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Rina_Pon

1 year of WoWS, 2,000 battles, and 50% WR in Furutaka

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One of the many great things about WoWS is you are free to set your own goals.

Fitting then that my sweetest "victory" of all was completing a task which was entirely of my own design: I wanted to claw back 14 losses accumulated in my Furutaka and a 42% WR to draw an even 50%. Make no mistake, that 42% was earned. No MM unfairness, I really was that bad. So this wasn't just about grinding out the wins, it was about getting good enough to win at all.

And 14 losses is a lot to ground to make up. Consider if you play at a win rate of 52%, it would take 350 games to accumulate 14 net wins. I managed to do it in about 150 games (I was 42% after I had about 160 Furutaka games), and now sit on a clean 50%+ WR in all my IJN cruisers (see below). Consider also that Furutaka only has a 49% WR ship average.

In celebration, indulge me while tell you how I did it and gush about why Furutaka C is my favorite ship in the game.

*****

(Since the A and B hulls blow by in less than 20 games, I'll focus on the C hull exclusively. It's for all intents an purpose a different ship.)

I struggled mightily with Furutaka for the longest time. The Eureka moment came 150 games in, when I replaced Main Battery Mod 2 with Aiming Systems Mod 1 and starting trying to hit citadels (or other specific parts of a ship) rather than just trying to hit the ship period. The next advance was understanding the guns(tm) and realizing how much more powerful they can be at 8 km compared to 12 km. The final pieces of the Furutaka "git gud" equation is learning to kite like a boss(tm), together with the sister skill, timing the turn(tm). Secondary but still important addons to the Furutaka captain portfolio include the ever popular shoot over islands(tm) and how to avoid knife fights(tm).

Furutaka is a beautiful ship. Not pretty, but well-balanced and purposeful. A Furutaka is well-suited to perform just about any in-game support role you can name: destroyer hunter, cruiser killer, battleship harasser, guard, escort, and scout duties, even capping is possible in a pinch. She has powerful, long range torps, high caliber guns, good AP and HE shells, reasonable armor, good firing angles, decent speed, and reasonable maneuverability. The only real limitations that must be accepted and worked around is the mediocre AA, the slow turret traverse, and the long reload times on both guns and torps.

It might be said that the 13.9 km gun range is a limitation, but I would disagree. Furutaka is not meant to hang back and snipe like Konigsberg. The engagement distance you should be looking at is 6-8 km for DD, 8-10 km for CA, and up around the detection circle (~12 km base) for BBs.

Furutaka is one of the few T5 ships I can take out in T5-7 MM and not feel disadvantaged in. The trick is to work closely with friendly ships and always keep the exits open.

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ps. screenshot is of my 322nd furutaka game, the one I crossed over to 50% with. Not my best, but definitely good enough to commemorate the occasion with.

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Edited by Rina_Pon
fixed math (again)

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I have a similar story of redemption with the Zuiho - by the time I'd finished grinding to the Ryujo I had an appalling WR of just under 30% (up from a low of 20%, at least) and 25 or so more losses than wins after ~60 battles. Around that time, I decided I was just hopeless and a drain on my team, so I stopped playing cvs completely until, when the Bismarck campaign started, there were a few tasks that could really only be accomplished with a cv - so I took it out again and, to my surprise, managed to win a few battles. Since then, I seem to be ok at low tier cvs and have managed to drag my Zuiho up to a respectable WR of over 52% and it now has 10 more wins than losses (around 60% WR and 60k avg dmg since its renaissance) - however I really don't know what I'm doing better now, must be just an overall better awareness and familiarity with the game, I guess.

PS Congrats on your efforts with Furutaka - there are many sources of frustration with this game, so it's really nice to be able to achieve something that really satisfies you.

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4 hours ago, Moldavia said:

I have a similar story of redemption with the Zuiho - by the time I'd finished grinding to the Ryujo I had an appalling WR of just under 30% (up from a low of 20%, at least) and 25 or so more losses than wins after ~60 battles. Around that time, I decided I was just hopeless and a drain on my team, so I stopped playing cvs completely until, when the Bismarck campaign started, there were a few tasks that could really only be accomplished with a cv - so I took it out again and, to my surprise, managed to win a few battles. Since then, I seem to be ok at low tier cvs and have managed to drag my Zuiho up to a respectable WR of over 52% and it now has 10 more wins than losses (around 60% WR and 60k avg dmg since its renaissance) - however I really don't know what I'm doing better now, must be just an overall better awareness and familiarity with the game, I guess.

PS Congrats on your efforts with Furutaka - there are many sources of frustration with this game, so it's really nice to be able to achieve something that really satisfies you.

Maybe manual drop was allowed at the time?

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27 minutes ago, Lowyat said:

Maybe manual drop was allowed at the time?

It was, but it really wasn't common to see it used in t4/t5 battles. There are many subtleties to running a cv, even with auto drop and I think it's just a case of more experience and greater situational awareness that accounts for my improvement.

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@Rina_Pon congratulations and thankyou, this post actually made my hangover easier to deal with. We need more posts like this and more players like you.

Furutaka has an interesting story, around release it was horrible. This was back in the days of OP Cleveland.

With the addition of the 3x2 turret config and nerfing of Cleveland, the Furutaka finally became decent. The irony I found is that now it's better than the Aoba. The only thing Aoba has is DFAA, otherwise the better torp angles and 203s at a lower tier are just better.

At some point in the future I plan to do the same thing, get every ship into a positive WR.

Again congrats and thankyou.

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Furutaka is bae.

I still remember the time I had a 12% win rate in this ship.

I still have all the ships from Tenryu to Zao in my port, each having 16-19pt captains.

 

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5 minutes ago, icy_phoenix said:

But now we have Emile. Nothing else is even a match!!

Yeah I love Emile Bertin; great ship, still in port too though I haven't played with her as much XD

Been busy practicing w Hindy nowadays, clan battles and all (=. =)

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