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JoreyK #41 Posted Feb 19 2015 - 15:16

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Another excellent series Taugrim. I first discovered your guides back in your SW:ToR days and have been following you since. Keep up the great work. 

 

 



JoreyK #42 Posted Feb 19 2015 - 20:22

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Taugrim,

 

Looks like you got some extra exposure.

http://ftr.wot-news.com/2015/02/19/the-road-to-unicum-taugrims-guide-series/



taugrim #43 Posted Feb 21 2015 - 22:19

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Episode #12: IS-3 Review, Patience in a Tight Spot

I review the IS-3 with a replay of a tier 9 Highway battle.

 

Stat line: Ace Tanker, 4.5k damage, 3 kills, 3 spots

 



KEY POINTS
1. when this video was made the lower front glacis (LFG) was very thick at ~245mm. The LFG was nerfed in 9.8 to ~200mm, but that's still solid and the buff to the pikenose more than makes up for it

2. due to the weakness of the pikenose in close quarters and the incredibly soft turret roof, be aware that the IS-3 is easy-to-penetrate when face-hugging or in point-blank exchanges

3. when this video was made the lower front glacis (LFG) was very thick at ~245mm. The LFG was nerfed in 9.8 to ~200mm, but that's still solid and the buff to the pikenose more than makes up for it

4. patience in a tight situation is key. When I was surrounded on 3 sides, I stalled to buy time for our light tanks to flank the tanks in city and bail me out

5. I rushed the kill shot on the 7/1. I should have waited a quarter-second for his side hull to be exposed, given that he wasn't aiming at me

6. the T37 driver (1134eastlaw) provided a great example of the power of a light tank in endgame situations

FEEDBACK FROM VIEWERS
Many commenters disagree with me re: sidescraping. They feel that sidescraping on the IS-3 makes sense.

I can see doing that to bait shots into the side armor, so you can then expose your near-side pikenose safely while taking a free shot.

ERRATA
4:18 - what I meant here is that the IS-3 (not IS- armata_PDT_25.gif and many tier 8 heavy tanks have very functional penetration values (e.g. 225+). There are exceptions of course, e.g. the T32 with 198

Next episode: IS-3 in a Tier 10 Battle

Let me know via the following poll which replay(s) you'd like to see after second IS-3 video:
http://poll.fm/55ujk


Edited by taugrim, Aug 22 2015 - 16:09.


taugrim #44 Posted May 10 2015 - 08:46

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FYI.

 

I took a couple month break from WoT but began playing again about a week and a half ago.

 

More videos to come :)



taugrim #45 Posted May 11 2015 - 15:18

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Episode #13: IS-3 in Tier 10 Battles
I discuss how to meaningfully contribute when you're in tier 10 battles in a tier 8 IS-3 heavy tank, with footage from two Serene Coast battles.
 
Stat line: over 3.1k damage in both battles
 
COMMENTS / ERRATA:
1. the silver penetration for the IS-3 is 225 not 226
2. the rear of the E100 turret is ~160mm effective armor, regardless whether you hit the hatch or not
 
 
Let me know via the following poll which replay(s) you'd like to see after the IS-8 video:
http://poll.fm/59uu3

Edited by taugrim, Jun 17 2015 - 18:46.


JoreyK #46 Posted May 12 2015 - 22:14

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I love your latest video on how to troll an E-100, awesome sauce!

taugrim #47 Posted May 13 2015 - 03:39

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View PostJoreyK, on May 12 2015 - 21:14, said:

I love your latest video on how to troll an E-100, awesome sauce!

 

And for those who haven't seen it yet, here's the video...

 

Episode #14: Trolling Fascist Box Tanks
I demonstrate how to troll big, tall, and slow turreted tanks in a Russian medium tank in World of Tanks (WoT), with footage of my T-62A facing E-100's.

This works not only in the T62A but also tanks with a low profile and solid turret, such as the Object 140 and T-54.

The key thing is to time your approach based on either when your target just fired or is facing the other direction, and to use the target as a shield to protect you from other enemy tanks while you whittle the target away.

