Update 9.17.1: Initial Patchnotes

9.17.1 goes live on:

EU: Thursday 23 February from 02:00 to 08:00 CET (UTC +1)

NA: February 23 from 00:00 to 05:30 PT

Mark your calendars, because Update 9.17.1 goes live February 23! On the portal over the past few weeks, we’ve fired a few salvos of information explaining changes to Tech Trees, balance tweaks, Strongholds, damage log improvements, and other additions. Now is your chance to jump in, give it a shot, and check for yourself if these changes make your gaming experience better. But before you do, let’s take another look at everything scheduled.

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Important note for Type 5 Heavy owners: If you have “Accelerated Crew Training” enabled you’ll be unable to uncheck this option after Update 9.17.1. If it’s enabled after the update, the new gun can only be researched using Free XP.
Solution: Disable “Accelerated Crew Training” before the update goes live on February 23, or wait until a fix is released.

World of Tanks servers will be down February 23 from 00:00 to 05:30 PT to get everything in order. Also, we’ll be freezing the Global Map for 24 hours, temporarily closing the Clan portal and cancelling Strongholds battles.

Current Premium players will be credited an additional 24 hours of Premium account time to make up for the maintenance period. If you’d like to make any in-game purchases, please wait until the servers are up and running again.

What’s new

German Tech Tree Revision

To bring the German Tech Tree up to speed with the rest of the game, we re-examined its structure, including three new heavy tanks. We also dealt with some balancing issues to make battles more enjoyable for medium tanks and select Premium vehicles.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The revised German Tech Tree features two completely new heavies: the VK100.01P (tier VIII) and Mäuschen (tier IX). If you researched the tier X Maus, these two will be credited to you as researched as well.

The tier IX VK 45.02 (P) Ausf. B is now followed by another newcomer, the Pz.Kpfw. VII. This change won’t affect the XP you’ve earned on it.

The same applies to the Maus: all equipment, camos, emblems and Crew you have for it are there to stay.

Changes to Japanese and American Tech Trees

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WoT: 9.17.1 Coming Tomorrow (on RU)

In connection with the release of the update, game servers will be unavailable on February 22 from 3:00 to 10:00 (GMT) on 22 February (RU) (Seb: should come on 23 on EU/NA and a week later on ASIA).

The game situation on the Global map will be “frozen” on February 22, 4:00 (GMT) until 23 February 4:00 (GMT).

Stronghold battles (except for attacks) will be cancelled on February 22, 1:59 (GMT).
The clan portal will be unavailable on February 22 from 3:00 to 10:00 (GMT).

Players who have at the start of the technical work an active premium account or other temporary services (ex. camouflage), will be compensated with a bonus day of premium account and/or days of use of the service from 22 February at 3:00 PM (MSK) in accordance with these rules.

WoT Blitz: Update 3.6 – Vehicle Rebalance

The update is scheduled to be implemented on 22 February. Due to that, there will be a period of server downtime from 00:00 CET until 03:00 CET (UTC+1).

As we stated at the beginning of the year, in Update 3.6, Tier IX–X medium tanks will be significantly rebalanced. High-tier vehicles of this class had too much influence on the outcome of battles, which is confirmed by the statistics and player experiences. Learn more about the changes below.

Premium Vehicles

FCM 50 t

  • Turret armour increased from 120 to 150 mm

Researchable Vehicles

  • Why was the penetration decreased?
    Most Tier IX–X medium tanks outdo heavy tanks in this parameter, which contradicts their initially intended role in battle. Medium tanks easily penetrate the front of heavy tanks from a distance, thus depriving the heavy class of their main advantage.
  • Why was turret armour nerfed for Soviet medium tanks?
    Top Soviet medium tanks used to stay in the same position and block huge amounts of damage with their turret armour. The redistribution and nerfing of turret armour will encourage players to pay more attention to manoeuvres when driving these tanks. However, turret shapes remain unchanged, so Soviet medium tanks will still be able to successfully deflect enemy shells.

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