The First Tiger killer – The Churchill tank

I have found an Object 268 successfully on the EU server, so we can start to work on it over the weekend. In the meantime, let’s take a short trip into the lower Tiers again. I spend most of my playtime in Tier V or VI. Shorter battles, less upkeep, no tactical nukes deployed on orbit, steadier gameplay in general. The Churchill tank is a gem among the lower Tier premiums in World of Tanks. If you have serious plans with the Russian heavy tank line and need a cheap silver-maker you should seriously consider the Churchill. This article will use the “short” format designed for the “old tanks”.

Recommended site about the Churchill tank (building up)

WoT Armory as part of a historical/game project

Introduction

The Churchill-series were British infantry tanks designed and built during the Second World War. The designers had an uneven, shell-torn landscape with never-ending network of trenches and fortifications in mind, just like the Great War. The Churchill had been built as a long “trench-crosser” tank which had to be capable of getting across the most difficult terrain. Speed was not a requirement as the tank had to work in close cooperation with the advancing infantry. The first successful version, the Mk III, first saw action in the Second Battle of El-Alamein. The Churchill had been  designed conservatively but it was roomy and tough skinned.  These tanks were among the few available at the time that had a sporting chance against the German anti-tank weaponry.

Infantry tank brigades (three tank regiments each) were attached to infantry divisions. The Tommies and the different  Churchill-variants fought side by side from the North African deserts through the steppes of the Eastern Front to the jungles of theFar East and they had quite a few fierce battles. One Mk III was the first allied tank to knock out a German Tiger. The slow but well-armored Churchill tanks did very well against the Blitzkrieg armor of the Germans but they were outgunned against the newer Panzer generations. For this reason the British used TDs from overwatch positions to cover the infantry tanks during operations.

If you are curious boutt the real Churchill tank, google Gerry Chester, a real veteran driver.

SWOT-analysis of the Churchill

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Beauty without the inner beast – The IS-6 protection report

Give a slab of steel to a russian engineer, it doesn’t matter, what he makes from it, the product will look like a tank. But what a great-looking one! I mean, no one really doubts, that in this game with such oriental roots,  all members of the KV- and IS-family will be present sooner or later. The less-known IS-6 arrives in patch 7.4 as a Tier8 premium heavy tank, but from what we have seen on the test server, I seriously doubt, that it will be a hit as a money-maker.  WoT Armory makes its case about the IS-6 premium heavy tank.

Players with experience buy premium tanks for two major reasons

First, they want to make ingame currency for the upkeep of their higher tier tanks. The turning point of self-sustainability lies somewhere around Tier7, some tanks can collect the silver for the next, higher-level vehicle, others can’t. From to patch to patch WG tries to squeeze out more and more real-life currency by open or secret nerfing of credit multipliers, by rolling back cheap farming strategies like HE-nerf for mid-tier tanks with howitzers below 15cm calibre, and so on. And hey presto, the Type is back in a time-limited sale pack.

These days, if someone asks for a cheap and effective farm tank, my humble answer is the Stug, still. But the time of my personal arch-moneymakers – the M4A3E2 and E8 – is over. They still gain silver, but too much effort in a forever screwed matchmaking, to little income. The company does not want to feel yourself good in mid-tiers.

Two birds, one stone

All right, less monologue, more content. The other factor of a personal premium tank strategy is the crew-training (that won’t work with chinese, obviously).

We can use any tank crew from the same nation and vehicle class in a premium tank, without retraining and lose of efficiency. In short, we can make silver and level the crew of our elite tank crews at once.

Even if we make only the daily doubles, that is four times the experience for a single crew, and with the arrival of the 7.2 skills and perks no amount of experience is enough anymore. Well played, Wargaming.

These are the two criteria of a premium tank. Buying is a strategic choice. If we ride a IS-7 in Clan Wars, and we want to solve our credit-problems and want to accelerate the skill-earning at once, the IS-6 might be a solution. The tank itself is perfectly good-looking, the cool factor will boost the sales among younger players, but a long series of BUTs starts here. if we look through the factors, they are making a premium tank good, we can see, that the IS-6 just does not cut it.

Buy it or not?

We build for China – The Type 59 protection report

What the blazing hell is that? I haven’t ordered chinese! Yes, you haven’t, although we dared to take the initiative and brought forward the Wot Armory Type-analysis. The hard reason is, the servers are flooded again with the WG’s favourite cash-cow. We dedicate this article for the new buyers, the old buyers, for those who love them, for those who cannot stand them, for low tiers and high tiers, in short, for everyone. Because this tank brings out emotions from all of us.

Charcharo’s review

For the Horde!

Have you ever got the feeling, that something just does not belong? A sale stunt for the biggest market on Earth became an every hour reality on all servers. I’m afraid, I cannot be helped being opinionated, but the first introduction of the Type marked not only one of the biggest financial successes of Wargaming  but the darkest hour for game balance.

Forerunner of the pay to win?

The Type then stood out among other toned down premium tanks compared to fully teched same tiers. It was not only a competitive tank, the favoured matchmaking and the still existing stacking lead to numberless random games, where Tier6 and 7 tanks (regardless of their module status) found themselves against these Tier8 credit-farmers, whereas Types didn’t have to face Tier10s. The matchmaking stacking created credit-hungry hordes, ad-hoc teams, mostly impervious to frontal fire of desperate lower tiers, and with enough mobility to counter flanking attempts, to hunt down those who tried to dodge/escape them. The Type also has exceptional tactical flexibility compared to other Tier8 premiums, the Type-wolfpacks could steamroll anything in their path. Dealing with such raider parties demand cooperation, map awareness and cold blood.

The “golden Type” from the chinese server. The sign of wealth and prosperity, double the credit-gain, than the original. Different virtual goods for a different culture.

Great harvest is ahead. So said the golden tank… calf I mean. Or is this reference not Confucius enough?

The big cash-making had turned out to be a PR-disaster for the WG, so the Type 59 was removed from store, for a while. But the lack of availability created – maybe by purpose, since the continuous nerfs for the credit income of normal tanks  –  higher demand, and the chinese T-54 knock-off has reappeared in gift shop in the first week of May, where it could be bought only via real money, not with gold accumulated for lucky CW-fellas.

In the evening of the first day, numbers of the chinese tank long time not seen invaded the servers again. The favoured matchmaking had changed – partially – since the “dark ages”. These premium tanks can find themselves in Tier10 battles, but the stacking (putting the same tanks on one side) and problem of lower tier opponents in the opposite slots remained. One might think, the current matchmaking spread and the presence of the Types are tools for some forced evolution towards the more expensive and premium-demanding higher tiers…

The hull armor