Strv S1 Review by Harkonnen

Hello everyone,

I’ve been given a test account to try out the upcoming Swedish Premium Tank Destroyer: Strv S1. Players will be able to get it very soon on the Premium Shop, for approximately 40€. The Strv S1 will be first Tier VIII Premium Tank available for the Swedish Nation and also the first Premium with Siege Mode.


Description

The development of an advanced tank for Swedish army was performed by Sven Berge. First drafts of the unique vehicle were developed in 1956. By 1961, the design of the new vehicle was finalized, and a wooden prototype was built. Later, the first Strv S1 prototype was build and used for testing of the new type of suspension, which allowed for vertical aiming of the rigidly mounted gun. The Strv S2 was developed by the end of 1962. Both prototypes became the basis for the mass production of the Strv 103 tank.


Strv S1


Statistics

  • Tier VIII Tank Destroyer
  • Cost: 10,900 Gold
  • Hit Points: 1,000
  • Gun 10,5 cm kan strv 103 L/51 – Tier X
    • Shell Type: APCR / APCR / HE
    • Shell Avg. Penetration: 288 / 330 / 53 mm
    • Shell Avg. Damage: 390 / 390 / 480
    • Shell Speed: 1,450 / 1,400 / 650 m/s
  • Reload Time: 8.34s
  • Rate of Fire: 7.20 rounds/min
  • Aiming Time: 1.28s
  • Average Damage per Minute: 2,806.50 HP/min
  • Accuracy0.28
  • Gun Depression/Elevation Angles: -11 / +11 deg
  • Traverse Speed: 38.15 deg/s
  • Terrain Resistance
    • Hard: 0.73
    • Medium: 0.83
    • Soft: 1.47
  • Hull Armour: 30 / 30 / 30 mm
  • Weigh/Load Limit: 33,40 / 35t
  • Engine Power: 540 hp
  • Specific Power: 16.17 hp/t
  • Top Speed / Reverse Speed: 50 / 45 km/h
  • Concealment of Stationary Vehicle: 49.35
  • Concealment of Moving Vehicle: 31.19
  • View Range: 470 m
  • Signal Range: 886 m
  • Crew: 3 (Commander, Driver, Gunner)

Note: Values for 100% Crew with Brothers in Arms, Recon, Situational Awareness and Concealment and equipped with Binocular Telescope, Improved Ventilation, while the tanks is in Siege Mode.


Armour


Suggested Equipment

  • Improved Ventilation
  • Medium-Caliber Tank Gun Rammer
  • Binocular Telescope

Analysis and Opinion

Overall stats are very decent for a Tier VIII Premium Tank Destroyer, gun handling is amazing and the gun is pretty accurate. Getting into Siege Mode or “unsiege” it’s quicker than other Swedish tanks, with only 2s to siege and 1.5s to unsiege. Speed while on siege mode is 8 km/h, 3 km/h more than the UDES, which makes it easier to maneuver when trying to poke over a rig line.

DPM can be just a bit short of 3,000 and that’s amazing, as long as you get a good position and are able to connect your shots, you won’t have much problems making a profit. Shell velocity of 1,450 m/s for standard ammo with 288 average penetration means it’s not difficult to hit a moving target and you won’t need Premium Ammo to penetrate, only if you are facing Tier IX and X heavily armoured tanks.

But when it comes to mobility, this is not the best of tanks. With a 540 hp engine, you are able to reach 50 km/h as top speed and 45 km/h reverse speed, but the tank weights 33.4t, resulting in a low specific power of 16.17 compared to the 26.37 you get on UDES. It’s armour is very weak, but with a great angle, so if you are facing enemies with guns up to 90mm, you actually stand a change on using the armour. But if you are matched against Tier IX and X, like you will constantly get, their guns are over 120mm they can penetrate your armour anywhere they want and with just 1,000 hit points, you won’t be able to take much punishment.

