Have you guys considered getting an M10?
The more and more I think about it, the more similar these two vehicles seem to be.
The current Panzer IV has few distinct advantages over the M10: More hitpoints, better raw thickness on the turret, 10 more pen, 20 more alpha.
The M10, however, has a MAGNIFICENT RoF/DPM advantage, one of the best troll-mantles in the game, gun depression, aim time, and inherently better camo.
Also, I'm pretty sure the M10 is much better with its module damage than the Panzer IV.
Otherwise though, these tanks seem to feature similar traits. They both perform the sniper niche quite well, have exactly the same accuracy, neither are particularly maneuverable, and both have absolutely terrible side armor.
The Panzer IV's 80mm flat hull has similar armor protection as the M10's 50mm angled hull. The M10's turret is nearly impenetrable as long as it remains facing forward. The Panzer IV's turret is a little more forgiving.
Overall, these two tanks seem to have similar features and similar playstyles.
If you are sad that the Panzer IV Schmalturm is leaving you, the M10 may be worth checking out.
Granted, the Panzer IV is one of the only tier 5's that I don't use, so if I'm just spewing nonsense feel free to tell me.
Edited by Tupinambis, Sep 09 2012 - 23:49.