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#581169 If the new equipment hits as seen in CC videos...

Posted Dassem_ on 26 April 2017 - 11:12 AM

Just watched the CC videos on the upcoming equipment changes.

 

First a little about my garage. I have 20k battles played, and I have ALL tech tree tanks tier 6-7-8-9, as well as about half the tier X ones.

 

With the new system, not doing missions, grinding enough spare parts (SP) for equipping a tier X tank will take about 3750 battles. Maybe more, if i lose a lot. The compensation I get for the equipment I have will equal a 10% discount on SP for the new EQP. The compensation I get for my 20k battles will not be enough to outfit my tier X tanks even.

 

To get all my 174 tanks equipped, I will have to play... i dont know... 60k battles to get the spare parts needed? I will also need.. 80 million credits?

 

Not to mention that even if I had enough spare parts and credits to outfit my tanks, Id be subject to 9 layers of cooldowns. So if I didnt want to add gold to the equation, I would have to revisit all my 174 tanks 9 times, with a wait of 1+1+1+3+3+3+X+X+X days between. It would take a month to get through them all, not to mention many many hours of sitting and selecting equipment.

 

So my verdict: Even if just the greater part of this goes live... or if we get anything close to this greedy... I am gone. Period. This is SO far beyond any reason, I would have been shocked and left had they introduced only half of it.

 

Also, if WG should happen to read this, I'll throw in a note about what they will miss out on. I dont know how much money I have spent on this game in total, but I know what I have spent this year. One of the big gold pack, a Warchest, a panther88, a grosstractor, a 5k gold pack. I cant be bothered with the math, but we're talking in the neighbourhood of 100 euros per month. I would not be surprised if my spendings last year were the same. If this goes live, WG will see no more of this.

 

Now this is sad, as prior to learning about this, I had no intention of leaving Blitz. I find it to be a great diversion, and a good game. I even have a Youtube channel with what must now be hundreds of Blitz-videos on it.

 

But I will not accept a system that forces me to drive my tanks as "second class vehicles". Which is what they will be for the next several years, playing the number of battles per day I do now. Its not even close to acceptable.




#296000 Beschwerde

Posted ArnieQ on 02 February 2016 - 05:29 PM

Liebes Wargaming Team, 

 

dies ist eine ernste und offizielle Beschwerde. 

 

Ich finde es grundsätzlich gut, dass Ihr mit dem Free2Play-Gedanken geringe Einstiegshürden bietet. Dennoch habt ihr ein Spiel mit komplexen Spielmechaniken programmiert, dass auf diese Art seinesgleichen sucht. 

 

In den letzten Updates wird für Gelegenheitsspieler, die diese komplexen Spielmechaniken weder kennen noch nutzen, sehr viel Eurerseits getan. Events, die ihnen ermöglichen, schnell im Forschungsbaum nach oben zu klettern beispielsweise. 

 

Für Spieler, die die Spielmechaniken begriffen haben und einen gewissen Anspruch an so ein Spiel erworben haben, wird nichts getan. Im Gegenteil merken diese Spieler (ich bin so einer), dass Gelegenheitsspieler inzwischen die überwiegende Mehrheit beider Teams ausmachen. Als Spieler mit Skill ist es unmöglich so etwas auszugleichen, geschweige denn ein gutes taktisches Gefecht mit ungefähr gleich "schlauen" Mitspielern zu spielen. Ein heutiges Beispiel:

 

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Hier war kein Spieler AFK. Die haben schlicht nicht getroffen/durchschlagen. Ich konnte im Dragon spotten was ich wollte, es nützte nichts. Der Löwe stand in einer Kartenecke und ging als letzter drauf. Ein Spieler mit 31 % globaler Winrate. 

 

Das kommt immer häufiger vor und solche Spiele stehen an der Schwelle zu überwiegen. Damit versaut ihr guten Spielern wie mir den Spielspass. 

 

Findet ihr nicht, dass es langsam an der Zeit ist, zur Abwechslung auch mal etwas für zahlende Vielspieler zu tun, anstatt für Gelegenheitsspieler? Anregungen dazu gibt es im Forum genug. Ein Spielmodus, der uns von den "Bobs" befreit wäre ein Traum. 

 

Ich kann Euch an dieser Stelle nur das Feedback geben, dass meine persönliche Motivation etwas für die Community zu tun, Geld im Spiel auszugeben und letztendlich das Spiel zu spielen rapide abnimmt. Ich spiele inzwischen lieber Hearthstone. 

 

Der Frust überwiegt den Spass. Das kann nicht in Eurem Sinne sein. 

 

Ich wünsche mir eine ernsthafte Reaktion auf diese Beschwerde. Falls Ihr Informationen habt, wie ihr vielleicht auch an andere Spielergruppen zukünftig denken wollt, bin ich und ein ganzer Haufen anderer Spieler sehr dankbar. Falls nicht, geben ich und ein ganzer Haufen anderer Spieler gern konstruktive Anregungen. 

 

So geht es nicht mehr weiter. Überlegt Euch das bitte. 

 

Arnie

 

 




#563120 Wargaming's Enrichment

Posted Amaunet85 on 23 March 2017 - 03:54 PM

I've often thought about posting up my blog on the forum directly. I don't usually do that, because I want to be able to say what I want to say, uncensored. However, I think I'll make an exception with this one mostly because I feel I'm hitting the mark here, and several people have told me I should after they read it.

 

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Over the last couple of months, things have gotten more and more expensive in the game. I’m not talking about the premium time, the standard bundles or the regular gold bundles. Those are all still the same prices – except for in the UK, that recently saw an increase in prices, but that’s to do with the appstore, not WG. #IblameBrexit

 

But the new premium tanks we see in the game cost more and more, both in gold and in money. Most recently we got a grind mission where, of course, you could (technically) get two tanks for free. Even if you didn’t miss a single mission reset, that was hard enough for one, let alone both. Both were pretty looking tanks with a fancy dragon painted on them, so, for collectors of must-have’s like myself, a definite must have.

 

But, if you didn’t do a single mission, the Glacial, a tier 8 heavy tank similar to the is6 with stronger frontal armour and weaker rest-of-the-tank-armour, would cost you around 15k gold, which is twice the price of an is6, and the Blaze, a tier 7 very lightly armoured tank destroyer, would cost you around 13k gold. So a bit way much overpriced.

 

Aside from that we’ve been getting these absolutely amazing offers in game, like how we can get 6.5 million credits (credits, not gold) for the amazing price of 38 euro. Yes. A thing you can get for free with around 90 battles in the Löwe (for example), you can get for 38 euro. The offer would come up when you’ve grinded enough xp for a tier X, even if you already had enough credits to buy it. Or 200k free xp for 45 euro. Amazing. Of course, the latter is meant for people that have no xp on prem tanks to convert, but still, imo, the price is nuts.

 

Then there’s the crates. We’ve had a few lottery type events now, where you can buy crates with mission-earned tickets, gold or real money, depending on the event. This doesn’t mean you’ll get something epic. It means you have the chance of possibly getting something epic, or you can get absolutely nothing. Chances don’t increase the more crates you open, the chance of getting something awesome starts anew every time you open a crate, so it’s very easy to not get anything worthwhile.

 

A clanmate of mine got about every single premium tank in the crates around New Year’s (Type 59, IS3 Defender, T34 Independence, T34-85 Victory, the Schmalturm, and quite a few more), spending no money on it whatsoever, just tickets he earned, whereas I did spend money, and mission-earned tickets, and the only epic thing I got was a Victory. I have those other tanks (and had the Victory as well at that), so I’m not salty about that, but I don’t think it’s in any way fair that it’s so easy to just get absolutely nada from crates. Especially if you think about the kids that just got some money for Christmas, hope they’re lucky to get a high tier premium tank they could never ever afford to get otherwise, and that end up getting just some very useless things. It just feels like another attempt of WG to take my/our money without giving much of anything in return.

 

But now, WG has thought of another way to make us very poor very quickly. Last update, we got the ability to make our tanks premium. For an x-amount of gold, you can make certain tanks premium for 14 days, or if you really have too much money/gold, you can make them premium forever. Wargaming calls this thing “Vehicle enrichment”.

 

The 14 days "enrichment" is available for tiers V-X and costs 2,200 gold for tier V, 2,600 for tier VI, 3,000 for tier VII, 3,200 for tier VIII, 3,400 for tier IX and a whole 4k for tier X. Just to compare, you can also convert 4,000 gold to 1,600,000 credits without having to drive a single battle. Considering that most tier X tanks will just lose less money with this ‘enrichment’ rather than earn you loads, converting might just be the better way to go.

 

Now the other possibility with this “enrichment” is turning a tank into a premium tank – earnings wise at least – forever. This will, of course, cost you more gold, and the tank you enrich can still be nerfed or “rebalanced” in the future because it’s not really a premium tank. For some tanks, I thought that might be interesting – like the E5 or the STB, especially since they’re both very costly to drive since we got the new profitability last year, and they’re both tanks that I enjoy driving loads.