The tank doesn’t have much problems fighting against Tier IX and X, so if you are matched against them, just remember to stay back, use your stealth and DPM, this tanks is a stealth demon just like the E-25. If you are Top Tier, don’t try to push your team into victory, because this tank will fail if you try to use it as an assault tank.

So, what’s my general opinion of the tank? I’m more of an aggressive player and I just can’t play with the Siege Mode at the moment. The tank is good if you are able to play from a defensive mode, if you are unlucky to get a team that gets overrun quickly, you won’t be able to do much.. It’s a good tank but just for a few people. Siege mode is hard to get used to it and if you haven’t experienced the Swedish high tier tank destroyers, I wouldn’t recommend jumping into this tank straight away. It’s a decent credit maker, but just like the Swedish top tier tank destroyers, it’s hard to play and master.


The Good & Bad

Good

  • Amazing standard ammo penetration;
  • Amazing shell velocity for standard ammo;
  • Excellent gun depression;
  • Good damage per minute;
  • Amazing aim time in siege mode;
  • Good terrain resistances in siege mode;
  • 390 Alpha Damage on it’s gun.

Mediocre

  • 540 Engine Power, gives it a sluggish feeling.
  • Only 1,000 Hit Points, means it can’t take a hit;
  • Armour is OK versus guns up to 90mm, but anything above will overpen.

Bad

  • Siege mode makes it impossible to use it as an assault tank;
  • Only performs if used in a defensive mode;
  • 350m view range means you will have to equip binoculars.

Should you buy it?

Reasons to Buy

  1. You are looking for a Swedish Premium to train your crew;
  2. You’re a Tank Collector;
  3. You like Swedish Tanks;
  4. You fell confortable with Siege Mode;

Reasons to NOT Buy

  1. You’re a scrub lord and don’t want to support WG in anyway;
  2. You already have several good Premium money makers;
  3. You’re not comfortable playing Swedish tanks with siege mode;
  4. Hard to master because of Siege Mode.
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T25 Pilot Number 1 Review by Harkonnen

Hello everyone,

I’ve been given a test account to try out the upcoming American Premium Medium Tank: T25 Pilot Number 1. Players will be able to get it for free if they complete 13 of the 15 Daily Missions, or if they buy tokens from the Gift Shop from $2,69/£1.89/€2.15.

I will be giving you an honest opinion about the tank and share with you my experience with it over the 40 battles I’ve played with it.


Description

Developed by the United States Army Ordnance Corps on the basis of the mass-produced T23 tank with a 90-mm gun and reinforced armor. After the creation of two prototypes, 40 other vehicles were manufactured.


T25 Pilot Number 1


Statistics

  • Tier VIII Medium Tank
  • Cost: 7,450 Gold
  • Hit Points: 1,450
  • Gun 90 mm Gun T7 – Tier VII
    • Shell Type: AP / APCR / HE
    • Shell Avg. Penetration: 192 / 243 / 45 mm
    • Shell Avg. Damage: 240 / 240 / 320
  • Reload Time: 6.44s
  • Rate of Fire: 9.32 rounds/min
  • Aiming Time: 1.83s
  • Average Damage per Minute: 2,237 HP/min
  • Accuracy0.33
  • Gun Depression/Elevation Angles: -10 / +20 deg
  • Turret Traverse Speed: 49.06 deg/s
  • Traverse Speed: 46.88 deg/s
  • Terrain Resistance
    • Hard: 0.46
    • Medium: 0.64
    • Soft: 1.38
  • Hull Armour: 76 / 50 / 38 mm
  • Turret Armour: 76 / 63 / 63 mm
  • Weigh/Load Limit: 39.69 / 40t
  • Engine Power: 530 hp
  • Specific Power: 14.06 hp/t
  • Top Speed / Reverse Speed: 55 / 20 km/h
  • Concealment of Stationary Vehicle: 16.51 (%)
  • Concealment of Moving Vehicle: 13.09 (%)
  • View Range: 474 m
  • Signal Range: 812 m
  • Crew: 5 (Commander, Driver, Gunner, Loader, Radio Operator)

Note: Values for 100% Crew with Brothers in Arms, Recon, Situational Awareness, Snap Shot and Smooth Ride. Tank equipped with Ventilation, Medium-Caliber Tank Gun Rammer and Coated Optics.


