Diament_Zbroja, on Mar 23 2013 - 20:49, said:
When I ask what tank I should get, I often get asked "well, what's you're play style?" The thing is, I'm not sure. I always assumed that medium tanks just play the roles of supporting the pushes of heavies by flanking the things they engage. is there really different "play styles" when going about this?
Maybe showing you all my current elite vehicles will help you guys in helping me. (they're all elite):
PZ I C.
Ren. UE 57.
Should I get a super fast tank like the Cromwell, T-34-85, Easy Eight or one of the VK3001s? Their armor looks like garbage with no slope either on some of them, but the guns like the famous 88 look reliable for the job they preform.
Or I could get one of the super armored tanks like the VK3601H with the same 88mm gun and 100mm of frontal armor capable of going 40 or the Sherman Jumbo with a whopping 102mm fully sloped frontal armor, but with less mobility and a much weaker gun?
In real life the idea of medium tanks was very appealing because they were easy to mass produce, but I don't see how they're of much use when each side has 15 tanks. You could just have 15 KV-1 VS 15 T-34 and I can almost guarantee the heavy tanks win. That being said why doesn't everybody simply play heavy tanks while disregarding the weaker medium tanks?
The 3601 and Jumbo are both fantastic tanks. The 3601 should be played like a heavy. It has good speed but poor agility; it doesn't turn well. Use the 88 on it and you've got a proper heavy tank gun, although a trifle low on the pen.
The Jumbo is a great tank, but play it like a medium most of the time. The speed is lowish, but not terribly low, the good horsepower:weight ratio gives you plenty of acceleration to reach top speed quickly, and the tank is quite agile, and turns well. You can and should flank with it whenever the opportunity arises.
The 105mm gun will require a good bit of HEAT usage, especially when bottom tier, and has good pen, but not enough to get through the front of most Tier 7 and 8 tanks, especially the heavies and a lot of TDs. If you use the 76mm guns, the M1A2 is more accurate and faster-firing than the M1A1, but requires you to give up the heavily armored turret. I prefer to run the heavy turret with the M1A1 most of the time. 76mm AP has plenty of pen to get through the front of anything at Tier 6 except an ARL 44 or another Jumbo. Against higher tier tanks you'll want to flank, but the 76mm gun's 128mm of pen is more than enough to pen the sides of almost anything a Jumbo sees. Keep some APCR on board for the occasional KV-4 or KV-5.
Both are great tanks. I have a lot of noob-matches on my Jumbo but I've gotten its win rate up to 54% I believe, and my 3601 is somewhere around 63% and still rising, even though I only used the possibly-a-little-OP Konisch gun only enough to research the 75L/70 gun and then got rid of it.