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    Tman450 reacted to Deusmortis in WoWS: Fatally Flawed?   
    The more I play ships, the more I feel that the game will be nothing more than a passing fancy.  Mostly because of what I see as a fatal flaw:
    The maps are both too big, and too small.  The game is both too short, and too long.
    The maps are too small to really maneuver on.  You can fire cap to cap on most.  To break up firing lanes, they rely on random islands.  At the same time, the maps are too big.  You can't reliably make it back to cap.  You can't chase down all of the hiding CVs and DDs.  It's too short, because the timer runs out right about the time you're able to break a flank and start closing the net.  It's also too long, as it can take ages to hunt down the last stragglers.  
    These aspects lead to a "Cap or Draw" game style.  Big Race, the smallest map in rotation, is the only one where I ever see teams wiped out on.  
    This situation could be resolved.  But it would require thinking beyond what WG has proven capable of.  Am I wrong in thinking this?
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    Tman450 got a reaction from quentincf in Diminishing Friends list returns   
    Will add when I get home. 

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    Tman450 reacted to Garbad in "Why are these Premium vehicles being removed?* The reasons vary"   
    No matter what else, WG is pretty good at cash grabbing.  I wonder if they will feel ok about that once no one is willing to play their games after WOT.
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    Tman450 reacted to dfaKNOX in Still Hoppy to Be Here - BUNNY is Recruiting   
    Brotherhood of Underqualified Noobs Never Yielding
     Visit on the WarGaming Website @ http://na.wargaming.net/clans/1000010765/  Some feedback about BUNNY from the WoT community: "Worst Stand Down Clan NA" - PBKAC"Relations with Bunnies are now at 0" - Wril"What the f*@k did you do?!" - Gyarados"We were here first, wait your turn." - HARM"..., compare to old bunny new bunny is much sexier." - Wril"A clan that fights like Foxey and chips like Otter is a dangerous combination." - Huck"... BUNNY will be on the short end of the stick very soon." - K. Alphyn"Ferocious Bunnies are ferocious" - Yankee  What We Want:  - 1600+ WN8 Overall - 2100 WN8 30/60 Day - 500+ Battles last 30/60 Days - 4 Clan Wars Preferred Tier 10's - Be mature enough to know when it's OK to be completely immature. - Be available for Clan Wars 4+ nights a week. - Have a working mic and have the ability to use it.- Have a fully working TS3 client.  What You Get: - Nightly Clan Wars and Stronghold Detachments.- Very active Team Speak community.- Clan community nights- Alpha and Bravo Skirmish teams- Clan League Challenger Division- 2 WGLNA Bronze League hosted teams- Officer hunt for mad goldz.   If you are interested in joining BUNNY, contact one of the following recruiters: Javelance (ThePrincess) Silvers_(BUNNY) kim_junk_un Or any other officer really.
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    Tman450 got a reaction from It's_Matra in [TUTORIAL] Make your own Marks of Excellence   
    Thanks so much. now i can replace the stupid Japanese hatchet MOE with something that doesn't look like shit.
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    Tman450 reacted to It's_Matra in [TUTORIAL] Make your own Marks of Excellence   
    The objective of this tutorial is to guide you through the steps required to create your own Marks Of Excellence mod using Paint.NET which is a brilliant freeware tool but you could also use Photoshop if you have the .dds plugin. It was originally written and designed for the QSF community but has since been removed from their forums so tweaking it and uploading a new version here.
    Regardless of your feelings towards the QSF community it's a tutorial that took me a while to put together so no flaming on the tutorial pack content. It's only to give you a hand to make your own. I may update the tutorial pack if I find time to/get bored.
    CLARIFICATION NOTE: These icons will replace the existing MoE on your tank, NOT 'give you the marks'. You still have to 'earn' them as normal
    Tools Required:
    Paint.NET [Download]
    My pre-made template pack from [here]
    A creative brain (I know this rules half of you lot out!)
    STEP 1
    This is the most important stage as it's the planning stage. Have a think about what you want to do and source all of the images that you wish to use. I'd also recommend reading all the way through this tutorial to help inspire your creativity. Next thing to do is assess the tutorial pack.
    Open a Paint.NET window and open the Tutorial Pack, navigate through the folders until you get to three files:
    gun_china_1.dds gun_china_2.dds gun_china_3.dds There are many ways of doing the next section but for ease in this tutorial drag and drop the gun_china3.dds file into the Paint.NET window that you have open, it should look something like this:

