Q&A – 13th September 2016

Several batches of information, all connected to Wargaming’s Tanksman Day event on the Stalin Line  in Belarus.

 Answers by Murazor (M) and Slava Makarov (S):

– We all know about Kolobanov’s feat and his medal in the game. Why don’t you implement the medal of Pavel Rak (Hero of the Soviet Union), who accomplished a great feat in the occupied city of Borisov.
M: The question is better to be posed to our historians. We’ll add new medals after some time. I suspect that it was not added initially because of the naming [TN: Rak (Russian: Рак) means lobster in Russian, a widely used insult similar to tomato on EU);
S: There were many heroes and many feats, it would be difficult to implement a medal for each one.

– I’d like to play historical battles on the T-34!
M: We’ve tried this some time ago, but it did not turn out well, there will be historical activities in the future.

– Will there be a Czech TD branch?
S: We’re looking into individual branches of smaller nations. Currently we can’t expand the Czechs.
M: They just don’t have the vehicles, no top tiers at all. Single premium vehicles are possible, but a whole branch would be completely invented.

– Will there be an Israeli branch?
S: We’ve joked on this matter already that all their tanks would be purchasable for gold only :)
Yes, there are interesting vehicles, but they all are supposed to be top tier, and many vehicles are not their own. They have interesting modernizations, but these are most likely to be premium. Yes, we really want to make the Super Sherman, but I highly doubt that there will be a complete branch.

– Can you implement a ban penalty for self-destruction of SPG’s and TD’s?
M: We already have penalties: repair and additional costs.

– Will there be a second Sandbox wave on lower tiers and do you have approximate dates for it?
S: No, not at lower tiers. We firstly need good gameplay on tier 10 and from there on build in down the line.

– Is a rank system planned (similar to Counter Strike), many don’t like to play with tomatoes.
S: If you’d like to play with similarly skilled players, you can try cybersport modes. We’re discussing ranked modes, there are ideas, but no fixed dates.

– Is a limitation of gold ammo planned?
M: There are different thoughts about what to do with gold. Though I can’t say anything for sure yet – only that there are ideas to somehow limit gold. We don’t want to limit our players, but have to adress the issue.
S: No server without gold is planned.

– What about multi-turret mechanism?
S: I’ll make it short: technically it’s a hard task, many such tanks are bottom-tier and the guns are mostly worthless. And there are not many such vehicles anyway. Any meaningful multi-turreting is on 3 vehicles: M3, B1, Churchill. On all other tanks such guns would be purely decorative. Each time this comes up, we’re pushing it back because of more important tasks. Hard task with questionable profit.

– I buy a premium with certain characteristics, after some time it’s completely different…
S: Stop. We don’t nerf premium tanks, yes, the stats sag after some time, but this is connected to that we didn’t want to implement imbalanced tanks. Yes, there were 2 cases and we are ashamed of them. Now we’re looking into the older premiums and comrade Murazor is fixing them if possible.
M: In +- one patch there will be another pack of premium fixing. If a tank’s stats sag much or weren’t that good initially, we try to make it better. No characteristics are made worse. In 9.15, there already was a “buff pack”. The gameplay is evolving, and tanks are losing relevance – we’re aware of that and working on it.

– KV-5…
S: KV-5 is prioritized.
M: Yes, it’s difficult, everyone says it suffers but its’ statistics are quite good.
S: Difficult case, we’re thinking what to do with it.

– Will you evolve physics, destruction of buildings?
S: There are experiments, it’s quite a difficult task.

– I’m a player of a disbanded clan during an event in August, I didn’t know of the things going on in my leadership, why was I stripped of my tank?
M: We don’t have anything to do with this, we’re developers, not managers.

– Are you fighting bots?
S: Yes, we’re banning, identifying, banning.

– I’ve played yesterday, across 10 battles there were 6 bots.
S: You know, maybe these were not bots, bots usually have better stats than normal people :)

– Will there be a marathon similar to the E25?
S: I hope not. This marathon holds a record in negative feedback.

