fighters usually launched even later, as a CAP (combat air patrol) to protect the fleet. Attack planes were regularly and often used to actively search for the enemy in likely areas. Outside of PBY scout amphib planes at Midway doing early spotting, it was attack planes that found the Japanese at both Coral Sea and Midway, for example.
     
    By late 1942, the U.S. considered torpedo bombers to be almost completely obsolete. At best they were a decoy to keep the ememy from concentrating on the dive bombers.
     
    I can see dive bombers being pretty powerful, but if torpedo bombers are all that and a bag of chips, then something is really wrong.
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    Captain Virgil Hilts got a reaction from Vitellius9 in Garbad's Initial opinions on WOWS   
    1. Not necessarily so. U.S. carriers were mostly set on fire due to bombs or kamakaze attacks. And the U.S. had very little success with torpedos (witness the battle of Midway) against any ship. Torpedo bombers were slow and vulnerable, and had to get in very close to make very well aimed attacks with a lot of torpedos in the water, in order to get even a relatively poor hit ratio. Unescorted torpedo bombers were, for the most part, easy pickings for fighters, and once they were low and slow enough to get into a torpedo run, for anti-aircraft batteries. All of Torpedo 8 was shot down, with only George Gay surviving, at Midway, with no hits. Not sure the U.S. even scored a torpedo hit with any of the 3 torpedo squadrons. And the U.S. dominated that battle for the most part.
     
    2. Actually, the later U.S. battleships were designed, and then regularly updated, to be anti-aircraft platforms. The most modern of them were good at it. It's one reason the U.S. sacrificed some armor for speed, in order to have battleships be fast enough to stay with carriers and screen for them. Destroyers didn't really even have enough firepower to defend themselves, cruisers were iffy, but later U.S. battleships could fill the air with a steel umbrella, eventually the Japanese resorted to suicide attacks of one form or another just to get hits.
     
    3. If any player can consistently get reliable torpedo hits against a decent enemy player, provided the "victim" isn't alone or nearly alone, and very slow, then topedo bombers are fairly OP compared to reality.
     
    4. That's somewhat true, in some cases. But, most often, carrier squadrons were launched a couple of scouts first, maybe, attack planes shortly after, and then fighters, to escort the attack groups. Then another wing of fighters usually launched even later, as a CAP (combat air patrol) to protect the fleet. Attack planes were regularly and often used to actively search for the enemy in likely areas. Outside of PBY scout amphib planes at Midway doing early spotting, it was attack planes that found the Japanese at both Coral Sea and Midway, for example.
     
    By late 1942, the U.S. considered torpedo bombers to be almost completely obsolete. At best they were a decoy to keep the ememy from concentrating on the dive bombers.
     
    I can see dive bombers being pretty powerful, but if torpedo bombers are all that and a bag of chips, then something is really wrong.
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    Captain Virgil Hilts got a reaction from Khul in Garbad's Initial opinions on WOWS   
    1. Not necessarily so. U.S. carriers were mostly set on fire due to bombs or kamakaze attacks. And the U.S. had very little success with torpedos (witness the battle of Midway) against any ship. Torpedo bombers were slow and vulnerable, and had to get in very close to make very well aimed attacks with a lot of torpedos in the water, in order to get even a relatively poor hit ratio. Unescorted torpedo bombers were, for the most part, easy pickings for fighters, and once they were low and slow enough to get into a torpedo run, for anti-aircraft batteries. All of Torpedo 8 was shot down, with only George Gay surviving, at Midway, with no hits. Not sure the U.S. even scored a torpedo hit with any of the 3 torpedo squadrons. And the U.S. dominated that battle for the most part.
     
    2. Actually, the later U.S. battleships were designed, and then regularly updated, to be anti-aircraft platforms. The most modern of them were good at it. It's one reason the U.S. sacrificed some armor for speed, in order to have battleships be fast enough to stay with carriers and screen for them. Destroyers didn't really even have enough firepower to defend themselves, cruisers were iffy, but later U.S. battleships could fill the air with a steel umbrella, eventually the Japanese resorted to suicide attacks of one form or another just to get hits.
     
