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[FULL - NO NEW ENTRIES] Free Gameplay Reviews (YT with commentary) by Kolni:

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Aight, it's Corona times and I'm out of things to do so might just kick this thing up full time again and do as many as I can. I've been doing this type of thing for years, hopefully my reputation should vouch for the concept. 

Format:

  • 3-5 games per player, players might get more if there's a lack of interest
  • Tier 9 and 10 only
  • Reviews will be YT videos with commentary
  • Can be privately uploaded (so only you can watch your commentary if privacy is of interest), will otherwise be uploaded publicly.
  • No artillery gameplay.
  • If there's anything specific you have questions about regarding your games, please say so beforehand and I will do my best to keep it in mind during the review
  • Will be doing as many as I have time for, starting from first poster to last - until I run out of steam to keep doing them or a new patch hits. 

Post your replays in this thread that you want reviewed, they need to be of the current patch and if a new patch hits and I'm unable to finish the recordings in time I will just ask you for new ones. 

There are no other requirements for this, every player is welcome to post and hopefully learn. 

Previous reviews for the interested:

Gameplay Review Playlist

 

If people want me to review my own gameplay, that's something I could do too. 

What are you waiting for? Post your replays!

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Can confirm, that's me, was not held hostage. Free will. don't laugh pls

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So yes here I go. I want to preface these replays with the fact that since coming back to the game one week ago I have not played much tier 10. Probably less than 100 games and most of them in my freshly bought and fully kitted 430U. All of the below replays are with that tank.

I have 65 battles in it at this moment and average 2300 damage, 850 assisted and 55% win rate. I would be happy with 3500 average damage in it and will keep playing it until I have at least 200 battles to see if the Kolni method of spamming games in the same tank in tier 10 helps with getting better. 

If not I will probably seek some kind of mentoring to get better. 

So happy to learn from your comments Kolni and really appreciate what you are doing for the community! :) 

 

Game 1 Redshire - Indecision clouds my vision

http://wotreplays.eu/site/5305191?secret=49df144cf9759933b28230e73f1007fb

See 5 mediums in the enemy team and our light tank in a good position to spot them in F5/G5 so go to C8 to get easy shots in the beginning. 

Our light tank gets taken out by the enemy yoloing T49. We have no map control to speak of so I take the spotting position for our campers. (Maybe use too much time to get in position)

I spot a TVP, then nothing, then a STRV, at this moment I am still convinced that our flank that is pushing has enough tanks to get the job done, since at least 3 tanks are spotted in other positions.

Enemy Leo pushes up and things start to fall apart. Enemy 430 U and object 260 gets spotted in other positions. Still my thinking is that the JP 100 and the Leos should not be enough to hold our heavies from making a victorious push.

So what could/should I have done with decision making and positioning here to help us get a win?

 

Game 2 Westfield - Salvage truck

http://wotreplays.eu/site/5305195?secret=49df144cf9759933b28230e73f1007fb

Basically here what could I have done to salvaged more from the game? When our flank gets overrun like that. ( I miss a lot of shots for starters).

 

Game 3 Malinovka - Spotty spotting

http://wotreplays.eu/site/5305197?secret=49df144cf9759933b28230e73f1007fb

Here I fuck up in the beginning trying to field spot from that bush, I see too late that the enemy EBR is in a position to spot me so I take early damage.

I take up position on the field flank since our push seems to go well on the hillside flank.

We take out an E100 and the enemy light tank. After this I am in doubt what to do, stay on the flank, push field,or help with the enemy STB?. So I am indecisive for some minutes here before I push field a bit later. What should I have done?

Get some spotting, keeps missing a lot of shots and it becomes a scramble for damage at the 3:00 minute left mark.

 

Game 4 Glacier - Swedish menages a troi

http://wotreplays.eu/site/5305200?secret=49df144cf9759933b28230e73f1007fb

After the initial phase I leave mid to help the heavies with the push on the left flank stay there a bit and then go back to help deal with the obj. 277. Here the indecisiveness strikes again as an IS3 turns up and I fail to kill any of them. 

