WoT – Dev Q&A 22.08.2017

A short Q&A session with the well-known Anton Pankov.

On Chinese tank destroyers:

  • As you may remember, the Chinese TD branch was planned only for the CN server. It appeared in other regions only because of the players requesting them. We don’t plan any changes now, but we will track their stats, both in China and ‘here’. The only difference is that the CN server has a Tier IX premium TD, while the other regions have only a Tier VIII.

On the CN server itself:

  • The whole ‘uniqueness’ of the CN server stems from the traits and way of managing of games in China. World of tanks is run by a Chinese partner company, which often asks us for specific content. Without special treatment, ‘tanks’ wouldn’t be as popular in China as they are now. The Waffentrager E-100 will be an expensive Tier X tank, used in a loyalty program in China. We’re aware that the wave of hate which would fall on us wouldn’t let us profit from such an expensive tank.  Meanwhile, for the Chinese it’s normal. If we introduced a VIP premium account with golden nicknames and a concierge service (which we won’t), the Chinese players would be satisfied.

On nerf and buffs. Why now, and why top tiers:

  • Now, because it’s a good time to rebalance tanks, tree by tree. Besides the already known, there will be more. Right after this info appeared, conspiracy theories about the exchange of the Grille 15 have popped up. There are various variants of what will be done, but it won’t be done before New Year. There are plans for the soviet machines, and if something changes, the IS-4 will stay for sure. We’re thinking about some replacements, one of which is the double-barreled ST-II.

On Soviet tank buffs:

  • Anton’s subjective opinion is that the IS-7 is in the shadow of the WZ-111 5A. The buffs which it will receive will allow the machine to be a bit more comfortable. The rest will be checked, we have some space to maneuver.

On version 9.20.1 and up:

  • Somewhat up to February next year the updates will be focus on balancing. Of course in the meantime we’ll be adding new gameplay elements, like ranked battles, and 30vs30 battles and such.

On tanks with preferential matchmaking:

  • In one what or another, premium tanks with preferential matchmaking will have to be changed, and in each possible scenario, there will be many unsatisfied players, so we want to explore all options. If we add an exception to the algorithms, like any other exception, this might create some unwanted anomalies. There’s also the option to reevaluate them and use their preferential MM, or buyback and compensating players, but those are just theories for now.

On the BC 25t:

  • After upgrading the tank to a HD model, the gun model changed, but we will return the old one back. The model itself got a bit bigger, but that’s entirely historical. The questions that have arisen concerned mostly the old model, which got implemented years ago, when we didn’t have such possibilities to properly do it.

On the new personal score:

  • Our current score became outdated. It was necessary to update it to calculate and pass an appropriate information to the Hall of Honors. We want to abandon looking at a player like at a sheet with statistics. There are some medals in the game which are given for some achievements, and we’re working on using them somehow. The player will be able to choose which medals he wants to hide.

On hiding stats and closing down mods:

  • The mod portal was opened and is now in alpha testing. Work on closing the client for mods is in progress. Any external solution, however, will impact the client speed. We’re not ready for hiding nicknames or statistics of the players yet.

    For us, socializing among players is an important thing. Right now, we’re still against enabling team chat We reduced the communication betwen teams, if that’s good or bad, time will tell, since there are many proponents and opponents of this.

On Ranked Battles:

  • There are many ways to change it, for example change something between ranks.

On team damage:

  • We’re planning to disable team damage on the Sandbox, or in one region. It seems a simple and logical decision, since you won’t have to worry about punishment. Nevertheless team damage is bound to the game economy and experience gain, so it’s harder than it seems. We’ll try anyway.
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54 thoughts on “WoT – Dev Q&A 22.08.2017

    1. It’s Havok 2014 all over again. Same with HD tanks. They said they will finish them in 3 patches after 9.17 but 5 patches later they are still not finished.

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    2. There is no reason to jump to this conclusion. Nothing was said about HD maps in this Q&A. As much as I like to bash WG, there is no reason to scream and yell about HD maps based on this Q&A.

