So I settled on the VK 30.02 (M) as my go-to tank. It actually has decent frontal armor when angled for its tier, good enough dpm and speed, and decent vision. Good without being OP. My plan was to grab some German premium mediums for credits and to grind the crew faster since I won't be getting premium time.
So I grabbed the Shwarzpanzer 58 during the recent event. It's... bearable. Ok mobility with terrible dpm and armor. It has decent gun depression, though, which is its one redeeming quality. I also traded in some mid-tier premiums a while back I never play for the Panther 8,8.
What. A. Mistake.
That thing is absolute shit. There is nothing redeemable about it. It has the same armor as the VK 30.02 (M) but 2 tiers higher. Mobility is below average (poor acceleration and turning with average top speed). The gun is rubbish (no accuracy, depression, aim time, nothing over its competition). So you can't maneuver in it effectively. You can't ever rely on its armor. You can't use its gun because the pen coupled to shit accuracy means even if hanging back and being ignored you'll either miss the weak spot on the target or simply not pen. As such even as a premium you can't make credits with it. I'm really tempted to retire it because it's getting to the point where it's not worth the x2 daily to play a PoS tank. How in the world has this thing been allowed to be left like this for so long? The presence of this in the game just reinforces their balance team needs to be fired. Thank goodness I actually didn't spend any real money on it.
More signs of how bad it is. With their new ranking system I'm 59th on the server with mine sitting at a 47% w/r and 1300 dmg. The top guy right now only averages 2000 dmg in it and is the only guy on the list to do so (as comparison I'm 56% w/r and 1400 dmg on the Shwarz and that doesn't even put me top 100 for that on the server). Why hasn't this thing been rebalanced yet?
I actually threw a brand new crew into my T34 this last weekend (ground out some credits to buy a bunch of consumables) and averaged about 4x the credits than I did in my Panther 8,8 with its 4-skill crew. That says something right there. From what I've read the only option for someone like me who won't spend money on OP premiums or premium time is to stick with high-pen tanks like the T34. This last weekend seemed to reaffirm that. You simply can't compete at higher tiers with all the gold spam relying on smaller weakspots with low-average pen guns. As such I'm looking at rebuying the Rhm down the road and throwing my one good German TD crew in it.
Edited by Skywalkre, 29 November 2017 - 0157 AM.