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  1. @lavawing I suppose what you're describing is probably why I feel it is less forgiving compared to the T-10? As you say, incremental increases on paper, but those increases means it goes from being one of the best tanks in the tier to merely competitive in the tier.
  2. Hey Rexxie, welcome back! I've just started grinding the tier 8 as well. I totally agree about the HP - 1,000 feels so low for something so fat and slow. Getting two-shot by some of your opponents sucks hard. Getting 4-shot by crappy 230-alpha meds if they get lucky and roll high sucks even harder.
  3. Continuing down the line, just finished grinding the tier 7 - T34-2G FT. This one is absolutely a downgrade compared to the tier 6. It gains some alpha (390 with the old reliable 122), but gives up too much mobility for basically no real gain in armour, which means you can't get to as many forward bushes, so reliant to go to the more typical TD spots. The DPM is pretty good, and it has pretty good penetration for a 122, but the shots are derpy meaning you will miss a lot at long ranges, and the gun handling gets worse so it's much harder to run around and zero in on targets if you're trying to play like a quasi-medium. Low HP is also pretty crippling as you can get 2-shot by tier 9s and some big-alpha tier 8s if they roll high. Stock grind itself isn't awful, the stock gun is the same as the tier below with better DPM which is decent. Engine and tracks do not add much in terms of mobility. You get an intermediate gun for no reason other than an XP sink however that adds marginally better handling and penetration. 50 games, 48% win rate (it was as bad as 44% when I started the grind), 1,132 average damage with 367 average assist. It's not hugely far off my top-performing tanks in the tier, but it feels a heck of a long way off. Quite frustrating to play, would not recommend.
  4. I'll take any nerfs to these little wheeled bastards that they're offering, but as some have described above, if they simply removed the ability of those stupid wheels to absorb all incoming damage, that would help a lot. Yes, hitting them is a problem, but when half your shots hitting them then also do zero damage because the majority of the side profile is made up of invincible wheels, it just exacerbates the problem. The other area I would look to nerf them in is in respects to their HE rounds. Personally I feel this is just another reason that they just crap all over all the other light tanks - they can out-maneuver them, out-circle them, in some cases out-spot them, and then out-gun them due to landing high-pen HE with ease due to best-in-game dispersion on the move.
  5. As I've decided to grind up this line, will post my thoughts here as I get through the tanks. Decided to start out at Tier 6 - the WZ-131G FT. In summary, I actually really quite like it. Stock it is slow and cumbersome with a decent gun. Upgraded tracks and engine, and it moves like a medium tank. Small, and with a good crew and binocs you can max view range in a decent bush and outspot a lot of tanks in the tier, which is pretty hilarious. Had several games acting as a quasi-scout, and the fast speed allows you to get into some aggressive positions normally reserved for lights as a TD. The gun is pretty good for the tier, good DPM and penetration (you won't bounce much for the tier), and the alpha is pretty nice. Gun arc is also quite generous, so you don't feel super-gimped trying to track and opponent going across your line of fire. No armour to speak off though, and you will get full-penned by HE spamming things with derp guns (and of course arty), even from the front so one has to be pretty careful. Light tanks can also pen you frontally which is pretty brutal. Low HP and it is a casemate TD so if an opponent gets close to you, you're be in a lot of trouble. 25 games (slightly less than that to finish the grind). 52% win rate (it was almost 60% at one point, but a few bad teams and you'll struggle to carry games), 1,224 DPG with 418 average assist - it is actually my best performing tier 6 tank by some margin (the VK 30.01P, my only 3-marked tank is the next closest, and it's pretty close). It's quite a fun tank.
  6. I do feel that overall WG has done a very nice job with the 3D styles, pretty much all of them look pretty cool. They are a nice incentive to grind for, at least for me, although at the same time I don't feel that if you miss out that you're gimping yourself. These new bounty equipment though, yeah, absolutely gimping yourself if you don't get your hands on some of them unless you're rolling in bonds.
  7. To be honest I'm kind of on the fence. Yes, the MM is much nicer a tier lower, but that DPM boost is noticeable and I find the armour, especially on the hull, trolls a lot more. Maybe because it's only recently that I started playing a lot of tier 10 games, but somehow I don't find it *that* bad, and I'm kind of enjoying the challenge.