    3. If any player can consistently get reliable torpedo hits against a decent enemy player, provided the "victim" isn't alone or nearly alone, and very slow, then topedo bombers are fairly OP compared to reality.
     
    4. That's somewhat true, in some cases. But, most often, carrier squadrons were launched a couple of scouts first, maybe, attack planes shortly after, and then fighters, to escort the attack groups. Then another wing of fighters usually launched even later, as a CAP (combat air patrol) to protect the fleet. Attack planes were regularly and often used to actively search for the enemy in likely areas. Outside of PBY scout amphib planes at Midway doing early spotting, it was attack planes that found the Japanese at both Coral Sea and Midway, for example.
     
    By late 1942, the U.S. considered torpedo bombers to be almost completely obsolete. At best they were a decoy to keep the ememy from concentrating on the dive bombers.
     
    I can see dive bombers being pretty powerful, but if torpedo bombers are all that and a bag of chips, then something is really wrong.
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    Captain Virgil Hilts got a reaction from Tricericon in Garbad's Initial opinions on WOWS   
    1. Not necessarily so. U.S. carriers were mostly set on fire due to bombs or kamakaze attacks. And the U.S. had very little success with torpedos (witness the battle of Midway) against any ship. Torpedo bombers were slow and vulnerable, and had to get in very close to make very well aimed attacks with a lot of torpedos in the water, in order to get even a relatively poor hit ratio. Unescorted torpedo bombers were, for the most part, easy pickings for fighters, and once they were low and slow enough to get into a torpedo run, for anti-aircraft batteries. All of Torpedo 8 was shot down, with only George Gay surviving, at Midway, with no hits. Not sure the U.S. even scored a torpedo hit with any of the 3 torpedo squadrons. And the U.S. dominated that battle for the most part.
     
    2. Actually, the later U.S. battleships were designed, and then regularly updated, to be anti-aircraft platforms. The most modern of them were good at it. It's one reason the U.S. sacrificed some armor for speed, in order to have battleships be fast enough to stay with carriers and screen for them. Destroyers didn't really even have enough firepower to defend themselves, cruisers were iffy, but later U.S. battleships could fill the air with a steel umbrella, eventually the Japanese resorted to suicide attacks of one form or another just to get hits.
     
    3. If any player can consistently get reliable torpedo hits against a decent enemy player, provided the "victim" isn't alone or nearly alone, and very slow, then topedo bombers are fairly OP compared to reality.
     
    4. That's somewhat true, in some cases. But, most often, carrier squadrons were launched a couple of scouts first, maybe, attack planes shortly after, and then fighters, to escort the attack groups. Then another wing of fighters usually launched even later, as a CAP (combat air patrol) to protect the fleet. Attack planes were regularly and often used to actively search for the enemy in likely areas. Outside of PBY scout amphib planes at Midway doing early spotting, it was attack planes that found the Japanese at both Coral Sea and Midway, for example.
     
    By late 1942, the U.S. considered torpedo bombers to be almost completely obsolete. At best they were a decoy to keep the ememy from concentrating on the dive bombers.
     
    I can see dive bombers being pretty powerful, but if torpedo bombers are all that and a bag of chips, then something is really wrong.
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    Captain Virgil Hilts reacted to sela in [0.9.17.1] sela's mods - v9.17.1.2 released 26/03/2017   
    Hai everyone, I'm back from waifucation aka spend sela's monies. It does look like AAExtended is causing the CTD issue, I tested before I left. Will release updated version with an updated Melty's when I get home
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    Captain Virgil Hilts got a reaction from Attack_Potato in So how exactly is this fair?   
    It's a tank, not a sports car, it shouldn't be able to stop or change directions instantly at some ridiculous speed. Tracked vehicles that weigh several tons shouldn't handle like sports cars and racing 4 wheelers that weigh a ton or less. There are serious limits to what tracks will withstand, and how much traction they actually have. There's also that pesky "inertia" part of physics. And hanging off of cliffs while firing is a real joke. The recoil of the gun will exert enough force to overcome the traction of the tracks, especially on rocks, not to mention the fact that hills steep enough to barely hold grass will certainly not offer enough available traction to hold a 5 or 10 ton vehicle on a 60 degree incline while it fires a cannon.
     
