Versión 9.18

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Matchmaker

We recognize that the matchmaker has been one of the biggest sources of player frustration in the game. Over the years, you reported frequent cases of uneven team makeups, map dupes, and weird tier splits. We heard you loud and clear, and with 9.18 we’re introducing a major overhaul to the system to address your concerns. To enhance matchmaking for a better, fairer experience, we revised its core mechanics and implemented an all-new template-based algorithm.

Deeper under the hood, the improved matchmaker is a set of server-side algorithms that analyze vehicles in the queue and build two teams with several key criteria in mind. These teams should be comparable in their aggregate combat parameters, diverse in vehicle types, versatile enough to provide for an engaging gaming experience and, finally, balanced in a way that makes it almost impossible to predict the battle outcome. Now, let’s delve deeper into the way it’s done.

The new algorithm balances the “perfect” match against the speed of matching. First, it tries to create what it considers a perfect ±2 match using the 3/5/7 template or one of its variations. The variation you get depends directly on the queue composition. Whichever template you end up with, it’ll always have:

  • No more than three tanks at the top of the list 
  • No more than five in the middle
  • More vehicles in the middle than at the top 
  • More vehicles at the bottom than in the middle

If the search for the “perfect” match will leave you queuing too long (for example, if there are too many vehicles of a certain tier queueing at the moment), the matchmaker loosens the restrictions a bit to make sure you get into a match quicker. In this case, you can get a two-level or a single-level battle. Those are rare instances, though. The vast majority of battles will have the ±2 tier spread.

Templates help form teams with an equal number of vehicles at the top/middle/bottom of the list, which fixes two problems at once. Firstly, the matchmaker creates evenly assembled teams. Plus, it provides an enjoyable gaming experience for all players by eliminating frustrating scenarios where vehicles in the middle and at the bottom of the list are outnumbered by those at the top. Now, regardless of your position on the list and which template you get, there are enough players in the same position on the team as you are to turn the tide of the battle: 

  • Tanks at the bottom will always be in majority. They can either fight against same-tier opposition or join forces with higher-tier comrades.
  • Revving their engines in the middle of the list will be solid vehicles that have what it takes to stand strong against “top” enemies.
  • Finally, vehicles at the top can hunt for their counterparts on the other team, set the line of fire, or suppress superior enemy forces.

Evenly assembled teams
Another particularly painful point that you brought up was one-sided, boring games composed of two teams that were vastly different in vehicle composition. Let’s say two tank destroyers in a team against seven in the opposing. You can guess the result from the get-go, which kind of wipes the smile off your face and makes you want to quit (unless you’re on the winning side, of course, but even winning is little fun when it comes easy). This would happen because the old matchmaker used to balance a team by the number of scouts and arty. The other classes would get distributed randomly.

The improved matchmaker adds tank destroyers to the equation. Medium and heavy tanks still get distributed randomly, as the introduction of strict balancing by all vehicle types within the current system would result in significantly longer wait times. Take, for example, the only Tier III heavy, Type 91. It would have to queue until another player on its server chooses this very tank for a battle, because there’s virtually no other vehicle to match against it if the algorithm considers tiers and types. So, to get you into a finely-balanced match and do it quickly, the new system is only strict with the three classes that have very distinct gameplay roles (light tanks, tank destroyers and arty), as their uneven distribution between teams might ruin the balance of power.

We’ll look into the option of balancing by all vehicles types at a later point. As of now, our main priority is fine-tuning the improved matchmaker. It’s a complex task, and we’d rather take it one step at a time: ensure that the new algorithm runs smoothly, and then proceed with refining it further.

 

Now, the difference in the number of artillery, light tanks and tank destroyers will be just one vehicle at the most, providing evenly assembled team makeups. Platoons are getting distributed similarly. The matchmaker ensures there’s the same number of Platoons on each side, which should bring the possible difference in Platoon players down to three (e. g., three three-man strong Platoons in one team against three Platoons of two each on the other). Just as with the templates, if it takes too long to build a team with an equal number of Platoons, the matchmaker might loosen this restriction to get you into a battle quickly.

