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taugrim #1 Posted Dec 21 2014 - 08:24

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When I read the official WoT forums, WoT sub-Reddit, and WoTLabs forums, one question comes up more than any other: how do I improve my gameplay?

 

This is particularly challenging for players who have hit a ceiling in terms of their measurable performance (e.g. win rate, WN8 rating, etc) and are not sure what to do. While players can download replays of highly-skilled players, those replays don't capture the thinking process of the player behind the tank - you see their actions but don't necessarily know the how's or why's behind them.
 

Therefore, in this video series I share what I learned as I progressed towards account Unicum rating (top 1%) with silver ammo only. I talk through how I’m reading the battle as it unfolds and discuss key decisions and mistakes. My hope is that these videos meaningfully help other players improve their gameplay.

 
Complete "Road to Unicum" Guide and FAQs:
http://taugrim.com/2...world-of-tanks/
 
Episode List
  1. E50 Review, Flexing to a Collapsing Flank
  2. E50M Review, Covering a Flank Solo
  3. T-34-85 Review, Mid Control in Fisherman’s Bay
  4. T-44 Review, Holding the High Ground
  5. T-44 in a Tier 10 Battle
  6. ELC AMX Review, First-Shot Opportunities
  7. ELC AMX in a Tier 8 Battle Review, Common Mistakes
  8. T-54 vs -G-/PBKAC/BULLS Platoon
  9. T-54 Review, Managing Gun Depression / Flanking Maneuvers
  10. E75 Review, Hull Angling Without Hard Cover
  11. IS Review, Timing Enemy Reloads
  12. IS-3 Review, Flaky Pikenose, Patience in a Tight Spot
  13. IS-3 in Tier 10 Battles
  14. Trolling E100’s in Your T-62A / Object 140
  15. IS-8 Review, Heavy Medium – I Don’t Think So
  16. Cromwell Review, Middle Road Control in Lakeville
  17. T-62A Review, Spotting Hill in Prokhorovka
  18. T29 Review, Hull-Down King
  19. T32 Review, 5k Damage Blocked FTW
  20. M103 Review, Recovering From a Poor Start
  21. M103 Review, Creating Isolations When Outnumbered
  22. T110E5 Review, 9.7k Damage and 9 Kills
  23. AMX 13 90 Review, Completing LT-15 in Prokhorovka / Fiery Salient
  24. AMX 12t Review, Getting to 3 Marks of Excellence
  25. AMX 13 90 with 9.3k Contribution in Tier 10 Malinovka
  26. Chaffee Review, 2688 XP Carry in Tier 8 Malinovka
  27. Lorraine 40t Review, 9-Kill Carry in Mountain Pass
  28. E25 Review, 4k Damage and 8 Spots in Fisherman's Bay
  29. E25 Gameplay, Retreating and Counter-attacking Tactics
  30. T37 Review, 3.6k Damage and 7-Kill Carry in Erlenberg
  31. Bat Chat Review, Flanking and Spanking in Cliff
  32. Unicum Platoon Tactics
  33. Luchs Guide / Review, Playing the Long Game When Bottom Tier
  34. SP I C Guide / Review, Why Defending Correlates With Winning
  35. T49 Guide, 1st-Shot Opportunities for Max Derpage
 

Episode #1: E50 Review, Flexing to a Collapsing Flank

I review the exceptional E-50, the tier 9 German medium tank in the E50M line.

 

Stat line: Ace Tanker, 5.5k damage, 3 kills, 2 spots, 1.2k assisted damage

 

As demonstrated in the video, the E50 has a highly accurate gun, and the solid hull armor can be angled to deflect incoming fire. I discuss the importance of flexing to prevent a flank from collapsing and the arguments against capping too early instead of pressing an advantage.

 

 

Next episode: the E50M.


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taugrim #2 Posted Dec 21 2014 - 08:26

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Episode #2: E50M Review, Covering a Flank Solo

I review the E-50M, the beefier of the two tier 10 German medium tanks.

 

Stat line: Ace Tanker, 5.2k damage, 2 kills, 2 spots, 2k assisted damage

 

I discuss the weighty responsibility of holding a flank solo, knowing when and where to push, and considerations when flanking the enemy near their base.

 

 

NEXT UP: the T-34-85, a tier 6 Russian medium tank, and after that the T-44 tier 8 tank in the same line.


Edited by taugrim, Jun 17 2015 - 20:06.


davarco #3 Posted Dec 21 2014 - 08:35

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Why the negs?

MercuryBlack #4 Posted Dec 21 2014 - 08:36

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View Postdavarco, on Dec 20 2014 - 23:35, said:

Why the negs?

