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shaolinsarge #141 Posted Sep 25 2017 - 18:56

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View Posttaugrim, on Sep 25 2017 - 12:26, said:

 

I hated the T54E1. It's too slow for a medium to spot and flank effectively, the armor is not reliable, and the gun handling is very poor. The silver penetration is also lacking.


Glad to hear the series has been helpful. Onward, upward! :)

 

I feel your pain bro. Few games have fun in T54E1, sad because sold my SP IC and HW 12 to buy him.  They nerfed to ground my lights :(

Im only playing T54E1 because T57 is nice .



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View Postshaolinsarge, on Sep 25 2017 - 17:56, said:

 

I feel your pain bro. Few games have fun in T54E1, sad because sold my SP IC and HW 12 to buy him.  They nerfed to ground my lights :(

Im only playing T54E1 because T57 is nice .

 

The only light tanks that are in need of buffing are the tier 10s. Aside from that light tanks are very functional/balanced now. There are some light tank buffs coming in patch, but I think beyond those changes that light tanks need better accuracy, at least on par with what the tier 9 light tanks have now.

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View Posttaugrim, on Sep 27 2017 - 11:04, said:

 

The only light tanks that are in need of buffing are the tier 10s. Aside from that light tanks are very functional/balanced now. There are some light tank buffs coming in patch, but I think beyond those changes that light tanks need better accuracy, at least on par with what the tier 9 light tanks have now.

 

By your experience; what's light is best ? American T10 or german, i have both unlocked but haven't enough silver for all.

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View Postshaolinsarge, on Sep 28 2017 - 14:04, said:

 

By your experience; what's light is best ? American T10 or german, i have both unlocked but haven't enough silver for all.

Txs.

 

I don't have the tier 10 German LT unlocked, so I can't say from 1st-hand experience, but the American LTs are super comfortable to play due to their superb gun depression and good gun handling.

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View Posttaugrim, on Sep 28 2017 - 20:42, said:

 

I don't have the tier 10 German LT unlocked, so I can't say from 1st-hand experience, but the American LTs are super comfortable to play due to their superb gun depression and good gun handling.

 

Txs i will farm silver to take one. Sad because i will sell Bulldog to use his 4  skilled crew in Sheridan. :(

But it's the price, or may be to; can i fight tier X games without perks full :trollface:
Let's roll the dice.

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taugrim #146 Posted Oct 02 2017 - 05:19

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Episode #43: Škoda T 25 Review, Why Ice Road/Valley/Beach Suck

I review the Škoda T 25, a tier 6 Czech medium tank, with a replay of a tier 8 Mountain Pass battle.

 

The Skoda T25 is a fun tier 6 tank with it's combination of speed, gun depression, and a compact burst autoloader. The Skoda T25 is a good tank to play to figure out whether you'd enjoy the Skoda T50, which I reviewed in Episode #42.

 

Strengths and Weaknesses

+ Superb max gun depression (-10)
+ Excellent compact burst damage (330 damage in 2.67 sec)
+ Excellent top end speed (60 kph)
+ Excellent acceleration
+ Fast clip reload (~7.7 seconds)
+ Good gun handling
- Very large and tall profile, especially the turret
- Paper armor everywhere
- Low turret traverse
- Low hull traverse
- Low single-shot alpha (110)
- Low silver penetration (132)

 

Recommended Equipment

1. Optics
2. GLD
3. Vents

 

 



taugrim #147 Posted Oct 06 2017 - 15:50

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Episode #44: T-34/100 and TVP VTU Guide, Dealing With Poor Gun Depression

 

I review the T-34/100 and TVP VTU, the tier 7 and 8 Czechoslovakian medium tanks, with replays of tier 8 Overlord and Tier 9 Live Oaks battles.

 

Many players find these tanks difficult to play due to the combination of weak armor and poor gun depression, so I discuss how to manage those deficiencies. I found the T-34/100 to be quite functional but the TVP VTU was miserable. That said, the Skoda T50 is amazing so grinding through those tanks is worth it.

 

T-34/100 Strengths and Weaknesses
+ Excellent silver penetration (175)
+ Excellent top speed
+ Excellent alpha (250)
- Weak hull armor
- Weak turret armor
- Very poor max gun depression (-5)

 

T-34/100 Recommended Equipment
1. Optics
2. Rammer
3. GLD

 

TVP VTU Strengths and Weaknesses
+ Decent selection of guns
- Large profile
- Very weak hull armor
- Very weak turret armor
- Poor max gun depression (-6)
- Limited top end speed (50) - common with tier 8 meds, but it's a big issue against the faster tier 8-10 tanks

 

TVP VTU Recommended Equipment
1. Optics
2. VStab

3. Rammer
 


Edited by taugrim, Oct 06 2017 - 15:57.


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TY OP!!

These are great!

