Hello everyone, ever since the entire 9.0 mess with FPS drops and other issues, I kinda dropped World of Tanks, but it got fixed (sort-of), so I decided to try historical battles once again. I mean, I have a 5 perk crew in the most ubiquitous vehicle of all, Panzer IV (and StuG), how hard can it be to get into battle with that? Time to get that 50 percent more credit income for playing Panzer IV in Ardennes! Well… I play on EU2 server (65k players online at that moment about an hour ago) and… Yea… literally nobody playing the Ardennes. After a few minutes of wait, there was not a single battle in any vehicle. Oh well, time to switch server. Switched to EU1. This time, I got into a battle after 3 minutes if wait or so. There was only a couple of us and many Americans, so we got killed. Yeeeaa… okay. Second try (this time with a StuG). Same result, same team – literally, I encountered the same guys. We lost. Uhm okay. Third attempt with a StuG, again playing with (and against) the same people, killed two Hellcats in the StuG, but we lost again. After three losses in a row, I was like fuck it. Knowning that both StuG and Panzer IV were completely hopeless in Balaton, I decided to switch to Kursk – with following results: Yea. Like 20 people (on the entire 100k EU1 server!!!!!) in the historical battles queue and still I didn’t get in, waited for 5 minutes with the Panzer IV (remember when developers said “if you want to play a Tiger, you will wait, if you want to play lowtier, you will get in immediately”) – then the same result with the StuG and then I gave up. After a couple of weeks since the patch, nobody is playing historical battles. It’s a complete flop. I wonder why that is? Personally, I think it’s two reasons: - dubious balance - monotonous battles The balance of some battles is ridiculous (playing Panzer IV in Balaton for example is utterly pointless – that L/43 cannot harm the IS even with gold ammo properly – or the Americans steamrolling the Germans in Ardennes with a crowd of Hellcats). I do believe that Kursk is at this moment the best balanced historical battle – I also suspect that the earlier the historical battle, the easier will it be to balance – late in the war, historically, there were encounters of vehicles that in World of Tanks completely outclass one another (for example that Panzer IV versus IS) and even though the battle of such vehicles is historical, it’s also not fun and is completely pointless. The introduction of special characteristics for HB only is an interesting concept and I wonder, what will it do, but if the next historical battle (as mentioned by WG ASIA staff) indeed is Tobruk, I do worry a lot – Matilda II versus (early!) Panzer III and early Panzer IV. I am really afraid that’s not going to end well. However that’s the future. As for the current state of historical battles, I am afraid it turned out to be a failure.

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