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Ok, I've been playing for a few months now and enjoying it so, I thought I'd spend some real money (maybe 20 - 30 GBP) but am not sure what to spend it on. i.e. Do I get a box full of flags or access to premium etc. etc.?

 

My goal is, eventually, to get a top tier destroyer, cruiser and battleship and try out a carrier line at some point. I currently have a tier V destroyer, cruiser and battleship.

 

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Premium time is always something not too wrong, as you can play as usually but you will get 50% more credits and XP for the same game. If you feel really comfortable with one class or ship, you can also concider to buy a premium ship. As a hind: The premium ship you buy, shoud never be a higher tier as your normal ships. I.e. if you have a tier5 as top tier, the premium ship should also be tier5 max, as the game play can change drastically with higher tiers.

 

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  • if you 're not sure: premium time is never wrong
  • if you already have some perfered ships (or classes) you can concider buying a premium ship
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Don't spend it on this game. If anything buy premium account for a long time or signal flags that will help you progress. Apart form that there are still special camos for extra xp and last would be few premium OP ships like Enterprise or Tirpitz especially when you only grind ships and often buy new one(although op doesn't automatically mean you will rock if you don't know the ship and how to play). Anyway all in all pizza is still a better choice than all this :>

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1 hour ago, Wardy_2018 said:

Ok, I've been playing for a few months now and enjoying it so, I thought I'd spend some real money (maybe 20 - 30 GBP) but am not sure what to spend it on. i.e. Do I get a box full of flags or access to premium etc. etc.?

 

My goal is, eventually, to get a top tier destroyer, cruiser and battleship and try out a carrier line at some point. I currently have a tier V destroyer, cruiser and battleship.

 

TIA

I would say get a premium ship - it's the best value for money.  Flags and prem time will run out and whilst a premium camo scheme is permanent, it's restricted to that ship and doesn't make it any use for training captains. 

 

So I would suggest that if possible you choose a single nation for all of your top tier DD, CA and BB ships and then buy a tier 7 or 8 premium ship of that nation.  You can play that a lot to train and retrain your captains whilst also earning credits.  Obviously the most efficient premium ships are tier 8 but my favourite tier at the moment is tier 7 because, in my experience, tier 8 sees a lot of tier 10 - which is unpleasant.

 

Edit - I personally cannot overstate how important decent captains are.  IMO anyone taking a ship into a tier 7+ game without at least 10 points on their captain is putting themselves at quite a disadvantage, especially if they are in a DD or cruiser.  That's why I would recommend a premium ship.  Each time you elite a ship, move the captain to the next one up and retrain him for credits, then play him in your premium ship until he is fully trained.  You'll earn good credits whilst you do it and by the time you are ready to put him in your tier 6/7 ship hopefully he'll have 10 skill points.

 

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I would suggest that it depends a bit how frequently you play; if you play most days, an extended period of premium time is a good idea (for the reasons others have said) - keep an eye out for promos; also, the cost per unit time drops noticeably the longer the time period you purchase. For example, one day of premium costs $CAD 1.52, whilst 180 days costs $CAD 66.15 (versus 273.6, if you just multiply the daily rate up by 180 times). Obviously, if you buy a single day, you'll (presumably) use most of it playing, whilst the 180 days won't be used for anywhere near the entire time...

 

Premium ships are often good too: as others have said, it's sensible to only get premiums of a similar tier to where you are with silver ships (if you ignore that, and buy high tier ones anyway, stick to Coop mode with them - you'll still make silver and avoid getting tonked by more experienced players). In terms of which one(s) to get: identify which nation/class you do best with and start looking there; read/watch reviews (LWM ones are good, most of the time) - that'll help you work out which ones match your needs. Don't forget: as well as earning silver, premium ships can be excellent captain trainers (assuming you avoid the ones that perform best with a specialised captain).

 

Bear in mind, you can periodically earn free premiums (and all the time with the second campaign) in game; freebies are always good, if you have the time to earn them...

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Post-script: most stuff in the premium shop is (arguably) over-priced; if you can, wait for promotions - these can often save you quite a bit of money.

 

Edit: anything that is stuffed full of silver (or contains things that can be bought for silver) is probably not a good deal; focus on things that are either flat-out price reductions, or contain doubloons, and/or premium time - almost everything else is just fluff.

