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Hai wotlabs, and welcome to my replay thread.

The classes I play best are mediums and heavies, so it's likely what I'll end up posting the most. I'll try to post replay packs when I can, along with the occasional highlight game. I'm not the dankest purple but I can carry a game or two, and occasionally do pretty well.

You can AMA as well, I will do my best to answer any questions.

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Let's start this off with some E50 play.

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Outplaying pubbies on a sliver of health with my brand new Lorraine. Thirteen battles in, this was my first Ace Tanker badge on it.

Remember kids, never leave autoloaders alive when you have a chance to kill them.

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Platoon carry with my buddy Tha_Blind_Man on Highway. Extremely top tier as stronk tier IX heavies (ST-I & E75) with no arty and not many TD's, we knew this was gonna be gud. With this perfect mm we know we're the most dangerous tanks on the field, and we move aggressively into city to effortlessly crush the entire enemy force. In the end it's nothing more than par for the course given the tiering situation, but it does showcase how ridiculously strong these heavies can be against the average player in a down-tiered tank. I think I was only penetrated once, and I was taking aggro for most of the fight.

 

http://wotreplays.com/site/1620924

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Played this over my lunch break today. I was probably just farming bads, but it was fun. I kept the gun real hot, firing on reload for most of the game.

Camo abuse is stronk.

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http://wotreplays.com/site/1698913

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Aww <3

 

So I took a month off of tanks, slowly easing back into it.

 

Fun little session today... 10/10, will play again. There was a single terribad derp I probably should have lost, but otherwise I played pretty well.

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I purchased a Patton before my break but didn't really play it much, so I'm only really discovering it now. It's one of the last tanks I played before stopping and I didn't do well with it initially, but I see now how wrong I was when I thought it was bad. The gun depression combined with the good agility allows it to put shots downrange with more ease than most of the mediums I've played so far. It's a really comfortable drive.

Replay pack : https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9IuN7ALgawdY0d3Z3dhNVRsUFU/view?usp=sharing

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A nice patrol duty on Prok. Playing the center and providing spots for the 1-line camper when the hill fails. I got a bit lucky when the E100 derped me in the back, his roll was a mere 16 damage points away from ending me.

http://wotreplays.com/site/1813808#prokhorovka-the_bolshevik-object_140

 

And it somehow took 283 battles, but I finally got an Ace Tanker badge for my ST-I. An encounter on Redshire, and there was no arty so I went center to make sure we wouldn't be capped out early. I roamed around the center as if I was driving a medium tank and abused hull down to mow down the enemy one by one. There is a rather theatrical showdown at the end, a 1v1 where I am still full health against a full health E75.

http://wotreplays.com/site/1817439#redshire-the_bolshevik-st-i

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Russian medium replay pack, with the odd E100 game thrown in. Saturday morning tanks are the best.

Tryhard mode to farm MoE's on my communist mediums. Recently dusted off the T-54 after not touching it for a while, and it's a blast. I soloed at first and I had a very rough start with four losses in a row (including a heartbreaking one). I stuck with it and eventually powered through the shit teams MM was throwing at me. I also platooned up at one point, the pubbies were getting at me.

I don't have a 5k session every day so I'm pretty pleased with these results.

Replay pack : https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9IuN7ALgawdZWk5M1U3MUVYNjQ/view?usp=sharing

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Been a while since I posted something here... I played some T-34-85 Rudy today for a change of pace from the high tiers.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9IuN7ALgawdVUROZzVOQ1ZvWm8/view?usp=sharing

Replay pack of 17 solo battles. Session stats in spoiler below. Overall it's kinda low on the dpg side, slightly under historical, but I still feel like it was good play for the most part. I had too many not-so-stellar games where I failed to break ~1k damage bringing the average down, but it was FUN. I absolutely adore this tank, it's the perfect credit grinder for me.

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Moar RUmeds!

I had a nice 62A session today. Was pushing 4k dpg for a while, but tanked to 3.8k in the last mile.

Session stats in spoiler.

