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03:32 Tier X Carriers
12:04 Tier X Destroyers
24:48 Tier VIII Destroyers
33:16 Tier X Cruisers
51:29 Tier VIII Cruisers
58:00 Tier X Battleships
01:25:06 Tier VIII Battleships
01:35:15 Quick Hits
Hi listeners! This weeks episode of the Warships Podcast is an epic one as the show welcomes back Aerroon to do a Ranked Season preview, and get his thoughts on the various changes and different aspects of the game since his last visit. Kelorn and Aerron starts the show off reflecting on their trip to St Petersburg to visit the World of Warships main development studio. Sharing experiences and funny stories, we get a good look into the great time they had with everyone and the great success Wargaming had in doing this Community Contributor Summit.
Venturing into the heart of the main show's theme. The cast and crew discusses the next Ranked Season to come. This upcoming season will feature many changes including the introduction of Tier 10 category ships as the main focus from battle ranks 10 to 1. The crew begins discussing each category and starts with Carriers. Unlike recent Clan Battles rule sets, this season of Ranked will indeed have Tier 10 Carrier options. Many changes are coming to the top tier carriers USS Midway and HIJMS Hakuryu, and the podcast reflects on what the changes will bring to the meta. Continuing right along the podcast gets into the next category, destroyers and the ever ominous present of radar that Tier 10 ships can bring. Discussion on game play and meta is hashed out in depth with focus on radar and counter radar tactics. Further talk on what destroyers will be viable in this meta as well as speculation on future ships that may or may not be available soon. All the destroyers are discussed and debated and tactics are hashed out giving the looming presence of effective radar. The crew also bring up the Tier 8 category of play that is required before reaching Rank 10 and what ships would be viable in this meta.
Bridging from the Destroyer discussion and the topic of radar, the cast and crew cover the Cruiser category. Which the podcast believes might be one of the more effective category types over previous Ranked Season rule sets due to the utility and power of many Tier 10 Cruisers. Reflection on how effective Cruisers are in Clan Battles is discussed and correlated to the possible meta for this coming Ranked Season. Key cruisers of note in this debate are; USS Des Moines, KMS Hindenburg, HIJMS Zao, VMF Moskva, and HMS Minotaur. Speculation is also briefed, bringing up the upcoming USN Cruiser split and what radar focused USS Worchester might be like in this Ranked setting. Radar Minotaur is also a topic of jokes and serious discussion. The crew finishes this category with a quick run down of the Tier 8 category of cruisers. Cruisers of note are; HIJMS Atago, VMF Kutuzov, and KMS Hipper and KMS Prinz Eugen. From Cruisers to Battleships the podcast crew gets into the heavy metal. Battleships, a popular category among many players, and the cast and crew go through the ins and outs of the many options for this category. Discussing the effectiveness and principles of overmatch for armor and the giving ranges of some engagements. Speculation is had as to what maps will be present and how those maps will handle objective wise and game play wise verse the other category of ships. The classic HIJMS Yamato vs USS Montana debate is continued as well as the new entrant, Republique which has been popular as of late even showing an uptick in use in Clan Battles. KMS Großer Kurfürst and the secondary build is debated and the crew explains why this ship might have issues in the possible meta for this Ranked Season. The topic of battleship AP rounds vs destroyers is brought up and discussed in relation to the popular destroyers that might be seen in the meta. Rounding out the battleship discussion, the podcast team brings up the Tier 8 options. Which are most notably HIJMS Amagi and USS North Carolina, and KMS Tirpitz. Richelieu?!? Whats that???
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