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taugrim #149 Posted Oct 18 2017 - 01:20

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Episode #45: Strv 103-0 Unicum Guide, Brawling With Superb Gun Depression

I review the Strv 103-0, a tier 9 Swedish TD, with a replay of a tier 9 Westfield battle.

 

The Strv 103 is the gem of the Swedish tank destroyer line. It combines terrific firepower, mobility, and highly-angled frontal armor.

 

Strengths and Weaknesses
+ Superb frontal protection against AP shells of 120mm caliber or less
+ Superb max gun depression (-11)
+ Superb silver penetration (308mm)
+ Superb accuracy in siege mode (0.30)
+ Superb silver shell velocity (1500 m/s)
+ Superb reverse speed (45 kph)
+ Excellent DPM
+ 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 (1500)
- 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 gun (105mm) for a TD, limits overmatch
- Lack of a turret hampers fighting around buildings and rocks

 

Recommended Equipment
1. Rammer
2. Binocs
3. Vents (for brawling/DPM) or Camo Net (for camo sniping)

 

I favor Vents over Camo Net, as that supports a more aggressive and flexible style of play.

 


Edited by taugrim, Oct 22 2017 - 07:47.


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Thanks again by very useful hints. I'm enjoying a lot to play in french light tanks, have you a video with tutorial of tank BC 12 T ? Hug, Brother.

taugrim #151 Posted Dec 14 2017 - 23:09

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Episode #46: AMX 30 1er prototype Guide, Dealing With Poor Team Deployments

I review the AMX 30 1er prototype, a tier 9 French medium tank with replays of tier 10 El Halluf and Steppes battles. We also discuss how to manage poor team deployments.

 

With the recent buffs to its turret armor, the AMX 30 offers an extremely fast, brawly, and enjoyable playstyle.

 

Strengths and Weaknesses
+ Superb reload (6.9s) provides high DPM (2691 base)
+ Superb top speed (65 kph)
+ Excellent gun depression (-8)
+ Excellent acceleration
+ Good alpha (390)
+ Good frontal turret armor
- Somewhat derpy accuracy / gun handling
- Soft hull armor
- Relatively large cupola on the turret is a weak spot

 

Recommended Equipment
1. Optics
2. VStab
3. Rammer

 


Edited by taugrim, Dec 16 2017 - 01:04.


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View Postshaolinsarge, on Oct 31 2017 - 12:54, said:

Thanks again by very useful hints. I'm enjoying a lot to play in french light tanks, have you a video with tutorial of tank BC 12 T ? Hug, Brother.

 

I bought the BC 12t over the weekend and plan on covering it eventually.



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Episode #47: Pz IV H Review, Ode to Derp Gun

I review the Pz IV H, a tier 5 German medium tank, with replays of tier 7 Malinovka and tier 6 Abbey battles.

 

The Pz IV H is famous for its powerful 10.5cm derp gun, which with HE ammo is capable of 1-shotting opponents and outputting good DPM.

 

Strengths and Weaknesses
+ Superb gun depression (-10)
+ Superb HE alpha (410)
+ For a derp gun, fast aim time (2.3 sec base)
+ For a derp gun, very fast reload (8 sec base)
+ HE penetration is high enough (53) to penetrate soft opponents frontally
+ Good HP pool (480)
+ Spaced armor provides protection against HE/HEAT
+ High ammo capacity (59)
- Limited top speed (40)
- Mediocre agility
- Weak turret armor, which offsets some of the benefit of the decent hull armor
- Somewhat tall profile


Recommended Equipment
1. Rammer
2. Optics
3. Vents

 

You can slot GLD instead of Vents, but I find that the faster aim time isn't as valuable as the all-around benefits of Vents, given that the Pz IV H just needs to land anywhere on a target to damage it, and the aim time for a derp gun is quite manageable.

 



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Episode #48: ​Bat.-Châtillon 12 t Review, Getting to 3 Marks of Excellence

I review the Bat.-Châtillon 12 t, a tier 8 French light tank, with replays of tier 10 Steppes and tier 8 Redshire battles.

 

The Bat Chatillon 12t is the ultimate finesse tank. Its autoloader can deal 680 damage in 6 seconds, but it often faces tier 9-10 opponents with large HP pools, so you have to pick your spots carefully and avoid trading as much as possible.

 

Strengths and Weaknesses
+ Superb camouflage
+ Good top speed (68)
+ Good gun handling for an autoloader
+ Relatively small size
- Poor gun depression (-6)
- Poor gun elevation (+13)
- Low view range (380 base), requires Optics + Vents + BIA + 58% Situational Awareness to get to 445m
- Low HP (1000)

 

Recommended Equipment
1. Optics
2. VStab
3. Vents

 


Edited by taugrim, Jul 02 2018 - 20:14.


taugrim #155 Posted Jan 02 2018 - 17:38

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Episode #49: AMX 13 105 Review, Underpowered But Still Fun

I review the AMX 13 105, a tier 10 French light tank, with replays of Siegfried Line and Steppes battles.

