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taugrim #181 Posted Jun 02 2018 - 02:39

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Episode #64: T-100 LT Review, Spotting Hill in Prokhorovka in 1.0

I review the T-100 LT, a tier 10 Russian light tank, with replays of tier 10 Prokhorovka battles.

 

In the previous episode, I talked about how to spot the 1-2 lanes on the west side of Prokhorovka. In this episode, I show how to spot the east hill from either spawn. Hill is much more flexible compared to the west side of the map, as you can fire on tanks on the hill and in the middle of the map, whereas on west you are sometimes reduced to only spotting for stretches of time.

 

The T-100 LT is widely regarded as the best tier 10 light tank. It is currently ranked at #14 overall for win rate for all tier 10 tanks at 50.82% according to vBAddict.

 

Strengths and Weaknesses
+ Superb camouflage (over 40 with BIA, Camo, and Vents)
+ Superb dispersion values
+ Very small, flat profile
+ Excellent protection: upper hull and turret provide ~220mm of effective armor
+ Excellent speed and acceleration
- Awful accuracy (0.46 base)
- Very poor gun depression (-5)
- Relative to other tier 10s, low view range (390)
- As with all tier 10 lights, suffers from high penetration loss over distance

 

Recommended Equipment
1. Optics
2. Rammer
3. Vents

 

I use VStab in almost every tank, but the dispersion values of the T-100 LT are so low that VStab offers small incremental value and I mount Vents instead.

 


Edited by taugrim, Jul 02 2018 - 20:18.


taugrim #182 Posted Jun 17 2018 - 06:58

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Episode #65: Ru 251 Review, Spotting Province in 1.0

I review the Ru 251, a tier 9 German light tank, with a replay of a tier 10 Province battle. I also discuss the new Province map in detail and how to play the various lanes.

 

The Ru 251 is a highly-mobile scout with a good-handling gun.

 

Strengths and Weaknesses
+ Excellent top speed (70)
+ Excellent view range (410)
+ Excellent aim time (2 sec base)
+ Excellent HE penetration (102)
+ Small profile
+ Good accuracy (0.36 base)
+ Good HP (1400)
+ Gun depression of -10 degrees on the sides
- Paper armor, highly vulnerable to HE
- Poor gun depression frontally (-5.8)
- Combo of alpha (240) and DPM are underwhelming

 

Recommended Equipment
1. Optics
2. VStab
3. Rammer

 

Errata
a. This is Episode #65 not #85

 



taugrim #183 Posted Jul 01 2018 - 04:34

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Episode #66: Sheridan Review, Winning Despite Lemming Train Idiots

I review the Sheridan, a tier 10 American light tank, with a replay of a Mountain Pass battle.

 

The Sheridan is the 4th of the 5 tier 10 light tanks that I've played, and IMO it's the weakest. The Sheridan is very unforgiving of mistakes.

 

I talk about how to win despite an extremely poor deployment and how to create your own bushes (soft cover) by knocking over trees. And I demonstrate the power of 1SA (1st Shot Advantage).

 

Strengths and Weaknesses
+ Superb gun depression (-10)
+ Superb view range (420)
+ Excellent alpha (390)
+ Relative to tier 10 lights, good DPM (2543 base)
- Huge profile
- Paper-thin armor
- Relatively poor camouflage
- Low top speed (65)
- Despite size, very lightweight and therefore vulnerable to ramming
- As with all tier 10 lights, suffers from high penetration loss over distance

 

I recommend using the 105mm instead of the 152mm derp, as the former has much better gun handling.

 

Recommended Equipment

1. Optics
2. VStab
3. Rammer

 


Edited by taugrim, Jul 02 2018 - 20:19.


SKurj #184 Posted Jul 14 2018 - 13:34

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Anything on the LTG taugrim?  I am weak as hell in lights...  but want to get a couple of the high tiered ones, haven't really decided on the lines I will choose yet.  This LTG 2 battles in and I now have camo and binocs and I am crawling into a corner... 

 

And on an unrelated note..  ran into you last night for the first time that I recall:  http://wotreplays.eu...ille-skurj-t-10



taugrim #185 Posted Jul 14 2018 - 15:42

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View PostSKurj, on Jul 14 2018 - 12:34, said:

Anything on the LTG taugrim?  I am weak as hell in lights...  but want to get a couple of the high tiered ones, haven't really decided on the lines I will choose yet.  This LTG 2 battles in and I now have camo and binocs and I am crawling into a corner... 

 

And on an unrelated note..  ran into you last night for the first time that I recall:  http://wotreplays.eu...ille-skurj-t-10

 

First of all, for almost all light tanks (aside from the ELC AMX), you want to run Optics, Rammer, and then either VStab/Vents/GLD. Optics is a must, because you want vision while you are moving. Camo net for lights is largely a waste, because you have great mobility and camo already, and you should be moving around.

