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


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RuGaard_The_Crippled #41 Posted Nov 02 2012 - 00:09

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S stands for "smart". It's always smart to take a step back when the effects of the next step are unclear and dangerous.

Mydragonsfly #42 Posted Nov 02 2012 - 01:45

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I read the OP and the post above me..

S can also stand for stupid. Thats the key Ive seen many have their pinkies glued too.. Makes for good lol's in the end tbh.

Reinmand #43 Posted Nov 03 2012 - 17:55

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Real men don't go down the valley in Lakeville, it's too slow to see your enemy,  they go down the middle and fight the guys in the town with their hull side on.

ps I only use the S key when the enemy is behind me. Attack!

NoblesseOblige #44 Posted Nov 04 2012 - 03:47

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Pressing "S" means your losing ground and are about to die.

trowzerkoff #45 Posted Nov 04 2012 - 19:27

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The S key is your friend.  Especially so if you are playing in a fast medium: get in, kick Mr KV in the goolies and get out asap ready to deliver the next shot from a different angle.

Lert #46 Posted Nov 04 2012 - 19:31

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View PostNoblesseOblige, on Nov 04 2012 - 03:47, said:

Pressing "S" means your losing ground and are about to die.
On the contrary, knowing when to use the "S" key can keep you alive much longer and allow you to do more damage.

Koschka #47 Posted Nov 05 2012 - 00:08

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Not to mention using the S key or down arrow, buys time if your flank is folding for you to hold them up just a few seconds longer. So your team can either go cap or get help over there.

MemphisRex #48 Posted Nov 21 2012 - 12:34

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Nice post, mate. Liked it. if only people understood it. I'm gonna tell all of my clan mates to visit this thread. :)

Gohibniu #49 Posted Nov 21 2012 - 14:27

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I am guilty as charged! Too often I try to get just one more shot off to finish that tank and usually its me that finishes early. Bad habit....

seth41223 #50 Posted Nov 22 2012 - 05:46

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S is for Sisy W is for Wise men

KingCrabby #51 Posted Nov 22 2012 - 06:58

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Took a bit of battles for me to work that "S" key into my battle routine. Most times using the "S" key properly is not only good for the person using it, but also for the team they are on.

Archimedes #52 Posted Nov 24 2012 - 01:24

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Ah Lert...going backwards to get ahead...what a notion!

SaintGOLD #53 Posted Nov 25 2012 - 22:01

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i dont even play with wasd ;/

LolYouMadCow #54 Posted Nov 26 2012 - 05:01

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View PostLert, on Jul 29 2012 - 12:21, said:

Surgeon general warning: may contain sarcasm. Proceed at your own risk. Any damages resultant from following or not following the tips in this post are not covered by insurance. YMMV. Void in Wisconsin.

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.
Hmm, well depressing would be to not press... so you move back magically?

adelossantos1991 #55 Posted Nov 28 2012 - 19:54

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The real men comments get dumber with every post...

But many people do underrate the wonder that is the 'S' key.  It's how I manage to survived in a Tier 1 Cunningham and manage to take down at least three enemies per match.

now I got an M-3 Stuart and have the ability to retreat at ramming speed.  So all hail the 'S' key!!

appelpowerUS #56 Posted Jan 18 2013 - 17:25

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I totally agree with you Lert, unless I'm driving my T1 Heavy. Retreating in a T1 Heavy means not ramming your opponent, and ramming is one of the main weapons of a T1. The T1 has a poor reverse speed anyways. Also, the T1 is easily capable of holding off a 3-tank flank with tier 5 and 4 tanks, as long as you know how to use one. Proof of this is that I crushed a PzIV and M7 Medium on my own with 400 HP left at the end, and I'm not an outstanding player (better than the average pub noob and capable of using a T1 properly, but still).

Unfortunatly, it's hard to find good T1 players because unlike the extremely noob-friendly KV-1, the T1 requires skill to use.

Anyways, good post Lert, as always! +1

Darkranger85 #57 Posted Jan 21 2013 - 07:00

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Real men attack SPG's head on!

+1 for the post! I agree 100% and have been working on ridding myself of this problem.

It's so easy to get caught up with bloodlust and think that the moment you see an enemy you have no choice but to attack him and keep on attacking till one of you is dead.

macdugal #58 Posted Jan 21 2013 - 10:53

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Lert is right I should use the "S" key more. My inability to back down from a fight with any tank is probably my worst fault ,the second fault is my tendency to lead the charge no matter which tank i am driving. I think the devil makes me do it.

Mind you I like it----when it works out.

And yes i really do play for fun

Macdugal.

btech #59 Posted Jan 21 2013 - 11:02

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who's reading the necronomicon ex forum again?

Kophka #60 Posted Jan 21 2013 - 14:47

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's why I like mediums. The "tactical advance towards friendly lines" has saved my bacon a few times.  :Smile-hiding:




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