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Everything posted by Zinn

  1. I've thought about a cheeky game now and then, and I do occasionally log in to get some loot such as the santa recruit. However, WoT is still kinda low on my priority list because the game is very random and adulting gives me a lot less time to play games. So guaranteed fun > random chance of fun. It would probably easier if I had a friend to play with but I doubt any of you guys would want to sink to the complete tomato level I'd play at now. It would also be turbo casual anyway, which is sort of against the principles of this site, dead as it may be.
  2. There's a pretty significant difference between rigging the MM and being fucking dumb with balancing vehicles and maps. WG are not so much rigging towards your WR as they are changing the game to milk money from customers. Whereas the previously huge and growing playerbase could sustain a pretty fair game, the rapidly dwindling playerbase cannot, and thus WG must prioritize their actions: Should they make sure the low level grind is fun and balanced (and let's be honest, that's been garbage since Day 1) or should they push everyone and their mother into tier 8-10, aka the end-game, where people have to spend money? They chose the latter and I was just fortunate enough to have had enough of RNG before it went to complete shit. There's still no reason for them to engage in some pubbie conspiracy about WR consistency, simply because consistency is only interesting to people who give a shit about the game, which the average player doesn't. WG aims squarely at people who do not give a shit and are just there for fun and games, which is also why their playerbase has been so remarkably shit and conspiracy-prone since Beta. It's just slowly getting to a point where WG has to do gacha-tier shenanigans to milk the last dollars before entering maintenance mode. I'm too far out of the loop to know if maintenance mode is 1, 2 or 3 years away but it'll surely be coming. There's a reason why WG has gone from pretty much only WoT to having 10 games running, they knew what was coming in due time. Sure, some are mobile or other versions of existing games but they do hold a potentially powerful IP in MoO if they manage to make a good version of it. Basically, WoT is 10 years old and it's time to move on. Whether you can hold out until the servers shut down or leave due to gacha mechanics and the balance consequences of those (such as removal of weakspots to enforce gold spam), is up to you. However, it's highly unlikely WG will revert to anything resembling the good old days if they don't get a massive spike in players.
  3. The easiest way to debunk conspiracy shenanigans - even without touching statistics, unpredictable pubbies and such - is to simply state that WG allows you to save replays and track your stats. There would be no point in doing this if they're out to make sure you can't perform in a certain way, for better or worse. However, it would be very noticeable if they did manipulate anything relating to your WR since you have thousands of tracked games and replays.
  4. 4 years too late to e-girl scam on a forum
  5. That's a nice theory but there's also the classic saying "if it ain't broke, don't fix it", aka "why bother if it isn't absolutely necessary?" WG could have done something about this kind of player ages ago and set a precedent for such behavior but when it comes to any popular online place/activity, you gotta do it early. You can't make an AI do this shit for you, so it's thousands upon thousands of man-hours checking through all the shitters behaving this way, not to mention untold amounts of false report by salty tomatoes. WG may have a theoretical incentive to do this but not a practical one. Not until the game hits a low-end critical mass on the RU server and they decide to try to keep it going.
  6. So they're only 9 years late to a mechanic that should have been in the game from the start? Thanks, WG!
  7. I don't think I've ever heard of anyone playing to grind crew exp, since it takes an absurd amount of time for no reward. Maxing out a crew takes something like 13,4 million exp IIRC, so even though I'm not sure how high you can stack an exp bonus these days, you'd still have to play 2680 games with that crew at an average of 5k exp/game. If a game runs at 5 min average, that's a cool 223 hours from start to finish, not counting garage time. I guess you can cut a couple of hours off that time by starting with a 100% crew but still As for crew exp and skills in general, it's always been kinda shitty and pay to win. Sure, you didn't exactly buy the 2nd or 3rd skill but a premium account alone would give you a 50% exp bonus, getting to pretty much all of the good skills dozens of hours before someone equally good without prem. And that's before we talk WotLabs superstar grinders vs a tomato with no prem
  8. It always makes an impression on me how bad WG is at balancing WoT. It's been almost 9 years and they still haven't figured out what sort of game they want to make and this in-between stuff isn't working now that they're well into the decline stage of the PLC. They could have made a full Gotta Go Fast RNG-fest with speedy tanks and explosions or they could have made a skill-based tactical 3rd person shooter and either would be great for the respective audiences. Yet they chose to do neither
  9. I sometimes post but yeah, WoT sucks and people mostly moved on. They had a shot of turning the game around when they tried the esports thing and gained some momentum but they didn't. That said, the game is also just plain old: Not many games can get people playing past a month or two, not to mention years, and WoT turns 9 in August. I'd say most people here gave it more than a good run and it just got kicked to the curb by not fixing their problems in time, instead choosing to cash in during the growth phases.
