Top of the Tree: STB-1

Commanders,

This edition of the Top of the Tree special will be dedicated to the newest nation currently available in World of Tanks – Japan. The vehicles available in the appropriate tech tree are quite unique and can bring a lot of verve to the battlefield once mastered, especially in high-tier battles.

Follow the research line leading to the STB-1 and enjoy great discounts and credit income bonuses:

 

30% discount on purchase and 30% more credits earned with the following Japanese vehicles:

X  STB-1
IX  Type 61
VIII  STA-1

 

Use this opportunity to earn extra credits while driving these sneaky medium tanks or get them for 70% of their normal value!

These bonuses will be available from 1 July at 07:10 until 15 July at 07:00 CEST (UTC +2).

 

STB-1

That’s right, come closer - I’ll crush your tank like rice for my afternoon senbei!”

 

Vehicle Overview

The STB-1 is definitely a force to be reckoned with in tier X battles. This is primarily due to the fact that it’s a very well-balanced, well-rounded medium tank that allows its driver to perform a multitude of manoeuvres quite easily. The strong sides of the vehicle include a very well-sloped, low profile turret, good gun depression, an impressive rate of fire for a tier X tank, a well-angled frontal plate and great mobility. What is more, it has an astonishing base view range of 410 metres which is only 10 metres less than that of the M48 Patton. It also needs to be mentioned that the STB-1 has one of the best (if not THE best) damage-per-minute values among tier X vehicles – it beats all medium tanks and many vehicles from other classes as well. It’s basically a medium tank lover’s dream!

However, there are some minor drawbacks to this Far-East steel box of goodness which must be taken into consideration when rolling out into battle. First and foremost, the gun is a lacking a little in terms of aiming time and accuracy which can make sniping somewhat harder than on other mediums of the same tier. Moreover, as with most medium tanks, the STB-1 doesn’t have much protection on its sides and can be penetrated easily when flanked. On top of that, even though the frontal plate can provide some protection and bounce the occasional shot, the lower glacis is still a problem and being shot there may result in ammo rack damage. Lastly, the vehicle’s turning speed and acceleration can be a let-down at times. These values are by no means bad but there are situations in which they can make you cringe, like hill climbing or turning at low speeds.

Playing the STB-1 can be described as intuitive for anyone with at least some medium tank experience. Thanks to the vehicle’s universality, you can perform a variety of roles on the battlefield, like second line support, mid-range sniping, flanking, peek-a-boo manoeuvres and even engage in occasional scouting for the team. Moreover, your good gun depression allows you to take advantage of many hull-down positions and use your well-sloped turret to bounce enemy shells while steadily showering their tanks with return fire. Basically, the only things you need to remember while in battle is that you don’t perform well while driving uphill and that you should never allow yourself to be flanked. Keep your team mates close by for support; don’t rush through open spaces and you should do fine.

Tank Tip: If you plan on using your STB-1 to support your team’s scouts more extensively, we would recommend that you invest in the Camouflage skill on all your crew members at some point. This way you will make your tank a little bit harder for the enemy to detect, especially when stationary. However, please remember that STB-1 is a medium tank and as such can never compete with a light tank in terms of stealth. That is why you should treat this skill more like an additional advantage rather than a priority and invest in other skills first.

 

In order to maximise your performance on the battlefield, we suggest installing the following equipment:
Coated Optics
Improved Ventilation Class II Vertical Stabiliser Mk 1

 

 

In addition, your crew members should learn the following skills and perks:
Commander/Radio Operator
Gunner
Driver
Loader

As always, please consider the setup for both the equipment and crew skills as suggestions. Feel free to experiment on your own and choose what you think works best for you.

 

Roll out, Commanders!