    STEP 2
    Next (again for ease) we need to add a layer; to do this click the 'add layer' button at the bottom of the layer window (if you don't have a layer window open by default press F7).
    Now your layer window should look like this - This is for 'backup' so that we don't overwrite the original image just yet:

    drag and drop your new image (or images) into Paint.NET and select the option for OPEN rather than new layer, this is because your file may need conditioning first. If it's a PNG file with an invisible background then skip ahead a step, otherwise follow step 3.
    STEP 3
    For this step I will use another image to show you how to condition files. Open the window (click on the picture up the top of Paint.NET window) to select the image. Thankfully I have sourced an image with a nice plain background, we need to remove this background.
    Click on the Magic Wand on the tool panel and click on the background, you will see that the background has been completely selected, press the delete key to remove it. If you can't find or see the tool panel then press F5. Your image should now look something more like this:

    TOOLS GUIDE (click images for larger version)

    STEP 4
    Select your image (ctrl+a) and copy it (ctrl+c) then go back to the first screen you were on (with the three old QSF logos), now select a blank layer (layer 2 should exist as you made it in step 1) - [if you skipped step 2 then drag your image onto the window and select new layer]. It may require re-sizing, to do this (keeping the aspect ratio), hold shift and drag one of the corners to res-size.
    The image ideally wants to be about the same size as the QSF logo. Now create another two layers, select layer 2 again and copy the layer (ctrl+a then ctrl+c) and paste on the two layers you have created. If you need to see easier then there is a zoom level bar in the bottom right corner with + and - symbols.
    Select Layer 3 and click the move tool, move the layer so that it is inline with the first of the new images you placed but also covering the center QSF logo, repeat for layer 4 and the third logo.

    Now select the Background layer and the eraser tool, up the top is now an option for the Brush Width, change this to something large like 60pt. Hold the left mouse button and erase the QSF logos, the other layers should remain untouched. If you rub them out then you have the wrong layer selected! - Just undo and select the background layer properly.
    If you choose to make icons smaller/larger then make them no bigger than 80x65 or else the symbols will overlap the barrel (fine if you're doing stripes or something)
    STEP 5
    Hopefully you are happy with your results and now have three 'symbols' to replace the marks of excellence, now we need to save the changes.
    As there are three symbols, you guessed it, this is nationName_3. Click FILE>SAVE AS, then select DirectDraw Surface (DDS) (*.dds) as the 'Save As Type' and call this gun_china_3 to replace the existing one (or save in another location). A warning will come up about flattening the image, click ok and it's done!!
    NOTE: As of 9.14 you will need to configure .dds file as DXTY5 and generate MipMaps

    Next get the eraser tool and change the brush width (top bar) to something suitable like 60. Erase the picture furthest on the right then save as a DDS file again but this time call it gun_china_2. Repeat again until you have one image left and you guessed it again, save as dds called gun_china_1.
    STEP 6
    Now comes the long and arduous part. At time of writing there are 8 tech trees now 9 tech trees in the game, which are as follows:
    china czech france_uk germany japan sweden usa ussr Noticed that there are only 8 lines? That's because France and UK share the marks... [example: gun_france_uk_3.dds]
    These are CASE SENSITIVE. You have already created china_1 through to china_3 and you guessed it... you have to copy the files you have created and replace china with the nation/tech tree name. For those thinking 'what if I only want x symbol for x nation and a different one for y nation?' - well I salute you for thinking outside of the box. All you have to do is run through the whole lot again but save as what nation you wish to use it for.
    All identical nation tanks in game will have the symbol you define, it won't affect just your tank. You can set different symbols for all of the nations in game.
    You will need to create a folder structure to place the files into, the structure is as follows:
    gui>maps>vehicles>decals>insignia or just overwrite the one in the template pack. To install, this gui folder resides in res_mods/x.x.x/ (x.x.x being your client version number, e.g. 0.9.1)
    Bear in mind that the images do not have to be the same and have some fun with it, here are some ideas that I had (and may still do if I get bored).
    Marks in order (first, second, third)

