World of Tanks || IS-3A Review

History

In 1956–1957, the Military Armored Forces Academy developed a speculative design for a new loading system on the IS-3 and T-10 heavy tanks. The IS-3 variant featured a double-row ammo rack with an automatic loading system. The crew was reduced to three members: commander, gunner, and driver. The turret was redesigned in order to accommodate the loading mechanism. The vehicle existed only in blueprints.

Top 3 Quirks

  • It has a very fast shell velocity of 1,400 meters per second
  • Better DPM than standard IS-3
  • Decent Penetration using its standard rounds

Bottom 3 Quirks

  • Very lacklustre mobility
  • Insanely horrific gun handling
  • Poor crew training due to three crew members

BrandScore

DPM – The DPM of this tank is 2,000 giving it a 6/10

Penetration – The Penetration of this tank is 221 giving it a 6/10

Gun Handling – The Shown Dispersion Value of this tank is 0.46 giving it a 2/5, and the Hidden Dispersion Value average is 0.227 giving it a 3/5

Aiming Time – The Aiming Time of this tank is 3.40 giving it a 5/10

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 19 degrees giving it 2/5

Survivability – The armour strength of this tank used to be god-tier, and now it’s very much meh. Yes the turret armour is still very good, but it is in-fact worse than the IS-3 with its top turret. Hull armour wise, it is the same as the IS-3 in every way. But against all tanks tier 8 and below, it is pretty much a 50/50 that it’s frontal hull will hold up. Tier 9 and 10, don’t count on frontal hull armour at all. For all of these reason’s I’m giving this tank a 6/10

Mobility – The Power-to-Weight of this tank is 10.61 giving it a 2/5, while the average Traverse speed of this tank is 24 giving it another 2/5

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

Concealment Whilst Stationary (Camouflage) – The Camouflage value of this tank while not moving and not firing is 6.84% giving it a 3/10

Value – This tank is NOT a valuable tank. It is expensive to play, is a poor crew trainer, and there are just much better options out there for a better overall Tier 8 heavy premium tank *cough* Object 252U *cough*. Value wise, I’m giving this tank a 4/10 for value.

Thus, the overall BrandScore is 51/100

Final Thoughts

So would I buy this tank again? No, not at all. To be fair to this tank, it was good when it first came out but now even the Lowe is a much better choice. There are just better alternatives to this tank in every way imaginable (unless you want that troll side armour!). Save yourself the pain of not being able to hit anything, and get a Obj. 252U if you really want a good Russian Tier 8 Premium!

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World of Tanks || Großtraktor – Krupp Review + GIVEAWAY!

History

The Grosstraktor (“large tractor”) was the name given to six prototype medium tanks built (two each) by Rheinmetall, Krupp and Daimler, for the German Weimar Republic, in violation of the Treaty of Versailles. Constructed in secret they were tested in the Soviet Union. They were used for training and retired as monuments after the Nazi party came to power.  By 1929, two prototypes were manufactured from non-armored steel and underwent trials in the Soviet Union until 1933. The trials revealed multiple faults, and the vehicle never saw service. However, the results of vehicle development were later used by German engineers.

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Top 3 Quirks

  • Highest HP Pool of any Tier 3 at 320HP, and even has more than the M3 Lee
  • Derp Gun ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
  • Good mobility especially considering its armour

Bottom 3 Quirks

  • Huge target to hit
  • The armour is almost as bad as the Tier 7 American TD Scorpion with 1mm of armour. Think about that for a second!
  • This tank performs terribly in Tier 4 or Tier 5 matches

BrandScore

DPM – The DPM of this tank is 1200 giving it a 4/10

Penetration – The Penetration of the tank is 43 giving it a 2/10

Gun Handling – The Show Dispersion Value of this tank is 0.55 giving it a 2/5, while the Hidden Dispersion Value average is 0.207 giving it a 3/5

Aiming Time – The aiming time of this tank is 2.20 seconds giving it an 8/10

Gun Vertical Movement – This tank has 12 degrees of gun depression giving it a 4/5, and has 60 degrees of gun elevation giving it a 5/5

Survivability – In this tank, you just don’t survive very well. To call this tank armoured would be laughable. In real life, if you punched this tank, you could expect your hand to go straight through it! (not really… but you get the point :P). As such, this tank gets a 2/10

Mobility – The power-to-weight ratio of this tank is 15.24 giving it a 2/5, while its average traverse speed is 38.5 degrees per second giving it a 3/5

View Range – The view range of this tank is 330 meters giving it a 7/10

Concealment Whilst Stationary (Camouflage) – the Camouflage value of this tank when not moving or firing the cannon is 14.71%, giving it a 6/10

Value – I picked up this tank for just over $7 ($5.60USD, 4.70 Euros) which for me is a bargain. This is a rare tank, with a derp gun, at Tier 3. So hell yeah it is worth it! Only thing is this is NOT noob friendly. The armour and huge size will get you in a lot of trouble, often. As such, I’m giving this tank an 8/10.

