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  1. Damn, they locked the thread. I was enjoying that. Here is the thing, I posted some scout guides in Nov 2011, then in Feb 2012 Taz posts his guide, the only useful parts of which were largely a reworded and witless version of my own advice. A lot of extraneous crap was also thrown in, like 50 pages of scribbled maps. Now Taz is claiming that his work came out first and he produced this jpg from god knows where to "prove" it. http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Tazilon/media/PDF-DATE_zpskmhawfm1.png.html I would be happy to leave it at that, but Taz is a shameless self promoter and I don't think he is above photoshopping his own bullshit evidence in the same way he makes up his own competitions which he invariably wins, by disqualifying anyone that beats him (ask jacg). Something just isn't right with that jpg though. What is this image of? there is no link to a forum post, it's just an image from Taz's photobucket. The last modified date can't be right, since 8.11 came out in 2014. Did we just catch Taz altering an image to counteract plagiarism claims? Or am I missing something? Edit: I'm not claiming that Taz didn't write his guide, just that he didn't come up with anything new.
  2. The day Baxster ate the whole wheel of cheese I wasn't even mad, I was just impressed. Now Baxster, having resolved all conflict in the middle east and put a stop to violence towards gingers, has turned his considerable skills towards a total pacification of our tanking community. Baxster's WOT name is ThatSQLGuy, he is the light in the dark, the way towards peace through passive resistance. I was lucky enough to first encounter Baxster, aka ThatSQLGuyin this game: Note how he not only refused to harm another player, but how he also encouraged others to do the same. If it was not for my natural proclivity towards bastardry I too may have succumb to his message of peaceful resistance. May we all be more like ThatSQLGuy, and join our tank hulls in a daisy chain of love, since that is the only way to stop the fighting and ensure that our most precious circles may be safe from intrusion. As a tribute to his accomplishments which are many and profound, I present to you his non-battle record. May it be a guide to us all. Note is Ace in arty, truly a class fit only for the gods. Thank you ThatSQLGuy, may your circle stay safe and surrounded my many men.
  3. Really? I penned it with a 100mm gun, 225 pen a few times in a row this patch. Ok, so I watched the replay in slow motion. Lots through the cupola and two that went through when aimed at the middle of the roof, however the cupola still took up maybe 1/4 of the aiming circle so both shots might have skewed right and hit the cupola. Without a tank to test it, either both shots skewed right or patch notes were incorrect, I rate both as equally likely.
  4. I disagree, my performance in the awfulpanther is like 66% wins and 4500 WN8 after 300 games. I can't carry anywhere near that much in the cent. In fact my cent stats are laughably average (or below average by unicum standards). Fast tanks are just more flexible than slow ones that have nothing going for them. I think that it comes down to the role of each tank, how well each tank fits that role and most importantly, how vital that role actually is to winning a game. The role of a light tank or a fast/camo medium can swing a battle, however "snipers" rarely swing battles, especially slow ones with poor DPM, poor camo and shit speed. People under estimate the auf panther, if you run 105 octane it's actually half decent, it just costs a stupid amount to run, considering that the t69 earns its rating with gold ammo I think it's only fair.
  5. I thought the AwfulPanther was a lot more combat effective in tier 10 games than the Cent, even before they buffed it (apparently, haven't picked it up since I made 300 games). I find that a shitty light tank driven effectively is more useful than a very slow medium in higher tier battles. I am totally biased though, I hate the Cent and I enjoy light tanks.
  6. I think that this older video of yours should supersede your advice in this thread: I was penning the turret roof of the VK with a 100mm gun with 225 pen reliably. Your video demonstrating that saved my tank the other day. The turret roof is the biggest weak spot you're going to see head on.
  7. Ok it wasn't a copy of Hunger Games exactly, it's just that when one dystopic movie with a rigidly defined class structure and anti-establishment protagonists quickly follows another you get the indelible impression that there has been a little band wagon jumping if you know what I mean. If there were two classic stories about a man who befriends a native american tribe then dances with wolves and they were both made into movies in quick succession then you might be inclined to think that the release of the latter is just riding Kevin Costner's coattails. I think that the moral of the film was that if the world fucking ends and there is no budget or personnel for regular track maintenance then perhaps the safest place to be isn't hurtling along a neglected railway at 120 km/h. Any sense of fear or excitement that was supposed to be derived from the idea of going over dangerous sections of track was completely undermined by the fact that they could stop at any point and had no reason to be moving in the first place. If the population on the train makes up the entirety of earth's population then perhaps getting out occasionally to clear obstacles would be a more prudent course of action than just continuing on at high speed regardless, I mean it's not like they're going to be late for anything.
