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Top of the Tree: AMX 50 B

Commanders,

Over the next two weeks, the battlefields will tremble under the fire of French autoloaders! This edition of the Top of the Tree special will focus on the fragile yet deadly French heavy tanks. Follow the research line leading to the AMX 50 B and enjoy great discounts and credit income bonuses:

50% discount on purchases of the following French vehicles:

II D1
III D2
IV B1
V BDR G1 B


30% discount on purchases of the following French vehicles:

VI ARL 44
VII AMX M4 45
VIII AMX 50 100
IX AMX 50 120
X AMX 50 B

 

+50% Crew XP bonus on all vehicles discounted in the special

Your crews will also be very excited about the new toys in your garage!

 

These bonuses will be available from 15 July at 07:10 until 01 August at 07:00 CEST (UTC+2).

 

AMX 50 B

“Say ‘omelette du fromage’ one more freakin’ time, I DARE you!”

 

In-Game Performance

The AMX 50 B can be described as a very unique vehicle in its class. It is capable of reaching an impressive speed of 65 km/h, which makes it the fastest heavy tank in the game. In addition, good acceleration and manoeuvrability both add to the vehicle’s mobility. This means you can reach key positions on the map before the enemy and quickly relocate if needed. Another great feature of the tank is its excellent 170 mm frontal armour plate. This is additionally mounted at a very acute angle, significantly increasing the chances of a ricochet. The armament is something anyone facing the vehicle will fear – the AMX 50 B is armed with the reasonably accurate 120 mm SA46 gun, capable of penetrating 257 mm of armour and dealing an average of 400 damage points per shot. What’s more, the gun comes with an autoloader and drums containing four shells each. This configuration allows you to shoot four times every 2.5 seconds and deal considerable burst damage before the drum is empty.

Unfortunately, the vehicle has also a few major disadvantages you need to take into consideration when in battle. First and foremost, you need to bear in mind that the front side of the hull is practically the only armoured part of this vehicle – each shot fired at your sides, rear and especially at the turret will penetrate and deal damage. In addition, the vehicle is quite large, and you can rest assured that the risk of being spotted is high. Even though the AMX 50 B is capable of delivering a lot of damage in a short period of time, replacing an empty drum is a very long process which leaves you defenceless and vulnerable at the time. Last but not least, you need to remember that your HP pool is very low in comparison to other Tier X heavy tanks. This means that if you get exposed, your vehicle can end up destroyed very quickly.

If you want to drive your AMX 50 B effectively (or any other vehicle from the series for that matter), you need to remember one crucial thing – you are NOT a frontline tank and you should NOT lead the charge against anything heavier than SPGs and light tanks. Your primary role in the team is to support your heavier and better armoured teammates, and let them draw the attention of the enemy while dealing damage from behind cover yourself.

Player tip: Please bear in mind that your team will rely on your fire during combat, and will be expecting you to attack or finish off the enemies they’re engaged with. Remember that replacing an empty ammo drum takes a lot of time, so we advise you to ALWAYS signal the team when you’re reloading. This way, your teammates will be able to adjust their tactic and wait for you instead of putting themselves under fire in a vain hope for your support. You can report reloading your drum by pressing the F8 button.

 

In order to maximise your performance on the battlefield, we suggest installing the following equipment:
   
Improved Ventilation Class 3   Enhanced Gun Laying Drive   Vertical Stabilizer Mk 2

 

 

In addition, your crew members should learn the following skills and perks:
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Please note that all crew members except the driver also serve as loaders and can learn the skills reserved for loaders. Therefore, it would be wise to have one of them learn the Safe Stowage skill in order to minimise your chances of having your ammo rack destroyed.


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!

 

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