Only same-tier Platoons in Random Battles 
On the battlefield, coordination and joint actions are what paves your way to victory. And there’s hardly a better means to show well-orchestrated teamwork than Platoons. However, no matter how well you work in two’s and three’s, at the end of the day you are still part of a larger battle unit—a team. If you choose multi-tier vehicles for a Platoon, you put your entire team in harm’s way: they can get matched against tanks that are three or more tiers higher than they are. A same-tier Platoon, on the contrary, ramps up a team’s chances at victory.

To reward your efficient actions and promote teamwork, we implemented a system of XP bonuses for same-tier Platoons back in 9.15. Along with it, we imposed penalties to discourage players from forming multi-tier Platoons, which reduced their number, but didn’t solve the issue 100%.

 tiers of vehicles in a platoon bonus for a victory / loss (%)
 I—III  0
 IV  1 / 1
 V  2 / 2
 VI  3 / 3
 VII  5 / 4
 VIII  10 / 5
 IX  20 / 10
 X  30 / 15

Now we are back at it with the improved matchmaker. It simply won’t allow multi-tier Platoons into Random Battles to create balanced teams.

No more than 3 SPGs per team
If you joined us in the Sandbox, you already know the limit of no more than 3 arty per side balances combat interplay between SPGs and other vehicles. Both stats and feedback show that it injects combat with extra fun and variety, and decreases camping, encouraging more active gameplay. And with 9.18, we are bringing this restriction to live servers!

Fewer map dupes
The improved matchmaker reduces the number of map dupes with a new logic. It analyzes maps that tankers from the two newly created teams played over the last 10 battles. Then, it places them on a map none of them have seen in the last few sessions.

This new map rotation logic is relevant for maps used in the Standard mode (Random Battles). Assault and Encounter Battles are only played across a limited number of maps. So, if you have them flagged, maps will repeat more often.

Getting ranked in the top/middle/bottom of the list
After you’ve fought at the bottom for a few battles in a row, the matchmaker will try to find a team where you get in the middle/top of the list, regardless of whether you play in the same vehicle or choose a new one during this session. If it sees that this will have you waiting for quite a while, it will match you into a battle with a suitable tier split.

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All-Round SPG Revision

Arty gameplay has been the topic of heated discussion for quite a while now. In a nutshell, they are little fun whether you drive them or fight them. The latter camp often suffers from sudden, crippling damage, making you question the point of all the effort you put into playing. It makes the game less fluid as people cling to cover to avoid instant destruction. Instead of countering camping, it often facilitates it. On the other hand, SPGs themselves aren’t a smooth ride either. They miss a lot and take forever to reload. 

To help arty claim their rightful place in combat without ruining the fun for others, we introduced a set of changes to their combat parameters and mechanics in the Sandbox. The test showed that the SPG revision facilitates teamwork and makes matches more fluid and fairer.

An increased rate of fire and accuracy, the removal of all AP and HEAT rounds, a stun effect that can be reduced with reusable First Aid Kits and Spall Liners turn SPGs into long-range support fire vehicles. Instead of dealing massive damage, forcing draws and base camping, they now work in close cooperation with the rest of the team, soften targets and help set the attack direction from afar. The penalty for getting hit dropped off a lot and isn't going to send you back to the Garage. So, heavy tanks are less afraid to push out and lead an assault. They might get hit by an arty shell, but it isn't devastating. 

After a good four rounds of testing and dozens of balance tweaks, revised arty are ready to make their way onto live servers. And we are here to break down the major changes they are getting in 9.18 in extra detail:

