Dredhawk, on May 09 2012 - 16:55, said:
No I think the honor of worse tank in the game goes to the B1.........I had to free XP threw that hunk of metal it would be a good tank if you could use the main gun and not the turret gun....
I hearthly disagree with you, many people underestimate the b1, its in fact a very good tank once upgraded (like most tanks), its nimble, has great gun depression and angle and the Rate of fire is a machinegun of death!
I completely understand you if you have a dismay about its penetration against tier 5's or the fact that a kv can be its nemesis, do not forget the b1 gets placed in tier 5 fights being tier 4 itself where its gun struggles to make the penetration, but, even so it makes short work or anything else that its not a kv or a t-14 and the b1 never or almost never gets into tier 6 fights, youll often find yourself on the top part of mm, usually on tier 1-4 fights about 70% of the time
The only tanks that will cause you pain will be the t-14 and the KV1 where the penetration of its gun will be hardly sufficient, but that is bound to change once the multi-gun system goes live, a 75mm HE shot from the b1 alternate gun on the glacis will warrant a good damage against the KV and even the t-14 when the 47mm gun may be insufficient.
i can provide you with battle recordings on my b1 and see how good it can be, please send me private message and ill send you via email the recordings, i cant attach them here because they exceed the 500kb max size allowed.
That being said, let me review a little on the t-14:
i actually brought it due the charity event, and i can tell you its like a stock sherman but with better armor due bounciness, side slopes and great engine, none the less, the gun struggles really bad to penetrate tier 5 and tier 6 fights youll only get penetration by flanking with mild results.
Despite this, its a nimble tank with decent rate of fire, average penetration and good sloped armor that will be way more bouncy than the m4 and even the t-34, in fact i can surely say that any gun below 75mm will struggle to penetrate it unless aimed to a weak spot, (front glacis machinegun) and HE shells can be inneffective due the side armor protecting the tank only causing an damage to the tracks and not inside the tank.
The advantage of this tank its the great maneuverality it has, probably the most nimble of all the premium tier 5 tanks along the RAM-II, the MM treats it kindly since 7.2 (used to get t7 matches, now its t5 and sometimes t6) and all around good protection that will make tier 1-4 struggle to bring it down, but the tradeoff is the gun that will take some skill..
Such example of tank advantages and disadvantages is the churchill, it has a superb armor but its the most sluggish of all the tier 5 premium tanksalso the gun has poor damage values, yet it has a surprisingly fast reload along great aim and it has a very high penetration value that makes up for the poor damage capable of hitting and damaging repeteadly any tank it gets in front of it, KV included.
The matilda has great armor and good gun but it gets thrown into tier 7 fights sometimes wich makes it a rather useless tank against the big boys so your real worth may be as scout killer, but if you get within the top half of mm youll know that most likely youll dominate any lower tiers than you, despite being the slowest of all the tanks (24km/h top speed).
The Ram-2 has the same weapon of the churchill, so you can expect high-pen-low damage, about the same protection of the t-14 which is overall good except on the sides, but the engine is way less powerful, and it also gets thrown often into tier 6-7 fights like the matilda
I hope this helps, and im serious about the b1, its a tank i proudly use!
PS: i think the worst tank is the pz38na i absolutely
understand its a scout tank, but its no way as nimble as an equivalent like the a-20, t-50, m5, or even the leopard! despite all being same tier, the gun is insufficient in damage/pen values to perform a survival task, the acceleration is very poor compared to any other scout and its not nimble in comparison to the others, while it has a good top speed, youll find little room to exploit it. i was absolutely delighted when i sold it once i got the pz4 researched, the pain was totally worth getting it!
Edited by Kingkrieg, May 10 2012 - 06:43.