Again, nothing much today, but on 24.12. at 17:00 CET (or so), there will be a stream with Storm, where he will talk about game development, so we got that going for us, which is nice. I will watch it and prepare a summary of course.
- developers do not think that a lot of the feedback regarding recent patches was negative, quite the contrary
- Winterberg was developed as official Ruinberg on Fire replacement
- Individual Missions will start on 15.1.2015 (they are not active in the 9.5 patch client)
- according to developers, it was never promised for Sixth Sense rework to appear in 9.5 (SS: true, it will come later)
- you can enable or disable extended minimap functions in the settings
- according to developers, the Severogorsk map was not removed because of the “veteran players whining”, but for objective reasons. Statistics were analyzed and a decision was taken to remove the map for rework (SS: notice the “for rework” part)
- M56 Scorpion is still in the process of balancing
- Panther 88 will appear in ingame shop likely in patch 9.6
an interesting article about the background of the armor development by Yuri Bakhurin was published on the Russian portal. Here’s a translation of it (some parts are not literally translated to keep the meaning better). Enjoy.
The tank development is closely tied to the tactics and strategy of the use of armored forces. Unfortunately, few documents describing the use of these forces survived in the archives and each of them is a precious witness of the past. The following documents are the examples from the WW1 and WW2 era both. They show us, how naive (and sometimes even absurd) some of the ideas of that time were, but at the same time, one has to admire the authors for them caring about the fate of their homeland.
Land Squadron Kangro
In July 1917, E.V.Kangro, resident of Petrograd developed a project of a self-propelled artillery battery and presented it to the appropriate committee. His letter did not have any drawings or even sketches of the said battery, so we can only guess how his proposal was to actually look like, but the interesting part about the letter was the tactical use of these vehicles, proposed by the author.
The author stated that his planned SPG’s will be able to move offroad, traversing slopes up to 35 degrees, swimming over bodies of water and overcoming the obstacles in their way. In Kangro’s dreams, a horde of these vehicles was storming the northern front of 1917 along its entire length from Russia all the way to France.
I wrote on the topic of aimbots some time ago (if you do not know what an aimbot is, I suggest reading the original article). My conclusion was that while not as useful as other cheats (laser aim, tree removers and such), an aimbot very difficult to prove.
And here’s an example why. Destronov made a (rather long) video review/analysis of another player’s replay, trying to uncover whether he is using an aimbot. In it, he shows examples of that player making pretty difficult shots, especially in overhead view while changing targets to weakspots, suggesting (but not proving) he’s using illegal aimbot software, pointing also out the inconsistency between this player’s driving skills and shooting skills.
So, what do you think? Is the player in question using an aimbot, or is he simply THAT skilled? You decide…
it’s not that often I am genuinely impressed, but this is definitely one of those cases. Check this out. A man from Minsk (Belarus), known only by his name “Igor Stalegryz” (the surname means something like “Steelchewer”, so pretty sure it’s a nickname), decided in September 2013 to build his own copy of the T-60 Soviet light tank, since he’s a fan of tanks apparently and admires his ancestors, who were brave enough to drive into battle in these pieces of junk.
I could have sworn I posted this before, but… well, no matter. Two very interesting videos appeared on US server – both by player 4TankersAndDog. In them, he compares the Gun Laying Drive with Stabilizer and Ventilation and decides, what is more effective. It’s actually pretty interesting, here’s thread one and thread two.
Panther 88 aka Hitlerpanther (seen that on Russian server, referring to 88 being the symbol for nazi “heil Hitler” greeting) was introduced to the premium shop with following description and price:
My advice about this offer is:
DO NOT BUY IT.
Two reasons for that really. First and the most obvious one is that according to people from Russian server who actually bought it as well as some supertesters, the tank is shit. It’s uncomfortable to drive and completely hopeless without limited MM against tier 10′s. Good luck flanking anyone in a German sniper. It’s definitely not a tank for beginners.
Second reason is perhaps even more important. Wargaming did not introduce this tank to the 9.5 Common Test, most likely fearing that everyone would see it’s a piece of shit, which would hurt the sales. I mean, why this tank anyway, it’s not like WG couldn’t have modelled the other Leopard prototype (with 90mm and yes, there was a version with 90mm gun) and detuned it to tier 8. By denying us the opportunity to test it, they are making us buy it blindly and no, 40 Euro is really, really not worth throwing away just to find out you bought a vehicle that sucks. Spend it somewhere else – it’s Christmas, take your significant other, friends or family out or buy them more presents – make THEM happy, not SerB.
as some people noticed already, (thanks to Kvetule and Flyingd for this one), those folks, who won a CW tank and chose it using a special web page on WG portal didn’t recieve it in patch 9.5, despite the page claiming it should be credited with the arrival of the 9.5 patch:
So far, there’s no comment from Wargaming on that one, but I wouldn’t panic just yet. The deadline for selecting your reward tanks was 22.12.2014 10:00 CET (which was cca 30 minutes ago at this point), so it’s possible it was just delayed and the tanks will be distributed throughout the day. Of course, this is Wargaming EU so we can expect a fail, but for now, let’s give them some leeway. I will update you if it turns into an issue.
Please note the English wording “with patch 9.5″, which does not strictly have to mean “at the point of 9.5 activation” (in Czech and possibly other languages, it was however “with the launch of 9.5″, but that could be fucked up translation, wouldn’t be the first time).
remember the “ugly duckling”, M4 Improved tier 5 American premium tank on supertest? Well, compared to the first iteration, it got changed two days ago as such (data for 100 percent crew):
- reload time buffed from 3,74 to 3,644
- ROF buffed from 16,044 to 16,466
- DPM buffed from 1764,8 to 1811,3
- accuracy buffed from 0,432 to 0,422
- accuracy loss on the move buffed by 18 percent
- accuracy loss when moving at full speed and turning the turret buffed by 33 percent
- accuracy loss when moving at full speed buffed by 19 percent
- accuracy loss when turning while moving at full speed buffed by 19 percent
- hitpoints buffed from 470 to 480
- maximum repair cost nerfed from 4750 to 4785