  • To reshape arty into efficient team players, we introduced an all-new stun mechanic. Now, tanks in the arty burst radius have their characteristics temporarily weakened. It means that SPGs can help their team turn the tide of the battle by supporting the assault from afar and giving their team a few precious seconds to break the defense lines and catch the enemy by surprise. As for the other camp, arty won’t kick you out from the game in a single shot the way it did. Now it worsens your mobility, accuracy, and reload time for a short period. When the stun duration passes, you can fight on. 
  • There are a number of ways in which the stun effect can be reduced. Along with a vehicle’s armor that helps partially absorb it, the negative impact of arty can be minimized further with (newly) multiuse equipment and consumables: Spall Liners (superheavy, heavy, medium, light) cut the stun duration by 10%; Premium First Aid Kits reduce it by 5%. Superheavy Spall Liners prove the most effective against stun as they absorb explosive damage better.
  • To stress arty’s role as long-range support fire, we increased the HE shell burst radius. With a smaller gap between direct hits and a near misses (in terms of damage dealt), shooting at multiple targets is now more efficient than picking just one. This change, together with the introduction of the stun mechanic, should force SPGs to change their play style and aim to hit multiple targets, letting their teammates finish the job.
  • To get rid of frustrating one-shots, we considerably lowered the penetration and damage per shot (DPS) for HE shells, while also removing AP, APCR, and HEAT shells for SPGs. Of course, one-shots are still possible if the shell lands on the target and hits its ammo rack, but the chances of it happening are close to zero now.
  • To compensate for the reduction in DPS and penetration values, we decreased SPG dispersion on the move and their reload time, while also improving aiming time and accuracy. Now they can efficiently redirect fire and quickly come to the rescue of teammates on several flanks. 

As long-range support vehicles, it’s critical that SPGs coordinate their actions with fellow players to help their team succeed. To facilitate team communication and increase the clarity and readability of the battle, we introduced several new UI elements:

Target area marking for friendly vehicles
Now arty can alert the team to where they will shoot, so their fellow tankers can ready themselves for an attack and get out of the blast radius. To display a special marker showing the area you are targeting, simply press the Requesting fire/Attacking key (“T” by default). Its radius will be the same as the shell blast arc.

Stun indicators
Arty can see the damage their teammates deal to stunned vehicles (also included in their after-battle stats as damage dealt with their assistance), while all players can see the countdown of the remaining stun time right above the vehicle affected by it. If you are stunned, along with the stun time, you get a lowdown on HP lost and how your combat parameters decreased, in the lower left of the HUD (similar to when your vehicle drowns or catches fire).

Alternative Aim
Inspired by the fan-favorite Battle Assistant, it changes the aiming display for SPGs and gives a clear flight path of the projectile, as well as a good overview of the terrain, allowing you to aim better. It works well around large obstacles and is especially handy in urban areas and on uneven terrain. Switching between regular and alternative aim will help you make a well-thought-out shot.

Stretching Light Tank Branches to Tier X 

Light tanks first appeared as support fire vehicles to spot enemies and work in tandem with other tanks, rather than an independent unit. As such, light tanks (Tier IV+) presently have special matchmaking and face vehicles that are up to three Tiers higher than they are.

This special matchmaking was initially introduced to let Tier VIII light tanks into Tier X battles. But tanks with powerful cannons and decent view ranges came along, easily destroying light tanks and making scouts almost useless. In today’s game, light tanks barely deal much damage and are quite ineffective against vehicles of a higher tier. This means that they either stay put instead of helping the team, or get destroyed quickly when they scout.

To even the odds and introduce regular ±2 matchmaking, light tank branches now start at Tier V and reach to Tier X. With the matchmaker’s ability to quickly build diverse teams, light tanks no longer have to suffer and can make an impact in battle. While still support units, they now have decent enough firepower and excellent speed to add to the battle. Tier X light tanks are swifter and more maneuverable than their counterparts at lower Tiers. Their gun stabilization, penetration power and hit damage allow them to excel in close- and mid-range combat. These stats encourage light tanks to constantly be on the move and change firing positions. Possessing guns a little less powerful than medium tanks, they still have enough penetration power to pierce the side and rear armor of heavy vehicles. Their speed, camouflage, and firepower make them a formidable unit when utilized effectively.

To ensure that these renewed branches fit into the confines of the ±2 rule, we also rebalanced all light tanks. It should erase abrupt changes in gameplay within one branch. Vehicles that currently reside on Tier VIII moved up a tier, with the only exception being the Chinese Tech Tree. It welcomed two completely new light tanks: the WZ-132-1 at Tier X and the WZ-132A at Tier IX.

What happens to modules, XP, Crew, emblems and camo you have on light tanks?

