The Leningrad is a gorgeous model with lots of details cluttering the deck. Unfortunately, this clutter (namely in the form of 76mm AA-guns) gets in the way of your gun angles.
I was delighted to be handed a premium destroyer to review. I was even happier to see that it was Soviet. The Russians have been hurting for a premium destroyer for like ... ever. The IJN have had the Fujin, Kamikaze R & Kamikaze along with the Tachibana. The Americans have the Sims and Smith. Even the British have the Campbeltown. While I would like to see a German destroyer trainer at some point, I don't think anyone could argue that the Russo-Soviet tech tree has been in need for one for quite some time now. Whatever plans that Wargaming may have had for filling this gap with the Gremyashchy had to be shelved due to her overperformance.
There is nothing special at all about the Leningrad's module, consumable and camouflage options.
Module Upgrades: Four slots, standard Soviet Destroyer options.
Premium Camouflage: Tier 6+ Standard. This provides 50% bonus experience gains, 3% reduction in surface detection and 4% reduction in enemy accuracy.
My first impression of the Leningrad when it dropped into my harbour for testing was: "Wow, this thing looks overpowered." It looked like a Kiev with more hit points, better camouflage and better torpedoes. This put a lump in my throat as I feared the coming cries of Soviet-bias throughout the various corners of the internet. It's not fun reviewing overpowered ships. It requires a lot more work to ensure that I'm reporting things correctly and how they influence the meta.
Eh? There's a fun bit of duality here. If you have a 15pt Captain, the Leningrad will farm experience credits like a champ. If you don't, you've got quite a bit more work ahead of you to make her compete. This makes her a bit of an odd training ship, what with needing a good Captain to facilitate getting good results.
Yes, but with a caveat. She's going to struggle to win destroyer duels. But that's not why you take her. She can do the spotting for your team if you don't have a carrier. And unlike Soviet destroyers, she's stealthy enough to get away with it, being able to light most same-tier enemy destroyers before she's seen in return. So not only are you getting to cap points first, you're going to spot the enemies coming to stop you before they get there.
Historically, the Leningrad-class didn't have an auspicious career. Still, she was built in steel so there's that going for her.
Well, I had fun in her. But if you dislike sloppy turret rotation and large turning circles, you may want to keep away from this one.
Did I mention that planes are the bane of the Leningrad? I think I did. Well, let me say it again -- planes wreck the Leningrad. Keep her lit and she loses a lot of what makes her great.
You should be reaching for a fairly standard selection of modules here for your Leningrad.
Recommended ConsumablesIf you take premium consumables on your premium ships, you can find it really eats into your credit earnings. So be careful about loading up on too many. This goes doubly for anyone not using a premium account. Still, they can provide a significant survival (and thus performance) boost. It's up to you to decide if every 22,500 credits spent will earn at least that and more back on a per-game basis.
For signals, the Sierra Mike signal is amazing. The 5% boost to your top speed translates into 2.15 knots further exemplifying one of the Leningrad's primary strengths.
Recommended Captain Skills