I’m not far off 50 PVP Battles in World of Warships, and the game hooks I suggested at seem to have disappeared in a rush.
While I feel I am playing the game better, particularly tactically, my statistics indicate I am getting worse at it.
I’ve found I am struggling to hit anything in my Tier 4 Japanese Cruiser (Kuma), and my statistics with the Tier 3 and 4 Japanese destroyers (Wakatake and Isokaze) would be similarly poor if not for some regular open water Battleship kills. Obviously I am up against better opponents who are able to fit upgrades and flags and train their captains – but I don’t think this explains it fully. At close quarters when I am hitting frequently, I’m just not doing any damage. I’ve had long duals against the same or similar ships, where I’d hit them constantly with barely a scratch. Through twisting and turning I avoid most of their incoming fire. When they do hit me, I’ll lose 20% of my health, have a fire started and have some equipment incapacitated.
Feeling as if I had hit a bit of a wall and with a loss of confidence, I went back to looking at YouTube videos. While obviously not anywhere near as skilled, I generally did not think I was making a hash of what I was doing. I then tried working on the US line of ships – mainly the Chester and now the St. Louis Tier 2 and 3 Cruisers. In these lower tier fights I was again hitting more often, but still only doing anemic damage and rarely triggering anything extra. I’ve had several examples where I have made 30+ hits on broadside opponents – a couple beached at close quarters, AP and HE, raking up and down the hull and superstructure, trying to find some sweet spot, but getting no where.
I might well be talking out of my ass, but I assume at the moment that your service level rank in the game impacts your effectiveness against lower ranked players, outside of just tier of the hull. I am currently at rank 10 out of 12. Maybe – getting a premium account early and having a reasonable idea on what to do in the game, shot me up quicker through the service ranks than other players? Maybe the lowering of these hooks / handholding as you progress wouldn’t have felt quite so much like hitting a wall if I had advanced slower.
I might have just been having a bad few days. I will keep pushing on. If I am right in my thinking, there will be a tier to operate at where the other players are all on average ranked about the same.