CAUTION - FALLING APPLES

In an apparent nod to an incident that happened during the Wargaming League Europe event last season, Wargaming are introduction a small easter-egg style monument to the player Applewow, that cost his team the victory and prize money by getting stuck during the final.


NEW FRENCH TREE - AMX 65t



A new French heavy line has been confirmed to be introduced into World of Tanks. As of when we do not know, the Swedish line we already know will be introduced by the end of the year according to developers, so it is a possibility we will also see the French heavy tanks around the same time.

Tier: 8 - New Tree
HP: 1400
Engine: 1000 hp
Mass: 65t
Power-to-weight: 15,38 hp/t
Max speed: 40 / 20 km/h
Hull turning speed: 25 °/s
Turret turning speed: 29,2 °/s
Terrain resistance values: 1,534 / 1,726 / 2,397
View range: 360 m
Radio range: 750 m

Hull armor: 100 / 80 / ? mm
Turret armor: 250 / 80 / ? mm

Gun: 120 mm SA46
Alpha Damage: 400 / 400 / 515
Penetration: 257 / 325 / 65 mm
Rate Of Fire: 4,74
Damage Per Minute: 1896,1
Reload time: 12,658 s
Accuracy: 0,384
Aiming time: 2,59 s
Depression/Elevation: -8 / +13

Gun: 100 mm SA47
Alpha Damage: 300 / 300 / 415
Penetration: 232 / 263 / 50 mm
Rate Of Fire: 6,844
Damage Per Minute: 2053,1
Reload time: 8,767 s
Accuracy: 0,329
Aiming time: 2,19 s
Depression/Elevation: -8 / +13









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SUPERTEST - FRENCH SOMUA SM



A new French Tier 8 (Premium) heavy tank  has appeared on the Supertest server. It comes with the same 6 shot magazine gun already on the 50-100 and improved armour. As always these stats are not final and could change before hitting the live server.

Tier: 8 (premium)
HP: 1400
Engine: 960 hp
Mass: 56 t
Power-to-weight ratio: 17,14 hp/t
Maximum speed: 50 / 20 km/h
Hull’s turning speed: 32 °/s
Turret’s turning speed: 33,4 °/s
Terrain resistance values: 1,151 / 1,247 / 2,014
View range: 350 m
Radio range: 594,4 m

Hull armor: 120 / 50 / 70
Turret armor: 70-200 / 60 / 50

Gun: 100 mm SA 47
Alpha damage: 300 / 300 / 400
Penetration: 232 / 263 / 50
Rate of fire: 5,945
Damage per minute: 1783,5
Clip reload time: 41,806 s
Shells within the clip: 6
Time between each shell: 3,75 s
Accuracy: 0,364
Aiming time: 2,11 s 
Depression / elevation angles: -10° / +15°










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ABOUT THE SUPERTEST


We will not be covering these so called 'leaks' which as of now are just clickbait and speculation that will cause discontent and worry. Not everyone keeps up with the current news on the Wargaming portal, so when they hear that their tank/s just got nerfed, the first thing they are going to do is complain. Misinformation is bad, but apparently a few extra views and comments are worth it. These stats are easily available to everyone who had joined or plans to join the Sandbox server over the next several weeks.

The stats are likely to change often, ideas and other test will be implemented on a regular basis for probably several months. This is a massive re-balance of the game and I doubt Wargaming plans of rushing through this.

There is no solid confirmation or news as of this time, but when there is, we will cover it and be sure to analyse it's affect on the future of the game.

Note: Sorry for the unfortunate gap in updates, what with myself fighting a horrible infection and basically confined to bed and the other contributor away on vacation, there has not been a chance to write any article this week.

NEW SUPERTEST MAP - PACIFIC RIM

An unusual map might be intorduced into World of Tanks in the future, called Pacific Rim. Set on an island surrounded by water, there is a wealth of rocks and ridges to use to your advantage.


























SANDBOX SERVER - APPLY NOW


Tankers!

Some time ago we announced the upcoming launch of a separate Sandbox test server, where together with the players we will test the new balance of World of Tanks. This server will allow us to quickly learn your opinion about the upcoming changes, and will allow you more opportunities to influence our decisions.

What is the Sandbox server?
The Sandbox is a separate test server, where developers, together with players, will be working on the new vehicle balance of World of Tanks.

The testing on the sandbox server will start this summer. We can’t reveal all the details yet, but you will for sure be able to see entirely new roles for vehicles, including SPGs.

