This installment is the second part in our “Fate of ancient tanks” series, first one about the legendary Object 777 Variant 2 can be found here.
In this post, we will take a look back into the long history of the Waffenträger E-100, investigate what made this vehicle such a notorious battlefield monster and see if this vehicle would fit in the modern World of Tanks meta.
Waffenträger auf E-100 was first added to the game with the Patch 8.9, the Armored Spearhead update, along with the rest of the German glass cannon tank line up until its removal from the game in patch 9.15.
Released in November of 2013, the Waffenträger instantly became one of the most broken vehicles in the game at the time. This vehicle has massive burst damage per second, needing only 10 seconds to unleash its massive 3.360 clip size potential, yet requiring an entire minute (60 s) to reload its 6 12.8cm shells. Not to mention, this tank had an autoloading version of the E-100s cannon, with 4 shells and exactly 3.000 clip potential paired with 50s reload and 3s intraclip time. This vehicle had the notoriety of being able to destroy a Maus with a single clip in 10s, which obviously left the community having a lot of flak with this vehicle.
Waffenträger is the definition of a broken vehicle – being able to destroy any other vehicle with ease, but also being very fragile and frequently one-shotted by artillery or British 183mm-cannon wielding tanks. This status brings us to Patch 9.2.
With Patch 9.2, entire German glass cannon branch got nerfed, with WT E-100 receiving the most love from Wargaming. A single shell was removed from the 12.8cm gun and the tank had its dispersion massively nerfed. However, this hasn’t improved the situation too much, as the vehicle remained problematic and retained its status of a broken one-shotting vehicle that keeps getting one-shotted itself.
However, in 2016, nearly 3 years after its release, Wargaming had enough of the Waffenträger and decided to replace it with Grille 15, which fits the line it represents a lot more. (later, there were talks to replace the Grille 15 with another variant of Grille 15, but those plans got scrapped)
And so ends the story of Waffenträger, a broken vehicle that got removed from the.. wait, it got reworked?
In 2017 July, World of Tanks Supertest received a new version of this vehicle: the WT-E 100 (P) version. This tank was overhauled – the tank lost virtually all of its armor (not that it had any) but got some speed in return. This version was later released on the Chinese version of the game as a purchasable tank.
This new iteration of the Waffenträger has been stirred up quite a bit of controversy and divided the population – many have vetoed the return of this vehicle, while others have been anticipating its return, with hopes to get their hands on this german beast once more.
However, this version of the tank never came to the main servers, and no news or changes about this tank have surfaced since then.
Hail to the King
The WTF E-100 made is super easy to farm ridiculous amounts of damage during its initial reign as the supreme leader of World of Tanks matchmaking. Being able to spank any tank that dared to opposite it, if you were on the wrong end of the barrel, it was unlikely you were going to survive and live to tell the tale. However, the large, massive turret of this tank was a massive HE shell magnet that usually crippled the vehicle, meaning while it could do absurd of damage itself, it took just as much in return if the player had no idea how to play with the tank.
Even post-nerf, this tank had ridiculous damage potential, and even after losing the ability to clip the Maus reliably, with some luck even the mighty Maus was a simple mouse to this mighty beast of a tank. Nicknamed the “WTF E-100 “, “Waffeltractor ” and sometimes the “Waffinator “, this tank was undoubtable the long reigning alpha male for 3 years during its time in World of Tanks.
The (Im)Possible Return
Many of Waffenträger loyalists have requested the return of this tank to our current day World of Tanks meta, hoping to be able to farm damage once more.
However, this is highly unlikely as Wargaming is afraid of turning playerbase against each other – this would counterplay their attempts at pleasing the Veteran audience by trying to fix the game in a way that doesn’t involve them making hard decisions like tank nerfs, in your typical Wargaming fashion.
While the Waffenträger has some demand from players, the simply thought of this once-feared monstrosity returning is too much for Wargaming to try and reintroduce.
But lets take a different perspective on the possible return of Waffinator E-100.
This vehicle would hardly be competitive in the current meta, having to resort to long range support fire, as close quarters engagements would bring quick and untimely demise to this vehicle.
World of Tanks has changed massively in the 4 years since 2016 – with many tanks having powerful HESH shells, EBR-105s being very hard to hit and punishing any paper vehicle for 500 alpha damage every 10 seconds, overarmoured heavy tanks and stun-focused artillery would make life hell for the Waffenträger in our current meta.
A great counterpart of the current Waffenträger is the Foch B – while it doesn’t have a turret, the Foch B isn’t a particularly well liked tank in the community, and this would unfortunately be the same fate WTF E-100 suffer if it ever came back to the game.
The new tanks that focus on destruction of paper vehicles, super-scouts like the EBR and heavily armored tanks like Chieftains and 279(e)’s would ensure that WT E-100 is constantly spotted due to massive silhouette and terrible camouflage values, always has some of its modules broken and can’t fully utilize its clip potential on many newly introduced tanks.
Long gone, yet never forgotten
Even if Waffenträger is uncompetitive in the new meta, this tank will always remain in the memories of drivers of this tank and those who had the unfortunate destiny to face it in battle about the damage it would be able to deal to other tanks.
Let’s be real here: this tank is not coming back to the normal World of Tanks, and if you want one, install the World of Tanks China client and pay the small loan of 600 dollars that it costs to buy one, and enjoy clubbing once more in modern meta.
Although, it would be rather nice to see it again in a form of an event, nostalgia is a wonderful thing.