 

In some rare cases (e.g. tier 4-5 lights), I have run Binocs so that I can get to 445+m view range to compete with tier 6-7 tanks. But otherwise Binocs is a waste too. You want to get to 445+m view range if possible with Optics in any light tank - the always-on view range bonus from Optics is invaluable.

 

With respect to the LTG, I've made videos on the tier 8-10 Russian lights, but not the tier 7. What I said about the tier 9 largely applies to the LTG. The LTG has meaningful turret armor and the hull is very tiny. So I would go watch the 2 episodes on the T-54 ltwt, and it's worth watching the episode on the LTTB and T-100 LT so that you can see and hear how I manage working around 5 degrees of gun depression, which can be limiting.



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View Posttaugrim, on Jul 14 2018 - 09:42, said:

 

First of all, for almost all light tanks (aside from the ELC AMX), you want to run Optics, Rammer, and then either VStab/Vents/GLD. Optics is a must, because you want vision while you are moving. Camo net for lights is largely a waste, because you have great mobility and camo already, and you should be moving around.

 

In some rare cases (e.g. tier 4-5 lights), I have run Binocs so that I can get to 445+m view range to compete with tier 6-7 tanks. But otherwise Binocs is a waste too. You want to get to 445+m view range if possible with Optics in any light tank - the always-on view range bonus from Optics is invaluable.

 

With respect to the LTG, I've made videos on the tier 8-10 Russian lights, but not the tier 7. What I said about the tier 9 largely applies to the LTG. The LTG has meaningful turret armor and the hull is very tiny. So I would go watch the 2 episodes on the T-54 ltwt, and it's worth watching the episode on the LTTB and T-100 LT so that you can see and hear how I manage working around 5 degrees of gun depression, which can be limiting.

 

Thanks yes, between poor depression, lack of speed (though to be fair I haven't maxed it yet) and the poor view range, i chose net and binocs out of desperation while I figure out what to do next, its a big change coming from the mt25.  I also do not have a very good crew.  Perhaps I will dig around in my barracks to see if i can spare a better crew.  

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View PostSKurj, on Jul 14 2018 - 16:00, said:

 

Thanks yes, between poor depression, lack of speed (though to be fair I haven't maxed it yet) and the poor view range, i chose net and binocs out of desperation while I figure out what to do next, its a big change coming from the mt25.  I also do not have a very good crew.  Perhaps I will dig around in my barracks to see if i can spare a better crew.  

 

The #1 thing for light tanks - especially those with poor gun depression like the Ru and Chinese lights - is to create as many 1SA's as possible.

 

1SA = 1st Shot Advantage

 

You do this by correctly leveraging vision control so that you can aim in on targets fully without being spotted, then take the shot and pull back behind hard cover.

 

I talk about that a ton in my videos on the Ru and Chinese lights. If I were in your shoes, I'd watch my videos on those tanks, it should meaningfully help.



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Episode #67: AMX 50 100 Review, Playing a Squishy Autoloader in the Heavy Armor Meta

I review the AMX 50 100, a tier 8 French heavy tank, with replays of tier 10 Glacier and tier 8 Steppes battles.

 

Prior to 2017, the 50 100 was regarded as an effective albeit finesse tank, but with the introduction of the over-armored tier 8 premium heavies and armor buffs in general from tiers 8-10, the 50 100 is more challenging to play with the current meta in 1.0.

 

Strengths and Weaknesses
+ Excellent gun depression (-9), unusual for an autoloader
+ Excellent silver AP penetration (232)
+ Excellent top speed (51)
+ Good acceleration
+ Good accuracy for an autoloader (0.36 base)
- Very long clip reload (~46.5 sec with Vents and BIA) creates long windows of downtime
- Long intra-clip reload (2.73 sec) means increased exposure when dumping your clip
- Long aim time (3 sec base) exceeds intra-clip reload, so you have to equip your tank and slot BIA accordingly
- Poor armor
- Low HP (1400)

 

Recommended Equipment
1. VStab
2. Vents
3. GLD

 

Special thanks to /u/similar_observation and /u/Rakkedyman from the WoT sub-Reddit for donating gold so I could re-train my crew to/from the 50 100.

 


Edited by taugrim, Nov 12 2018 - 03:33.


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I appreciate the AMX 50 100 video.

 

I just purchased my AMX 50 B not too long ago, and right now I am playing my AMX 50 120 and trying to get the playstyle. Will you be doing any of the higher tiers?

 

 

 

 

 

 



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View Postsneakytails, on Jul 26 2018 - 18:57, said:

I appreciate the AMX 50 100 video.

 

I just purchased my AMX 50 B not too long ago, and right now I am playing my AMX 50 120 and trying to get the playstyle. Will you be doing any of the higher tiers?