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  1. Wargame completely clueless
    there Q&A should be removed asap as there meaningless full of broken promises and so much miss information – and of course those Russians dev’s at WG cant resist baiting the players it gives them a bog kick knowing the endless moaning that will follow / its fun for WG

    example the Grille 15 ~

    that took me nearly 15 long months to grind to the T10 Waffentrager E100 auto loader
    I had it for just 5 months then bang! its gone

    ** for the Grille 15 that I ‘never wanted** but was rammed up my arse by WG, like it or else?
    then the Grille 15 gets a big nerf, why!
    and so today – were gonna replace the Grille 15 with another err?? we don’t know but it will happen

    so fuck WG.

    give me the 1000’s of gold back from free experience and all the millions of useless credits in cash please back into my Bank account

    along with the Cash money it appears I now wasted buying preferential Premiums
    I DONT want any fuck ‘Gold’ either just the CASH back into my credit card account

    .then ……… see what happens id 10’s of thousands also say same thing

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    1. If it took you 15 months to grind one, super easy to grind out line, then its your own fault. There’s no reasoning, even only playing x2’s that it should take you that long. If you don’t like that shits going to end up changing whether buffs, nerfs, or replacements then maybe MMO video games aren’t for you because that shit is part of life in the genre.

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      1. you don’t know me or how casual I play WOT? hmm eh Sovereign,

        I play ‘casually’ in 4 years I only have 16300 battles, you understand yet? or are you going to ‘troll’ more just to see ‘crap you speak’ in print?

        video games aren’t for me?

        so who are YOU to tell me what I can and cannot play you sound like a arrogant arse, probably a 17 year old arse?

        WG are shit at management shit at PR shit with there customers and shit with what they say
        nothing you say aimed at me (who you don’t know) will ever change that

        – WG fuck up there own game all the time, its annoying if you have invested in WOT for 4 years and see where its going, or not going.

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        1. If a tank is broken and threatening to destroy the game, then noone with a brain inside their skills, gives a rat’s arse about what time or money you invested.

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        2. Oh cut your crap…
          If you grind your way to an OP T10 tank you need to think about the possibility that it will get nerfed into oblivion or removed…
          And hey you had 5 months to play with it.
          5 months of WTF for the other players…
          Guess if you really want that op tank back go to china they will sell it there…

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        3. “– WG fuck up there own game all the time, its annoying if you have invested in WOT for 4 years and see where its going, or not going.”

          … i am playing since the closed beta and believe me the game has improved so fucking much if you look at it from today its incredible
          Not saying it has no problems it has a ton of them like most other online games btw
          But removing a totally broken T10 tank for example is not one of them

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      2. Lol super easy? Do you run illegal mods buddy? Wot is not exactly the easiest game to play its been pay 2 win more then play to be skillful Ive been playing since 2012 I know back then it was really play to be skillful because gold rounds cost a pretty penny back then only for gold and players only used gold for prem account and free exp skip the b2 was a horror to play with as it couldent hurt it self and you had to shoot places of tanks completely flat on and back then auto aim aimed at the turret lol which meant you had to relie on your own skill. Lights tier 5 seen tier 10s and they had to be skillful and they never yoloed back then because of it. Everything was fine back then.. Is rather have gold rounds cost only gold as today days people have over millions of credits as its super easy to get that back.. However gold rounds they dented your wallet and made sure gold rounds were only used in clanwars if you stopped the gold rounds I garentee the pay to win aspect will stop as a whole and armor will have a meaning again.. Still alot of things needs to be changed so the roles of tanks can be restored once more.. Right now its 10% lights, 95% meds, 25% ADs, 5% artillery and 35% heavies… To balance it did say we require all the tank classes to play as there intention class.. The only thing they finally got right is that Artillery is made for support only… Meds are made to flank and not take heavies head on… Heavies are slow moving targets but when they face forward you have to tank them with another heavy in a weak point war or have the TD to contest his armor and take out the heavies with there high penning gun, then you have the meds who flank tanks like heavies from the side or rear… Meds can not contest heavy tanks frontal doing so will make them die faster… Scouts make support classes nervous as scouts are made to be the eyes and ears meds try to hunt the scout down as leaving them alive meant certain death on that flank as there eyes alarm the artillery and when tanks camp arty witter down there HP as intended Thats the true goal balance.. But we are so so lagging behind this as meds are king of everything its sad very sad… Leave a like if you remember those days long ago of the days of skill. And when grinding was fun but at the sometime high in balance hell prem tanks where even balanced very much so.. Sigh good times..

