My time with the I-Go was mostly around the initial release of all the Japanese heavies, so perhaps that inflated my performance a bit by there being more health to go around.
By the same token however, without the large distance maps to render them obsolete, autocannon tanks should have been much more prominent that time as well. Maybe both factors don't quite cancel out though.
Even so, I don't feel that's enough to explain why no other clubbers have picked up and taken this tank seriously. Maybe all of the big clan and other big name tier 2 slummers are garbage and can't fight close-range battles or adapt to the new meta. Sucks for them.
I've played the French Hotchkiss for a while and am having a lot of success with it. I have yet to get to the minimaus, but I will probably try it out around the start of December.
I think it's good. It's not a mode to be taken seriously to the same level as AW's PvE. For my sake, it provides a good opportunity to test some mods and fool around with tanks without having to start a serious match or wait around for a training room. I'm not sure what the XP or credit gain for it is like.
I haven't seen the last two season due to my wife's aversion to graphic violence, but I've mainly given up on the series just because of the novels. The first three (ok, maybe 2 and a half) are great. It started going bad with book 4 wasting a bunch of time on characters I don't give a rat's ass about. Then book five made me stop caring about the story at all. I've never seen so many pages detailing so damn little actual story. And the amount of shit that he puts the characters through has achieved comical proportions. Either he's just trolling us now or he is in serious need of an editor that can tell him no. Stop with the damn travelogues, stop with the fucking pointless details about every thing everyone is eating, and stop with the damn torture porn. Read Joe Abercrombie books instead. He does grim fantasy better at this point.