Someone once said something about the best laid plans … – while I achieved some of my aims for April in the main the month has been dominated by a very long dispiriting streak of gameplay. I suppose it is not technically true to call it a losing streak – overall I have a 50.7% winrate for May – but when I have been spoiled the last few months with winrates a bit higher than that it feels like a losing streak. Another data point in how perception warps reality. That said, when I calculated some of the underlying statistics for this last month I am not as unhappy.
The ST-1 is unlocked, but not the Panther or the IS. They are my primary targets for May. The Tank of the Month is shared between the T-34 and T-34-85, so I am going to get some games in on the T-34, and at least purchase the T-34-85 at the discounted price. Otherwise I want to continue working through some low tier tanks. I managed 2 in April, though I have so far only written up the Panzer I.
Overall I would expect to get a similar number of games played in May as I have in April – if my luck changes perhaps even a few more. For that to happen I probably just need to relax a little about the game and start enjoying it more. Along the way this last month I have had some great games, including one that has confirmed I will be retaining the VK3001H, at least for the time being.
I am revising (again) how I play my tanks. My new method is considerably more slapdash – I still have the four tanks I am currently concentrating on – the Marder II, Jagdpanther, KV-4, and KV-5 (though the last two only get a maximum of two games between them per day). If I have a tank that will benefit from the special I try to play them as well – silly not too – and my priorities in research. I also try to select on crew to train – currently that would be the M4 Sherman. Finally at some point in the next few weeks I will fight my five thousand battle.
Renault NC-31 (Tier I Light Chinese) – elited. Still waiting to get around to moving onto the Chinese Tier II.
AMX 38 (Tier III Light French) – fully upgraded. Not played in April.
S-35 CA (Tier V TD French) – elited. Will be shortly moving onto the next tank after I have done the write-up. If I had more time (and garage slots, but time is the limiting factor) I would be tempted to retain it.
ARL V39 (Tier VI TD French) – unplayed. Just acquired at a discount.
Leichttracktor (Tier I Light German) elited. Not played since March last year, but looking to set aside some time soon to get back into permanent Tier I action.
Pz38H735f (Tier II Light German) – premium. Using this to slowly train the crew I am using in the Leichttraktor.
Panzer II Ausf. G (Tier II Light German) – fully upgraded. My record in this tank is appalling (2-7-1). I am very much struggling with it. My only description of at the moment is that it is like the A-20 without the upside.
VK1602 Leopard (Tier V Light German) – elited. Unplayed in April.
Panzer III (Tier IV Medium German) – elited. I would love to have more time to play this tank.
T-25 (Tier V Medium German) – premium. Not played in April, but at some point soon will be using it to assist in training another German medium crew.
VK3001H (Tier VI Medium German) – fully upgraded. Going to be retaining this one, for the time being at least.
VK3601H (Tier VI Medium German) – elited. Good all-around tank, and I can see why it is popular. It is probably a bit easier to play than some other Tier VI tanks, but I think other Tier VI tanks are better if played to their strengths.
Pz B2 740f (Tier IV Heavy German) – premium. Unplayed in April.
Panzer VI Tiger (Tier VII Heavy German) – unplayed. Probably once I have elited the Jagdpanther I will start playing both Tigers.
Tiger P (Tier VII Heavy German) – unplayed. See above.
Marder II (Tier III TD German) – elited. Third crew skill is now almost at 90% – about one good victory away. About 315k to completing the third skill. Not expecting to get that done until August at the earliest.
Hetzer (Tier IV TD German) – elited. Another tank in the “I wish I had more time” category.
Jagdpanther (Tier VII TD German) – fully researched. Took advantage of the earning bonus in April, made a lot of credits with it. Unfortunately also had some truly rotten luck. Nevertheless I do actually quite like it. Fifty thousand experience to go to elite it, which is possible in May, but might occur in June.
Ferdinand (Tier VIII TD German) – unplayed. Acquired on special offer, waiting for the crew from the Jagdpanther.
Hummel (Tier V SPG German) – elited. Putting off getting Tier VI artillery until the arty revamp that is going to occur in 8.6.
Cruiser Mk III (Tier II Light UK) – elited. A great low-tier tank. It’s one weakness is lack of sniping ability, but then there are usually too many snipers on most maps anyway.
Cruiser Mk II (Tier III Light UK) – elited. Not played in April, waiting to move onto the Valentine.
Medium Mk III (Tier III Medium UK) – researching. Not played in April.
Universal Carrier 2-pdr (Tier II TD UK) – elited. Had some good, some bad experiences with this tank. Hopefully will get around to writing up about it later this week.
T1E6 (Tier II Light USA) – premium. The Holiday gift, not yet played. Really should get around to doing that.
M5 Stuart (Tier IV Light USA) – fully upgraded. Only played one game.
M4 Sherman (Tier V Medium USA) – elited. Finding some success with the derp in this – but not generally by using HEAT ammo.
M6 (Tier VI Heavy USA) – unplayed. Recently acquired at a discount, and using my crew from the T1 HT. Since I had played quite a few extra games and amassed some extra experience at 100% experience – and had not selected my first crew skill – when I retrained the crew into the M6 they are starting at 98%. Not bad.
T40 (Tier IV TD USA) – unplayed. Not yet played.
M8A1 (Tier IV TD USA) – researching. Not played in April.
