Newly added KM BBs past 4/5+ years
I’ll note them all downhere
- BSM 1945
- Prinz Eugen 1942
- Scharnhorst 1942
These ships come with their standard guns and setups and share one common goal, line battle and range. Besides that, they do not offer heavy shells or are well fit with KM triples(white) except Prinz Eugen 1942.
Their reload is however respective and some of these ships allow for good AA(some of them get cut onAA), but generally, just lack the DPM which is understandable and ok for KM.Though here is what gets tricky, those ships do not offer different shell types besides HE and AP. They’re all meant to be played with range and somewhat lack the secondary role that KM had with its lower-tier ships.
- J39 is obviously range, does have decent AA but lacks the speed to really be effective
- Stresemann range has good AA but lacks the speed to be effective
- K39, ok AA ranged due to gun placement being further than H44, allowing for more slingshot range
- BSM 1945, like H39 range, able to switch shell types on secondary slot with HE Heavy, but lacks decent AA slots Therefore unable to really be effective like O project
- Prinz Eugen 1942 no AA, long range guns just under BB4 range, however, this ship is a special case and will go in more deeply on this later
- Scharnhorst 1942 ranged, decent AA capability much like O project, guns also being triple and longer range than that of O project triples(white)
Much of the design in these ships is very flawed especiallythe last 2 released KM BBs Eugen and Scharnhorst 1942
KM black triples problem
Nice guns, I get the idea, except I don’t think the development team and or balance team gets the idea. These guns were never meantfor range, but rather the DPM they could put out. In the past, the white triples used to have shorter range than they have now, this was because they were never meant to fight on range. However, now they’re modified, given morerange and longer reload, making them lack in DPM and since Scharnhorst is stillnot able to compete much on range like Eugen, what exactly is the idea here?
If you create guns for range with the image of guns that are meant for KM its secondary role, ok, that’s fine, but these ships are both notable to compete much on range since most opponents just beat them with that.The idea of releasing 2 more ranged KM BB3s seems very odd to me.
So why do they really suck? I mean, more ranged triples sounds awesome right?
They’re extremely flawed, not only because you cannot pick more shell types, but also because they’re just modified on the range, that’s it.
If we look at the KM triples, they got a fair shell velocity with their range. So shell velocity X range seems to be well balanced.
Now when we look at the black triples, only their range has increased, but their shell velocity in balance to that hasn’t increased. This creates problems when aiming which is very unusual for KM to actually be asked to pre-aim. Especially if those are 30 angle guns.
They’re also having an increased reload for seemingly noreason, I suppose it’s done to compensate for the extra range which is a verypoor decision when you know that they are never meant to be used for range.
Converting these guns into ranged guns is an extremely weird and odd idea if you’d ask me.
White triples vs black triples
Now O project 1942 can fit the N guns of the H39(still whitetriples are better), has 1 more support slot than the new released Scharnhorst1942, why would we buy a ship with less flexibility and effectiveness?
Prinz Eugen on the other hand has a reasonable hitbox, Ifound that despite her lacking in AA, she’s much more compatible with the white KM triples. Because A) she’s small B) she got speed, she goes 47 knots withthose and C) quick reload, able to switch to heavy shells at closer rangemaking this BB extremely lethal and D) she ignores armor cuz max angle 30.
Scharnhorst1942 surprisingly seems to be performing better with the white triples too, because they’re easy to aim and it works like an Oproject with decent AA. The speed is also very respective, that being 44 knots.
The AA layout makes it less flexible than O project and gives it one less support slot, but it still performs excellent as opposed to Oproject 1942.
Though O project 1942 is still better and so it kinda renders this BB useless. If the black guns are trash and it doesn’t offer more than O project, then what is the point of it?
Prinz Eugen is a beauty of a KM BB, it performs better than both BSM when equipped with the lethal white KM triples. Every match I do in this BB
gives me a dmg score of 120k+ and dodging shells has never been so easy. The BBhas a smaller hitbox than Bismarck and yet it still goes faster than a O project,that being 47 knots. I suppose that’s a fair trade for not having AA.
Then equipped with heavy shells on the secondary slot allows this BB to be very lethal when closing in on the range.
I understand that this combination was not very intended by the development team, but it packed out pretty well.
Of course, if you really can’t miss your AA guns, you canfit KM40s and cross-fire them on 3 slots which allow for decent AA cover. Butyou’ll trade in 2 knots for that.
For now, I keep it like this and hope this may be enough information and feedback for the team.