– What about graphical rework of maps, when is it planned?
S: We’re currently looking if the player’s computers will “fold” (break) due to HD maps. If not, we’ll start reworking, but this is all long-term.

– Bonus for tanking?
S: It is being made, we’re still on this question, haven’t decided the exact numbers yet.

Answers from Murazor:
– If we plan to implement a big feature and are not completely sure, we ask the players now – if they don’t like it, we don’t implement.
– Stun on Sandbox wasn’t understood by many. This is because there was no “anti-stun”, for example a medikit for its deactivation, stun time reduction etc. We’re planning a skill for its reduction.
– 112 will get a nice buff in the coming patch.
– I do play tanks, I try out all new premiums and tanks myself.
– Optimization and changes to the spotting system are one line in the patchnotes, but they required huge server-side work.
– 9.16 will turn out well.
– Many players are complaining about insults in chat, on all clusters.
– The feature on restoring in-game assets (sold premium tanks) can be developed further.
– Those who start to play WoT will appreciate the tank comparison feature.
– The new MM will be tested thoroughly, its intention is to improve the game comfort. There should be no huge differences in the top tier amount or vehicle class. I can’t say where it will be tested, maybe even on Sandbox.

Answers from Maxim Chuvalov (product-manager):
– We’ve optimized the server- and client-side regarding tank drawing (spotting).
– I can’t say what’s next in mod implementation, it’s all currently being tested.
– Wheeled vehicles will have their own mechanic, you’ll see on 15th September.
– The event will have special missions, the economy will be similar to football mode.
– We currently have different prototypes of hydraulical suspension. Tests will show the result.
– Swedes have much material, there will be a branch for each class and some will even have 2.
– It’s most important to implement a correct balance for the new nation to avoid implementing imbalanced tanks.
– 3 crew members in the Swedish premium comply to the crew setup of the top tier vehicles.
– Strv m/42-57 Alt A.2 (tier 6 Swedish prem) will have an autoloader.
– Again: if the suspension works out well and we get good feedback, STB-1 and other tanks will recieve this feature.
– The second Sandbox iteration will come soon, there will be a separate video.

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57 thoughts on “Q&A – 13th September 2016

  1. “– What about multi-turret mechamism?
    S: I’ll make it short: technically it’s a hard task, many such tanks are bottom-tier and the guns are mostly worthless. And there are not many such vehicles anyway. Any meaningful multi-turreting is on 3 vehicles: M3, B1, Churchill. On all other tanks such guns would be purely decorative.”

    Yeah the two 47mm gun turrets (gun used by Chi-ha) on O-I are totally worthless, 121mm gold AP pen at T6 is weak sarcasm. Defending yourslelf with these two guns while main reloading would be a nice option.
    They just too lazy to do it, multiturret already exist in warships, just do the same way, all turret rotate where your crosshair points + make a button which can switch between guns.

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    1. With the current issues with gold ammo, I’d be surprised if they would implement the multi-turret system WITH access to gold ammo. Most likely it will be AP or HE only, nevertheless 81 or 25 respectively pen is still pretty useful.

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    2. “They just too lazy to do it, multiturret already exist in warships, just do the same way, all turret rotate where your crosshair points + make a button which can switch between guns.”

      In Warships you can only fire main armament serparatey, and you canno decide which gun to fire when. But exactly this would be required for tanks.
      In my opinion it is better not to implement those multi-gun mecanism in tanks, as it would be very hard to control for most players and of limited use.
      In your O-I example those front turrets have only limited field of fire, thus limited worth. And even IF those guns would work fine, then there would emerge the need to compensate for this additional DPM – further nerf of main armament…
      Sorry, but the game will be better without this, sad to say (would love to have this feature, but not for the price it would cost – either not working or breaking some tanks …).

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    3. I think its worth considering how this would change the gameplay of the tanks that it would effect, do we really need a O-I that can hold you down and keep you tracked with a pair of 47mm guns while it reloads its derp gun… No i dont think we need that, the O-I is aready strong.

