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IS-7 help please! Why am I playing this tank badly? (Replays included)

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So after 109 battles in the IS-7 and 2,222 average damage, I have come to realize that I suck at playing the IS-7. So I am asking for tips on what to do. Am I using my armor badly? Are there better positions for me to be hulldown? Am I playing to aggressively?

I want to get my average damage at least to a level where I would be accepted into a good clan (2600-3000).

From my perspective, what is stopping me from doing well is: Situational armor (Only reliable when front and hulldown) and bad gun handling/penetration.

For equipment/crew skills I have:

Rammer/Vert.Stabs/GLD

 

Commander: Sixth sense - Repair

Gunner: Repair - Snap Shot

Driver: Repair - Smooth Ride

Loader 1: Repair - Firefighting

Loader 2: Repair - Sit. Awareness

(2nd skill is at 89%)

 

Here are replays from a session of 9 games I just had and they pretty much represent an average day in the IS-7:

 

Game 1: http://replays.quickybaby.com/result.php?id=60304

Game 2: http://replays.quickybaby.com/result.php?id=60306

Game 3: http://replays.quickybaby.com/result.php?id=60307

Game 4: http://replays.quickybaby.com/result.php?id=60308

Game 5: http://replays.quickybaby.com/result.php?id=60309

Game 6: http://replays.quickybaby.com/result.php?id=60311

Game 7: http://replays.quickybaby.com/result.php?id=60313

Game 8: http://replays.quickybaby.com/result.php?id=60314

Game 9: http://replays.quickybaby.com/result.php?id=60315

 

Thanks in advance to anyone who takes the time to actually review the replays and figure out how I can improve  :smallsmile:

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Well, I only watched the first one, but the problem in that one isn't the tank.  You pushed all the way to the A-line on the river road on Abbey with only an idiot Lorry as support.  The IS-7 is tough, I'm sure (don't have one), but no tank is invincible.  You got mobbed.  The E 100 tried to tell you to halt.  Pushing without support, down a narrow corridor without much in the way of hard cover in particular, is a losing formula in any tank.  

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Well, I only watched the first one, but the problem in that one isn't the tank.  You pushed all the way to the A-line on the river road on Abbey with only an idiot Lorry as support.  The IS-7 is tough, I'm sure (don't have one), but no tank is invincible.  You got mobbed.  The E 100 tried to tell you to halt.  Pushing without support, down a narrow corridor without much in the way of hard cover in particular, is a losing formula in any tank.  

I knew that was the wrong idea as I did it, but just ignored that thought. I was thinking that I should push far enough that the meds in the middle couldn't shoot me and that I couldn't be shot by arty. Didn't notice the E-100 telling me to halt, so thought he was coming with me.

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I watched a couple more.  In the Arctic battle, you take up a foward position, which is fine, if you can use it to flank, but they were all back, and so you had nothing to do there, really, except trade bounces with an enemy IS-7 while your support got ground down.  I think you should have relocated, but you weren't going to win that one anyway, I don't think.

 

On the other Abbey battle, you fight in a good location with good support, moving up to get the enemy boxed in, but you should have moved over further north where the KV-4 and E 100 wound up.  That would have given you better cover from arty, and also enabled you to fight one side of the enemy position with cover from the other side which was quickly reinforced.  You relied on armor instead of position and left yourself open to multiple fire.  

 

I'm not a very good player, and I certainly don't always do the right thing either.  These are just my observations on those battles.  I think you are relying on armor too much.  

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I knew that was the wrong idea as I did it, but just ignored that thought. I was thinking that I should push far enough that the meds in the middle couldn't shoot me and that I couldn't be shot by arty. Didn't notice the E-100 telling me to halt, so thought he was coming with me.

Just based off this, could it be a lack of situati0onail awareness leading to over extension? Pushing without support will almost always kill you early, as you know, so I don't think you would consciously do it.

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I watched a couple more.  In the Arctic battle, you take up a foward position, which is fine, if you can use it to flank, but they were all back, and so you had nothing to do there, really, except trade bounces with an enemy IS-7 while your support got ground down.  I think you should have relocated, but you weren't going to win that one anyway, I don't think.

 

On the other Abbey battle, you fight in a good location with good support, moving up to get the enemy boxed in, but you should have moved over further north where the KV-4 and E 100 wound up.  That would have given you better cover from arty, and also enabled you to fight one side of the enemy position with cover from the other side which was quickly reinforced.  You relied on armor instead of position and left yourself open to multiple fire.  

 

I'm not a very good player, and I certainly don't always do the right thing either.  These are just my observations on those battles.  I think you are relying on armor too much.  

I think that is the reason for a lot of my bad games actually. I overestimate the armor a lot, cause it's my first tier 10 and I've heard so much good about this armor.

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