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Friday, May 6, 2016

Fleet Friday: The USS Texas

The Eyes of Texas are upon you,
All the livelong day. 
The Eyes of Texas are upon you,
You cannot get away. 
Do not think you can escape them
At night or early in the morn -- 
The Eyes of Texas are upon you
Til Gabriel blows his horn.
Well, truth be told you can get away from the USS Texas if you happen to be anything other than a U.S. battleship. It only has a top speed of 20.5 knots. But that's hardly anything different than her sister ship the New York which does a half knot better. The speed of the ship is it's biggest detractor. If you are in a base defense match it's not so bad as you can just defend the base. However, in a domination match it's an issue.

Making it an even bigger issue is the 15.6 kilometer range of the Texas. You can purchase this premium ship with the Artillery Plotting Room Modification 1 that boosts your range to more than 18 kilometers, but the dispersion out that far makes it less of a benefit than most imagine. IMO your better off with the 15.6 kilometer range and holding your fire until you're there. The detection range is just less than the firing range so it is possible to get close enough to cruisers and bigger ships.

And when you are close enough the guns of the Texas are devastating to anyone foolish enough to present a broadside, or just be within range if they are in a light cruiser. The Texas is a real alchemist and turns tin cans into Swiss cheese routinely. Interestingly enough, the dispersion of Texas is 14 meters worse than New York, but you couldn't prove it by me. I find the guns when fired at less than 15 kilometers to be quite satisfyingly accurate with armor piercing shells delivering 300 more damage than her New York counterpart.

And due to a slightly different arrangement of superstructure and auxiliary equipment at the center of the ship, the number three turret has a much better firing arc than the New York. This allows the Texas to bring all guns to bear on a forward facing course of approximately 45 degrees. That is much better than the practically broadside course required in the New York.

Another big difference about the Texas than any other battleship at tier V is the antiaircraft rating. The base AA rating of the Texas is 52, more than triple the rating of the stock New York and easily 50% better than the upgraded New York. The Texas comes with two and half times the number if 40 mm Bofors, and that makes a huge difference in AA capability. If you elect to go with the AA Guns Modification 2 module instead of the Plotting Room, and take both Firing Training skills for your Captain, you can get your AA rating up to 72. That's 11 points better than my Pensacola! It's six points better than my Tirpitz with the same captain build but without the AA module. So yeah, the Texas can wreck entire squadrons of the low tier carriers it'll face. But don't think it'll save you from a well executed torpedo attack. You'll get most of those planes on their way out and the Texas doesn't have torpedo bulges.

Here's a just over 13 minute video of my second game in the Texas so you can see for yourself how it plays. Unfortuantely there were no aircraft carriers in this match.

And now for the really important stat. How much? The base package for the Texas in World of Warships is $25.99. That's less than half the price I paid for the Tirpitz. Well, I guess not everything is bigger in Texas. I was very pleased with the pricing as you can tell. I grabbed one up the second I could. I don't regret one cent of what I spent. Now, can we get the Lone Star Flag to fly from her as well?

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