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ASW Fletcher Viable?

ASW Fletcher Viable?

The ASW Fletcher is underused in Island Capture thanks to the fact that ATM Avenger's FIDO could sink subs quickly, along with that ATM's Tiny Tim rocket can cause heavy damage to ships and Headquarters alike. However, I thought that the ASW Fletcher upgrade could serve as carrier/battleship escorts over the TBM unlock for a number of reasons:

Sonar: Because of it's improved range, it can detect submerged subs over a larger area, something TBM can't do as they don't have sonar at all, so the planes have to rely on other ships to detect subs.

Hedgehog Launcher: Now, the launcher can take out subs quickly due to the large number of depth charges launched, but still not as fast as TBM's FIDO, but the reload time for the Hedgehog is fairly fast, while the FIDO takes a great deal of time to reload, if the option is on, if not, they need to make a trip back to the carrier to be replenished. Supposedly there is more than one sub? The ASW Fletcher can simply fire again and again till all the threats are eliminated, thanks to the fast reload time, something TBM can't do.

Cost: The ASW only costs 100 points, while the TBM costs twice as much, so you can have cheap but decent sub protection by tagging a ASW to a task force or ship. (The sonar can cover the entire battlegroup, giving sub detection before it goes for a ship.)

Versatility (At the moment): So if you stick a FIDO to the TBM, you are sacrificing the anti-ship capabilities of Tiny Tim for anti-sub, while the ASW Fletcher still keeps it's anti-air guns and torpedo launchers, so it can still engage more targets then a FIDO-carrying TBM could. (True, the ATM's Tiny Tim can take out battleships and bases faster than the ASW, but that's over the entire match, but the ATM with a FIDO doesn't have the Tiny Tim with it at the moment.)

Torpedo Protection: Say, a sub got in range and fired it's torpedoes at your carrier or battleship. Your carrier/battleship would have a tough time dodging it as it is A: Slow and B: A Huge Target. So your only option would be to take control of one of the destroyers and take advantage of it's speed to get between the torpedoes and carrier, absorbing them yourself, something that the TBM can't do. Well, actually, you can take out one of the torpedoes if you are lucky and desperate by crashing your TBM into one of the torpedoes, destroying it. It's possible, but like I said, you need to be lucky. Besides, one torpedo out of 8 fired from a I-400 (Example). 7 torpedoes is enough to sink, if not seriously damage, your carrier or battleship. The ASW Flecher would probably sink to that kind of firepower, but it's sinking carcass can still block incoming torpedoes, allowing the other ASW Fletcher to go after the sub (If there's another one, if not, allows your prime ship prepared to evade more torpedoes). Note: If only a few torpedoes is fired from the sub, the ASW could possibly survive thanks to it's increased underwater armor.

These are just my thought on how the ASW Fletcher can be used that the TBM Avenger (which is a popular unlock) can't in Island Capture. Now is it actually useful enough to choose it over other unlocks that's available? Clearly, it's only useful if your opponent is going to use subs, but lacking in other categories, but it's your opinion if you want a anti-sub protection for your ships. Yes, the standard Fletcher or the Allen M. Sumner  has good anti-sub because of the 6 depth charge launchers in the back, but that doesn't have the ranged advantage of the Hedgehog Launcher. (ASW Fletcher still has those 6 depth charge launchers, so it can still go after subs hiding under ships, just a note.)

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You got it covered pretty well. I think the reason it is so underused is because on small maps (mostly reliant on CL and DD) players would rather unlock a better DD such as the Sumner with more guns. On the larger maps BB unlocks are preferred. Let's face it - on Large Dreadnought if the centre base is captured and it spawns Iowa/Montana class BB's the other side will have a really bad time. Medium sized maps tend to be dominated by airpower.
I very seldom see any player using subs and if they are used they tend to run the edges of the map trying to sneak behind enemy lines to capture bases and the player generally only spawns 2 or 3 of them.
To this extent I made submarines important factors in the new maps I made for BSP - specifically Operation Midway and Endgame. Endgame has a lot of subs and includes the ASW. One rogue sub on one of these maps can take out the objectives with little effort.
For the ASW to be seen on IC would require subs to be a prominent threat and right now that is not the case. I also noticed that Ohka and TBM rushing is not as common any more. I think I see it in 1 out of every 15 games. People much rather spam Yamato/Iowa classes than anything else.

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Which sucks and is the reason I hate IC..  It's a great concept.. but insta spawn ships.. makes it feel as if there really is no losses suffered when this happens.. especially when it's a high point match. I wish there were limitations to the units spawned.. like 2-3 BB 2-4 CA 3-5 CL 2-3 Carrier, #> DD.   And some time to build.. it would have made sense.. but with how it is now.. it just blows.

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The system used by World in Conflict is a prime example of how IC should have worked.

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Axis_Crusher wrote:

You got it covered pretty well. I think the reason it is so underused is because on small maps (mostly reliant on CL and DD) players would rather unlock a better DD such as the Sumner with more guns. On the larger maps BB unlocks are preferred. Let's face it - on Large Dreadnought if the centre base is captured and it spawns Iowa/Montana class BB's the other side will have a really bad time. Medium sized maps tend to be dominated by airpower.
I very seldom see any player using subs and if they are used they tend to run the edges of the map trying to sneak behind enemy lines to capture bases and the player generally only spawns 2 or 3 of them.
To this extent I made submarines important factors in the new maps I made for BSP - specifically Operation Midway and Endgame. Endgame has a lot of subs and includes the ASW. One rogue sub on one of these maps can take out the objectives with little effort.
For the ASW to be seen on IC would require subs to be a prominent threat and right now that is not the case. I also noticed that Ohka and TBM rushing is not as common any more. I think I see it in 1 out of every 15 games. People much rather spam Yamato/Iowa classes than anything else.

If the Hedgehog Launcher depth charges could actually damage ships, acting like weak bombs (but there is 24 of the projectiles per volley) , would more people use the ASW Fletcher? The launcher is fairly close ranged compared to the guns, but just a thought.

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I love the ASW Fletcher.

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It would still be only effective against smaller craft and mainly in self defence.

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It would pretty much only damage PT boats then and no PT has any business being that close to an enemy DD

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