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    E-3 Farming done - Johnston finally dropped after a very successful run (more on that later).

    Statistics:
    94 Sorties
    50 Boss Fights
    15 S Clears
    32 A Clears

    Resource Net Loss: 40k/17k/29k/25k + 280 Buckets

    Notable Drops:
    3 Teruzuki
    2 Maruyu
    1 Daitou
    1 Fukae
    1 Johnston

    Fleet Composition:

    The comp was mostly the one used here: http://himeuta.org/showthread.php?14...=1#post1231870
    By the time I got Johnston, Nisshin reached Lv57

    I did made some minor adjustment, like rearranging planes so I get 420 fighter power (still occasionally get AP in certain air strike nodes)
    And for all of the last 11 runs, I swapped out waifu Yuudachi (TCI) and Naganami (DA) for Lv83 Hagikaze and Arashi, both equipped with +6 12.7cm CK2 x2 + Radar.
    Not sure if its luck or something, 8 of those 11 runs reached boss node, consisting of 4S + 4A. The last two runs were after the new friend fleets, both S-Clears (one undamaged cloudy fleet, the other Yamato's Haregi fleet).

    The final run for Johnston:
    My last two runs, after the new friend fleets were implemented, were very successful.

    The last run was unbelievable. All 12 ships were in green, only slightly scratched.

    For Node C and Node ZZ, my two 4-slotter OASW DDs sank the loli sub hime during OASW phase. The Toukai LBAS team is attributable to this. They never seem hit the sub hime before, this sortie they hit her twice, critically.
    This only other time my ships did that was during chipping, where I had a support OASW team running. And it was just one of the nodes, not both.

    During the boss fight, by the end of day battle, my escort fleet was still in good condition but that didn't matter:
    I took this screenshot because Yamato is charming.


    Though it was Arashio's TCI that deal 381 damage to the boss, nearly sinking her.
    And Nisshin easily did the final blow.


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    Got stuck and cannot proceed, then you, my first battleship passionately came: Kongou 143/165, 2016-02-28
    LSC Journey | Taihou 2016-06-16 | Yamato 2016-09-03 | Musashi 2016-09-08 | Bismarck 2016-09-10
    KanDex complete: 2018-03-18

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    @kazenorin Grats!
    Hopefully I get her soon too


    EDIT:

    Holy shit!, 2 sorties after writing that, here she is!


    So glad to be done with farming E3H, now it's time to farm E2, which apparently is almost worse


    Last edited by Danielosama; 01-11-2019 at 07:07 PM.


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    @kazenorin: Congrats. Glad you got her!

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    @Danielosama: Congrats. Yeah, E-2 isn't fun. At least not for me. IF I get to the boss, almost assured S-rank, and seems they put an Friend Fleet for E-2 (can help, but don't expect too much). Problem is my pass rate - stands at about 40% of sorties reaching the boss. Worst farming pass rate I can remember playing over 4 years.

    Not sure if I'm just getting RNG trolled or not, but while there's the obvious gate at Node M, Node I can be an issue. As I posted, Ru-BB don't like me. I've also been taiha'd on every node at least once, but vast majority of retreats due to Nodes I & M. PT Imps are not bad so far.. At the risk of repeating myself, can handle the cost and having to do 100+ sorties (hopefully NOT), but this pass rate is crap. It's too severe, and it's demoralizing. At least give me a chance to roll the dice on getting the right drop rather than back to docks again and again.


    Thanks to Arkayda for the signature.


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    @Danielosama Congrats to you too
    @goesto11 Thanks!

    So now I'm back in E-2 for Hayanami, trying to take advantage of the new friend fleets, so I'm planning to do two things:

    1. Not using Kirishima, Hiei and Yuudachi.
    My poi is locked in E-3 anyway and I'm using Nelson, so it's about replacing Kirishima with Iowa instead.

    2. Not sending any LBAS to boss node, but using them to obliterate node M.
    That would require me to secure at least 172 fighter power by the time I reach the boss node.
    By using 1x SPF on Zara, 1x on Tone, 3x on Mogami, I marginally have ~181 Fighter power, and retained about ~177 at the boss node - but only AD at preboss node N for the strongest comp.
    Not sure if my SPFs would lose ranks to the point I lose AP at boss...

    Comp: 2BB / 4CA(V) + 2CA / CL / CLT / 2DD, 7 Radars. 5 SPFs.
    Nelson / Zara / Iowa / Tone / Furutaka / Mogami + Pudding / Maya / Makigumo / Ooi / Ayanami / Jintsuu

    So far six runs, the results:

    Run #1:
    Two chuuhaas at Node I, LBAS completely wiped out node M.
    Nelson touched at boss because the chance wasn't used at M. AP at boss, but PT Imps refused to die.
    Fujinami Friend Fleet, A-Clear.

    Run #2:
    Clean and green all the way to Node M, where LBAS killed everything but only Taihaaed both Himes. Nelson touch wiped them out before they had a chance to respond.
    AD at preboss (strongest comp). AP at boss, Fujinami again, S-Cleared.