      Also this would cause multi-turreted tanks to have insane DPM by comparison, if this were to happen i would expect hard nerfs to their reload rate across the board. To bring them back in line.

      Basically its a balance nightmare waiting to happen.

      Maby you could add the casemate howsers in from the Lee (meaning your maingun becomes the 37mm), B1 as gimmick tanks at low tier but thats alot of work, for very little payoff.

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  2. – Will there be an Israeli branch?
    S: We’ve joked on this matter already that all their tanks would be purchasable for gold only🙂
    Yes, there are interesting vehicles, but they all are supposed to be top tier, and many vehicles are not their own. They have interesting modernizations, but these are most likely to be premium. Yes, we really want to make the Super Sherman, but I highly doubt that there will be a complete branch.

    As guessed, that’s a No, no wonde,r that tree had more flaws than the chinese tree, only 40% of the tree were tanks that were actually used by Israel, and 50% are clones, the last 10% were original israeli tanks.

    Can’t wait to see the reaction from Life_in_black, hopefully that will punch his silly delusions of an israeli tech tree out of his head.

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    1. That’s a no, at the moment, something you would do well to try understanding. It would be the same exact answer for Switzerland, as they’re not working on Swiss anything at the moment. And more flaws than a Chinese one, right. Keep telling yourself that when the Merkava 1 gets added and you’re still waiting on Switzerland to be added.

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        1. No, someone is just a realist who knows that certain people are incredibly biased against Israel because they know their own nation isn’t nearly as popular. Again, not a single mention was made of Switzerland, so obviously, Wargaming doesn’t know Switzerland exists. And I should also point out that the current answer of looking for branches of the smaller nations in-game directly contradicts the mention several days ago about Japanese and Chinese TDs not being a priority. So these Q&As aren’t even reliable. But some people will jump on any chance to be whiny douchnozzles about how Israel doesn’t deserve to be in the game.

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          1. You do realize that you are the whiny douchnozzle you just called others, only with the difference that you are whining because people are making fun of your beloved nation, right?
            Because I feel like you cannot see the whole picture, as if you were in a delusional acid trip!
            Heck, I wonder when will you notice the dragon in the kitchen! XD

            And even if WG doesn’t give a shit of Swiss or Italian tanks, or any other nation, they explicitly said that they won’t make an Israeli tree because of the difficulties it would bring.
            If they can’t implement a multiturret system, why do you think they would bother with making a tree that is more than 80% made up? :P

            Clarification: Made up as made up of tanks of other nations, already in the game, creating a clone army. We don’t like to have another Order 66, so you should just find your inner peace, the Dark Side is not for you. xP

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            1. What, because this particular Q&A said an Israeli tree likely won’t happen, that means Wargaming explicitly said no? I would hope you’re not dumb enough to think that these Q&As are in fact set in stone or that plans can’t change. Or as is often the case, the people giving the answers are talking out of their ass. Which is the case here, as the comment about the Czech TDs clearly shows. But please, by all means continue to act like a douchnozzle.

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              1. Ah, I see where this is going, you actively try to act on the role of the victim, so typical.
                Okay, here is a heads up for ya!

                These guys that made the Q&A actually have real word in developement. If they say something it has more weight than your acidic spazms, however hard you try to sound like someone who ‘knows things’.

                If there is anything I learnt about WG in the past 5 years, then it’s that they are lazier than a fat cat sunbathing on a Sunday. They have a very own product that uses the multiturret system, yet they can’t give a damned shit to copy the mechanism from there. If they are that goddamn lazy, they won’t bother with your whining.

                Oh, and just for your information, since you really don’t get it: You are a god damned little whining bitch, the very same kind all the WG devs have had enough of. The more you do it the less fucks they will give.
                If you look back at the past events of the last 3 years you can clearly see how much the whining helped the game.

