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Marder 38t Appreciation Thread

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So, I totally fell in love with this thing when I started making my way up the new German TD line. Why is there no thread for it?

If you like the T49, you'll love this little thing.

 

Really, it feels a lot like a T49. While it doesn't have a turret, it has epic traverse angles, is decently fast and has a good view range and camo value.

The gun is really good for a tier 4 too. It has nearly the same DPM as the T49 (same ROF, 5 less alpha with AP), slightly better aim time and much better accuracy.

Depression is good, but elevation is kinda sad.

 

Being a low tier sealclubber, it also prints top gun awards, and it's an excellent WN8/wr padding machine.

 

It has no problems dealing with tier 6 tanks either, which is the highest the MM will throw it against:

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(didn't carry hard enough, though)

 

Too bad it only carries 38 shells, those won't last long with that rate of fire.

 

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It's funny how the line slowly degrades from the 38T going through tier 5 to tier 7, each a tad worse than the predecessor.  I am having a horrendous time with the tier 7, which has nothing stock going for it but absurd gun depression.  That being said, the tier 8-10 are just as lovely as the tier 4, so it's a fair price to pay.

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In the short time I owned it, I really did come to like it but I needed to make room for other tanks forcing me to sell it. Hopefully I can buy it back again soon. It's got great accuracy even with a bad crew, good mobility. Reminded me of the marder II pre nerf

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I like the 38T even if I basically never play it.  It's good for it's tier with some mobility & a good gun.

 

However, you can't compare the 38T to the T49.  The T49 is a turreted killing machine.  It's super fast & can easily take over a game.  If the T49 gets into a tier 5 match, I'm fullying expecting 4 or more kills & I'm disappointed if I don't get a top gun.  The T49 can appear anywhere on the battlefield & within minutes be on the other side.  IMO, the T49 is the best tier 5 in the game.  The T49 can rush any opening in the enemy line during end-game.  The T49 can scout (not ideal use but, it can), the T49 can flank, the T49 can snipe.  The 38T just doesn't campare.

 

I've found the 38T to be a nice sniper with the ability to relocate on the battlefield.  The gun is good for it's tier & the tank can influence the outcome. 

 

When I unlocked the toaster td, it was a painful change from the 38t.  The toaster got much better with the top gun but, it still is a hide in cover & snipe td. 

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In my opinion the T49 is just more fun to play, due to its sheer zippiness and the turret, but I can definitely see the marder's higher carry potential as a tier 4.

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Comparing it to the T49 is apples and oranges.

 

Compare it to the SU85B.

 

Armor and speed are comparable. 

Gun - Marder wins on handling traverse depression and ROF.  SU wins on Pen and Damage.

Camo - I believe marder has the edge while the SU has better view range so its a toss up there.

 

I enjoy playing both, and they both pub stomp well up to tier 6

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Sure, this tank is a real pleasure to play, even with a stock crew.

Played it intensively this week end and after 54 games and the x2 exp crew experience, I'm already at 50% on 1st skill.

Can't wait to get the 6th sense, as 10% of my early deaths were related to a bad evaluation of my visibility but still a decent 67% wr

on almost full solo games. Ofc better players can expect much more.

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