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  1. I think they do this to all perceived weaker tanks. Case in point, I'm in my AMX M4 vs. a KV-4. An ST-I is helping me. ST-I goes around the corner, bounces the shell, and hits the KV-4. I poke around the corner, shoot the KV-4, and tuck in back. He still has the ST-I sitting right in front of him. He then proceeds to YOLO me, dying in the process, but leaving me on low HP so I had to play conservatively for the rest of the match. While the ST-I was shredding him up that whole time, his turret was pointed at little ol' tier 7 me. Bet he felt like a big stronk man though!
  2. Carry half gold rounds to compensate for the anemic penetration light tanks have. Train 6th sense and camo on all your crews, then go for view range skills. If you have 3 skills on a crew, one should be BIA to improve view range. Running camo is extremely important since you get the camo bonus of being stationary while you are moving in a light tank. Run optics on all of them. Sample: Commander 6th / BIA / camo...get recon if you can start a 4th Gunner camo / BIA / designated target Driver camo / BIA / off road or clutch braking Radio camo / BIA / situational awareness Loader camo / BIA / repair (yeah loader skills are useless) Situationally spot early, hope your team isn't too potato/tomato to hit the targets, and vulture late when the enemy is focused on your teammates. If you don't have proper support with your initial deployment, don't wait too long...GTFO and live to partake in the rest of the fight. Unlike clan wars, pubbies don't see a lone scout and go "damn I wonder what's behind him" or "oh crap...here comes arty"...rather they fall all over themselves going for the "easy kill". Cuz YAY 200 AVERAGE DAMAGE WHEN YOU CAN RACK UP A WHOPPING 0.7 KPG!!! Oh, and try not to play the tier 4 light tanks any more than you have to. In high tier battles, those are a special kind of torture.
  3. Well I'm on vacation for 2 weeks so hopefully more tanks in my future (and platooning with more wotlabbers)...really wish Crab's ISP issue had gotten sorted out as I could probably learn quite a bit from him. As for the past few months...I...can't...even... The harder I try the harder I fail... (60day and 1k battles) - my win rate has dropped over 0.33% in 3 months which with 11k battles is not easy...
  4. TBH I look for platoons late at night when this occurs too, but all of the Relic guys I run with semi-regular are in bed generally, and most of the ones I don't know are too (usually there are 1-2 platoons, but they are full). WOTlabs channel has been rough of late too. I generally don't mind running with players with lower stats than me as they can be good teammates (and I do this from time to time to help them) and I can show them things, but if my stats are terrible for the day, I really don't want to do anything but a carryhard platoon in tanks where I feel the winrate is low based on the statistics I've generated in the tank (AKA I hate running the same OP tanks, I prefer more variety to gameplay, and while KV-1S spam may equal wins, it's boring). Generally these guys are in the 48-51% range but have much improved 60 day stats from their earlier ones, and are definitely yellow, and probably pushing green. I'll help them when I'm not in a "I need wins now" mode. But WOTlabs channel of late, I've observed many more orange and red players eager to platoon, and I have no interest in that. TBH if I was going to help them, the first thing I would do is put them in a training room, and through some replays, not in a platoon... Of course I've received many generous offers for players to platoon with me here on the forums, and I've even run with a few of them, but it's hard to do as those players are on during the middle of the day, have numerous platoon offers, and so I have to be on at the same time AND both be available... Basically I wish I had better hours to tank, so I could run with gudplayers moar often. Just punched in my name on WOTlabs (sig is slightly out of date): Overall 52.75% / 1377 (scrub city) 60Day 49.02% / 1539 (better, but losing A LOT more...not even winning half my battles apparently) 30Day 51.76% / 1683 (still losing more than my overall with even better stats) 7Day 48.51% / 1666 (got ragey yesterday and played 27 M60 battles with 10 wins, otherwise it'd be better, still, throw that out and my improvement is not translating into wins)
  5. Interesting to see the responses so far in this thread. I really thought it was me, or players playing differently, and TBH was mostly looking for tips from solopubbers who play during these hours for how they carry with the retard meta that comes out...but I find it VERY interesting that other players have experienced this phenomenon as well. TBH I didn't expect this many other players on NA to agree / have noticed the same thing. And I am taking heart that the majority of the advice seems to simply be not playing during these hours. I have so far, 3 theories: #1 - Given the recent FTR on botting, it also bears monitoring, if there really are that many bots, and most of them are online at night (since the general population decreases), perhaps that could explain something...perhaps the bots battle "logically" and