                Now, to cut this relatively short, I will state it again. YOU are the douchnozzle (whatever that is), you keep up this whole nonsensical whine for your oh so desired tank which would be, as other commenters pointed out, crap, with an even crappier tech tree solution of clones and clones and clones, and most importantly, you fail to realize that making an example with other nations (the Czech) will not only tell me that you ran out of arguments, but it will also make me imagine you as a 5 years old little kid, blowing snot bubbles from his nose because of the furious fit of crying you got from your jewish dream tank being taken away from you!

                With this, I rest my case.
                I think I deserve resting anyway, I got some sort of kidney infection and it hurts like a bitch. Goddamit.

                Oh, don’t forget to reply yet another fuming, childish respond, calling me names~!
                Toodles! :D

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                  1. Wow, you think I’m butthurt? Me?
                    Boy, your idioticness is even greater than I expected!
                    Okay, I will humor you and explain this one more time.

                    I don’t give a flying fuck about the Merkava. Okay? I hope you understand this statement.
                    What I find ‘interesting’ (translation: funny to comment on) is your whining.
                    Your level of butthurtness is just delicious, every troll’s dream! Makes me wonder though, why didn’t Woras comment on this all… hmm…

                    Well anyway, point here is that I was, still am, and will make fun of you, your butthurtness and your spazms of crybaby rage. The best part? You seriously believe that you are the victim and everyone else is some sort of evil gremlin, attacking your person!

                    This is two things, you know. Pathetic and hilarious! XD
                    Making fun of your rage is not only easy but also quite rewarding, you practically give me everything, all the levers and buttons I have to pull and push to make you rage even more!

                    Oh, and about the tank you protect so fiercely?
                    It won’t get in the game, now it’s official, so playing on this and seeing how you rage is the only reason for me to even mention it!

                    Alright, I think I have said enough for this comment, have fun boiling in your own snot! :P

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                    1. Oh hey, you really are dense, Mr. Butthurt! :D
                      Okay, let’s do something simple. Scroll up and see what my first comment was on your butthurtness! :P

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    2. You summed up all of my thoughts more well than I could have hoped for, well said!
      I just want to see the faces of all of those Israeli fanboys, lol!

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  3. – Will there be an Israeli branch?
    S: We’ve joked on this matter already that all their tanks would be purchasable for gold only🙂
    Yes, there are interesting vehicles, but they all are supposed to be top tier, and many vehicles are not their own. They have interesting modernizations, but these are most likely to be premium. Yes, we really want to make the Super Sherman, but I highly doubt that there will be a complete branch.

    RIP LiB

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    1. Why RIP me? I’m still in contact with Wargaming about it, and the Israeli tree still has a better chance than most of being implemented. Wait until next year when Wargaming needs a new tech tree to be added and stumbles into the same damn problems with Italy that they did a few years back. Outside of the Polish tree which is quite frankly, going to need some clones to work anyway, no other tech tree but Israel has any kind of marketing appeal. As TAP’s very own poll proved, people want a Merkava 1 in the game way more than Leopard 1 clones, or in the case of the Panzer 68, a tank that for all intents and purposes is a Leopard 1 in terms of stats and performance.

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      1. Calm down, it was just a single reaction to the statement. Not saying it won’t happen, it’s just that WG themselves ruled out the chances of it coming in a short time. So a longer wait till you can touch and rub the Merkava with your own hands.

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          1. true, the Panzer 68 was a failed tank irl, not arguing against that, but i don’t think that technical relieability is modelled into WoT.
            Besidesthe Swiss tree doesn’t only get the Panzer 68, we also get the Taifun TD and the Panzerkanone 68

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            1. The Taifun isn’t tier 10 material, it’s tier 8 or maybe 9 if we’re extremely generous, and the Panzerkanone 68 has little chance of being added since it’s artillery. So all Switzerland has is a crappier version of the Leopard 1 (to the point that you need to use either 1970s or 1980s upgrade versions to make the Panzer 68 competitive even a little bit) and some mysterious heavy tank. Truly Switzerland has so much to offer WoT. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. You would do well to keep that in mind before bashing an Israeli tree.