    Yeah, sure, there are all sorts of testing videos of light tanks doing all sorts of wild things. They are just that, tests, not what could actually be done in combat. Those are vehicles with trick engines and transmissions, and reduced weight. They also don't have to worry about being stuck in a hostile zone with an irretrievably broken vehicle. Those vehicles are set up to get the military to invest in the concept, whether or not it is a viable concept. They're like car or truck commercials. Just as imaginary as a $50K street car running around the track keeping up with real race cars, or a $50K pick up truck out on the street pulling incredible loads. Sure it will do it. Once, under very special conditions, with all sorts of modifications. For about 2 minutes. Then you'll have to rebuild it from the ground up.
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    Captain Virgil Hilts reacted to Panzer_Fenris in NEW MOTION PHYSICS   
    Neutral turns or other sharp maneuvers on loose soil is the best way to get your tracks to jump off. That's why we got taught to space up turns if possible, let the tracks empty themselves of sand, stone and dirt before turning and scooping up more into them.
     
    I sincerely hope that particular aspect of tanking won't become part of WoT. I have spent too many sleepless nights in rain, snow and mud trying to splice tracks back on stranded vehicles for it to be enjoyable even in a game.
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    Captain Virgil Hilts reacted to Patient0 in So how exactly is this fair?   
    TL:DR Light tanks become ghost snipers.
    Pretty sure most tanks can't even elevate that high. Light tanks shooting onto tank roofs seems to be a little broken. I know this is just for testing, but you can't really logically predict what WG does. Just imagine a batchat hanging off a cliff and dumping an entire clip on you. I can't even. Large meta change incoming.
    So on certain maps, light tanks get to farm heavy tanks for days?
     
    Discuss
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    Captain Virgil Hilts reacted to Rexxie in Is it beneficial to turn off encounter/assault modes?   
    I don't have much personal experience - I've had encounter/assault turned off almost the entire time they've been out. When I platoon with someone who has it on, I get completely confused because I forgot that there's a ton of layouts I dont understand even after 30k games simply because I've refused to try them.
     
    However, what I've heard (and what makes logical sense to me) is that Encounter is great for personal stats - i.e, if you want a higher DPG or WN8, you should turn on encounter. Pubbies congregate in certain areas and its easier to farm and abuse them like that. Additionally, many better players only play Standard, which means you have less competition and need to share less damage. However, if you want the best winrate, you should run only Standard. This allows you to get really good map balance (Encounter doesn't have bad balance anymore, but it's still not Standard) and restricts variation in your games, which allows you to really learn how to win each side of each map.
     
    I have no idea how Assault is anymore or how it'd influence your results, though.
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    Captain Virgil Hilts reacted to Pompous in Talk about sheltered premium removal...   
    "- Storm is not aware of a plan to remove IS-6 from the shops"
     
    Posted Jan 27th.
     
    This means absolutely nothing, of course, because no one in Wargaming knows what anyone else in Wargaming is thinking at any given time.
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    Captain Virgil Hilts reacted to MajorIrish in So why is insulting allowed here and in WOT?   
    Why is there no adult supervision here and in WOT? Why do any of us good gamers have to put up with ridiculous and horribly insulting replies to what must be children with bad behavioral issues?  Why the heck do any of us have to put up with terrible insulting replies of ANY nature? I posted a legitimate question/suggestion and I received horrible insulting garbage replies, save for a few good souls. Why should ANY of us put up with this garbage???
     
    WHERE IS THE ADULT SUPERVISION??????
     
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    Captain Virgil Hilts reacted to Okeano in Re-labelling WN rating brackets to non-normative terms?   
    Most players think win rate is luck. They're not going to know wtf a percentile is.
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    Captain Virgil Hilts got a reaction from brdhntr in So.... Health care....   
    Maybe, just maybe, what YOU want for HIM does not matter. The fact of the matter is that according to the Constitution, YOU have no right to force HIM to buy anything, and neither does the government. Of course, the Constitution stopped being a hindrance to slimy corrupt politicians about a century and a half ago.
     
    The fact that health insurance exists, and the government has fully involved itself in the market place are what is driving the cost of health care through the roof. There is nothing that you can get in the free market place that the government cannot increase the cost of, and reduce the quality of, exponentially.
     
