THE LISTENING POST - WELL THAT HAPPENED!


Update: Everything looks good now, packet loss is minimal, apart from the odd random disconnect.

So there was a vehicle collision near my home several days ago, pretty normal seeing some of the roads around here are misleading and common accident spots. Only this time the local exchange was taken out during the vehicle accident, that thing that controls the Internet to homes. British Telecomms has been working to get this issue fixed and it's mostly up and running now. There's still going to be service issues over the weekend, so not everything is back to normal quite yet.

As you can imagine this issue was out of my control, but hopefully now there is at least a connection we can get back to normal service. That said, looks like we missed some interesting news.

COMING SOON - AMERICAN CHRYSLER K (GF) HEAVY


The Chrysler K GF will be sold during the 2017 World of Tanks Grand Finals.

The Chrysler K also got the new name of Chrysler K GF (Chrysler GF). The Chrysler is a Tier VIII heavy tank, it comes with black camo and a Grand Finals logo on the front upper plate. Testing took place on the Super Test in October 2016. The price of the tank in gold will be 9200 (to be confirmed). According to Wargaming, the tank is being introduced to recoup the costs of the tournament.

Review of this tank will be here on the Listening Post when it is released. You can view the stats and armour layout here at tanks.gg - chrysler k.





THE CHEIFTAINS HATCH - SWEDISH STRV 103C PART TWO


In the second part of the Inside the Chieftain's Hatch episode about the Strv 103 tank, Nicholas Moran will talk about the crew positions, height restrictions, the number of people required to control the S-tank, and show the unique position of the radio operator/driver who faces backwards. Enjoy!

WORLD OF TANKS - UPDATE 9.19 RELEASE DATE


All signs show an estimated release date of 29th-30th of May on the Russian servers. This will shortly be followed by the European and American servers. Currently the patch has been delayed slightly by the ongoing 2017 Grand Finals.

THE LISTENING POST - POSSIBLE POSTING ISSUES


Anyone have a spare usb 2.0 controller chip for a keyboard?

Unfortunately posting this weekend might be an issue, a new keyboard is currently waiting for dispatch but might not arrive until early next week. I'm working on getting a cheap one to cover this period. So just a heads up, as posting content is quite a challenge without one. Thankfully weekends are usually quiet in regards to news, but I just want to keep you all informed of the current situation.

SPECIAL: MILITARY PARADE - HEAVY TANKS [EU]


The heavy tank is a weapon of choice for many of you and for good reasons! Solid armour and powerful armament make this tank class perfect for close quarters engagements - if it's the thrill of battle you seek, then heavy tanks will offer you just that and then some!

From 12 May at 17:00 until 16 May at 07:00 CEST (UTC+2) enjoy a dedicated special with some sweet discounts on heavy tanks! Also, if you're looking for a new credit-maker and a training platform for your heavy tank crews, make sure to check the dedicated Premium Shop offers as well!

VISIT THE EU WORLD OF TANKS WEBSITE TO SEE THE MISSIONS AND OFFERS.

MATCHMAKING EXPLOIT UPDATE - PATCH COMING SOON


A patch to correct the current matchmaking exploit is almost ready to go live. The Russian servers will receive it tomorrow, shortly followed by the rest of the international servers.

COMMENT ON THE CURRENT MATCHMAKING EXPLOIT BUG


I received an email about a current know exploit. I am aware of such an issue and would like to clarify my stance and that of the Listening Post. I will not be promoting such exploits on this site, as all it will do is cause more people to use said exploit. Promoting borderline cheating is counter productive to making the game better. Yes I agree the current matchmaking system still needs refinement, but exploiting it for gain is unfair to others who play fair.

THE CHEIFTAINS HATCH - SWEDISH STRV 103C PART ONE

The new episode of Inside the Chieftain's Hatch is dedicated to the revolutionary Swedish Strv 103 tank. In the first part, Nicholas Moran will examine the tank's exterior and talk about the savvy Swedish engineers who mounted the gun onto the tank hull, removed the gunner's position, and used fuel tanks as additional armor. Enjoy!

WORLD OF TANKS - EXTRA 9.19 UPDATE DETAILS


Sound

We’ve heard many of you wanted a female voiceover, and 9.19 delivers on this request with an all-new “Commander” set of voice messages. This option replaces the “National” voiceover in the sound settings. Just flag “Commander” to enable voice messages that correspond with the vehicle’s nation and the gender of its commander.

The German VK 72.01 (K)

Back in 9.17.1, the German line welcomed the new Tier X heavy, Pz. Kpf VII. Unlike the Clan Wars VK 72.01 (K), the newcomer was equipped with the 12.8 cm Kw. K. 46 L/61. The two top-tier vehicles were extremely similar in appearance, which caused quite a backlash. In 9.19., the VK 72.01 (K) receives an additional loadout with spare chain tracks and an AA machine gun. This should stress the uniqueness of the reward tank that gets credited for stellar performance during Global Map events. The armour protection of the two vehicles remains unchanged.

Perks

Remember how you needed to recruit an all-female Crew to benefit from the Sisterhood of Steel perk? And how that is just the same with Brothers in Arms? Update 9.19 gets rid of this unfortunate complication by uniting these perks into one. Mixed Crews will receive a 5% boost to their effectiveness just as all-new and all-female squads do.