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Another useful thing apropos premium time: it works across the three main WG titles (WOWS, WOT, and WOWP); it's worth keeping half an eye on the 'other' titles, even if you don't play them - sometimes there are premium offers on one, but not the others.

 

(Just in case: gold and doubloons, unlike premium time, are not entirely transferable; gold is WOT/WOWP-specific, whilst doubloons only work in WOWS)

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These are all good answers, but mostly it depends on what you enjoy. 

There's a few 'shortcuts' too:

 

- doing the Tier 6 'operations' gives a 10 point captain, and 24h premium time if you complete them with 5 stars;

- So grind untill you have a T6 DD, CV or CL (DDs are not so usefull in opertaions...);

- I got a FREE PREMIUM Arizona (tier 6 BB), it is a bit different from the New Mexico *T6 BB on the regular grind) but I like it the same;

- You can train captains on the Premium ships, but having a T6 premium means you'll still have to griond the normal T6 to get to T7...

-....as an effect, I did get a 10 point captain on the Arizona but I also already had a 1-0 point captain on the New Mexico (from grinding) and a (from operations) 10 pointer on an USA cruiser as well.

 

I enjoy the (free premium!) Arizona immensely as it is sort of a New Mexico, so when that one gets sunk, I grab the Arizona and have myself another fun game.

So IMO if you want to buy a premium ship, buy one that you are sure you'll like. Do not consider them to be 'useful' as you'll have to grind anyway (and will grind the captain too) to get to next tier.

They ARE great to train captains (as they do not have to 'relearn' for the new ship) and they can harvest Free XP. If you have an 'elite' captain on it, he will harvest 'captain XP points' too. 

 

DO NOT:

- buy a ship in high tier, thinking it will  be the best ship you can buy. It might be better than what you HAVE, but the players that you will meet will be GOOD. 

Example, they puit the Tirpitz on sale, lots of them were bought, you'd see players in T7/T8 games, carting around in Tirpitzes. Lots of them. 

Sometimes there were five of them on each team. But they were nice meat. Most of the guys that bought them, had never seen anything else than Tier 2 or 3. 

And then they met my Leander, got fat on their meat... if I was quick enough, they were called 'Derpitz' and mostly were finished by DDs before I could get a bite...

Since they are T8, they'd meet (hmmm.. meat) T10 too, they must have sunk like paper bathtubs.

 

IF YOU GET a premium, wait until you get a good deal. I'd get a Tier 6, 7 or 8, because you can use them for operations (in which you must use ONLY T6, some are ONLY T7 or even ONLY T8).

After you have finished an operation with 5 stars, you will not get 24h premium or a 10pt captain again, but there's stil damage-farming... plus they're FUN.

You can use the premium ship in these operations (each week they çycle the operation-of-the-week) to farm lots of free XP and breed captains, so do not take a Tier 5 or lower.

 

I was lucky getting the Arizona but on some campaigns you can get others, my son got some DDs like the Vampire.

The fun is you have something most players will not know, so it might pack a surprise.

But it also seems like sort of a sport to 'kill the premium', maybe they think you have bought it while you are a "N00b",

as in 'here is a tier 4 player who got himself in a tier 8 mess'. 

 

Personally I think I'd like the Hood... T7, which I am familiar with, and a Brit BB. I like British BBs and I like the Brit cruisers too.

Most I hate the 'speed'of the British BBs... wish they'd be faster... so the Hood might be the one for me. 

Then again I like teh New York which is even slower, but ALWAYS has the 20km reach (without the spotter plane). 

I like the ágility'and tankiness of it. So Warspite would suit me as well. We'll see if they come on sale.

 

I like the New York a lot, so the Texas would be an obvious choice, but cannot do Operations in that one. 

And, like you, I do not understand DDs at all (I suck in them). And I do not play CVs. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hmm, lots of food for thought there. Thanks all.

 Maybe I will change my goals now and find something that I really like as opposed to trying to reach the top tiers and getting spanked every time by the pro's. Or just take one line to the top to try it out.

 I'm actually playing on two servers as I spend half my time in Europe and the other half in Asia and I play most days. So I guess the best thing to do is either buy or win a premium ship of tier 6/7 and or wait for special offers on Premium time and doubloons that will be used up when I'm on a particular server .

