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Smoke Screen.

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Perhaps its just me. I have noticed bringing D.D. to a crawl and then activating smoker screen does not seem to be very effective anymore. In the coverage of the smoke firing on a enemy, no radar or vessels within close range suddenly im faced with broadsides from enemy vessels 10km away. What is surprising is the amazing accuracy. Its not like i have activated a smoke screen but turned on a bright torch, here i am a stationery target. Its almost like a hack. Any thoughts?  

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i use last known position to find range on mini map, and fire forward or aft o that... basically using mini map, same as firing in a cyclone out of visual range... that works alright. Other people are very good at using spotting planes for firing on smoke

 I have been one shotted in my mino, without ever being detected... or even firing a shot... iwas smoking though, and i think a bb ditching ap for he,just got VERY lucky. it happens.

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it's effective

in which is a perfect situation

 

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The thing is; smoke will always be seen from any range. If the opponent knows exactly how to guide his/her shot with the tiny circle on the minimap, and guesses the smoke's position by looking at the terrains around it, he/she can blindshot to the exact spot which works more likely than it was supposed to be. Another thing to note is; smoke camping is still a very common tactic. And due to this, it is safe to assume there is a ship hiding inside the smoke. At 10km, only German BBs struggle to make accurate shots. Most BBs (especially Russian BBs) have workable accuracy at this range while cruisers only need to stop leading their aim.

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If you move predictably, your course and/or position can be predicted whether you are in smoke or not.

I for one have become much better at firing into smoke over the years.

This video might not be a good example (there is no question about where the bot is going) but it demonstrates that smoke does not make you bullet proof.

However it does show that a concealed ship can still have its course predicted.

But I think it's probably just more people becoming more practiced at firing into smoke.

 

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Often, if you smoke up when detected, enemies can still make a lucky guess where you are, especially if you've slowed down.

If you fire from smoke, enemies can use the muzzle flashes to assist aiming.

Even if you weren't spotted, and don't fire, an enemy can make a lucky shot, especially at a bigger ship like a cruiser.

The trick is, don't sit still in smoke. If you smoke camp, move backwards and forwards at 1/4 speed. Making sure to watch for torpedos, which still are a big threat to smokescreens. If you angle you ship a bit, this will also throw off the aim a bit.

Otherwise, sometimes may be better to get out of smoke and reposition, or even move behind it. Smoke will still block LoS even if you're not in it.

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