  • Configuration. If you have vehicles that changed a Tier in 9.18 and they are researched to the top configuration, they retain it upon changing.
  • Crew moves with the tank. Fully-trained Crew is transferred back to the Barracks and re-trained to 100% for a new Tier. If you have Crew trained to 100% on a light tank that moves up a Tier, but don’t have this tank in the Garage at the update’s release, the Crew will be retrained for a higher Tier regardless.
  • Emblems and camo. Emblems and camo bought with Gold and mounted on Tier VIII vehicles that move up to Tier IX will be removed. But fear not; you’ll get the amount of Gold they cost you credited to your account. Temporary emblems and camo you have on vehicles that move up a Tier will be removed as well. In this case, you receive the amount in Credits proportional to their remaining duration. Unique emblems and camo are here to stay: they’ll get de-mounted from Tier VIII vehicles and you can apply them to any other tank.
Finally, changes to the branch structure won’t affect XP you’ve earned on light tanks. They stay at the Tier they were earned on.

Changes in Common Test 1

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Game Features

  1. Pattern-based matchmaker. The new matchmaker for Random Battles based on predetermined patterns. Pattern is a complex of team characteristics, including the number of vehicles at the top/middle/bottom of the team list, number of Platoons, number of light/medium/heavy tanks, SPGs, and tank destroyers. The teams are always created according to the following rule: number of vehicles at the bottom of the team list should exceed the number of vehicles at the top or middle of the team list. The priority pattern for three-tier battles is 3-5-7; the pattern for two-tier battles is 5-10. One-tier battles are allowed under conditions when other patterns are not possible.
    Specific features of the new matchmaker:
  2. Only same-tier Platoons are allowed.
  3. The number of SPGs per team should not exceed three vehicles.
  4. The matchmaker considers the number of light tanks and tank destroyers.
  5. The difference in the number of Platoons should not exceed one full Platoon (three players).
  6. Preference of placing a player at the top/middle of the team list, if they have already played several battles at the bottom of the team list.
  7. Improvements to the map selection mechanics that decreases the chance of playing on the same maps within a game session.
  8. Update 9.18 contains many improvements:
    • New matchmaker
    • New SPG gameplay:
      • Mechanics of stunning  
        Stunning temporary decreases technical characteristics of enemy vehicles within the burst radius, as well as provides experience and credits for damage caused by allies to the stunned enemies.
        • SPGs can now stun the crew. 
        • Stunned vehicles have decreased fire power and mobility. 
        • The countdown of stun time is displayed to all players who see the stunned vehicle. 
        • Stunning can be removed by using the First Aid Kit, even if none of the crew members is injured. 
        • Damaged caused to the stunned enemies is rewarded by analogy with the “damage upon spotting” mechanics.
      • Decreased damage of SPG shells
      • Improved accuracy and aiming
      • Decreased reloading time
      • Increased burst radius
      • Overall adjustment of the view range for SPGs
      • All shells without burst radius (Armor-Piercing, AP Composite Rigid, and HEAT shells) were removed for all SPGs
    • New SPG-related features:
      • Alternative “Trajectory View” Artillery Aim. The default control for switching between the modes is bound to the G key. This Artillery Aim shows the battlefield at the angle of the shell trajectory allowing players to aim by analogy with the standard Sniper Aim.
      • Target Area Marker shows allies that the SPG player keeps an eye on that part of the map (T key, be default). Any of the Artillery Aims allows   informing the allies (by pressing a particular button) about the point of aiming, selected target, and readiness to fire. This information is displayed in the 3-D scene, on the minimap, and in the battle chat at the same time. 
      • Added the stunning effect to the SPGs that feature guns of calibers over 150 mm
    • New light tanks that logically extend the U.S.S.R., German, U.S., France, and China branches of light tanks to Tier X.
      • Some of the existing light tanks change their tier.
    • All (standard and Premium) consumables that needs to be activated (First Aid Kit, Repair Kits, Fire Extinguishers) became are reusable:
      • After using a consumable, it becomes available again after a while.
      • Recharge of standard consumables takes 90 seconds; recharge of Premium consumables takes 60 seconds.
      • Recharge time are individual for each consumable and does not depend on other equipped consumables.
      • If a consumable is used at least once in a battle, a new one will have to be purchased, just as before.
      • If a consumable is used several times in a battle, the cost remains unchanged.

