So the 8.9 update is launched, much as expected. Of particular and immediate note for me, of course, was getting into the “rebalanced” Marder II, and alas it is no longer the vehicle I loved.
Through all the other nerfs that have hit the Marder II three things remained the same: its penetration, its damage, and its gun arc. Many other things got worse: accuracy, dispersion on the move and after firing, and reload timer, but none of them seemed to change the essential character of the vehicle. Perhaps it fired a little slower, or a little less surely, but it could still park in a bush and command a battlefield thanks to its wide arc of fire and the ability to penetrate anything it would face.
No more. In 8.9 however each of these three features had a hatchet taken to them.
I will be selling it on, and I think moving the crew up into the new German TD line that has arrived with 8.9. Except, of course, I am not selling the tank that first got me hooked on World of Tanks, I am ridding myself of an imposter.
I did, on Tuesday night, have one last great battle, a swansong before she was consigned to history. I won’t recount it at length, but in a Tier V match I did 1600 damage, 5 kills, 1132 base experience, and earned a Halonen. A good way to say goodbye to an old companion.