Don't add ANY stat enhancing features to the NTC program

Don't add ANY stat enhancing features to the NTC program

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Mart van de Lisdonk started this petition to Wargaming

Wargaming has announced a new program called the 'Naval Training Center'. The proposed idea is that it will allow players to statisticly improve existing ships, from tier VI and up, by allowing players to spent a new currency. This new currency can only be obtained by re-grinding entire shiplines from certain nations SEVERAL times over. (Or by paying a huge amount of real money in order to convert Free-Exp to bypass the grind). The main issues are the following:

Problem 1, pressuring players to remain competitive:

Not only is this going to widen the gap between newer players and veterans even more, but its also going to have a real negative impact on the health of the game in the long run. By allowing people to boost the stats of ships, you create a situation where people need to grind EVEN more in order to get on a level playing field.

Right now the "endgame" of World of Warships is a fully upgraded tier X ship with a 19 point captain, a full set of signal flags, premium consumables, and (in some cases) a Legendary Upgrade. The signal flags and premium consumables can be bought directly. The ship and the captain are the main grinding points. You need to unlock the ship itself and then you need to train a 19 point captain for that ship. That is already a long and time consuming grind. Ones you got all of that, you are basicly 'done', since there is no way to enhance the combat parameters of a ship even further. With this proposed NTC system, there will be new ways the enhance the performance of ships. And all of this is locked behind a huge grind/paywall, a size of which we have never seen before. This puts pressure on a lot of high tier players since now they need to start grinding again for a very long time in order to remain competitive. Not only in Random battles, but especially for the competitive modes (since now matter how small the improvement is, an improvement is an improvent and you need to have it in order to remain competitive at the highest level of play).

Problem 2, balance:

If the proposed system would be implement then that would create extremely large balancing problems for pretty much every high tier ship. Wargaming is currently busy to balance out aircraft carriers for the past couple of months. And the balancing will probaly continue for the next couple of months. Point is; they are already having issues to balance out ONE class (also the smallest class since there are only 16 aircraft carriers in the game). But now they want to go ahead and tinker with litterly ever single ship high tier ship in the game. Some ships are already very good in a certain area. If you would apply flat buffs to every ship in a certain class then that would lead to some ships performing extremely well in a certain area, which could cause major balancing issues.

Problem 3, putting off new players:

If a system like this would be implemented then that would give long time players an even larger advantage over new players. Long time players already have the luxury of having fully upgrades ships, with very well trained captains, and they are generally also better at the game. New players are already at a pretty big disadvantage, even when you put raw skill aside. Widing the gap between good players and new players makes the entry level of the game even higher then it already is. This disencourages new players to even get into the game in the first players, which in the long term, is going to lower the player numbers. If there are barely any new players coming in and old players are leaving, then that is gonna lower the size of the playerbase. Which for a multiplayer focused game is a very bad thing.

Possible solution:

Put in order rewards as in incentive for players to use the NTC system and play the lower tiers again. You can put in any reward AS LONG AS IT DOESNT ALTER THE PERFORMANCE of ships. Good rewards could be: unique camoes, giving silver ships premiums status for free commander swapping, giving ships additional resoursce boosters like Credits, Captain Exp, Free Exp, or maybe even Coal.

Or there could be totally new visual customazation options the likes of which we have never seen before. For example: coloured shell tracers for main guns, coloured tracers for secondary guns, coloured tracers for AA and flak explosions, custom horns, unique flags, unique animations that play upon achieving an achievement (like the fireworks for Yamamoto and Halsey, or the emergency flare for Kuznetzov), or maybe even have stickers that people can apply on their ships.....

If you give people the option to grind for cool cosmetics to show of, then people will most definitly grind for that.

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