Why? Well, it's got good armour, and a good gun. Does well in a lot of situations.
Runner up: S-35 CA
Why? Well, it's got ridiculous penetration and damage for its tier. The gun alone makes this dominate in the right hands.
Why? Mobility, gun depression, decent damage, insane RoF, decent accuracy, and great penetration. What's not to love about it?
Why? It's flat out overpowered with its gun. Tier fives? Lolnope. Tier eights? Lolnope. The Cromwell only beats it because it's even more overpowered when played well.
Why? Hulldown. Need I say more?
Runner up: Black Prince
Why? It's a forgotten hero. Extremely nice armour and a rather good gun makes this old turtle a deadly one when played properly.
Hold on to your pants kiddies. We're going in detail from now on.
Best: Tiger II
Why? The armour lay out on the King Tiger is second to none. Easily one of the bounciest tier eight heavies. Combine that with decent mobility and turning abilities and you've got quite the effective tank in city maps. However, that's not where it ends. It has an amazing ability to side-scrape and become almost impenetrable when played properly. Mind you, some TDs will still chew through your turret. Now, this tank isn't all armour. Its gun is competitive as well. Good damage per minute, penetration, and accuracy makes this tank suitable for brawling and sniping. Only struggles to penetrate the IS-7 head-on. Played well, it will make all tier eight heavies wet themselves.
Runner up: AC Mle. 1948
Why? Well this is simple. It isn't best in any category, but it is great in every category. It has good frontal armour that when played properly will bounce a lot of tier nines and tens. Its mobility isn't too bad either. Running around doing 50km/h in no time at all isn't exactly slow. However, good luck flanking this thing. It turns faster than a lot of people think. On to the best part, it has a super accurate, damn good penetrating, and good damage gun. Coming in with a high rate of fire makes heavies think twice before attacking this thing. The only downfall to this tank is artillery. They always manage to hit the damn AA turret.
Notable mentions:IS-3 & T32
The T32 is not on the list because the gun severely struggles against tier tens.
Best: IS-8 (sooooooo overpowered)
Why? Well damn son. I'll tell you why. M62-T2. Too many people look at the IS-8 as a tank. They're definitely wrong. It's nothing more than transportation for the death device known as the M62-T2. 440 alpha damage sets it in a good spot. Not high, but higher than most tier ten guns. 268 penetration also sits in a nice spot. Plentiful for any tank it sees. Accuracy wise, it's on par with the others. Coming in at 0.38 @ 100m makes this tank do-able for any range. Not to mention fully kitted out brings the reload at around 10.6 seconds. Which isn't exactly slow. Especially for 440 damage. Oh come on, you think I forgot its party piece? There's no other word for it but troll. 400mm of HEAT penetration makes any tank feel the hurting. This will definitely save your rear end. It can almost auto-aim on any tank. Actually, I think it can. Don't quote me on it.
Now, on to the "tank" part of the IS-8. Well, take an IS-3 and nerf the LFP and give it a crap-ton of speed. It'll still bounce the odd shell and make you smile, but you can easily run and support the medium tanks. The speed is something of nothing else. Two of them working together will easily carry a tier ten game without second thoughts.
Get it. You'll be happy.
Runner up: E-75
Why? It has the best armour of any German tank, the E-100 is a real contender these days though. The 128mm gun found on it puts out some nice damage, so becareful of these things in a city map. They'll crap on your day for sure. However, it is let down by the fact that it's a big "aim here" sign for artillery spam these days. That's why the E-75 loses to the IS-8.
Notable mentions: AMX 50 Foch & Centurion Mk. 7/1
Why? It's the every man's tank. Good at everything. Extremely well balanced. Not much I can say really. It's just a damn good tank. Get it.
Runner up: T-62A
Why? Take a Type 59 and make it to tier 10 spec. Amazing DPM with great mobility makes this easily the best tier ten medium tank. Again, not much I can say. It's just damn good. Get it.
Notable mentions: AMX 50 Foch (155) & IS-4
Edited by ysoignorant, Dec 08 2012 - 06:40.