The first update of 2019 is one month away from us and it is time to look at what it will bring.
Aircraft Carrier Rework
First, let’s have a look at the recent Development Blog posts regarding the upcoming aircraft carrier rework that will hit the live version with the update 0.8.0 (and way too soon in my opinion)
The fact that Wargaming wants to bring the aircraft carrier rework to the 0.8.0 update is frankly a bad idea.
It is still relatively uninteresting to play, lacks any sort of real complexity and most of all, we are looking at a fair amount of patches to balance the whole system may it be for the planes themselves or the anti-air values.
This aircraft carrier rework is still basically in early-beta.
Now, as a way to make sure people will actually play the reworked aircraft carriers, a special event like the “Royal Navy” or the “In the Name of His Highness” will also be implemented with the update:
New Ranked Battle fused with Arms Race
With the first mitigated success of the Arms Race game mode, Wargaming worked on improving it and it is now coming back to the game as the next Ranked Battle Season.
This 11th season will be at Tier IX which is a bit debatable in my opinion considering that there will be ships like Musashi, Missouri, Jean Bart or Black. However, since the aircraft carrier will have only even-tier ships, you will not be able to bring aircraft carriers in Ranked Battles
With this new version, the following bonuses will appear randomly during matches:
– Reduction of ship detectability;
– HP recovery;
– Main battery and TTs reload speed bonus.
And new bonuses including:
– Consumable reload speed bonus;
– Improved maneuverability;
– The chance of fire changes.
The visuals were also improved since now, we will see the power-ups appearing as parachuted drops from planes.
As for the maps that will potentially welcome this new Ranked Battle season, they are as followed
- Islands of Ice
- Warrior’s Path
- Sleeping Giant
The 0.8.0 update will bring an interesting change in the capacity to reduce the opacity of the fog in some maps. This might be useful for thing like thunderstorms during which the vision was… problematic on some maps.
Lunar New Year
As we enter the year 2019, in February will also start the year of the pig. On this occasion, we are getting activities to celebrate it. New special commanders, ship skins and much more.
New Unique Commanders
The update 0.8.0 will bring us 2 new unique commanders.
In terms of special skills, they will get the following bonuses:
The chance of fire on a target +3% (instead of 2%)
+400 HP for each ship tier (instead of +350)
While Demolition Expert might not be the best on Destroyers, you can’t go Da Rong way with this improved Survivability Expert. Also, I’m not sorry at all for this terrible joke.
Updated Dragon Port
The beautiful Dragon Port will receive for this occasion an overhaul with the introduction of night time, new sounds, a decorated landscape and improved water surface.
New Crates and New Camouflages
As usual, there are two kinds of Crates. One will be obtainable via in-game activities while the other will be available in the premium shop. Their exact content remains unknown.
As for the new camouflages, there is a total of 4 new permanent camouflages and also a consumable camouflage.
Consumable “Lunar New Year” camouflage
-3% detectability range by sea
-4% dispersion of shells fired by the enemy attacking your ship
+100% XP per battle
+50% Free XP
+75% Commander XP
2 new patches are being added to the game
New Commemorative Flag
Crown Colony of Malta 1943-1964
Winner of the “North” season of Clan Battles
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This wraps up this article everyone, I wish you a Merry Christmas as well as a Happy New Year in the event that there are no other articles coming before the start of 2019.