 Across the two servers I'm currently at tier 5 for German and Pan Asian DD's, IJN and Russian cruisers and British and American Battleships. I liked the German DD's until they stopped having forward torps and am getting fed up of being targeted and blown to pieces after I have to come out of hiding in my Russian cruiser. All my captains are 7 - 9 point ones.

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I would suggest playing as many different nations/classes as possible, and (most importantly) not rushing up the tiers.

 

By doing that, you'll discover the types of things that you enjoy most; you'll also be a lot more skilled by the time you start getting exposed to higher tiers. Also, a lot of the fun historical ships are low to mid tiers (that does mean that low-mid tiers are not free from very good players, as a lot of them enjoy mucking about in historical ships)...

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Yup, buying a high tier is like buying a pro tennisracket and some expensive shoes,

and then ending up playing on qwimbeledon because of that and getting your XXX handed to you.

It is NOT World Of Tanks... 

 

Low to mid tiers are most fun, I am thinking of forgetting the grind altogether and reverting to tier 4/5.

In the higher tiers, if you make a mistake or your team doesn't co-operate, it's no fun. 

Also you get a lot of dictators (YOU THERE GO THAT WAY) and people that whine or are plainly egotistical.

 

The only thing preventing me from ff-ing around at tier 4 is the operations. 

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I think Flamu made a Youtube video about the best Premium ships that is worth watching if you are new and want to buy a Premium ship. If you are not a experienced player you should stay away Premium ships from tier 8 and above. If you have played at tier 6-7 and want a Premium ship I would recommend the Scharnhorst.

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On 27/06/2018 at 6:53 PM, krazypenguin said:

Each time you elite a ship, move the captain to the next one up and retrain him for credits, then play him in your premium ship until he is fully trained

Can I just check that I've understood this correctly – a commander in retraining on his silver ship doesn't suffer the retraining penalties on premium ships?

 

So e.g. when I get round to buying the Aoba, I could put my Furutaka captain on it, retrain him halfway using credits, and then buy a Yubari to do the second half of the retraining – and all his skills would work normally on the Yubari? If so that's very interesting info indeed :cap_hmm:

 

Although that's some way off – I'm thinking of waiting until I have a 10-point captain before buying the Aoba tbh.

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1 hour ago, 10ThousandThings said:

Can I just check that I've understood this correctly – a commander in retraining on his silver ship doesn't suffer the retraining penalties on premium ships?

 

So e.g. when I get round to buying the Aoba, I could put my Furutaka captain on it, retrain him halfway using credits, and then buy a Yubari to do the second half of the retraining – and all his skills would work normally on the Yubari? If so that's very interesting info indeed :cap_hmm:

 

Although that's some way off – I'm thinking of waiting until I have a 10-point captain before buying the Aoba tbh.

Correct - that's one of the great things about premium ships.

 

Word of warning about the Yubari.  It's engine is made of balsa wood and becomes damaged if an enemy ship targets you, let alone actually shoots at you.  Even with the engine mod to reduce damage it breaks all the time, and I really do mean ALL.  THE.  TIME.  It's just my opinion of course, but without Last Stand I think the Yubari is completely unplayable.  (Doesn't help that I just couldnt' seem to win in mine which obviously affects my opinion of it - I've seen other players do amazing things in theirs, but I really struggled in mine so gave up playing it)

 

Check out my post in this thread: 

 

Hmm... maybe I should revisit it...

 

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47 minutes ago, krazypenguin said:

Correct - that's one of the great things about premium ships.

 

Word of warning about the Yubari.  It's engine is made of balsa wood and becomes damaged if an enemy ship targets you, let alone actually shoots at you.  Even with the engine mod to reduce damage it breaks all the time, and I really do mean ALL.  THE.  TIME.  It's just my opinion of course, but without Last Stand I think the Yubari is completely unplayable.  (Doesn't help that I just couldnt' seem to win in mine which obviously affects my opinion of it - I've seen other players do amazing things in theirs, but I really struggled in mine so gave up playing it)

Cheers! I feel like this really should be more explicitly stated in the advertising, but maybe I was just being thick and not understanding properly.

