World of Tanks || STRV S1 REVIEW

History

The development of the Stridsvagn S1 was performed by Sven Berge, a Swedish gymnasium-graduate in mechanical engineering. The first draft of the S1 were developed in 1956, and by 1961, the design of the new vehicle was finalised and a wooden prototype was built. Later, the S1 was indeed built testing an all new type of suspension which allowed for vertical aiming of the main cannon. The tank, along with the Stridsvagn S2, became the basis of the Strv 103 tanks at tier 9 and 10.

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Top 3 Quirks

  • Amazing penetration with its standard rounds
  • Insane camouflage value
  • Very fast at reversing and removing itself from dangerous situations

Bottom 3 Quirks

  • Very thin armour that relies on the auto-bounce mechanism (that is, it will NOT bounce shells that are 91mm in calibre or more, but will often bounce shells often 90mm or less)
  • In order to properly use it’s awesome gun, it must be in siege mode which makes it vulnerable to flanking due to poor mobility
  • It has the second lowest HP pool of any Tier 8 TD

BrandScore (IN SIEGE MODE)

DPM – The DPM of this tank is 2,294.12 giving it a 6/10

Penetration – The Penetration of this tank is 288mm giving it an 8/10

Gun Handling – The Shown Dispersion Value of this tank is 0.29 giving it a 4/5, while the Hidden Dispersion Value average of this tank is 0.134 giving it a 4/5

Aiming Time – The Aiming Time of this tank is 1.34 seconds giving it a 10/10

Gun Vertical Movement – The Gun Depression of this tank is 11 degrees giving it a 4/5, whilst the Gun Elevation of this tank is also 11 degrees giving it a 2/5

Survivability – This tank has paper thin armour of 30mm all round, meaning most shells it comes across will simply fly straight through its armour. However, it is very odd armour because of its insane sloping angle, meaning it will be over-matched by some guns (91+mm Calibre), and be immune to others (<90mm Calibre). Expect all Tier 8+ tanks to go through this armour, but most tier 6/7 tanks will very much struggle to penetrate the S1’s armour. This tank gets a 5/10 for armour

Mobility – The Power-To-Weight Ratio of this tank is 16.36 hp/t giving it a 3/5, while the Average Traverse Speed of the tank is 21.223 giving it a 2/5

View Range – The View Range of the tank is 350 meters giving it an 8/10

Concealment Whilst Stationary (Camouflage) – The Camouflage value whilst not moving or firing the gun is 24.08 giving it a 10/10

Value – This tank is a really hard tank to play. Remember, this is siege mode stats. This tank when not in siege mode is basically just a fast moving target for other tanks to shoot. When in siege mode, it can be an absolute beast, but this tank definitely is not noob friendly and requires some skill and deep knowledge of the game and its mechanics to take full advantage of its stats. Of course, if you do have understanding of the game then this tank becomes a beast. As such, I’m giving this tank a 6/10.

Thus, the final BrandScore is: 72/100 (BUT REMEMBER, THIS IS SIEGE MODE STATS)

Final Thoughts

As I said guys, this tank is really hard to play if you don’t have understanding of game mechanics such as where are the best TD map locations, when to relocate, and how to use camouflage effectively. I think that this tank is something only an experienced player should purchase, because new players or those who don’t have a very solid grasp of this tank will struggle with its very steep learning curve and feel they have wasted their money.

 

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World of Tanks || WZ-111 Alpine Tiger Review

The WZ-111 Alpine Tiger is LITERALLY THE SAME as the WZ-111 apart from two very distinctive differences:

  1. It gets a 2x Credit multiplier
  2. It has an awesome looking silver camo which makes this tank really stand out

You can get this tank by participating in the Battle in APAC event!

History:

The WZ-111 was a Chinese attempt to improve upon the Soviet T-10 heavy tank development. Once completed, WZ-111 was supposed to replace all Soviet made IS-2 and IS-3 tanks in PLA service . However, due to the design shortcomings, only one prototype was completed before the fall of 1964 when development was cancelled.

