World of Tanks: On Tilt and The Stopper
So I have gone back to more WoT and less WoWS. WoT is a pretty mature game. There’s a lot of tuning going on, but the game system is more or less complete. There’s a lot of fun to be had and I enjoy it immensely.
But I’m not very good. My ratings are below average, although improving, and I’m trying very hard not to care with most of my tanks. Some of them I do care about, for example I firmly believe that if you aren’t over 50% in a fully upgraded T29 you probably shouldn’t be playing heavy tanks. It’s just that good.
One of the things I guard against very well is going “On Tilt” which is a phrase for getting reckless or overly aggressive. Basically you lose a game, as a result you start playing worse, which makes you lose more… you get the idea. I am very good at avoiding this IN GENERAL. But we all have our moments and we all mess up. Tonight I struggled mightily in the M4A3E2 Jumbo. Which is a VERY good tank and a VERY hard one to go on tilt in. It’s well armored, fast enough to get out of trouble, slow enough not to get you IN trouble, and has a very good gun that rewards patience.
Somehow I lost several games in a row; one of which I scored 4 kills in and had more EXP than anyone on the winning team. Le sigh. I ended up finally getting a win but it was a VERY rough night and I forgot the best way to stop going on tilt. Bring out The Stopper.
In baseball a “Stopper” is an older pitcher who may or may not be a teams Ace but is always the guy they count on to stop a skid. For example in 2004 Pedro may have been the Ace but Schilling was The Stopper. For all of Pedro’s emotional antics, Schill was out there to win at all costs. For me The Stopper has become the T29. It is VERY hard to have a bad game in this tank and it can carry games even at Tier 8 with some luck. It’s also a relaxing tank to play, it has a very smooth roll and you can very easily make shots on the move. In fact I’ve built mine up to make shots on the move and I love imagining the look on people’s faces when I reliably hit them on the move while moving, turning my turret and still hitting weak spots.
Going on tilt is bad. It’s bad in EvE, it’s bad in FFXIV, it is AWFUL in League of Legends and it’s very bad in WoT. The key is having that stopper. Whether it’s an Alt in EvE. A good raid leader, a good friend to pull you back, or that unstoppable tank that lets you recover your balance, find a stopper, and don’t go on tilt.