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WoT's most well-kept secret, the "S" key


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Lert #1 Posted Jul 29 2012 - 12:21

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We all know these people. The noble, the brave. They take up a position, then defend it 'til death, against superior odds. These are the true warriors, who grow chest-hair on their chest-hair and sweat testosterone. These are men's men, who fight with heart, soul and courage! They are the real men, who stand their ground, then get to spectate how a smart man kills the guy that killed them.

So, what is the difference between a real man and a smart man? Well, one of the more noteworthy ones is that you can't spell 'smart man' without an S. I mean, it's even the very first letter you need! But it's one that real men don't even know exist. Real men believe that the controls for this game are W, A, D and mouse. Ah, but look between the A and the D, underneath the W, and you'll spot WoT's most well-kept secret, the "S" key.

So, what does this mythical "S" key do, that real men refuse to acknowledge is even possible? Hmmm. Let's go test it out. Be right back.

*Noises of the game starting*

Aaaaah, so depressing the S key with minor force moves your tank in reverse. *gasp!* Try it some time, it's amazing!

Proper utilisation of the "S" key allows a tank to make a tactical withdrawal *oh noes!* "But," says the real man, "real men don't withdraw!" No, they don't, and that's why they get killed.

Just because there's an enemy ahead doesn't necessarily mean you have to engage him. Oftentimes withdrawing to another spot lures the enemy into your team's line of fire. Oftentimes withdrawing to a more defensible location allows you to overcome superior odds. Oftentimes withdrawing to get out of LOS allows for flanking maneuvers.

Many players seem to have an aversion to the very idea of withdrawing, like doing so offends their manly man credentials of manhood. I'm here to tell you that this is not the case. There is nothing wrong with falling back to a location where you have arty support instead of pushing ahead into theirs. I've played almost 20k games between beta and live, and I can't remember many occasions where tanks were not needlessly lost just because their players couldn't find the "S" key.

So, there you have it. The fabled "S" key, what it does, and why the difference between real men and smart men is the use of the "S" key. Real men think it's cowardly to withdraw and die a sad death while smart men know when to withdraw and help their team win.

Nisae #2 Posted Jul 29 2012 - 12:24

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Who needs S?

I HAVE FF!

GoldMountain #3 Posted Jul 29 2012 - 12:28

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It's often quicker to just turn around and FF to victory
It is on my T110 which reverses as slowly as a Maus..

Zippit #4 Posted Jul 29 2012 - 12:28

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I must try this sometime!

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cheesellama #5 Posted Jul 29 2012 - 12:32

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This topic reminds me of something a while ago. I was in a pub (I was in a Pz IV) with a VK 3001 P.

VK 3001 P: "A real man would take an arty and use it TD style!"

"Then a real man isn't smart!"

warrends #6 Posted Jul 29 2012 - 12:36

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More fruity goodness from Lert. And posted in the correct section as well!!! But ... perhaps this thread also needs to go into the greatrly-needed "Players Who Just Know They Know Everything About WOT" forum area as well ...

Lert #7 Posted Jul 29 2012 - 12:38

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warrends, on Jul 29 2012 - 12:36, said:

"Players Who Just Know They Know Everything About WOT" forum area
You'll never see me in there.

Like, it took me until about 3 days ago to realise that you need 9 spots and the win for scout badge, I thought it was 8 spots and the win.

BBQ #8 Posted Jul 29 2012 - 12:46

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Real men do not even have an "?" on keyboard - what that? :Smile-angry:

PTwr #9 Posted Jul 29 2012 - 12:48

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cheesellama, on Jul 29 2012 - 12:32, said:

This topic reminds me of something a while ago. I was in a pub (I was in a Pz IV) with a VK 3001 P.

VK 3001 P: "A real man would take an arty and use it TD style!"

"Then a real man isn't smart!"
Real man use AP in derp KV. :>

BBQ #10 Posted Jul 29 2012 - 12:51

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PTwr, on Jul 29 2012 - 12:48, said:

Real man use AP in derp KV. :>

Real men only ram in KV!

FighterAce #11 Posted Jul 29 2012 - 12:54

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+1

Every day I see a couple of these "real men" cry when smart men live longer than they do.

Not a very manly thing to do....

PTwr #12 Posted Jul 29 2012 - 13:13

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BBQ, on Jul 29 2012 - 12:51, said:

Real men only ram in KV!
Real men kill Maus with stock IS-4!

weeyin #13 Posted Jul 29 2012 - 13:17

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hmm, sound like the S key does the same as everyones down arrow!!!

Radulicah #14 Posted Jul 29 2012 - 13:22

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Since it's an online game you might have slightly higher chances of teaching a chicken to break dance while flipping pancakes than "aiding" some players into playing the game properly. Just like those stubborn lemmings that think they can kill the 10 tanks in front of them and cap while the enemy team has the rest of them in their base, and capping even though every time they tried it, the push ends up with a failure. T'was a time....when I actually cared...long are those days gone. I do my thing, I have some fun, and don't care about the outcome. Simple way to compensate for those players who never learn a thing and play the game just like they did when they first came across it... "herp derp push w key and click teh enemeeeey...oh noeeez eneemeeey is capping teh flaaag...better push w key harder and hope lightning strucks the cappers and resets. we lost???? oh didn't push hard enough"

Carrier_Enterprise #15 Posted Jul 29 2012 - 13:40

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The "S" key is the key to victory.

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PTwr, on Jul 29 2012 - 13:13, said:

Real men kill Maus with stock IS-4!

Real men kill Maus with stock Loltractor! :Smile_teethhappy:

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What about the FF key? :Smile_smile:

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BBQ, on Jul 29 2012 - 13:51, said:

Real men kill Maus with stock Loltractor! :Smile_teethhappy:
Real men makes T30 rage quit, BatChat run away, and Patton call for help, all with MS-1!

DeadlyTreadly #19 Posted Jul 29 2012 - 14:25

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'S' key means you are moving slower than the guy hitting the 'W' key  though . . .

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Radulicah, on Jul 29 2012 - 13:22, said:

Since it's an online game you might have slightly higher chances of teaching a chicken to break dance while flipping pancakes than "aiding" some players into playing the game properly.
I make the best dang pancakes but I'm just too old to spin on my head.

And real men push valley in Lakeville alone without arty support.




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