Flaws that were found during initial tests including a heavy and very cramped turret interior, insufficient armor on the hull, and a weak and unreliable engine that was struggling to propel the overall mass of the vehicle. Most of the technology used in the WZ-111 were copies of earlier, close to obsolete Soviet solutions. Turret design was cast steel with welds on the roof area fitted with two crew hatches and a commander’s periscope. Suspension consisted of seven road wheels with internal shock absorbers, three support rollers, and a drive sprocket positioned at the rear with a removable ring gear and guide wheel.

The transmission was similar to the one in the IS series, and featured a multi-disc dry main clutch, eight gear transmission with dual, planetary rotation mechanism, and a final drive. The engine was a Chinese made unlicensed copy of the B11 diesel, with the maximum power output at 520 horsepower. Maximum speeds achieved during tests was 35 km/h. The body was made from welded plates, with a thickness of 13, 120, 90 and 60 mm. The test prototype was preserved and today is placed on permanent display in the Chinese Tank Museum located near Beijing.

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Top 3 Quirks

  • Strong Frontal Hull Armour, against many opponents it meets
  • High Top Speed
  • Preferential Matchmaking, meaning it can see Tier 9 Maximum tanks (how useful this is anymore however is debatable!)

Bottom 3 Quirks

  • Very bad gun handling
  • Ammo-racked is damaged every second hit
  • Really bad penetration on its standard AP rounds

BrandScore

DPM – The DPM of this tank is 1,872 giving it a 5/10

Penetration – The Penetration of this tank is 175mm giving it a 5/10

Gun Handling – The Shown Dispersion Value of this tank is 0.44 giving this tank a 3/5, while the Hidden Dispersion Value Average of this tank is 0.173 giving this tank a 4/5

Aim Time – The Aim Time of this tank is 3 seconds flat giving it a 6/10

Gun Vertical Movement – The Gun Depression of this tank is 5 degrees giving it a 2/5, while the Gun Elevation of this tank is 23 degrees giving it a 3/5

Survivability – This tank used to be a very formidable armoured opponent on the battlefield – before the introduction of all the OP Tier 8 premium tanks that hit the game. Now the armour is meh. Sure, it is strong against tier 6 and 7 opponents, but don’t expect to bounce too much even against Tier 8 and 9 opponents as the hull armour is only very good up until around 210+mm of Penetration. It has a very large lower frontal plate, which when penetrated often takes out the ammo-rack as well. The Turret armour is very strong as to be expected from a Russian clone tank, but be warned it has two big cupolas on the top which can be penetrated (though not that easily). As such, I’m giving this tank a 7/10.

Mobility – The Power-to-Weight Ratio of this tank is 13.48 hp/t giving it a 2/5, while the Average Traverse Speed is 26 degrees per second giving this tank another 2/5

View Range – The View Range of this tank is 380 meters giving it an 8/10

Concealment Whilst Stationary (Camouflage) – The Camouflage Value of this tank whilst not moving or firing the cannon is 7.89% giving it a 4/10

Value – This tank is I think very valuable, as it is going to be INCREDIBLY rare. Only 50 of these will be given out among the entire population of the Asia server, and you should not expect this tank to be on sale in store as it will be one of those elusive tanks wargaming will wan’t to keep over us players. Even without its rarity, this tank is stunning to look at and turns heads at every corner. Not only is it eye-candy, but it also means that you get 2x credit making every time you play it, making it insane for making credits. And with it being a free tank given to us if your lucky enough, I think that makes it a pretty damn good deal. As such, I’m giving this tank a 10/10.

Thus, the final BrandScore is: 61/100

Final Thoughts:

So is this a tank you should get in your garage. Well, I think the answer is a pretty glaring of course all things considered. But if you had to pay for it, you need to weigh up whether a beautiful tank is something you want with better credit making abilities, but at the cost of having a quite sub-par tank at this point. If its free, than 100% this tank is worth it!

World of Tanks || M4 Improved Review

History:

A variant of the M4 medium tank with angled hull and turret armor. It was developed by the Detroit Arsenal in August 1942. The changes were intended to improve the tank’s protection without increasing weight or degrading other technical characteristics. Existed only in blueprints.