 

Thanks.

 

WRT to the 50 120 and 50B, I don't have plans to review them. If people are willing to fund the crew training costs in both directions (200x4, 200x4 = 1600), I'll review either one.



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Episode #68: T20 Review, Balancing Activity and Patience

I review the T20, a tier 7 American medium tank, with replays of tier 8 Province and tier 9 Lakeville battles.

 

The T20 is an enjoyable medium tank that can capably fulfill the roles of spotting, flexing, and flanking. The T20 is relatively fragile compared to the American mediums between tiers 6-10. The driver should generally avoid brawling as the tank lacks the mechanics to be effective in that role.

 

Strengths and Weaknesses
+ Superb view range (390)
+ Superb gun depression (-10)
+ Superb camo
+ Premium ammo is APCR
- Very low DPM (1531 base)
- Squishy

 

Recommended Equipment
1. Optics
2. Rammer
3. VStab

 


Edited by taugrim, Jul 30 2018 - 15:53.


taugrim #192 Posted Aug 07 2018 - 07:35

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Episode #69: M 41 90 Review, Countering Opponents When a Flank Falls

I review the M 41 90, a tier 8 premium German light tank, with a replay of a tier 10 Redshire battle.

 

The M 41 90 statistically performs better than other tier 8 light tanks, probably due to its excellent gun that offers good alpha, DPM, and gun handling. The driver has to be careful with the M 41 90 as it is a large squishy target and possesses sluggish acceleration.

 

I was surprised that this tank was the voted on the most in the last community poll, as it is not always available for purchase.

 

Strengths and Weaknesses
+ Excellent gun depression (-8)
+ Excellent view range (400)
+ High penetration HE round (102mm) in a non-derp gun
+ Good AP alpha (240)
+ Good AP penetration (182)
- Very large profile
- Very weak armor, subject to greater-than-triple overmatch by 90+mm guns
- Sluggish acceleration

- Shell velocity somewhat low

 

Recommended Equipment
1. Optics
2. VStab
3. Rammer

 


Edited by taugrim, Aug 08 2018 - 15:45.


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Episode #70: Pershing Review, Making the Best of Tough Situations

I review the M26 Pershing, a tier 8 American medium tank, with replays of tier 10 Himmelsdorf and Cliff battles.

 

The Pershing has an unimpressive reputation, for good reason. While the tank provides American comfort in terms of gun depression and turret protection, it is lacking in many other ways that limit its effectiveness.

 

Strengths and Weaknesses
+ Superb gun depression (-10)
+ Excellent view range (400)
+ Good turret protection
- Poor silver AP penetration (190)
- Low top speed (50)
- Sluggish acceleration
- Low DPM
- Soft hull
- Large profile
- Relatively poor camo

 

Recommended Equipment
1. Optics
2. VStab
3. Rammer

 

Here is the Reddit thread on the XVM arty focus experiment: https://www.reddit.com/r/WorldofTanks/comments/97k540/the_xvm_arty_focus_experiment

 


Edited by taugrim, Aug 22 2018 - 15:23.


taugrim #194 Posted Aug 25 2018 - 15:03

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Episode #71: AMX 13 75 Review, Guide to 3 Marks of Excellence

I review the AMX 13 75, a tier 7 French light tank, with replays of tier 9 Fisherman's Bay and Glacier battles.

 

The AMX 13 75 is often compared unfavorably to the T71 DA, but I found the AMX 13 75 to be a highly effective tank. The driver needs to carefully manage the limited gun depression, gun elevation, and ammo capacity.

 

Strengths and Weaknesses
+ Superb camo
+ Manageable clip size (4) and clip reload
+ Good acceleration
+ Good gun handling for an autoloader
+ Small profile
- Poor gun depression (-6)
- Poor gun elevation (9)
- Low ammo capacity (36)
- Poor view range (370) - can't reach 445m of view range with Optics and without food, unless you have BIA, Situational Awareness, and Recon
- Poor armor, but enough to avoid greater-than-triple overmatch
- Low DPM

 

Recommended Equipment
1. Optics
2. VStab
3. Vents

 



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Episode #72: Strv 103B Review, Covering Weak Flanks For the Win

I review the Strv 103B, a tier 10 Swedish tank destroyer, with a replay of a Live Oaks battle.

 

The last time I covered the Swedish TD line was back in Episode #45 when I reviewed the tier 9 Strv 103-0, and I talked a lot about brawling.

 

In this episode, I show how to leverage the incredible vision control and DPM of the Strv 103B to save two failing flanks - first along railroad (0 lane) and then later covering the exit from city (A lane).

