WoWS – European Destroyer, British Heavy Cruiser and French DD Marceau Changes

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Changes to British heavy cruisers

Main battery reload times were changed:

  • Surrey, tier VII: from 13 to 12.5 s;

  • Albemarle, tier VIII: from 14 to 13 s;

  • Cheshire, tier VIII: from 15 to 13 s

  • Drake, tier IX: from 16.5 to 18.5 s;

  • Goliath, tier X: from 19.5 to 19 s.

We adjusted the parameters of British heavy cruisers based on testing results.

Changes to European destroyers

For researchable tier V-X destroyers and Småland:

  • The number of charges of the “Repair party” consumable was increased from 1(2) to 2(3).

European destroyer Romulus, tier III:

  • Main battery reload time was reduced:

    • For basic guns from 6 to 5 s;

    • For researchable guns from 6.5 to 5.5 s.

  • Detectability ranges were reduced:

    • By ships from 6.94 to 6.14 km;

    • After firing main guns in smoke from 2.47 to 2.2 km;

    • By planes from 2.28 to 2.02 km.

European destroyer Klas Horn, tier IV:

  • Main battery reload time was reduced from 6.5 to 5.5 s.

  • Detectability ranges were reduced:

    • By ships from 7.12 to 6.32 km;

    • After firing main guns in smoke from 2.54 to 2.25 km;

    • By planes from 2.76 to 2.45 km.

European destroyer Visby, tier V:

  • Main battery reload time was reduced from 6.5 to 5.5 s.

  • Detectability ranges were reduced:

    • By ships from 7.12 to 6.23 km;

    • After firing main guns in smoke from 2.54 to 2.25 km;

    • By planes from 2.76 to 2.45 km.

European destroyer Västerås, tier VI:

  • Main battery reload time was reduced from 6.5 to 5.5 s.

  • Detectability ranges were reduced:

    • By ships from 7.66 to 6.86 km;

    • After firing main guns in smoke from 2.75 to 2.44 km;

    • By planes from 3.24 to 2.9 km.

European destroyer Skåne, tier VII:

  • Main battery reload time was reduced from 3.5 to 2.8 s.

  • Detectability ranges were reduced:

    • By ships from 7.66 to 6.86 km;

    • After firing main guns in smoke from 2.75 to 2.44 km;

    • By planes from 3.52 to 3.15 km.

European destroyer Öland, tier VIII:

  • Main battery reload time was reduced from 3.5 to 2.5 s.

  • Detectability ranges were reduced:

    • By ships from 8.02 to 7.22 km;

    • After firing main guns in smoke from 2.9 to 2.57 km;

    • By planes from 3.46 to 3.12 km.

  • “Surveillance Radar” consumable was replaced with “Defensive AA Fire” consumable.

European destroyer Östergötland, tier IX:

  • Main battery reload time was reduced from 3.0 to 2.0 s.

  • Detectability ranges were reduced:

    • By ships from 8.02 to 7.22 km;

    • After firing main guns in smoke from 2.9 to 2.57 km;

    • By planes from 3.46 to 3.12 km.

  • “Surveillance Radar” consumable was replaced with “Defensive AA Fire” consumable.

European destroyer Halland, tier X:

  • Main battery reload time was reduced from 2.5 to 2.0 s.

  • Detectability ranges were reduced:

    • By ships from 8.92 to 7.62 km;

    • After firing main guns in smoke from 3.32 to 2.73 km;

    • By planes from 3.95 to 3.38 km.

  • “Surveillance Radar” consumable was replaced with “Defensive AA Fire”.

  • Torpedo tubes reload time was reduced from 110 to 100 s.

European destroyer Småland, tier X:

  • Main battery reload time was reduced from 2.5 to 1.8 s.

  • Torpedo tubes reload time was reduced from 110 to 100 s;

  • “Surveillance Radar” consumable was added:

    • Charges: 2 (3);

    • Reload time: 180 (120) s;

    • Action time: 15 s;

    • Detection range: 7.5 km.

  • Torpedo parameters were changed:

    • Torpedo range was reduced from 15 to 12 km;

    • Torpedo speed was reduced from 86 to 76 kt;

    • Torpedo detectability range was reduced from 1.8 to 1.6 km.

The original concept of European destroyers saw them excel at using torpedoes from long range while being highly vulnerable in close combat with other destroyers due to their high detectability ranges. However, testing showed that the detectability of these ships was too high: they were easy to find and destroy, either by focused fire or in a duel. We’re now lowering their detectability ranges and increasing their main caliber reload speed to help them stand a better chance against other destroyers. The addition of the Defensive AA Fire consumable will improve their already strong capabilities against enemy planes. With the new consumable and improved parameters, Surveillance Radar would make European destroyers too effective in almost all situations, thus it was removed.

Småland has weaker torpedo armament, a slightly higher detectability range, and more reliable artillery than the same-tier researchable ship Halland. Her main gameplay feature is hunting other destroyers, using her Surveillance Radar to help detect them.

French destroyer Marceau, tier X:

  • Detectability range was increased:

    • By ships from 8.88 to 9.88 km;

    • After firing main guns in smoke from 3.42 to 3.94 km;

    • By planes from 4.84 to 5.38 km.

  • Torpedo tubes reload time was increased from 90 to 120 s;

  • HE shell maximum damage was reduced from 2,100 to 1,850;

  • AP shell maximum damage was reduced from 2,600 to 2,450.

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