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            2. Lol if reliablity wa modeled in WOT 80% of the Rus line would be in the trash can, just like they went in the trash can of History.

              Infact, the RU line would get to keep like 5 tanks.

              Also, then everyone would drive the “Shitty” tanks like the Pattons and Shermans and laugh as they pass the uber/helpless Tigers and IS3`s and hell, all the IS`s :) None ofthe IS`s or medium tanks except the t34 would even made it to the final US stages, they simply were not reliable enough.

              OMG and imagine if crew fatigue actually effected stats, then the RU line would get 1 tank that was fine.

              Good thing its a game, and in this dreamworld it is both 1949 for the US and 1977 for the Ruskis all at once :)

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      2. If I’m being realistic here, I have few hopes of having a Israeli branch. I’m not saying that I’m better off with my tech tree. At best, I might be in a similar situations as the Hungarian tech tree.

        Yes, the people do want the Merkava, but will it be in a similar situation as the Chieftian or other tanks that are iconic but prove to be mediocre in WoT.

        People are still under the impression that the Merkava is some super tank due to stories from soldiers.

        For all I know, it might be true but unless you have some reports to show, I’ll take it as exaggerations. Similar to how a soldier single handidly saved the factory where the Maresal was being developed.

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        1. I’ve never said the Merkava would be some godlike machine in WoT, but that aside, the fact it has plenty of spaced armor is nothing to sneeze at, neither is its ability to hulldown. It would very much be like a T110E5 that isn’t thoroughly overpowered.

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          1. Nor did I say that you said it was godlike machine. I was saying that some people think of it as a godlike machine similar to how they thought of the Chieftain as an armored beast until they found out it only had 85mm of frontal armor.

            If it does have the frontal spaced armor to take on HEAT, people in T-62As, Object 140s, 105mm L7 tanks, etc will quickly switch to standard ammunition unless it has Super Pershing level of armor.

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          2. Funny part is the t110e5 would be much more powerful INRL. It had laminated armor with 112mm thickness at 65 degrees making it 275mm vs Kinetic but a 450mm + vs HEAT, a E5 shaped turret except with Laminated armor all over and its tumor was half the size.

            Oh then its gun was the 105mm semi smooth bore that had more raw pen than the L7 by 20%. and more pen at angled plates by 30% because of sheer velocity.

            If the US wasn`t obsessed with giving Chrysler its contract and not using Fords plants that were already able to repair this special armor, it would have been hands down the greatest tank ever built to that point and until the T64 got its armor upgrades…oh and this was 1953.

            But the US cancelled more amazing prototypes due to lobbyists wanting the tanks made in there state, or the project being “To complete, with no room for future growth” AKA they wanted to get a project that needed upgrades every 3 years to justify a budget, than they cancelled ones that were not performers.

            Also the E5 was out classed in game after the IS7 lost all frontal weakspots and maintains a massive top speed and arty immunity. IS7 forced WG to buff the E5, but the problem is E5 has great soft stats that amazing players are great at using and then you gave it decent frontal armor, that makes it appear super OP.

            But if you can`t flank a tank that has 76mm of side armor that hits its ammo box that is the biggest ammo hitbox proportionally, or if you can`t deal with aiming and hitting the 150mm lower plate that a T7 med can pen over and over, well you have bigger problems than OP tanks, you are a shitter.

            Compare this ti RU meds that basically have no dispersion on the move and fire like lasers, that also have best in game DPM, best camo amazing armor great speed and literally no downsides and the E5 is perfectly balanced. It just suits great players who abuse baddies to the point of embarrassment and since baddies only know “Can`t pen load HEAT” and that works on E100, Maus and others they assume you can pen its upper and its rounded and very hard to do so and its lower actually is tougher vs HEAT than AP from a tall tank, it appears much more OP than it is.

            I have 0 problems with E5`s because I never relied on shooting hatch with ap all th time as baddies only did. I flanked like always and laughed as they are ammoracked every shot i take.

