Dame near perfect... For both armour and mast.
And this is coming from a sceptic.
Tested extensively with 'Victory today doing Curse Order missions' & for the first time in ages I can feel, & indeed see, the direction you guys are now heading in.
Battles around the 350m - 250m is pretty much the new meta for ranged engagements. Which is fine, very comfortable distance for ranged shots.
Victory using all Long 12's approx 250m -
Targeting the top masts at this range is very effective. Even with Long 12's against 3rd Rates / St Pavel's.
Taking down lower mast on the 3rd Rates at 250m with Long 12's was still very doable. The St Pavel on the other hand proved to be a much tougher process for the Long 12's even as close as 150m / 100m.
So much so I had to disengage from the St Pavel. I simply run out of broadside armor.
Victory using 2x deck of Long 24's & Long 12's approx 250m -
Nothing really changed for the 3rd Rate maybe the process for a complete demast was quicker overall. The reload on the Long 24s coupled with missed shots on the lower mast may have negated their extra pen value.
Which is a good thing...
The St Pavel on the other hand felt very different. The Long 24s made a world of difference on mast shots. Top masts still came down just as easily but the lower mast... I could tell the Long 24s were making the difference.
Within 25min both ships were demasted.
Overall impression of 9.82 -
Much closer to what I think is a pretty decent end game model for damage. I am sure there will still be tweaking here and there but it feels great now.
Like a game again... not work