  8. So, my second tier-10 tank to reach 100 games (in recent times) as I've been spamming games in it for the battle pass. 57% win rate, 2,425 DPG with 824 average assist. About middle of the road in my tier 10 tanks in terms of DPG, but win rate is the best of all my tier 10s with 100 games or more (next closest is the Cent AX, most of the games were played as the FV-4202 back in the day, I dunno, I just seem to win a lot in British tanks). It's quite fun to play overall. It has clear strengths and is overall a great package. Excellent gun (although a bit derpy at long ranges sometimes), excellent DPM, super-strong turret (although big guns or HEAT on flat ground can consistently go through the commander's hatch), hull armour that will absolutely troll even same-tier non-gold rounds and lots of spaced armour (including fat tracks) to eat HEAT so it can also sidescrape. Main disadvantage is that it's slow-ish, it's much better on defence than offence, the ammo rack is made of wet paper and the playstyle is fairly repetitive, although I find it quite fun because it's fairly easy to play (go to brawl, find hull-down spot, trade as best you can, once enemy is broken, push and use DPM to finish off low-health targets). I think it's still fun and worth the grind, the last three tiers are all fun, although getting there without free XP is pretty painful.
  9. So given I've been spamming a lot more tier 10 games recently (and apparently don't completely suck, I mean at least I'm managing to consistently win over 50% of my tier 10 games), I've decided I'll offer my average-ish player reviews for tier 10 tanks that I make it to 100 games or so in the 'current' setting (I have over 100 games in some tier 10s but that was some time ago). 277 is first cab off the rank. 100 games, 53% win rate, 2,335 DPG with 715 average assist. Running v-stab, rammer and vents. I like it, but it's definitely less forgiving to inexperienced players compared to the T-10 down a tier, hence my performance in it feels very sub-par. The speed means you can try some funky stuff, but that can also get you killed. It's as mobile as a medium, as usable armour (but it's not outstanding), hits hard and has good gun handling. It's a straight upgrade on the T-10 in almost all aspects, yet, yeah, somehow less forgiving. I do seem to get best results in it when facing off against enemy medium tanks as you can trade favourable against them. The main issue I have with it is that arty loves it, and sides are weak enough to get penned by HESH, as I have been close to one-shotted by death stars and shitbarns before. While I'm not great in it, it's still good fun as it's a comfortable package overall. Worth the grind.
  10. WTF WG, if Frontline started on 25 May, why am I only seeing a reminder in the client on 27 May FFS??

  11. Yeah, looks pretty stupid. 270mm 'weak-spot' which is a small hatch on a small turret is still a big FU to most tanks, especially tier 8s will still be rudely manhandled by a 430U. Surprised the 430 is getting nerfed, it's armour is nowhere near as strong in the tier and it already can't engage many heavies front-on due to poor gold pen (unlike the 430U), but it is pretty strong in my opinion. I've actually never taken the Prog out even though I've had it unlocked for so long, although that's partly because the Standard B is ridiculously good. Not OP in my opinion, but definitely one of the best mediums in the tier. That said, if the numbers on the RU server is actually real, that's a problem of some kind so I understand the desire to try and fix it, although nerf sounds pretty strange. As others have noted, simply nerf the intra-clip and you'll hurt it's burst damage considerably.
  12. Great series. I love how the protagonist is an absolutely cynical, black-humoured and with a mean streak. As for the OP, depends on taste, but some series I am still enjoying currently: Goblin Slayer - DnD style low-fantasy setting with awesome cast of characters, and with surprising depth. Quite graphic though so mature readers only. Grand Blue - hilarious romantic comedy. Seriously, funniest series I have read in years. Temple - by the artist (not the writer) of Grand Blue. Also very funny. UQ Holder - always been a fan of Ken Akamatsu, this is a continuation of his transition to shonen from romantic comedy that he started with Negima. To his credit, he draws awesome fight scenes. Arslan Senkei - manga adaptation drawn by the artist/author of Fullmetal Alchemist. Pretty deep action/political thriller. Kwloon Generic Romance - romantic comedy, but with a sci-fi/mystery bent. Has a nice wistful and melancholy style which I quite enjoy. EDIT: probably the only other Isekai genre series that I'm reading that I actually like is Shinju no Nectar - has a steampunk/industrial revolution setting which is not that common, with a magic v science (old v new) which is quite cool. Plenty of fanservice too if you like that sort of thing.
  13. Only the bottom 5? Players like Kolni are probably assumed to be some kind of super-AI bot developed by WG deliberately to rig games against one team and to advertise their pay-to-win hacks to those desperate to boost their stats.
  14. It's the relying on stupid pubbies. Because the bots are so inane they have to heavily stack the numbers against you to make it even remotely a challenge if your team is semi-competent, so the moment your team contains one passenger it feels pretty much over if you get unlucky and take too much damage in early rounds. FFS I've had teams with x3 heavies sitting at the back and not able to spot targets with 30 seconds on the round timer left as early as the second stage, meaning I have to throw away health and/or my tank to even light targets and not fail. It's worse than randoms.
  15. Well, it doesn't really matter given the game-mode is, once again, utterly un-fun and thus the willingness to submit oneself to the grind for it is minimal to begin with.
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