This wasn’t cheap either. It cost me all my free XP, most of my elite commander XP and 25M credits. But the result worth it hundred fold. This was really one of my peaks in gaming and I’m smiling ear to ear.
A week ago I wrote about my misadventure with a famous streamer Frazelleth. He is one of the “greatest” carrier players in World of Warships – according to his followers, who idolize him like Shroud is idolized. He ordered me to just stay within range of the other ships to prevent the enemy carrier kill me alone. I muted him and went to torpedo the enemy anyway, hoping that the distraction I create will be enough for the rest of the team to get into better position. He got mad, tried to save me, messed up the pointless 1v1, suicided into a Minotaur and lost his planes. He died soon after and announced “F… this, I play Stalingrad in randoms instead” out of anger.
Chewiecide, a carrier player and a commenter on my blog nicely and patiently explained how I should just sit uselessly because me dying gives 100 points advantage to the enemy team, so I must not play but hope that our carrier wins. He admitted that it’s broken, but still, I must accept my uselessness in carrier games and not try to do anything or I get crossdropped and die.
Well, crossdrop this! (click)
Yup, I bought myself a Grozovoi, despite having no Russian ship before, so I had to Free XP for the ship and elite commander XP the captain up to 13 which is the bare minimum for the ship (red circles are what I’ll pick when I get to 19 pt):
What I did is carefully watching the queue when my Shima was waiting for the battle. When I saw 2 carriers waiting, I’ve delisted and relisted with the Grozovoi and got myself a carrier game. Here’s how it played out:
- I came here after start and waited until the CV scouted that no one is coming to A mid door
- I’ve entered A, captured it and went to the other side, because it was spotted that a battleship tries to break in. I welcomed with torpedoes, but only one hit him before he died to the torpedoes sent from outside to his way by a friendly destroyer.
- The first half of the game was a stalemate with our forces hiding behind the two sides of the atoll and the carriers doing bombing runs on the enemy. This didn’t work too well for the enemy carrier, because not only there was a Worchester in our side, but every time he passed over the atoll, I took down a few planes.
- He clearly credited the plane losses only to the Worchester, so when their side lost the exchanges and I was about to leave A, he took his “opportunity” to catch me far from the Worchester. This cost me a DefAA consumable, 6 torpedo bombers to him, while inflicting zero damage.
- Then I exited A and went strait to cap C. I knew that the big ships aren’t near and assumed that the Yueyang is on B, but even if he’s not, I was confident I could fight it.
- While capping, I spotted the enemy carrier. I waited for the cap to complete and opened fire. He noticed that he is detected and enemy planes were already on me. I ate two torpedoes because my DefAA was still on cooldown, but only two due his squads weren’t full and some planes died approaching me. Then came the dive bombers and a lone torpedo squad but then the DefAA was up again. As soon as I’ve done evading, I resumed shooting, but my torpedoes already reached him and the fires started at the beginning of the encounter finished him.
Here is the result, showing quite a maiden voyage for my Grozovoi in ranked.
I had four more games with the Grozovoi. The next was lost, because our carrier managed to send his ship to the middle of the map instead of planes. While it was saved at 7K HP, it forced everyone to scramble, including me returning from the left side of the map to smoke him and use DefAA on the empty bombers spotting him. We didn’t recover from that one, but I still did good on caps and killed planes:
The next match was a real gem where the “don’t go alone” could be given a middle finger. I capped C, then pushed B full speed with an (also somewhat air defense capable) Des Moines in tow. It was guarded by a lone Grozovoi who clearly wasn’t AA specced as he killed only 1 plane with DefAA and also cared more to return fire to me than to dodge carrier torpedoes. Then I capped it and killed the fighter squad trying to spot me. Finally I went behind them and torped the Worchester marked with arrow.
Another going alone went bad/good, I met with the whole enemy lemming train, gave them a chase, survived a drop, died to the lemmings. By exposing them, I let our team push hard into their spawn and kill the CV. We won that, of course:
We didn’t win this one. I managed to circle the map, trail away a DM, survive 3!!! drops, reach the enemy CV and started shooting it, but we ran out of points, because… great team. I killed more planes than our CV:
No one puts me to the corner. No “meta” can force me to anything because I can always find a way breaking it. Every time I’ll see carriers on the queue, I’ll join with my Grozovoi, sail boldly for far caps and laugh into the face of any “broken, op” carrier!
PS: too bad that the Grozovoi unique upgrade is in Slot 6, instead of 5 like Shimakaze’s. It conflicts with the +25% AA damage upgrade. Or if it’s a Slot 6, it doesn’t increase it further (Shima’s unique conflicts with the -15% torpedo reload upgrade, but gives -25%)