    That shows progressive skill (medium tank, heavy tank, helicopter for elite). Look up guides if you are unsure on how to use Paint.NET as you can do all sorts of things such as colour replacement but I (personally) would keep things simple with singular colours where possible i.e. change the colour of the ideas above to be white for visibility.
    You can also apply a similar idea so that the image changes depending on how many marks the player has... i.e make both images on _2 files the tank and all three on the _3 files the helicopter etc.
    Another idea came to me from

    For those feeling brave and wanting to make 'weathered' marks like the default ones you will need a more advanced picture editing package such as Photoshop that supports custom brushes/erasers.
    Download a grunge type brush Set as eraser and set opacity and flow to around 70% and 50% respectively Adjust size of brush as required and click to 'fade' certain parts of the image I won't go into too much detail on the above as this was designed to be a 'free' and easy to do mod, those who have Photoshop will most likely know how to do this kind of thing anyway.
    NOTE: Since 9.14 some of these may no longer work as they require 're-saving'  as DXTY5 with generated MipMaps
    Here I will place some of the work that YOU the community have done using this tutorial. If you wish for your work to be shown then let me know and I will add it here. I'm happy to host your files too so drop them to me in a PM or whatever
    To install these place the gui folder in res_mods/x.x.x/ (x.x.x being your client version number, e.g. 0.9.1). Delete any country that you wish to keep as standard etc.
    'Unicorn Dickbutt' - by _Goliard
    Download Link
    'Larry The Lobster - LAVA Mascot' by It's_Matra
    LAVA Expert: Download Link (Only those with 3 marks see lobsters)
    LAVA Normal: Download Link (all MoEs are Larry)
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    Tman450 reacted to Deusmortis in Win rate looks like is artificially manipulated by WG.   
    Every time my car goes faster, the accelerator pedal goes down. I think the speed of the car controls the pedal.
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    Tman450 reacted to Coble in Win rate looks like is artificially manipulated by WG.   
    Is something curious , i will try to explain. Warning! bad english..

    BIGGER WARNING! BAD LOGIC( never seem before a mod doing something like this, u must be proud)

    My todays solo sesion = 27 matches , 2850 wn8 , 63% win rate.

    My recent ( solo playing always ) = 2334 wn8 , 56,23 %

    The more wn8 and damage , more win rate , seems logical , but i dont feel that when i get more WR sessions is because i have carry more or less. The diference from my recent of 2334 to my todays session of 2850 is a fucking one shot more every match. Playing tier 10 for example, from 2300 wn8 to 2800 is 1 shot.Seriously , is a fucking one shot more, and i dont think that 1 shot more translates in 7% more win rate. But still , is easy to say how will be your session win rate just checking your wn8 and this is very suspicious to me.

    What i think is that WG has this coded into his MM , to simply give you easier or hardest matches depending on your last matches damage ( performance ) , as simple as that. I dont think is about carry or no.

    This table from wotlabs, is pretty accurate playing SOLO. And IMO , this is coded into WG MM to works this way , does not matter if you are carrying in reality.