 

But this feature isn’t available for all tanks, only for specific tanks. And it costs about an arm and a leg, and a kidney to boot. There’s a list in the news of which tank costs what – it differs per tier and per tank – but as an example I’ll name the STA-1 (tier VIII Japanese med) because it has a nice round number. The price to “enrich” this tank forever is 20k gold. That’s the same amount of gold you need to buy 2.666667 IS-6 tanks. Buying the gold in order to do this will cost you 70 euro.

 

I’m pretty sure all players left and right are swooning with this excellent effort of WG to woe us into loving them even more. Who wouldn’t pay 70 euro to have a normal tank that can still be nerfed earn more credits? Absolute steal, that. Only problem is that the only thing it actually enriches is Wargaming itself.

 

With premium account you know that any amount of xp and credits you get is “enriched” (I’m so going to use that word a lot with regards to this game now) by factor 1.5. For the STA-1, you’d earn 67% more credits per battle with the enrichment. It differs per tank how much of an increase they actually see. The Chi-Nu for instance only sees 27% more credits, whereas the SU-100M1 gets 90% more credits. So, depending on the tank you ‘enrich’ and if you have premium time too, that would be a pretty credit-penny.

 

The fact that every tank has its own price to “enrich”, and it’s own “enrichment” percentage, it just doesn’t seem fair to me. Premium time doesn’t cost or earn more or less per tank either. All the same, I don’t think many people with a brain will be using this utterly amazing offer. Me, myself, I’d much rather take a prem-tank of my choice out for a few extra spins to earn the extra credits, rather than spend that much money on a tank that can still be nerfed every which way.

 

I can fully understand that Wargaming does their best to get us to spend more money on the game – they’re a company after all, profit is what they’re about. But fact is that with making things more and more expensive, all they’re currently doing is making people more and more reluctant to actually spend money on the game, upto the point that it becomes a full out aversion to spending money on the game, or even to the game itself.

 

People feel cheated, ripped off, etc. And I can fully understand that a whole lot better than Wargaming’s greed. Between the grind missions being all but impossible, the tanks becoming more expensive as they get to the store, and the ridiculous “enrichment”, even I’m getting to the point where I just don’t want to spend any money on the game anymore and I’ve been a VIP member of the Gold Noob Association for well over two years now.

 

This trend of making things impossible and impossibly expensive started, for me, with the new profitability last year, and it’s still going. And I wonder how long it will take for Wargaming to realise that this is ruining their active community, and is driving people away rather than drawing them back into the game. I’ve seen quite a few people leave the game the last couple of months because of this greedy attitude, and the lack of respect Wargaming seems to have for its players.

 

Or worse – they could have already fully realised that it’s ruining their active community and decided not to give a * about it, as there will always be the new players and noobs that will still spend money on this game regardless of what the heart of the community thinks and feels.

 

I don’t want to believe that last bit, but it wouldn’t be the first time that Wargaming can call up numbers that support something that every player that is an actual part of the community and not just the game itself is against. But if these sorts of actions continue and no positive change comes, the future of Blitz the game might not be all too different, but the future of Blitz the community looks very bleak indeed.




#522707 Matchmaking Discussion Thread

Posted MrConway on 10 January 2017 - 09:24 AM

Please feel free to hold any discussions regarding the matchmaker in this thread.

 

Any other threads created about the matchmaker will be merged with this one.

 

Please note:

  1. The matchmaker is not rigged
  2. Your personal skill will ultimately determine your winrate
  3. If you disagree with points 1 and 2, please consider purchasing protective equipment prior to posting



#254916 Richtlinie für Modifikationen

Posted SevenRichieWhite on 08 December 2015 - 07:38 AM

Guten Morgen,

 

nach einigen Versuchen auch über den Kundendienst, hätte ich den Vorschlag eine Richtlinie für Modifikationen EU weit einzurichten. Der Kundendienst hat mich hierfür extra hierhin verwiesen. Es wurde mir bereits mitgeteilt das alle Regionen unabhängig voneinander arbeiten. Aber dieses Thema ist meines Erachtens sehr wichtig.

 

Nordamerika hat hierzu bereits eine Richtlinie in der Knowledgebase festgelegt: https://na.wargaming.net/support/Knowledgebase/Article/View/433/32

 

Hintergrund: Modifikationen die die Texturen der Fahrzeuge so verändern das man sieht wo welches Besatzungsmitglied sitzt und/oder wo sich Module befinden (Module Hit Skin Mod). Solche Modifikationen sollten vollkommen verboten werden. Auch wenn es sich schlecht nachprüfen lässt ob jemand sowas nutzt, wäre eine Richtlinie hierzu durchaus angebracht.

Es verschafft den Nutzern solcher Modifikationen einen unfairen Vorteil gegenüber anderen. Zumal es den Nutzern sowieso schon leicht gemacht wird, dadurch das wir eine Durchschlagsanzeige haben. 

 




#553568 One for Edurace! Rest in Peace.

Posted Dassem_ on 28 February 2017 - 08:12 PM

despite the most of AFK/IRMA getting misty eyed just talking about EDURACE, we have managed to collect ourselves enough to make a tribute video to him, with TOGs. His usual tank of preference for late night toons.

 

This one is for you, EDURACE:




#550974 One for Edurace! Rest in Peace.

Posted phony1907 on 24 February 2017 - 08:15 PM

Remembering him the way ı remember him.

 

rest in peace.

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#509444 Statement der Community zum Geschenkpanzer M60

Posted ArnieQ on 22 December 2016 - 06:59 PM

Hallo Leute, hallo Wargaming,

 

da ich möchte, dass das von offizieller Stelle gelesen wird, poste ich das hier. Ich denke, ich darf heute Mal im Namen der Community einen Text formulieren, den ich aus den Meinungen hier und in der Fanzone so wahrgenommen habe. Ein Feedback zum Geschenkpanzer M60 und der dahinterliegenden Marketing-Aktion.

 

Zunächst von meiner persönlichen Seite vielen Dank. Ich habe ihn auch bekommen.

 

Ganz allgemein ist es eine gute Sache, langjährigen und treuen Spielern ein Geschenk zukommen zu lassen, das ihren Einsatz im und für das Spiel in verschiedenster Art honoriert. Darunter fallen lange Treue zum Spiel an sich, Echtgeldeinsatz oder auch konstruktive Beitrag in Communities oder aktivem Clanleben. Dass diese Spieler von Euch, Wargaming, einmal persönlich ein Dankeschön erhalten ist eine ganz tolle Sache und somit ist so ein Aktion an sich ein ganz dolles Dankeschön an Euch wert.

 

Eigentlich, denn die Durchführung sorgt leider in den Communities für mehr Frust als Dank.

 

Grund: Es ist nicht transparent was die Marketing-Abteilung von Wargaming unter dem Begriff "Treue" versteht. 

 

Es erhalten den Panzer sowohl Spieler die die allgemeine Definition von "Treue" erfüllen (siehe oben) als auch Spieler, die diesen Begriff nicht erfüllen. Z. B. Spieler mit sehr wenig Gefechten. Gleichermaßen erhalten Spieler die den obigen klassischen Treubegriff erfüllen eben gerade keinen M60. Und diese Spieler sehen dann auch die Spieler, die einen bekommen haben und den genannten Begriff der "Treue" anhand des Spielerprofils nicht erfüllen. Das macht diese Spieler - in meinen Augen zu Recht - wütend, traurig und erzeugt ein Gefühl, von Wargaming einen Tritt in den Hintern bekommen zu haben.

 

Was vielleicht nur fehlt ist die Transparenz, nach welchen Kriterien dieses Geschenk verteilt wurde. Denn ich denke, niemand der die Kriterien versteht hat ein Problem damit, einfach Pech zu haben, wenn er selbst nicht die Kriterien erfüllt.

 

So wie das aber jetzt gelaufen ist, ist aufgrund der Intransparenz und Nichtkommunikation seitens Wargaming der Frust um eine eigentlich gute Sache größer als die Freude der Beschenkten darüber. Und das finde ich sehr schade.

 

Wäre ich Eure Marketing-Abteilung würde ich

 

1. diese Kritik hier konstruktiv auffassen und ernst nehmen.

2. entweder die Kriterien transparent und in guter Kommunikation veröffentlichen und/oder

3. die Kriterien anpassen und die Spieler die den klassischen Begriff von Treue ebenfalls erfüllen auch beschenken.

 

Natürlich kann es auch sein, dass Euch einfach ein Fehler unterlaufen ist. Kein Problem, kennen wir schon. Gute Kommunikation und eine Korrektur hilft in dem Fall.

 

Ich habe die Befürchtung, dass die Spieler, die Euch bisher treu waren und zum großen Teil auch viel Geld ausgegeben haben, Euch aus Enttäuschung den Rücken kehren werden. Was nur zu verständlich wäre. 

 

Daher ein Denkanstoß an Euch von meiner Seite. 

 

Hier noch die Threads, in denen die Einzelstimmen gesammelt vorliegen:

http://wotbfanzone.eu/forum/thread/1531-m-60-tier-x-premiumpanzer/?postID=50105#post50105

http://forum.wotblitz.eu/index.php?/topic/36354-m60-tier-x-premiumpanzer/page__pid__508720#entry508720

http://forum.wotblitz.eu/index.php?/topic/36405-wo-ist-mein-m60/page__pid__509352#entry509352

 

Schöne Weihnachten an Euch und an die Community.

