April 23, 2018

World of Warships - Super Akizuki Possible TX Harugumo Image and Video

Super Akizuki Possible TX Harugumo

Fascinating post from TL_Warlord_Roff on the WOWS NA Forum:
For those of us that utterly love driving about in the current tier 8 Akizuki,  (and can manage to do so without constantly being the first DD dead.. occupational hazard in that ship)  these ships are going to be utter monsters.  the tier 9 a slightly improved faster more nimble Aki with one more torp in the spread, and a 6th upgrade slot and the tier X with all of the above and a touch more with 2 more guns.
Lets just say I' happy to hear the Devs (by word of the CC conference in St. P this last week) is focused on remaking  CV's gameplay, you all might be really happy to NOT see the IJN 100mm Goats (4 if you count HSF Harukaze) not running forward to grab cap but sticking back and being real escort ships.
The tier 9 and 10 both look to be dropping most if not all of those nearly useless 25mm mounts for 40mm Oerlikon knockoffs which will give them useful mid-range AA.   As AA escorts they're going to be a handful for CV strike groups.
These ships will cause some significant change to the DD metagame at high tier, but I also predict that
"please, the only experience DD drivers need apply"
  The Aki is a skilled players ship.  The novice can get lucky now and again and have an absolute knee-slapper of a game but most of the time, it's work.  Takes to long to get into position to do the traditional DD role in the game with Aki so you don't really have any choice but to think outside of the box the ship simply does not fit in.  The greater capabilities of the  IX and X ships will give you more options but you might want to be a tad careful about applying those options.  Like the Aki, they're going to be BIG targets as DD's go, and likely as will NOT be noted for being especially stealthy...
When you are at the top of the food chain it's the prey that needs to not be seen!  It's just would not even be remotely fair to have these ships run with typical IJN concealment values.
And me.. I know what I can do with an Aki now.   There is no other DD's out there I have any particular fear of in the Aki.  Even Khab I find most annoying in that they are just screamingly fast..  Shooting at Khabs reminds me of Sandpeople potting pod racers on Tatooine..  ie: not easy!  (always wondered about that, probably too hardcore for NASCAR on road courses but it certainly would make the racing more interesting..only in the movies and in gaming!)
  These will be Aki's on 'roids, and there will be a rage.  It'll be fun!

An image released on April 11th, 2018 of the 2 ships, Kitakaze and Harugumo
Kitakaze and Harugumo
An interesting YT video from Panzerknacker