    Win rate WN8 Rating
    Under 46% Under 300
    46% 300 to 449 47%
    450 to 649 48% to 49%
    650 to 899 50% to 51%
    900 to 1199 52% to 53%
    1200 to 1599 54% to 55%
    1600 to 1999 56% to 59%
    2000 to 2449 60% to 64%
    2450 to 2899 65% and above
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    Tman450 reacted to Nope in [HDU] Herp Derp Unicorn - "F*** Lets Think About This..."   
    We are an international clan that play SH and platoons on a regular basis. We are relaxed and fun, but perform on a more than decent level.
    -Current 2000wn8 , last 1000games 2600+WN8
    -Know how to play your tier10's
    -Be a nice person. (we have and want to keep nice laid back atmosphere here)
    -Experienced team-player who knows what teamplayer means
    -Active cw/stronkhold player (but we dont obligate you to be X times per week online)
    -UNDERSTAND and can speak "WoT broken english"
    (+also looking for experienced field commanders)
    what we offer:
    - Rage free environment, no drama
    - Platoons + stronkhold
    - Fun
    If you're interested, ome to our teamspeak to talk to a recruiter.
    TS adress:
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    Tman450 reacted to Garbad in Where have all the purples gone?   
    TBH stats from 4 years ago are only so relevant.  Recent is more important.  Its just that unica ~= was good at the game from the beginning, aka, the old guard.  And they seem to be dying out.  Probably a large amount of the "unica" that are left are rerolls.
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    Tman450 reacted to Griphos in delving into the mindset of barely greens   
    The difference between a "barely green" and a light blue is the amount of damage they do. Period. You do understand that Wn8 is largely a damage metric, right?! There are any number of reasons for the damage differential, as clearly indicated by the number of "light green" responders to this thread. Pretending you've figured out the underlying causes from your experience with three friends makes you a "red" at analysis and argument.

    This kind of post is not about the "mindset" of any "group" of players carved up by a loosely motivated range of damage. It cannot hope to be. It is about the kind of e-peening only made possible by such metrics and their inevitably artificial emphasis on one or another element of game play, interpreted as some kind of indication of overall mastery.

    The only "mindset" revealed with any accuracy in this thread and others like it is the mindset of those obsessed with stats and their incessant efforts to tie those stats to meaningful game knowledge and skills, usually in order for them to feel better about themselves.

