So first of all I would like to say that this is my first guide and also my first post on the forums so it wont be perfect by any means. Anyway lets just jump into it.
So after participating in 257 battles in my Tiger P, I can honestly say it is in my opinion a fantastic tank when played right. Though my stats dont show it, I only just recently learned how to play it correctly, probably in the last 50 battles or so. Here are my total stats.
Victories: 118 (46%)
Defeats: 136 (53%)
Battles Survived: 81 (32%)
Maximum destroyed in Battle: 5 (I'm still working for a top gun...)
Hit Ratio: 72%
Total Experience: 115,531
Average Experience per Battle: 450
Maximum Experience per Battle: 1,294
I'm sorry but my stats do not show the recent success I have had in this tank. In the last 50 battles I have had approximately a 62% win rate.
I have noticed that that a lot of people dont like the Tiger P, and I will admit it was a hell of a grind to get to, and an even longer one to get it maxed. Here are the reasons I like it:
- Great armor both hull, and turret
- Fantastic gun, the long 88mm is very accurate
I will also put in what I believe to be the biggest PRO of this tank. From the
Tiger P you can get to any German tier 10 tank, except artillery. You can go up to the Ferdi and hit the TD line. You can continue to the Vk4502a and go to the Maus. You can drop to the Tiger and go to the E-100. From the Tiger you can go to the Vk3002DB, then to the Panther and go to the E-50M. I think this is awesome, it allows me to go to any tank I want without going through the low tiers again which I absolutely hated.
- slower thank most tanks
- slow traverse
- long grind
- easily spotted
- large cupola
Though the list of cons is longer I want you to know that this in no way effects the tank when played by a moderately skilled player.
- Penetration: 203mm
-Alpha Damage: 240
- Accuracy: .34
-Aim Time: 2.9s
- 6.98 ROF
- 23 degree traverse
- 370M view range
- 22 degree traverse
- 35 km/h
- 670 h.p.
- 20% chance of fire
The armor on this tank allows you to be very versatile. It allows you to lead a charge when your near the top of the tier ranks, or be second line when your in the middle or even the bottom. The Gun is incredible. When I am near the bottom of the tiers I just sit in the back and snipe. I usually sit back near the arty and just try and shoot the weak spots on tanks, even if there very far away. The shells are very cheap I believe there only 252 credits each. This allows you to put shells down range without worry about how many credits your going through. The gun is strong enough to punch through some tougher armor in the game too, of course though you want to shoot at weakspots as much as possible.
I find that placing this tank at about a 20 degree or so angle to your enemy gives this tank a great chance at bouncing. I have bounced everything from a Churchill, to a Ferdinand. In fact 2 nights ago I received 28 hits, and I still ended the battle with 54% of my health. I of course received steel wall from this. Ironically last night I also played in a game where I received 28 hits, I ended this one with 37% health. People would not believe how much I can make this thing bounce. This is in my opinion the best way to put this tank to its best use.
My personal style of choice is to be extremely aggressive. In fact I will place this way almost all the time unless I am near the absolute bottom. I always try be up in the front lines, but obviously from my stats you can tell that, that is probably not the best thing to do. Be aggressive yes, be over aggressive no. Take advantage of the fact that you can bully a lot of tanks. I have even gone one on one with a tiger II on a couple occasions and have lived. I don't recommend this until you are comfortable with this tank though. This tank absorbs incredible amounts of damage. I get pen no damage on me all the time. Remember though that it is incredibly vulnerable to artillery. You will be the first one to get spotted on most occasions, and I absolutely hate it, that is one big disadvantage. DO NOT LET ANYONE GET BEHIND YOU!!!! As with most tanks the rear armor is very thin and easily penetrated by most anything. Move up take advantage of your gun, your armor, and hopefully your skill, always cover your lower glacias when possible, however one thing I do recommend that I dont think many people would, is too show them your upper glacias. It has 200mm of armor and when angled correctly no one stands a chance! Keep in mind though that the commanders cupola is a very big target and easy to hit, so keep moving back and forth along with rotating your turret back and forth slightly. Move up take advantage of your gun, your armor, and hopefully your skill and you will do GREAT!
Sniper style, I will inform you on this as mush as possible, but as I said I rarely play this way. Being a sniper in the tank is easy! The gun is very very accurate, even at long range. So go hull down and just put shells down range on the weak spots of enemy tanks. I would recommend playing a few games to know the tanks you will be playing with, then researching the weak spots on those tanks. If you have ever sniped before you know that its a very easy, yet also difficult play style. Try both of these and see what you like the most.
I personally went for some of the newer perks they came out with recently. However in hindsight, I would have first gone all repair for everyone.
-Then I would have put brother-in-arms on my commander. This trains him in each spot on the tanks, allowing him to fill for any of them if they were to die.
-Then I would put clutch braking on the driver.
-Snapshot on the gunner.
-Brother in arms again on the radio operator.
-Lastly safe stowage on the loader.
Equipment & Consumables
I personally dont use any equipment on mine because I am too poor. However if I did I would use:
-Gun laying Drive (500k creds)
-Binoculars (500k creds)
-Gun Rammer (500k creds)
I do however use consumables.
-Small repair kit
-Manuel Fire extinguisher
I would play with it first and see what equipment you would need to fit your play style!
In my opinion it is a very fantastic tank when played correctly. You must learn how to angle it properly to bounce shells. The gun is awesome! The hull armor is incredible! And the Turret armor is good. It is also versitile enough to fight on any playing field, whether it be urban, or open fields. The front mounted turret also makes it a lot better of an option than the Tiger for Peek-a-booing in urban enviorments.
Well I hope this guide helps you, I was just trying to put my thoughts out there about this tank, I can understand why a lot of people would have trouble with it and I thought I would share my tactics. As I said in the beginning this is my first guide, and please don’t expect it to be perfect. I know I've forgotten things, when you see them just let me know and ill fix them as best as I can.
Edited by jjar35, Feb 07 2013 - 04:30.