War Thunder – Soviet 122 mm Bias™ by Gaijin.net

WT Update 23.09.2015There is a serious complain by War Thunder players right now (especially American and German ones) about one of the recent updates released a few days ago, the Update 23.09.2015 (Server Update).

Update notes:

  • Quantitative Matchmaking as described in our Developer’s Blog has been enabled for the following BR brackets:
    • Tanks: 6.7 – 7.7  and  7.0-7.7
    • Aircraft: 6.7 – 7.7  and  7.0 – 8.0  and  7.3 – 8.3
    • There is a limit of 4 top vehicles per team, except for the BR 7.0 – 7.7 bracket, where it is 6.
  • The Battle Ratings have been updated to work with Quantitative Matchmaking. Details in the forum.
  • Similar Premium and regular vehicles will now share the same Battle Rating based on their combined performance data.
  • The Economy has been updated. Details in the forum.
  • The shell type BR-471D has been added for the following vehicles: IS-2 “Revenge”, IS-2 Mod. 1944, SU-122P

The update notes were simple, yet so stronk that it can send a whole Tiger Army returning to their homeland. (lol)

Back to Topic:

It’s about the 122 mm BR-471D Armor-Piercing Capped Ballistic Cap – High Explosive (APCBC-HE) shell allocation for the IS-2 “Revenge”, IS-2 Mod. 1944, and SU-122P (Rank IV tanks).

It’s basically a post-war shell mainly used on IS-2M and IS-3, the Cold War tanks. The shell was widely known for its tremendous amount of penetration firepower compared to the older 122 mm armor-piercing shell, the BR-471B (it was the standard shell for the IS-2 Mod. 1944 and SU-122P. They never carried the post-war BR-471D shell, as far as I know). The BR-471D is proved to be a serious threat in high rank battle that are mostly dominated by Cold War tanks, and it will cause significant game breaking incident when these 3 tanks receive this shell in their BR range.

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According to some players complaining about the BR-471D shell allocation for the aforementioned Rank IV tanks with up to 6.7 – 7.7 Battle Rating range, this is a method to make them able to survive and continue to battle for a longer time, due to introduction of the new Quantitative Matchmaking system.

This new matchmaking system decreases any Rank V tanks with 8.0 BR to 7.7 BR (-0.3), thus forcing many late WWII tanks (Rank IV – BR 6.7, such as Tiger II, M26 Pershing, IS-2 Mod. 1944, etc.) to fight with most early Cold War tanks (Rank V – was BR 8.0, now 7.7, such as Maus, IS-3, M103, etc.) into a single match with corresponding BR range.

RIP 6.7 TanksWhen the other Rank IV tanks didn’t receive a new shell to withstand the new battle with the Rank V tanks, the Soviet abused this by arming the IS-2 Mod. 1944 and SU-122P with the BR-471D to break the game balance by themselves, Unhistorical.