 




#501887 Merry Christmas from the VG gang!

Posted Blitz_1944 on 08 December 2016 - 02:42 PM

We at VG would like to wish you ALL a Merry Christmas!

 

 

 

Special thanks to TridentAS for making this awesome artwork!

 

 




#346000 Thank you Wargaming (no seriously!)

Posted Siko on 15 April 2016 - 06:47 AM

Seriously, this game is bloody fantastic, polished, massive fun, great community (apart from those VG gold noobs) hugely popular and gets plenty of attention from the devs.

 

We get loads of free tanks and promotions and you can pay your hard earned to get some gucci tanks when you want too.....want to just play and grind away for zero expense? No major problem.....just takes a bit longer.

 

Free defender....free Tankenstein.....free Anko.....now free Tiger....can't wait to get that one in my garage. How many games give you superb free stuff like that? Yes I know it needed grinding, but so what? 

 

Clans? Working great, really well supported and looking forward to clan wars in 2023 (;))

 

In the midst of all this negativity, I know there are some minor issues, but it is an amazing product and I'd just like to say thanks for making this superb game and for yet more free tanks. :) 

 




#379249 Don't go to Town on your own......

Posted HariKariGaryNeedsaCarry on 07 June 2016 - 11:35 AM

Following another terrible losing streak on Blitz, I thought it was time to try something new.  I've got to be honest, I was feeling Lowe. So on my night off from Tanking, I decided to get a life.  There was nothing on TV except X Men featuring Wolverine or a David Attenborough documentary on the demise of the Tigers and Panthers (Leopards seem to be doing ok though).

 

I decided to go out so I made plans to go to Blitz Bar in the centre of Town. None of my friends wanted to go to Town and I have heard going to Town on your own was a bad idea, but my mind was made up. I got my best TOGs on and put my headphones on to listen to some music to get me in the mood, it was Franz Ferdinand. I took the shortcut and went along the Canal.

 

As soon as I walked in the bar I spotted a girl, she looked like an Oasis and my Palms became sweaty.  Her top stats didn't look impressive at 38, but she looked like a Hellcat and was dressed in purple so I figured she could be up for a re roll.  I went UP UP UP and started to talk to her.

 

I told her I had a T44 which was over 60%, she thought it was a cocktail and asked for two of them.  being low on credit I decided to go for something cheaper, so we ended up on Port. I wanted to moan about the price but I couldn't Object, 140. 

 

I said that I didn't get out much and previously I had only spoken to girls online, but of late I have been really disappointed with the matchmaking......

 

She wasn't alone, she was well protected on both flanks with Matilda on the left and Valentine on the right.  She insisted on protection as she was concerned about picking up an STI as she had heard they were tough to get rid of. She said she didn't mind the full frontal approach as she was more concerned about being penned from the rear.......

 

I reassured her that my Di cker Max was nothing to be scared of as my penetration values were low and my aim and rate of fire was a bit hit and miss.......

 

She said her name was Hayley and she had a Comet.  She also had a pet tortoise, a dog called Churchill, a cat who's name I forgot but it was a Pershing and she was into camping.  She moved really quickly and said maybe we should find a suitable bush and go camping together.

 

I said I was interested but had some concerns about being spotted by someone with binocs. She said not to worry as she would bring Annette.....

 

Before we could find a suitable bush I was spotted by her boyfriend Connor, who was hanging back at the rear.  I could see he was really upset but I was momentarily confused when he turned his back on me and started walking backwards towards me at great speed.  It was then I realised he was a very Angry Connor......

 

Connor wasn't alone either, he had Jackson and KeNi in support. It was clear he was up for a battle, he said I'm going to Chi Nu.....

 

I backed up to a wall, my adrenaline kicked in, I was calling out SOS but no help came.  I tried to keep track of their movements, the bar went completely silent, then I heard a sound, PING......... I froze, everything went sideways and the last thing I remember seeing was a black sign saying "PLEASE WAIT".......

 

When I came round I was wrecked, it was game over and I made my way back to my garage. 

 

The moral of this story is simple.......

 

Don't go to Town on your own!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 




#588830 Boiling Point

Posted ninezerofive on 05 May 2017 - 05:16 AM

The Boiling Point

 

Remember the good old days when IS-3 Defender was the main topic of rage amongst the Blitz community? Yea - the good old days.

 

I think the main reason everybody is so “outspoken” about this update is due to the fact that we have been “poked” and “laughed at” for the past year and we have reached the boiling point.

 

Update 3.8 was the final nail in the coffin.

 

1.First you messed up most of the maps.

 

Dead Rail – everybody loved the old map, nobody was complaining about it you had to go ahead and change it.

Vineyards – due to this dusk/dawn theme you have going on there, it is impossible to see anything on the screen in the sunny apartment or outside. You may call it “unique feature”, but then also make it unique on the map roster showing up only in the evenings and the town is a completely useless “bot trap”.

Copperfield – this is really a jewel. Whoever thought it’s a great idea to introduce this map to high tier play should get kicked in the head.

Falls Creek – Was another example of being an excellent map that was completely ruined and for what, yes, so you can set up cap circles for SUPREMACY

 

 

2. Supremacy

 

Again, nobody asked for this. And not only you have included it in the game but you have made it nearly impossible to avoid it. The amount of EXP you get from these battles outweighs the amount you can gather from a regular game. Meaning pushing up EXP required for mastery games to not so easily attainable level even having a great game in regular mode. The tournaments are only played in supremacy. And why would you persist of giving players supremacy missions when they have it switched off?

 

3. Chat

 

Really? Just switch it off? The worst decision ever made. And you thought censoring word SP1C was bad.

 

4. Enrichment

 

WOW, just WOW. Why would anyone do that, even with a recent 50% discount. On top of all that the tanks that could be worth it, isn’t on the list.

 

5. Instant Upgrade

 

This might have been a neat feature, when you run 25% discount promotions. But anybody with at least half of brain lobe would understand that paying £5 for tracks isn’t the wisest of choices (30.000 exp at tier 9 -> 1200 gold -> 1400 gold £4.99)

 

I probably missed something but I think I brought my point of view across. This list of constant fails has had everybody fuming for awhile now. And it has happened, the boiling point.

Update 3.8 was the final nail in the coffin.

 

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I didn't proofread, I have hangover and it's 6 A.M.




#503824 Santa plays Blitz

Posted HariKariGaryNeedsaCarry on 12 December 2016 - 09:24 PM

Snow was slowly falling,

On the map they called Dead Rail,

Santa needed a strong tank,

To deliver xmas present and mail,

 

He chose the E100,

But this is not an all tier X fight,

All tier tanks are out playing,

On this very cold Christmas night,

 

He is determined to make his delivery,

He has an Iron clad will,

Plus plenty of patience,

Its took an hour to climb this bl oody hill,

 

"Santa we are spotted",

What is it, I can't see?

Pray to all the gods and Stalin

Its not Meadsy in his 183

 

"Santa, its the light bulb"

"OMG we have been hit"

Dont panic son it's a KV2

His dispersion is really sh it,

 

Boom goes the cannon

Santa fires his ap shell

Another drunken ruskie

Blown straight into hell

 

A leopard appears out of nowhere

He is crushed under the tracks

"See I told you it was a good idea

To carry all WG gold in this sacks

 

A Tiger approaches

"My God its Von Kie!"

"For Gods sake hide in this bush

And wait til he drives by"

 

Huwie is tooning in his Hellcat

Him and Von Kie are clubbing seals

His camo is simply horrific

But he has some rims and some nice wheels

 

Santa trundles onwards

Cancracker is praising the RNG

MM is just perfect he says

Theres no complaints from me

 

Ive looked for all the proof

I can't find a single shred

Never again will you see me

Complain about MM in a thread

 

Santa is totally confused

Surely this must be a dream?

Of course it's simply a mirage

Cancracker is always on the anti MM team

 

He sees phony in his pta

Follow me I know how to die

Santa raises his hand

And bids him goodbye

 

Jose Olas is flanking

He knows on this map where to go

Santa wants him to help with his delivery

Jose Olas says "No"

 

Sk8xtrm flashes by in a blur

He is driving the E25

My god he is amazing

He makes that tank come alive

 

Santa bumps into Bushka

He is doing a review

This tank is amazing you know

Id buy it if I was you

 

He blasts another bot to Smitherines

How do you like them apples he cries

Get the RU251 right now

My god man it flies

 

Epic Sniper is in his T71

He seems to be having a good run

Santa can tell its epic sniper

By recognising his thumb

 

The battlefield falls silent

There is a very quiet hush

Dont worry it's just Campist

He is as always sat in a bush

 

There goes mrpgilbert 

The pride of AFK

My god he is in an IS7

Get the hell out of his way

 

Dasseem Ultor is coming

You know he is watching you

But Santa has seen the Dassem Show

He knows what to do

 

Oh bugger it's Jonty

Now we are in the mire

Snapshot from his 152

Sh it Santa we are on fire

 

Use the extinguishers 

You stupid drunken elf

No that's the god damn med kit

Its on the other shelf

 

Put the fire out quickly comrade

Quick use the empty sack

Pull your god damn finger out

Before we have an ammo rack

 

The fire is extinguished 

Everything is under control

The mail must be delivered 

Onwards Santa let's roll

 

See Santa is a professional tanker

Some say that he is OLD

A pretty decent bunch of tankers 

Even if sometimes we fire gold

 

Santa makes it safely

He brings presents and some other bits

Coming soon to your I pad

A new update from Blitz(44)

 

So Happy Christmas fellow tankers

I hope your FPS stays fine

And comrade Stalin does his duty

To guide your shells from your BL9

 

 

 




#449216 A Tribute to 48ton_ruckus

Posted Dr_D_Kadenz on 20 September 2016 - 09:30 AM

Dear Ruckus,

it was with a heavy heart that I watched you latest episode of Tall Talk last night. The subtitle "Ruckus Out" already gave an indication to what was about to happen. What's to come might sound a bit like a love letter, and it probably is one, but in a totally manly, grown-men-playing-tanks kind of way.

