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davidj123456 #1 Posted Mar 19 2018 - 19:40

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My friend wants to start playing. I’ve linked him some videos but idk what to tell him in terms of how to actually start, what lines to research, and how many lines to research. Also, I can buy him £15 worth of stuff to start off with, what should I get him (even if it is like a code from eBay)?

_T_H_U_N_D_E_R_ #2 Posted Mar 19 2018 - 19:49

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I would suggest him to watch some YT videos on how to play, let him run around tier 1-3 for like 50-70 games so he can choose what fits him best. You should get him premium or a tier 2-4 premium tank. Don't buy him anything above that because skill reasons.

Kevlar1972 #3 Posted Mar 19 2018 - 19:49

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Get him a nice tier 6 premium like the type 62.

Russian meds and japanese heavies are great paths to learn game mechanics.  

dominator_98 #4 Posted Mar 19 2018 - 19:51

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Newbs typically get sent up the IS-7 line because they've got decent armor that forgives mistakes, decent mobility (not frustratingly slow like Churchill VII for example) and a decent mix of alpha and DPM. No super-frustrating characteristics that may turn a new player away. 

 

As far as $15 of premiums, I'd hold off on that until he gets to tier 6. Then see what he likes. As a new player you get lots of free premium time, and low tiers are cheap, so there's no need to grind credits.



davidj123456 #5 Posted Mar 19 2018 - 19:54

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I was going to suggest the IS7/T62A through the KV13, plus the Centurion AX.

BattlecryGWJ #6 Posted Mar 19 2018 - 19:55

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Probably want to use the refer a friend deal to get him going, that way you both can get some stuff out of it:

https://worldoftanks...al/recruitment/

 

Also see if you can find him an invite code which would net him some free stuff (gold, tier 5 premium, etc) and I think it can stack with the recruitment code.  I've got invite codes somewhere for the NA server yet, so if you PM me I might be able to get something for you in a few hours.

 

As far as where to start, tier 1/2 doesn't matter much since they can get done so quickly so just jump in and have some fun there.  I'd still tend to recommend the Russian heavy line (KV-1) as a good learner tank or perhaps the American mediums (though the M3 Lee at tier 4 is painful for pretty much any new player).

 

If you're investing in some money for your friend, I'd recommend gold, since that can be used to buy some garage slots and pick up some premium time to make the grind a little more enjoyable.

 

Oh, your friend should also watch the videos over at wotacademy.com for some low tier free stuff and log into World of Warplanes.  Gold, premium time, and free XP overlaps between the two game, so completing the tutorial for WoWP can earn you some stuff to use in WoT.



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View PostKevlar1972, on Mar 19 2018 - 12:49, said:

Get him a nice tier 6 premium like the type 62.

Russian meds and japanese heavies are great paths to learn game mechanics.

 

Bad advice. The Type 64 takes a lot of skill to do well in. A newb will yolo and die in a light tank. 

 

Also the tier 3-4 jap heavies will make him want to quit the game. The tier 5+ ones will also suck until he has a good crew and can afford rammer and GLD.

 

As far as the RU meds, that could be a decent option, as the only real turds are at tier 7, by then he'll be committed to finishing them or he'll have decided this game sucks.

 

OP, teach him vision mechanics and bushes and stuff like that. Bush camo is OP in this game, and mastering that will help him a lot in his TD's and LT's.



Gothraul #8 Posted Mar 19 2018 - 19:56

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All I can say is getting started now is a lot harder than it was years back, back in the day the meta was slower and the teams were more stable on top of there being far more average players than there are now. These days we're all stuck with one extreme or the other with fewer and fewer people in the middle to balance all that crap out now so it will usually be 3-15 or 15-3 ect.

 

The best thing you can do is be a helping hand for the first thousand or so battles around tier 5 until your friend learns how the game plays.



Chronus1327 #9 Posted Mar 19 2018 - 19:56

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You should do your friend a favor and ask him to review the forums, as well as [edited] . com

eXs11 #10 Posted Mar 19 2018 - 20:09

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IS7 line is certainly a great one to start with and you are right, you can also go the med route as well through the KV13... definitely a good choice...

 

I also think the US heavy line is a good option for newer players... tanks are fairly easy to play up and down the line and you can also branch out into meds if you go through the jumbo sherman

 

I would also think about recommending him the french heavies because they all have very good penetration through the entire line, which is very nice for new players that might not be as familiar with all the weakspots on tanks... they are a little more difficult to play but the high penetration definitely goes a long way...

