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Should I pick up the IS-3A?


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TELEFORCE #1 Posted May 18 2019 - 00:50

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I have a 20% off coupon and was thinking about using it on the IS-3A.  I already have a T34 and Lowe, and a 100% Soviet heavy tank crew to stick in the IS-3A.  If I like my T34 and Lowe, should I skip getting the IS-3A?  Is there another premium suggestion?

 

The only other thing I'd use the coupon on is an E25, but I missed my chance to get that years ago.  Or an M56...  Thinking about Tiger 131 too, but then again I already have a T-34/85M.


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madogthefirst #2 Posted May 18 2019 - 01:02

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It is pretty disgusting especially if you can get a toon of them. Remember it has better RoF if you expend the mag verses the regular BIAS-3.

bockscar43 #3 Posted May 18 2019 - 01:04

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That depends on whether you want an OP t8 tank or not, I don't have one but will purchase one shortly. GL troop. 

Ebonsilk #4 Posted May 19 2019 - 22:10

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If you have ever played the IS3 or kept it, you'll likely own the IS3-A.  The tank crews directly transfer from each tank to the other.  Though more sluggish on hills than the IS3 its ROF and bouncy turret make this rig a nightmare hull down.  Hull is typical for a T8 spade-nose regarding bounciness but the sides of the turret aren't as sloped as the IS3 and flanking fire is more of an issue.  Its an insane money-maker with its ROF and the fact it uses APCR as its standard round.  As this is a short range brawler and not a sniper, this isn't a camp and shoot rig, you have to enjoy getting your hands inside their guts in a fight without putting yourself too much in the open.  I recommend the IS3-A if you have the spare cash on hand.  If you enjoy Russian heavies, I can't imagine how you'd be disappointed in this rig.  If youre new to heavy brawlers, this is an excellent rig to get used to that fighting style without going bankrupt during the learning curve.

TELEFORCE #5 Posted May 28 2019 - 19:37

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I ended up buying it with a coupon for $40.  I have never played an IS-3 before, so it took some getting used to, especially with its gun depression. 

 

I've been having good results with it, though. The best part about it is how it can rack up damage so fast, and, by extension, credits.  Some bad games with the T34, for example, will leave me getting off only one or two shots.  With a full clip, I can put 3 shots into someone rather quickly.  So if my IS-3A is destroyed quickly, I'm more likely to have done over 1,000 damage instead of 600-800 in a T34 in a similar situation.

 

Its hull armor doesn't do much against higher tiers, and it can troll bounce other tier 8s.  Against lower tiers, though, it will absolutely stomp on isolated opponents. Good luck sniping with it though!

 

It definitely doesn't replace my other premium tanks.  I still like playing my T34 and S1 when I want good pen  and the Lowe and Super Pershing when I want armor.  What I didn't have was a premium auto loader, and this works for that itch!



AceOfDiamond #6 Posted Jun 28 2019 - 01:35

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It's basically an IS-3 but with an autoloader. It's scary.




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