Evil GrannY: My question is about that. A huge, painful problem is the current arms race. There exit “old” tanks, and new ones, which greatly outperform the old ones. Buff the old ones, don’t introduce new ones, and nerf the lately introduced ones. IF you want to do something, just correct the branches. Why don’t you do it in a certain class? Look at the IS-4 and E 100 – their age is coming to an end. You should rebalance all tanks of a certain class.
Pankov: It’s too complicated, and not so easy. We have to research the topic first. There are many candidates, but we don’t wanna rush.
Beletsky: What drove us during the branch changes? We wanted to achieve a situation where starting a line, you could imagine what’s at the end, so that you would be in a specific play style from beginning to end.
EviL GrannY: It’s an arms race. The tanks become stronger and stronger. Steamrolls are commonplace now.
Pankov: We’re analyzing the situation carefully. It’s hard to classify and identify such battles, because we’re dealing with different players, tanks, maps, and dynamics. In a moment instead of quick wins, we’ll have mega camps.
Beletsky: Regarding steamrolls, looking into the past, the last one-and-a-half year, the battle became slower, depending on the region
Pankov: The average battle time before 4 years was 6.5 minutes, and it gradually increased to 7 minute 40 seconds. Players prefer a quick lemming train than get some from arty.
Beletsky: Back in the day, you remembered such a oneshot for two days.
Pankov: And people informed us about it.
Beletsky: Anyway, we have plans. We know what the arms race is. It’s partially because of the fact that the player count began increasing. It’s like with the Type 59 – it was imba, but became average, and now it’s just boring. At the same time we didn’t do anything to it.
Vspishka: The ecosystem changed.
Beletsky: Yes, it did. Starting from the Swedes, where we experimented with new mechanics. It’s a very careful process. The Italians will continue this.
EviL GrannY: To see 10 OP tanks in one Ranked Battle – priceless
Beletsky: We know about it. It’s a delicate situation, because if we change something, or remove two-thirds of tanks from the game – there will be a shitstorm.
Pankow: Typical battle mode… If you remember the Global Map, Himmelsdorf blocked with Mauses, Erlenberg with blocked bridges. The meta is shifting. New tanks come out, the ecosystem changes.
Beletsky: If you remember the first Ranked Battle season and compare it to the current one, you’ll see the lineups are changing. Some tanks become obsolete. A tried and true tank is the Object 907. There’s more IS-7s. From new tanks – the 268 V4.