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Actually, scratch that. Now that I'm not (often) overextending, this thing is really starting to shine. That big boomstick is a hell of a lot of fun because you can just picture the recipient of your 750 HP sucker punch reeling back and saying "oh shit! Oh shit! Oh shit!" That, or getting blapped out of existence when they thought they had enough HP to eat a shot and you got the drop on them.

 

All in all it's a really fun tank to have in the garage for times when you can't be bothered to think too much about flexing.

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I often over extend in mine because you wait over 17 seconds to fire so you want to blap someone now godamnit.

 

The other issue is it's painful in clean up, like last night could have got another 2 ish shots turning a 4.3k damage game into a near 6k if it was just a little bit faster.

 

I swear as well the gun loves to roll low constantly. 

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I've been playing my T30 heavily over the past few days and I'm really getting a feel for it (too bad it's after I wrecked it's stats). The gun does love to troll sometimes, usually late game clean up when you might take long distance shots. Ya'll set the bar high on this one for mastery as well. A 5801 damage game with 5 kills only snagged me a first class last week. 

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The tank is tall and the shell speed is slow so you get a little shell drop also, taking off 5-10 degrees of slope from the armor you hit. This makes the 276 pen seem even higher.

Overextending is my problem also. Its hard to just sit there after blapping someone for 900.

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Since there is no thread for the E4, this one will be the closest I can get, though what I have to add is relevant to both tanks all american tanks.

 

Shooting dirt while hull-down a lot lately? Coming up short on those long shots? 

 

Have you tried accepting Yeezus as your lord and savior?

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Man, I need to watch some of your replays when I have time and learn to play this beast... I have not tamed the wild stallion yet. Quite honestly, I suck horrendously in it. I can't decide if I want to play it like a heavy, going hull down and taking shots, or try to snipe (with all of the .39 acc) like a TD. I shall watch some replays tomorrow and learn how to T30. 

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So I had been running a sub-one skill ghetto crew in it. I moved my ~3 skill E5/T34 crew over to this glorious machine and slapped "CAPTAIN AMERICA" and an eagle emblem on it. Uncle Sam has been guiding my 155mm shells ever since.

 

Some more T30 porn from an almost-didn't-carry-the-game game:

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Something like 5200 damage of maximum blappage and playing middle like a sucker-punching tool. Replay's here.

 

This tank is so good with BIA/gunnery/repairs/off-road driving. Hnnnnnngh. Thanks for recommending the tenk, Shade!

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T30 <3 <3 <3 <3

 

18% Chance to win lel.  Forgot my Premium ran out :/

 

Link to replay. http://www.vbaddict.net/download_replay/itchicrotchi-na-3c72cd4c0c39d9441855208271f2fbc2/fisherman_s_bay-usa-t30-4915033151070496

 

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The only reason i dont have a T30 is because you have to go through the fucking proto to get to it.

Also because i have an OP 704

 

This.

 

 

It was hard. So very hard to play the proto, god I fucking hate that tank.

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Proto was an oddball for me. I didn't like it, but I didn't hate it, either. Ended up being 50/50 randomness whether it would work or not in any given match. But, if there is a tank to skip, that's the one. And the T30 is so much worth it. Just too bad it's sandwiched between 2 shitters.

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Proto was an oddball for me. I didn't like it, but I didn't hate it, either. Ended up being 50/50 randomness whether it would work or not in any given match. But, if there is a tank to skip, that's the one. And the T30 is so much worth it. Just too bad it's sandwiched between 2 shitters.

I played the proto then free exped through the T30 to get the E4. I don't dislike the E4 at all, Why is the T30 worth getting? IT seems to just be a 155mm on the T34 platform, and while i love my T34 the T30 just seems, Lackluster? when compared to other tier 9 TDs (704/JT/WTF4).

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I played the proto then free exped through the T30 to get the E4. I don't dislike the E4 at all, Why is the T30 worth getting? IT seems to just be a 155mm on the T34 platform, and while i love my T34 the T30 just seems, Lackluster? when compared to other tier 9 TDs (704/JT/WTF4).

Versatility. It has a slightly lower RoF, and slightly worse gun handling than the E4, in exchange for a full turret with far fewer weak spots, and excellent depression. That means it can hull down like a heavy against almost anything (155mm+ will overmatch the roof, anything smaller, including 152's, will not). It's the depression especially that makes it superior to the E4, IMO. That, and it gets to shit on tier 7's some times. The ability to go from pure high-alpha TD to pure hull down heavy at literally any given time can't be overstated. The E4 is marginally better at one, and vastly inferior at the other.

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I played the proto then free exped through the T30 to get the E4. I don't dislike the E4 at all, Why is the T30 worth getting? IT seems to just be a 155mm on the T34 platform, and while i love my T34 the T30 just seems, Lackluster? when compared to other tier 9 TDs (704/JT/WTF4).

For the same reason that the ISU isn't worth getting, after all, it's *only* a 15Xmm on the SU-152 platform.

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To be fair the ISU is probably not worth getting. 704 does what the ISU tries to do even better, while if you want the huge punch aspect you can just grab the SU-152 and get that derpy version of the BL-10 at T7. Not to mention the BL-10 itself is up for quite a nerf, although god knows when that'll be realized.

 

I get what you're saying though. A 155mm-equipped T34 with twice the camo, much improved mobility, vastly better DPM, and a buffed roof doesn't really sound lackluster to me, despite being "only" a 155-equipped T34.

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The only thing I don't understand is the "omgturretomgbounceomgsocool" guys. T34s turret is good... at tier 8. At tier 9+ my T30 gets rekt through the bloody cheeks more often then not.

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About turret thingy - cheeks seem to be pretty easy picking when you face two tanks at once. Same thing as M103, keep your turret facing to whoever is shooting, slight angle and effective thickness goes from ~250 to ~200 mm 

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Never had an issue with the cheeks. They get penned once in a while, but not enough to make much of a difference. It's not like E4 cheeks. You have to hit them at just the right spot frontally to go through. Basic rule is always be looking directly at what is aiming at you. Getting shot in the side of the turret front means you're either surrounded and screwed anyway, or weren't paying attention.

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Yeah, they aren't obvious. I mean, I didn't really bothered with them until I inspected it myself. It was always no-go zone in T29 and T34, but I keep forgetting that T30 is tier 9.

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I honestly think that my favorite part about this tank is how cheap the gold round is for the damage it does. It actually makes money or very nearly breaks even with goldspam (on a premium account, ofc).

 

And that pretty much makes this the "wahhhh you shot gold at me" pubbie tear harvester.

 

My coffee is especially delicious this morning.

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[Loads into Malinovka match]

 

Alright, time to knock out TD-15. I heard this tank is all I need.

 

[Head to hill while two mediums and a Foch rush hill]

 

Man this is going to take a while to get there.

 

[Charles_Sniper is spotted on the hill, alone, by our hill rushers, who yolo and wreck him]

 

Get rekt Charles.

 

[Enjoy Charles_Sniper chat rage]

 

Salty Relish.

 

[Finally make it to the hill, pulling off a miracle snap shot through the roof of a IS-3]

 

Wow, that was lucky. Better dance a bit in case ar...

 

[One-shot by T92]

 

Time for bed.

 

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This sums up my first impressions of the tank. The gun and turret are great, but the lack of mobility and hull armor makes it very vulnerable. I wanted to push to the windmill to get arty safe, but that would have exposed my hull to 3 tanks. I want to play it like a heavy, but shit like this makes me want to camp like a beech. I'm doing okay in it, ~2400 dpg. However I'm not wowed by it so far. I'll reassess at 50 matches.

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