Elite Second Carrier Division sortie quest cleared (3 attempts - pure luck, nuff said)
Battleship Squadron in the Northern Waters sortie quest cleared
Sixth Squadron in the Southwestern Waters sortie quest cleared
World 5-3 cleared
Fleet used, one and only for all attempts. Kitakami: Double attack setup, Kongou: 2 main guns, radar and boiler, Nachi: same load out as Kongou, Haguro has Night scout instead of radar, Shigure: 5th slot has ASW gears, and Yuudachi double attack + radar/star shell setup for the last slot.
Searchlight was abandoned in favor of boilers because searchlight causes the bearer not only to be attacked more often but also to get hit more often as well (lowered evasion). It does not work well as we want everyone to survive till boss. Not to mention shenanigans from RnG seems to lead to more frequent Ri-class cut-in when searchlight was equipped. See four straight easy boss kills without seeing a single cut-in when the cursed searchlight was shoveled over board.
Echelon/Double Line formation pre-boss. Line Abreast boss node when 2/3 heavy ships had taken moderate damage, Double Line otherwise. Echelon appears to grant better cut-in resistance at the cost of accuracy. Support expedition in last dance. They killed the boss, they are the boss!
World 5-2 cleared
Second Carrier Division sortie quest cleared (1 attempt)
Straight up night double attack setup for elite DDs, damecon on Mutsuki and Kisaragi along with boilers. Flagship carries Searchlight. Kirasagi sank at boss and expended a damecon but they managed S-rank victory and quest clear. Sparkling is not necessary for weaker DDs but it is recommended for stronger ones
Fall 2014 Event is over
A long list of newcomers in this event: Suzuya, Akizuki, Akigumo, Prinz Eugen, Nowaki, Hayashimo, Harusame, Ooyodo, Naganami, Asagumo, Maikaze, Taigei, extra Maruyu and extra Mikuma.
In general, the event is one of the easier events—although, personally, not much can be said since it is our fleet's first major event. There are a lot of says go into the second, E2, and the fourth map, E4, since they gave us the most troubles. E1 was a give-away map and E3 could be cleared easily, but not quite as farmable as E2 or E1.
New Mikawa Fleet sortie quest cleared (11 tries)
Strategy involves a sacrificial ship carrying Type 0 Seaplanes, attempting to gain a successful recon check. Around 47-54 effective LoS is recommended.
The key point to achieve victory at boss node is to survive Wo-class's opening airstrike with minimal damage. A successful recon check significantly lessens the otherwise devastating bombing damage (with up to 3 ships in red) and gives bonus accuracy and in shelling phase.
Cut-in setup with 2x main gun and 1x secondary gun on high luck ships to maximize night battle capability.
Double attacks deal scratch damage to Ru-class and Wo-class.
Anti-air guns and radars do nothing against Wo-class's airstrike and the fleet doesn't have enough firepower to take care of boss this way.