there’s a new Storm Q&A out, thanks to Edrard for compiling and Ivan for translating once more:

– The alleged loss of reverse speed some players claimed happened was not confirmed
– The bug that allowed the tanks to achieve very high speeds when reversing from a slope was fixed in new physics
– The problem where a tank with full HP gets killed when driving down a mountain is known
– The situation where the capturing siren continues to sound even after the capping enemies were killed already is a known bug
– Storm admits that lately he plays WoT only a little
– The new sounds are just the beginning, the sounds will be polished and fixed. The most important part was to implement the new engine
– The decision not to allow players to choose between old and new sounds is final
– The American tier 8 heavy T34 was buffed already during the HD overhaul
– The ability to block one track (police turn) for T95 and Batchat 155 58 will not be removed. It’s a compromise between cancelling the feature completely and allowing it completely (like other classes have it). The devs wanted to disable it altogether for TDs and arty but this is what they got.
– There is nothing wrong with IS-6 regarding the alleged too often ammo rack explosions, the internal modules were not changed with the exception of splitting the engine and the transmission
– Object 430 in HD will appear soon
– Internal gravity value is increase by 10-15 percent so the tanks don’t turn on their roof too often and so the feeling of “lightness” is reduced. This is also due to the fact that in real life a lot of energy is consumed by the deformation (tank parts deformed by the impact) and by the surface into which they crash and which they deform as well
– The average IS-6 player quality didn’t change since 9.14
– IS-6 was not nerfed in any way that would cause the vehicle to be less effective. Storm regarding this matter: “For 5,5 years now, the players always write that we nerfed their premium after every patch. This concerns every premium tank. Unfortunately, we can’t take such words that are not confirmed by any statistics seriously. And statistics do not show any drop in performance. On the contrary, the amount of shell bounces increased after the update by roughly 8-9 percent, so nobody can say that its armor got worse. As for Super Pershing, there were serious and uncompensated armor nerfs. That is why we offered earlier to have it returned for gold. IS-6 situation is completely different.”
– The 235mm IS-6 frontal armor parts doesn’t take normalization and other shooting conditions into account. There is no need to use them to determine whether the tank will or will not be penetrated, these were only given for comparison with the previous versions which took the previously mentioned factors into account
-IS-6 statistics before and after patch, RU server, random battles in standard mode. As you can see, the amount of bounces increased.
LinkGiven the armor buff, IS-6 also survives longer and therefore manages to deal more avarage damage
LinkAnd it earns more credits
LinkAverage winrate increase
LinkStorm regarding IS-6 armor: “The system of penetration depends on probabilities and is complicated. There are many conditions – shell entry angle, penetration RNG, normalization. These factors can combine into a situation where the armor can be penetrated by tier 7 tanks. Everything depends on that specific case of penetration.”