    We need a new category. Just as bad if not worse than the "stats denier" is the "stats worshiper".
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    Tman450 reacted to prolix in delving into the mindset of barely greens   
    Totally disagree, although it depends on what kind of blue you are (playing for the win vs. being caught up about one's precious stats). I think if you are playing at 2k wn8 and above for the past 1000 games, you're actually a lot closer to being a light purple and it's just a matter of consistency. Unicums just have a lot better anticipation and are positionally superior at the right moment. When it boils down to the brawling mechanics and small-scale tactics, a deep blue should actually be fairly identical to even a deep purple. So this is an issue of tactics vs strategy. 
    Nope. That would more for a dark green around 1500 wn8 playing at 53%. Yellow and light greens have huge problems trading effectively in brawls and knowing when and what targets to engage. They don't realise that they should capitalise on their numerical superiority and push a flank. That's why they have 50% WRs. They are not bad players knowledge-wise, but their poor play betrays this fact. I know because I was once like that at light green. 
    TL;DR Obviously your friends need to stop putting their tanks at a huge disadvantage if they even want to win tactically. But saying that a teal/blue with 57% WR is only slightly better than a green shitter with 51% WR couldn't be further from the truth. 
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    Tman450 got a reaction from Shifty_101st in Luci-FH18B2   
    Typical Spartan. n00b statpadding clicker!!!1111
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    Tman450 got a reaction from Spartan96 in Luci-FH18B2   
    Typical Spartan. n00b statpadding clicker!!!1111
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    Tman450 reacted to rocketbrainsurgeon in The "Shit Happens" Thread   
    First, my heart goes out to all of you who have actually experienced some truly messed up situations.  My biological father dying when I was 4 now seems like some petty nonsense compared to what the rest of you have gone through.  
    In that spirit, here's my First World Problems of "shit happens".
    RBS is bad at 3somes and orgies
    Due to losing my father when i was 4, I grew up very effeminate since I hung out with my infinite girl cousins and mother.  If you are the average of your 5 closest friends, as the saying goes, I was 4/5th's female.  This led to some social ostracizing when growing up, but nothing extreme.  The Puberty happens, and to people's surprise: I'm not gay.
    Band was great for socializing because everyone was low on the social ladder and knew it.  There was no one to impress and we could be ourselves.  "One time at band camp..." was a real phenomenon.  Just because you were uncool, so was everyone else and you were all wicked horny.  I played trombone, which was great for sexual innuendo.  My boner's so big it needs a case, before we start my bone needs lube, would you like to blow on my bone, etc etc etc.  The material writes itself.
    After a parade, I'm talking to two cheerleaders.  One was average looking, the other well above.  Both of them think I'm just hilarious.  They start playing along with the sexual innuendo.  Yes they would like to blow on it, I don't need lube for what they're thinking, etc.  Then they start getting weirdly specific and not really funny anymore, like mentioning picking up "supplies" after the parade and I was going to X persons' house afterwards.  Figuring we were done goofing around, I said I had other things to do and ended the conversation.  My section leader and friend were listening in on all of this.  As we were putting our instruments away, my section leader was dead silent.  After a few seconds when we are both walking out, he simply said: "You're a fucking idiot."  Didn't have a clue what he was talking about.  My friend, bro that he was, had chased after the girls and told them I'd be there.  I left before he was able to find me again.  Kids who grew up with cell phones will never understand just how hard it was to get a hold of someone.  My friend told me about it later, but I never followed up on it.  At the time I was too chicken shit to try something like that.  If I had even known what was going on during the conversation, I would probably have came fainted on the spot.
    Years later, I'd put effort in to being less effeminate and was a standard guy.  While playing WoW at work working, I got an IM from a former co-worker who I hadn't heard from in nearly a year.  Hey how ya doing, etc.  Then out of the blue, she says: "I just had the weirdest conversion... a friend of mine is really into dual penetration.  What do you think about that?".  I remember not expressing a strong opinion either way and the conversation died shortly after.  I was so clueless that I offhandedly mentioned it to a female co-worker who laughed and said, "Yeah, a friend is into it.  Right".
    A months after that incident found me actively trying to improve with women.  As you can tell, I was not exactly adept but occasionally lucky.  Dressing right, working out, practicing walking up to randoms and getting their number, etc.  Because it really does just take practice.  I got a ton better, to the point where I'd get a few words into my routine and a girl would cut me off: "I don't date players".  If they only knew I was a computer programmer by day, drove a PT Cruiser, and was one of the main tanks in my WoW guild.  We were out for a birthday party for one of my guild members.  I'd been shot down a few times already and my guildmates were laughing at me (rightly so).  Some woman walks up and starts making out with me.  Then so does her friend.  They explain that I have to choose which one is the better kisser.  My guildmates' brains explode.  I make my pick, we get to talking and dancing and feeling them up and what not.
    Near the end of the evening, one of them is throwing herself at any guy she finds remotely acceptable while the other is talking to me.  She lucks out and I'm to drive them to their hotel room.  Upon seeing the PT, one of them repeatedly asks me if I'm gay.  Even I know they are DTF, as the kids say.  We get to the hotel, and one of them and I start going at it.  She really wants me to go over in the other bed and start nailing her friend who struck out.  I'm not overly interested in that as A) I'm still kind of new at this and I want the sure thing and B) the other girl has no chest (sorry ladies).  So as I'm plowing the one, she does something ridiculous: puts up a little pillow wall on the side of the bed towards the friend presumably so the other can't see what we're doing.  SHE'S 3 FEET AWAY AND I'M PLOWING YOU, I THINK YOUR FRIEND KNOWS WHAT'S GOING ON.  PILLOW WALL NO HELP.  Still brings a stupid smile to my face.  I leave in the morning, and never see them again.  Came to the conclusion later they were both married but wanted to feel wanted again.  I just happened to look dumb enough and I was in the path of their horny escapades.
    The next two happen with the same partner.  I'm in a long term relationship with someone and at the time I wanted to keep it that way.  So that was what guided my thinking.
    First, we're over for a bonfire at one of her friends' houses.  Everyone had been drinking, when my woman whispers in my ear: "Go make out with [her friend]".  I'm not entirely sober, so I believe that I'm just hearing things.  The whispers cease being whispers and turn more into orders: "I want you to fuck [my friend]".  They are so loud that now her friend is hearing what's going on and just kind of watching.  In what I'm sure was ages, I finally came to the conclusion that if I was going to end up with this woman for long term, I didn't want to hear shit about if I thought her friend was better.  That sounds like a lifetime of hell to me.  So I awkwardly went.... somewhere?  I don't even remember.  Everyone went to bed shortly after.
    So this woman I was with felt the need to be more overt.  At a different house of one of her friends (who was a model a few years prior), this woman start making out with her friend.  Right in front of myself and her friend's boyfriend.  I can't describe to you how awkward this was.  They were really going at it, for like 10 minutes while the other dude and I just watched.  Finally there's a break in the action, and I pull this girl away and we leave.  She was SUPER PISSED and the situation never came up again.
    TL;DR: RBS passes up orgies out of [pick one or many] stupidity, ignorance, greed, idiocy, other
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    Tman450 got a reaction from Canadian_Reaper in Best Training Clan for a Blue?   
    Find and platoon with good people. it will help improve you. You'll learn lots.
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    Tman450 got a reaction from Inciatus in Win Rate Padding Tier 9s, Pref 8s, 10s   
    Warning: Cuni will play 4 games, yoloswagrush to his death, then ragequit and blame Comcast.

