I played WoWs way back in beta and for a short while after release too. I somehow made it up to Tier 9 US Cruisers as well as T6 on a few other nations lines. I assume back then I didn't suck so much, or had at least a basic idea of how to play. Regardless, I decided to re-download the game on my new PC and have another go recently. Not only is my T9 no longer the Baltimore, but regardless of how I play the Buffalo, and the few ships preceding that I still own, I just suck... a lot. I don't know what I'm doing wrong or how to improve. I've tried looking on Youtube and the forums to get some general idea of how I might be going wrong, but no matter how I seem to try and play, who's advice I try and follow, I still find it excruciatingly difficult to even manage breaking 10k damage. I'm getting both somewhat frustrated and embarrassed at constantly being the bottom 3 people on my team, not only because I almost always loose about 30k silver (give or take 5k depending on the match) but I'm always more of a hindrance to the team winning than I would be where I not there. Hell, I feel the only way that I could be more of a hindrance is if I actively tried to sink friendlies.
I'm not asking for a master class or anything like that, just tips, tricks and a few pointers to at least get a (might as well be) new player going in the right direction on how to actually be a benefit to the team, and maybe make some silver in the process.
Anything constructive and helpful is much appreciated, thanks! :D