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World of Tanks Update 9.21 Preview

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British Tank Destroyers

We heard from many of you that the non-turreted British TD line didn’t feel fun. Though the ATs never failed to get a lot of well-placed shots down-range, their fire rates were totally offset by low damage, and the notoriously huge hatches negated overall armor turning them into easy targets.

To up the worthiness of these sluggish beasts, we boosted their armor and 32-pounder guns. These steps should reinforce their strength as support vehicles that can soak up a few hits in a pinch, and rip into enemies with an immense fire rate.


A re-tuning of the line wouldn’t be complete without a proper Tier X vehicle, something that could be a natural progression from the Tortoise. The FV215b (183) didn’t fit into the “well-protected support fire” concept we formed for the line, so it steps down in “special vehicle” status and frees up a space for the all-new FV217 Badger. If you have the FV215b (183) researched and purchased, you’re keeping it and getting the newcomer when 9.21 drops.

Like its peers further down the line, the Badger equips a fast gun that easily pierces thick-skinned enemies. Its play style resembles the Tortoise in many ways, but the Badger outperforms its damage potential and protection, resulting in a more tangible step up from Tier IX. The FV217 Badger is all-out devastating as an enemy, but also proves to be a great ally when it dishes out tons of damage from afar.


Alternate French Heavy Tank Branch

The French Tech Tree gets a new line of heavy tanks starting from the AMX M4 mle. 45. If there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that this trio will make you reconsider calling French tanks paper-thin autoloaders.

For starters, they have enough frontal and turret armor to take a few hits, and their guns all sport traditional reloads with exceptional accuracy, aim time, and stabilization. You’ll just have to make a choice: a gun with higher alpha or with better damage per minute? No right or wrong, though; it all depends on your play style.


New Grand Battles Map: Klondike

In the weeks since Grand Battles rolled out, we’ve received a tremendous amount of feedback, and one of the louder bits involved wanting more maps. Well, now hear this: warm your engines, because winter is coming to Grand Battles.

Epic 30v30 fights are expanding to “Klondike” this December. This new 1.4×1.4km mixed-terrain map takes you to North America, where icy winds blow across vast expanses of open field and down the cold, empty streets of an industrial area.

We’ve also heard concerns about getting matched in a Grand Battle. We’re working to fix the issue, so thank you for your patience and understanding.



15,466 thoughts on “World of Tanks Update 9.21 Preview

  1. When you’ve been buffing a great majority of tanks (most of which being high tiers) latley, and also moving Tier X tanks down to Tier IX?OBJ 263 and OBJ430?, you know it’s time you should consider introducing Tier XI tanks ( ?° ?? ?°)

  2. Just a month and a couple of weeks left before I’ll get to play around with the new French Heavy line.

  3. God, finally, we’ve been waiting years for the 2nd branch of French heavies!

  4. “the non-turreted British TD line didn’t feel fun”

    Actually, they weren’t that bad. Their amazing armor made up for a lot.

  5. Somehow I cant reply to anyone, but @shade01982 The problem is their armour is incredibly easy to negate.
    The AT2 has good armour, but that hatch on top is still only about 110 effective, the AT8 is basically one giant weakspot with some really thick armour bolted on in places, the AT7 has hatches that are impossible to hide unless you get a right-hand corner (or the other way round not sure what corner those are), AT 15 and tortoise have good armour and FV is pretty decent, but again they have quite large hatches on top of the tank that are impossible to hide from anything without an indestructible wall.

    At long range their armour, except AT8, is good, but as soon as you start brawling, which they are kinda supposed to do it becomes pretty poor. Only thing they got going for them in case of AT7 and tortoise is their guns, the AT8 is pretty much just bad, a noob killer as any decent player can take one out easy (AT2), or the deathstar a troll that is sometimes amazing quite often awfull. (I remember oneshotting a full HP kranvagn through the front hull for example, but in exchange some almost guaranteed shots just miss.

  6. Any chance Wargaming is going to fix the totally disastrous tier 8 matchmaking?

    Keep the HD maps, keep the new French heavies. If Wargaming did not fix the MM this game is in danger of dying.

    This game does not get better and better, it is stagnant and suffering from necrosis. Bring back excitement Rather than frustration… Fix MM.

  7. I hope Klondike won’t become the same TD campfest like Nebelburg (whoever takes the initiative gets wrecked) …

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