  8. I was in a game with this guy the other day, he spent the whole game trolling and hiding in a corner. His WN8 is 7.... just 7. He isn't a bot or an AFKer, being AFK at spawn or being a suicidal bot would be more useful than hiding and distracting. http://wotlabs.net/na/player/augustaustine
  9. Fablkak reviews Snowpiercer Have you ever thought to yourself, man Hunger Games would be so much better if it were all filmed on a train for no adequately explored reason. Well, if that was you and you actually did think that then please go and out and earn yourself a Darwin award as quickly as you can. The movie Snowpiercer takes the rigidly defined class systems of Hunger Games and exports it to an entirely locomotive setting because reasons. Oh so many great and powerful reasons, so many and so great are they that they just couldn't fit any of them into the movie. Ok sure there was some wishy washy “there was this guy that liked trains and thought that the world was going to freeze, so here we are on a train and the world is frozen” which as far as explanations go is up there with because I say so and god did it. Literally the whole movie you just sit there thinking to yourself ‘But why on a train? Why is the train moving? Why didn't the ice age effect the tracks?’ and a myriad of other train related questions. What’s more is that the makers of Snowpiercer thought that they could improve on Hunger Games by removing Jennifer Lawrence. Less Jennifer Lawrence is never a good thing, remember that folks, it’s important. Luckily the movie explained the moral of the story twice to us, just in case you missed the metaphor the first time they sit you down and say ok, we told you about the aquarium being a closed system with a carefully regulated population, well now here is how it relates to our situation in every detail. Yay it’s time for audience participation! Is anyone out there living in a closed system? one that you might be harming perhaps? Well if you’re reading this on a train then you’re not. You can just get off the train, it’s not so bad, there are doors and everything. In summary, if I wanted to watch people fight on a train for three hours I would just catch one to Campbeltown and back.
  10. Guys guys guys.... what is wrong with you all? This is like listening to people talk about how fun the 107mm is going to be once they get the KV-2, or wishing that the FV 183 could mount the tortoise gun. It's a light tank.... with a 152mm. I'm gonna get the derp, and I'm going to use it to shit in the face of every waffle player and sky cancer driving son of a bitch I can find, then I'm going to find out where they live, break into their homes and teabag them while they sleep. Not only that but I'm going to take pictures of it all and post it to their family and colleagues along with a picture of their destroyed tank and something insulting spelled out in newspaper clippings. THEN I'M GONNA... I'M GONNA ARR! I will do such things, what they are yet I know not, but they shall be the terrors of the earth!
  11. I didn't actually mean to imply that you are not a good scout, although that is how it reads. What I mean to say was that the best LT players in the game don't recommend listening to him. Your attitude for continued improvement is commendable. While listening to his guide is probably better than nothing, it is something like 50+ pages of dribble for something when all that is needed is a few pages and some observant experience. I'm a total egomaniac an so I recommend two of my own guides and one of jacg123s. Jacg123's Chinese light guide and very helpful light tank hints http://forum.worldoftanks.com/index.php?/topic/194844-jacgs-guide-to-being-totally-awesome-in-the-type-62-wz-131-and-wz-132-wip/ My early guide to light tanks written in jan 2012, taz totally copied it and didn't even reference prior work. (replays don't work, still useful guide to understand your job as a light) http://forum.worldoftanks.com/index.php?/topic/85288-fablkaks-guide-to-light-tanks/ My more recent guide to the Auf Panther (a tank I can't recommend unless you have LOTS of spare silver) Note how tazilon decided to chime in and give very poor advice against ramming in the Auf panther. He is bad at maths. This helpful list of other guides
  12. The true reason people don't like artillery, the actual reason, the scientifically proven and verifiable reason that people don't like arty is this: Playing against arty isn't fun. Artillery is (usually) not OP when you look at the stats in terms of DPG or WR. They rarely swing a battle single handedly in the way tanks do and I'm sure that the players aren't significantly worse at the game than most players of regular tanks. Why all the hate then? Because every time you get hit by artillery you feel cheated, you ask "why me?", "fuck XVM targeting arty" you might proclaim. It's just not "fun" to lose all your health to someone who never even had line of sight, it feels cheep and it feels unfair. Furthermore, artillery punishes good aggressive players more so than it punishes overly passive noobs. It's usually the good players that are out there spotting, engaging targets early and generally taking calculated risks where as the true baddies are perfectly content sitting behind rocks without contributing for the majority of the game. This means that better players, players who are more actively trying to decide battles have more reason to hate artillery than most. It also means that bad players just don't understand why there is so much hatred towards artillery because they are able to content themselves for 15 minutes at a time sitting behind a rock. Long story short, the better you are the more you should hate artillery, and I hate artillery a lot, but not as much as Garbad. Additional: @ s!Gm4 good scouts don't recommend listening to Tazilon. Just because he has played one scout tank a lot that doesn't make him good at it. When my grandfather started to shit his pants no one made the claim that he must be getting really good at going to the toilet just because he has done it more than anyone else in the family.