 

Strengths and Weaknesses
+ Superb frontal protection against AP shells of 120mm caliber or less
+ Superb max gun depression (-11)
+ Superb accuracy in siege mode (0.25)
+ Superb silver shell velocity (1500 m/s)
+ Superb reverse speed (45 kph)
+ Superb DPM
+ Excellent silver penetration (308mm)
+ Excellent forward speed (50 kph)
+ Excellent camouflage
+ Only frontal weak spot against AP is small cupola
+ Very low chance of fire (10%)
- Transitioning between Siege and Travel modes leaves the TD temporarily unable to take action
- Unable to aim gun when tracked
- Very low HP (1800)
- Side hull armor is very thin (30mm) and easily overmatched
- Vulnerable to HE shells due to thin armor (40/30/30)
- Highly-sloped but thin frontal armor vulnerable to HEAT, as HEAT won't ricochet unless the impact angle exceeds 85 degrees
- Low caliber (105mm) gun for a TD, limits overmatch
- Lack of a turret hampers fighting around buildings and rocks

 

Recommended Equipment
1. Binocs
2. Rammer
3. Vents

 



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Episode #73: LT-432 Review, Totally Worth It

I review the LT-432, a tier 8 Russian premium light tank, with replays of tier 10 Overlord and tier 9 Cliff battles.

 

The LT-432 was just released for sale and is the strongest tier 8 light tank by a significant margin. It has the same crew layout as the tier 10 T-100 LT and is therefore a good crew trainer for it.

 

Strengths and Weaknesses

+ Superb turret protection: 200mm effective, very bouncy
+ Superb camouflage: over 38 with BIA, Camo, and Vents
+ Superb frontal hull protection: ~160mm effective
+ Excellent gun handling and dispersion values
+ Excellent shell velocity
+ Small, flat profile
+ Good gun depression (-7), unusual for a Russian light
+ Good DPM (almost 2.1k base)

- Difficult to reach 445+m of view range without food due to lackluster view range (380m base). To get to 445m you need a skilled crew (BIA, Situational Awareness) paired with Optics and Vents

 

Recommended Equipment

1. Optics

2. Rammer

3. Vents

 

This tank doesn't need VStab given the excellent dispersion values.

 


Edited by taugrim, Nov 12 2018 - 19:34.


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Episode #74: M46 Patton Review, Working Terrain to Your Advantage

I review the M46 Patton, a tier 9 American medium tank, with replays of tier 10 Sand River and Mannerheim Line battles.

 

The M46 Patton combines superb DPM/alpha with very strong hull-down capabilities. Look no further for the quintessential "American comfort" experience.

 

Strengths and Weaknesses
+ Superb gun depression (-10)
+ Superb DPM (2601 base)
+ Superb view range (410)
+ Excellent turret protection
+ Excellent silver ammo alpha (390)
+ Excellent gun handling
- Low silver ammo penetration (218)
- Limited top speed (48)
- Mediocre agility
- Soft hull armor (~135mm effective)
- Large profile
- Mediocre camouflage (~22 with Camo crew)

 

Recommended Equipment
1. Optics
2. Rammer
3. VStab

 



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Episode #75: LTG Review, Common Mistakes When Pushing

I review the LTG, a tier 7 Russian light tank, with replays of tier 9 Redshire and tier 8 Murovanka battles.

This is my 2nd stint playing the LTG and I'm doing much better this time around :)

 

Strengths and Weaknesses
+ Superb camouflage (~40 with Camo + BIA)
+ Excellent DPM (1800 base)
+ Good turret protection (~120mm effective)
+ Very low profile hull
+ Solid alpha (180)
+ High alpha HE round (300)
- Very poor gun depression (-5)
- Low view range (360 base) makes it difficult to reach 445m
- Poor accuracy (0.40 base)
- Hit every ugly branch as it fell down the tech tree

 

Recommended Equipment
1. Optics
2. Rammer
3. VStab or Vents

 

I prefer VStab for improved gun handling, but Vents improves the view range.

 


Edited by taugrim, Nov 28 2018 - 01:44.


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Episode #76: T-50-2 Review, Avoiding Fights You Can't Win

I review the T-50-2, a tier 6 Russian award light tank in World of Tanks (WoT), with replays of tier 8 Minsk and Mines battles.

 

The T-50-2 is a fast light tank with a relatively weak 57mm gun, so the drivers need to choose engagements wisely.

 

Strengths and Weaknesses
+ Excellent mobility
+ Good gun handling
+ Good gun depression (-7)
+ For incoming frontal fire, the mantlet offers some protection and the turret's outer edges are auto-bounce
- Low alpha (85)
- Low silver AP penetration (118)
- Tall profile
- Fishtails and is relatively easy to tip over

 

Recommended Equipment
1. Optics
2. Rammer
3. Vents

 

This tank does not have the option of mounting VStab. With the relatively good gun handling, GLD is unnecessary.

 


Edited by taugrim, Dec 03 2018 - 00:16.





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