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.