 

Jealousy maybe?

taugrim #5 Posted Dec 21 2014 - 08:40

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View Postdavarco, on Dec 21 2014 - 07:35, said:

Why the negs?

 

It comes with the turf of posting guides and videos.


Edited by taugrim, Dec 21 2014 - 09:00.


taugrim #6 Posted Dec 21 2014 - 08:44

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View PostSwagToYoloRatioOver9000, on Dec 21 2014 - 07:40, said:

Well i mean  would be impressed if you did not play stat padding tanks like the foch 155.

 

Assume you're joking (never played the French TD line), but in any case, I've never played tanks for the stat padding.

 

I play them out of curiousity or because I believe they'll suit one of my preferred playstyles.

 

A few good examples:

  • I never played the Hellcat, even back when WN7 was the thing and the Hellcat was crazy OP
  • I never played the M4 Sherman, even when it was OP before the HEAT nerf
  • The first two tier 10 tanks I acquired (IS-4 and FV4202) are broadly considered lacking compared to their peers
  • In my first 10k battles, I never played the T-62A or Object 140, which are considered two of the best tanks in the game. I did finally get the 140 after 10k battles


This isn't to say I haven't played some strong tanks - I have. E.g. I had the pre-split KV-1S, but I mainly played that tank because a follower gifted me gold and credits specifically to acquire it.

 

The great thing is that WN8 is much improved over early versions of WN7, which could be much more easily gamed. WN8 now pits you against players of the same tanks as you, which is how it should be.


Edited by taugrim, Jan 28 2015 - 22:59.


Theaty #7 Posted Dec 21 2014 - 09:15

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View Postdavarco, on Dec 21 2014 - 07:35, said:

Why the negs?

 

Baddies don't like to be told how to tank, it makes them feel...let's just say...not intelligent. 

sleepersolara #8 Posted Dec 21 2014 - 09:28

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im down to learn any way I can to get better and I think im improving everyday cause of guys like you that put these types of videos out there so kind sir I thank you

taugrim #9 Posted Dec 30 2014 - 18:04

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Episode #3: T-34-85 Review, Controlling Mid in Fisherman's Bay

In this episode, I review the T-34-85, the underrated tier 6 Russian medium tank that leads up to the T-44.

 

Stat line: Ace Tanker, 2.6k damage, 4 kills, 2 spots

 

I discuss tactics for controlling the middle lanes (E/F) of Fisherman's Bay and how to balance exposure with inflicting damage. The value of mid control can't be overemphasized - it provides spotting opportunities, many firing lanes, and the ability to flex to either flank when needed, which is particularly important when playing a mobile medium tank.

 

 

Next episode: the T-44 tier 8 tank in the same line.

 

I've got a lot of good illustrative footage of various tanks, so let me know which of the following tanks you're interested in for future videos or specific topics you'd like for me to address:

  • Cromwell
  • E75
  • ELC AMX

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taugrim #10 Posted Dec 30 2014 - 18:04

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View Postsleepersolara, on Dec 21 2014 - 08:28, said:

im down to learn any way I can to get better and I think im improving everyday cause of guys like you that put these types of videos out there so kind sir I thank you

 

You are very welcome :)

 

Players like you are my target audience, i.e. people who are looking for content that will improve their gameplay.



taugrim #11 Posted Jan 07 2015 - 22:29

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EPISODE #4: T-44 Review, Holding the High Ground

I review the T-44, a tier 8 Russian medium tank.

 

Stat line: Ace Tanker, 3.6k damage, 3 kills, 8 spots

 

I discuss the value of high ground - an age-old principle of warfare that holds true in WoT - with footage of my T44 in a Mines battle. Holding the high ground provides the following benefits:

  • you have opportunities to take flanking shots on enemies below you, because they are preoccupied with tanks in front of them
  • you can cover different sides of the map with minimal repositioning
  • you control the extent of your tank's exposure

 

In addition, I talk about the importance of being active - that is, playing smartly aggressive - as opposed to being passive / campy and letting the battle outcome be determined without you.

 

 

NEXT UP: the T-44 tier 8 tank in a tier 10 battle. Yikes!

 

I've got a lot of good illustrative footage of various tanks, so let me know which of the following tanks you're interested in for future videos or specific topics you'd like for me to address:

  • Cromwell
  • E75
  • ELC AMX

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I discuss tactics for controlling the middle lanes (E/F) of Fisherman's Bay and how to balance exposure with inflicting damage. The value of mid control can't be overemphasized - it provides spotting opportunities, many firing lanes, and the ability to flex to either flank when needed, which is particularly important when playing a mobile medium tank.???

