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  1. Man, Ruinberg has become an absolute camp-fest is both sides get to their newly-created preferred hull-down rubble locations. Why WG? Why? Also, how the heck does one play Erlenberg as a light tank? Been getting it quite often in my lights and feel utterly useless 90% of the time.

    1. BadLuckCharm

      BadLuckCharm

      Run zippy in the hill area, and hope they don't hit you. And beware of Yeti - i mean... EBR.

    2. simba90

      simba90

      If you're north spawn sometimes you can sneak up to the bush on the town side of the farmhouse and light the campers on the A Line (I think, the far west of the map anyway) Its about conserving hit points, crossing your fingers for a half decent team and waiting for some gaps to appear. *Caveat - I'm not very good at this game so take my advice with a grain of salt

    3. Assassin7

      Assassin7

      field on ruinberg feels useless now too, at least from north spawn. its just completely exposed in all forms to the middle road in the city and you literally cant do anything at all without being farmed in the side

  2. Man, trying to get wins as the Harriers in the special mode is getting tough. Basically need the WT player to be a potato or some luck with the bot spawns where they are not all next to each other or where the WT starts. On the other hand, as the WT, if the Harriers have some potatoes, it's an absolute roflstomp. Had a game on Studanski where the Harriers had 2 40% WR players. It was a massacre.They didn't even get to 5 boost levels!

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    2. lavawing

      lavawing

      > spent a game kiting a WTF and stalling long enough that all the spawns were always undefended

      > win

      > no box because damage not in top 5

      > wtf WG

       

    3. Balthazars

      Balthazars

      @lavawing dude that's rough. I've never played on SEA so no idea what it's like, but it really sounds like a completely different experience. I decided early on that I would stick to NA despite the awful ping (230~ish on average) after an awful experience on the SEA server back when I was playing SC2.

    4. lavawing

      lavawing

      @Balthazars I spent 3 hours on Aussieland and got the last 10 decorations. ~50% winrate which is like 5 times as on SEA. I don't get why people are so conservative with their HP on SEA when the only objective in the mode is to win. Painful stuff.
       

  3. So is the E50 still the best tank for the medium tank mission to ram a higher tier tank and survive/win? Been playing a bunch of other tanks and it's not happening naturally so wondering if I should try for it specifically...

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    2. echo9835

      echo9835

      Panther M10 makes money and has preff MM

    3. Private_Miros

      Private_Miros

      Yeah, generally the lower tier the easier this is. Just ram a scout, light TD (Helcats, Scorpions, SU-130s) and you've got it.

      I think I competed that particular mission in a Pantera when an Emil II tried to ram me coming down a hill. Emils might be heavy tanks, but they don't exactly weigh much as he found out.

    4. Balthazars

      Balthazars

      Thanks for the suggestions. No Cent 5/1 so that's a no-go, the Panther M10 might be a decent shout, could give that a whirl (never played it, I think I have it, but do need to save up on credits for equipment so possibly a decent idea). My main issue is that I don't have many low-tier medium tank grinds at the moment so have to go back and find something.

  4. Well, the CS-52 appears to be a big winner for WG given the number of them flooding the matchmaker currently (been like minimum 3-4 per side in any match with tier 8s in it thus far). Even if on average people got an 80% discount on it, that's still a lot of dosh.

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    2. lavawing

      lavawing

      maybe just the timing? CS' marathon was right around the end of the summer break (WoT players are all kind of old tho)

    3. dustygator

      dustygator

      Plus with COVID, many people have more free time now than ever before. 

    4. Rexxie

      Rexxie

      i think it's mostly covid. people are either out of work or working from home, and i'd say middle aged guys outnumber school kids 10:1 when it comes to people who would actually pay for the tank.

      be real though i cant enjoy t7/8 in any tank atm. matches are just stacks of cs-52s and a few bourrasques. even as someone who ground out the LIS, i would probably delete it if i meant i didnt have to see them in pubs.

  5. WTF WG, if Frontline started on 25 May, why am I only seeing a reminder in the client on 27 May FFS??

  6. Wow, think I just had my highest ever assist tally - 10,446 (vast majority of it spotting), to go with 3.3k damage in a 1.33k base XP mastery badge (my first, I'm only 10 games in) in my M48 on Studzianki. I guess 510m view range is kinda good? XD

  7. So has anyone encountered WoT killing their nvidia video card driver (crashing the program and requiring a restart) and found a solution? Started 2 days ago. I tried running some diagnostics and it doesn't seem like my video card is overheating, although my system is old (6+ years). Never encountered anything like it before.

    1. orzel286

      orzel286

      Is it showing the "driver stopped working and has recovered" pop-up? If so, forcing the driver to prefer max performance in nvidia control-panel->application settings->energy management might work. Else: update/downgrade driver.

    2. Balthazars

      Balthazars

      5 hours ago, orzel286 said:

      Is it showing the "driver stopped working and has recovered" pop-up? If so, forcing the driver to prefer max performance in nvidia control-panel->application settings->energy management might work. Else: update/downgrade driver.

      It started on my older driver, so I updated it after the first day of issues to the latest but still got the issue. The popup is not exactly worded like that ("driver stopped working and has been restarted" I think is the exact wording) but very similar. I'll give it a shot, cheers.

  8. Whee, realised I finally saved up enough bonds for a second piece of improved equipment for my T49 (improved optics). Now a long grind to go for that third piece...

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    2. PlanetaryGenocide

      PlanetaryGenocide

      Wait no vstab? Dafuq?

    3. Balthazars

      Balthazars

      @PlanetaryGenocide Oh, I have the improved v-stab already. Currently running the improved v-stab, optics (now improved optics) and rammer. But will switch the rammer for improved vents once I save up enough bonds again.

    4. PlanetaryGenocide

      PlanetaryGenocide

      ahhh gotcha i was confuse

  9. Wow, 1,369 base xp on the Caern is only a first class mastery badge!

    1. kolni

      kolni

      right after it was buffed i had a 1590 base xp first class lol, tank is just riciculously strong so because of gun alone you'll end up having very good games in it eventually

    2. Balthazars

      Balthazars

      Thankfully 1,515 base xp has gotten the mastery for me, which just happened. Yeah, the gun is just absolutely nuts if you can get hull-down against targets that can't pen your turret. Just sit there and pull the trigger.

  10. Freaking heck, 4 games in a row where I was full-penned by tier 9 or 10 arty for 850+ damage in the Standard B. **** this **** >:(

  11. Happy New Year from Melbourne, Australia y'all! Here's to a better WoT in 2019 (well, one can always dream I guess...)

    1. sohojacques

      sohojacques

      Just don’t hold you breath waiting....

  12. With the special anniversary gift, will have enough for first piece of improved equipment (was about 700 bonds away before). That improved V-stab for my T49 is incoming!

    1. TheChang
    2. simba90

      simba90

      If you buy two at once it costs 9k bonds

  13. Choices, Choices... do I go down the AMX 50B line or the AMX M4 line?

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    2. Errants

      Errants

      Take my approach, then. Both!

    3. kolni

      kolni

      50B will hurt your credits so badly but if it isn't one of the most satisfying tanks to play in the game anyway

    4. lavawing

      lavawing

      50B is painful to play if you're bad (like me), or if you play aggressively. The 54 is a meme tank and is bad, but it is easy to play. IMO neither of the tier 10 (or any tier 10) is worth it. They're a huge credit investment + you need to spam at least 50% gold + you get triggered as shit by 4005s, Type 5s, T92s, and hulldown Super Conquerors.

      The 51 is one of the best tier 9s and the 50 120 one of the most mediocre ones. The 51 has a very short stock grind and plays like a Super Persh on roids. No competition here.

      Neither the 50 100 nor the 65T are good under the current MM you have in NA; the 50 100 is generally better; the 65T is generally easier to play (and absolutely, though perhaps not irredeemably ,shit).

      I'd go for the AMX 51. For me, none of the tanks on the 50B line would really be worth it since tier 10 and 8 are both shit atm. Tier 9 is still gud

       

  14. Whut... since when did they give the AMX AC 48 a three-shot autoloader? o_O

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    2. Balthazars

      Balthazars

      Geez, I never even noticed until just now when one managed to clip me...

    3. sohojacques

      sohojacques

      That’s how I found out as well.

    4. StormCrowReaperManyHats

      StormCrowReaperManyHats

      Yep, 'ah it's just a 48, they're trash'. Ten seconds later, 'The fuck!?!'

  15. Finally got that new Polish map a couple of times. I don't really like it. And the intro the music makes me want to go and play Witcher 3 again...

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    2. tajj7

      tajj7

      I've had a 8.5k game in the E75 in it, seems IMO to work better tier 9 and down, it seems to amplify the brokeness of the tier 10 meta. 

    3. Assassin7

      Assassin7

      I mean, the bottom village area seems to be a fairly decent place to fight. Its just the entire rest of the map is sorta useless. The games I have played, they have mainly been won or lost because the winning team took that village and pushed around to the factory side.

      It amazes me how WG can somehow turn a map that is 80% open ground into a corridor map. 

    4. leggasiini

      leggasiini

      @nabucodonsor lol no, Kurwandzki is quite bad but it's still significantly better than that shithole called Province. Tier 10 Province was beyond trash, thank god it's gone.

      Agreed with Assassin tho, the bottom village is the best place to fight and I like the dip in the mid. It's just that the factory is poorly designed and so is the camping spots in the spawn as well as the hill area in the north.

  16. So finally ground out enough XP for one of the top guns on the T54. Which one do people recommend? The DPM one or the gun handling one?

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    2. Assassin7

      Assassin7

      @Haswell not anymore, they rebalanced both guns, DPM gun has much better DPM but worse gun handling, other gun has better gun hamdling but a worse reload than it used to. 

      The DPM gun also gives you an extra degree of gun depression. So I highly recommend it as still being the gun to go for.

       

    3. Ham_

      Ham_

      Oh yeah that too, -6 is the game changer for the dpm gun. The guns are supposed to mirror the tier 10 play style, thats why dpm gun leads to 140 and sniper gun leads to 62A.

    4. Haswell

      Haswell

      Huh. Knew about the extra depression, but didn't know other comfy stats got shafted.

      Extra depression still counts as superior gun handling though. :doge:

  17. So, ARL44 - are either of the top guns and improvement on the second 90mm? The top 90mm gains pen for worse DPM and worse gun handling from what I can tell. The 105mm looks like a smaller pen gain, more alpha, and even worse gun handling. Trying to figure out if it's worth grinding these because this thing is pretty rubbish...

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    2. Nekommando

      Nekommando

      Do you want to aim forever to hit for 240 or do you want to aim forever and hit for 300/330?

      The answer is simple. 

       

    3. Hîr-am-Helcaraxë

      Hîr-am-Helcaraxë

      With the 105 and apcr you almost have Tiger I levels of DPM, way better trading capabilities, same cancer aim time, 3° better gun depression and oddly enough better dispersion both on the tank and the turret. Just worse accuracy, much worse. 
      Both 90mm are bad, back in the day I used the top one for 2 or 3 battles, then mounted the 105 again and never regretted once and when I'll bought back the M4 to grind the new heavies I'll surely use the 105 again.
      For me it's like this: M4 with 90 mm is a worse Tiger I, M4 with 105 is a better Tiger I, easy.

      Edit: Sorry for some reason i read M4 45! Basically it's the same argument though...

    4. Balthazars

      Balthazars

      Thanks for the input guys. Guess it's grind for that 105 and spam gold like no tomorrow. May have to start running a premium tank again for a bit I suppose... so far this grind is painful.

  18. FINALLY achieved SPG-15.3! But missed out on the secondary condition by about 400damage (about one shot) :( But still, now just one step closer to my T55A, just LT-15.3 to go.

  19. Hmmm....managed to get 40% off on the Progetto, but with exchange rate currently that still over AUD50, and that seems a bit much to spend on the game at the moment. But it seems like an interesting tank to play. Conflicted. :/

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    2. 8_Hussars

      8_Hussars

      In the same boat with a 60% discount and exchange rate... conflicted

    3. NightmareMk9

      NightmareMk9

      70% off and ditto...But im probably going to buy it...

    4. Balthazars

      Balthazars

      If I had managed to get at least 50% off I think I'd be a sure-buy. But right now, I think I'm probably going to pass. WG will probably flog it again at some other point in the future I guess... still will probably end up regretting it :P

  20. LOL, 1,235 base XP is only enough for a second class mastery on the Obj 430! :kreygasm:

  21. Ok, wtf just happened to WoT, suddenly I get massive framerate issues (12fps or less) plus massive lag. Everything else seems to be working fine. Did some micro-patch land that just completely screwed up optimisation?

