Have you ever heard of the American proposal Concept 1B? No? Well, it’s a brand new Tier IX American heavy tank that will make its première into Supertest today. No, it’s not a complete fake tank, it’s based on a real concept proposal that never left the paper drawings.
It looks heavy but Concept 1B will be more like a medium tank. Wargaming has the tendency of changing vehicle class has it sees fit, but nonetheless, it’s agile and can catch up the medium vehicles while boasting crucial characteristic of tanks of its class.
Accuracy-wise, the testee’s gun is similar to that of the E 50, with an aiming time of 2.1 s and dispersion of 0.36m/100. With a standard APCR round you can expect to get through 258 mm of enemy armour, and a special HEAT goes even deeper: 310 mm. It will take you 10.2 seconds to fully reload and deliver average damage of 400 points.
The turret with its frontal armour of 250 mm and gun depression angles of -10/+20 feels right at home on the slopes. Its shape is what you have to consider first and foremost. It’s only well-protected at the right angles: an enemy firing at its side or when the turret is turned, well let’s just say, 100mm of side armour won’t protect you much. As for the hull, its armour is far from impenetrable, so you’d better wrap it in cotton wool.
Summing up, the smartest way to play the Concept 1b is to take advantage of its dynamics to take key positions on the map while keeping a close eye on where your turret turns. Currently, Wargaming hasn’t revealed what this vehicle will be for, but there has been a fair share of new Tier IX vehicles introduced to Supetest.