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  The Bismarck doesn't seem to have very strong armor, her main battery guns are subpar at her tier and her secondary guns don't seem to be very significant in damage dealing at close to medium range. What is the best way to play the Bismarck, especially when facing higher tier opponents?

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bismarck is a  brawler, i tend to play similar to cruiser use the islands for stealth and support. cruisers and dds sometimes try to rush for torp drop which is where the secondaries come in handy

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Bismarck plays like the rest of the German line. its a brawler. The closer it gets the more lethal it becomes. The key is not to rush in at the start of battle, hang back an bit and soften up the enemy with long range fire, as with any BB targeting cruisers first because with German BB game-play especially its the HE spam that will get you. once the enemy is worn down a bit and the threat of high DPM ships with concentrated HE fire is reduced, then you can look to move in and make use of your full potential. Because of Bismarck's turtle back armour as you get in closer you will become almost impossible to citadel. you can still take serious damage to your broadside so stay angled but you will be able to tank much more than your opponent. Also as you close the distance you'll find your dispersion isn't so much of an issue so your guns will become more lethal too. If your captain and ship is spec'ed for a secondary build and you have flags then your secondary armament should be opening at 11.1km and though the damage isn't amazing it will start to stack up and there is a decent chance it'll start fires on your target too. The constant continuous damage it tends to produce is also good at turning your target around if they still think they have a chance to escape, this means the engagement is happening on your terms which should also give you an advantage. The key is to knowing the ships limits. All to often players know the name and think its invincible, they tend to rush in and find that it isn't. there is also temptation to close the gap because of the gun dispersion. fight that at the start, if you do you will find yourself rewarded later in game with some exciting (and devastating to the opponent) brawls. Hope this helps. Good luck in battle

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