 

To get one thing out of the way: this is just a "bloody tank game", to quote the wife. It is not the be all and end all. It is a fun past-time we are enjoying when not working or doing anything in real life. But it is also what could be considered an e-sport and as with every sport, the community matters. You make friends, you make enemies. Some people are just tagging along and some are actively making their voice heard. They advocate the sport, educate and entertain. For this game these people are now known as Community Contributors. Without them, this game would be just another product of a company looking to make a buck. You are the gluons holding it all together.

 

For most of you, it is something you do besides real life and playing. Making a living out of it is hard work. And still many of you invest insane amounts of time to produce top-notch content that can take on any professionally produced promo reel. We, as players, don't pay for it. We are entertained and educated, for free. The least we can do is say thanks. And I feel that there is nowhere nearly enough of that going on. Now some of that might be down to laziness. For me it is that I don't like Youtube et al knowing what I like. They know what I watch and can extrapolate from that, but I don't want them to know. Because big data and reasons. So in a nutshell, I feel like I have failed you personally and the CCs in general. Because likes and appreciation is the only currency you're getting besides the occasional perk from WG. But this isn't about CCs in general, it is about you.

 

When I started playing this game, I was terrible. I drove German mediums and in retrospective I would like to apologize to each and every one of you who had to endure me. But while I was merrily going flank on Mines in my E75 (yes, that happened), someone suggested I should watch videos about WoTB on Youtube. And so I did. I came across a fellow from Perth. And he taught me everything. I learned about angling, side scraping, going hull down. Because this guy was not only an exceptionally good player. There are many of those. He was also a teacher. He put his thoughts into action and through his words he educated. I had my personal "Yoda and Luke" moment. 

 

But he was not only a scholar. He was also very sociable. He had his mates and there was much banter. The fellow from Sydney, the mad Russian. It wasn't like these guys from Oz and Asia were only playing a game together. You felt like you knew these guys. They sounded like mates playing a game and then going down to the pub to knock back a few cold ones. It was something to aspire to. Today I am a proud member of AFK, a group of chaps who are not only great players, but first and foremost great humans. I imagine that I will one day have a beer with more than one of them.

 

But he was not only a great player, scholar and socialite. He was ahead of the game. Supremacy was something WG only started to implement recently. It was a great way to bring the community together and I believe many initiatives today have their roots in this mode. But being ahead of the game most of all pertains to the quality of content he churned out. There is no other way of saying this: it was spectacular. The attention to detail, the heart and soul poured into the videos became most apparent in the cringeworthy trailer for the new fantasy tanks. What this guy did in his leisure time was just so much better than what professionals being paid good money were able to produce.

 

Many great artists are not recognized and valued the way it befits them while they are still active. While I have always held you in the highest esteem, I never took the opportunity to voice this clearly. Yes, I dedicated my first mastery in the Obj. 140 to you and Bushka, but I have never publicly sung songs of praise. Until now that you have left the stage. 

 

I recently repaired my stats far enough to be considered a Unicum according to WN8. As a treat I bought myself a TOG II*. In reference to my IGN, I christened her the "HMS Love Togtor" under the provision that she shall be renamed to a more fitting name in the future. Now I have found one.

 

From now on, she shall be named "HMS Ruckus". I imagine her and her fellow TOGs doing a missing man formation for you. Because you will be missed.

 

Take care, mate.




#410634 The art of using HE [High Explosive]

Posted minitelrose on 23 July 2016 - 11:17 PM

hello guys and gals !

 

This guide is meant to be the most comprehensive guide on HE (high explosive). By the end of the textwall you will know as much as I do. As I am still learning, I will refine over time, so anything you don't find or don't understand, please ask in the comments and I will reply or add the information to the guide.

 

My other guides are there.

 

Disclaimers :

  1. This article is a mirror of one I wrote in the EU forums.
  2. this guide was written for blitz v3.1
  3. WG Head of Game design said said in August 2016 that he intends to change HE. He didn't say when or if he would change the mechanics or the results. Hopefully they don't nerf it like they did nerf HE penetration in the lower tiers. That really killed some tanks and most of my fun in low tiers
  4. some pictures from armor inspector are outdated, and paragraph on aiming is currently missing some illustration. some day I will update. 
  5. this guide earned me 10.000 gold from a WG competition
  6. this guide has been referenced in the Russian forums ! I will take this as an award yay ))

 

 

 

INTRO

​to use HE successfully, we will review these aspects below :

  1. What is HE
    1. HE
    2. HESH
    3. why people don't use them
  2. How the mechanic of HE works
    1. mechanics for regular AP/APCR (quick recap)
    2. Mechanics for HE ammunition (compare)
    3. detailed mechanics for HE ammunition
      1. Splash damage

        1. what is splash damage

        2. splash and distance

        3. splash and armor thickness 

        4. spall

        5. splash and spaced armor

        6. fake armor

        7. splash and module damage, crew injury

      2. ​penetration

        1. penetration damage

        2. penetration damage to module and crew

        3. best chances of penetration

        4. penetration and angle of impact

        5. identifying the correct target

        6. obtaining the perfect angle

        7. 3D models

      3. trajectory

        1. specificity

        2. aiming over an obstacle

  3. How to visualize the expected damage
    1. taking an exemple
    2. in game
      1. analyzing the sniper view
    3. in Armor Inspector
      1. viewing armor thickness
      2. viewing the damage map
      3. illustrating splash damage
  4. How to protect oneself against HE
    1. the truth about spall liner (useless)
    2. armor thickness
    3. protecting the modules
    4. repairing the modules 
  5. When to use high explosive
    1. destroying enemy faster
    2. tracking or destroying external modules
    3. reseting base
    4. moving an invincible enemy
    5. kill enemy through hard cover
    6. kill two enemies with a single shell
    7. killing oneself
    8. printing credits
    9. more use ?

 

 

 

WHAT IS HE

HE aka High Explosive

HE is a big ball of explosive. Throw it onto someone. The bigger the ball, the bigger the boom. Simple concept.

in the game, HE has the potential for more damage than regular shells, but with very low penetration numbers it is difficult to use properly.

 

HESH aka High Explosive Squash Head

HESH ammunition is available in some of the upper tier tanks British guns. HESH is a version of HE and uses exactly the same mechanics as HE. therefore anything I will say about HE will also be true for HESH.

While most tanks have prammo with better penetration than regular ammo but same damage, HESH has comparable penetration to regular AP, but higher damage.

in real life, how HESH works is an interesting display of British engineering creativity : It basically spreads the sticky explosive upon target before igniting the explosion, which creates an internal shockwave inside the thickness of the armor, which blows itself into shrapnel. High Explosive, with refinements. see wikipedia if you like more details.

 

Why people don't use HE

Most new player will try HE for the advertised extra 25% in alpha damage over the regular ammunition. After a few games they realize they usually get only 10% of the value and give up forever. this is also wrong, HE might be tricky to use, but it is a brilliant ammo when used properly, as we will see later.

 

 

 

 

HOW THE MECHANICS WORKS

mechanics for regular AP/APCR (quick recap)

I will just make a quick recap on regular shells, so you are able to clearly understand and compare how the different mechanics apply to different ammunitions. upon impact, there are two cases :

  • AP/APCR/HEAT ammunition penetrate inside the tank and do damage
  • they bounce and make no damage.

They may also go through a breakable object, such a fence, break though it and continue until they lose their penetration power. upon a tank impact, the server will decide between bounce and penetration, and so on.

after a bounce, they continue their new trajectory and upon another tank impact, the server will decide again between bounce and penetration until they get lost in an objects or exit the map.

 

AP and APCR will autobounce if the angle of impact is too small (except if the caliber overmatches the armor)

finally, AP and APCR pen numbers are ideal at the gun muzzle, but as they lose velocity during the flight, they are subject to loss of pen over distance.

 

AP are given a specific average damage upon penetration that we name "alpha", for exemple alpha is 100hp.

in the game, RNG is applied to vary +-25%, so you can expect 75hp - 125hp

if you bounce, you do 0hp damage.

 

Most player got used to these mechanics, either by research or experience.

However, high explosives work in an entirely different way and that's how it may deceive you.

