Released on November 5th, 2013, in the version of 0.8.9. The main update content was the second German TD branch. And the map “Northwest” that everyone has forgotten.
Before this version, players have been using the French autoloader beasts, whether it was the Tier X Bat-Chatillon 25t, Foch 155 or any other autoloaders, but with the appearance of the new Tier X German TD it overshadowed them all.
The original ‘WT: 2200 HP, E-100 hull and 420m view range.
The current ‘WT in the game files is the “P version” that has been nerfed many times. In comparison the original ‘WTs hull is directly from the E-100.
The original WT had a choice of two guns:
The laser cannon with 6 round burst of 128mm shots, with a single shot of 560 damage and a clip potential of 3360. Short 2 seconds intraclip, Long reload of 60 seconds.
4 round burst of 150mm shots, single shot damage of 750, clip potential of 3000. Short 3 seconds intraclip, long reload of 50 seconds.
WG developers recommended the use of the 128mm gun for the public: “…the 128mm gun has better accuracy in the game, high penetration, and the intraclip is only two seconds. The 150mm gun is difficult to operate and requires Using gold ammo, it is suitable for experienced players, and it is also suitable for playing in alliance battles and team formations.”
The WT E-100 was an extreme tank, so extreme that everyone who has played with it will never forget it. Destroying a tier 10 heavy tank from full health is unparalleled in a single clip. Being chased and running around during a 60-second reload is also rare. The tall and fragile turret could be easily hit by HE with high damage, but watching the enemy evaporate by clicking the mouse continuously was unique.
Weakened and Fallen
WG realized that they have made a monster – because even compared to the FV215b(183) which had a HESH penetration of 275mm and could kill a tier10 tank with one shot the WT E-100 was still otherworldly.
So it got nerfed severally:
0.8.11 version cut the HP to 2000, traverse speed of the tank’s body and turret were both decreased, and the gun-dispersion of the 128mm and 150mm gun were nerfed by 212% and 75% respectively.
In version 0.9.2 the gun handling got nerfed again, and changed the six drum 128mm gun to five.
Version 0.9.6 reduced the view range from 420 meters to 380 meters.
Version 0.9.15 removed the WT E 100 directly from the game and replaced it with the Grille 15.
Powerless to Complain
The issue of the Grille 15 replacement is an other story. In 2017(version 0.9.20), CN WoT sold the ‘WT – The price was 1688 yuan which is roughly 265$, even the discounted price was as high as 1288 yuan, 200$.
This is not even the original WT E-100, but a WT E-100 (P), whose stats has been revised again. It is quite different from its peak combat effectiveness, but the five-shot 128mm gun still let a lot of players fall for it.
A Confusing Future
The WT E-100 (P) can still be driven and played on the new CN360 servers, and it had actually became a premium tank…
WTs gameplay experience was already very poor – at that time, the Type 5 Heavy, FV4005 and 268v4 were in full swing.
The current map designs makes the ‘WT unplayable:
Can’t hide it at all, as soon as the cannon is fired, it becomes the focus target.
Around EBRs, it’s perma spotted.
3 artys per game, almost equal to death.
In the beginning of the year WG announced a short time “Auction” event which contained the WT E 100 (P) with a special camo, unfortunately it was again a CN server exclusive.
It is still unclear what WG plans with this tank but for sure they are going to milk it as much as they can.
The Waffenträger: Legacy
In 2022 a very unlikely return happened. It was possible to get rental battles to play the legendary WT auf E 100; it reappeared in randoms in a nerfed form with the changes received from patch to patch back in 2014-2017.
The chances to get this tank permanently in the future are getting bigger.
But until a proper ending of the “Return of the Waffenträger” event it won’t happen.