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    What happend to Ashitaka?

    So true. However, some valid (and some less valid) reasons were cited, but even then I have to state it are all assumptions. This means that I do expect the sales for Wargaming premium ships to go down; whether that already happened or is going to happen in the future or means the decline of the game already set in is anyone's guess, though the game developers probably know better than I do. Except from the subjective observation that I rarely see these premium BBs that multiple people already made throughout the thread backed by the statistics, but the recent premium BBs are worse than the Germans which may skew the observation a bit (in other words; the recent BBs spent more time in port). But let's go over the reasons cited: - There's only so many ships you can play: Well, this reason is probably the most valid. There's only so much time in a day, and of that day there's only so much you want to spend on World of Warships. There's really no point in buying a few dozen premiums when you can only play a few of them each day. Note: Wargaming realized this, but if Wargaming makes the premiums much more interesting than the free ships, the F2P players are scared away and the advantage for paying is pretty much gone. And without fresh blood in the form of those F2P players, the game is doomed (and less players also leads to a downwards spiral). This will lead to less sales in the (very) long term. The process obviously has already started, but I have no clue what the 'progress' is, if you can call it that. However, the queue times for Tier II ships seem to lead to the (subjective) observation that there's definately some already. - Chrysler Debacle: Not very valid reason, though it matters for some players. It mattered for me as well, especially since part of it applies to World of Warships as well (the not-nerfing of Premium vehicles/ships, OP premium ships like the Belfast (World of Tanks having the Defender)) and Wargaming clearly can't be trusted with game balance. Their response may have tipped things over the edge for some. It's not a major reason for players not to spend. - The staggered release of the Hood with the Bundles: I write this directly after the Chrysler Debacle, as it is also a marketing blunder from Wargaming. It was just too blatant of a money grab, and while that works in some countries, I know this is detrimental to sales in Europe. It matters less in other parts of the world though, which is relevant to mention because it means there may be a lot more Hoods on the other servers. To what extent however sales were affected in Europe is something only Wargaming knows. - BB oversaturation: What? This reason just doesn't make sense. BBs oversaturation happened because of a whole lot of underlying reasons from the Wargaming Balance Department (drunk on Vodka), and that doesn't really make the premium BBs any different. There's no reason for BB oversaturation to make premium BBs sell less well (if anything, ships vulnerable to BBs should sell less well - ie; cruisers, and recently DDs as well). They also benefit from the background behind BB saturation, after all. There is a catch though - BB oversaturation is something that annoys the experienced players, and reduces the income from them as well. Not so much because they spend less individually, but because a player that has quit or seriously considering to do so, is no longer going to spend money on a game. Simple as that. However, this is a slow process, further slowed down by the fact World of Warships has no real competition in its niche. Conclusion: Wargaming, get your f*cking act together! However, Wargaming's primary market is Russia. Which basically leads to the conclusion that Wargaming will tell us that they are going to get their act together, and then do perfectly nothing about it.
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    A look at fighter "balance" between IJN and US carriers of T4 and T5

    Indeed. When I was still grinding the Zuiho leading the fighters from an AS Bogue on a wild goose chase was one of the things you needed to know to do. It felt quite intuitive to me to actually do that. However, being the scrub I am I tended to lose my planes fairly easily anyway, which was a bit of a problem. To help alleviating this problem, I played my Zuiho - the ship itself - a lot more aggressive against those Air Superiority CVs, to the point it wouldn't be the first time if I ended up right in the opposing capcircle...
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    Discussion thread for "some interesting info around the world"

    That would be an improvement if the British BBs on the supertest are anything to go by.
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    Operation Dynamo. The issues

    I ddi it with 4* despite two teammates sailing into the minefield into the first minute and a third doing it later. However, the remaining teammates knew what they were doing (to an extent) so they all did their thing until they ran into a torpedo from an Schnellboot. As a result, I was the last survivor on my team, getting a Will to Win medal for my troubles.
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    Discussion thread for "some interesting info around the world"

    Actually, I don't think the high tier RN cruisers are affected that much. I'm seeing more and more players run Radar on those things. Poor Emerald, though.
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    Discussion thread for "some interesting info around the world"

    The average hourly consumption of the members from the Wargaming Balance Department:
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    Discussion thread for "some interesting info around the world"

    Wargaming is clearly smoking weed while drunk on wodka. One of them is bad enough when at work, but both of them combined is just asking for trouble.
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    Kutuzov is almost OP

    Atago has Heal. You'd be surprised at how many Dreadnought or Fireproof medals I farm in mine, actually more than Witherers to my surprise.
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    Kutuzov is almost OP

    Only if you are dumb enough to not use your concealment tho. My Takao has 9,4km Concealment and I can't even apply camo paint to it to reduce it any further - if I catch a Kutuzov broadside at that range there's only one way that can end, especially if I have AP loaded.
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    New ship preview: Monarch

    What about Jellicoe or Anson? To be fair, I'm not surprised. I leave that to the others that are blind as a bat - I actually found it odd that the planned KGV design with 3×3 15" was absent, though I do agree that there should be also a 14" KGV in the Tech Tree. It is THE reason to grind up that line, alongside the Vanguard, and having both absent leaves it a line that either gets ignored unless one of the ships is stupidly good, and we really do not need any more BBs in queue right now, but an ignored line is just a waste of effort. Why are others so surprised? I have no idea. I understand why they got upset, but their rage is irrational as... *insert F-word here*. Do this. Give test ships useless names people can't make head or tails of, especially in the early stages. You guys made the right decision here, which needs to be said. However, to prevent confusion, you should have wrote something along the likes of "Tier: To be decided" or "Tier: Not finalized" instead of no tier at all, because then people make blind assumptions and think of them as the truth, which causes some problems. Agreed. I wouldn't mind some fantasy ships for the sake of uniqueness - I'd love to see a light cruiser with a Dunkerque-esque layout, as long as they are stowed away in their own unique line or as an event reward of some sort, not too dissilar from the ARP ships. I don't really care too much about realism. In the end, the game needs to be playable and the tech trees need to be somewhat convenient, with maybe an unique Tier X at the head of the line. Patience is a virtue.
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    Kutuzov is almost OP

    I think that is fine as long as she doesn't perform better than the ships having those consumables. That there finally is a free Tier VIII cruiser that isn't any worse than the premium counterparts (even without the special consumables) is a good thing.
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    Kutuzov is almost OP

    Isn't the Charles Martel allowed to have better stats to be balanced to offset the lack of Smoke (Kutuzov), Radar (New Orleans/Chapayev) or Heal (Atago)?
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    Discussion thread for "some interesting info around the world"

    Or they pull a Scharnhorst and make the Real Life configuration from the KGV the Tier VIII Premium. I wonder which one we get as a premium. Duke of York, Prince of Wales or King George V? I'm not surprised to be honest, I actually expected this all along and missed the 3×3 15" KGV in the RN Tech Tree.
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    Kutuzov is almost OP

    Well, Kutuzov is good, and Martel is iffy (though I doubt it's much better than the Atago, if at all), and Chapayev and Edinburgh are fine too. But I think it's actually that these ships are balanced. And all other Tier VIII cruisers just need a buff of some sort. Note that I don't speak out of experience, though. But just looking at the complaints the Eugen and Hipper get, or the New Orleans even... and Mogami just looks like a strictly worse Atago unless you have an IFHE captain.
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    Funny and sad game situations shown with map screenshots.

    Yes, there are 2 Tier X DDs (Khabarovsk and Gearing) on G3, and they moved in between F3 and G3 for the entire game. The Lo Yang is on H2, which isn't any better...