Armour


Suggested Equipment

  • Improved Ventilation
  • Medium-Caliber Tank Gun Rammer
  • Coated Optics

Analysis and Opinion

The first impression you might have is this is another copy of the M26 Pershing, but don’t be fooled because it’s not. The T25 Pilot (for short of T25 Pilot Number 1) was a project to equip a T23 with a 90mm gun, and this is what you are going to get in the game.

It’s very similar to a T23E3 in everything, for the ones who are lucky enough to have it you are going to notice how close the T25 in terms of gameplay, but instead of playing with a Tier VII with special matchmaker, you are going to get a Tier VIII with normal matchmaker.

But fear not, the T25 is a Tier VIII but has Medium Tank matchmaker, in every 10 battles you are going to get (estimated values based on my experience) two Tier X matches, 4 Tier IX matches and another 4 Top Tier. In fact sometimes you might actually be Top Tier more times than you are mid or lower tier.

So, for the ones who don’t have a T23E3, what does it mean when I compare it to one? Well, the amazing gun handling, amazing terrain resistance, great reload time for a medium, very mobile and agile makes this medium tank a true medium. It’s faster than a M26 Pershing or a M46 KR, but its engine only has 530 hp, meaning the acceleration and power/weight ratio is only 14.20b hp/t, lower compared to these two tanks. Armour is weak for a medium tank, it can’t withstand a hit, meaning you will have to play second line or at the rear sniping your enemies. With -10º gun depression and a strong mantlet you can use this tank to hull down and engage your enemies, but don’t be over confident with it. While it can bounce some shells, you can be easily penetrated on the turret sides and commander copula.

It’ has the highest DPM compared to the M46 KR, Super Pershing and a M26 Pershing, with an impressive 2,237 with a fully trained crew and equipment. But not everything is good in this tank. Like I mentioned the armour is very weak for a Tier VIII, meaning you can get penetrated even by lower Tier tanks. If you are Top Tier in a match it doesn’t mean the tank will be strong enough to lead the team to a victory. The normal round is AP and it’s quite slow (853m/s), just like the Hellcat, this means you have to carefully aim before you take a shot on a moving target. But could I say better about the Premium round? Well, it’s APRC and that means it’s faster (1021m/s) but it’s penetration power is quite low with only 243mm. This means you won’t be able to penetrate those well armoured heavy tanks frontally and some times even on their sides. This is when it’s mobility comes as a positive, using it you can flank an enemy or just change position in order to engage an easier target.

Overall the tank performs well if it’s Top Tier and you won’t have much problems playing against Tier IX, but as usual the tank can’t do much in a Tier X match, so don’t expect great results if you are facing them.

So, is it worth the time of doing 13 daily missions? Well, you can get a decent Premium Tank for free, so in my opinion that is always worth the time. But if you don’t have time to complete all 13 missions and you already have other American Premium Medium Tanks, then you won’t be missing out much.


The Good & Bad

Good

  • Amazing mobility;
  • Excellent gun depression;
  • Good accuracy, aim time and gun dispersion while moving and turning turret
  • Decent damage per minute;
  • Very good rate of fire
  • Amazing aim time;
  • Good terrain resistances;

Bad

  • 530 hp engine, resulting in low Power/weight;
  • Slow acceleration;
  • Very poor armour for a tier VIII medium;
  • Low penetration values compared to other Premium Tanks
  • Slow shell velocity even for Premium Ammo.

Should you buy it?