  13. I found this tank somewhere between chlamydia and scabies. It was irritating most of the time, occasionally some relief was had while scratching however I would rather have not been infected at all. It's big and it's slow and it has thin flat surfaces everywhere. This results in it getting hit by everything and penned by everything. When an FV304 sees you they just laugh and pen you three times in a row. KV-2's pen them with HE with ease, M4's pen them with HE... Really it's one of those tanks where you're actually scared of people two tiers below you. There were a few times when people ignored the piece of shit and I was able to shoot them and get a few good games out of it, but this is probably only the universe feeling sorry for me and giving me a cookie. I hope that the designers of this tank were strapped in and forced to drive it... over a cliff.
  14. I haven't played the 131 in a while, but imo the 131 is a better scout and camo sniper while the fail panther is better when the engagement range is 400m+. I also think that the change to how camo and bushes work (which I still haven't figured out) kinda hurt both tanks, but probably the 131 more as it relied on getting reasonably close, spotting and using double bushes to camo snipe. I also think that the fail panther is probably better at firing on the move and sure as hell is a better rammer. This actually makes it a good light tank killer if you're the one to start the fight. Ram then circle and shoot or keep ramming and shooting. The lowest tier a tier 7 light tank will see is a tier 6. I was also about to say that the thing about the t20 is wrong... but I looked it up and the fail panther actually has WORSE camo than a t20 both firing, on the move and after a shot... lame. Good to hear it's started to work for you. I found that the biggest help was having the top engine. Without the top engine you're just a slow sack of shit. It was expensive but I ran the gold fuel in it 90% of games for a fair bit of extra power. I think it made a substantial performance difference. Mind you, I got just about all of my 300 games in the thing when gold consumables were 10k silver each. It can active scout if you're not exposed for very long, especially if you have good camo and view range set up. By this I mean a quick poke over a ridge and back or a high speed hill cresting from time to time. It certainly can't wizz around dodging enemy shells like the old t-50-2 pre physics could. But even so, you don't need to be a pocket rocket to scout when you use the terrain effectively. I recently came back to the game a little. I'm not playing like a crazy addict any more but I'm getting a few games in. I just got the type 64. It's kinda fun, making some good money and training a pretty awesome crew. If they make a really fun german premium light tank or even extend the line up to tier 8 I'll be very happy. I was really annoyed then they nerfed the bjesus out of the 2801 but at least I had the fail panther to occupy my german light crew for a little while. One more tip... remember to ram more enemy tanks. It's fun and the tank is built for it, just don't get ahead of yourself and ram a heavy unless it's going to be really funny.
  15. fablkak

    VK2801 Advice

    They really took all the fun out of the 2801. They made it weaker and weaker while at the same time the power creep of new higher tier tanks left the 2801 behind in the dust. I really can't think of any good reason to drive it these days. I would love to have a reason, but there isn't one. Anyway, there are a bunch of good guides out there for the 2801, most of them will apply. You can still passive and active scout. Focus on getting 6th sense, camo then view range (in that order). Be active, be passive, help as much as you can and YOU will be good, but the tank still isn't.
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