 

Hmmm, so maybe Yubari would be more useful for retraining DD captains who do have LS... Will give it a think, and maybe look at Ishizuchi or something. Not ideal for retraining CA captains, but at least not unplayable. I just used Yubari as the example because there's no way I'm buying an Atago atm – I don't (yet) have the experience or skill to pull my weight at T8. But thanks for the warning.

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I did not read the whole thread so apologies if i repeat something that has already been said.

-Wait till you get on tier 9 on any ship line you favor.
Gameplay changes at tier 8 and the differences are massive.

-Lean the mechanics of the game
(youtube for captains academy wows and although it is not yet complete check out official wows yt channel.It has a "How it works:" playlist)

-This is a "player skill" based game and not a "gear/tier based game".
On many cases you will be able to rape t10 ships in your t8 if you are good enough and the other guy is a potato.

-Personally i do not respect enough this company to give them my money.
But if you insist on spending some, you could try out a month of premium account.
It will make your grind way much easier.
Keep in mind that rushing between tiers is not good if you are new because you dont know the mechanics and the gimmicks of the game.

-When you finally decide its time for you to buy a premium ship i would recommend to yt for reviews about it and see if it works for you.
Dont fall to the trap where you expect to perform as good as the reviewer.
These guys are super unicum players with thousands of battles under their belt and they belong to the top 3% of skilled players.

Also sometimes specific offers will pop up in game only for you.
That means you could buy an Atlanta premium cruiser for 12euros instead of 44.
Or a Sharnhorst (t7 prem bb) for the same price.
Most of the things in the market are way way overprices.

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On 27-6-2018 at 6:46 PM, Wardy_2018 said:

Ok, I've been playing for a few months now and enjoying it so, I thought I'd spend some real money (maybe 20 - 30 GBP) but am not sure what to spend it on. i.e. Do I get a box full of flags or access to premium etc. etc.?

 

My goal is, eventually, to get a top tier destroyer, cruiser and battleship and try out a carrier line at some point. I currently have a tier V destroyer, cruiser and battleship.

 

TIA

In addition to what's already been said, dunno if you already have but one thing I bought first were extra port slots (wait till there's a discount unless you really have to).

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Probably best if you wait a bit, i think a Summer Sale gonna come soon ( i wasnt playing last summer, but saw in the news that there was one ). And if you like battleships, well, for tier 5 premium  : Guilio Cesare.

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4 minutes ago, K82J said:

Probably best if you wait a bit, i think a Summer Sale gonna come soon ( i wasnt playing last summer, but saw in the news that there was one ). And if you like battleships, well, for tier 5 premium  : Guilio Cesare.

 

I'd say Giulio Cesare would be a good choice. I do not have it, but that is for me (RN BB and US BB, as wel as RN/US cruisers) the most difficult ship to kill.

Also, it is the one that usually kills me.  LOL. I'd rather meet a Gneisenau in my Arizona/New Mexico/Q. Elizabeth than one of those Guilio Caesares.

 

But it is NOT a T6/7/8 so you cannot play ranked in it and cannot play operations. 

Every operation, when completed with 5 stars, gives a 10 point captain for some nation.

Plus 24h premium, plus flags and such stuff. You wil not get it with Gulio. 

 

Other 'dammit I bite the dust again' ships are Warspite and Hood. I think they'd be good for me.

Both of them are much stronger than the Q.E and faster/more agile than the New Mexico. 

Warspite now 25E, tempting - but too much like QE, so I'm waiting for Hood to go on sale. 

 

Dunkerque, bah. I kill that one in the New York, easy. My tier 6 BBs will make minced meat of it.

The Alabama is OK, but it will face tier X, and so will the Tirpitz (which is not that good at all).

I dunno about the Duke of York, have rarely seen it. But I think it;s not that good as usually somebody sinks it before I do.

The Scharnhorst might be good but must say I'm not having much trouble shooting that out of the water.

 

Japanese BBs are quick (hard to hit) but once hit they suffer badly - I usually do not kill many of them because they are quick.

Then again, the only way they can kill  ME is if there are more than two,  else they do not hurt too much.

 

But I like to go slow, think, and then use BBs as a 'blasting and battering ram'. Unleash hell. So they need to pack punch, and be able to tank damage.

