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  1. Voted WZ-111 (97 votes [63.40%] - View)

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  2. Voted 112 (56 votes [36.60%] - View)

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VanillaBean #1 Posted Dec 18 2014 - 06:06

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Well ever since the WZ-111 became available for people interested in a Chinese premium heavy tank, I have been asking myself the question, is it worth it, and what does this tank have that the 112 doesn't.

Well, lets first look at how you can get these tanks before we dive in:

The 112 is a standard premium tank, you can buy it on the premium shop for $52.64, which is only a few dollars more than the other premium tanks at tier 8, but it is more or less 50 dollars. The WZ-111 can be purchased with 7 tokens, one from each nation, which can be obtained through doing 150 k damage in a vehicle of that nation and getting 150 kills, or for $10 on the premium shop. The average player probably has 1 or 2 tanks he regularly plays, so he can get maybe 1-2 of these coins tokens himself, and then buy the rest of this tank for money. This brings the cost to $50-60, which is realistically not going to affect your decision. Anyone with the computer to run World of Tanks probably doesn't care too much for $8 extra for a tank he will keep forever. 

 

So what are the pros and cons to help you decide on which tank you will get? I will go through 3 categories, armor/survivability, mobility, and weaponry. 

 

Armor/survivability: In order to keep in the fight, you need to be able to survive under fire. 

 

HP: WZ-111 has 50 more health. This is only a slight difference but can mean the difference between walking away from a extremely close fight. 

Upper frontal armor: The upper frontal armor category is an easy win for the 112. The WZ-111 Upper plate is penetrable with 230 pen easily, and cannot be angled to increase sloping. The 112 upper plate is rock solid even up to about 320 pen rounds, provided you give it some angling. 

Lower plate: They both have an extremely weak 80 mm lower plate which is easy pen, but can be hidden due to the small size and low stature of both these heavies.

Turret armor:  The turrets are almost the exact same, but due to slightly worse gun depression, the WZ-111 has worse ability to use its turret to go hull down. The WZ-111 also gets 10 less mm of armor, which can mean the difference between bouncing a shell or taking full damage, but in most cases is good enough.

Side/rear armor: The 112 and the WZ-111 have the same armor on paper, but due to inwards angling of the hull, the WZ-111 can get up to 180 mm of effective armor on the side, giving it a troll nature not found in the 112. Below the spaced armor however, they are the same, so don't rely on this to save you. both tanks have 60 mm of rear armor.

Winner: The 112 is easily the more survivable tank.

 

Mobility: The ability to react to a flanking maneuver or take advantage in a gap in enemy lines, or get back to defend the base makes the difference between a win and a loss.

The WZ-111 is slightly more mobile. They have the same turning speed but due to much better terrain resistance, the WZ-111 will push ahead of the 112. It also can keep downhill momentum better due to its 5 km/h higher speed limit. The 112 can be better at climbing steep terrain due to its higher HP/ton ratio, but it will not keep up in the long run. 

 

Weapon: Although theoretically armed with the same gun, there are a couple key differences:

The WZ-111 has .27 more rounds per min, with about a 1 second shorter reload time. In general the WZ-111 enjoys better weapon handling, with slightly better stats in all departments and significantly better firing on the move. 

 

Summary: The WZ-111 is slightly faster less armored heavy tank with better mobility. The 112 is more of a solid rock capable of weathering a storm and slowly dealing out damage. In my opinion, the WZ-111 might be better for some people, especially people who are newer to the game, due to it being a little more well rounded and having a less finicky gun. The 112 on the other hand has great armor, and in the right hands could easily take on any other tank in tier. I would say players with less than 5k battles stand a better chance in the WZ-111 and more experienced players should opt for the 112. That being said, some experienced players may prefer the mobility, or better gun performance, and ultimately the choice is yours. 

Please reply and say which one you like, or if you have a opinion on which tank compare I should do next.

 


Edited by VanillaBean, Dec 18 2014 - 06:35.


Shifty__ #2 Posted Dec 18 2014 - 06:11

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Nice comparison.  Usually though you want the less experienced tankers in the more armored tanks because they will most likely live longer.  The more experienced players can deal with less armor and make it work to their advantage.

Tupinambis #3 Posted Dec 18 2014 - 06:19

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Something that might be overlooked:

The 112 is one of the only tanks in the game where I feel that CO2 in the fuel tanks is absolutely necessary.
I haven't tried the WZ-111 yet, but if it does not require CO2 in the fuel tanks then that is a huge win for that tank. That precious third equipment slot can then go to GLD or something and that will amplify the WZ-111's gun handling advantage.

 

My 112 right now is running Rammer, V-stabs and CO2. I'd absolutely love to throw GLD on there but I just can't. If I take it off I'm almost guaranteed to catch on fire twice per match.


Edited by Tupinambis, Dec 18 2014 - 06:20.


VanillaBean #4 Posted Dec 18 2014 - 06:37

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Thank you for helping add to this review! Your help is very appreciated! I haven't spent very long in either tank when I played them, so I didn't know about the fire problem. Thanks again! 

