Before the patch I played the old carriers so I can sell them for free XP, despite I didn’t like the gameplay. Just for the free XP. So I realized that I could “create” more free XP in form of opportunity cost by leveling up both US and UK destroyers as I’m exclusively playing destroyers since I’ve sold my carriers.
There is no better time for that than now, when captain respec and module demount is free. So I dusted off the T7 US destroyer Mahan and played one game:
With it, I had full XP to buy the Benson. I even had XP for the C hull, so the Mahan is now elite. Then I sold poor Mahan. I prefer to keep my port clean and demount is free, so if I’d ever need it (very unlikely), I can just rebuy it. I cleared the captain’s specs for free, now I have a 19pt and 2x 11 pt US captains in reserve. I don’t remember how I got them.
I still had a Nicolas, a T5 US destroyer, with a special captain William F. Halsey on it. I sent it to one win for the 200% XP that will serve as elite commander XP. Then I sold it and moved Halsey to the Benson. Fitted it and got it one win. From the XP gained, I bought the B hull for more HP.
Then I turned to the British line. I had a Jervis I regularly played. It had over 400K XP!!! Since I didn’t research it but got it in an event, I assumed it’s not in the tech tree, but it is. What a waste. I sold it and bought the Lightning after using the 200% XP for the first win. I put the only British captain I have to the T5 Acasta I got also in an event and sent to one win (respeccing is free). I did OK, I guess:
Then I sold the Acasta and put the captain to the T6 Icarus, which was also gained in an event. I put modules on it (never used before) and sent for one win. Then sold it. Demount is also free now. Finally the captain was placed on the Lightning and it was fitted and sent for one win.
So I’ve consolidated my non-IJN ships into these:
PS: oh and my Shima is still hopeless against CVs: