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  1. So interestingly it seems that WG has decided that WoT needs a bit of love and attention after not doing very much other than churning out lots of special modes for a while. All of a sudden they're going whole hog - lots of vehicle balancing changes, map balancing changes, a new map (and a second on the way early next year), and a new tank line. I wonder what changed...

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    2. echo9835

      echo9835

      My guess is that there's new managment somewhere in the chain of command. Probably got the job after WG pulled out of russia and belarus. The new managment is most likely less jaded and beaten down and looking for "positive engagement" or something. We'll see how long this holds up.

    3. Ham_

      Ham_

      What changed: Ham became supertester xDDD

    4. DrWeb7_1

      DrWeb7_1

      They have realised that everything RU servers told to them for years was also said by EU and NA. That could be the turning point as WG 'abandoned' Russia and Belarus.

  2. I'm inclined to agree that trying to change out your map bans based on the class of tank you're playing is likely to be more effort than it's worth, particularly given there are so many maps that are bad generally for entire classes or for all but a handful of vehicles in the class. On that particular note, I would say if you're the type that you're spamming games in a particular tank (e.g. for grind or marks or whatever) then probably banning maps specifically bad for that tank is probably a better bet. For example, Pearl River is okay for assault and/or mobile TDs that can contest the heavy
  3. I think the stats show that the T29 is still over-performing, although probably not as much as in the past (many of the tier 7 heavies are actually quite good and competitive these days). As others have noted, the main issue is that it's strengths are just so well-defined and also just so strong that if you're up against a horde of new players, you can use those to grind the opposition into the dust. For me, I found the low DPM, slow speed and turret, and the arty-spam in particular to just ruin the fun in playing it. I really, really, really hope however that the nerf for the M44 is just
  4. So the proposed changes to the M103 and T32 seem like they will make them even nicer to play if you know what you're doing. Especially the T32, looks like it could become one of the best tech tree tier 8 heavies. They apparently want to absolutely gut the T29 with the 105mm gun as well, especially in regards to its DPM (base DPM will go under 1,500, lol). AND HUZZAH, THE M44 IS (HOPEFULLY) ACTUALLY GOING TO BE NERFED!
  5. I guess 'recent' is relative given how long it's been since WG touched specific tanks, but from memory yes, they were one of the last lines to be buffed significantly, but even that was in 2020 if I'm not mistaken (I did the line in late 2021). I suppose those buffs weren't enough for the pubbies, as looking at Tomato.gg, it has he 4th worst win-rate of the tech tree tier 8 heavies (the worst is the AMX which is being buffed too, but the forgotten children are the VK 45.02A and the O-Ho which are both doing worse than the T32) in the last 60 days. The M103 is actually last of the tech-tre
  6. The Kran and Emil are tanks which are designed around basically being invincible on a ridgeline, so I don't think there's a way to balance them when that is the entire design of the vehicle. That said, the nerfs appear to be too much in my opinion. Nerfing either the gun or the mobility on its own is probably enough to pull it into line with other heavies, doing both will probably make it kind of trash. Personally I think nerfing the mobility (heavies going 60kph is really just a dumb idea) and then maybe the DPM is probably good enough to bring it into line. What's of more interest to me
  7. So, because I'm silly, decided to throw about 500k free XP (I stockpile it pretty quickly these days as I'm not grinding many lines and generally do grinds anyway), a bunch of blueprints not getting used, and 4 million credits at WG to get the new tier 10 tank (which doesn't even look that special). I feel kind of dirty.

    1. Devo

      Devo

      Looks like they are all just about 'sold' out now.  I hope you enjoy it.  It seems like a decent tank with good gun handling.  The hull armor appears trollish.

      Good luck with it!

    2. Balthazars

      Balthazars

      @Devo Yes, they are completely sold out now on NA, so less than 24 hours. I'm sure WG is pretty happy with that. I haven't taken mine out for a spin, mostly because the MM is absolutely infested with them at the moment and I refuse to add to that crapshow, but  also because it is a weird 3-crew setup and I don't have a good 3-person Russian crew that I can use. I definitely get troll bounces firing at it so far, but I'm sure when I play it, everything will pen constantly. Looks like that kind of tank to me.

  8. The Charioteer in 2022. It is... ugh, so close to being great, but so, so frustrating. The positives: it is a relatively stealthy TD which is fast and has a full turret, which means you get quite a bit of flexibility in terms of positioning and engagement, obviously especially relative to casemate or limited traverse TDs. The top gun is the trusty tier 9/10 British medium tank gun, which means you get standard APRC rounds with awesome penetration (particularly for the tier), excellent shell velocity, making it an excellent sniper at range, and with very handy HESH rounds which is particul
  9. Been a while, but thread necro with my review for the Object 263 by an average player in 2022. Overall it feels like a solid performer in the tier/class, but for me is just lacking something to compete with the best options in the tier/class. On the plus side: straight-line mobility is excellent for a TD, especially one like this that has armour. The upper hull is very good and stands up to a lot of standard rounds (although obviously not so good against HEAT), so if you can hide the lower plate (face-hugging is a decent option against a lot of opponents) you can tank quite a lot of
  10. Yes, much better overall system and not as bad a grind compared to the last few marathons. The other main advantage is being able to complete stages with gold as opposed to having to stump up actual cash. With limited time this week especially I only made it to level 30 but as I have gold sitting around and not much to do with it (given Christmas loot-boxes easily re-set your premium time counter), I'm perfectly fine with dropping the 4kish gold to finish it and get what is a pretty nice premium tank. Only played a handful of games in it so still getting a feel for it. It's got a few roug
  11. Looks like the kind of tank that will do very well in the hands of good players and result in a lot of quick deletions for the potatoes. No armour, relatively fast and poor alpha for a TD means lots of people rushing off quickly, getting spotted and obliterated quickly. Know what you're doing however and can leverage what is a very nice gun with decent gun handling, outstanding AP penetration and bonkers DPM (almost 2,900 base!?) - with poor shell velocity pretty much the only downside - and I think it will do very well. It also gets 3 very useful ammo types, with the 270-pen AP, 330 HEAT
  12. It seems they may be letting quite a few people go, otherwise I don't think they would explicitly mention severance and support for as many of their employees as possible. Their Cyprus office is just the corporate HQ and is entirely for tax purposes, so there's no way they're going to be setting up new teams/offices there. I agree they will almost certainly look to stay primarily in Europe as that's where the majority of their player base is. I think they have offices in the UK, Germany and somewhere else in Europe from memory, but I agree that Poland would be a good shout for them to try
  13. Wow, okay that's certainly interesting. I guess they see that it's better to take the pain of moving its operations out of Russia and Belarus (the Minsk studio is still its biggest, isn't it?) now than risk getting sucked into an even bigger storm in future. From that perspective it makes sense, but will be interesting to see how it affects development/maintenance of its games if the Minsk studio really does still contain a large part of its work-force. On a less serious note: will this also mean the end of Russian bias in WoT, if WG no longer has ties to Russia?
  14. Thread necro! The SU-101 in 2022 - it's decent enough for a fixed-gun TD, but tier for tier is a downgrade coming from the Tier 7, for two main reasons: the first is that the armour, while still decent, is nowhere near as good for the tier. While you can still bounce stuff - especially if you can hide the lower plate - you are absolutely nowhere near as impervious against same and even lower-tier tanks, and absolutely not when bottom tier, as tier 9 and tier 10 tanks will go through the superstructure pretty easily even with standard rounds, meaning you don't get to have that same bully potent
  15. Are you sure? I don't consider myself that much above average (maybe slightly) given that the statistical 'average' in this game is a complete potato. Given from your other posts that you've also unlocked the 279e (I've not even finished Chimera missions) I imagined that you would likely not be too far off my level of play?
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