thus an undpredictable human player would easily get caught in the gears and destroyed as a human's actions don't jive with the flow of the battle...causing that person to stick out like a sore thumb and the enemy to focus on them. This could also explain the phenomenon of blues, greens, and even purple players appearing to P0TAT0 often at night while bad players stay alive and decide the battle. #2 - There really are masses of terribads that all hit battle and speak no English at the same time. They suck so much, and go to such random and stupid places, that conventional map control is pointless as taking "key" positions yields nothing of value since your pubs won't take advantage of it, and you'll be alone in trying to exploit your position while the baddies on the other side are not deterred by this, even though you have terrain in your favor, and continue pushing. With no support, and a horde of enemies coming, you quickly die. You basically need devastating alpha damage or armor to carry, as other tools such as mobility and vision are negated. #3 - some combination of 1 and 2. Today I took the first step. Even though I didn't play particularly well tonight (although I did have a carry hard game in my IS-7...wound up with 5 kills, could have had 8, and SHOULD have had 6 except for an artyfag clicker that finished off a <100 HP arty as my shell was loaded and the breach was closing), I logged off before 12:30AM EST and avoided the hordes. The end result was 5 wins in 8 battles, which I'll take, despite the poor WN8 of ~1450.
  6. I truly believe there needs to be a Latin American server to get some of the late night trash off of NA, and the SEAsians...just wow at how terribad they are (late night players). Even on test server.
  7. Specifically 1AM - 6AM eastern, on the east server. Late nights have cost me my stats, as work forces me to play late. I generally win 53-57% of my matches during day hours with about 1600 WN8, regardless of solo pub or platoon. But at night, this torpedoes to in the 44% range and 1100. I have been tracking this for some time, and made the following observations during these hours: -The overwhelming majority of players during these hours are orange and red. Yellows are rare, and greens are as hard to find as non platooned unicums. I am often the best player on my team. This is a typical team composition: -The gameplay is beyond retarded. The majority of tanks, 2minutes into battle, will have barely moved out of base. Aggression and map control are unsupported, and tanks on both sides will often YOLO. Generally whichever team falls behind early loses the battle. Being in the front to force the outcome is disadvantageous as you will lack support and die, and be unable to do anything further. -The majority of players are foreign. Many speak little to no English. There is no coordination OR communication. Even map pinging is minimal. Despite this, these players have thousands of battles and horrible stats. -There are more idle/bot tanks. Makes sense given less people are on and bots are 24 hour occurrences, thus they'd be seen more frequently than during the day. To those unfortunate souls who play during these hours: how do you deal with this? What possible strategy in the blue hell can counter this? Should I just sit at base like a useless baddy and use these fucktards as meatshields? Oh, and fuck Komarin.
  8. Yes. I did think it was worth it, and I did take quite a bit away from it. I recognize that my biggest weakness in nonheavy tanks (since I have primarily played heavies through my first 9000 battles and have only begun to grind mediums in the last 2000 or so, and I have limited experience in tier 10 with meds) by far, bar none, is POSITIONING. I felt about 3 steps behind you and Canadian, and for good reason. I learned that when I played forward spotter/active/aggressive scout in a medium, I did not always have an exit strategy, frequently took poor routes, or lacked good access to cover. A mistake easier forgiven in tier 9 fights than tier 10 fights with huge alpha TDs. And, when I was spotting the enemy, my deployment was not always such that I am lighting the enemy in an advantageous position to have supporting tanks have fire, or to spot them in the open in such a way that even if I had zero support, an enemy team unaware of that would still be denied a key map area because of the riskiness of pushing the unknown against my vision. Thus there is a fine line between aggressive early map control/being a pest and staying alive, and YOLO. I'm also realizing that I need to rely far less on "Soviet turret" armor in a medium, and just simply not get hit. And in mid-late game, I'm often far too passive still. Rather than reacting to where the enemy has last been spotted, and trying to thread the needle to create flanking opportunities where I rely on friendly tanks to spot, I need to be more unpredictable and all over the map, such that the enemy can't pin me in one place. I need to dictate play and create opportunities, rather than simply react to the opportunities the other team may or may not be giving me. And when I DO do this, I need to be far quicker at doing it when I decide to. I also need to stop being a baddy and fire more APCR and less HEAT.