Top 3 Quirks:

  • Very fast and manoeuvrable, meaning it can keep up with light tanks
  • Better armour and also module and crew protection than standard M4
  • Good view range for scouting enemy tanks

Bottom 3 Quirks:

  • Very poor penetration with its standard rounds
  • The gun is quite inaccurate (though still more accurate than the regular Sherman)
  • Although the armour is better than on the Sherman, it is still not incredible and must be angled

BrandScore

DPM – The Damage Per Minute of this tank is 1,650 giving it a 5/10

Penetration – The Penetration of this tank is 92, giving it a 3/10

Gun Handling – The Shown Dispersion Value of this tank is 0.44 giving it a 3/5, while the Hidden Dispersion Value Average of this tank is 0.1467 giving it a 4/5

Aiming Time – The aiming time of this tank is 2.10 seconds giving it an 8/10

Gun Vertical Movement – The gun depression of this tank is 10 degrees giving it a 3/5, while the gun elevation of this tank is 25 degrees giving it a 3/5

Survivability – The survivability of this tank, while good, is not incredible. It is very similar in terms of hull effective armour as the T-34. However, the turret on this thing is very good, with turret effective armour ranging very highly between 80mm to around 150. As such, I’m giving this tank a 6/10 for survivability

Mobility – The power-to-weight ratio of this tank is 16.88 giving it a 3/5, while the Average Traverse Speed is 39 degrees per second, giving it another 3/5

View Range – The View Range of this tank is 370 meters giving it an 8/10

Concealment Whilst Stationary – The camouflage value of this tank whilst not moving, or firing the gun, is 11% giving it a 5/10

Value – This is a fun little tank, but it certainly is not overpowered. The penetration is a major issue I’ve found in this tank meaning premium rounds are very necessary in it. It’s a collectors tank, but not something you would ever (or should ever) use for grinding out credits in or increasing your WN8! As such, I’m going to give this tank a 6/10 for value

Thus, the final BrandScore is 60/100

Final Thoughts

Should you get this tank? Is it worth the gold? If you are looking for a collectors item, then for sure. This tank is fun don’t get me wrong, and if you can pick it up for just the cost of the tank than by all means get it. But don’t expect great armour, or a good gun, neither are there. It just feels like a general upgrade to the M4 (unless the M4 is using its Derp Gun, because than this will feel like a downgrade!)

Video Review

World of Tanks || AMX Canon d’assaut (Cda) de 105

History

The Canon d’assaut de 105 tank destroyer is a combat vehicle design developed by the AMX Company in 1958. According to archive records, this tank destroyer was supposed to combine high manoeuvrability and mobility, reliable armour (up to 100mm in the frontal hull), and a powerful 105mm gun. Later, the development was discontinued and no prototypes were ever built.

Top 3 Quirks

  • The standard shell velocity is absolutely insane at 1,525 meters per second!
  • Incredibly speedy and able to reach its top-speed with ease
  • Laser like accuracy and aiming time with its main cannon

Bottom 3 Quirks

  • The traverse speed of this tank is not great and prone to being outflanked
  • The side and rear armour is very poor, with the side armour able to be over-matched by anything above 120 caliber
  • Limited gun arc

BrandScore

DPM – The DPM of this tank is 2,034.78 giving it a 6/10

Penetration – The Penetration of this tank is 260mm giving it a 7/10

Gun-Handling – The Shown Dispersion Value of this tank is 0.30 giving it a 3/5, while the Hidden Dispersion Value Average of this tank is 0.18 giving it a 4/5

Aiming Time – The Aiming Time of this tank is 2.0 seconds giving this tank an 8/10

Gun Vertical Movement – This tank has 8 degrees of Gun Depression giving it a 3/5, and has 20 degrees of Gun Elevation giving it another 3/5

Survivability – This tank has good frontal hull armour almost entirely over the front of the tank, and when hiding the weaker lower frontal plate and combined with using it’s 8 degrees of gun depression, this things armour from the front can become monstrous. However, it’s side and rear armour are quite atrocious, being able to be over-matched by anything above a 120mm caliber gun and 90mm caliber gun respectively. Also as you may find driving this thing, the hull armour is not very reliable against tier 9 and tier 10 opponents (and many tier 8’s). As such, this tank gets a 6/10 for survivability

