World of Tanks Update 9.22 Common Test started yesterday and one of the good things about it is the fact more players can test and find possible bugs and errors. But what could be wrong?
Two of the upcoming Tier IX Russian heavy tanks have been reported to have problems with their armour: Object 705 and Object 257. While one seems to just an error that came from Supertest, the second is more of a case of its armour shape that will create massive problems.
Thanks to our friend from gamemodels3d.com were I able to confirm the problem was already on Supertest and for some reason made it to the Common Test. The problem? The stock turret is 300mm thick all around.
As you can confirm with the previous images, this was already on Supertest and because either no one noticed or Wargaming forgot to fix it, this made to the Common Test and if it makes it the Live Server, this will be a massive issue. Currently, if you go hull down, this tank alone can hold a flank and no one can penetrate him. Some areas of the turret can go up to 800mm thick, making this tank impossible to destroy when he is hull down and you got no weakspots, like the lower plate, exposed.
Hopefully, this will be fixed before Update 9.22 hits the Live Server.
The brand new Object 257 is coming to replace T-10 in the IS-7 branch, while the T-10 gets moved to a brand new mini-branch. While I do agree with the change, as Obj.257 is a more logical successor to the IS-3 and keeps the branch gameplay the same, it’s armour will be a problem if introduced in the game as it is now.
Circonflexes published a video where he explains the reasons why Object 257 armour is a problem: it’s V-shaped. I highly recommend you watching it.
With its thick armour and V-shaped armour, Object 257 can bounce shells like no other tank and it’s almost impossible to be destroyed by lower tier tanks. If the vehicle is introduced to the game on the current state, it might become a game-breaking vehicle. Object 252U, also know as Defender, has a very similar armour shape and is currently considered overpowered for it’s Tier, Object 257 takes what is good on Object 252U and takes it to the extreme.
In my opinion, Wargaming has two options to fix this issue: They don’t introduce Object 257 in Update 9.22 and find a better replacement for it. Or, nerf several areas of its armour in order to give lower tier tanks a chance to fight back. But what areas?
- The lower plate, with its 140mm and very small size it’s almost impossible for some Tier VII and VIII to penetrate it.
- The side armour, with 140mm and 30mm spaced armour it’s just too strong and leads players to the wrong idea the armour is flat. The armour should be modelled with the same shape but without 30mm spaced armour and with overall lower thickness value.
- The turret side armour, the rear area, should also be nerfed to lower values. Currently has between 240-160mm and its way to strong for lower tiers to stand a chance and penetrate it.
I strongly believe that with these changes, Wargaming would be able to keep Object 257 in the game. Personally I would love to see this tank in the game, but not in it’s current form.