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RANK/d TX[12th] (and C-vee)

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I've played a couple of days worth of games, all in my Gearing. About half the games have aircraft carriers, the other half were the usual CB mix.

Here are my thoughts and impressions, prefaced by the admission that I am far from a unicum Gearing player...

1. Want a challenge? This is a challenge.

TX ranked means you face, and play with, some of the best players. It's extremely difficult, but undeniably rewarding. Victories feel earned.

2. What about CVs?

Perhaps the MM has been programmed to alternate CV/non CV games, that's how it feels like: One game is CV, the next, none. Honestly, speaking as a Gearing player, I've had my day ruined by a Moskva's 12km RADAR more often than I have by any CV. My main complaint is that since CV and nonCV games play so completely differently as a DD, switching style back and forth every game is brutal, mentally speaking. It's just impossible to find a groove.

3. Doesn't playing a Gearing kinda suck?

It's a dirty job but someone has to do it. Rewards are pitiful, since opportunities to farm damage are so limited. Many of the things a Gearing does to help the team win are worth precisely zero points: smoking up teammates, torp speads which cause a BB to move broadside to the friendly Yamato, defending a cap, etc. So it ain't done for the ribbons, that's for sure. The upside is that you have significant influence on the game outcome, and you don't have to kill a lot of ships personally to engineer the win.

4. What about potatoes in rental ships ruining the games?

As far as I can tell, the MM has been programmed to split rentals evenly between both teams. That doesn't always help: I've seen one game where the enemy had a rental Shima and rental Groz vs two rental BBs on our side. We wiped both DDs in the first 5 minutes and won easily. Most games though they seem to pull their weight, especially rental BBs. It hasn't been a huge problem, though I really don't recommend going into Tx Ranked in any ship you haven't already built up considerable experience in.

5. Speaking of potatoes, how's the salt?

Not so bad. No one likes to lose, and some games you just find yourself with the wrong ships in the wrong position with no viable paths to a win. In those cases I've seen some recriminations, none of them really justified. Pro tip: the people complaining in chat that their DD or CV is a noob generally are the ones who don't know how the game is played. Think carefully about that before venting...

6. What's your Gearing setup?

Glad you asked. It's really nice of WG to allow free captain respecs, I strongly recommend taking advantage of it to iteratively tweak your builds. Try something, see how it works out, repeat. It's a good learning experience. Currently I have DFAA, AA mod 1 and AA mod 2 installed, PM / AR LS / SE / CE RPF captain skills. The last few games taught me that RPF is required. All your opponent DDs have it, so its just a matter of what to give up to get it. For the AA,  it feels like a waste in non CV games, but for the few times CV takes an active interest in you it's well worth the investment. Still, best to stick close to your Worc for maximum safety. Midway squadrons  vs. combined Gearing+Worc AA? They drop like flies.

6. Will you keep playing Ranked?

Yeah. For a while, until the grind becomes unsustainable. The rewards (for advancing) are good, but more importantly it's a good experience. Really tightens up your game.

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10 minutes ago, Rina_Pon said:

1. Want a challenge? This is a challenge.

TX ranked means you face, and play with, some of the best players. It's extremely difficult, but undeniably rewarding. Victories feel earned.

True
 

11 minutes ago, Rina_Pon said:

2. What about CVs?

Perhaps the MM has been programmed to alternate CV/non CV games, that's how it feels like: One game is CV, the next, none. Honestly, speaking as a Gearing player, I've had my day ruined by a Moskva's 12km RADAR more often than I have by any CV. My main complaint is that since CV and nonCV games play so completely differently as a DD, switching style back and forth every game is brutal, mentally speaking. It's just impossible to find a groove.

Just Dodge :Smile_trollface:
 

 

13 minutes ago, Rina_Pon said:

3. Doesn't playing a Gearing kinda suck?

It's a dirty job but someone has to do it. Rewards are pitiful, since opportunities to farm damage are so limited. Many of the things a Gearing does to help the team win are worth precisely zero points: smoking up teammates, torp speads which cause a BB to move broadside to the friendly Yamato, defending a cap, etc. So it ain't done for the ribbons, that's for sure. The upside is that you have significant influence on the game outcome, and you don't have to kill a lot of ships personally to engineer the win.

Play something else? :Smile_trollface:
 

 

14 minutes ago, Rina_Pon said:

4. What about potatoes in rental ships ruining the games?

As far as I can tell, the MM has been programmed to split rentals evenly between both teams. That doesn't always help: I've seen one game where the enemy had a rental Shima and rental Groz vs two rental BBs on our side. We wiped both DDs in the first 5 minutes and won easily. Most games though they seem to pull their weight, especially rental BBs. It hasn't been a huge problem, though I really don't recommend going into Tx Ranked in any ship you haven't already built up considerable experience in.

GIVE RENTAL CVs!!!!!
They are balanced enough to be in game then why not give them as Rentals. I call it BIASED Towards Surface ships...
 

16 minutes ago, Rina_Pon said:

5. Speaking of potatoes, how's the salt?

Not so bad. No one likes to lose, and some games you just find yourself with the wrong ships in the wrong position with no viable paths to a win. In those cases I've seen some recriminations, none of them really justified. Pro tip: the people complaining in chat that their DD or CV is a noob generally are the ones who don't know how the game is played. Think carefully about that before venting...

No U
 

 

20 minutes ago, Rina_Pon said:

6. What's your Gearing setup?

Glad you asked. It's really nice of WG to allow free captain respecs, I strongly recommend taking advantage of it to iteratively tweak your builds. Try something, see how it works out, repeat. It's a good learning experience. Currently I have DFAA, AA mod 1 and AA mod 2 installed, PM / AR LS / SE / CE RPF captain skills. The last few games taught me that RPF is required. All your opponent DDs have it, so its just a matter of what to give up to get it. For the AA,  it feels like a waste in non CV games, but for the few times CV takes an active interest in you it's well worth the investment. Still, best to stick close to your Worc for maximum safety. Midway squadrons  vs. combined Gearing+Worc AA? They drop like flies. 

Pray that you have worcester in a game where you use gearing good tip. REALLY HELPS

 

22 minutes ago, Rina_Pon said:

6. Will you keep playing Ranked?

Yeah. For a while, until the grind becomes unsustainable. The rewards (for advancing) are good, but more importantly it's a good experience. Really tightens up your game.

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Most points I think are quite reasonable, just want to add 2 cents regarding rental ships. Rental ships are similar to what was in CB. They give a chance for people who don't have the necessary ships to contribute (participate) in this instance. How players will perform in them is a different matter. You will have two groups of people: those that adapt and learn how to use those ships quickly and those that have no clue how to play those ships (ever. They attempt to play the ship to their style rather than the other way around). This is what I noticed in clan wars. For me, I rather take out a ship that I know the ins and outs of that fits my style to get the best performance.

I like to think of ranked as clan wars without a proper teamplay plan to start off. Who wins is the team that can read each other and come up with a makeshift plan quickly.

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Best to start early in ranked battle ( 1st League especially) and grind the way up to the next league 

Surprisingly from R14 to R10, i met 2 cv only in whole ranked battle

Spoiler

im lucky af

Some rental ship user performs ,some just have no clue how to play it

3 hours ago, Rina_Pon said:

6. Will you keep playing Ranked?

No.... RUBB first for me!! Ranked..i will let time decide

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