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    2. Hahaha salty grille 15 owner wants his wte auf e100 back. I myself have also spent around 500 gold and loads of exp to get to the wte auf e100 back when it was first released. When I got to play it once, I immediately knew that this tank had absolutely no place in the game. A tank when fully loaded can clip out any tank in the game, but when its reloading, its basically 50secs of free exp farm for the enemy. Then, the tank itself is based on the e100 chassis, so it means it should be slow right ? Nope. Its quite mobile cause light turret. Hull is ridiculously strong but turret is huge ass barn. Such tanks are absolutely impossible to balance and I’m glad that I got removed. And I have over 700 games in it

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    3. Same feeling here, WG pure and simple robbed/cheated us out of (very)hard-earned WTE100, I don’t like the replacement and even less the possible upcoming change.

      It’s all around, most painful are cases of uncompensated tier X theft/replacement, but also adding new tier X thus forcing me to re-buy tier IXs and re-grind to tier X again is stupid and lacks logic. At least compensate, give the stupid credits to buy the tier IX and X, make them half-researched or something, but no, customer just gets screwed, pure and simple.

      Company that deals in pixel goods can and should be more careful with the feeling of buyers, but WG is busy spending money earned on us developing auto-failing sh*t (generals, WOWP and more to come) also while spreading into other platforms (dead-end, WG!) and introducing more types of currency in-game (so far silver,gold,bonds,experience and god knows what, lost count), to make the game more complicated and less user and noob friendly.

      Classic “spit and piss into the well they drink from” behavior, and it’s gonna hurt them more and more if close future.

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  2. “We’re not ready for hiding nicknames or statistics of the players yet.”

    Why not? You do it in CW’s already so what is the big problem? It’s beneficial for both tomato’s and unicums to have their stats hidden within matches so just get on with it.

    Oh wait…..you directly benefit from strife and competition in this game……that is why you are not ready yet. Now I understand….

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    1. I have to confess,i never thought that showing stats and colors actually helped WG,but yes,it actually drives people to be more competitive and boost their stats,like shooting more gold,buying camo,free xp-eing shit tanks etc etc,for the ultimate goal of turning blue or purple,thinking they enlarge their internet-penis this way….
      Beeing blue myself,i agree hiding player stats.So many times i’ve seen tomatos rushing through 3 of my teamates just to empty their clip on me or get that killing shot at the blue guy and then die,or shooting at me 300m away when they are shot at from 3 tanks 100m away from them.
      So yes,good point,hide stats for games and players sake.
      A good player can reckognize a good-bad player or team anyway without XVM.

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  3. well, I for one find this Q&A very good. nerfs even for prem-tanks? please go ahead! *thinks about rebalancing of Defender*

    tanking on the problem with mods? hell yeah!

    disabling teamdamage? meh, that’s not a good idea. if teamdamage occurs to often, make the consequences harder!

    on buffs for russian tanks: well, the IS-7 needs it, for sure. but Object 140? that’s just plain stupid! so use your “room for maneuvers”!

    new personal score? need more infos. at least it sounds interesting. something like WN9 would be sweet, as WN8 is kinda dead.

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    1. They only talk about rebalancing premium tanks with preferential mm. And they are more likely to be buffed, so keep dreaming about a Defender nerf. It will never come until the moment that it’s powercreeped harder then the IS-6 by another premium tank. Think about an Object [insert number] ‘Motherland’ with more alpha, more armor and beter mobility.

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  4. “Somewhat up to February next year the updates will be focus on balancing”
    For the ISU-152 that means making it absolutely trash and unplayable.

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      1. They also release the OP premium tanks that have tier 10 frontal armor, and the new premium ammo will have about 10mm over the former regular one!
        What does the term TANK DESTROYER even mean to you? More HP? A brawling tank?

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  5. “In one what or another, premium tanks with preferential matchmaking will have to be changed, and in each possible scenario, there will be many unsatisfied players, so we want to explore all options. If we add an exception to the algorithms, like any other exception, this might create some unwanted anomalies. There’s also the option to reevaluate them and use their preferential MM, or buyback and compensating players, but those are just theories for now.”
    As if the preferential MM tanks are the problem in this game.
    Today you can tell a bad player because he buys the IS-6 to fight against “Defender”class.
    They aren’t even considering buybacks and compensating on those tanks? They would rather make “Balance 2.0” which means that they screwed up but are too greedy to try to balance the OP tanks.