Should probably have repositioned to get out of potential crossfire position before it was too late.

 

Game 5 Lakeville - Unclinical end game

http://wotreplays.eu/site/5305202?secret=49df144cf9759933b28230e73f1007fb

After initial deployment I spot the obj 268 4 and since I don't want to face him head on I try to reposition. 

I sidescrape the 257 for a bit and are just holding position here, because I don't know how many enemies we are facing in the city at this moment. 

Both teams are quite evenly matched in the city. I want to take out the is3-2 pushing mid to free up the Skoda to go to the valley or help the city. 

After that we push towards enemy base. Approaching the base I make a mistake turning the tank too much so I get tracked and damaged ammo rack from the PTA. We push in and kill the rest for a win.

 

 

Edited by _pip_
factual error

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@_pip_ it's possible to see from every single one of the replays that you're too passive in general, you need to up your tempo more and stop camping so much when your tank really doesn't allow for very good sniping. If you are confined into a single playstyle, then play a tank that suits it. The 430U doesn't do very well in 400m snipefights, but it's the best medium hands down in CQC so that's where your ideal situations for your tank is. If you don't like playing up in other peoples faces then the 430U just isn't a tank for you. If these games were made in a Leopard 1 with identical  games in every way but having the Leo accuracy would make your positioning much better because then you'd actually be able to fight at those ranges. 

I think it's the case of not being able to play the tank sadly. Unlearn your gameplay in it and start over. Play it up close, you LIKE 1v1s and you take aggressive positions since you can both sidescrape and hulldown - that's when the 430U shines and it reliably fights heavies. Go to heavy tank areas, use your armour and farm their bigger HP pool  (biggest HP pool is almost always with the big heavy cluster) slowly but surely.heatspamming them down and farming up damage. It really is an amazing tank when it's in your face, but when you play it like you do and never engage on anything you basically only use your gun out of your traits. The armour, mobility and profile make huge differences and yoloing that Leopard in river before the JGPZ showed is a 100% win. Free damage with some hulldowning, 

Lots and lots of aim practice buddy, the aiming on the Leopard on Westfield made my eyes bleed, 

 

ca 1h left on the video, should be processed by midnight

on the other hand i think the Leo1 or PTA in their current meta would suit your playstyle pretty well if you'd play em like the replays

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@kolni I'm generally mediocre at the tanks, and my mechanical issues due to age/lack of FPS experience are basically unfixable, but beyond that, I'll throw a random batch of 5 Obj 277 games from last night up here.

Given that this is a random batch, it includes some (for me) above average games, and some below average. You can see my total erraticness on display. General approach/decision making tips appreciated, but in general I will never be one who tries hard or makes too much fuss about my performance. There are bigger things in life to worry about!

http://wotreplays.eu/site/5305856#westfield-sr360-object_277
http://wotreplays.eu/site/5305854#serene_coast-sr360-object_277
http://wotreplays.eu/site/5305851#karelia-sr360-object_277
http://wotreplays.eu/site/5305849#murovanka-sr360-object_277
http://wotreplays.eu/site/5305847#cliff-sr360-object_277

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@_pip_ 

Processing but should be available soon

53 minutes ago, sr360 said:

@kolni I'm generally mediocre at the tanks, and my mechanical issues due to age/lack of FPS experience are basically unfixable, but beyond that, I'll throw a random batch of 5 Obj 277 games from last night up here.

Given that this is a random batch, it includes some (for me) above average games, and some below average. You can see my total erraticness on display. General approach/decision making tips appreciated, but in general I will never be one who tries hard or makes too much fuss about my performance. There are bigger things in life to worry about!

Alright, I'll record these as well and see if I can get it uploaded aswell. I won't focus as much on the mechanics then if those are issues you will have to keep working around anyway. It's easy to say "aim better" but a bit harder to actually do it. 

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1 hour ago, kolni said:

@_pip_ 

Processing but should be available soon

Alright, I'll record these as well and see if I can get it uploaded aswell. I won't focus as much on the mechanics then if those are issues you will have to keep working around anyway. It's easy to say "aim better" but a bit harder to actually do it. 

