WoT: The New Alpha in Town: Meet the Object 430U

Taken from WoT ASIA portal

The common test for Update 9.22 is going full speed, and it’s a great chance to get hold of enhancements to the Soviet line of medium tanks—the A-44 line, to be exact. This is where we’re preparing a few shifts and one important addition that you’ve probably seen in our USSR Tree Revision article.

Reshaping the Object

The Object 430 has always been a decent Tier X medium tank. It had what it takes to become a popular choice for those who opt for close-range fights, as opposed to sniping out rivals or assisting frontline folks from midrange.

But the Object never managed to become as successful among players, as the T-62A and Object 140. The 430’s specs have always been very similar to those of his “elder brothers,” making it just a copy of renowned models. There’s more: to reach it, you had to go through a few machines with rear-mounted turrets and a completely different playstyle, forcing you to eventually throw away that experience gained at tiers VII–IX.

With an excellent gun, mobility, and view range, it’s still a good choice if you want to lock horns with an enemy. It even has decent armor for a medium tank, but it lacks something that could make it a fun-to-play machine—character. That’s why it’s not often you notice it on the battlefield.

Here’s how we want to fix it.

First and foremost, we’re moving the 430 to the Tier IX of the classic-layout line, where it becomes the successor to the T-44. Second, since the T-44 already has the mighty 122mm gun, starting from Update 9.22 this tank will pave the way for a new line of Soviet machines—medium assault tanks with frightening alpha.

With these changes made, the A-44 line will remain without a top-tier tank for now. There is an option we’re considering at the moment, but we want to make sure the tank fits the role well enough, so please expect some testing to unfold before hearing from us on the approved candidate. So, if you’re planning to explore the top vehicle from the A-44 line, it might make sense to keep the XP points amassed on the Object 430 II until we introduce it to the tech tree. On the other hand, getting the 430 before 9.22’s release can save you time on your way to the 430U.





So, there’s a new sheriff in town. What’s up with the specs?

Firepower

As we’ve said before, the main goal is to emphasize the line’s role as assault vehicles. To reach that, both the 430 and the 430U will get a 122mm gun. Face the 430U in combat and brace yourself for a mean slap from that 122mm damage dealer, as the gun whips out a massive 440 points per shot from your health bar. In a battle of MT platoons, this can become the most compelling of arguments, so it’s better to have it among your teammates. As an inevitable drawback, reloading takes considerably more time. Not a feature you would expect from a Soviet medium, but that’s a fair price to pay for the firepower.

Armor

The effective thickness of the upper front plate reaches as much as 320mm. The turret’s “forehead” gets even more with up to 380mm. There are hatches, of course, but they are well-armored, as well, so your input can be more than valuable for your team, if you position the tank well. You’ll have to think twice before turning superhero against enemy tank destroyers or heavies (especially if you leave your thick lower front plate open, which is only 180mm in effective armor), but battling against “classmates” can leave you pretty confident. And don’t forget about the 60mm side armor that allows you to tease opponents by unveiling your hull under sharp angles.

Mobility

With a top speed of 50 km/h, the Object 430U is not the fastest tank in the roster. However, this average number is compensated by good acceleration and low speed loss under active maneuvering. The available dynamics are enough not to lag behind the pack. When it finally gets to action, the tank’s ability to move really turns its performance into a waltz of destruction.

View range

The base view range is 400 meters. Not the best value, but still enough to deal those massive shots. The 430U is an assault vehicle, so it’s all about finding your way around in the heat of close combat.

How to Play

Use your mobility to make the most of your alpha power and armor.

Don’t rely on the gun’s accuracy. Cut the distance, make sure you’re close enough to hit enemy weak spots and proceed to wreak havoc.

Be a team player. Going head-to-head against a same-tier medium tank can cause you trouble due to lower DPM values. Your best option is to help lead the charge with teammates.

As always, we’ll be looking at your feedback and tweaking things going forward, so head to the forums and keep letting us know what you think.

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13 thoughts on “WoT: The New Alpha in Town: Meet the Object 430U

  1. visually, it looks crap, they said they’ll redo empty looking models, but this one is just…bland
    but it looks liek it will play like a tier X medium tank version of the T-10, which I am all for

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  2. is it a medium or a heavy tank, I am really having a hard time since it does have more frontal armour and turret armour than many tier 9 and 10 HT, in fact:
    IS-4 F:140 T:250
    IS-7 F:150 T:250
    Obj.257 & 260 F:150 T:350
    Obj.777-II F:132 T:258
    ST-I F:150 T:250
    T-10 F:120 T:250

    I have a bad feeling about this…

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  3. Why does a medium tank need 440 alpha anywyas? Also why does the new tier 10 HT has 650 dmg and the tier 10 TD 650 alpha? Why do they increase alphadamage, mobility and armor with these tanks? Huh, so stupid. Balance is out of place. If anything alpha needs to be reduced.

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    1. I believe both use 152mm guns, but I share your concearns

      they said there’s no need for it because it would make matches too long, but if they keep making unhistorical armour buffs and adding high alpha DMG guns they cannot go on without making a 50~75% increase to the HP pool for all tiers
      I would also like to see hits to the cupolas take 40% less DMG since it makes no sense to keep it as it is

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  4. once again russian butt hurt and bias comes to the forefront.. this is a heavy disguised as a muedium, given the advantages of both.. clan wars is going to be nothing but these for a medium meta now. Clan wars is now boring as fuck, thanks to a select few meta tanks being chosen. Such bull shit.

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  5. I guess the ruskies can’t take the 121 becoz their Vodka crew is not usable…….and don’t want to train some Baijiu crew instead….so ask WG to shit out a copy….

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  6. The quirks of the rear-turret line and the low alpha are not the reasons for the current 430’s unpopularity. Terrible gun handling is what makes the 430 an inferior clone of the T-62a and 140. All of this tech tree re-shuffling is a completely redundant waste of effort. All you had to do was just give the current 430 the 122mm as an alternate gun choice.

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