Reasons to Buy

  1. You can get it for free
  2. You’re a Tank Collector
  3. You like American Medium Tanks
  4. Good alternative to Patton KR

Reasons to NOT Buy

  1. You’re a scrub lord and don’t want to support WG in anyway
  2. You already have several good Premium money makers
  3. You’re not comfortable playing American Medium Tanks
  4. Weak armor and not a game changer
  5. There are better alternatives, like the Pz 58 Mutz
  6. You don’t have time for the daily missions and you don’t want’t to spend any money.

Object 252U Review by Harkonnen

Hello everyone,

I’ve been given a test account to try out the upcoming Russian Premium Heavy Tank: Object 252U. The tank will be available in two options: Object 252U and Object 252U Defender, where the second one it’s the same tank but with a permanent hero camouflage.

Note this will be the first Hero Tank available for the EU Server without it’s Hero Camouflage. Seems Wargaming decided to listen to players…

I will be giving you an honest opinion about the tank and share with you my experience with it over the 40 battles I’ve played with it.


Description

A draft project, prepared during the development of the IS-6 heavy tank. The draft was completed by the end of 1944. Later, work on the IS-6 was stopped, and the development of the project was discontinued. The vehicle never entered service.


Object 252U

Object 252U Defender


Statistics – 100% Crew

  • Tier VIII Heavy Tank
  • Cost: 10,950 Gold
  • Hit Points: 1,500
  • Gun 122mm BL-13 – Tier IX

    • Shell Type: AP / APCR / HE
    • Shell Avg. Penetration: 225 / 265 / 68 mm
    • Shell Avg. Damage: 440 / 440 / 530
  • Reload Time: 15s (12.2s)
  • Rate of Fire: 4 rounds/min (4.92) 
  • Aiming Time: 3.2s (2.93s) 
  • Average Damage per Minute: 1760 HP/min (2163) 
  • Accuracy0.44 (0.4)
  • Gun Depression/Elevation Angles: -6 / +20 deg
  • Turret Traverse Speed: 24 deg/s (26.17)
  • Traverse Speed: 30 deg/s (32.71)
  • Terrain Resistance
    • Hard: 1.151
    • Medium: 1.438
    • Soft: 2.205
  • Hull Armour: 130 / 100 / 90 mm
  • Turret Armour: 250 / 150 / 150 mm
  • Weigh/Load Limit: 51.5 / 58 t
  • Engine Power: 700 hp
  • Specific Power: 13.59 hp/t
  • Top Speed / Reverse Speed: 35 / 24 km/h
  • Concealment of Stationary Vehicle: 6.95 (%)
  • Concealment of Moving Vehicle: 3.48 (%)
  • View Range: 350 m (385)
  • Signal Range: 740 m
  • Crew: 4 (Commander, Driver, Gunner, Loader)

Note: Values for a 100% Crew with Brothers in Arms, Recon, Situational Awareness, Snap Shot and Smooth Ride and tank equipped with Ventilation, Large Rammer and Vertical Stabilizer are marked in green inside brackets.


Armour


Analysis and Opinion

If you get this tank, make sure you remember it’s aim time and accuracy are terrible. This means you will need to get this stats buffed as much as possible. To achieve this it’s highly recommended you get a decent crew with Snap Shot, Smooth Ride and Brothers in Arms. Equip your tank with Ventilation, Large Caliber Rammer and Vertical Stabilizer. (See values above marked in green).

The tank will get matched against Tier X all the time, in over 40 battles I was Top Tier about… 6 times. Armour is decent and it can troll your enemies to the point of using HE because they can’t penetrate you, even if they are Tier IX or X.

But, as a troll the armour can troll you too, specially if they know where to penetrate your armour. While the hull armour behaves like an IS-7 and if you angle it it can be almost impenetrable for Tier VIII and lower, there is a big weakness on it: commander and loader hatch on the turret.

They are weak with just 150mm armour on it, almost any tank can penetrate it, meaning even if you angle your tank, a Tier VII or even a Tier VI shooting APCR will melt your hit points like a hot knife through butter.

