I made elaborate statistics to disprove this. The Warship redditors got buttmad over it and banned me from their subreddit. I posted totally made-up statistics then under a throwaway account and got celebrated by their crazed cult.
However crazed cults come from somewhere and this somewhere is the 2-5 ranked bracket. Playing there is absolutely different from playing 6-10. My winrate is abysmal, though it’s not seen in the stats because if I lose, I fall back to the 6-10 bracket where I have 80%+ winrate, so I get back almost instantly. I have to remake my strategies, because these players are absolutely not “play like 6-10, just better”.
Every single one of them “is” a star saver. This statement of course makes no sense, a group of star savers would always lose and 6/7 of them wouldn’t even save their star. If everyone plays with the intention of saving stars, playing to win is the winning strategy. Star saving could only work if a tiny minority does it. Also, I know enough of social psychology to don’t assume such selfishness concentration. They are not conscious star savers. They are just horribly fearful. None of them do anything on his own initiative, all of them hide behind islands, half of the cruisers has smoke instead of radar (radar is the most powerful offensive ability, smoke is a weak defensive), nobody pushes, even if the enemy is visibly far away.
They all wait for someone else to make a mistake, preferably in the other group. Their goal is not to win but to not lose, which is the goal of the theoretical star saver.
Playing with them is annoying. They don’t do anything productive and they flame a lot. Probably not watching chat at all helps. Them doing nothing can be utilized: if we are ahead in points, I will not do anything either to not risk changing the status quo. If we are losing, I’ll push. The ironic thing is that my previous strategy wasn’t aggressive at all, but it’s still too aggressive for the 2-5 players. Probably sailing anywhere in line of sight is too aggressive for them.
We’ll see how this will work out.
PS: late night update: I’ll manage:
Rank 5, 2 stars.