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Unangwata #1 Posted 19 December 2017 - 09:02 PM

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Why people don't say top damage or something like that and they say APHA damage instead. What is it, secret code from "i'm cool" book ?

DaddysLittlePrincess #2 Posted 19 December 2017 - 09:04 PM

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Alpha damage is average damage of the gun. 

Unangwata #3 Posted 19 December 2017 - 09:08 PM

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View PostDaddysLittlePrincess, on 19 December 2017 - 09:04 PM, said:

Alpha damage is average damage of the gun. 

 

I see. So why is average damage an alpha damage ? Just curious..

DaniulSims #4 Posted 19 December 2017 - 09:11 PM

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It's just how it's called, no real reasoning behind it. Besides it sounds cool

 

It's far easier to say "Alpha damage of the IS is 390" rather than "the average damage per shot the IS has is 390"



Unangwata #5 Posted 19 December 2017 - 09:15 PM

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View PostDaniulSims, on 19 December 2017 - 09:11 PM, said:

It's just how it's called, no real reasoning behind it. Besides it sounds cool

 

It's far easier to say "Alpha damage of the IS is 390" rather than "the average damage per shot the IS has is 390"

 

I see. Thanks, you are real Beta with these Delta answers to my Alpha questions.

DaniulSims #6 Posted 19 December 2017 - 09:16 PM

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View PostUnangwata, on 19 December 2017 - 09:15 PM, said:

 

I see. Thanks, you are real Beta with these Delta answers to my Alpha questions.

 

I feel offended being called a Beta, are you implying the greek letter I identify with?

brumbarr #7 Posted 19 December 2017 - 09:16 PM

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alpha is usualy used to indicate the main component of something, where beta something less important.

 THe avg dmg of the gun is the main damage the gun does, whereas module dmg is the secondary part, hence apha.

And saying alpha is a lot easier than anything else really.



samuelx43a #8 Posted 19 December 2017 - 09:17 PM

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Ah, this I can more or less respond to.

 

if you know anything about the greek alphabet, the first letter is alpha "α". 

It is a synonym for beggining. Think of it like when a game goes through it's stages. alpha, beta, and then full release.

 

when you fire, you first deal a X amount of damage, but say you cause a fire, that is secondary damage. this is what I understand why they call it alpha damage, as it is the first you cause.

 

hope this response was somewhat structured.

 

 

 

EDIT: what the others said basicly. it is also our game lingo if you like, and it sounds kewl



Unangwata #9 Posted 19 December 2017 - 09:21 PM

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View PostDaniulSims, on 19 December 2017 - 09:16 PM, said:

 

I feel offended being called a Beta, are you implying the greek letter I identify with?

 

Dont be. I mean you are still in testing stage and not final relase so there is still room for improvement and thats good.

lnfernaI #10 Posted 19 December 2017 - 09:41 PM

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Because Alpha.

Nishi_Kinuyo #11 Posted 19 December 2017 - 09:44 PM

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Just wait for his reaction when he discovers that sigma is also a thing. :trollface:

Pansenmann #12 Posted 19 December 2017 - 09:51 PM

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usually it's alpha vs. burst

depends on the tank of course :)



SovietBias #13 Posted 19 December 2017 - 10:12 PM

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I thought it came from the formula.

Damage= (1+β )α , where β is [-0,25, 0,25], and on average 0. α would be the "base" damage.

Edited by SovietBias, 19 December 2017 - 10:13 PM.


Tidal_Force #14 Posted 19 December 2017 - 10:25 PM

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"Alpha" comes from Aircraft Carriers where "alpha strike" refers to attack with all available aircraft, leaving none for defence. From there, it leaked into generic popculture as "cool and leet" term for full attack.

 

Same as "frag" as term for kill comes from Vietnam where it referred to killing obnoxious/dangerous commanding officer with "accidental" bad throw of frag (fragmentation) grenade.


Edited by Tidal_Force, 19 December 2017 - 10:37 PM.


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View PostUnangwata, on 19 December 2017 - 08:02 PM, said:

Why people don't say top damage or something like that and they say APHA damage instead. What is it, secret code from "i'm cool" book ?

 

It's a shorthand, if you speak English it comes naturally, if you speak English and it doesn't come naturally you are trying and failing to be clever. So 'alpha male' would be the dominant male in a group of monkeys, just like the forum if you think about it. 

PointZero #16 Posted 19 December 2017 - 10:42 PM

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 12:20 AM

Alpha Strike is a term tabletop gaming ripped from the military, meaning an all-out attack with all available air assets, originally used by the US Navy. It moved on to tabletop wargaming in general to mean attacking with all available units, on to later meaning with all available weapons, to later games with "hitting something with everything you've got in 1 big volley" to the current meaning of "what you can output in 1 massive release of firepower."

 

Related to " Initially focused on turn-based-strategy and real-time strategy games, Wargaming switched to developing free-to-play online action games in 2009."



ZlatanArKung #17 Posted 19 December 2017 - 11:13 PM

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First letter in Greek alphabet, duh.


BP_OMowe #18 Posted 20 December 2017 - 01:13 AM

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Alpha damage is the maximum output when all your weapons are loaded and ready to fire, as opposed to the average damage during sustained fire.

For instance, the strv m42-57 a2 has four shells á 150 dmg ready to fire, once those are gone it has to reload.

As it can fire those four shells relatively fast, it means it has an alpha damage of 600, although the damage per minute is much lower.



Enforcer1975 #19 Posted 20 December 2017 - 02:30 AM

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Alpha is what you use to send the enemy tank to omega...really simple.

STLR #20 Posted 20 December 2017 - 08:12 AM

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wtf wot slang :))




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