Another weak spot, but harder to hit, is the roof just after the drivers hatch. This area here is only 30mm thick, meaning any gun over 90mm calibre will overmatch it. It’s protected by a 250mm shield that makes it hard to hit, but if you shoot the gun mantle your shot can bounce off to the roof and penetrate it. Of course this second option is harder to do, but it did happen to me a few times.

When it comes to mobility, it’s just another Russian Tank, it’s not fast but it has decent terrain resistances, meaning it does turn around and moves quite easily. The major problem I had while playing it was the gun handling, it’s just plain terrible. I was constantly missing fully aimed shots when trying to side scrape with the tank, even at close range. If you are moving and suddenly stop the tank to turn your turret and try to shot at an enemy, you find yourself wasting a round because the gun just decided to shot Wargaming Moon Base while fully aimed at the enemy tank 300m away. This is not a sniper tank, you will need to get close to your enemies to be able to fight them.

Some players will call this an idiot proof tank but I don’t quite agree. I believe this tank is like an IS-6 and IS-5, it’ looks nice on paper, but in the end you need to be a very decent player to make it work. The IS-6 has special match making and that it’s what it makes it good, but you still see average players complain about it.

In my most honest opinion, as soon as we start seeing more of these out there in the battlefield, this won’t look OP as it looks now. Let’s face it, any Unicum can make this tank look awesome and OP, but the majority of players out there are just average players, this means it won’t perform 100,000 credit battles all the time, if you get 1 of these battles every 20 you are lucky.

That said, it does make a good amount of credits per battle. I found myself, even on defeats, making over 50,000 credits profit per battle (with premium account). So in some way this can be a noob friendly tank, because if you do an average 1,600 damage per battle you can still make a decent profit. But if we compare this with an IS-6, the IS-6 can actually be better because of it’s special match making. Not having to face Tier X means you will be able to get a higher average damage per battle, resulting in more credits.

The tank is as good as the player, that is true, but if you are just an average player but there are other tanks out there that are very easier to master.


The Good & Bad

Good

  • Good armour;
  • High alpha;
  • Decent mobility;
  • Decent terrain resistances;
  • Good money maker.

Bad

  • Terrible accuracy;
  • Very long reload time;
  • Long aiming time;
  • Weak Commander/Loader cupola armour;
  • Constantly gets into Tier X battles.

Should you buy it?

Reasons to Buy

  1. You’re a Tank Collector
  2. You like Russian Heavy Tanks
  3. You love high alpha damage tanks
  4. You are looking for your first Russian Premium
  5. You don’t mind playing against Tier X

Reasons to NOT Buy

  1. You’re a scrub lord and don’t want to support WG in anyway
  2. You already have several Premium tanks that are good money makers
  3. You’re not comfortable playing Russian Heavy Tanks
  4. There are better alternatives, for example the IS-6 with limited Match Making
  5. You got no moneyz!

Strv M/42-57 Alt A.2 – Preview by Harkonnen

Hello everyone,

Here’s my next review on a tank that is coming soon, the Swedish Tier VI Premium Medium Tank Strv M/42-57 Alt A.2. I watched Quickbaby Gamescom 2016 Stream where he played it and here’s what I think of it. As usual, let me know your thoughts in the comments so I can improve. Enjoy.


Description

This project featuring the AMX-13 oscillating turret with the 7,5cm kan strv 74 gun was proposed as a part of the Strv 74 development. It was never built.


Pictures

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Rheinmetall Skorpion G – Preview by Harkonnen

Hello everyone,

Some of you asked if I could do a tank review, but in the blog, because you don’t like to watch the videos or because you just prefer reading it… Because of this, I decided to give it a try, even if I don’t have the tank yet. Remember this will be my first review here, let me know what you liked or disliked and what I can improve.


Description

The development of the second generation self-propelled guns based on the Panther chassis was started by the company Rheinmetall in January 1943. The drawing of the 12,8cm Skorpion is dated 2.4.1943. The vehicle was never actually built.

Pictures

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