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  6. ” The model itself got a bit bigger, but that’s entirely historical. ”
    Because “Balance 2.0” is all about historical data, and they plan to make tanks historical :)

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    1. You should see WT in this regard. M4A1 (76) fighting IS-2, T-44’s, T34-85Ms…..it’s ridiculous. So maybe WG is learning from Gaijin now?

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  7. “Nevertheless team damage is bound to the game economy and experience gain, so it’s harder than it seems. We’ll try anyway.”

    We fkin lose credits anyway… without shoting our teamates,just fkin disable team damage,there are a lot of stupids who abuse this.

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      1. If they have only asked the RU base, they should also have asked us. Why and since when do the Russians need to decide for Europeans and N. Americans…..?

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          1. true but EU probably provides the same if not more money to WG than RU, EU is the cash cow that just gets milked, WG NA do lots of good specials, with free premium tanks to get and even gold for shooting the “sheriffs”. EU gets nothing like this, all it is, is bundles and specials to get emblems on the tank.

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  8. Simple solution for TK damage – disable it, but still have idiots pay for their shit shots. You break it, you buy it.

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  9. >We’re not ready for hiding nicknames or statistics of the players yet.

    Very vague answer. Players should be free to show or hide their stats as they see fit. Then again, there will always be morons ready to troll – if showing stats ‘oh hey your a low w/r bob’, if not ‘oh hey you’re a coward’.

    >For us, socializing among players is an important thing. Right now, we’re still against enabling team chat We reduced the communication betwen teams, if that’s good or bad, time will tell, since there are many proponents and opponents of this.

    Well, crossteam chat allowed for salty players to reveal allied positions, to send well-wishes like the C word, ovens, rape and misfortune, and so on. Now if all this is ‘good’ well…

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  10. “buyback and compensating players”

    I suspect the new balance crew did not read the notes on the T26E4 events from the people they replaced. Well if they want to go down that path again. I suspect the population of many a tanks will decrease. Even if they gave the IS-6 220 pen and +2 MM. Though some ofc, won’t mind it. But most play it for the limited MM alone.

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  11. On team damage:

    We’re planning to disable team damage on the Sandbox, or IN ONE REGION.

    Translation: Were going to use the NA server to test this when really we need to test it on the EU server since they got far much douche bags over there.

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  12. I’ve been thinking lately how can the game get balanced but obeying WG’s balance rules. And yesterday I came up with maybe the most win-win scenario. WG don’t want to nerf premium tanks? Ok fine. Buff the pref. MM ones so they can be effective in a +2 battle and remove pref. MM from the game entirely. And pretty much just buff all non-premium tanks to the level (if not better) of their premium counterparts. And then premium tanks will be as good as the regular ones without nerfing them.

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  13. Everybody is commenting on the current mm. The matchmaker as released in 9.18 was perfect, but they screwed up when they start to prefer the 3-5-7 template over everything else. Also the mm doesn’t take in account the tierspread you’ve played in previous battles, resulting in being bottom tier every single game.

    They did that based on ‘player feedback’, but I really can’t imagine that players prefer the 3-5-7 template over single tier games or two tier games. WG must have pulled that ‘player feedback’ out of their own asses.

    They only have to prefer the 10-5 template, so that most games are truly playable. It’s also easier to balance out. When the mm can’t find a 10-5 game, you can be dropped in a one tier battle or the 3-5-7 template.

    In a tier X tank you won’t be able to sealclub that much anymore, but you get the Grand Battles as endgame to take away the disapointment of not being able to sealclub that much anymore.

    In this way everybody will be happy.

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  14. Fxxk you WG,Fxxk you KDW,WG and KDW regards as Chinese player the fool? Or just the richer that they can earn much money?we don’t like KDW, we heat KDW

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    1. Quite a lot Chinese player heat KDW(Chinese agents),you can pay 500-700RMB to research a line like T1-T110E5,it sounds great?Do you want to see a new player in the 11room? and you can buy all kinds special tanks in Tmall and the official mall. THE environment of the game in China server I just want too say it’s so terrible,much player give up Chinese servers, and got to the Asia servers.but KDW and WG don’t take notice of that, beacuse they just see money in their eyes. IT seems like bullsh*t that what I say,but in Chinese servers pay to win it is possible, if you have money you can do everything by KDW

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