World of Tanks: Finding What I Like
So I have gone back to WoT because it’s a fun game and it lends itself to short sessions or binges, depending on my stress level and how much of my own incompetence i can put up with. I like this game, it’s fun, there’s as much depth as you want to put into it.
I’ve bounced around a bit. The German TD line has long been a favorite, the artistry of their long guns, and the occasional silliness of the Derp gun on the Hetzer leans into my sweet spot of mixing art and brutality. I repurchased my Hetzer because… it’s a good, fun experience with the ability to utterly dominate if you play smart. I’m not talking brilliant, I’m talking smart. Currently I’m up to the Jadgpanther II which is a very nice vehicle but… just lacks something so far. Like the top tier gun… Still working on it. I loved the Marder II. It’s murder. The Hetzer is great fun, and might be the best Tier IV vehicle. the Stug is also good but without the dominance of the Hetzer. The JgPz IV is an awful, awful grind. The Jagdpanther on the other hand is a joy. There’s so many options with that vehicle and it can play the sniper role then turn it around and go crazy with good rate of fire, damage, and pen.
The Russian heavy line is crazy fun. I got the glory day of the KV-1 Derp Gun. You could go crazy and alpha half the enemy team with near misses. The KV2 is now a higher tier vehicle that gets worse matchmaking and has a terrible turret. I have the KV-85 which is a hoot, and leads into the IS line which has a lot of agile, powerful tanks that play like heavy-mediums from what I’ve seen.
I’m working into the French Heavy Line. So far I’m stuck on the B1. This tank just doesn’t like me. It’s a plodder and I want to get into the more graceful tanks the french get later on.
The Americans have a really good heavy line with the superlative T29, and to get into it you can go the route of the M4A3E2 which is just a silly, silly vehicle. It’s on the slow side for a medium, but still plays like a medium. It has the firepower of a medium, but on the good side of it, and it has the armor of a good heavy. I bounce shots off this thing with even the Jagdpanther II without good aiming. It also has the solid M4 Sherman and the utterly dreadful M3 Lee. Seriously this tank is so bad it should be thrown out.
The American Light line features speed and size. VERY tall tanks with blazing speed and minuscule guns even by light standards. I like playing them but it takes patience. You can’t just race in you have to move intelligently. Not my best line but a fun line.
The American TD line is a bit silly. A lot of them are built on light or fast medium hulls. This, combined with their light armor gives them blazing speed. They also feature turrets and some crazy guns for their tiers. They also tend to blow up on a sneeze and with open turrets they get eaten alive by artillery.
Right now the order I tend to play in on any given day is T29, T67, KV-85, Hetzer (gotta Hetz) B1 (ugh).