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    Tman450 got a reaction from CraBeatOff in I have done it.   
    I have done it. I have reached my ultimate WOT statwhore goal of 2000, or blue, overall. I am now Successfully a filthy Blunicum.

    Maybe I should quit the game now? loljk.

    But this is a nice, if unimportant, goal that I have finally reached. Jumped from 1997 to 2001 from yesterday's session.
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    Tman450 reacted to climbinguy in I have done it.   
    Congrats on reaching your goal.

    I had fun last time I platooned with you and shifty, we should play together more often.
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    Tman450 reacted to Joyrider216 in I have done it.   
    Grats man, part of what I love about WoT is that you can see yourself improve very easily, if you put the effort forth.
    Again, congratulations. 
    Keep going towards purple overall!

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    Tman450 got a reaction from InconnuGlitterBoy in I have done it.   
    I have done it. I have reached my ultimate WOT statwhore goal of 2000, or blue, overall. I am now Successfully a filthy Blunicum.

    Maybe I should quit the game now? loljk.

    But this is a nice, if unimportant, goal that I have finally reached. Jumped from 1997 to 2001 from yesterday's session.
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    Tman450 got a reaction from InconnuGlitterBoy in I have done it.   
    I'd also like to thank anyone dumb enough to put up with me in platoons. You guys are the only reason I still play the game.
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    Tman450 got a reaction from climbinguy in I have done it.   
    I'd also like to thank anyone dumb enough to put up with me in platoons. You guys are the only reason I still play the game.
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    Tman450 got a reaction from nilzatron in I have done it.   
    I have done it. I have reached my ultimate WOT statwhore goal of 2000, or blue, overall. I am now Successfully a filthy Blunicum.

    Maybe I should quit the game now? loljk.

    But this is a nice, if unimportant, goal that I have finally reached. Jumped from 1997 to 2001 from yesterday's session.
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    Tman450 got a reaction from Panzer_Fenris in FTR: How WG sabotages competition   
    Outside of leaks, I don't really believe anything SS says unless it's confirmed by legit sources. He's a shitter with shit opinions and has a shitter army following him.
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