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french premium tier 8 fcm 50t

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KingBlueDevil #1 Posted Dec 14 2012 - 01:16

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Today I downloaded 8.2 and since I loved the FCM 50t in the test server I decided to buy it and write a review of it.
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Cost: 11,900 gold

Overview: The FCM 50t is like an AMX M4 1945 on steroids. This may not sound like a great way to sell this tank but it really is in all the good ways. Faster, more maneuverable, better DPM, and the aim time is much improved, as the 2 tanks basically share guns.

Pros:
+Good Maneuverability
+Fast (51 kph, however I have gotten it up to 60 kph downhill)
+Good Pen (212 avg)
+Good DPM (1920)
+Preferential MM (tier 9 max)
+Cheap ammo
+Trains French Heavy crews

Cons:
-Bad armor
-Module damage (ammo, fuel, etc. is fairly common)
-Note: no autoloader (just to be clear)

Play Style: I play mine like a medium tank, wolf-packing with other mediums, and/or as a flanker. You can snipe fairly effectively in this tank, accuracy and aim time are good. Do not expect any bounces from your armor but you will get a few odd ones here and there.

Moneymaking: Seems on par with the other tier 8 premiums, cheap ammo and good DPM help a lot as damage = credits.

Fun Factor: Very fun if you enjoy the play style.

Conclusion: If you are looking for a premium tank to train your French heavy crews and enjoy the fast heavy, flanker play style of the French heavies, this tank is for you!  :Smile-izmena:
Crew Skills and Equipment:

View PostKingBlueDevil, on Dec 14 2012 - 02:07, said:

I would recommend
1. Repairs + 6th sense
2.BIA
3.  Either repair or recon for the commander, then snap shot, smooth ride, camo for the rest (maybe the safe storage just in case)
4. Camo + clutch braking
equipment:
rammer, vert stab, vents

Also, to note, the gun depression is fair to good at -8 degrees

Edited by KingBlueDevil, Dec 14 2012 - 02:10.


venomjoe #2 Posted Dec 14 2012 - 01:18

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LEMME TRADE MY LOWE PLZ!

SystemRename_7777 #3 Posted Dec 14 2012 - 01:25

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Thanks for this. As the playstyle of WoT moves steadily towards a more mobile fight, I find the Lowe is lacking. Whereas the French premie looks like it might play to this better.

KingBlueDevil #4 Posted Dec 14 2012 - 01:26

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View PostPanzerF, on Dec 14 2012 - 01:25, said:

Thanks for this. As the playstyle of WoT moves steadily towards a more mobile fight, I find the Lowe is lacking. Whereas the French premie looks like it might play to this better.
You are welcome :)

Wish I could get a refund on my Lowe  :Smile_veryhappy:

cozza55 #5 Posted Dec 14 2012 - 01:27

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INB4 nerf bat smacks this one over the head

KingBlueDevil #6 Posted Dec 14 2012 - 01:27

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View Postcozza55, on Dec 14 2012 - 01:27, said:

INB4 nerf bat smacks this one over the head
Don't touch my FCM!  :Smile-izmena:

I bet the MM will be nerfed to tier 10s if anything

Edited by KingBlueDevil, Dec 14 2012 - 01:36.


SystemRename_7777 #7 Posted Dec 14 2012 - 01:30

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Good point. What kind of tiers are you seeing so far?

KingBlueDevil #8 Posted Dec 14 2012 - 01:35

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Mostly tier 8, a few tier 9. Don't have many battles on the live server (5) so it's hard to tell but the MM is capped at 9

SystemRename_7777 #9 Posted Dec 14 2012 - 01:37

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Sweet. Once Christmas is over and I have some spare coin, Im thinking I will be grabbing one

Jagdzeit #10 Posted Dec 14 2012 - 01:50

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wondering how it is at ramming. :Smile-izmena:  :Smile-izmena:  :Smile-izmena::Smile-izmena:  :Smile-izmena:  :Smile-izmena:  :Smile-izmena:  :Smile-izmena:  :Smile-izmena:  :Smile-izmena:  :Smile-izmena:  :Smile-izmena:  :Smile-izmena:  :Smile-izmena:  :Smile-izmena:  :Smile-izmena:  :Smile-izmena:  :Smile-izmena:

KingBlueDevil #11 Posted Dec 14 2012 - 01:52

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Speed is good but since it has poor armor I wouldn't recommend it  :Smile_veryhappy:

Six_Days_Of_Warfare #12 Posted Dec 14 2012 - 01:59

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What crew skills/equipment do you recommend?

KingBlueDevil #13 Posted Dec 14 2012 - 02:07

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I would recommend
1. Repairs + 6th sense
2.BIA
3.  Either repair or recon for the commander, then snap shot, smooth ride, camo for the rest (maybe the safe storage just in case)
4. Camo + clutch braking

equipment:
rammer, vert stab, vents

XidXicious #14 Posted Dec 14 2012 - 03:20

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Nice review King! Very helpful. I just wish the Lowe would get a buff now to be more competitive!

XX

Edited by XidXicious, Dec 14 2012 - 03:20.


Slakrrrrrr #15 Posted Dec 14 2012 - 03:29

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If I ever have an extra $50 to spend, i'm definitely getting one of these to compliment credit grinding for my Lowe (which I still keep dear to my heart, despite all of these Lowe haterz  :Smile_glasses: )

SabreWolf18 #16 Posted Dec 14 2012 - 05:29

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I have been running a lot of numbers and have played this tank on the test servers and I can tell you straight up that this is thr best tier 8 tank in the game (minus the type 59).  The only thing you have to keep in mind though, is that this fcm 50t is a 50 ton medium tank, not technicully a heavy.

The other thing I mentioned about the compairison numbers are astonding.  This FCM 50t actually rivals grinded tanks and pretty much beats all like premium heavies.  The best stats about this tank is the speed.  Not only do you move at 50 km/hr (i got up over 65 down hill) but you maintain that speed in corners.  Also, the power/weight ratio is 18.6!!! which means the acceleration and hill climb is grade A+.  Even the teir 8 panthers only have a 13 power/wieght ratio.  Although the gun alpha seems low, if you can place the shot right with your fast firing rate, pen and acc... you could out damage most other tanks.  Also the basic armor numbers are the same as the lowe, but with half the weight and double the speed!  Lastly, your 400m view range and 750m radio range is tops of the game too!

Much to say, I bought this tank and replaced my lowe, which I will be selling for ingame credits to pay for an IS-3.   But if you love fast quick shooting flanker tanks, this is your premium tank.  Just remeber, you are an oversized medium tank and not a heavy tank as you are listed in game.  Even if you are the #1 tank on your team, you still have to treat yourself as a medium.

SystemRename_7777 #17 Posted Dec 14 2012 - 05:33

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I decided that I had the money to get it. And after struggling with it, I kinda found the niche. I think the biggest asset of this tank is the speed. Your in a heavy tank, but you can respond and move across the map quickly at 50kmh no problem.

goff #18 Posted Dec 14 2012 - 06:08

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Still not as good as its tier 8 cousin the amx.

KingBlueDevil #19 Posted Dec 14 2012 - 06:13

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View Postgoff, on Dec 14 2012 - 06:08, said:

Still not as good as its tier 8 cousin the amx.
Just as long as they don't nerf my FCM I'm fine :)

Red_Raven_168 #20 Posted Dec 14 2012 - 06:19

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View PostKingBlueDevil, on Dec 14 2012 - 06:13, said:

Just as long as they don't nerf my FCM I'm fine :)
how does your FCM compare to your type 59




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