 

Mechanics for HE ammunition (comparing)

Upon any impact, High Explosive shells detonate into an explosion. HE shells don't rely on velocity, therefore they don't lose penetration or damage power over the distance to target. upon detonation, the explosion will impact any object within a radius. We can see why the shell will never go through any object, but it will never bounce either.

 

upon impact there are four possible cases :

  1. if the penetration power is more than the armor, the explosion will penetrate. The shell will not penetrate. only the explosion will, because the shell already exploded.
  2. if the penetration power is less, the explosion will stay outside, but can still do a fraction of the alpha damage (splash damage) through the armor (spall)
  3. The explosion can hit an object nearby. It will have effect even to a certain distance of the impact  (splash damage), and is considered just as the above : the explosion occurs outside, the damage is function of the distance and may go through the armor.
  4. if the armor is still stronger than the blow of the explosion, it will absorb the potential damage and no damage will be made.

 

HE are given 25% more alpha than the regular AP. however that is valid only with penetration. for the same example, 125hp

in the game, RNG is applied to vary +-25%, so you can expect 101hp - 149hp

this is much more than regular AP.

 

if there is no penetration, we will still have splash damage for only a fraction from 0-50%

in the game, RNG is applied to vary +-25%, so you can expect 0hp - 78hp

this is much less than regular AP penetration, but more than AP bouncing.

 

detailed mechanics for HE ammunition

let's review the different elements that occur into detail :

 

splash damage

 

what is splash damage

when your shot lands somewhere but fails to penetrate, either armor is too thick or it hits some map elements, an explosion ball is created.

  • Damage will occur to all elements in that radius, possibly several at once.
  • splash damage will be a fraction from 0% to 50% of the advertised shell alpha damage
  • modules that are located outside of the main armor (tracks, viewport, gun) will have no protection from the damage. this is interesting to use, especially for tracks.
  • splash damage means that the damage is not at the point of impact.

 

I want to see the splash damage illustrations, bring me there ! (no worries, there is a link to come back here)

 

 

splash and distance.

upon impact, when there is no penetration, anything within the radius is affected. 

  • that radius is function of your caliber. the bigger the gun, the bigger the boom, the wider the radius.
  • Splash damage will be function of the distance to impact, further away means receiving less damage.

 

note that you don't even need to hit your target to make damage : you can hit the ground and damage two tanks passing nearby, if they are within the radius. this is very interesting to use.

 

Interestingly enough, with some very large guns, for example above 120mm, you can easily splash damage yourself up to killing yourself by shooting at a nearby wall or enemy, either purposedly or by mistake. I have seen it occur in battle on couple occasions, a good way to earn a "lucky" medal.

 

splash and armor.

Damage is also reduced as a function of armor thickness.

 

Note that splash damage is not directional, so only the armor nominal thickness is used, (i.e. the advertised thickness of the metal plate in the tank specs), which is measured at a perpendicular angle from the surface. 

 

Often splash damage will be very small compared to the damage AP shell would do. When the armor is too thick, you might even make no damage at all. You will probably hear "that one bounced" which in fact is irrelevant : your shot hit but didn't bounce, it just failed to make damage.

 

Some modules are external, like guns, tracks, viewports, therefore they can receive some damage or even be destroyed (tracks especially) while you will make zero damage to the general HP, because of the armor. Then you will hear some congrats from your crew when seemingly no damage was done. however you might decide keeping enemy from moving is more interesting that doing damage, besides, it will give you half of the XP is an ally is shooting him. that is interesting if the ally has a bigger gun than yours.

 

Spall

how can a HE shell make damage to the tanks, crew and internal modules without penetrating ? This is called spall : the armor may not break, but shatter and spray metal shards inside the tank onto crew and modules, causing shockwave, concussion, making damage or breaking them. nice.

 

splash and spaced armor

damage fall with armor thickness and distance. Thickness is obvious, but in some cases distance is not.

Even if you score a direct hit to a tank, there are many things that may surround and protect its main armor :

some tanks have several layers of armor, known as spaced armor and exploding in the outer layer will keep your shell too far from the main armor.

tracks are an obvious one and act as space armor. the explosive will detonate upon touching the outside of the tracks, and the armor is at a distance behind them.

 

fake armor

The hitbox of a tank, where you can remove its HP, doesn't cover the entirety of a tank. Many tanks also include empty boxes, decorations, etc... these will either :

  • make you believe that you hit something, whereas you haven't. it just goes through.

  • look like a soft part, whereas they cover a hard armor

  • hide some specific weakpoints where you should aim.

 

splash and module damage, crew injury

according to all the above, there are many reasons to make only fraction of the hp damage, but still many interesting use of the HE shell. Particularly, you have more chances of damaging and destroying modules and injuring or killing crew than the regular AP shell. this for three reasons :

  1. first of all the damage is done not along the trajectory, but to anything in the radius of the point of impact, and in the cone of a penetration. this includes more volume and therefore more modules to damage.
  2. secondly it doesn't bounce, and may damage even when there is no penetration when modules are close to the impact.
  3. finally, in case the shot hits directly the module, (either a penetration or hitting one of the external modules) HE will make 25% more damage to a module than if it were an AP shell, leading to higher chances of a module or crew failure whereas an AP would just make some damage. I will make a complete guide on how module damage works, but let's take the quick example of a track. This track is allowed, say, 120hp total. upon a hit, AP damage would be 100, leaving the track damaged but still functional. It needs two hits to destroy one track. however HE damage to modules would be 125, which would destroy the track in one shot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Penetration

Penetration is the graal of any good HE user, and is highly rewarding.

 

penetration damage 

Penetration is the only way to get the full advertised damage , 25% more than alpha from the regular AP/APCR.

as we have seen, the shell detonates upon impact and the shell will in fact never penetrate per se. but the blow of the explosion can. It will then create a cone from the point of explosion towards the inside, and anything within this cone will receive damage according to distance from the impact.

 

penetration and module damage, crew injury.

This means that not only you will make more HP damage than a regular AP shell, but also the cone will most likely reach several crew members and modules, which will take fire and create further damage, and leave the tank crippled. Driver dead, loader or aimer dead, gas tank on fire, ammoracks are very common. Crippled tanks will be less harmful, and easy prey for even further damage from your allies or yourself. many tanks, once receiving HE from a big caliber will lose up to more of their XP in one shot, from the damage and its aftermath including the resulting fires, injuries and other hits they will receive following the first impact.

 

chances of penetration

Managing to force the explosion of the HE shell to go inside the tank and reaching full damage takes some patience and practice. basically, you need to avoid all of the above reason for splash damage listed above, to shoot directly into a known thin portion of the armor, usually in the back, which means :

  • some tactical planning ahead to create the opportunity to approach your opponent from the weak side,

  • thorough knowledge of your enemy armor, especially weak points and fake or spaced armor

  • very careful and accurate aiming. 

 

penetration and angle of impact.

we have seen earlier that splash damage is not directional, only the armor nominal thickness matters.

However penetration takes the angle of impact into account: the cone of explosion will travel according to the trajectory most likely at an angle with the armor surface, which makes the effective thickness of armor that the explosion needs to go through in reality potentially much thicker than going through at a perpendicular angle.

 

identifying the targets

of course thin armor are susceptibles to big HE damage, such as any light tanks, and some light TDs. but many mediums or even heavy tanks have very thin armor in the sides and rear. knowing the easy tanks, and knowing the secret spots of the more heavier tanks will help you prepare ahead.

 

getting the right angle.

knowing wher to shot on your target will allow you to use HE to full penetration. it will allow you to anticipate and load HE. Rather than doing splash damage at the wrong angle, driving to arrive onto your opponent's weak side or waiting the right moment until your enemy turns at the correct angle may mean penetration and ten times more damage than splash.

you will try to be perpendicular to the surface of the armor plate that you are trying to pen. A few degrees might change the result entirely.

 

Usually HE shells are much slower to fly than the regular AP, so shooting at an enemy over long distance may require some practice to anticipate the enemy's movements, and in all cases more accurate aiming than regular AP, as the weack spots are much smaller.

 

3D models

the model used by your client to render the view is different from the model used by the server to calculate the mechanics of the game. it is known as collision model, and is implified compared to the rendering model.

As in most games, models are built with triangles. there is no curved surfaces, only faceted triangles.Large flat surfaces might not cause problems much, but with complex surfacing, results can be more random as you cannot make sure of the angle of impact.

 

 

 

trajectory of a HE shell

specificity

HE,  HESH or even HEAT do not rely on velocity for penetration power. this means that some of them can be very slow, and therefore they will have a very high and curved trajectory. Only a few tanks have such extremely slow shels, and the best example of this is the T-82 with the 105mm howitzer. whenever you shoot, it makes a tall bell curved trajectory, and fall upon the target, almost like artillery. You can sometimes count to 3 before it reaches target... which will often move in the meantime... so in the case of slow shells you need to predict and anticipate the enemy.

 

aiming over an obstacle

It sounds like you could use the curved trajectory to shoot at someone behind hard cover, for example a rock, by lobbing over the obstacle and on target. Unfortunately in most cases, the server will think you are aiming at the rock, will adjust the trajectory to shoot the rock, and it will hit the rock... with some RNG factor. In the 1/10.000.000 lucky shot, you may aim at a map point above and behind target, which will make a curve above everything, and if RNG will decides to make the shot fall short of your aim, which may reach target. it is rumored to have happened. not in a million games in my knowledge. Don't count on it.