How to get access to the Sandbox server?
To get started, send an application by clicking on the button below. You will get to a special page, where you will complete filling in the application in a couple of steps.
What are the entry criteria?
Not everyone will receive the access to this test server. The criteria for choosing participants will depend on the specific stage of testing but the main objective will be to invite active players who are interested in providing their feedback in order to improve the game.

How do I know that my application was approved?

Players who have been granted access to the test server will be informed via the following sources:

An email to your mailbox linked to your account + Notification in the game client

We will need some time for processing the applications and evaluation of the number of invited participants.

THE BRITISH A30 CHALLENGER (1943-1946)

Little is actually said about this British fighting vehicle, classified as a heavy cruiser tank, it was designed to take on the German armour that many guns on other British tanks struggled to penetrate at range. In World of Tank it falls within the Tank Destroyer tree which would suit it just fine for the role it was intended for. We also belive we found an inaccuracy in the turret of the 'Avenger' but more on that at the bottom of the article.

A30 Challanger


Experience gained during the encounters with German Panzers in the first three years of the war had indicated that most British, and for that matter American, tanks were effectively out-gunned. The A30 Challenger was an early attempt at producing a British heavy cruiser tank with increased penetrating power that could meet the German tanks on their own terms. By using a lengthened and widened Cromwell hull, together with a new, larger turret, it was possible to mount the new Ordnance quick-firing (OQF) high-velocity 17-pounder (76.2mm) gun, together with a co-axial 0.30in Browning machine gun. The hull was lengthend sufficiently to acquire an extra road wheel, whilst the huge, angular turret was casted, Cromwell components were used wherever possible and the Challenger, which weighed a massive 31-33 long tons (33,090kg), was powered by the Rolls-Royce Meteor engine. The frontal armour of the turret on the pilot model was a maximum of 102mm, although this was subsequently reduced to 63mm in an attempt at keeping the weight under control, with a maximum of 30mm on the hull.

Sectional view through the Challenger hull and turret showing

Although the top speed was a somewhat respectable 32mph (52km/h), the increased weight ensured that there would be problems with the suspension, and the enormous height of the turret created handling difficulties. Nevertheless, ‘needs must’, and in 1943 an order was placed for 200 to 260 Challengers.

Challenger tank of 15th/19th King's Royal Hussars, 4 March 1945


The first production examples were completed in March 1944, and although never more than a stopgap measure, the Challenger was at least able to match the firepower of the 75mm and 88mm guns of the German Tiger and Panther tanks. Although the tank saw action in Normandy in 1944/45, the Sherman Firefly, also equipped with the 17-pounder gun was seen as a better option. An improved Challenger II was planned, using a redesigned turret, but this never passed the prototype stage. 

There was also a self-propelled gun (SPG) variant of the Challenger described as A30 Avenger. Designed by Leyland Motors during 1943, the Avenger consisted essentially of the Challenger hull, with the suspension modified to include track-return rollers. The 17-pounder OQF gun was mounted in a new, lower turret with a mild-steel canopy and a large rear counterweight. The low, open-topped turret meant that the Avenger was almost two feet (610mm) lower than the Challenger. A contract was issued for 230 Avengers in 1944, but delivery was not completed until 1946. 

A30 Avenger showing the open-top turret.




Looking at the Avenger turret ingame compared to photos available, it would appear that it is currently incorrect by standing far to tall, while the following comparison is far from perfect, you can clearly see the difference in shape and dimension. We don't know where Wargaming acquired their data for the turret, but going on what is on the public domain then the turret is plain and simply inaccurate.

Update: Wargaming's very own Chieftain (Nicholas Moran) commented and provided more accurate data in regards to the turret. We will look into the Avenger turret in a future article after we gather more data ourselves, but as of now we cannot provide evidence beyond the image below.


WORLD OF TANKS - FOOTBALL EVENT NEWS

Here are the camouflage, flag decals and emblems for the upcoming World of Tanks football event due to start on the 10th June. We are surprised at the inclusion of the Welsh national flag (bottom right) seeing as there is currently not one available in-game, but is very welcome addition.




Source: vk.com/wotclue

NEW MAP ON SUPERTEST - CLEFT

A new map has appeared on Supertest called 'Cleft'. Looking closely at the map, it is separated into two half's by what we would presume would be water. There is what looks like a Castle or some kind of fort at the centre with cover provided by rocks, small mounds and ridges elsewhere. The current name is possibly a placeholder and would expect it to change in the near future.

Source: wot-news.com