Trololo! :trollface:
 
 
Let me know via the following poll which replay(s) you'd like to see after the IS-8 video:
http://poll.fm/59uu3

Edited by taugrim, May 13 2015 - 03:42.


tumblwd501 #48 Posted May 13 2015 - 15:05

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Thanks for putting these videos together, they are very helpful!!

taugrim #49 Posted May 13 2015 - 17:50

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View Posttumblwd501, on May 13 2015 - 14:05, said:

Thanks for putting these videos together, they are very helpful!!

 

You are very welcome!

 

And thanks for the kind words, they're encouraging to hear :)



JoreyK #50 Posted May 13 2015 - 18:08

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View Posttumblwd501, on May 13 2015 - 07:05, said:

Thanks for putting these videos together, they are very helpful!!

 

Taugrim has always had excellent guides for any game he's played... as a result, I'm a bit of a fan boy of his work.

taugrim #51 Posted May 24 2015 - 19:27

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Episode #15: IS-8 Review, Heavy Medium - I Don't Think So

I review the IS-8 a tier 9 heavy tank in World of Tanks (WoT), with a replay of a tier 10 Ensk battle.

Stat line: Ace Tanker, 4.9k damage, 2 kills, 2 spots, 1k assisted damage

 

My team blows a 7-3 lead by not coordinating against an isolated E-100 who carries the opposing team.

 

Of all tanks from tier 5 to 10 in the IS-7 line, the IS8 feels the most awkward, whereas the other tanks are good to great.

Strengths and Weaknesses:
+ good gun penetration (258)
+ good gun alpha (440)
+ strong turret
+ good top speed
+ trolly side armor
- pikenose armor is weak, won't reliably bounce shots against players who aim properly
- large, soft lower front glacis
- poor max gun depression (-5 degrees)
- longish aim time
- not particularly agile

 

 

Next episode: Cromwell in tier 7 Lakeville

 

Let me know via the following poll which replay(s) you'd like to see after the Cromwell video:
http://poll.fm/5aj3t


Edited by taugrim, Jun 17 2015 - 18:49.


2FastUFurious #52 Posted May 28 2015 - 04:49

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Hey, thank you for the videos. They're great for a medicore newbie looking to improve. Any chance you'll post videos with the other Russian medium line? (A-43 etc)

taugrim #53 Posted May 28 2015 - 16:38

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View Post2FastUFurious, on May 28 2015 - 03:49, said:

Hey, thank you for the videos. They're great for a medicore newbie looking to improve. Any chance you'll post videos with the other Russian medium line? (A-43 etc)

 

You're welcome!

 

Right now I'm working on the American heavy line, and I have about another 150 battles on the M103 before I unlock the E5.

 

Every tank from tier 5 to 9 in the E5 line has been good-to-great, and I am very eager to try the E5 because on paper, it looks like a good fit for the characteristics I value (good gun handling, good gun depression, workable armor, and good mobility).

 

After that, I'm not sure what's next.



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Episode #16: Cromwell Review, Middle Road Control in Lakeville

I review the Cromwell, a tier 6 British medium tank, with a replay of a tier 7 Lakeville battle.

 

Stat line: Ace Tanker, 2.6k damage, 5 kills, 2 spots

 

My side wins 3v7 with vision control, use of hard cover, and wrecking isolated tanks.

 

Strengths and Weaknesses

+ great top speed
+ great acceleration / agility
+ good DPM
+ good gun depression
– weak armor
– gun bloom

 

Comments / Errata

  1. to be clear, gun bloom is a separate concern from gun accuracy (0.36 for the Cromwell). The shot on the St Emil @1:40 missed due to inaccuracy, not gun bloom, given that I had the time to fully aim. That said, bloom elongates the time to aim
  2. the enemy Wolverine made a critical mistake late of pushing up valley without support – he isolated himself and got bullied by our Panther. Be wary of isolating yourself unless you are confident you will win any 1v1s
  3. per the WoT Wiki: "Once spotted, a vehicle stays lit up for a minimum duration of 5 seconds which can extend up to 10 seconds after the spotter moves out of spotting range or gets destroyed" - so 5-10 seconds, not the 6-8 I mentioned in the video

 


Edited by taugrim, Oct 04 2015 - 16:26.


taugrim #55 Posted Jun 06 2015 - 06:40

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Episode #17: T-62A Review, Spotting Hill in Prokhorovka

I review the T-62A, a tier 10 Soviet medium tank, with a replay of a Prokhorovka battle.