Thanks. I've been playing since 2011, and 9 years and 2 kids later, I'm getting worse/slower at aiming/shooting not better. Age can be a bitch.

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11 hours ago, sr360 said:

Thanks. I've been playing since 2011, and 9 years and 2 kids later, I'm getting worse/slower at aiming/shooting not better. Age can be a bitch.

you should try using kovaaks. Its an aim trainer with limitless scenarios, you can sit and click at bouncing balls for a few minutes each day before you start playing and I guarantee it will improve your aim.

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13 hours ago, sr360 said:

Thanks. I've been playing since 2011, and 9 years and 2 kids later, I'm getting worse/slower at aiming/shooting not better. Age can be a bitch.

This one was stuck in processing for 6 hours... fkn YT

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Something to add onto the Karelia game is that you if you'd have rotated into the hill low ground, played hulldown against the VK72 (that cannot win against you in that scenario unless you misplay) let's you both find out what TDs are camping in the back and it stops the enemy team from pushing the hill back. 

That together with better target selection at the very end - (first shot on EBR- connecting the 260 shots which kills him, or just kill him afterwards into micromanaging the rock against the ST-1 and THEN dealing with the 430v2 would make this game look very winnable IMO. Then there's the JT in the back trying to catch up which is with HEAT an HP pinata for you meaning this game has something stupid like a 12k damage possibility as literally all your teammates sucked but they could meatshield and stall for you to deal your and ONLY your damage out. 

Full VK72+Full ST-1+Full JT is almost 7k already so that was a game with absolute monster potential and tanks that you can outplay fairly easily in the conditions you were in. That plus the unspotted TDs and the odd damage shots you got here and there could have made that game into one of the best games you'd ever have in my opinion, but things like that are easy to miss in the heat of the moment and everyone throws chances like these sometimes. I think this is one of those games were if you were a more selfish player in general and had more experience with soloing randoms in this meta the chance of putting your carry pants on goes up. 

Awareness is all in all your biggest deficit, I can tell you are a platoon player without you already having said it as you clearly rely on your teammates to tell you information that you immediately didn't notice. You really should try soloing more, platoon mates are a baby blanket that will hold you back in regards to improvement because they can bail you out of your mistakes and coordinate much more efficiently than randoms which lets you construct gameplans that only work because of platooning - not a skill you can take into randoms on your own and one you should try and work on developing during those new conditions instead. You get a much better read out of both enemy and friendly players and what they want to do and are trying to accomplish with their decisions if you have to read your own teammates constantly, without actually talking to them. It's like learning body language if that makes sense. You rely on your toonmates that you can talk to, but would you be able to understand them in their gameplay without communication? This is a super important skill for both map awareness, intuition, creativity and so on. 

You also lack the "go" button I've talked to everyone else about too. When you see an enemy make a mistake, you need to simply be quicker at punishing them. Don't ever let someone misplay against you and get away with it. You seem to have it when your toonmates are there to support you and you can push, but when you're playing alone without them you are much more passive and indecisive. The best to work on that is to play more solo in my opinion, but if that's not an option (some people need friends to enjoy games) you can just platoon without communicating with them. I'd say that's a baby step towards it but should still help you get better at reading the non-verbal queues of what other players are actually trying to do with their gameplay and how you can turn those into foresight and see lapses in their judgment coming beforehand and be there to capitalise. 

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 @sr360  On the Serene Coast game I disagree with initial deployment (all the HP is going to be on the island looking at their line up and you have hulldown tanks on your team that they're not gonna be able to push) and simply not just rushing straight towards the damage pool once the hunt started. Stopping for the 430U shot was fine because he ended up poking but you wanted to cross that bridge as early as possible. When the E 100 rotated up trying to shoot you in the back you handled that well and was aware of it (I forgot to mention that in the video) and from there on there was just one poke on the SConq I would have poked further to guarantee the pen instead of 70/30ing it - but outside of those things that engagement you played flawlessly IMO., kudos!