  10. You'd think it was a proper necro but it was the 3rd most recent below the stickies or something like that @8_Hussars RNG mechanics are strictly designed to help less skilled players and hurt more skilled players, it's their entire raison d'être and a way for develepors to reach a more casual audience. The RNG also goes far beyond what you think it does, since it also applies to the Matchmaker and the +2 tier difference on vehicles. There's a virtual mount Everest of difference between being a top tier vehicle and a bottom tier vehicle in WoT, which is a huge part of why the game is dying. I tried playing again a little while ago but the even worse MM they had implemented stopped that shit after 20 games or so. The reason it hurts skilled players more than less skilled ones is that the less skilled player is barely doing what needs to be done in any given situation (eg. just aiming somewhere on the tank and hoping it pens) while the more skilled player is looking for the optimal play within their skill range and objective (eg. tracking the tank so it's dead within 3 seconds and letting the team push up to flank). One shot requires significantly more precision and RNGsus intervention than the other, something that wouldn't be an issue if you were firing where you were aiming like in most shooters. There's a reason why everyone and their mother have always been drawn to RU hovertanks at higher skill evels, namely that they're fast, low profile and fire relative laser beams. Perfectly suited for abusing RNG against the opponents while reducing your own, despite the low alpha. This is also not including RNG on crew members being disabled, RNG on modules being disabled, RNG on fires, RNG on tracking, RNG on bounces, RNG on arty strikes and their effects and in some tanks even RNG on grid position when starting the game since they're so slow. Look at how many times I typed RNG in that previous segment and then start tallying up how many more events in the game suffer from it. Would RNG on aim be a problem on its own? No. Would damage? No. Penetration with proper weakspots? No. But the dozens of layers of RNG stacking on top of each other makes it a clusterfuck, especially for those of us who've been there for a long time. Even the god damn map you get matters since there are some very clearly more suited to certain vehicles than others. You get plenty of clutch moments and Hail Mary plays in heavily skill-based games, it's the entire foundation of Esports after all, something WoT also tried its hand at. Winning or losing at the will of a machine is garbage in a PvP game. PvE games can relatively easily be built around RNG and be super fun but they do not belong in a PvP game. After all, you're supposed to be fighting the player and not the machine.
  11. RNG in PvP games is the vilest filth in the observable universe and serves no other purpose than to fuck up the better player. After all, this website contains years and years of guides, tips and analysis of data with the sole purpose of telling RNGsus to go fuck himself with a cactus. It's never okay that some random guy gets to survive because your gunner decided to sneeze as he pulled the trigger and thus created a new impact site on the moon, nor is it okay that your 390 alpha gun can't kill a dude on 320 HP because someone forgot to load enough explosives into the shell that day and you rolled a cool 315. Similarly, it's dumb that you get a free kill on an ammo rack, fire or high damage roll. RNG as a mechanic can work in a select few games that revolve around it, such as Roguelikes or other games revolving around constant restarts but you'll be hard pressed to find anyone who enjoys losing due to elements out of their control. Also, the profitability argument is dumb because that's completely unrelated to RNG and is a marketing issue. The game is dying in the West because WG just can't stop adding extra layers of RNG. Now it's not only in-battle but also out of the gameplay in the form of their lootboxes, absurd mission requirements and arguably even the store itself since you already know you can save your dollaridoos for an OP tank once or twice per year - it's just a question of you having the stomach to wait it out and see if you won the store lottery that day. WoT could have been a god tier tactical 3rd person shooter but they chose their Russian "daddies" over a wider longterm audience, largely thanks to their choice of game mechanics. People often refer to WG being stupid but the fact is that they just don't mind lying about their intentions - hence their absurdly slow work pace for an MMO.