  9. Rest assured you'll be the go to for the Pattons/Pershings as I know you're one of the more experienced and skilled Patton players. I'll be on again tomorrow if you're around. Will look for you in game.
  10. Of course. I run with Navy when he's on, interested in running same tier, and not already tooned up. Have run with Dlur as well, although TBH I'm usually running 5s/6s when I do. Basically trying to get serious face and get better at Tier 10, and get tips from the pros on dealing with the TD meta when I don't generally drive those. Relix always welcome
  11. Thanks to all who've replied or sent me messages so far. I believe everyone has something different to offer and I want to utilize your offers for help as much as I can. As such, I will follow up with each of you on an individual basis in game. For those who've replied or just in general, here's some more so when I contact you you'll know what I'm looking for. This is an exhaustive list, so obviously whatever you can help on would be appreciated...these are all things I've identified as weaknesses in my play and I'm posting as much for my (future) reference as anyone here's. Specific tanks I'm looking to improve in: T-62A (how to best utilize that DPM when I can no longer pick apart tier 8s and 7s as frequently) M46 Patton (hulldown sniping with no turret armor and limited camo) M48 Fatton (hulldown sniping with an underpowered tank that only has view range - I will wait to run this until I unlock the top gun in 15k free XP). Until I do, we can do the M60 since it uses the same crew. I have difficulty exploiting view range when I don't have camo. Thus I'm better at "scouting" in my T-54 than my M46, for example. M26 Pershing (remedial hulldown sniping if needed, since you'll probably find I suck ass in my M46) VK7201K (I'm decent in my E-100 and know about sidescraping, but I just cannot make this thing work. Need to refine my angles) Panther 1 (sniping and relying on DPM) AMX M4 (playing as a sniper in a camoless paper tank) - as someone that probably will need to pick up an FCM 50t as a crew trainer since all my French crews are ghetto AMX 13 75 (scout, damage vulture) I've also begun the slow grind to the Leopard 1 and any tactics that will serve in the Indien Panzer and up would be welcome...can practice them with my 3001D. Specific maps I'm looking to improve in: -Hidden Village when driving anything other than a heavy, or heavily armored TD -Malinovka (going hill, staying arty safe, and brawling effectively)...I already run the ridge edges extremely well from both sides. Also exploiting K3 to full effect from north. -Fisherman's Bay (map control from the middle - I need to get better at avoiding enemy fire from undetected tanks when going this route while still getting in my own damage) -South Coast north spawn - all routes....options, options, options and how to exploit -Murovanka - how to play A1/B1 from north spawn (and stay arty and return fire safe....I potato every time I go here but see good players routinely carry from here) -Sand River - south spawn what to do once you take the hill (how to exploit getting hill when north side turtles in the dunes/doesn't YOLO into you). North spawn how to counter hill when your pubbies insist on pushing into it, or when they camp behind you what the best secondary position is to use. -Serene Coast - help me. I suck ass at this suck ass map. -Fjords - west spawn in a medium. I usually go to spot the enemy "sniper" tanks that went north, but this sometimes leaves me out of the fight in middle or keeps me pinned down too long to assist them. -Lakeville - help staying alive when going mid (I usually at minimum take heavy damage), attacking through low town properly (8, even 9 line) -Highway - northwest of the map, particularly as a pest/bait/spotter when I'm north spawn (aka countering a strong medium