i should probably get a microphone that isn't my phone and teamspeaking myself to do this if i'm going to do this often

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I am nowhere close to the level of people who posted their replays before me, so I know that there are plenty mistakes and deficiencies in my gameplay, but I would be thankful if you could give some tips on the areas with greatest potential for improvement, as well as some tips regarding positioning and decision making.

http://wotreplays.eu/site/5306989#murovanka-isterija-m48a5_patton
http://wotreplays.eu/site/5306993#hinterland-isterija-m48a5_patton
http://wotreplays.eu/site/5306995#ensk-isterija-m48a5_patton
http://wotreplays.eu/site/5306997#erlenberg-isterija-object_430u
http://wotreplays.eu/site/5306999#murovanka-isterija-object_430u
http://wotreplays.eu/site/5307001#paris-isterija-object_430u

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40 minutes ago, isterija said:

I am nowhere close to the level of people who posted their replays before me, so I know that there are plenty mistakes and deficiencies in my gameplay, but I would be thankful if you could give some tips on the areas with greatest potential for improvement, as well as some tips regarding positioning and decision making.

http://wotreplays.eu/site/5306989#murovanka-isterija-m48a5_patton
http://wotreplays.eu/site/5306993#hinterland-isterija-m48a5_patton
http://wotreplays.eu/site/5306995#ensk-isterija-m48a5_patton
http://wotreplays.eu/site/5306997#erlenberg-isterija-object_430u
http://wotreplays.eu/site/5306999#murovanka-isterija-object_430u
http://wotreplays.eu/site/5307001#paris-isterija-object_430u

Absolutely! I try to keep my criticism relative to the player I'm reviewing as well as I can. As there will be more decisions I disagree with entirely on the lower end of the player skill spectrum I try my best just to play along with the decisions made and how then to make the best of them. When there are games without a developed gameplan I try to construct one for you. As I believe you can make super unicum just on mechanical proficiency alone it tends to be a bigger focus on that earlier on the skill spectrum as there will be many more mechanical mistakes made that don't have anything to do with decisionmaking. 

I'll only do 5, so I'm gonna exclude the last replay. They are also private, so you need to send the private link for me to download them. Only you can view them on their normal links. There's sharing options to get the private link. Or make them public/reupload them.

(I'm also much, much, much harder on the "best" players as I will have to nitpick very much to find lapses in their judgment as it's obviously better and that type of stuff comes off as very flamey compared to the easier stuff)

 

 

@sr360 I re-watched the video as I noticed my mic cuts off sometimes and I got some more feedback hearing my own thoughts during the gameplay. 

  • I disagree with your initial deployments - I don't know if this is because of platooning and you constructing a gameplan together but from a solo player PoV you're generally not going where the most damage is to farm for you.
  • Your decisionmaking on the fly is very good. You react well to the unknown and don't let it throw you off. I think this is your strongest player quality. 
  • Sadly mechanics really hold you back, I think the decisionmakings in the replays come from a higher level of play than your current rating is. 

If you were to spam 5k games solo and had the time to do it along with just being younger and able to really refine your mechanics I definitely think your decisionmaking along with that would put you in a spot to 4K DPG+ tier 10s for sure. 

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34 minutes ago, kolni said:

I'll only do 5, so I'm gonna exclude the last replay. They are also private, so you need to send the private link for me to download them. Only you can view them on their normal links. There's sharing options to get the private link. Or make them public/reupload them.

Oh, sorry. I don't use wotreplays much, so I was not aware how this works. Here are the proper links:
http://wotreplays.eu/site/5306989?secret=9d78f3a644188758a8c843e0ed1194af
http://wotreplays.eu/site/5306993?secret=9d78f3a644188758a8c843e0ed1194af
http://wotreplays.eu/site/5306995?secret=9d78f3a644188758a8c843e0ed1194af
http://wotreplays.eu/site/5306999?secret=9d78f3a644188758a8c843e0ed1194af
http://wotreplays.eu/site/5307001?secret=9d78f3a644188758a8c843e0ed1194af

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9 minutes ago, koel76 said:

Actually done like 100+ since I came back and still playing this shit

Just go through my content, look at my topics and read them and you should have some ideas on improvement. 