    Now the insurance companies will be either going out of business, or finding ways to force anyone who actually has insurance to pay around 50% of their income in premiums, because the fabulous new law depends on around 30 million very healthy very young people who don't use health insurance to buy it anyway, to cover the cost of the elderly and infirm.
     
    As the owner of a small business, as well as an employee of a major corporation, all the new law has done is cost me a lot of money, and reduce my available choices in both insurance and health care. Great solution.
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    Captain Virgil Hilts got a reaction from Getsome in So.... Health care....   
    Fire all of your teachers and professors. They failed to teach you English, critical thought, and history, as well as political science. There is absolutely nothing even remotely resembling socialism laid out in the Constitution. The people who founded the nation, and especially those who authored the Constitution, were firm believers in individual self determination, as well as extreme restrictions upon any government, in both size and scope. True socialism requires the polar opposites of every basic principle set forth in the Constitution. Of course, if you're one of those people who also thinks that Jesus Christ was a socialist, then you see socialism in everything. If that is the case, it is of no use to even consider conversing with you.
     
    About the only thing you did get right in your post is that the Constitution has been abused, ignored, and trampled on almost from the very beginning. That we can agree on.
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    Captain Virgil Hilts got a reaction from CrazyScientist in So.... Health care....   
    Fire all of your teachers and professors. They failed to teach you English, critical thought, and history, as well as political science. There is absolutely nothing even remotely resembling socialism laid out in the Constitution. The people who founded the nation, and especially those who authored the Constitution, were firm believers in individual self determination, as well as extreme restrictions upon any government, in both size and scope. True socialism requires the polar opposites of every basic principle set forth in the Constitution. Of course, if you're one of those people who also thinks that Jesus Christ was a socialist, then you see socialism in everything. If that is the case, it is of no use to even consider conversing with you.
     
    About the only thing you did get right in your post is that the Constitution has been abused, ignored, and trampled on almost from the very beginning. That we can agree on.
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    Captain Virgil Hilts got a reaction from GoodEyeSniper14 in Retarded new TK system   
    Don't shoot the troll platooners. It never helps. It only pays them, at your expense. They are not worth it.
     
    That being said, WoT should long ago have placed a two tier limit on platoons. If the disparity in tier level in the platoon is greater than two tiers when the leader clicks battle, it should automatically disband the platoon instead of entering the que.
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    Captain Virgil Hilts got a reaction from fffred in Retarded new TK system   
    Don't shoot the troll platooners. It never helps. It only pays them, at your expense. They are not worth it.
     
    That being said, WoT should long ago have placed a two tier limit on platoons. If the disparity in tier level in the platoon is greater than two tiers when the leader clicks battle, it should automatically disband the platoon instead of entering the que.
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    Captain Virgil Hilts got a reaction from derth in So.... Health care....   
    Maybe, just maybe, what YOU want for HIM does not matter. The fact of the matter is that according to the Constitution, YOU have no right to force HIM to buy anything, and neither does the government. Of course, the Constitution stopped being a hindrance to slimy corrupt politicians about a century and a half ago.
     
    The fact that health insurance exists, and the government has fully involved itself in the market place are what is driving the cost of health care through the roof. There is nothing that you can get in the free market place that the government cannot increase the cost of, and reduce the quality of, exponentially.
     
    Now the insurance companies will be either going out of business, or finding ways to force anyone who actually has insurance to pay around 50% of their income in premiums, because the fabulous new law depends on around 30 million very healthy very young people who don't use health insurance to buy it anyway, to cover the cost of the elderly and infirm.
     
    As the owner of a small business, as well as an employee of a major corporation, all the new law has done is cost me a lot of money, and reduce my available choices in both insurance and health care. Great solution.
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    Captain Virgil Hilts got a reaction from guitarxe in So.... Health care....   
    Maybe, just maybe, what YOU want for HIM does not matter. The fact of the matter is that according to the Constitution, YOU have no right to force HIM to buy anything, and neither does the government. Of course, the Constitution stopped being a hindrance to slimy corrupt politicians about a century and a half ago.
     
    The fact that health insurance exists, and the government has fully involved itself in the market place are what is driving the cost of health care through the roof. There is nothing that you can get in the free market place that the government cannot increase the cost of, and reduce the quality of, exponentially.
     
