WoT – Q&A 23.08.2017

Anton Pankov answers questions again.

On Ranked Battles, Grand Battle, and some others:

  • We’ll wait with the introduction of the 30×30 format to lower tiers. Tier X battles are just better because of the balance.

    Taking into account the fact that the previous modes weren’t that successful, we’re trying to create new ones. For example – Ranked Battles. Many people played it, most of them were happy with it, but then the problems began. We took notes and we’re preparing the second season. If everything goes well, the third season, which is planned for the beginning of the next year, will take place.

    The Grand Battle mode we’ll try to upgrade after toying with random battles. The players wanted more maps, and more tanks, and we delivered. New problems have popped up – you have to learn new, bigger maps, there will be more arty, ‘crayfish/tomatoes’. We’re experimenting, trying to find the good things in the gameplay and test them on the main server. Yes, there’s a test server, but people behave weird there, without a bit of responsibility.

    When it come to fan modes, there are a few ideas, we have a few answers, something should appear.

On Bonds:

  • It’s true that we want to evolve the obligation system. You can get them in Ranked Battles, they will appear in the Grand Battle mode, and in daily missions. We want the players to decide how they will earn them.

    Bonds are very tempting. Who knows, maybe they will replace gold, and will be used everywhere, for example as marathon prizes.

On personalization:

  • It’s still taken apart into 2D and 3D.

    2D – everything connected to camouflage, emblems, or inscriptions. Want pink tanks? Well not yet, but for some players, in some regions, we’ll give the possibility. We’ll do the same as we did in World of Warships – don’t want ‘pink ponies’? Just press a button in the garage to enable the display of only historical camo. We want to do this this year.

    3D – sandbags, nets, meshes, et cetera (except for screens). This doesn’t give an advantage on the battlefield. It’s clear we have to prepare a lot of content on this stage. Even if we decide to do 3D customization, for example on a hundred tanks, each will need a kit. It’s still to early to talk about this.

    Undoubtedly, this will increase the client size. For that reason, we might want to put it only in the HD client. The size of the client is still in-progress, since new GFX will appear.

On e-sports and clans:

  • E-sports are not only a sport with great achievements, like the Golden League, Multigaming, and so forth.

    With clans, the case is simple – players pointed out problems and shortcomings. We talked about them and presented plans. Some are already being implemented. The 6th Global Map season will be introduced with some fixes, which were requested by players. There are also long-term plans.

    When it comes to organisations, like Contras, they want to resign from playing on it. We didn’t talk to them to convince them to us. We wanted to hear about the real problems, and what to take into account. Thus, we came to an agreement.

On arty:

  • Arty has it’s ups and downs. Sure, there were negative moments. For example, SPGs in the first season of Ranked Battles, spoiling the whole fun for others. We took note and rooted up the problem. In the following Ranked Battle seasons, there will be only two arties per team. In random battles it’s not that bat, so generally everyone is satisfied.

On light tanks:

  • We need to tweak some light tanks. We know about the problem – they earn to little XP for their main purpose, namely spotting. We want to encourage players to play LTs by increasing the XP gain, not increasing the view range.

On personal missions:

  • Works is in progress regarding a second season of the personal missions. I can’t talk about the details. There are plans to change the interface. Some missions will be slightly less difficult.

    Generally we want to improve all of them. For example the T-55A and Obj. 260 missions could use some work. The T28 HTC is getting done quite nice, and the StuG IV is a novelty vehicle already.

On next updates:

  • No details. We plan many rebalances this year. We’re also working on light premium tanks (like the T-44 ltwt.)

On the anniversary tank:

  • We didn’t give one on purpose. For many years people have moaned that we’re only giving them 10000 credits and a garage slot. We also didn’t want to give another OP tank. These are collectible tanks. Each of these tanks has its own history and is tied to specific birthdays and events. In this year we decided not to falter under the community pressure. We wanted to see the player base reaction. Many weren’t happy. We’re just wondering why – is it the 10000 credits from the selling of the tank, or is it something else?
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26 thoughts on “WoT – Q&A 23.08.2017

      1. OP? They compared it to the II J. And I suspect it’s not due to the armor. I would compare it to the SU-76i. As the combo of alpha, pen and ROF is rather high for it’s tier. Not only that, it’s HE pen is the same as the BT-7A on a higher caliber. So it can rape paper targets with effective, and high HE damage. And take on armored targets with effective AP. It would be the only one that could do both. Not one of them. That’s why most raised a concern about it.