A-20 (Tier IV Light USSR) – elited. Not playing. Will sell to make room for the new line of Soviet lights at some point.
Valentine II (Tier IV Light USSR) – premium. Not played this last month
T-34 (Tier V Medium USSR) – fully upgraded. Will play it more often in this coming month to take advantage of the Tank of the Month.
Matilda IV (Tier V Medium USSR) – premium. Not played in April.
Churchill III (Tier V Heavy USSR) – premium. The front armour is good – but not as good as you think it is.
KV-1 (Tier V Heavy USSR) – elited. Not played in April, but when I do get around to playing it again I think I might give up on the derp for this one.
KV-1S (Tier VI Heavy USSR) – fully upgraded. About 23k experience to go to elite.
KV-2 (Tier VI Heavy USSR) – elited. Nothing compares to this derp.
KV-5 (Tier VIII Heavy USRR) – premium. Splitting time with the KV-4, but now giving this one a slight edge in priority to help earn credits.
SU-85B (Tier IV TD USSR) – elited. Retaining, more to help train the crew a bit than to keep this tank long-term. The crew on it will eventually be used after the Soviet TD line splits.
SU-85 (Tier V TD USSR) – researching. Only played a handful of games.
SU-26 (Tier III SPG USSR) – researching. Not played in April.
Bought this month: Panzer VI Tiger, SU-85, M6, Universal Gun Carrier 2-pdr, Panzer II Ausf. G, ARL V39
Facts and Figures
Battles Participated – 4832 (+280)
Victories – 2680 55.46% (+142 -0.3%)
Defeats – 2098 43.42% (+137 +0.34%)
Draws – 54 1.12% (+1 -0.04%)
Survived – 1443 29.86% (+78 -0.13%)
Destroyed – 5795 (+398)
Hit Ratio – 67% (unchanged)
Damage – 2,773,377 (+230,545)
Total Experience – 2,453,271 (+260,971)
Old Efficiency – 1237 (+6)
New Efficiency – 1168 (+7)
WN6 Rating – 1254 (+17)
WN7 Rating – 1281 (new)
Average Tier – 4.49 (+0.04)
Average Kills/Battle – 1.2 (+0.01)
Average Damage/Battle – 574 (+15)
Average Kills/Death – 1.71 (+0.02)
Halonen’s Medal – 5
Bilotte’s Medal – 1
Kolobanov’s Medal – 2
Radley-Walter’s Medal – 2
De Langlade’s Medal – 1
Pascucci’s Medal – 3 (+1)
Brothers in Arms – 1
Defender – 14
Patrol Duty – 7
Invader – 1
Scout – 10
Sniper – 188 (+21)
Steel Wall – 72 (+2)
Confederate – 21 (+2)
Top Gun – 86 (+5)
Master Gunner – 27 (+3)
Hunter – 1
Reaper – 6
Cool-Headed – 6 (+5)
Kamikaze – 6 (+1)
Lucky – 2
Spartan – 4
Sharpshooter – 39 (+1)
Abram’s II Class 3670 to go (-70)
Carius’ II Class 4205 to go (-398)
Ekins III Class 7 to go (-30)
Kay’s II Class 601 to go (-30)
Knispel’s II Class 5,106,845 to go (-385,444)
Lavrinenko’s II Class 24,750 to go (-320)
Leclerc’s II Class 22,556 to go (-202)
Popel’s II Class 14,589 to go (-383)
Top 10 tanks overall:
Marder II – 1065 (645-413)
KV-1 – 357 (190-162)
KV-5 – 271 (154-113)
KV-4 – 198 (102-92)
Panzer IV – 160 (104-56)
Hetzer – 159 (85-74)
KV-3 – 151 (85-63)
Jagdpanther – 130 (69-60)
Hummel – 120 (61-57)
KV-2 – 119 (66-52)
Top 5 tanks in April:
Marder II – 45
Jagdpanther – 42
KV-4 – 31
S-35 CA – 23
KV-1S – 18
I said at the top of this post I was not quite as unhappy as I had been with my run of poor play this month once I calculated the stats above. The reason for this is simple – on all the metrics that I consider important I am still improving, despite the loss in win rate. In other words these figures help persuade me the win rate change is natural variation (if extremely annoying) but in other measures I am still slowly but surely improving. That said, there is nothing particular to shout over-loud about – what I can see are small incremental improvements.
As for the efficiency ratings, I would put the difference in the increase between WN6 and old/new efficiency as a side-effect of the increase in my average tier meaning a slowly reducing penalty. There is now yet another rating, WN7, that is almost identical to WN6; but my understanding is that the penalty for a low average tier is calculated from an average tier of 5, as opposed to an average tier of 6. In other words I should see a higher WN7 rating than WN6, and that is exactly what I do see. Overall though in the ratings I see the same small incremental increases that the other stats suggest. All in all I hope this means if I persevere the win rate will sort itself out.
In the coming month I should get Kay’s Medal II Class, and that will be the last career upgrade I get for a considerable period of time. At current rates still 10-11 months away from getting Carius’ Medal I Class – in other words from here on these medals are for the long haul. I am hopefully I might acquire my first Lion of Sinai medal this month though for killing 100 IS-type tanks, and my second Hunter for killing various German tanks named after animals and their variants.