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Content_WG #1 Posted 24 August 2021 - 10:03 AM

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Once again missions like these are too short and we should be able to complete them with tokens. Wargaming greed prevails. 

 



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trikke #5 Posted 24 August 2021 - 01:06 PM

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one special skill replaces Eagle Eye and the other replaces Fire Resistance       both are almost required for bombers

 

all are chained to the B-17G    i hate that stuff

 

but the special skills have nothing in common with the skills they replace

 

and one skill enhances dive bombing!     who has even considered dive bombing in a B-17?


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Second skill is basically useless for B-17. 5% acceleration while boosting? What’s that going to do? WG wants us to dive with a high altitude bomber? Nice!

 

 

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View PostGeorgePatton, on 24 August 2021 - 02:13 PM, said:

Second skill is basically useless for B-17. 5% acceleration while boosting? What’s that going to do? WG wants us to dive with a high altitude bomber? Nice!

 

 

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I wondered about that, too.  I can't figure out what this pilot would be good for, even if you didn't use the B-17G skill.  Frankly, the B-17G needs some defensive help with the XP-54 in the T6 skies.  These skills are not going to defend against a one-cooldown-cycle kill that the XP-54 can deliver.

Normally, I collect planes and pilots, but I think I'll skip this one.  The weekend event where I can play my La-5 and my I-16 for parts and equipment sounds more my speed.  Maybe I'll get enough XP for the La-7?  Oh, yay.  Yet another Soviet LF line to grind.  :)  My Yak-19 has already been begging for more play so that I can get the -30, and I JUST earned back all the silver I spent on the MiG-15bis.

Fun detour there, but yeah, this special pilot doesn't really feel like they are going to make the B-17G a contender in the T6 skies.  It'll still be a fat XP balloon to pretty much any of the HFs that live there.



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The increased bomb damage, spread, and boost time will come in handy.  But I also wish they hadn't taken away that fire skill.
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View Post94EXPOS, on 24 August 2021 - 06:56 AM, said:

Once again missions like these are too short and we should be able to complete them with tokens. Wargaming greed prevails. 

 



What the F888 are you on about, mate?  You have month to do something about this. Free to play style.
And if you dont wanna grind then whip out your wallet, warrior. and get you those certs. Pay to win style. 

You mad about WeeGee greed? What rock have you been hiding under?
My bank hasnt process transactions with them all year now thanks to all the money laundering they are implied to be doing in Cyprus.
 

View Posttrikke, on 24 August 2021 - 08:06 AM, said:

one special skill replaces Eagle Eye and the other replaces Fire Resistance       both are almost required for bombers

 

all are chained to the B-17G    i hate that stuff

 

but the special skills have nothing in common with the skills they replace

 

and one skill enhances dive bombing!     who has even considered dive bombing in a B-17?


This was done on purpose I can imagine someone in the dev team going "according to spreadsheet every bomber player uses both of these skills. Even when other options are available.
So we need to encourage them to try different stuff. Lets give them a special pilot to force them to try new things." 

The loss of fire resistance is a problem. But the B17 is relatively difficult to set on fire.
And it is a one point Master skill that if you combine it with Demo expert actually makes it stronger by a considerable margin than the pre nerf demo expert.
Increased boost duration is nice. Because that is how a b-17 gets anywhere it needs to be. Long story; short:  Now the B-17 flips caps faster and harder than ever before. Which is what its is actually supposed to do
As opposed to being a flying no fly zone (especially in conjunction with other bombers.)  And with all those OP-54's out there; focusing on faster capping is important. 

As for the stick me in any american premium plane skill ...
Loosing eagle eye hurts a bit. especially on a Pilot that will be spending time in bombers that enjoy manually targeting problem players at max range.  But Cruise Flight is still available so its not the end of the world.
And with it you wind up getting a one point skill that grants dive and boost acceleration that otherwise require an Advanced Polished Skin and Advanced Boost Injection System. without any of the usual nerfs associated with that equipment (beyond loosing access to Vigilance). 

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View PostGeorgePatton, on 24 August 2021 - 09:13 AM, said:

Second skill is basically useless for B-17. 5% acceleration while boosting? What’s that going to do? WG wants us to dive with a high altitude bomber? Nice!

 

 

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In a B-17 this 'seems' useless. Sure that boost acceleration means you can do shallow boosted climbs at best speed in transit and then have the means of turning that altitude into a useful dive speed if you need to make an escape. 
I do agree that this is not very B-17 like behavior. But tier 6 is no longer the tier where american bombers can do the whole "so I just walked [flew] in there [at optimal altitude] and started blasting [at everything that moves]" meta that they normally do. So now they have options. 

