Ph3lan announced today on the EU Official Forum that the new overmatch mechanics has been postponed.
“Based on your input from the 1st Common Test, we decided to cancel this feature.
Initially, we planned to revise the ricochet and overmatch mechanics for all vehicles. However, tests showed that it will cause increased ricochets on thinly armored tanks (the IS-3, IS-4, etc.) that used to be generally bad at angling. This disrupted gameplay overall (a lot more ricochets where chances of them used to be zero), which you reported to us during the Common Test. We analysed your feedback and decided to stick to the old, time-proven mechanic for all vehicles including the tier VIII–X Swedish tank destroyers.”
Source: Official EU Forum
I don’t know if I should like or dislike this. I like the fact Wargaming is listening to the Community, but… Was these changes really that bad?
From my perspective, players have been whining about how Heavy Tanks have no armour and how armour is of no significance in the game. Wargaming based on this feedback decides to change the overmatch mechanics because 40mm roof armour could be penetrated by 122mm guns with 175mm penetration but not by 120mm guns with 200mm penetration. Tanks with 40mm side armour were not able to bounce a shot at 80 degree angle because the 122mm gun could just pen… because it’s over three times and that is ultra realistic.
But we don’t play World of Tanks because of realism, right?
These new changes were a nerf for big calibre guns, but they were actually a buff to lower calibre guns. Also, it re-introduced the significance of armour into the game. Of course, some tanks like the IS-3 and IS-4 were a lot better at “tanking”, but so where other tanks like the Tiger II or the MAUS.
The new Swedish tank line was supposed to take advantage of this also, low armour but because of good gun depression means they would be strong at hull down position. Now they won’t, meaning there isn’t a big difference in gameplay of a Swedish Heavy Tank to a French Heavy Tank.
Players started whining so much about it, saying “everyone will just use Gold Ammo from now on”, or “IS-3 and IS-4 are OP and now will be even more OP”, that Wargaming decided to go back on these changes.
When actually the changes would also be a nerf to gold ammunition that everyone as been asking for, APCR rounds for example would suffer a from this, because the way they work in game and the armour buff everyone wanted.
This made me thing: Do players know what they want or do they just whine at everything?
I was looking forward for these changes. Let me know your thoughts in the comments.