WHEN are these idiottic developers going to realize, a tank with an armor layout such as the IS7, with such low HP, NEEDS an accurate gun that can out DPM most other heavies, or at VERY least, out alpha them with 550 average damage.
The tank NEEDS more HP, more accuracy (as it's armor is damned near useless at 150m and closer - and the cannon is useless past 150m, ESPECIALLY in 8.6! Which is why the IS7 is FAR worse than ever, god damned if you can pen shit with AP at all, and lucky to pen with 303 APCR - as you are unable to aim fully EVEN with a vert. stab., Vent, 100% snap shot, 100% Smooth ride, and BiA (among many others including 100% safe stowage - yet I still get blown up in 1 shot in 8.5 AND 8.6) - but those are the ones that effect accuracy and aim-time, WITH ALL THAT =121% gunner with 105% snap shot and smooth ride, a friggen Vert. Stab. and the general arty nerf in 8.6 - I ALWAYS GET SLAMMED TO HELL IF I TRY TO FULLY ZOOM IN ON A TARGET! F'ING ARTY AIMS NEARLY AS FAST AS I DO APPARENTLY!
The IS7 is THE WORST T10, period. Especially in 8,6. It is followed CLOSELY by IS4 which often suffers fires - but occaisonally catastrophic ammo explosion. NTM IS4 armor is a joke, I easily pen it with my BatChat, E50M, and E-100 using HEAT no matter how it angles - as it's "Cheek" armor that is nigh impervious from straight on - along with its entirely flat side, you almost ALYWAS have something that is easy to pen to shoot at! I will admit IS4 is better than IS7 in most ways, but at least with a slight hull-down, the IS7 can bounce shots from the front at least 20 deg from the pike either way unless premium ammo is used. The IS4 must hull down to at least the welded shut viewport - which was a weakness when it was a T9 - now it is the strongest point in the front hull - though of course, IF said IS4 is able to achieve such hulldown, it can deflect shots from a MUCH wider angle than the IS7.
And at least in 8.6 IS4 still has servicable pen for its much more accurate and quicker aiming gun, 258, where the POS COMPLETELY useless IS7 S70 gets only 250 pen while retaining its INSANELY long aim-time of 3.4 sec and HORRIBLE accuracy of .4 - and neither tank can mount a super-heavy spall (of course in an IS7 you would have to be nuts not to mount a rammer and vert. stab, and IMHO a vent as well - only way to make crew perform 21% better than specs once u have BiA)
Both tanks become much more useless, really... The T110E5 retains, and in fact, I believe, flourishes with such nerfs. It's gun being .35 accurate with only 2 second aimtime, coupled with its extreme agility, 259 AP pen works wonderfully! Since it takes no time to zoom fully and the tank has such amazing frontal armor, it is IMHO the one of only heavies *Edit* Of course now the E-100 and Maus are great "Super-heavies* and worth owning as well (Well, the AMX 50B, and possibly the 113 will be the only other heavies worth owning after such nerfs) worth shite anymore!! I literally took an entire clip from a T57 heavy using HEAT and got only tracked - face on from about 60m! I, in the meantime had shot and penned him twice while he unloaded on me, I then untracked, and chased him down and killed him. Using ONLY AP and taking 0 DMG from him! Stupid T57, tried to back away after wasting a clip on me, but the T57 is actually slower in either direction than the E5!
On the other side, an AMX 50B with its APCR premium unloaded a clip on me frontally in another match, only 1 shot did not damage me! And in both situations I was hulled down enough to hide almost all my lower glacis - with just the strong beak part showing. Thing is - APCR esp. close up will pierce that 257mm thick beak easlily, where HEAT will almost always bounce do to the great angling. APCR is in all ways a superior round to HEAT.
Now that being said, the IS7 APCR is only 303mm avg, and the gun, has the worsat accuracy of anything at tier 10 that is not arty. So, it is still useless. They improved the dynamincs of large shell penetration ESPECIALLY on large shell HEAT! So the E-100 is now more efffective than ever!
Even with all the NERFS the IS7 is still useless...
At least my E-100 will now become the juggernaut destroyer it should have always been! I am working towards the T110E5 now - but after that I am thinking it is time I got a T10 TD, and I LOVE the 268! And after that, if I make lots of money I will convert my way to getting a T62A as MEDS are now better than heavies, and the T62A and FV4202 are my next 2 favorite meds after the BatChat 25t and E-50M. I MAY get an AMX 50B someday, as I have tried both that and the T57 extensively - and the AMX50B's agaility combined with its superior premium round has ALWAYS gotten me much better results than the T57, NTM the 50B is now stronger by far in the frontal hulll (170mm at GREAT angle with no lower glacis, where T57 is 209 beak with highly angled 127mm upper, with 110mm lower hull!) The 50B also has 20mm spaced side hull for exhaust - which prevents a 150mm+ cannon from over-matching! And in 8.6, it feels that the turret ring and gun mantlet on the AMX50B is at least as strong as the T57's! I really think the 50B is superior to the T57 in nearly all ways, sure it takes ,7 sec longer between shots and slightly longer to reload- BUT it will do -23 km/h in reverse in about 2 seconds, where the T57 struggles to make -12 km/h in reverse! And the 50B has it beat hands down in turning both tracks and turret, as well as forward acceleration and speed! All this has lead to me having a 67% overall win in the 50B with 37 kills in 17 matches with 56% survival rate. The T57 on the other hand - with the same crew and modules and consumables has earned me a 48% win in 12 battles with 10 kills and a 14% survival.
I USED to think the T57 was OP, now I laugh at it, and kill them often in T10 battles! Sure I HAVE been killed by them, and some people do really well IN them, but to me, it has nothing on the 50B overall.
Of course this is all opinion, and time will tell what 8.6 will show as far as overall win% on both tanks. But none of that matters to me, I know I have the best autoloader already - the batchat 25t, but I wanted a heavy one with a 120mm gun - I would go for the AMX50B hands down.
Edited by DysphoricSmile, Jun 13 2013 - 20:01.