 

 

 

 

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taugrim #13 Posted Jan 08 2015 - 05:54

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View Postblackrosegul, on Jan 08 2015 - 04:49, said:

I discuss tactics for controlling the middle lanes (E/F) of Fisherman's Bay and how to balance exposure with inflicting damage. The value of mid control can't be overemphasized - it provides spotting opportunities, many firing lanes, and the ability to flex to either flank when needed, which is particularly important when playing a mobile medium tank.???

 

Looks like you cut-and-pasted my copy then added 3 question marks at the end.

 

Not sure what your question is. If you can clarify, I'll respond.



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Tagged to view later.  Please continue to add more. 

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Episode #5: T-44 in a Tier 10 Battle

I discuss how to meaningfully contribute as a bottom-tier medium tank, with footage from a tier 10 Serene Coast battle in my T-44.

 

Stat line: 1st Class, 2.5k damage, 5 kills

 

As a bottom-tier tank, I have to respect the advantages of higher-tier opponents, who have more HP, stronger armor, higher alpha damage, better DPM, and superior vision control. That said, even with a low penetration gun, by carefully watching the minimap and being opportunistic, I was able to make a solid contribution.

 

 

Additional comments:

  1. props to the STB-1 driver (ahmechanic2) who played very well throughout the battle
  2. at 4:23, the JPE100 driver (andrewb610) made the right call to flex east and delay their tanks on that side, which bought time for us to crush their forces north and west
  3. I nearly got wrecked at the 7:30 mark while typing a thank you to the STB-1. I have a tendency to be chatty during matches, and sometimes it screws me up. LOL

 

Next episode: first look at the ELC AMX.

 

I'm planning two ELC AMX videos - one of a tier 6 battle and another of a tier 8 battle - to show how to play the tank in different situations. It's such a unique tank!

 

Let me know via the following poll which tank(s) you'd like to see after the ELC AMX:
http://poll.fm/53y24


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Episode #6: ELC AMX Review, First-Shot Opportunities

In this episode, I review the wildly popular ELC AMX with a replay of a tier 6 Widepark battle.

 

Stat line: Ace Tanker, 2.2k damage, 8 kills, 7 spots, 0.8k assisted damage

 

I discuss how to play to the strengths of the ELC AMX - vision control, mobility, and the TD-quality gun - while managing its weaknesses - in particular the crappy gun handling. They key when driving the ELC AMX is creating first-shot opportunities, i.e. situations in which you spot the enemy and have sufficient time to aim before they spot you.

 

The ELC AMX was the first light tank above tier 2 that I played after 8000 battles. Up to that point, I'd primarily played heavies and mediums. After witnessing countless ELC AMX light tank drivers suicide or fail to meaningfully contribute, I decided to give the tank a go.

 

My conclusion is that the ELC AMX is the most consistently incorrectly played tank in all of WoT :)

 

 

Next episode: ELC AMX in a Tier 8 Battle

 

Let me know via the following poll which tank(s) you'd like to see after the ELC AMX:

http://poll.fm/53y24


Edited by taugrim, Jun 17 2015 - 19:59.


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Thanks for the uploads, they're really helpful.

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Great instruction, thank you very much... i'll never get purple, or blue....but I like the tips anyway.

taugrim #19 Posted Jan 22 2015 - 21:35

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View PostCommander_Zircon, on Jan 21 2015 - 01:48, said:

Thanks for the uploads, they're really helpful.

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You're welcome :)


Let me know if you have any feedback for me. I'm tweaking the videos based on viewer comments.

 

View PostBadkarma, on Jan 21 2015 - 02:10, said:

Great instruction, thank you very much... i'll never get purple, or blue....but I like the tips anyway.

 

You're on the cusp of light blue for Recent WN8, so you're close!

 

I believe that the vast majority of players can make meaningful improvements, if they set their mind to it. Hopefully videos like these will help.



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Hey Taugrim,

Loved your WoT videos AND your GW2 Mesmer vids too (Before the far too many changes to the class).  Would you consider adding some videos where the battle did not go so well for you and your team?  The come-from-behind wins are great, but in the spirit of "you learn more from your mistakes", I would love to see what you did (and hear what you should have done better) after being put in a bad position that you never recovered from.  For example,  a bad initial deployment by you and your team?  Or maybe letting a scout behind your lines?  I am pretty sure many of us non-unicum players suffer greatly by compounding our mistakes in battle as well as not learning from them between battles. 







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