 

however there is one and only way of successfully managing such a shot. That is to use right click on a PC mouse. this will use the PC-type autoaim, which will register and follow the enemy tank, not the rock in front, and therefore will shoot correctly. however this will not precede enemy movements, and need a perfectly still target. Unfortunately all other aiming will fail.

 

don't confuse this shot over an obstacle with the damage that can be done through an obstacle, including hard terrain, by using the splash damage radius. 

 

 

 

 

HOW TO VISUALIZE EXPECTED DAMAGE

 

For exemple :

I will take an exemple which will show several aspects mentioned before, it should help you identify these points I talked about.

  • I chose tier6 tanks, as they are easy to get for everyone, yet advanced enough that it will be meaningfull until tier X
  • shooter will be a KV1s 122mm because the 122mm will have big explosive and penetration power. the alpha is 400 (300hp-500hp). HE will do 500 (0hp-625hp). (note, because I didn't have a KV1-S, I used a defender in the game screenshots which has a related 122mm gun with exact same HE specs).
  • target is a M4A3E2 jumbo because it is based on a medium M4A3E8 with very thin armored that is in some places upgraded, so it will display a variety of armor thicknesses. 

 

in the game (v3.0)

When entering the sniper view, we can visualize the target armor with a different hitskin from the usual AP (where red=bounce). the HE skin shows three zones :

  • red - damage expected. (0hp)
  • orange - only splash damage can be expected.  in most cases you will do damage, however it doesn't guarantee any damage. (0hp-250hp)
  • transparent - you will most expectedly penetrate the tank and obtain full alpha damage. (375hp-625hp). you will most likely hit modules and create crew casualties and even more damage though fire, ammoracks, etc...

 

 

 Analyzing this screenshot  from the sniper view of the game 

 

 

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Notice that there are no red zones, only orange splash damage zones. So you should expect at least some damage everywhere. But this doesn't tell you how much between 1hp and 250hp

 

notice that there are some fully penable transparent zones. Two obvious are : the side of the turret, and the tracks area. Less obvious are: a small strip on the engine deck and small entrance in the drivers hatch. There are even less visible spots, in the viewports for exemple. other transparent zones are the piece to lock the gun forward, on the front, and other tools and gears all around.

 

the small zones will be impossible to aim at in real situation, but occasionally you will make huge damage without aiming... Lucky shots. for best results you should go around your target while it is busy, and arrive at the correct angle to shoot (usually in the rear or full 90º to the side), which is not the case here.

 

let us review the larger transparent zones :

The tracks and side skirts show full penetration, but just as the small tools, even if the explosion wil penetrate them, it doesn't tell you what kind of armor is behind. In many tanks there are empty boxes or decorations which can be fully penetrated but that will return zero damage, because they cover a very strong points. That is where you need to learn exactly where are the weakspots, at least for the tanks that you see the most, because the hitskin of the game might often troll you. 

 

the turret cheek : this for sure is the real armor and therefore in this situation is the only place where you can reliably aim.

 

 

using Armor Inspector

 

you can learn more about the app and even use it online at www.armorinspector.com

 

In armor Inspector we have two ways of looking at the armor:

  1. using the X-ray mode to see how the model is made, and where the thinnest parts are
  2. using the confrontation mode, simulating a shot with the potential damage and penetration
  3. in some near future, Andrew Karpushin plans to implement the same hitskin as in blitz as a third option for comparison purposes.

 

 

analyzing the 3D model and armor thickness

 

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this is the M4A3E2 as viewed in the X-Ray mode. it shows the model used by the server to calculate hits and penetrations. it is called a collision model. Armor Inspector illustrates the thicknesses of the plates with color. You can show and remove modules and plates individually to see what is hiding behind.

 

You will notice how different this is from the model you see in your client during the game. It is simplified, many features are absent such as tools and gears hanging, but also some armor features.

notice for exemple what is happening at the tracks pits  : first of all the side skirts or mud guard panels have no existence from an armour standpoint. The shells going between the tracks and the hull will go all the way to the flank, which as you can see are the weakest place.

 

Note the large triangles of the armor model, like those on the turret. more complex tank shapes will have a complex mosaic that may give your shots trollish results.

 

you can see the upper front plate is thiner than the lower front plate, and that the engine deck and the track pits are the thinnest.

 

 

Analyzing the damage map

 

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When you go in the confrontation mode, you will see the same collision model as earlier. 

you can simulate shots on the model. if you load HE, it will display minimum expected damage and penetration chances using two layers :

  1. a gradient of color will show the minimum guaranteed damage. It means that shooting a point of a particular color, will reward you with you the damage or more. Dark blue is 0hp and bright green is maximum damage (375-625hp). color smears everywhere because damage is splashing all around according to distance from the impact.

  2. a gradient of luminosity will show you the chances of penetration using transparency to white. White will mean a guaranteed penetration and therefore full alpha damage (375hp-625hp).

 

in effect, if a spot showing very light yellow is hit, the penetration chances will correspond to the luminosity, so high, and if it fails to penetrate, it will still make at least the splash damage that is shown by the yellow color underneath the white.

 

Reviewing into details :

Notice the color on the ground, hitting the ground will make damage upwards, into the under belly. it will also damage the tracks, etc... the further from the tank, the less damage is made.

Notice on the turret the white penetrations zones, and just a slight angle change will allow the pen or deny it. Notice the splash damage color showing below the white luminosity probability of penetration. Notice the base of the turret color shows more damage than the top of the turret, this is because the explosion will be located on the turret, but the damage will be dealt onto the top of the hull below the turret..

Notice the ridiculously thin armor in the tracks pits. HE will pen fully as shown by the very strong white. However if you aim there and hit the tracks instead, damage will be only splash. You can also see when hitting the tracks, the closer to the tracks pits, the higher the splash damage. 

Notice on the front plate that blue zone is where the thickest armor plate is, and no penetration or splash damage is expected. However the closer you get to the tracks pits, the bigger splash damage, even though you still hit an invincible armor thickness.

Notice the viewports on the cupola, which expectedly have zero armor, but are unlikely to be hit with this distance/accuracy.

 

So, if you can only shoot at an invincible armor, try shooting as close to a weakness as possible and you will still have splash damage. 

 

 

 

illustrating splash damage

bring me all the way back to the splash damage definition

 

this case was taken from this real user complaint.

 

That's the splash trick :

when we shoot the same tank on the same gun barrel, the gun is hit and might be damaged or broken(32% chances), but it doesn't carry any tank hitbox HP.  So the tank will not lose any hp because of the gun hit, but because some weak enough parts of the armor are close enough to the impact.

 

gun is above the tank engine deck, which will actually gather the damage, depending on distance to impact.

look at the significant damage drop as soon as the engine deck ends.

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gun is turned away from the hull. The explosion occurs too far and fails to reach any tank hitbox

no hp loss, although the gun itself asa module might be damaged or broken.

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HOW TO PROTECT ONESELF AGAINST HE

The truth about spall liner

Spall liner advertises 25% reduction of the damage done by explosions. When I was a noob, I always bought this one first.

In fact it is increasing your armor ability to reduce damage by 25%. Since people rarely shoot HE, and only use them HE against very thin armor with very small to no ability to reduce the damage,  25% of very small numbers will never give you any advantage.

spall liner is made to protect heavily armored tanks against arty in the PC game, it was carried over to blitz, and I guess, since many noobs like I did probably buy it every time they can, the developers will see no rush for the removal of such a successful and desired item.

 

Armor thickness

there is no other way to protect the general HP pool of your tank against High explosive than : not getting hit, and being heavily armored. Of course HE has usually smaller penetration numbers, except for HESH, therefore armor is a very effective protection. However HE is also very well suited to make damage to modules, and that is where the following are called for :

 

protecting the modules

the provision protective kits, equipment reinforced suspensions, engine durability, wet ammorack, etc..

They claim to add  10-25% durability or protection to the respective modules. But how do they work ? Thy in fact add 10-25% more ho to the dedicated module hp. Which means, that, where usually one shot was enough to blow a track, or an ammorack, now two shots will be necessary.

This is obviously a preventive measure, more effective than repairs, though probably not replacing repairs. For example, As soon as your ammorack is damaged you should repair it, because one more hit means game over. Meanwhile carrying only repairs could have meant a direct ammorack without warning. Depending on tanks, you might decide which is the most suited.

 

repairing the modules

the repair kits, extinguishers and toolboxes

Any of these will allow you to repair any damage module instantly or at least faster, manually or automatically. Since we have seen that modules are especially exposed and damaged by HE, you will need to carry these if you are a light tank and you want to survive being spammed by HE

 

 

WHEN TO USE HE

All the time.

i rarely carry less than 5 shells. In some special derp guns, like T82 or KV2, SU, etc... I usually carry as much as half of the shells in HE and half in premium ammo. Regular AP would either have bad damage or bad pen, so I carry no AP at all in such tanks.

 

there are many use of the HE, and probably I can't list them all here. A full understanding of the mechanics allows to create new uses, would the opportunity arise. Here are some :

 

- destroy a tank faster with penetration

i described above enjoy dreadful an HE penetration can be. 

