I had one goal in World of Tanks. I wanted the T-44 Tier VIII Russian medium. I liked the look of it, played it on various test servers, and found that I really liked it. It seemed to fit my play-style perfectly. Other than the KV-13 I didn't much like the earlier tanks in the Russian medium tree so I decided I would skip them with free experience. I saved up 250,000 free experience with my KV-13 but decided that I would 'grind it out' so I bought the T-43. I didn't like this tank, but I did really well with it in terms of win-ratio and kills-per-game. Further proof the T-44 would be great I thought.
But still I waited. I procrastinated and piddled about with other things. I suffered through a lot tank destroyers I didn't like to get the Object 704. I bought the Type 59. I got the IS-4, then unlocked the IS-7. I maxed out the Tiger P and bought (and sold) the E-50. I went up the US medium line to the Pershing and then I went back to the M6 to unlock the T-29. I decided to try scouting so I added the Chaffee to my collection (with the T-50 and T-50-2). I had, along the way, unlocked the T-44, readied a crew and bought all the modules for it (wet ammo rack essential) but still I waited.
Now I feel that my time with World of Tanks is coming to an end. I used to play a couple hundred matches a week and now I'm only getting in around 10-20. I've now surpassed 1,000 hours of game time according to Raptr, and I played my 7,500th battle a couple weeks ago. I find I can only take a handful of games in a night before I get frustrated. I hate to lose, you see, the and the game is balanced so you lose 50% of the time in public matches no matter how well you play.
|Not bad for a career in PUGs.|
With the dusk of my virtual tank career at hand I decided last night to quit pissing about and get the T-44. Here, at the end, I would allows myself the satisfaction of getting the one bloody tank I always wanted. I used 50k free experience to upgrade my tracks, turret, and engine and away I went. In my first three games I racked up 10 kills. The T-44 feels like it's been in my garage since the start. It fits my play-style perfectly and it goes without saying I should have bought this baby 5,000 battles ago when the game was fresh!
I'm selling every tank that I don't do well in, or that I don't like. I'm abandoning the idea of grinding anything. From now until the end it's tanks I like only- something that should have been my focus from the start but in fairness, despite my own self-sabotaging ways, the game is set up as a bit of a grindy-treadmill and for me, it's time to get off.
|The horse on which I will ride into that sunset.|