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  4. – I’ve played yesterday, across 10 battles there were 6 bots.
    S: You know, maby these were not bots, bots usually have better stats that normal people🙂

    LMAO, best answer ever

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  5. – Will there be an Israeli branch?
    S: We’ve joked on this matter already that all their tanks would be purchasable for gold only

    – KV-5…
    S: KV-5 is prioritized.
    M: Yes, it’s difficult, everyone says it suffers but its’ statistics are quite good.
    S: Difficult case, we’re thinking what to do with it.

    To be honest I have no issues with the KV-5, I like playing it a lot. Of course I wouldn’t say no to a buff, but if that buff means they are going to nerf something else on the tank, then just forget about it.

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    1. Exactly my thoughts about the KV-5. Love it. Such a troll-tank. What grinds my gears tho is that WG applies small armor buffs to other tier 8 tanks to a level where the ZIS-6 fails to penetrate with AP. Used to be able to shoot through the LFP of T32, Tiger II or JT 88. Now they buff 112s LFP to an insane level. They remove weakspots like MG-ports (eg on JT 88). Im starting to wonder where I am supposed to shoot when I want to play it with AP only?
      AS long as they dont nerf it in another aspect im fine with a buff.

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        1. You never could, you simply are penning them and still will be able to as you shoot a flat surface.

          The over match is with a 122mm who shoots on the very top of the roof and that hurt it so badly.

          hell a KV5 can pen a 112`s upper hull because it shoots down at it. At knife range a UFP that is only 120mm but uses heavy 68 degrees becomes paper up close. It literally is a 200mm pen.

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      1. 112 needed it. The IS6 has such better gun handling, its night and day. And with that it had much better armor because its lower plate. It really was pathetic outside of a unique hulldown spot where it would just get nuked.

        KV-5 can easily still kill its hatches and it never relied on over matching to do so. Also you do realize that KV5`s also gonna get massive increases in armor similiar to the KV4 again as it was already buffed big before.

        Lol remember before gold rounds when you were stuck with 167mm pen in the KV5?

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  6. – Will there be a Czech TD branch?
    S: We’re looking into individual branches of smaller nations. Currently we can’t expand the Czechs.
    M: They just don’t have the vehicles, no top tiers at all. Single premium vehicles are possible, but a whole branch would be completely invented.

    When you are not looking for it, it is easy to say there are not high tiers. Like there http://pipboy.wtz.cz/wot-cs/# CS TD and LT line (but I dont like Gvozdika as Tier X).

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    1. Tier X is problem. I think Gvozdika is balanceable for tier x td role (obviously, otherwise I wouldn’t put it there) even though it also has its issues. (Just like the fake T55DANA which seems just inferior in everything compared to, say, Grille 15.)

      But saying there is no high tier material is bullshit. Those TDs up to tier 9 are about as realistic as the mediums are.

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    1. Probably an error.

      There is no reason ever for an LFP to be more armored than an UFP.
      Having the same amount of armor and being more angled would see odd, but at least understandable, but more significantly armor? Nope, stupid.

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    2. Another bad armor comparison. In this patch 112 has ~110mm LFP and ~250mm UFP, not 130 and 215.
      When checking armor the guy went too close and high and fucked up the angles – you don’t shoot the tank from 5m and higher altitude. That’s why the LFP values are artificially increased.

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      1. Exactly. at range that LFP will be around 190mm @ LOS which is strong but no where near amazing and on top of that the 112 has the worst gun handling ever, so if you can`t pen its lower it can`t hit you most times.

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  7. I love it when they do these real Q&As, not the crap ones that Storn does.
    So many actual questions answered! Yet, the one I like the most is the one relating the Israeli tanks, oh, all the butthurt, it’s glorious! :D

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  8. not sure if you guys are interested if this, but http://henk.fox3000.com/38t.htm

    basicly if there was czech TDs they would look something like these, not saying these are historical and 100% accurate, just a sort of reference since the 38t was a good base that did go into a few other projects

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