 

The AMX 13 105 combines a hard-hitting, inaccurate autoloader with light tank mechanics (always-on camouflage). The tank can be fun and frustrating in the same battle. I hope that Wargaming improves its gun accuracy and reduces its terrain resistances, as the tank is currently underpowered.

 

Strengths and Weaknesses

+ Excellent frontal gun depression (-8)
+ Excellent alpha (390)
+ Manageable clip size (3)
+ Good top speed (68)
- Very poor accuracy (0.42), much worse than the tier 7-9 French lights (0.38)
- Turns very slowly for a light tank due to high terrain resistances
- Poor gun elevation (+12)
- 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. VStab
3. Vents

 


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taugrim #156 Posted Jan 16 2018 - 03:16

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Episode #50: T30 Review, Glorious 750 Alpha

I review the T30, a tier 9 American TD, with replays of tier 9 Abbey and tier 10 Swamp battles.

 

The T30 meets the standard of "American comfort" with its effective hull-down capability and packs big punch with 750 alpha. That said, the gun handling, low DPM, and lack of mobility require the driver to anticipate situations.

 

Strengths and Weaknesses
+ Superb gun depression (-10)
+ Excellent alpha (750)
+ Solid turret protection
+ Turreted, whereas the majority of its peers lack a turret
+ High caliber gun (155mm) provides overmatch opportunities on squishy tanks
- Lowest DPM of its peers, due to long reload
- Relatively poor gun handling
- Hull armor can't be relied on
- Relatively poor mobility, struggles to flex

 

Recommended Equipment
1. Rammer
2. Vents
3. GLD

 

As mentioned in the video, I have experimented with Optics instead of GLD, but the gun handling is poor enough that speeding up the aim time and minimizing exposure make GLD the better choice.

 



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I recently acquired a T54 and BatChat 25t AP. Do you think you could cover those (I know you did the T54 before, but after the changes, I want to know your opinion/playstyle)?

 



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View Posttaugrim, on Dec 29 2017 - 19:35, said:

Episode #48: ​Bat.-Châtillon 12 t Unicum Guide, Getting to 3 Marks of Excellence

I review the Bat.-Châtillon 12 t, a tier 8 French light tank, with replays of tier 10 Steppes and tier 8 Redshire battles.

 

The Bat Chatillon 12t is the ultimate finesse tank. Its autoloader can deal 680 damage in 6 seconds, but it often faces tier 9-10 opponents with large HP pools, so you have to pick your spots carefully and avoid trading as much as possible.

 

Strengths and Weaknesses
+ Superb camouflage
+ Good top speed (68)
+ Good gun handling for an autoloader
+ Relatively small size
- Poor gun depression (-6)
- Poor gun elevation (+13)
- Low view range (380 base), requires Optics + Vents + BIA + 58% Situational Awareness to get to 445m
- Low HP (1000)

 

Recommended Equipment
1. Optics
2. VStab
3. Vents

 

 

Superb Job Commander!! hug, i'm back to forum , and only today saw your video, i will enjoy.

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View PostCaptain_VinylSiding, on Jan 17 2018 - 00:44, said:

I recently acquired a T54 and BatChat 25t AP. Do you think you could cover those (I know you did the T54 before, but after the changes, I want to know your opinion/playstyle)?

 

 

The T-54 playstyle is still the same - play hull-down, flank when you can. It is such a flexible tank. I'd probably go with the D-54 gun given the better accuracy and higher silver AP penetration, although you do lose some DPM and 1 degree of max depression. Players who spam 100% HEAT should use the D-10T2S.

 

As far as the BatChat 25t AP, I don't have it in my garage. That said, the mechanics of the BatChat 25t AP are very similar to the original Lorr 40t when it was tier 9, e.g. they both have a 6x300 autoloader, and I covered that in episode #27:

 


Edited by taugrim, Jan 17 2018 - 20:28.


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Episode #51: Type 64 Review, Totally Worth It

I review the Type 64, a tier 6 Chinese premium light tank, with replays of tier 8 Paris and tier 7 Erlenberg battles.

 

The Type 64 is widely regarded as one of the best premium tanks of any tier, because it is overpowered relative to its peers and is a fun, comfortable tank to drive. If you're looking for a mid-tier premium to buy, I highly recommend the Type 64 as it is always available for purchase and is relatively inexpensive (3500 gold).

 

Strengths and Weaknesses
+ Superb view range (390m base)
+ Superb gun depression (-10)
+ Superb DPM (2.1k base)
+ Superb top speed (70 kph)
- Low ammo capacity (45)
- Sluggish acceleration
- Paper thin armor, even for a light tank

 

Recommended Equipment
1. Optics
2. VStab
3. Rammer

 


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