Well I certainly think it's fair in any case. I mean, isn't asking why 4....that's four.....platoons of clanned tankers (that's 12 supposedly organized tankers) at tier 7+ decided to rush off down one side of the map and leave the other flank open (predictably resulting in a humiliating loss) fair? Once past tier 6 I believe most people would have a clue, but it seems I was a bit optimistic in thinking that.
In any case this isn't a WoT flame or rant (though don't get too comfortable as I'm sure more are to come). In an effort to keep the game fun I have jumped onto the public test server where I get the chance to try out various tanks (thanks to the 10X experience and credits and the 10k gold gift) and where I don't give a crap how bad the teams are.
The server is merged so there are a mix of EU, and NA players, but predominantly the players are Russian. Unless you tweak a few settings in the directory the whole thing is in Russian. Neither the tweak, nor the Russian is a big deal. At this stage I know the game well enough that I can navigate the menu in any language. I have found this experience to be refreshing with different players, play-styles, and languages coming together nicely......except, of course, for the obligatory idiots from America making fun of the 'commies', their language, and their women.
I know the one or two jerks I've run in to don't represent America as a whole, and to be fair every Russian player there could be making fun of me and I wouldn't know. I can't be bothered to cut and paste into translator so what do I know? I have also lived in America and know it to be a diverse, wonderful place full of lovely people- and jerks- as is anywhere in the world. I simply point out that these players are acting like idiots and move on.
The test server is a breath of fresh air and has allowed me to try out a variety of tanks I was interested in without the pain of grinding for the experience or credits. The test has also introduced the new Chinese Medium Type 59 premium which is an underwhelming Tier 8 tank I spent 10,000 gold on. Even though the gold was free I'm regretting buying it as I could have converted a lot of my experience over and tried some upper tier tanks I've had my eye on. If they are thinking of charging 10k for this thing on the live server there is going to be a lot of broke, disappointed tankers out there.
|The decals aren't pictured as I have tweaked my settings and they have been removed.|
It's okay, don't get me wrong. It's armored to the teeth, but the speed suffers and the gun is underpowered. It pays well in terms of experience and credits, of course, but I don't think it's any better than other tier 8 mediums. It will, as with the Lowe, allow people with less experience to jump straight into the higher tier matches (as did the Lowe) which will, of course, decrease the fun for those of us with a bit more experience (as tactics can go out the window quick with inexperienced players).
|Low profile, high-armor turret = hull down tactics|
I'm all for 'Wallet Warriors'. We are keeping this game free for the rest of the players (I've spent $150 in total so far). There is no denying, however, that those who buy tanks may not be as experienced (ie good) as others and the team could suffer. I have also seen very good Lowe drivers who have made a real difference to the outcome.... but not often. When a tank pays off weather you win or lose, what's the incentive to do well? It's also a sniper tank so it's most often used as a 'camper' which increases the frustration of teammates dying on the front.
But I digress......
The test server has also introduced the new light tanks. The German tree has seen the addition of a tier 5 (one more past the Leopard) and the Russian tree has new tier 4's and 5's. The new Russian lights (T-50's) are ridiculously over powered (OP!) to the point where they are going to completely alter the game. Really. I'm not kidding.
|The new face of evil|
They are so fast, so tough, and so hard to kill that most of the game is spent in your own base trying to kill them (unsuccessfully) before they kill your artillery. I have completely given up playing arty on the test server as I've been killed a few times before I've even loaded.....they are that quick.
On the plus side all the people complaining about arty will soon shut up when a pack of these things annihilates them. I saw a Tiger II get killed by a T-50 (Russian light Tier 5) and the Tiger wasn't a bad player. Go ahead and laugh if you will....it'll soon be your turn. If they don't nerf them I'm certainly going to start driving one. It's a great griefing tank. Drive around at 72 km/h weaving and darting, tagging tanks, killing arty, and generally being a nuissance? Yes please!
On the plus side they won't last long. I've seen a few of the drivers immediately exit a battle when there is no arty claiming it's 'no fun'. I can boldly say that if these things hit the live server most arty players will soon stop playing arty which will make those light scouts pointless. It will also increase the boldness of the heavy tank drivers who, not fearing arty, will plow forward killing all the non-heavies in their path. It will, in short, further cement this game as Heavy vs Heavy only which is currently prevalent in the 'end game'.
There! And you thought there would be no proper analysis and just a bunch of complaining today! Ha! I Can Has Brains?
|Not mentioned, but the Jumbo Sherman is a beast. Note the stock 152 armor turret which is lost upon upgrading. I'm never upgrading! A lot of fun.|