    Run #3:
    Good condition all the way to Node M. Red-T at node M. After LBAS strikes, only a 1-HP Hime and a 19-HP DD left.
    Nelson touch killed them before they had chance. (Nelson touch activated when only the 1-HP Hime was left lol)
    AP preboss.
    AP at boss, one PT imp refused to get hit during day battle.
    The main fleet performed badly (Iowa got sniped early), but somehow only the Hime and a Nu-class was left (Escort performed well).
    Friend fleet was again Fujinami's fleet (Does the Kirishima fleet exist at all?).
    Fine, they managed to kill everything in the main fleet, so my escort was left to deal with that PT-Imp.
    6 vs 1, but it still took 2 TCIs to kill.
    S-Cleared

    Run #4:
    Clean to node M, half a hime and a tsu-class left after LBAS strikes. Tsu-class got murdered by Ooi's minisub.
    Zara scratched the hime, hime retaliated for the first time in four runs but missed.
    Iowa finished her off, which mean Nelson touch was not wasted.
    Boss node was a breeze, barely scratched and only a taihaaed boss was left after day battle.
    Fujinami again.
    S-Cleared

    Run #5:
    Clean till Node M, only one taihaaed hime left, preemptive torp sank her.
    Nelson touch at boss, day battle S-Clear.

    Run #6:
    This time LBAS failed a bit, Nelson did not activate her touch until second shelling phase, but no one was hurt.
    AD preboss again, but still AP at boss.
    Fujinami again, but still an S-Clear

    (Edit: During the 9th run, Hiei's fleet finally showed up; 10th run I got my first retreat, by PT imps from the first node)

    So far so good?

    Some of my ships, especially the escort fleet, were still sparkling though (leftovers from the map clear).
    4 waves LBAS + Nelson touching at Node M seems a bit overkilling at the moment, maybe I should use the touch on Node I instead?
    I'll run several more times before deciding...

    Interestingly, farming E2 is a bit more expensive than I expect.
    It took me 800~1500 fuel / 800 ammo / 400~1500 steel / 50~65 bauxite 2~4 buckets per successful run.
    Whereas E3 took around the same amout on fuel and steel, half the ammo, four times the bauxite and double the bucket per successful run.


    Last edited by kazenorin; 01-12-2019 at 06:18 AM.
    Got stuck and cannot proceed, then you, my first battleship passionately came: Kongou 143/165, 2016-02-28
    LSC Journey | Taihou 2016-06-16 | Yamato 2016-09-03 | Musashi 2016-09-08 | Bismarck 2016-09-10
    KanDex complete: 2018-03-18

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    @kazenorin From my farming run, I would say the threat of node I is low, even though I did retreat a few times there. If you need assurance, you can send 1 LBAS there, but the touch is better used at node M, cos BB Himes having 6 chances to taiha 1 ship is very high. For me, i just sent 1 LBAS base to node M and the other to the boss node cos it sometimes screws you over with red T or that the imps tank the attacks



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    @Ken G Yeah it seems that Ru-flags in echelon normally won't pose much a threat. But for now, I don't want to send any LBAS to boss node yet. Guaranteeing chance to reach boss node and getting at least an A seems to be more important.
    So far I haven't had any Red-Ts yet, can't really judge the impact just yet.
    Kirishima's fleet appears to be pretty rare too, so there really might be a need for extra fire power at boss...


    Got stuck and cannot proceed, then you, my first battleship passionately came: Kongou 143/165, 2016-02-28
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    @kazenorin Oh I forgot that FF is already implemented in E2. Then there is no need to send any LBAS to boss node. Good times ahead lol



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    @Ken G After 6 runs, still going fine. Fujinami came for the fifth time.
    Actually even though it's just three yuugumos, they do quite well and is capable of one-shotting the boss

    But now I'm having some connection issues with the server :(


    Last edited by kazenorin; 01-12-2019 at 05:23 AM.
    Got stuck and cannot proceed, then you, my first battleship passionately came: Kongou 143/165, 2016-02-28
    LSC Journey | Taihou 2016-06-16 | Yamato 2016-09-03 | Musashi 2016-09-08 | Bismarck 2016-09-10
    KanDex complete: 2018-03-18

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    DONE - Hayanami GET. Not bad in terms of number of total sorties, fairly good in terms of number of S-ranks before drop. Pass rate is crap - at least for me (see below on that). At any rate. Mission accomplished: Event cleared and all new ships obtained. Probably should try to take advantage of leveling at E-2 Node Q, but have to see how it goes. Kind of want to get back to playing KCD some as well.

    In case anyone is interested.
    Farming fleet comp in spoiler
    [+] Spoiler


    *OTO 152mm used because secondary and supposed to be bit better for PT Imps and those two don't have art spotting anyway


    Used only LBAS with 4x LBAS bombers twice to Node M and other LBAS with Type 2 LBAS recon + Hayabusa 64th + 2x LBAS bombers to boss node P. This was before taking friend fleet into account (though that will vary as well). Given my pass rate, probably would go with both LBAS groups with all bombers and send at one wave to Node I and 3 to Node M. That should help with passing rate.

    Stats as follows
    Total Sortie = 42
    S-rank wins = 16
    A-rank Wins = 2
    Retreats = 24 of which...
    -- At Node M = 12
    -- At Node I = 8
    Buckets Used = 156 for an average of 3.7 per sortie, obviously much higher for a successful run.

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    @kazenorin @Ken G: Well, I guess I got RNG trolled because I don't think there's something terribly amiss with my fleet (or LBAS, etc.). Like I said, night and day difference in terms of pass rate to boss when clearing and farming compared.

    Regardless, it's done. GL with your farming.


    Last edited by goesto11; 01-12-2019 at 07:51 AM.
    Thanks to Arkayda for the signature.


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    @goesto11 congrats with Hayanami, just got her too.



    thought my S-rank attempt got screwed by Red T. Turned out she decided to appear with A-rank, totally didn't expect that.



 

 

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