The upcoming two weeks will be focusing on the Far East! This edition of the Top of the Tree special puts the Chinese caterpillar-treaded dragons in the spotlight. Follow the research line leading to the 113 tank and enjoy great discounts and Crew XP bonuses.
Your crews will also be very excited about the new toys in your garage!
These bonuses will be available from 01 October at 07:10 until 15 October at 07:00 CEST (UTC+2).
"I see a train coming – a lemming train!"
The 113 can be described as something of a hybrid tank, as it incorporates many qualities of both medium and heavy tanks. On the one hand, it is characterised by traits commonly associated with heavies. These include quite a powerful gun that is capable of delivering a lot of damage per minute, very sturdy and well sloped frontal armour and a thick, well-rounded turret capable of deflecting a lot of shots. However, the vehicle is also very mobile and has good top speed, acceleration and on-the-move accuracy, meaning it is able to keep up with the mediums. It is worth mentioning that the 113 has a very low profile and is in fact the lowest heavy in the current Tier X spectrum.
Unfortunately, the tank has a couple of disadvantages that need to be considered while using it in combat. Like most Chinese vehicles, the 113 has virtually non-existent gun depression and is incapable of performing hull-down manoeuvres. The gun also has a relatively long aiming time, which makes it quite difficult to target the enemy’s weak spots. Even though its frontal armour is astonishing, its side armour leaves much to be desired. To make matters worse, the overview profile is uncomfortably long, so if you allow yourself to be flanked or spotted by artillery, you may earn yourself a swift and humiliating trip back to the garage. Last but not least, the vehicle also suffers from module damage quite often – the Driver and Ammo Rack are especially prone to getting hit. Needless to say, the implications of having either one disabled are easy to predict.
Being a medium-heavy hybrid, the 113 requires a somewhat unique playing style that may be difficult to grasp and master. The problem with many jack-of-all-trades tanks is that they are very versatile but do not excel in any particular role. This is also the case for the 113, which, due to its characteristics, can assume a multitude of roles on the battlefield, but will not provide top‑notch performance in any of them. As a result, the gameplay of this vehicle can be very frustrating at first. However, once mastered, the 113 can be a deadly thorn in the side of the enemy team due to its unpredictability, which stems from the lack of a defined role. An experienced 113 player avoids conforming to a rigid modus operandi and shifts between playing style often:
When playing the 113, first and foremost use your mobility – you can move easily between the flanks and provide support where it is needed. Your team’s heavies having difficulty in breaking through? Help them out by providing a shield with your sloped frontal armour and additional firepower. Some of your mediums have been crippled or destroyed? Join the wolf pack and replace the incapacitated. The defence line was breached and the enemy is about to pass through? Move immediately to block their passage. Your base is being captured? Turn around and go back to defend it. It is very important to pay attention to the mini-map at all times and react by switching to the appropriate role immediately. The catch is that you need to be savvy with a variety of tactics and playing styles, so if you’re a dedicated heavy tank player and driving a medium is like black magic to you, you may find it difficult to play the 113.
Enhanced Gun Laying Drive
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.