It really depends on what you like for playing style - so first get to that tier to see what it's like. Try some different nations, and then choose one. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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25 minutes ago, BLUB__BLUB said:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He doesnt really need a premium for Operations, he can do well in a silver ship ( damn i miss my T6 Cleveland :( ). Budyonny, Nürnberg, or La Gal, perfectly good for those. Even Pepsicola is good. Personally as a T6 premium i plan to buy a De Grasse. ( I have the Graf Spee from Steam bundle, but i dont really like that ship. )

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13 hours ago, K82J said:

 

 

He doesnt really need a premium for Operations, he can do well in a silver ship ( damn i miss my T6 Cleveland :( ). Budyonny, Nürnberg, or La Gal, perfectly good for those. Even Pepsicola is good. Personally as a T6 premium i plan to buy a De Grasse. ( I have the Graf Spee from Steam bundle, but i dont really like that ship. )

That is true, you can play it with ANY KIND of T6 (some operations require T7 or T8, unfortunately...).

 

I do not mean that you MUST have a PREMIUM T6 to be able to play the operations. 

But after you have completed with 5 stars, there is no need toplay.

You have the captain, were granted the 24h premum playtime, that's it.

You do not get another captain and not another 24h.

 

BUT HERE"S WHY

Operations (besides being fun) are an ideal way to harvest damage.

After doing them a few times, you know what is required (where do the adversaries come from and what they are).

For example, my son likes DDs and even if they are usually not very useful, hemanaged to torp a CV (instant death),

even while it was unspotted, because he knew exactly where it would be... LOL. 

 

I also use them to 'train', my son has an account too, and his friends and mine we often play together. 

We train the teamplay doing the operations (and now I know how we can have larger division, we'll try more often).

 

When I do that in my Arizona, premium T6, I harvest FREE XP.  As well as training US Captains

That is why I say get a T6 (orT7 or T8) and not get a T5. 

 

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Thanks all.

 The consensus of opinion seems to be to wait for special offers/sales and buy premium time or ships. I think I'll start with a bit of premium time to try it out and then maybe get a premium ship. I'm thinking of not going above T7 as I only play for fun and I doesn't seem like it will be fun playing the pros.

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21 minutes ago, Wardy_2018 said:

 

Thanks all.

 The consensus of opinion seems to be to wait for special offers/sales and buy premium time or ships. I think I'll start with a bit of premium time to try it out and then maybe get a premium ship. I'm thinking of not going above T7 as I only play for fun and I doesn't seem like it will be fun playing the pros.

Can't say what happens in T9/10, but they're not all pro in T6/7/8. 

I have T6 at the highest so far, and I have defeated & trolled many T8s. 

Nothing like German tears when you torp their Derpitz in a Leander.

 

It is maybe even more fun because you know these guys (girls?) are not N00bs. 

But they can sometimes become 'very salty'when they ássume command'(or think they have a right to do so).

You DO meet the more fanatical players (and some can be complete !#@#%@#...).

 

BTW the T7 Hood is only 35E now, tempted... Since I like both CL and BB this might be the one for me.

But I'm waiting to see if it goes 'on sale'.  Warspite only 25E... but might be too much like the Queen Elizabeth, which I have. 

 

For me, it also depends what WoWS do with operations and such, as I really really like those. 

If they put Warspite and Hood on sale I'll get them both... which is probably completely dumb as I already have the Arizona (T6 USA BB premium).

 

Suggestion to WoWS: how about 'renting' those for a weekend... with option to buy after, receiving the rent as a discount.

 

 

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Yeah, try before you buy, that would be nice. I've got the Queen E now but preferred the 5 guns of the Iron Duke to the 4 guns and spotter of the QE, just can't seem to get on with that spotter plane. How does the Hood compare to the King George, anyone know?

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5 minutes ago, Wardy_2018 said:

Yeah, try before you buy, that would be nice. I've got the Queen E now but preferred the 5 guns of the Iron Duke to the 4 guns and spotter of the QE, just can't seem to get on with that spotter plane. How does the Hood compare to the King George, anyone know?

Same thing here from New York to New Mexico/Arizona. The ship is better but the spotter plane sucks.

Maybe you get to squeeze off 3 salvos before the spotter plane is dead and you lose lots of range.

I prefered the Iron Duke as well (whicj h is why I hesitate to buy the Warspite). 

 

Hood seems to be more like a CL, lots of speed and less armour. 

But I am not sure, try-before-buy would be nice indeed.

 

 

 

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