Since mid-November, I’ve been having a terribad time playing World of Warships. Only this week have I finally put together several nights in a row that I would consider successful.
So, my win rate is continuing to trend downwards, but every other stat is going up. Average damage is probably on the increase due to the higher tiers I’m playing, but I feel better about my play too. I’m using cover more, and having high-damage games even when I play lower tiers. Not that I always do well; I have my share of sub-1000 damage games where everything goes wrong. But I got a little curious today about ship stats during play. Here’s a little of what I found.
Likes FTW! (Popular ships)
Wonderduck and I aren’t the only ones liking the Cleveland. It’s the single most played ship, at 6,484,527 games on the North American server. That’s more than the second place Wyoming by almost a million. It shouldn’t be any surprise that the American navy dominates this stat with 9 of the top ten — only the Minekaze breaks in at #7. The American and Japanese were the first two navies in the game, so the first non-American or Japanese ship is the Koonigsberg at 22 (I can’t do funky umlauts). The Tirpitz at 24 is the highest premium (i.e.: non-free) ship, with the Atlanta at #30. The Wyoming, Cleveland, and Minekaze are the most popular BB, CA, and DD, while the Langley at #23 is the most popular carrier.
For the Gipper! (Winning Ships)
The Flint wins by a full six percentage points (66.92%), but I think it was either removed or only a limited-time premium. The remainder of the top ten are Imperator Nikolai I, Shinonome, Koonig Albert, Iwaki Alpha (another limited-issue ship), Belfast, Kamikaze R, Fujin, Shiratsuyu, and amusingly, the Arizona.(54.78%)
Applied Firepower! (Most Damage)
Carriers and T10′s dominate the top ten in this category. A few CA’s join the club, but DD’s need not apply. In order: Midway (99k), Hakuryu, Yamato, Grober Kurfurst (paper ship), Taiho, Zao, Moskva, Montana (paper ship), Essex, Minotaur. That’s four CV’s, three BB’s, and three CA’s. The appearance of the British T10 Minotaur surprised me. My experiences up through the Emerald (T5), hadn’t prepared me for that. Highest DD is Khabarovsk, at #18 (58.6K)
Sluttiest Ships? (Most Experience Earned on Average)
Hakuryu (it’s a CV), Flint, Midway, Minotaur (again!), Zao, Des Moines, Yamato, Khabarovsk, Moskva, Missouri.. Solid T10′s, except for the Flint(T7) and the Missouri(T9). I think I remember reading that the Flint was pulled because it was broken. This seems to suggest that is true.
Death by the Numbers (Ship kills to Own Death ratio)
That Carriers dominate this is not surprising. That the Flint appears is somewhat less so. That the American-Japanese entrants almost wholly own the top ten might be expected, in terms of player experience. Hakuryu 6.1:1), Taiho, Midway, Shokaku, Essex, Hiryu, Saipan, Lexington, Flint (oh, hi there!), then Ryujo and Imperator Nikoai I tie for 10th at 2.4:1. Interesting that the last are a T6 and T4, respectively.
I WILL Kill Him! (Best Average Ship Kills per game, regardless of deaths)
The dominance of Carriers abate somewhat, though they own three of the top four spots. The fourth? Flint. Yep, broken. Hakuryu (1.5), Flint, Taiho, Midway, Imperator Nikoai I, Koonig Albert, Minotaur, Kamikaze R, Fujin, Iwaki Alpha(1.1). Another interesting point is that half are lower-tier ships; Albert is only a T3, Nikolai and Iwaki are T4′s. Even more curious, the kills per game are much lower than the “per death” ratio… So it’s not that their really deadly, it’s just that they don’t die much? Notably, the Yamato, at #29, is the first ship not to have a 1.0 kill/game ratio, lower than #20′s Nassau (T3 German BB).
Death From Above (Best Average Plane Kills)
Despite American dominance in AA armament, the carriers own this category down to the #16 slot, where (guess who!) the Flint resides. Midway, Hakuryu, Saipan, Essex, Taiho, Shokaku, Lexington, Hiryu, Ranger, Bogue.
I will Survive! (Best Survival %)
Carriers, of course. Taiho, Hakuryu, Shokaku, Midway, Saipan, Hiryu, Essex, Lexington, Ryujo, and despite my best efforts, Independence. At #14, the Zao is the first non-carrier. Ironically, the Arizona is #18, even higher than the Flint‘s #21. Those shitty, shitty Brit cruisers at T4 (Danae) and T5 (Emerald) are #178 and #180. That’s out of 188. Damn but I hated those ships. They pretty much broke Dr.Heinous from playing entirely. Worst ship? Wickes, T3 American DD with a 13% survival rating. And yet it survived multiple battles with the Amagi in Taylor Anderson’s Destroyermen series?
I call bullshit.
Stay on Target! (Best Main Gun Hit %)
Alternately, “most used with hacks.” This category is more varied in tier and nation with the Shinonome(T6, 50%), Z23(8), Hatsuharu(6), Z46(9), Ernst Gaede(6), Albany(2!!!), Kamikaze R(5), Kamikaze(5), Fujin(5), and Z52(T10, 45%). For those not in the know, all the Z-series are German DD’s; the Fujin is “Pan-Asian” (Chinese), and the Kamikaze R was a special limited edition of the Kamikaze.
Eurobeat’s Bitches (Best Torpedo Hit %)
If you don’t get the title, you’ve never seen any of Eurobeat’s Youtube videos. Search for “WOWS Funtage.” The first two are the best. This category is a veritable UN of WOWS, as it’s got all the major navies in it. In order: Katori (15%), Scharnhorst, Geneisenau, Smith, Campbeltown, V-170, Chapayev, Krazny Krym (donuts!), Kamikaze R, and G-101 (11%). The Katori is a T3 Jap cruiser, while the Campbeltown and G-101 are Brit and German T3 DD’s. The USA’s only entry is the T2 Smith.
So that’s all I’ve got time for. Hope you WOWSers found it interesting…
Note: All stats are for PVP.