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WOWS Devs - Kronshtadt 750K FXP - Stalingrad x 2 Versions - Indianapolis Buff

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Tier VII American Cruiser Indianapolis
9.9 km range of Surveillance Radar makes Indianapolis quite a unique tier VII premium ship. However, ship's qualities as a heavy cruiser are sometimes not enough to react timely to the ever-evolving combat situation. That's why in the 07.5 update the ship gets buffs for her rudder shift and turret traverse which will make Indianapolis' gameplay more lively. 

The cruiser will remain very competitive with the New Orleans, that moves down to tier VII. New stats: 
  • Rudder shift time decreased from 9.1 to 8.4 seconds.
  • Turret traverse speed increased from 6.0 deg/s to 7.0 deg/s.
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Tier IX Soviet Cruiser Kronshtadt
  • Damage Control Party I and II consumables are now similar to those of other cruisers.
  • Active time - 5 seconds; cooldown - 90 seconds for standard and 60 seconds for premium consumable. 
  • Unlimited charges.
  • Spotting Aircraft consumable is moved to the 2nd slot instead of the Hydroacoustic Search.
The consumable set now looks like this:
  1. Damage Control Party, 
  2. Defensive AA Fire/Spotting Aircraft, 
  3. Surveillance Radar, 
  4. Repair Party.
With this toolbox, high-tier Soviet cruisers will always have Surveillance Radar which makes them more uniform and clear for most of the players.
Replacing the Hydroacoustic Search will simply underline the ship's role - fighting other cruisers and battleships.
When it comes to confronting destroyers - Kronshtadt should rely on her maneuverability and Surveillance Radar.
Swapping the Damage Control Party will slightly decrease ship's survivability in close combat, yet her overall survivability is currently the best among all cruisers.

Currently the ship is in the final stages of testing and she will soon become available for purchase in the game client for 750K FreeXP.  (250K FXP Overpriced)
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Tier X Soviet Cruiser Stalingrad
2 versions of the Stalingrad are added to the game to test simultaneously.

First version changes:
  • Fixed an error that made 25mm AA weapons count as midrange aura, these weapons are now considered inner aura.
  • Removed the Defensive AA Fire consumable.
  • Aft and bow plating is decreased from 32 mm to 25 mm.
  • Dispersion radius is reduced to the level of other Tier X cruisers. 
  • Sigma value is decreased from 2.25 to 2.05.
  • Rudder shift time is reduced from 15 s to 12.5 s.
  • AP shell arming delay is reduced from 0.033 s to 0.022 s.
  • Firing range of the main batteries is increased from 20.35 km to 22,89 km.
This first version of the Stalingrad is fairly dependent on "perfect" aiming, and she does reward those plentifully, therefore it's best to duel other cruisers relying on her survivability, that is fairly comparable with her tier X rivals.
This version of Stalingrad wil be AP Only, HE shells availability would make the cruiser too versatile and strong. While Stalingrad is equipped with AP shells only, she does show improved effective in particular situations.
The main task in battle for her will be to find a perfect moment.
Stats of her AP shells should be very helpful in dominating a game with, arming delay, ricochet angles, ballistics and accuracy. The arming delay is decreased to reduce the number of over penetrations against other cruisers.
Second version changes:
Fixed an error that made 25mm AA weapons count as midrange aura. These weapons are now considered inner aura.
Removed the Defensive AA Fire consumable.
Added HE shells with following stats: muzzle velocity - 950 m/s, maximum damage - 4500, Chance of causing fire - 33%.
Main battery reload time is increased from 18.5 to 20 seconds.
AP shell ricochet angles are changed to standard values.

Second version of the ship is mostly a cruiser that has a lot of battleship qualities.

Stalingrad in this config will have her dispersion remain the same as Tier X battleships, they will actually be the main target for her, since against other classes her salvos might not be as effective. That's why we decided to ad HE shells to the ship's arsenal to offset the possibly decreased comfort of having to fire only AP shells, this will add a new facet to Stalingrad's gameplay, by offering players a choice of ammunition when the situation calls for it.

Defensive AA Fire was removed because ship's basic AA values are pretty strong on their own, and when boosted correctly, Stalingrad's Anti-Air is a serious threat to the enemy aviation.

All Stats are not final until stated on the day of release via the World of Warships Regional Websites.
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