Mobility – The Power-To-Weight Ratio of this tank is 26.79 giving it a 4/5, while the Average Traverse Speed is just 27 giving this tank a 2/5

View Range – The View Range of this tank is 360 meters giving it an 8/10

Concealment Whilst Stationary (Camouflage) – The Camouflage value whilst not moving or firing the gun is 21.66% giving this tank a 9/10

Value – I’m just going to straight up say that this tank is awesome, and that comes down to it’s great and very arguably overpowered stats. It’s a fun tank to play, and although it’s shell cost is rather high, it is also a relatively profitable one as well. Value wise, if you are looking for a capable Tier 8 Premium Tank Destroyer, than you really cannot look past this one. For new players as well, this thing is very forgiving, with amazing accuracy and shell velocity meaning it is literally a point and click tank. This get’s a 10/10

Thus, the final BrandScore is 73/100

Final Verdict

This tank is rather OP. There is no way around it. If you want a tank that can pull its weight even in a Tier 10 (X) match-up, than this is the tank for you!

Link to Video Review

 

World of Tanks || FV4005 Stage II Review

Video Review

History

The story of Britain’s most powerful tank destroyer began in late January of 1951, when it was decided to develop a tank destroyer even more powerful than the FV4004 Conway, armed with a 120 mm L1A1 gun. It was destined to become the most powerful tank destroyer ever built. According to the requirements, it had to confidently penetrate a target with 150 mm of armour at 60 degrees from almost two kilometres away. This target was based on the IS-3. After appearing at the Victory Parade in 1945, the tank was considered the most dangerous opponent of Western tanks for decades. In 1950, work started on the QF L4 gun, the most powerful tank gun in the world. The gun weighed a little under 4 tons and had nearly 87 tons of recoil force. In order to clear the fighting compartment of propellant fumes, the gun had a fume extractor fitted. Only one type of shell was planned for this gun: HESH (High Explosive Squashed Head). Not only is the calibre of the L4 stunning, but also the weight of the rounds. The propellant was separate from the shell, but this didn’t make the loader’s job much easier: the mass of the shell was 72 kg, and the mass of the propellant was 32.8 kg. In August of 1957, the FV4005 program was closed, as the British army received Malkara ATGMs on light Humber Hornet cars. The system was much more compact and mobile, rendering the huge and heavy FV4005 Project obsolete. As a fun little side-note, the FV4005 Stage II’s turret could actually rotate 360 degrees.

Top 3 Quirks

  • It has 10 degrees of gun depression, meaning it is very versatile at being able to peek-a-boom especially over ridgelines
  • More than adequate mobility, considering its gun size
  • Its HESH premium shells deal an insane whopping 1750 average damage with each penetrating hit!

Bottom 3 Quirks

  • If you are not firing premium shells, than this tank becomes a lot less enjoyable. Think driving a KV-2, with a 122mm gun. Yeah it’s fun… but not as fun as the 155mm!
  • 14mm of Turret armour leaves this thing practically defenceless and can be overmatched by everything it will meet
  • Very poor gun handling (but you know, it’s a 183mm cannon so no surprises there!)

BrandScore

DPM – The DPM of this tank is 2,300 giving this tank a 6/10

Penetration – The Penetration of this tank is 310 giving it a 8/10

Gun Handling – The Shown Dispersion Value of this tank is 0.38 giving it a 2/5, and the Hidden Dispersion Value Average of this tank is 0.314 giving it a 2/5

Aiming Time – The Aiming Time of this tank is 3.0 seconds giving it a 6/10

Gun Vertical Movement – The Gun Depression of this tank is 10 degrees giving it a 3/5, while the Gun Elevation of this tank is 8 degrees giving it a 1/5

Survivability – While the hull armour on this thing is not horrifically bad at around 100mm of effective all-round frontal protection, the hull is without a doubt horrific. If hit by artillery, it is a goner, and if hit by an HE round, it is game over for your crew + modules. At 14mm of protection, not even tier 1 tanks will struggle against your HUGE turret. As such, survivability of this tank is a 2/10