  12. All you really gotta do is look at this image and take a gamble on which end scenario WoT will follow
  13. There's a greater chance of me winning the Eurojackpot than WG getting shit done, not to mention done before we die of old age. I think WG started mentioning giving everyone 6th sense for free around 2014 but I sure as shit don't see it in-game yet. WG also works on a schedule that rivals poorly imported Korean MMOs, given to some Western publisher that releases a translation patch and then doesn't do anything to the game for well over 6 months despite the native game getting content every few weeks. Frankly, WG has had many ideas over the years that could have turned WoT into an absolute powerhouse of an MMO but they tend to scrap 95% of the good ones and keep most of the bad ones. But whatever, it only took them over half a decade to change arty and end up making them even worse
  14. Basically, the game has been in the cash cow stage of the Product Life Cycle for about 2 years now. Granted, you can't quite fit an MMO into the classic marketing models since content production functions on an entirely different business model (eg. you only make the tank once, whereas you have to produce millions of cans of tomato soup or whatever as the market demands it) but the functional aspects are pretty similar: Go harder on marketing and sales incentives (OP premiums, armor changes to encourage gold spam etc.), lower your efforts on the production side of things as further development sees lower returns (eg. reskin existing tanks to new prems or buff old prems) and prepare for entering the Decline stage of the PLC model. If WG doesn't make any significant changes over the next 6 months or so, it's a pretty solid sign that they see WoT as dying on EU and it'll enter into what's essentially maintenance mode. You get leftover RU products and events but as far as they're concerned they'll only really keep the basics of operations alive. If you take a look at the marketing PLC/PLM model, you'll recognise that NA quickly entered the maturity/cash cow stage as the game failed to gain the kind of traction it did in RU and EU - hence their many unique events to earn in-game gold and such - followed by hitting the Decline phase with server mergers and so on. There's also just the fact that WoT is plain and simply old by now, being released in 2010 in Russia. The game has always had problems that WG were too lazy to fix but now that they've more or less cycled through the interested part of the global population, they're slowly but surely dismantling it. It's just that different regions get hit with different stages at different times. RU will probably be alive and well for years to come but EU could hit maintenance mode within a year if it keeps declining.
  15. WoWP was DoA, I remember trying it for a few hours in beta and shortly after release. I think I quit it after 2 days and never looked back. It's been so long I can't remember any details, just that it was pretty ass in general and seemed like something they hardly bothered supporting to begin with. It also didn't help that WT was doing all of it better with way prettier graphics while being able to run at 60 FPS on a TI-86. Frankly, if you look at how they treated tanks and boats compared to planes, it's kinda baffling. I'm almost certain that WG did it to stick it to Gaijin and nothing else, since WoWP came out 6 months before WT tanks. Maybe they marketed it harder in NA, I don't know, but as an EU player I didn't see shit about WoWP outside them pushing it cross-client for a bit.
  16. The thing is that WG does this shit on purpose, people are far too kind to them and presume they're just bumbling around incompetently. That was probably true 5-6 years ago but today they're very keen on the business model they use: Give the people with T10 an easy time while making sure that gold spam is at its highest at that point by giving 8s and 9s just about enough prem pen to do something. Mr 45% gets to see big numbers and feel useful while the 9s still have things to do and the 8s are fodder. It's nothing new, they just moved the concept up in tiers, as I'm sure most of us remember grinding several horrible mid-tier tanks way back. WG frankly doesn't care about any playerbase outside RU and potentially China, as I have no idea how popular the game is there. It never mattered to them that EU and US spent far more dosh per capita, which is a bad move if you care about making more money but not necessarily if you're lazy and just want to make enough money. Business culture is quite different from place to place, the annoying thing is that WoT is a potentially great game which WG keeps ignoring. The real solution has always been the same, even back in 2010: Give tanks a half decent stock gun in terms of penetration and you solve most of the problems. Unfortunately, WG quickly went from "gold rounds should be used sparingly" to cackling like a maniac once they saw just how much god damn money people used on said shells. There are probably quite a few lazy whales out there who have pumped several hundred thousand dollaridoos into the game because you can bypass 95% of the game's problems with gold shells, equipment and food. Fixing the game's problems is not really a priority for WG, just as they don't care too much about the dwindling playerbase in the West.