Thus, the final Brandscore is: 56/100

Final Thoughts

So would I buy this tank again? For this price of $7AUD yes! But would I get it in a $120AUD bundle? No way! This is a unique tank that can either be fun (at tier 3 games) or horrendous (at tier 5 games).

GIVEAWAY DETAILS

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Tank Review: T34 (T34B) Tier 8 Premium

History:

The T34 is a modernisation of the T30 Heavy Tank. The T34 was equipped with the 120mm T53 Cannon and the new Continental AV-1790 engine. Two prototypes were made and tested in field trials, though due to the decline in heavy tank development after World War II, the T34 was never placed in service.

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Top 3 Quirks:

  • The gun has a huge amount of penetration at 248mm
  • It has an almost indestructible turret front which combined with great gun depression, means it is a very versatile ridge-line warrior
  • The tracks mounted on the front of the hull act as spaced armour

Bottom 3 Quirks:

  • Hull armour is quite shockingly bad
  • Despite its large alpha damage, it has a very slow reload giving it a poor DPM
  • Gun-handling leaves much to be desired (it’s bad!)

BrandScore:

DPM – The DPM of the T34 is 1600, giving it a 5/10

Penetration – The Penetration of the T34 is 248 giving it a 7/10

Gun Handling – The shown dispersion value of the T34 is 0.35 giving it a 3/5, and the hidden dispersion value average of the T34 is 0.26 giving it a 3/5

Aiming Time – The aiming time of the T34 is 3.20 seconds giving it a 5/10

Gun Vertical Movement – The gun depression of the T34 is 10 degrees giving it a 3/5, while the gun elevation is 15 degrees giving it a 2/5

Survivability – The turret armour of this tank is something that almost all tanks envy. It can definitely withstand all guns of all tiers, with even Tier X tank destroyers firing premium rounds struggling to go through its turret armour. Although it does have a cupola weak-spot, this is still very difficult to penetrate, and when the T34 is hull-down, good luck penetrating its turret. However, its hull is a different story. It is bad… very bad! Only some tier 6 tanks will struggle against its armour frontally, whilst almost all tier 7 tanks will have no trouble at all. As such, I’m giving this tank a 7/10 for armour. Just because of that monstrous turret!

Mobility – The power-to-weight ratio of the T34 is 12.44 giving it a 2/5, and the average traverse speed of the T34 is 20 giving it another 2/5

View Range – The view range of the T34 is 380 meters giving it an 8/10

Camouflage – The Concealment Whilst Stationary Value of the T34 is 3.93, giving it a 2/10

Value – This tank is an undeniably under-performing tank in almost all areas except for: Turret armour, gun penetration and gun alpha damage. Having said that, it is also a surprisingly good credit maker in World of Tanks, which is really something to be valued. I think this tank is very much an under-appreciated tank, being quite well balanced in its role as a tier 8 premium tank. Not only this, but it is a perfect tank for those who want forgiving turret armour when they are learning about how to go hull-down which is a trait held by most high-tier american tanks.  For all of these reasons, I think this is a 8/10 for value.

Thus, the final BrandScore is: 57/100

Final thoughts:

So would I get this tank if I were you? It honestly depends on your play style. If you want a hard-hitting gun that you can go hulldown in, then for sure I would consider purchasing this tank. But if you need an all-round forgiving tank, then try the T26E5. The only thing the T34 has over this tank is bigger alpha damage and higher penetration!

Tank Review: M4A1 Revalorisé

History:

The M4A1 Revalorisé was a project by the French to up-gun a standard M4 Sherman. This was achieved through mounting a big-ol’ 105mm gun onto the existing hull of a M4 Sherman. This tank was renamed to the Super Sherman, and was used by the Israeli Defence Forces from around the mid-1950s until the early 1980s. In-fact, this tank only saw combat with the Israeli Defence Forces, and never the French. As such, this tank is more commonly known as the Isherman, or the Israeli Sherman.

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Continue reading Tank Review: M4A1 Revalorisé

Tank Review: Sabaton’s Primo Victoria (aka Strv 81) Tier 8 Premium Medium Tank

History:

This ‘Primo Victoria’ Tank is actually the Strv. 81, which was the designation given to around 250 Centurion Mk.III and V tanks purchased from the British and used by the Swedish Military. This Sabaton version of the tank – based on the band Sabaton – is a re-skinned version of the Strv. 81… and it’s awesome. Continue reading Tank Review: Sabaton’s Primo Victoria (aka Strv 81) Tier 8 Premium Medium Tank

Review: Chrysler K GF – Tier 8 Premium Heavy

History:

The Chrysler K (spoiler alert) was developed by the Chrysler Corporation in 1946. It was meant to have its transmission and engine located in the front, with all crew members and armament sitting within the turret at the rear of the tank – including the driver! The project was not supported by the army due to limited funding. Continue reading Review: Chrysler K GF – Tier 8 Premium Heavy