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    1. Doesn’t explain this: “For many years people have moaned that we’re only giving them 10000 credits and a garage slot.”

      Basically, discontent people are of two kinds. Disappointed collectors (understandable concern) and greedy “I want my 10k silver and slot, because I can’t be bothered to play a battle and pay 150 gold on discount”. And it’s sometimes hard to tell them apart.

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    2. The concept of a low-tier gift tank is an inherent contradiction. Anyone who’s actually going to be playing it with any enthusiasm is going to be seal-clubbing. And anyone who isn’t going to play it with any enthusiasm for it has no reason to consider it a meaningful gift in the first place. Besides that, the idea that WG had that T-29 ready to go but scrapped it at the last second for being OP is a laugh in itself.

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    3. What a bunch of idiots.
      The people claiming they have a garage slot moan the loudest, but behind them there are thousands of players who keep them.

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    1. topkek.gif

      But seriously, what in the hell are they thinking? Oh hey those light tanks need to be different from the mediums so let’s nerf their view range. Oh look the light tanks no longer scout because they no longer have a view range advantage, so let’s make a point of not buffing their view range. Genius, pure genius.

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    2. Well they are not wrong. As anyone who has done LT-15 for the Obj with spotting alone knows. 10K assist and you still don’t get to the middle spot on XP. And get beaten by a tier X med that did 2K damage. That and assist don’t give WN8. So for most it’s better to sit back and farm damage. As it’s more XP and WN8.

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      1. So what that spot doesn’t count for WN8? Are you so narrow minded you *need* to boost your e-peen?

        Also I beg your pardon about that XP formula you presented?! Either you’re lying or you’re not telling the whole truth. It simply is not possible to have less XP with 10k assist than someone with 2k dmg. And that’s from someone who also made both those missions from spot only (because at that time it was the ONLY way).

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  1. For a lot it’s the garage slot that counts with these free tanks.
    It allows them to get another tank they like in their arsenal.

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    1. A free tank is kept by those that collect, sold by those who want the silver/slot. EVERYONE is then happy. The argument that there is a complaint on getting a free tank is invalid. As far as over powered….make it a tier IV, simple, problem solved. The tank is weaker in that environment.

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  2. they will probably sell the gift tank with a bundle Kappa … :)) God damn,they wanted to see our reaction,they didn’t saw it already that is a bad one!

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  3. “Who knows, maybe they will replace gold, and will be used everywhere, for example as marathon prizes.”
    – Yes, please do this, please, please, please :)

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  4. I like the free gift tanks and keep all of them. I collect them all. People who complain about free gift tanks are spoiled brats. Too bad they screw it up for the rest of us.

    Peace.

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  5. On light tanks:

    We need to tweak some light tanks. We know about the problem – they earn to little XP for their main purpose, namely spotting. We want to encourage players to play LTs by increasing the XP gain, not increasing the view range.

    Big question: Who here plays WoT to earn XP?

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  6. On the anniversary tank:

    We didn’t give one on purpose. For many years people have moaned that we’re only giving them 10000 credits and a garage slot. We also didn’t want to give another OP tank. These are collectible tanks. Each of these tanks has its own history and is tied to specific birthdays and events. In this year we decided not to falter under the community pressure. We wanted to see the player base reaction. Many weren’t happy. We’re just wondering why – is it the 10000 credits from the selling of the tank, or is it something else?

    Why not try to give a tank that’s not useless? A higher tier premium maybe?

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    1. Imagine Tier 8 or Tier 6 games then. They basically gave us the T34 85 M for free and the mm is flooded by it. The missions for the HT no. VI weren’t hard either, so that will flood the matchmaker too. If they give away higher tier tanks, it will have a negative impact on the gameplay.

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      1. Since when is “higher tier than 3” equal to 6/8 premium?!

        It could very well be something like tier 4 or 5 – imagine something like Chi-Nu-Kai, TOG or Dicker Max which were at one point given for (almost) free too.

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