  17. Even I've been focused hard back in the day and I think we can all agree that I'm nothing special on this site. When you sat in an IS-3 during a tier 10 match back in 2015, where the distribution was something like 8/5/3 from T10 and down with about 5 pixels visible to arty and they still wasted shells trying to triple nuke you for 50 splash damage, it's time to take a break. XVM wouldn't be a problem if it wasn't for the fact that WG heavily marketed towards and severely exploited traditional non-gamers and kept pushing the game in said direction. Their classic example was a "daddy" (aka adult male in his 30s) coming home from a day of work for some casual pew-pew but in reality they did just as much to attract a playerbase of young tweens and teens (I'd peg it at about age 10-15) who similarly didn't game much. Those two groups are prime butthurt material. One because they lack the time and want to maximize their fun while throwing money at the game and the other to get sucked into the grind and begging for dat credit card from their parents. Tinfoilhattery, general butthurt and even proper jealousy is what WG purposefully fostered in their playerbase, resulting in a hilariously toxic community. I personally miss the daily CYKA CHEATER HEAT MONEYBAGS PIDAR HACKER accusations but I certainly see why others do not. What should have been a tool for basic information and modding structure for dedicated players with some sanity left, eventually turned into a vast cathedral of piss and shit. Sad!
  18. Tier 10 is hard as balls when you first start playing because the entire carry potential is on your back now. There's no longer a top tier to bail you out or someone to hide behind, meaning that any mistake on your part is felt by the entire team. It's probably even worse in this regard with the new MM, where there are fewer 10s and way more shitters in 8s. I mean, my Ehundo was rolling around with a 45% WR or some shit for the first 100 battles and the fact is that after 466 battles, it still hasn't cracked 60% even though it's close. Your first 10s are going to have trash stats and that's fine because you're learning. If you ask around, you'll find that a lot of people here spent quite a bit of time grinding their old pubbie tanks up to par. I can't say much about the current T10 meta because I'm still re-learning the game and maps at lower tiers but I'm sure it's still a shitfest. The most important lesson is probably going to be positioning and how to approach engagements, now that you can't afford to throw away your HP. Don't be afraid to pull out of a shitty situation before it becomes totally fucked because you are worth more than most of your team is. Also, don't forget to spam the shit out of prem shells. Tier 10 is the land of enforcing your will on others, which is very expensive.
  19. It has 175 pen when it has everything that isn't the BL-9, as noted in my post about few people having the top gun in early launch. IMO, Tiger II is fine at its tier, it just needs some buffs to get a real role again. A bit more armor and maybe some RoF increases but I can't say much about the gun since I haven't played the KT in years, I just know its armor has been garbage since 2011 or something. Given that most German tanks have been in the same state for half a decade, I doubt the ghost of Stalin would start allowing buffs any time soon.
  20. Tfw I played the KT back when its only real competition was the IS-3 (no one really played murricans in early launch on EU) and most people didn't have the big gun. Bouncing their shitty 175 pen and slicing though their frontal armor like a hot knife through butter was the stuff of dreams. Elevation also mattered in terms of protecting your weak-ass turret 'cause you could facetank and angle against most guns. I never really understood why they didn't buff the KT a little bit to enter some sort of useful niche. It's in this sort of marginally useful position, where a ton of other tanks have taken its penning power and done its armor better. Like Haswell mentioned, the KT is a relic of better days. WG needs to buff some of the Germans but I suspect WG sold their souls to the ghost of Stalin, who refuses to relive the traumas of the past and screams CYKA and NJET whenever someone as much as hints at the wehrmacht or anything west of Poland.
  21. Worked on the side for an esports org, though a very tiny one (aka didn't get paid shit, was just for fun). Studying marketing management atm, which is pretty fun. I'm a complete pubbie in WoT after being gone for so long but it's not that bad when you're not heavily invested in the game. I can definitely tell WG have been retarded in the meantime and the MM is hell on some of my tanks. At least I don't get mad about it 'cause I'm not invested in it. As for erections, passing plays with randoms in Rocket League is up there.
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      Look who is alive. :wave:

  23. Not sure if his stats or his shitposting got worse in the two years since I last posted here tbh.
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