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I’ve recently started a new account on the EU server; it’s been a unique experience starting over with a clean account with no silver, gold, premium planes, trained crew members, free experience, premium account time, and all the shiny stuff from being an alpha tester. This experience has forced me to carefully spend every bit of currency right from the start, so I wanted to share some tips and ideas with everyone else.

Now, this guide works whether you have 0 games played or 100. You can use it to help get the most out of what you have, whether that is starting from scratch or if you bought $100 worth of gold already.

What this guide also assumes is that you have spent the time doing the tutorial, used the training room to customize your controls, and you have a general idea of WoWP’s basics.

A clean hangar, a fresh start. Here’s how to do it right.

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When I started playing World of Warplanes, I looked at Basic Fighter Maneuvers as flying is mostly about angles and movement.  Reading about the high yo-yo was great as it taught me basic energy combat and is the most useful maneuver to learn in the game.  But I’ve learned to appreciate the flat scissors and rolling scissors.  I’ll cover how to use these maneuvers and when they come up in game.  One of the biggest problems I had at the beginning was figuring out when or why I would need these!  Read through the descriptions and make sure to check out the video below for visual examples and explanations of how these are done.

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Solving puzzles is fun for me.  One of the puzzles that has been difficult to solve is: what actually contributes to winning in World of Warplanes?  In a game where the main goal is to shoot down all the other planes, it seems like more damage equals more wins.  To borrow a phrase from John Madden, “Usually the team with the most points wins the game!”.  Except that in World of Warplanes… it doesn’t.  There are many players out there who have very pedestrian statistics, but they win a shocking amount more than others with similar stats.  Why?  And why are these people with sub-par stats but winning a lot more all in the same clan together?

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Ground Attack Aircraft are, when you get down to, the Artillery of WoWP. Unloved, unwanted and often the target of ridicule and ire from both friend and foe. Few people who have played WoWP can say that they have not looked at their own team, noticed 1/3 of the team is GA and typed in all-chat: “GG”.

Compared to Artillery in WoT though, GA do have some saving graces and while it is possible to play GA with one hand while eating a hearty meal with the other, it is far less likely to be successful than doing the same thing in WoT with Artillery.

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Don’t discount the use of terrain in World of Warplanes even though most of your fights will take place high above the ground. In certain maps, you can use the ground terrain as a defensive weapon and sometimes even as an offensive weapon!

Right off the start, let me say that these strategies should not be your first option when it comes to clearing someone off of your tail. Read on to find out when you should hug a mountain.

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Horizontal fighting is not just for turn fighters; you can perform a boom and zoom style in a horizontal orientation as well. Sometimes, that is the preferred strategy compared to vertical fighting even if you are flying in a high altitude plane.

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The majority of your kills in World of Warplanes will be with your gunnery skills, but there are other ways to down an enemy plane. These four tricks can be used in certain circumstances to get a kill faster or more efficiently than with gun work.

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One of the hardest parts of aerial combat is deciding how and when to join the fight. Do you blaze straight through the centre and engage straight away, hang back and go in later or avoid the fight altogether and go somewhere else? In this article I’ll do my best to answer those questions and improve your decision making!

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So you’ve got in the cockpit of your favorite aircraft in World of Warplanes and have a few battles under your belt. You are looking to become an ace, the best of the best, and you want to do it sooner rather than later. Here are tips for a novice pilot looking to take it to the next level.

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In World of Tanks, it’s critical to gear your chosen war machine correctly for combat, the same holds true for World of Warplanes. There’s a lot of garbage information floating around on both the official portal and the official forums about equipment loadouts, so in this series of guides I want to try to explain the effect that various changes you can make to your aircraft have. This week I’m going to look at the various consumables you can equip on your plane to help you in battle.

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