Mobility – The power-to-weight ratio of this tank is 18.62 giving it a 3/5, while the average traverse speed is 23 giving it a 2/5

View Range – The View Range of this tank is 390 meters giving it a 8/10

Concealment Whilst Stationary (Camouflage) – The Camouflage Value of this tank whilst not moving or firing the gun is 1.37% giving it a 1/10

Value – This tank is a very niche tank. To play it to its potential, you have to fire premium rounds to get the HESH damage. This makes it expensive to play. Further, it has effectively no armour, making it hard to play. Yet there is a real niche about this tank having the biggest gun fitted to any tank in-game. With the near-future removal of the FV215b 183, this will make it the only tank with such a huge gun. This tank is like playing a KV-2 on steroids. You’re not playing this tank for the tank itself, it’s for that monstrous gun that can do over 2000 damage if it penetrates its HESH shell, making you laugh and have a great time at the expense of your enemies mental health. For this reason, I’m giving this tank a 10/10. Hell yeah it’s worth it!

Thus, the final BrandScore of this tank is 54/100

Final Thoughts

Although the BrandScore of this tank is quite average, that is because it really is. The BrandScore shows that this tank for its tier just really isn’t overpowered. In-fact the only really great thing about this tank is its gun. But oh boy that gun, it really can make your day feel 100x better. There is nothing better than knowing if an enemy tier 10 medium tank rolls in-front of your gun, you can very comfortably one shot it back to the garage with that HESH round. I love this tank, but I know that it is not everyone’s cup of tea.

 

World of Tanks || Churchill III Review

Video Review

History

A British tank supplied to the U.S.S.R. under Lend-Lease. The U.S.S.R. received a total of 301 vehicles, with some lost at sea during transport to Murmansk.

Top 3 Quirks

  • Very strong hull armour for its tier
  • An incredibly fast loading cannon
  • Preferential Matchmaking

Bottom 3 Quirks

  • Turret armour is incredibly weak
  • Mobility and speed is very lacklustre
  • Poor aiming time compared to reload

BrandScore

DPM – The DPM of this tank is 1,968.75  giving it a 5/10

Penetration – The Penetration is 110 giving it a 3/10

Gun Handling – The Shown Dispersion Value is 0.43 giving it a 2/5, while the Hidden Dispersion Value average is 0.1534 giving it a 4/5

Aiming Time – The aiming time of this tank is 2.29 seconds giving it a 7/10

Gun Vertical Movement – The gun Depression on this tank is 6 degrees giving it a 2/5, while the gun elevation of the tank is 12 degrees giving it another 2/5

Survivability – The Hull armour of this tank is very troll but not immune to penetration, it is really a hit or miss (no pun intended). Having said that, for its tier, it is one of the most heavily armoured hulled tanks. The Turret armour on the other hand is quite weak, and indeed can be penetrated by many if not most of the tanks it will come accross in-game. As such, I’m giving this tank a 7/10.

Mobility – The power-to-weight ratio of this tank is 9.42 giving it a 2/5, while the average traverse speed of the tank is 27.065 giving it a 2/5

View Range – The View Range of this tank is 350 meters giving it a 8/10

Concealment Whilst Stationary (Camouflage) – The Camouflage rating of this tank is 8.04% giving it a 4/10

Value – This tank in my opinion is a very valuable tank. For its tier, it has decent penetration, and combined with its easy to play mechanics, forgiving armour, and great credit making ability, I’m giving this tank a solid 8/10.

Thus, the final BrandScore is 56/100

Final Thoughts

Would I buy this tank again? For sure! I think it is a fun, cheap, and easy to use tank that is very forgiving for inexperienced players while also being fun for those who are very experienced. Also, a very good looking tank model!

World of Tanks || Super Conqueror Review

History

A variant of the Conqueror heavy tank with the addition of extra armour protection. Manufactured during the first half of the 50s and used for testing the Dart and Malkara guided anti-tank missiles. During testing, the vehicle played the role of a heavy tank that could potentially appear in the future. It never saw mass production. Continue reading World of Tanks || Super Conqueror Review