push there when I have sniper support) -Mountain Pass - medium from south spawn...options that don't involve YOLOing across bowl as I can't count on pubs to support it -Pearl River - firing lines in general, particularly on the west of the map (best way to isolate enemies and continue to attack when you push into them, then everything stops and both sides are camping with several tanks to each side of a choke point... thus peekabooming is not at all an option, and low road (4 line) has no shots on the now turtled enemy tanks.) -Siegfried Line - how to go field without dying like a retard. Good support angles/positioning in city while minimizing exposure to return fire. The gameplay on this map has really evolved and city has become much more of a standoff than it used to be, thus pushing is always penalized. -Redshire - how to spot K line effectively and stay alive
  12. I've hit a really nasty plateau. I'm aware of what I'm doing in battle but the execution is not always there. That said I'm not looking to stat pad or get carried. I could give two shits about getting my WR up if *I'm* not actually improving. I'm looking for someone who is a very good player (purple) who is willing to platoon with me and TEACH me how to lift moar when I solopub. Tell me when I'm fucking up. Tell me how. Tell me how not to next time. Point it out when I'm doing something well, and when I should be doing something different. Show me all the OP spots on all the maps...some of which I play very well, some of which I suck ass at or may not even be aware of. -Must speak English well -Must be on TS -Must have a decent selection of tanks in their garage such that they can match me on tier, type, and playstyle -Must have experience tutoring in tanks, with some results (AKA other people on this forum will vouch for you) -Must be very skilled at medium tanks in general So... Why would you do this? Simple: You love this game and want to see one more green turn blue or purple. Or you want mad goaldz in which case I'll compensate consistent with the quality and quantity of tutoring time I get, but only for the right person. Yes I'm a dirty whore. Pay2win? More like pay2learn2carryharder. I am willing to do whatever you want - maptactics, training rooms, replay review...as long as we get a good number of battles in. What am I looking for specifically? -Hulldown medium tanks (especially the US line, but also the light german Medium line), and the "sniper" playstyle. I really struggled with this. When I play sniper I rely on alpha, and using DPM tanks as snipers is difficult for me in high tiers. -Abusing view range. -Advanced map/vision control and camouflage. Heightened focus on some maps rather than others. -Making winning decisions in the heat of battle. Right now my biggest obstacle is REALIZING something bad is about to happen before it happens, but being UNABLE TO COUNTER IT AS AN INDIVIDUAL. My other obstacle is taking a key position early and establishing control over an important point, but losing a lot of HP in the process. I survive as a one shot, but AM UNABLE TO SURVIVE THE FIGHT and once I do die, the team collapses. Plz teach me how to fairly consistently carry in a medium tank while solopubbing. Purples and blurples only please. Time that we would have the session(s) is not set in stone. I'm generally around on weekends, and late nights during the week. East Coast server please. Thanks for looking.
  13. It's never OK in WG's eyes. I will do it if someone has been harassing me, blocking me or my shots repeatedly in close range (vs pubs that have no idea where I'm set up) pushing me out, or team shooting me in battle repeatedly or intentionally. But I try not to do it too often as I've already gotten a 24hr once for TKing a fail platoon that was called out and decided to all start shooting me (they couldn't pen but I could).
