Ever wanted a Premium version of the Hellcat? The M18 (90) is an American Tier VII tank destroyer, just entered Supertest and will be a Premium vehicle. In its essence, it’s a Pre Update 0.9.5 nerf Hellcat, but one tier higher. If characteristics don’t change, this vehicle will severely lack penetration to deal with Tier VIII heavy tanks and Tier IX vehicles.
In a nutshell, it’s a Hellcat but moved to Tier VII. It’s 90mm gun causes 240 points of damage on average. A standard AP shell penetrates 167 mm of enemy armour, while a special APCR goes further and will make a dent in the opposing vehicle 203 mm deep. The dispersion and aiming time are quite satisfying and make 0.35 at 100 m and 1.7, respectively. As for the view range, it is 370 m.
Let’s touch upon its survivability, because regardless of how good you are at firing, what matters is whether you are good at surviving or not. So to keep your 800 hit points intact, you will have to excel at the art of positioning as, let’s face it, the vehicle has cardboard-thick armour reaching up to 12 mm in the hull and up to 127 mm in the turret. However, the TD’s mobility makes up for its lame armour easily, with a max speed reaching 72 km/h and a power-to-weight ratio of 23.5 hp/t.
Summing up, the ?18 (90) provides for familiar gameplay typical of a dynamic TD that’s at its best when used in the ambush role. To make the best of this American, take the most advantageous position (the TD can do it quickly) and then keep adapting yourself to the situation and follow the allies while supporting them at a distance.