    Now the insurance companies will be either going out of business, or finding ways to force anyone who actually has insurance to pay around 50% of their income in premiums, because the fabulous new law depends on around 30 million very healthy very young people who don't use health insurance to buy it anyway, to cover the cost of the elderly and infirm.
     
    As the owner of a small business, as well as an employee of a major corporation, all the new law has done is cost me a lot of money, and reduce my available choices in both insurance and health care. Great solution.
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    Captain Virgil Hilts got a reaction from IronHammer in So.... Health care....   
    Maybe, just maybe, what YOU want for HIM does not matter. The fact of the matter is that according to the Constitution, YOU have no right to force HIM to buy anything, and neither does the government. Of course, the Constitution stopped being a hindrance to slimy corrupt politicians about a century and a half ago.
     
    The fact that health insurance exists, and the government has fully involved itself in the market place are what is driving the cost of health care through the roof. There is nothing that you can get in the free market place that the government cannot increase the cost of, and reduce the quality of, exponentially.
     
    Now the insurance companies will be either going out of business, or finding ways to force anyone who actually has insurance to pay around 50% of their income in premiums, because the fabulous new law depends on around 30 million very healthy very young people who don't use health insurance to buy it anyway, to cover the cost of the elderly and infirm.
     
    As the owner of a small business, as well as an employee of a major corporation, all the new law has done is cost me a lot of money, and reduce my available choices in both insurance and health care. Great solution.
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    Captain Virgil Hilts got a reaction from Getsome in So.... Health care....   
    Maybe, just maybe, what YOU want for HIM does not matter. The fact of the matter is that according to the Constitution, YOU have no right to force HIM to buy anything, and neither does the government. Of course, the Constitution stopped being a hindrance to slimy corrupt politicians about a century and a half ago.
     
    The fact that health insurance exists, and the government has fully involved itself in the market place are what is driving the cost of health care through the roof. There is nothing that you can get in the free market place that the government cannot increase the cost of, and reduce the quality of, exponentially.
     
    Now the insurance companies will be either going out of business, or finding ways to force anyone who actually has insurance to pay around 50% of their income in premiums, because the fabulous new law depends on around 30 million very healthy very young people who don't use health insurance to buy it anyway, to cover the cost of the elderly and infirm.
     
    As the owner of a small business, as well as an employee of a major corporation, all the new law has done is cost me a lot of money, and reduce my available choices in both insurance and health care. Great solution.
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    Captain Virgil Hilts reacted to Never in WoTLabs has been completely redesigned!   
    To start off 2014 on a high note, I have completely redesigned WoTLabs.
     
    - Light, cleaner layout.
    - Increased width, allowing for bigger charts.
    - Just prettier overall.
     
    Hope you guys like it!
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    Captain Virgil Hilts reacted to CraBeatOff in Retarded sight mods   
    I should put in a reload timer, but at some point I just memorized or intuited all the reloads. 
     
     
    No it isn't UI design matters. This kind of conciliatory posting doesn't help anyone improve, but only goes to assuage feelings. This forum isn't about feelgoodery, but about being good at tanks. And being good at tanks means not using an obstructive UI. There are ranges to how much people find UIs obstructive, but that is NOT taste and preference. 
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    Captain Virgil Hilts reacted to Steelix in T110E5 Equipment?   
    Wet ammo rack for pubs or anywhere you will be brawling. When the M103 and T110E5 first came out they were getting ammo racked every other game. Not sure how much WG improved the durability since then. Since it relies so much on its RoF it really can't afford to be racked.
     

     
    That front half of the tracks gets shot all the time. If something with high alpha like a tier IX or X TD hits you there you will blow up. Can't risk getting one shot.
     
    However, there are lots of people who will argue that preventative equipment and skills are less effective than performance enhancing ones. The preventative ones only help if you are taking damage to specific modules. The logic is that you should be avoiding hits as much as possible. Performance enhancing stuff like optics is always active and always improving your tank's offensive capability. Like SWG112 said: the E5 is often used as a utility tank that keeps a good distance from the main fight. When you know you will not be taking a lot of hits optics is the better choice.
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