For the Record: 9.3 Preview
Source: http://forum.worldoftanks.asia/index...eak-must-read/ Hello everyone, ASIA server (thanks to Tanitha, who has been very busy getting new info) posted a preview of the 9.3 light tank line. Enjoy! Text by (I assume) Tanitha. The upcoming update will bring an array of the new light tanks (USSR, German and USA) in WoT. Thus tech trees of these nations will be extended and get more logic structure. The top ones will be VIII-tier light tanks. Let’s see what these tanks are capable of. High tier LTs like AMX 13-90, T71, WZ-131/132 occupy a special place in the game. Those, who have experienced at least a dozen battles on them, hardly need any explanations of “light tank fun”. Just recall that vehement feeling when you approach enemy SPG from behind to finish it off!! Or when you hide in the bushes right in front of your enemies, while they’re circling under allied fire having no clue who spots them… The new light tanks are introduced so as to enrich these feelings that inevitably follow the gameplay on light tanks, providing even more adrenalin for their owners. All of them are nimble, due to their low mass and passability. Good observation coupled by low signature and decent armament allow these tanks to solve wide array of combat tasks: scouting, performing raids behind enemy lines. You shouldn’t forget about their significant rigidness as well – these tanks may effectively withstand even a round fired by a X-tier AT-SPG. RU-251 (German) — speedy combat vehicle with a decent cannon. This mysterious index hides a German recon tank that was designed in 1960s to become a predecessor of the notorious Leopard tank. In our game both these tanks are pretty close by concept, exterior and certain engineering aspects. Similar to Leopard 1 Ru-251 is featured by rather weak armoring. Being a huge disadvantage for a medium tank, this feature is not so dramatic for the light version: you won’t rely on your armor much anyway, but the dynamics of the tank is really enjoyable – the vehicle may speed up to 80 km/h! Add here a spotting range of 400m – and you’ll get a perfect solution for active recon missions. But the main feature of the tank is its cannon possessing decent DPM, accuracy and penetration. Shooting from it is very comfortable. Nevertheless you shouldn’t rely on Ru-251 damaging capabilities that much. Shooting at front armor plates of IX–X tier tanks will be a real waste of ammo, limited by 41 round — rather small, compared to Ru-251′s firing rate. Summing everything up, we expect Ru-251 to be appreciated by German tree enthusiasts as it took over the majority of the upsides of Leopard 1: decent maneuverability, good spotting range, comfortable cannon. T49 LT (USA) — classic light tank, or a crazy bomber with a 152mm barrel? It is up for you to decide! We’ll start our journey with this unusual and interesting sample, claiming its place among players’ favorites — T49 Light Tank. This vessel was designed in USA during WWII and became one of the versions of notorious M41 Walker Bulldog, a successor of “Chaffee”. The first thing you’ll ever notice is its 152mm cannon! Its parameters are close to that of legendary “Boomstick” of KV-2. Just imagine a compact version of KV-2, speeding as a scout, prepared to deliver HE presents to enemies, each worthy of 700-1000HP upon penetration! And we haven’t even started on HEAT rounds… Reasonably, the outstanding power of the cannon was compensated by decreased accuracy, rate of fire and convergence speed, so the tank won’t become too overpowered. T49 Light Tank will rather be an unusual, daring tank, with its own, unique gameplay. Т-54 light (USSR) — maneuverable and comfortable to handle, capable of fulfilling a wide range of tasks. Obviously, Soviet tech tree of light tanks is going to get a new topping – light version of the popular T-54. This tank inherits majority of the positive features of its predecessor, the most important one – overall playing comfort. Low profile and smooth shape pleases eye and increased maneuverability is really exciting: daring advances behind enemy lines and mad carousels around helpless opponents will become even easier. Eventhough you shouldn’t forget that this is still a light, not medium tank, with a decreased tier. Armor of the light Т-54 cannot effectively withstand impacts of the rounds fired by medium tanks, whereas your odds against light enemy tanks are pretty good. 100mm D-10Т cannon so well known to Soviet tree enthusiasts is pretty reliable. Possessing it you may feel confident and cause troubles to your lightly armored opponents. So this light version is essentially a mix of light and medium tank. It is capable of solving an array of combat tasks: reconnaissance, capturing and holding key positions at the beginning, engagement of enemy scouts, supporting allied medium tanks, free hunt. We remind you also that three more vehicles will be introduced in the update as well, along with the abovementioned tanks. - T37 (VI tier, USA) - M41 Walker Bulldog (VII tier, USA) - LTTB (VII tier, USSR) You may learn more about them and try them in battles yourselves on 9.3 public test. Watch out for the news!