Replay pack (22 battles zip) : https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9IuN7ALgawdWlQ2clRmNHZzV00/view?usp=sharing

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Here's a pretty nice platoon carry from last night, feat. my buddy and RL friend Tha_Blind_Man. Overall an excellent example of teamplay. He takes all the aggro with his hull down 140, allowing me and my Bat to clip many distracted pubbies. Together we score a combined total of six medals and ~10k damage.

http://wotreplays.com/site/2006223#self

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Another good day in my favorite hard hat medium!

Twelve T-62A battles, first six were solo and last six were platooned.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9IuN7ALgawdbU90eGhQQjBiU1E/view?usp=sharing

Session stats in spoiler :

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Google Drive says permission is needed to d/l the replay pack.  :(

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Google Drive says permission is needed to d/l the replay pack.  :(

Ayy I'm bad at internets pls no bulli

Does it do that for all the packs or just one? As far as I can see link sharing is on and set to "anyone with link can view", and it's allowing me to download it without a sign in when I click on it from a browser that's not logged into google. I just double checked most of the links and it seems like they're all set up properly? I'm probably missing something obvious, but could you try again?

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Ayy I'm bad at internets pls no bulli

Does it do that for all the packs or just one? As far as I can see link sharing is on and set to "anyone with link can view", and it's allowing me to download it without a sign in when I click on it from a browser that's not logged into google. I just double checked most of the links and it seems like they're all set up properly? I'm probably missing something obvious, but could you try again?

Your T62-A link worked just fine for me

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Now it's working.  Google Cloud was probably having a hiccup.  Thanks.

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T110E5 Ace, with defender medal. The initial position I use here is one of my favorite spots in the entire game.. Very well protected from everything, even against the one lane it is exposed to.

Have to admit that defense was a bit of a turkey shoot though. They all just sat there waiting to be murdered.

http://wotreplays.com/site/2083245#lakeville-the_bolshevik-t110e5

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gg.  

I think that second position (to the left of the STI) is only good for high camo tanks with decent gun depression.  Pulling behind that building for cover exposes your butt to snipers on the 4 line goat trail and I've been one shot by a CGC arty while behind that building.

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You're right about that second spot. It's very situational, and I don't usually use it in heavies but I figured I could risk it for a shot since they wouldn't be expecting me at that time. But the exposure to the base campers can be absolutely devastating if you go there when the enemy has a lot of guns looking at the spot.

Even with high camo tanks, I've struggled to make it work because anything that moves up 0-line can get close enough to spot you through the double bush when you fire, which really only makes the spot good for one shot unless the enemy is spectacularly blind. Pretty sure the enemy needs a potato 75% crew in order to not spot you when you fire from that bush and they're up the 0-line corner.

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Ran a few rounds with my buddy Tha_Blind_Man tonight.

This was clearly the highlight of the evening :

http://wotreplays.com/site/2520352#mountain_pass-the_bolshevik-object_140

We go south-west, but lack support. We realize that pushing to the corner would end badly, so instead we wait and create a crossfire trap for them to push into. Bit of camo abuse at the beginning, then it's just damage farm 4 dayz.

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So I know this isn't probably very impressive for the super-danks of this world, but for me it's kind of a big deal. I was never very good at damage farming, and therefore never managed to third mark any of my tanks. Though some are close, none of my tier tens have broken the magic 3k dpg barrier, and I doubt they ever will. I can still win games and carry due to making good decisions most of the time, but I'm just not great at getting those back-to-back 5k farm fests.

But after many failed attempts, this morning I finally managed to 3rd mark my T-34-85 Rudy! I had tried to do this multiple times in the past, and it would always end with a climb to ~94,5% followed by a series of misplays that crashed it back down again. And it almost ended like this again, but I stuck with it and pulled through.

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Replay pack (google drive)

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T-10 finally got it's 3rd mark today, after nearly 150 battles of attempts... After a few meh games and an FV one-shot I started to think I would fail once more. But after yoloing the T-10 to an early death I played a good 140 game that restored my confidence and I stuck with it. Here's the 12 battle replay pack (google drive), with the odd 140 game thrown in.

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Hey bolshevik,

Can you set your ADU to upload replays to vbaddict?  I went looking for your replays to find some IS-7 battles and nothing was there.  I like to see the potato games as well as the super unicum matches, especially if they happen on the same maps.

Thanks

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