I finally managed to rank out today afternoon. Last day of Ranked, phew!
The last 3 days were really hell for me because i made it very early to R7 and then stopped for almost 20 days because of RL.
I then had only a few days to power through a large amount of games.
It took me 197 games, with an overall 58,4% W/R.
150 battles with my Arizona, 63% W/R.
I tried Warspite but, although it had great guns, it only had eight of them and the shortest range of all other BBs.
I also tried Fuso and did well in it but i felt it was squishier than AZ and the terrible detection was realy killing me.
Some thoughts on the season:
As a BB captain my primary job was to support our main cap and shoot at any enemy DD that would be spotted.
I cannot stress this enough, if you kill the enemy DDs, then 90% of the time, you will win.
i would purposely delay my initial salvos just waiting for the DD to be spotted.
When the enemy team is left only with their BBs, its easy to focus them down and kill them.
Cruisers were kind of limited this season and i only met a few really good cruiser players.
Most of the time, when a cruiser popped up there was a BB salvo waiting for it and this meant losing at least half of its life.
Leanders were more viable due to their smoke and torps.
As far as tactics, i generally preferred for the fleet to stay together, cap and then slowly advance towards the enemy applying pressure.
This usually led to an opening kill, a points lead and usually the enemy team made more mistakes, lose more ships and in the end the battle.
This was the most "boring" way to win but it was the safest and easiest and that counts a lot when you try to rank out.
Splitting at the start by sending a DD, or a DD + cruiser to the enemy cap for harassing is not a bad idea but, the main problem i had with it was that it rarely paid off.
You could end up with a lucky kill or delay the cap but usually the lone DD got spotted and killed leaving your team at a great disadvantage.
The player doing the scouting must really know what he is doing and be good at it. Because this was rarely the case, i always advised against it.
However, an interesting plan came up 2-3 times. We decided to send only one DD + cruiser escort to our main cap and the rest sailed to the enemy cap right away.
This took the enemy by surprise and all of the times we roflstomped them. It was very rare for all team members to agree on that though.