My strategy is literally spamming games until I'm in shape when coming back. I spam 100 games in as tight of a period I can and then I'm generally back in my groove. It's the Kewei way and it works for me too.

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Played these 5 back to back:

http://wotreplays.eu/site/5307305#studzianki-spinee-object_277

http://wotreplays.eu/site/5307327#fjords-spinee-object_277

http://wotreplays.eu/site/5307328#serene_coast-spinee-object_277

http://wotreplays.eu/site/5307355#mountain_pass-spinee-object_277

http://wotreplays.eu/site/5307415#kharkov-spinee-object_277

I think my mechanic knowledge is relatively good. The two biggest problems that have crept up on me again is using team lists, both mine and enemy team, in order to decide what positions are effective upon deployment. Additionally, a lot of times my indecisiveness in the mid to late game in terms of positioning can cost me to be late to key positions (Which you see in the first game actually), health or damage. I think this comes down to the fact that I generally don't like to make plays until I'm absolutely certain of where enemy tanks are that can affect those plays (Unspotted TDs) etc., so I'd like help on this too.

Edit: Removed a 5A replay that was just a straightforward W key win and added another 277 game instead.

Edited by Spinee

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8 hours ago, kolni said:

 

@sr360 I re-watched the video as I noticed my mic cuts off sometimes and I got some more feedback hearing my own thoughts during the gameplay. 

  • I disagree with your initial deployments - I don't know if this is because of platooning and you constructing a gameplan together but from a solo player PoV you're generally not going where the most damage is to farm for you.
  • Your decisionmaking on the fly is very good. You react well to the unknown and don't let it throw you off. I think this is your strongest player quality. 
  • Sadly mechanics really hold you back, I think the decisionmakings in the replays come from a higher level of play than your current rating is. 

If you were to spam 5k games solo and had the time to do it along with just being younger and able to really refine your mechanics I definitely think your decisionmaking along with that would put you in a spot to 4K DPG+ tier 10s for sure. 

Thanks for doing this Kolni. The mechanics are unfixable, but I completely agree with your other criticism. I guess my mindset is somewhat different -- your basic philosophy seems to be go to the biggest mass of HP and bludgeon them down, whereas I tend to head towards key map points and deploy from there. Some it is absolutely crutching on platoons (because friends make the game worth playing) and some of it is comfort/familiarity with spots. Some of the struggles you noticed were from playing high gun dep tanks and then taking a 277 to the same spots and not having that same -8 to 10 degrees to work with. I'll probably rewatch your video again to focus on some points I thought key, but I do appreciate the feedback. Cheers and stay safe!

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Not so much damage wise but for some reason I've been losing a lot more games recently, I was wondering if you could critique me and my games to see what I could've done to win.

The first one is a bad one on fishbay. 

http://wotreplays.eu/site/5308309#fisherman_s_bay-thetrojanwarrior-m48a5_patton

The second one is a game on Redshire, good damage but I have a feeling that I could've done more to win this battle.

http://wotreplays.eu/site/5308310#redshire-thetrojanwarrior-object_907

The third is a game on overlord. Not sure what I could've done here.
http://wotreplays.eu/site/5308312#overlord-thetrojanwarrior-m48a5_patton

The fourth game was on Paris.

http://wotreplays.eu/site/5308313#paris-thetrojanwarrior-m48a5_patton 

The fifth game was on Mali. Good damage but a loss because I didn't know how to dig out the a line camp after we won the hill

http://wotreplays.eu/site/5308315#malinovka-thetrojanwarrior-m48a5_patton


This session was really bad win rate wise. I only won 1/7 games during this session and it was really off putting.

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Alright, have @Snoregasm2, @Spineeand @TheTrojanWarrior to record during the weekend, as I'll look to have them all finished and uploaded by tomorrow - then I'll take a days break or two from recording as it's quite time consuming but keep posting your replays and I will start going through them from first to last again - just gonna take a day or two off as I have decent bit on my plate atm. 

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