The game is pay to win, you can literally pay your way to better stats by playing better tanks and also earning more creds to basically permanently spam premium ammo which gives you much higher chances of penetrating your target.
It takes an asinine amount of effort and skill to be free to play and you should be using the average to judge whether or not a game is pay to win, not the top 1%. If the average player can't do it then obviously it's not play to win.
For example, I'm playing Diablo III right now, pretty much anyone can play this game and get good. But to do so you have to invest a lot of time and effort and get through the grinds. That's play to win. You want to succeed and do better? You must play for it no matter what your skill level is and you can eventually get to the top.
World of tanks is not play to win. Try playing without a premium account and see what happens to your creds. You can't use premium consumable anymore either other than the ones that you earn for free. So good luck with that.
There's not much more to say about this topic so I won't.
Edited by SpitYoYoMafia, Mar 18 2017 - 01:52.