The bigger the caliber, the lighter the enemy, the more opportunities.

I often do around 1000 damage, sometimes multiple times in a single battle. that is before fire occurs.

Practically, In battle you really need to know before hand exactly where are each available HE sweet spot and angle for each ennemy  tank, according to the gun you are carrying.

 

- tracking or damaging the modules

Any external module will be easily damaged for two reasons : they can be themselves the point of impact. Damage done to them will be 25% more than if you had shot with AP. This is why most tracks will be damaged by AP, and will need two impacts, but will be destroyed by a single HE shell. Damaging tracks is especially usefull because the enemy cannot use his mobility anymore, but also because he becomes an easy target for more damage. Finally, any of this damage done upon your tracking will award 50% more XP to you. This is usefull when grinding or in the search of ace medals.

another good use is to blow your enemy's gun. Look at him play with a broken gun. Enjoyable every time.

 

- reset base

in the normal battles, (encounter, not supremacy mode) any damage will reset base, even a damaged track (not broken) without hp loss. Just make sure you don't aim where the armor is thickest, red indicator in the sniperview, or it might defeat your splash damage.

 

- make enemy move out of protection.

Often times you will see a strong turret. AP will bounce because of the angle, and make no damage. you may find that HE can make damage, even as small as 7hp. But receiving damage will make the enemy think that he is not safe, and often times it will make him do the mistake of moving out  of his strong position, allowing you to take a position advantage, or exposing his weaker parts, etc...

 

- kill enemies through hard cover

as mentioned, the explosion will damage anything in a radius. An enemy with say, 40hp hiding behind the corner of a house can be killed by the splash damage, either by shooting the ground or by shooting at the house itself, as long as you hit something close to him enough, with a shell big enough, and that his armor is thin enough. 

[note using splash effect has nothing to do with tracers going to kill you through mountains, which is a glitch related to normal server late dies or lag, this is splash damage and only has to do with proximity to the point of impact]

 

Kill two ennemies with one shell

there used to be a bombardier medal for killing two ennemies of with one shell. That medal is gone but doing so is still possible. When both ennemies are close to each other and their hitpoints will be low enough to be killed by splash damage, shooting in a place that can splash both will do damage to both. If their ho are low enough, they will die. Both. Or at least you can track them both but that's less fun.

 

- kill oneself

if your hp is low enough and your gun big enough (typically above 150mm), shooting a wall or an enemy too close will deal damage to yourself. if you have too much HP, it will break your gun before killing yourself, but you can repeat the operation. In the old time this could award a lucky medal to a nearby enemy watching the scene. In recent times, it is still a good laugh. 

 

- credit printer 

if you become very proficient at using HE shells, you will see that they are highly rewarded. Tracks means damage done by others is awarded partially to you. Penetration will creat more damage per shot. All this will be awarded credits. In return, HE shells are (usually ) much, much cheaper than What regular shells are. Not even mentioning the cost of premium ammo. More reward for less cost ? Yes, that can help you make some credit.

 

- more use ?

of course there are many more uses of HE. Please add yours, even totally trollish or funny, in the comments below.  

 

 

 

Congratulations ! you are done with the reading !

If you liked it don't be shy, if you have questions just ask them, I will answer below and possibly improve the guide.

 

My other guides can be found there.




#392569 Ich verliere immer! Bitte um Hilfe!

Posted ArnieQ on 24 June 2016 - 06:39 AM

Guten Morgen,

 

dies ist ein ganz allgemeiner Post für ganz viele Spieler, die hier im Forum Hilfe suchen, weil sie zum Beispiel...

 

  • ständig verlieren.
  • zu wenig Schaden machen im Gefecht bzw. zu früh abgeschossen werden.
  • immer die ersten sind, die sterben.
  • immer die letzten sind, die sterben.
  • nicht verstehen, warum die Mitspieler so schlecht sind.
  • nicht verstehen, warum der eigene Panzer gerade so schlecht ist und was man da machen kann.
  • und noch einiges mehr, warum sie nicht weiterwissen.

 

Diese Spieler, die hier diese Posts schreiben (oft den ersten den sie überhaupt schreiben)...

 

  • haben entweder keine Ahnung warum das so ist, wie es ist und suchen Hilfe.
  • sind überzeugt, der eigene Panzer ist schlecht und suchen Hilfe.
  • sind überzeugt, dass schlechte Mitspieler daran Schuld sind, dass sie nicht gewinnen.

 

Falls Du Dich, lieber Leser, hier wiederfindest, dann lies bitte weiter, denn jetzt folgen die Inhalte, die viele Community-Mitglieder schon gar nicht mehr unter solche Posts schreiben, weil es immer dasselbe ist.

 

Falls Du Dich, lieber Leser, hier nicht wiederfindest, weil Du meinst, Du kannst das, dann prüf gern mal Deine Statistiken bei http://www.blitzstars.com. Wenn Du da viel Gelb, Orange, Rot oder schwarz siehst, dann ist es leider so, dass Du es nicht kannst. Das bedeutet, dass Du unterdurchschnittlich spielst. Dann bitte hier weiterleisen. Bist Du mindestens hellgrün, dunkelgrün, blau, lila oder dunkellila, dann bist Du besser als die meisten. Wenn Du magst, lies weiter. Vielleicht findest Du noch einige Details die Du noch nicht kanntest.

 

Nun zur Hilfe für Dich:

 

Der erste Denkfehler, den ich seinerzeit auch gemacht habe ist, dass dadurch das es ein Teamspiel ist und man sechs weitere Mitspieler hat, es nicht an einem selbst liegt, sondern an den anderen. Irrtum. Es liegt an einem selbst. Denn nur, wenn man weiß wie die Spielmechaniken funktionieren, das umsetzen kann und dann das Maximum aus sich herausholt, dessen man fähig ist, kann man mit Fug und Recht behaupten, dass die anderen Schuld sind. Und wenn man das tut - oh Wunder - dann gewinnt man die meisten Spiele, nämlich mehr als die Hälfte, auch.

 

Falls Du also Tipps haben möchtest, wie Du, Du allein, in die Lage versetzt wirst, ganze Spiele zu entscheiden, dann lies weiter. Falls Dir das Lesen schon zu anstrengend ist, geschweige denn das Umsetzen und üben, dann lies bitte nicht weiter und verschone die Community mit Deinen Posts. 

 

Dir ist klar, welche Panzerklassen welche Aufgaben haben? Gut, dann weiter. Wenn nicht, hierhin: http://wotbfanzone.e...er-panzergattu/

 

Du befindest Dich irgendwo zwischen Tier I und Tier X und in Deiner Stufe stockt es gerade sehr und Du weißt nicht wieso? Dann hierhin: 

http://wotbfanzone.e...-für-stufe-1-4/

http://wotbfanzone.e...-die-stufe-1-7/

http://wotbfanzone.e...höheren-stufen/

 

Dir sagen Begriffe wie z. B. Winkeln, Sidescrapen, Circle of Death, Hulldown-Fahren, Gun-Depression (Richtwinkel), etc. etwas? Wenn ja, prima. Das ist schon mal eine ganze Menge. Wenn nicht, hierhin: http://wotbfanzone.e...-wotb-neulinge/

 

Dich meckern auf den Karten öfters Leute an, weil Du woanders langsfährst als die? Kennst Du zumindest die vorgesehenen Standardwege? Nein? Schau mal hier: http://wotbfanzone.e...einzelnen-maps/

 

Du hast eigentlich gar keine Lust, zu den ganzen Grundlagen zu Spielweisen und Karten zu lesen und möchtest Dir das lieber mal anschauen? Kein Problem, hierhin: http://wotbfanzone.e...utorial-videos/

 

Du kannst die Grundlagen alle, hast aber Probleme mit einem oder mehreren speziellen Panzern? Dann schau mal hier:  http://wotbfanzone.e...es-anleitungen/ oder ebenfalls lieber zum Anschauen hier http://wotbfanzone.e...4-video-guides/

 

Falls Dir die ganzen Begrifflichkeiten über den Kopf wachsen und Du wissen willst was dieses oder jenes überhaupt bedeutet, auch kein Problem. Hierhin: http://wotbfanzone.eu/lexicon/

 

Vielleicht bist Du, lieber Hilfesuchender, ja jetzt auch wie auch die Community der Meinung, dass in diesem Spiel mehr steckt als auf Moorhühner zu schießen. Ich kann Dir versichern, dass - wenn man auch nur einige der oben gezeigten Dinge beherrscht - es auch sehr viel mehr Spaß macht, als stumpf vorbeiflatterndes Federvieh abzuknallen. Und obwohl das jetzt viel aussieht, kommen die ersten Erfolge sehr schnell. 

 

Ach ja: Leutchen, die sich verbessern wollen in einigen dieser Punkte, es alleine aber nicht schaffen, da hilft die Community übrigens gern. Und zwar hier http://wotbfanzone.e...gpartner-suche/ und hier http://forum.wotblit...clan-zugsuche/. Vielleicht schließt Du Dich ja auch einem Clan an, der darauf Wert legt, dass seine Mitglieder etwas von anderen lernen können. Gut geht Hilfe von anderen auch in Übungsräumen und es sind viele aus der Community bereit, Dich zu unterstützen, wenn Du die obigen Grundlagen gelesen/gesehen hast und das jetzt üben möchtest.

