Meanwhile, the VK3601H regularly comes way ahead of the KV-1S in polls. I hear the real shock to German players also comes at tier 7, when they play the Tiger.
What I meant was that KV and KV-3 drivers had an easy time through tier 5 and 6, both of those tanks are considered by the community to be vastly superior to their counterparts. T1 and M6 drivers learned to avoid those two tanks like the plague after either getting mashed in the face with 152mm of love or getting repeatedly 2 or 3 shotted. While German drivers learned to stay in cover and pick them off from afar. Especially German drivers, the short 88 cannot penetrate the front of the KV-3 unless at point blank range, I'm sure that the frustration of getting your asses handed to you in your stock tiger by a tank that's one tier lower than you will make you a much better player.