+ Front armor is good enough to bounce some shots
+ Very thick mantlet can bounce tier IX guns
+ Fast reload ( With 100% crew, vents, rammer it reloads in 3.73 secs.)
+ Good gun ( 135 dmg and 150 pen)
+ Huge HP pool for its tier (1300 HP)
- Weak top armor ( tier 5 arty will take ~600 HP per hit)
- Pen may not be enough for some tanks (EG: KV4 )
Here is a demonstration of the shell absorbing capabilities. All the shells were shot from an M26 Pershing. None of the shells that hit the mantlet penetrated. I got hit by arty early in the game for ~500 DMG
HOW TO PLAY:
The key to this tank is not to be afraid to take a risk. Keep an eye on your minimap for points to smash through and flank. The gun is accurate enough to hit most shots at 450 M. If you think you can hit the shot take it. Angle your armor always, and wiggle your hull when you can. You can brawl, but it is a much better 2nd line sniper. Stay back and help the heavies or help out the spot on the map with less of a tank concentration.The best way to maximize damage done is the following: Arty > Light > Medium > Tank Destroyer > Heavy. You get 82 shells so don't be afraid to take some pot shots.
My ammo load-out.
Good luck, see you on the battlefield
Edited by apollokenney, Feb 13 2013 - 06:51.