    1. bolagnaise

      bolagnaise

      We are experiencing the same on ASIA/ANZ server as well

      im fine but about 60% of the people i know currently have 10 or less FPS 

  22. Well, got to play a bit in 1.0 this morning so first impressions:

    1. So much for optimisation. New max settings tanked my framerate down to about 60fps. Tweaked settings and got it back to the more usual 120fps.

    2. Definitely an issue with the saturation/contrast/brightness combo. Took a while to get settings that were at least manageable. Still not convinced I'm comfortable with the settings though.

    3. The eye-candy is certainly nice, but it does feel distracting at the moment. Probably will get used to it in time.

    4. Most of the maps I got haven't been changed much, and on the ones that have had a few changes, I somehow managed to die early...

    Otherwise, same old pubbie madness. 6/10.

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    2. Balthazars

      Balthazars

      I got Mountain Pass (no change, still my most hated map), Murovanka (went west, seemed no real change), Abbey (no real change on east except the central rock is a lot smaller), Steppes (east seems quite changed but died early like a potato), Arctic Region or whatever it's been renamed to (again north seems changed but died early like a potato), Paris (unchanged from what I can see), Karelia (unchanged), Live Oaks (seems unchanged on tracks but died early).

      Edited by Balthazars
      correction
    3. Fulcrous

      Fulcrous

      I get the same frames... if not better because its unlocked now on max everything.

      I have a 7700k @ 5.0GHz and a 1070

    4. Balthazars

      Balthazars

      I'm running a much older card and system (about 5 years old now), an i5@3,400k and a GTX 760. The auto-detect settings put pretty much everything to max but the frame-rate hit was real. I knocked a couple of things back to just 'high' settings and got my frame-rate back to 120fps which I like more. Not too fussed to be honest but it's a bit strange when the game auto-detects to that level but the performance is quite poor. I do run the SD client though, not sure if the HD client is better optimised?

  23. The T54E1 is killing my will to live. Somehow just about 2k dpg after biting the bullet and firing a lot more gold but 45% win rate after 70~ish games. So frustrating...

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    2. Balthazars

      Balthazars

      @Kolni yeah, obviously I'm nowhere near your level of play, but bad pen coupled with bad gun handling certainly means I find a lot of shots either miss or don't pen, especially once you go beyond brawling range, which is kind of bad news given this tank can't brawl very well given it is pretty much auto-pen for everything.

    3. kolni

      kolni

      Well it's all relative, it was my best t9 tank for quite some time. Now I'm pretty sure it'd be one of the worst ones :doge: 

    4. MatzerMike

      MatzerMike

      The real question is though - is it really worth grinding toward T57?? I just recently bought T54E1 but thinking about selling it soon..

  24. So, so close to finishing SPG-15.3... 4,915 damage, 3,472 stun damage, 3 kills, High Caliber, Confederate, Mastery, 1,235 base xp... and I lose out by 78xp to a Skoda. F.M.L :cri:

    1. Fianii

      Fianii

      In what Cancer?

      Need to score honors on that to salvage a commendation for 260 myself.

    2. Balthazars

      Balthazars

      M35/55 on Malinovka - it was a rare combination of a map good for arty where the game was actually slow enough to rack up the damage/stun assist. It's been pretty rare to try and get that combination, and in most arty games I play (not many to be honest) I'm usually nowhere near the stun assist requirement (been top on XP a couple of times).

  25. How the heck does one play the T54E1? No armour, terrible gun handling, so-so mobility, bad penetration. Seem to spend one third of the game trying to find/wait for an opening to use the clip on, bounce half of the first clip, get frustrated, get lol-penned by everything that aims at me, die with <1,000 damage. :(

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    2. GehakteMolen

      GehakteMolen

      cola + full APCR + rage  (and 1 clip of AP, for late game arty kills and so)

      ps: there are very few t9 tanks i hated more as the T54

    3. hazzgar

      hazzgar

      Strange. I liked mine but I played it like 1.5 year ago. It was easy to keep 2400 dpg since the damage output is very high given the tier. 

    4. monjardin

      monjardin

      Shoot drive wheels

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