Stat line: Ace Tanker, 4.6k damage, 4 kills, 3 spots, 2.9k assisted damage

I also discuss how to safely spot hill from the north spawn, taking into account flanking fire from enemy tanks in the middle of the map (F5-F6). With the recent changes to view range, the T62A is even stronger now at vision control. The tactics in the video apply to the Fiery Salient variant of the same map.

Strengths and Weaknesses:
+ excellent mobility (speed, acceleration, agility)
+ high DPM
+ titanium turret
+ good vision contol
- only -5 degrees of gun depression
- low alpha damage (320)
 


Edited by taugrim, Jun 17 2015 - 18:40.


taugrim #56 Posted Jun 14 2015 - 18:02

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Episode #18: T29 Review, Hull-Down King

I review the T29, a tier 7 American heavy tank, with a replay of a tier 8 Erlenberg battle.

 

Stat line: Ace Tanker, 4.1k damage, 4 kills

 

With its awesome hull-down capability, the T29 is one of the strongest heavies at-tier in the game. I found it to be very comfortable to play and enjoyed driving it. On paper the HP (1250) seems low, but the hull-down capability makes that a non-issue.

 

Strengths and Weaknesses

+ superb turret
+ superb max gun depression (-10)
+ excellent silver penetration (198)
+ excellent aim time (2.3 sec)
+ good alpha (320)
+ good speed
- relatively weak hull armor
- slow hull traverse / turns sluggishly
- slow reverse speed, which can be problematic versus arty

 

Errata

@5:51: I meant the tier 7 IS not the tier 10 IS-7

 


Edited by taugrim, Jun 16 2015 - 02:09.


JoreyK #57 Posted Jun 15 2015 - 14:35

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Another great video. Looking forward to seeing the M103 and T110E5 review.

 

We'll have to platoon again duoing the T110E5 and T57 Heavy. Good times!



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+1 and subscribed. :)

taugrim #59 Posted Jun 19 2015 - 18:44

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Episode #19: T32 Review, 5k Damage Blocked FTW

I review the T32, a tier 8 American heavy tank, with a replay of a tier 8 El Halluf battle.

Stat line: Ace Tanker, 4.2k damage, 1.1k assisted damage, 2 kills, 5k blocked damage

In this battle, we have to overcome two notable issues:
1. the other team is stacked with tanks that can hull-down effectively, which is critical for the fighting in the northwest corner of this map
2. over half of my team is camping east or pushing south, leaving us thin northwest

For meaningful stretches of the battle, I'm able to hold my ground against multiple enemy tanks by using terrain and playing hull-down, and this enables us to overcome being outnumbered northwest.

Strengths and Weaknesses
+ one of the strongest turrets at-tier in the game
+ superb max gun depression (-10)
+ excellent aim time (2.3 sec)
+ excellent gold round (ACPR with 245mm pen)
+ good front hull armor, which can be further protected with hull angling
+ good speed
- lackluster silver penetration (198)
- neck area beneath the turret is very soft (80mm)
- slow reverse speed, which can be problematic versus arty

 



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View PostJoreyK, on Jun 15 2015 - 13:35, said:

Another great video. Looking forward to seeing the M103 and T110E5 review.

 

I'm thinking of doing 2 videos on the M103. The tank is play incorrectly, similar to the ELC AMX.

 

The M103 is a good tank, but it's fragile if not played correctly with its mechanics.

 

View PostJoreyK, on Jun 15 2015 - 13:35, said:

We'll have to platoon again duoing the T110E5 and T57 Heavy. Good times!

 

Absolutely!

 

The E5 has a fast-enough reload that it's a good tank to have as the bodyguard for the T57, especially to cover your reloads.






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