  14. I have these swings generally nightly of late. I had been on a nice winning streak with good stats over the previous 3 days, mostly tier 5s and 8s. Tonight 7/19 playing Tier 3 (doing good damage every game in my Locust, except the first game, which was rage inducing as I burned my repair kit on ammo rack and then got permatracked by a T18 I was one shot from killing with my gun behind a dead tank...we lost by 7 HP, and their baddy D2 who I would have assraped, survived as the last tank with said 7 HP and 8 kills). Got frustrated, started playing arty (Diss playing arty? WTF? Must be a rage night), and every team suicided, but lit almost nothing of use. Got Lakeville for one battle, and they didn't even keep the valley lit...they just suicided into it while I was still setting up. And of course town got rolled too... Switched to VK3001D and AT2, got a Tier 7 fight in AT2, did OK damage, but died. At least we won. VK took 4 tries to get my x3 due to suicidal idiots and AFK baddies trying to get a million free credits...finally got a good team on #4...lit them as they went city in Lakeville, got some early damage and kills, and good spotting damage, and split their force in 2. Died, but we won. TBH for the past month, matchmaker has seemed less "random". Over the long haul, with a 53% WR that is now down to 52.77, my average "odds" should be around that, yet I'm finding more often than not my team is the underdog in most matches. I'm often the only green (or better), or one of two, and the other team often has more. When I play low tiers, frequently 2/3 of my team is red, while the other side is orange or yellow. I can't often remember ANY battles where I died stupidly and the team came back and won. Feels like the onus is on me to carry literally every game, or we will lose. There are exceptions of course, but wading through 4 horrible losses just to get that one decent team every 5 battles is extremely frustrating. I am starting to believe MM is not truly "random" but tries to match teams based on a variety of things which include player stats, but only in the context of either global rating, or # of battles. For example, I was platooning Tier 2s to seal club with some friends a few weeks back, and with over 60 tier 2 tanks in queue, it took forever to get a match. Each time, we encountered a seal clubbing platoon on the enemy side. I do not believe that to be mere coincidence. When I queued up solopub, I still had to wait a while to get a battle with lots in queue, and always an enemy player at or above 51% with 10k+ battles on the enemy side, but never mine. Meanwhile when I dropped a tier 8, instantly in battle. That said, the swings and the pressure to carry every game is extremely frustrating. I know I'm far from the best player on here (in fact I know I suck, but am well above average compared to the average wot player) and there are a lot of things I need to work on, but it's becoming increasingly difficult to improve where improvement comes from aggression, spotting, dealing damage, learning maps better, and the majority of teams just want to hug the same rock in the back of base and let you die. I've never seen less coordination among teams than now. And that is, to be honest, simultaneous to what I believe has been a general INCREASE in player skill (believe it or not). The skill gap between a good and bad player is less than it used to be. The AWARENESS gap, however, has never been greater. What I mean is this: It is far more rare nowadays to see bad players spamming HE, not carrying consumables or equipment, running bad crews, sitting in the open turning their turret while they get shot, carrying autocannons on tier 5 scouts, missing easy shots in close quarters, or trading frontal shots with tanks they cannot pen rather than running away. It is also far more rare to see player suggesting crackpot tactics like "everyone push valley" or "rush malinovka field, they'll never expect it", although individual players will still idiotically do it. However, it is far more common to see tanks in completely stupid places where they are not even in the fight. Full health tanks sitting 100 meters from a heavily damaged teammate who is alone vs a heaviliy damaged enemy, and they won't pop out to kill said enemy. Fast tanks sitting 300 meters from base who see the cap siren go on and drive TOWARD...the enemy base. Tanks that win a flank, see another has crumbled, and keep pushing into the 5 TD's that were spotted near their base, rather than trying to salvage the crumbled flank and make a proper, coordinated push towards those TD's. Tanks that are in 1v1's where they also face sniper and/or arty support YOLOING out into the open and repeatedly getting shot by an invisitank, and sitting there to die. To be honest, I've hit this nasty plateau, and my stats have really flatlined, and I'm not sure what to do at this point. Would have loved to do the Crab lessons in hulldown mediums, but with his internet messed up that's not an option anymore, and I don't feel I'm really learning anything from platooning, just benefitting from having 2 more competent teammates as most of what I feel I'm learning/doing is platoon tactics, not individual tactics that will help me carry these uncarriable teams when I solopub. Plus I like to run all tiers, and there is only a very small number of players on the server that keep a ton of tanks like I do from tiers 1-10. At the moment, I've paused all my grinding cuz I'm actually kind of sick of it, and I'm trying to improve crews and my own play in ways that do not involve spamming OP tanks.
  15. Kill stealing as I see it: -Shooting an enemy that is on fire and about to die to get the kill, rather than shooting another target that is very much not on fire and a threat to the team -Denying someone a top gun when the battle is already well in hand by actively witholding their fire to take the killshot. -Denying someone a kill during the flow of battle by actively witholding their fire for an extended period of time to take the killshot. In one battle in my M103, I faced a Conqueror head on and damaged him for 95% of his health while a Super Pershing hugged his side and could have easily helped damage him and conserve some of my HP. Not only did the SP not fire a single shot during the entire time I whittled the Conq down from full health, he waited until I left the Conquereror on about 150 health to fire the killshot.
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