But what we need to do is think Outside of the box here.
So we have a pilot that is extra good at going up and down in a hurry. A pilot that will most likely also have ... Demo Expert + Cruise flight.maybe some other stuff probably Engine Guru or the Battle Tested tree.
Which means all those premium planes that like to go up and down and also have some ordnance will be favored by this pilot.  (F5F, XP-50/75, and ESPECIALLY the A-26 come to mind) 
But at the same time If you are tired of moving the mud you can hop into the likes of a Goblin or Shooting Star and make the most of that climbing and diving mechanic. 
Miller is no Mary Loveheart  by any means.  At least it lets me do something else with my 12 point B-17 pilot

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Edited by wylleEcoyote, 24 August 2021 - 04:34 PM.

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View PostGeorgePatton, on 24 August 2021 - 09:13 AM, said:

Second skill is basically useless for B-17. 5% acceleration while boosting? What’s that going to do? WG wants us to dive with a high altitude bomber? Nice!

 

 

Cheers!

Glenn

 

It is called food for the low altitude Russian fighters that can't get above the trees. 

It also convinces those many " nose bleed " pilots to come down to an easy Heavy kill zone. 

Not that i play any plane in a conventional manner but I guess that is what they are thinking. 

 



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now i'm starting to worry about the special 410 pilot

 

if they remove Eagle Eye and replace it with...  say, 5% boost on the pilot's ability to count to 100 in his head      or something equally useless 

 

how about "Grow A New Leg" skill?     reduce respawn time by 20%      that would be very useful, and would really boost sales, WG

 

that's what you want, and that's what we want, in return

 

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First, thank you for the breakdown of the missions. Only improvement I recommend is details of required achievements. 

For example "Receive thethunder_hires.pngThunder achievement" What type aircraft can earn this achievement? What are the exact requirements?

Every mission/campaign I find myself having to look up this information. Even the in-game info can be vague concerning requirements. Does it need to be done in one battle or sortie?  

 


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The missions are reasonable. I think I will stick with Mary Lovehart for B-29C but look forward to finally speccing my the B-17G with this pilot.

Most importantly it is great to see continued development and events like this.

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View PostZEROmark1, on 24 August 2021 - 08:34 PM, said:

First, thank you for the breakdown of the missions. Only improvement I recommend is details of required achievements. 

For example "Receive thethunder_hires.pngThunder achievement" What type aircraft can earn this achievement? What are the exact requirements?

Every mission/campaign I find myself having to look up this information. Even the in-game info can be vague concerning requirements. Does it need to be done in one battle or sortie?  

 

 

400 capture points for destroying ground targets in a single battle. 

Can normally be done only in a GAA or Bomber. 

Very rare you can get it in a Multi-role, Heavy or fighter. 

I have gotten a few in my tier 1 P-12 

But that was a loooong time ago. 



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A good US bombardier should be good in any US bomber.  Just like a good British fighter pilot should be good in any British fighter.  A good German heavy pilot should be good in any German heavy.  Etc.

 

When they fixed that “bug” I lost interest in the special pilot thingy.  Too nitch.  Unless the guy/gal is for a plane I just adore and the skilz make sense… and I do like some bombers… but the 17G is not one of them.  


but maybe this guy has bugs?  I like buggy spec pilots.  Who doesn’t?



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I have observed that when WG has one of these "Certificates" events (XP-54, B-29, etc), the WoWP becomes a different game.

 

I expect to be placed in some uphill battles from the start and some downhill battles from the start.  I consider that "normal".

 

But I have noticed a trend now that on the Certificate events, most if not all battles are "uphill" even when there is no talent on the opposing team.  (blue bots fail to take any sectors, red team rolls over the map unbelievably early, etc)

 

I have to conclude that this is not a coincidence, but WG's approach to entice players to buy the Certificates, or to pay for advantages in the game, like Gold Ammo, Premium Planes, Crates, etc, to assist getting through all the event requirments.

 

In short, it's a scam to for money.  As for this particular Event, well I gave up on my American bombers because I found myself disproportionately bottom tiered, especially flying the B-17G and B-32, resulting in zero motivation to get the B-29.


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coulda been worse...

 

it could have been chained to the D


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View Posttrikke, on 26 August 2021 - 01:49 AM, said:

 chained to the D

Just your speed.  ;)



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 Increases acceleration with boost and in a dive by 5%

 Is that 5% either while diving or while boosting?

or only when boosting and diving?


C'est magnifique, mais ce n'est pas le SerB.




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