Strog_ #5 Posted Dec 18 2014 - 06:40

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OR don't spend crap tons of money on a tank that will under-perform compared to its non-premium counterpart.  The ONLY thing premium tanks are good for is credit grinding and a slightly quicker crew training.

 

So buy one or maybe two total just to make credit grinding easier, but anything more than that is a complete waste of money in my opinion.

 

I suppose if you did the majority of the missions, 10 or $20 isn't that bad, but I would never again spend more than that on an internet tank that will be obsolete when this game dies.  I bought the T34 and Lowe awhile back....worst decision ever.

 

I am, of course, speaking for myself here and realize other people love their premiums.  To each his own.



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I suggest including how many games have you played in each, how did you do in those games and maybe you could some replays to give your readers an idea how each tank might play differently.  I don't own either tank and would be interested in seeing them in a game.

docroberts #7 Posted Dec 18 2014 - 06:44

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So far I find the upper glaces is pinned by most tanks , and even with the look of the IS3 , it does not play the same . However , it seems to be able to side scrape . The gun for the most part is similar to the IS6 except the long reload and had less gun depression , aim time is bad to . It could be better . The speed of the tank is ideal to get to key choke points and hold till your team can take it's place thus also giving the enemy team a surprise someone is there and it's not a lite tank . This tank by all-means is no IS6 that tank I believe is still the crown jewel in your garage . 

VanillaBean #8 Posted Dec 18 2014 - 06:51

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View Postdocroberts, on Dec 18 2014 - 06:44, said:

So far I find the upper glaces is pinned by most tanks , and even with the look of the IS3 , it does not play the same . However , it seems to be able to side scrape . The gun for the most part is similar to the IS6 except the long reload and had less gun depression , aim time is bad to . It could be better . The speed of the tank is ideal to get to key choke points and hold till your team can take it's place thus also giving the enemy team a surprise someone is there and it's not a lite tank . This tank by all-means is no IS6 that tank I believe is still the crown jewel in your garage . 

I have the IS-6 and have logged 1,000 battles in it. It has worse armor by far compared to the 112 in terms of upper plate but lower plate is hard to pen with even 180 pen and above. If the enemies know where to shoot neither chinese tank can sidescrape. I think the IS-6 is the king of smashing low tiers and is more mobile than both chinese tanks, with better all around armor, but it's armor fails it completely against 230 pen which can pen your upper plate and even turret.



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I have eaten more 112s than I care to talk about , I have zig zaged my way up to them and ate there front lower glaces up because the gun depression is good enough to get in there face , you always keep an angle on your opponent and never give them your weak spot . 

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View Postdocroberts, on Dec 18 2014 - 06:59, said:

I have eaten more 112s than I care to talk about , I have zig zaged my way up to them and ate there front lower glaces up because the gun depression is good enough to get in there face , you always keep an angle on your opponent and never give them your weak spot . 

Well yeah but in general the 112 has better armor against higher and equal tier non premium tanks. 



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View PostHellsfog, on Dec 18 2014 - 05:42, said:

I suggest including how many games have you played in each, how did you do in those games and maybe you could some replays to give your readers an idea how each tank might play differently.  I don't own either tank and would be interested in seeing them in a game.

 



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One possible key thing which I haven't seen official word on, but it may be out there and I just ain't seen it.

 

The 112 is as you said a standard premium tank.  Meaning it gets the credit and xp modifiers.

 

I'm thinking the 111 may get standard xp and silver.

 

Wondering can anyone confirm whether the 111 gets prem earnings or standard as a contest prize?

 

And one other thing.  Doesn't the 112 get preferred MM (no T10's) whereas the 111 doesn't (sees 10's)?


Edit: Found an FTR article stating both get preferred MM.


Edited by heavymetal1967, Dec 18 2014 - 07:12.


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View Postheavymetal1967, on Dec 18 2014 - 07:06, said:

One possible key thing which I haven't seen official word on, but it may be out there and I just ain't seen it.

 

The 112 is as you said a standard premium tank.  Meaning it gets the credit and xp modifiers.

 

I'm thinking the 111 may get standard xp and silver.

 

Wondering can anyone confirm whether the 111 gets prem earnings or standard as a contest prize?

 

And one other thing.  Doesn't the 111 get preferred MM (no T10's) whereas the 112 doesn't (sees 10's)?

They both have premium mm and only see t9. I don't know if the 111 gets premium crew xp and credits but I think it does. 



docroberts #14 Posted Dec 18 2014 - 07:29

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The 111 is a preem tank . And no I havent seen T10s yet 

AntiBullyRanger_Loli #15 Posted Dec 18 2014 - 07:32

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Ya know this would also be nice to not have in the clan recruitment thread... Do you even read?

Hypernetic #16 Posted Dec 18 2014 - 07:36

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Um excuse me is there bullying going on in this thread?

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Nope , I like to look at all the pictures , and guess . lol JK. :)

 



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Which one do you play the most? None?

VanillaBean #19 Posted Dec 18 2014 - 07:46

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IS-6 by far. I have only played the 112 and WZ-111 for about an hour each on my friends computer. 

Edited by VanillaBean, Dec 18 2014 - 07:58.


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If you're gonna do "full reviews" at least have the tanks and be good at the game. Both at the same time would be a plus.




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