 

also, I know playing TDs is attractive to new players because of the powerful guns but I think people need to start playing real tanks and learn basic game mechanics first, and then branch out into TDs later on if they decide to do so... starting with TDs might lead to learning some bad habits



Ed_the_Baker #11 Posted Mar 19 2018 - 20:11

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and tell him about seal-clubbers and 'gold' ammo, so he doesn't lose interest by dying real quickly

Kevlar1972 #12 Posted Mar 19 2018 - 20:18

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View Postdominator_98, on Mar 19 2018 - 13:55, said:

 

Bad advice. The Type 64 takes a lot of skill to do well in. A newb will yolo and die in a light tank. 

 

Also the tier 3-4 jap heavies will make him want to quit the game. The tier 5+ ones will also suck until he has a good crew and can afford rammer and GLD.

 

As far as the RU meds, that could be a decent option, as the only real turds are at tier 7, by then he'll be committed to finishing them or he'll have decided this game sucks.

 

OP, teach him vision mechanics and bushes and stuff like that. Bush camo is OP in this game, and mastering that will help him a lot in his TD's and LT's.

 

He's going to need credits and the type is probably the best credit grinder in the mid tiers.  Granted it takes getting used to but fast invisible tank with a great gun is always going to print silver  



Bouncing_Coffee_Bean #13 Posted Mar 19 2018 - 20:21

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Buy him a Defender and hes set

GeorgePreddy #14 Posted Mar 19 2018 - 21:38

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View PostKevlar1972, on Mar 19 2018 - 15:49, said:

Get him a nice tier   6    7  premium like the type 62.  Type 64 is tier 6, but neither is a good idea for a total newby.

Russian meds and japanese heavies are great paths to learn game mechanics.

 



Ded_man #15 Posted Mar 19 2018 - 21:47

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Don’t know if it’s active but according to the Reddit page for WoT.https://www.reddit.com/r/worldoftanks/about

 

  • [NA] Server - Use Invite Code: WOTREDDIT for 7 days of premium time, 500 gold and a Churchill III.

Make sure you invite him to the game, so you and he can benefit from the Refer a Friend program too.

 

Save your money if the code works. But Churchill, good starter premium.


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View Postdominator_98, on Mar 19 2018 - 12:51, said:

Newbs typically get sent up the IS-7 line because they've got decent armor that forgives mistakes, decent mobility (not frustratingly slow like Churchill VII for example) and a decent mix of alpha and DPM. No super-frustrating characteristics that may turn a new player away. 

 

As far as $15 of premiums, I'd hold off on that until he gets to tier 6. Then see what he likes. As a new player you get lots of free premium time, and low tiers are cheap, so there's no need to grind credits.

 

^ This is good advice.  He should probably start with the Soviet heavy line and if you can, find him an invite code with a Churchill III premium tank.  That will help him out a lot early on. 

GonnaBBQU #17 Posted Mar 20 2018 - 00:36

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Best thing you can do is not recomend this game to anyone....

UTurnTerminator #18 Posted Mar 20 2018 - 00:41

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The best "starter" premium tank for me (and for those I once inducted into WOT) was the Church III, but that was before the matchmaker started using tier 5 as fodder for the tier 7's. I once recommended the Valentine II as a forgiving, preferential MM tank to learn from mistakes on at tier 4, but again with MM changing that isn't even a safe bet as a starter. I'd advise waiting until after the 1.0 update, and going from there.

Definitely use the refer-a-friend program, it'll benefit you both immensely.

For starter lines I always advise noobs to charge up the Soviet heavy line (KV-1), Soviet medium line (T-34), and the American medium line (M4). I always advise newcomers to avoid Germany, France, and the UK until they know what they're doing, as the UK tech tree is hit or miss, the German tech tree is really grind intensive, and it seems to me the Bat Chat is the only thing in the French tech tree left to get excited about anymore. My 2 cents at least, good luck!

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Just to add to what was said make sure he watches and the WOT intro vids at http://wotacademy.com

This way he picks up the free M22 Locust premium tier 3 which is a fun little tank to play


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Tell him to suck it up to at least tier IV.  I-III sucks, to chaotic to learn anything of consequence.  IV however, you can start learning the game, the tanks, and the unique characteristics of each tank, tank type, and map.

 

To start with, I would go Russian medium, Russian heavy, and German TD (classic line).   Dont let him start a light line as they require advanced classes.   Arty, If he starts it, let him know there are griefers and others that will... do their thing.    Other lines to consider, US med, US heavy, Brit med.  Most of these arent exactly challenging to the player/driver skill and can be successful.  Keep him away from autoloaders and derps due to their unique nature (including reload times, etc) .






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