For the Record: 22.10.2013
The 8.9 will go live on RU server on 29.10. and on EU server on 30.10.2013 (no data on NA server, sorry). Please keep in mind that after 8.9, you will NOT be able to sell the Super Pershing for gold anymore, so if you forgot, do it now. Storm also started asking players in a post, which maps do they like the best. Not much info from there, but it seems the most players actually prefer older maps: Malinovka, Murovanka, Prokhorovka, Himmelsdorf and others. - Storm states that in the first test, the 7/42 skill MM was not working - Storm also states that the skill MM uses special 7/42 battles rating, not just winrate, so it’s pointless to compare 7/42 matchmaking with XVM results - the 7/42 skill MM is based on “general overview of player skill” - Lowe will not be rebalanced anytime soon (SS: specifially the answer was “soon – no”, which sort of leaves an impression that there might be a rebalance coming later) - apparently, the D-25 on IS-4 was a temporary solution and might be removed at some point (SS: unclear) - it’s possible, that the WoWp “x3 stars” (XP multipliers) for consecutive victories might be implemented to World of Tanks - IS-7 ROF won’t be buffed to historical values (6-8 RPM), the reason for this are the statistics (balance), branch logic and economy - there will be Chinese TD’s implemented, “when it’s done it’s done” - it is known that the T-44-85 will be rebalanced, specifically by increasing penetration. However, SerB states that despite that the vehicle will not be rebalanced for tier 8, it will still be tier 7,because the prototype hull is armored worse than the serial version - apparently, mass-produced tanks will not be introduced as premiums – when a player replies that there are some mass-produced tanks as premiums, such as Soviet Valentine and Churchill, SerB replies that those are “unsuccessful” premiums (SS: the way I understand it, SerB means that it was unfortunate those tanks appeared as premiums, there was some talk about making a separate lend lease category for them) - Soviet premium tier 8 medium tank and American premium TD? “No comment” - IS-8 is called IS-8 and not T-10 because that’s how the project was called at first - premium Tiger on tier 8 with an 870hp engine will not be implemented - Turrets flying off after ammorack explosion in 0.9.0? “Time will tell” - the increased accuracy had “normal” impact on LT gameplay, LT’s will be rebalanced “if necessery” - SerB confirms that the rule that no more than half of your crew can get killed by HE shell explosion only applies on non-penetrating hits - there will be NO skill MM for random battles Also, please note that as I promised, the first part of the FTR QA experiment is underway, the questions have been asked on the RU forums, they haven’t been answered yet.