 

Zu guter Letzt, lieber Hilfesuchender. Du hast gesehen, dass viel in dem Spiel steckt und es leider nicht per Fingerschnipp getan ist, dass Du von jetzt auf gleich ein guter Spieler wirst. Da kann ich dir versichern, dass auch das stetige besser Werden sehr viel Spaß macht. Falls Dir das dennoch zu umständlich ist und Du das nicht möchtest, dann... tja... dann bitte geh ganz schnell wieder und frage hier niemanden. Denn Du wirst immer obenstehende Antworten bekommen.

 

Das war's für Dich, lieber Hilfesuchender. Jetzt noch ein Satz für die Community bzw. den Contributor:

 

Das hier ist auch als Hilfe gedacht, wenn Leutchen mal wieder Posts schreiben à la "Hilfe, die anderen sind Schuld, blödes Spiel" und so. Dann gern hierhin verweisen und sich nicht weiter damit beschäftigen. Mach ich künftig auch so. Vielleicht kann man das auch irgendwo mal pinnen (Contributor?)

 

Habt Spaß weiterhin, Hilfesuchender wie auch die alten Hasen hier. 

 

 




#553673 ATTN WG: New in-game chat rules

Posted Chargerbull on 28 February 2017 - 11:47 PM

After a while playing with the new chat rules i can say this:

global chat and after-death chat were not just about abuse. It was about making jokes, saying hi to people you know, giving advice to green players.

 

WG, you have just destroyed a huge social aspect of this wonderful, game with one swift move without thinking it through. Do you know how it has impacted my game? I usually sat through the games even if I was destroyed early, I wanted to know how it plays out (go for the flag, run!, gg, watch out, etc). It was interesting.

 

And now? Crickets. I get destroyed, I just exit. I see someone I know on the other team, i do nothing. This game just got 20% less interesting and i hope you will soon undo this.

 

Enforce stricter rules, ban the abusers, I don't care... Just give us the chat back asap!




#342502 Closed

Posted Amaunet85 on 10 April 2016 - 03:21 PM

I've stayed out of this discussion for the most part, only made one statement about all of this on Facebook. Reading all of this, and having witnessed things since the update, I feel like I should respond however.

 

Over the last few days there's been discussions all over the place. I get that, I'm not fond of this update either, and have voiced my discontent as well, but the way people have gone about it is something I'm very much against.

 

Wargaming has created topics in all the language sections to discuss the new update and report what works or what doesn't work. Most people feel that saying things like "wargaming sucks", or "congratulations on ruining the game" and other charming things like that are apparently very constructive and that that will make the company they're "communicating" with listen to a word they say. If people spoke to you like that, would you be inclined to listen? No, you'd be inclined to tell them to piss off.

 

Aside from that, people seem to take great joy in starting topic after topic about the same thing, instead of posting it in the topic and place that's actually been created for things like this. As if that would help matters.

 

Those two things are the same for every update though, not just this one. The difference between regular updates and this one though, is the "response" of the clans that's been building up, and the way that's now being presented.

Not twenty-four hours into the update, people have started talking about things we should do as a community, namely in name of clans, and this initiative rose from it. This has varied from sending hate mail to WG, to boycotting the store and not buying prem time or tanks or gold, to threatening not to play the game for two weeks. I do not second any of these initiatives. That kind of talk reeks of blackmailing.

 

I fail to understand why it's impossible to voice your complaints in a normal manner in a normal place. If you start talk like that so soon after the update has been released, you're not giving anyone a chance to fix things either. Wargaming is actively gathering feedback, and like any big company, that feedback needs to be reviewed, then worked with. They have stated as much, as well, so that we know they're looking into things. Discussing a solution to the problems we now face, let alone creating that solution, takes time and can't happen overnight.

 

I would have understood if we hadn't heard a thing about it all in a week's time, and this had been talked of then, but within a day of the update being launched? No. Just no.

 

That being said, do the math. Even if you got every player of the big clans on the server to agree - which you didn't - you'd end up with a number of participants that would range between 1.5k and 2k players on this server. The  server has roughly 45k players online at any one time in the evening - meaning our player base is probably around 70k or 80k of people that actually play the game. 2k players that won't buy gold or prem time or tanks for two weeks is absolutely nothing compared to that, especially considering the fact that most of us have many more premium days, and there are plenty of players in those 2k players that don't spend any money on the game to begin with.

 

Aside from that, big giant companies are unlikely to give into blackmailing attempts, no matter how active they are in the game or the community. Because if they did, they'd have to do so again and again, whenever there was something that person is unhappy with.

 

And what will you do when Wargaming doesn't get back to you before your self-imposed deadline? What then? Did you take into account that people that work for companies have weekends too? And office-hours? And that it takes some effort to bring the right people together at the same time to discuss what's going on - and then they still need to discuss what they might be able to do about it and how to do that? Not to mention the fact that we're dealing with 4 different servers here, and many languages from which feedback needs to processed to one central place.

 

If this had started as a healthy discussion and an attempt to properly communicate with the company that made this game, I would have definitely supported it, and would have done my best to help it go right, in any and all ways. As it is, I am doing what I can, but behind the scenes as I don't want to be linked to this initiative.

 

I like that the clans are coming together, heck, that even the servers are coming together, to voice they're not happy with this update. But that's what this should have been. Voice. Open (and mature) conversation with the people that made this game, so that they will be more inclined to listen to things we say the next time. Not demands, and certainly not threats. 

 

I think it's a big shame that this was not handled like an attempt to get proper communication going, rather than whatever it's become now.




#342294 WG Community Statement for 2.8 update

Posted _W4RO_ on 10 April 2016 - 10:20 AM

After Second Global Clan Meeting
 
WG Community statement
 
First, I would like to say that we are all here because we love the game, we invest a good amount of our time and hard earned money into it, we are concerned about the changes in 2.8 and the impact they have had on our gameplay.
 
1. The balance of the new economy credit system is not good because we see that in battle results. Decreasing repair cost doesen't help when you also decrease profitability. You decreased profitability on the most important lines of the game like E100, IS7 and T110E5 and so on, except British tanks wich we can see that they where improved not just on the paper. WG producers have historically been quoted in the past that tier 6 and 7 are supposed to be places where we can earn credits to fund higher tier play/tanks, this is now very difficult.
2. The change to consumables items has significantly decreased their quality or time, but their prices have remained the same. Blitz battles are very short, we all have an average of 3 minutes for most battles, which means we don’t really get to use the consumables a second time that's why we think now adrenaline and engine power boost will be directly ignored by most of the players because they are almost useless after reducing their time to 15 seconds. Provisions are a good idea but reducing the engine power boost by taking 10% from him and add them to one of the items in provisions just to make a provision item and have a lower quality in consumables is not necesary, players are now forced to use provisions and consumables at the same time to have the same benefits like before only with consumables but for a higher price of credits.
3. WG has always told us that we are not expected to earn credits in tier 10, and that is ok but with the new economy however, and with tier 10 being very competitive, we find ourselves losing a lot of more credits than before update.
 
 
In this situation, even premium account users lose out an important ammount of credits after the update. We understand the concept of paying for premium accounts to be able to use high quality consumables / equipment and have more benefits. This was the way the pre 2.8 economy credit system worked. Now in the 2.8 economy, with extra provisions and modifications to normal consumables, it is no longer affordable to run high-end provisions/equipment/consumables even WITH a premium account. The 2.8 economy credit system now REQUIRES GRIND WITH premium tank, AND premium account at the same time to afford gameplay at the high tiers or to earn credits and move up to top tiers, there is a "pay to win" situation for tier9 and tier10 tanks.
 
We consider that we need a change and we propose WG the next REALISTIC things that can encourage both parts ( customers and producers ) to get in a common agree. Make consumables back as they was before update, old consumables can be again useful and can help us make a few more credits in some situations, let provision items like they are to make the difference between "gold" players who afford them and if there won't be a balance between the old consumables and provisions you can make provisions 15% more expensive with the same characteristics, or at the same price you can lower their abilities. All tanks that you decrease profitability must receive a 50% increasing profitability from the number of decreased profitability WITHOUT changing anything on repair cost of the tanks after 2.8 update, for example after 2.8 update you decrease profitability on E100 with 27% profitability, we propose to decrease it only 13,5% at a half of the decreased number, you decrease MAUS profitability with 4%, we propose only 2% of decreased profitability. In conclusion we want premium accounts TO COUNT again and we think these changes will fix this uncomfortable situation and will be possible for producers to agree with their customers. We wait for a public answer about the situation we have presented until 15.04.2016 00:00 UTC timezone hopping that WG will take note about what we propose and considering it a solution. Thank you for listening us ! 
 
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#235862 Huwie: No competition

Posted RukMakto on 10 November 2015 - 08:36 AM

:ohmy:

 

 

View PostHuwie_, on 09 November 2015 - 02:44 PM, said:

Maybe its actually AFK clan members who dont get fazed by seeing the big names. Not getting the same support that they usually get :)