General Changes to the Tech Tree

New light tanks were introduced into the game—the branches of light tanks are extended to Tier X. 
In some cases new vehicles were added; in other cases the branches were extended by transferring the existing vehicles to higher tiers.

The changes are as follows:

  • German vehicles:

o    Spähpanzer Ru 251 was transferred from Tier VIII to Tier IX

o    The new HWK 12 took the free slot at Tier VIII

o    The new Rheinmetall Panzerwagen was added at Tier X

o    Technical characteristics of the VK 16.02 Leopard, VK 28.01, and Spähpanzer SP I C were changed

  • Chinese vehicles:

o    The new WZ-132A was added at Tier IX

o    The new WZ-132-1 was added at Tier X

o    Technical characteristics of the 59-16, WZ-131, and WZ-132 were changed

  • U.S.S.R. vehicles:

o    The T-50 was transferred from Tier IV to Tier V

o    The LTTB was transferred from Tier VII to Tier VIII

o    The T-54 ltwt. was transferred from Tier VIII to Tier IX

o    The LTG was added at Tier VII instead of the LTTB

o    The new T-100 LT was added at Tier X

o    Technical characteristics of the MT-25 were changed

  • U.S. vehicles:

o    The M7 became a light tank

o    The M41 Walker Bulldog was transferred from Tier VII to Tier VIII

o    The T49 was transferred from Tier VIII to Tier IX

o    The new XM551 Sheridan was added at Tier X

o    Technical characteristics of the T71, T21, and T37 were changed

  • French vehicles:

o    The AMX 13 90 was transferred from Tier VIII to Tier IX

o    The new Bat.-Châtillon 12 t took the free slot at Tier VIII

o    The new AMX 13 105 was added at Tier X

o    Technical characteristics of the AMX ELC bis, AMX 12 t, AMX 13 75, AMX 13 57, and AMX 13 57 GF were changed

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Changes in Common Test 2

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Technical Improvements:

  • Recharge time of the Large First Aid Kit was made equal to the recharge time of the Small First Aid Kit (90 seconds).
  • Fixed the issue related to display of the icons for light tank.
  • Fixed the issue of receiving notifications when vehicles acquire the Elite status.
  • Fixed the issue related to display of indicators above the destroyed vehicles.
  • Fixed the issue related to display of settings in the vehicle comparison.
  • Fixed the issue related to display of the context menu from the Add to Comparison button in the Store.
  • Fixed the issue related to display of the Marks of Excellence on the T-50's guns.
  • Fixed the issue related to overlapping between the muzzle brake and the gun screens of the T-60.
  • Fixed the issues related to the tracks and rollers of the following vehicles: Pz.Sfl. IVb, T-50, Pz. IV Ausf A, AT-8
  • Fixed the issue related to display of the upper cover above the gun for the following vehicles: SP I C and HWK 12.
  • Fixed the issues related to application of the camouflage to the M4 Thunderbolt.
  • Fixed the issues related to display of the firing gun of the the M4 Thunderbolt at the minimum graphical settings.
  • Fixed the issues related to display of the FV3805's guns.
  • Fixed minor technical issues.

Vehicles

Changed the conditions of crew retraining and refunding for light tanks:

T-54 ltwt.

If the T-54 ltwt. is researched:

  • The crew will not be retrained from the T-54 ltwt. to the LTTB (including dismissed crew members that are available for recovery)
  • If the LTTB is not available in the Garage, add the LTTB with a vehicle slot and a crew trained to 50%.
  • If the LTTB is available in the Garage, perform refunding in the amount of 1,205,000 credits.

If the T-54 ltwt. is available in the Garage:

  • The crew is not sent to the Barracks.

Ru 251

If the Ru 251 is researched:

  • The crew will not be retrained from the Ru 251 to the HWK 12 (including dismissed crew members that are available for recovery)
  • The HWK 12 with a vehicle slot and a crew trained to 50% is added to the account.

If the Ru 251 is available in the Garage.

  • The crew is not sent to the Barracks.

T49 

If the T49 is researched.

  • The crew will not be retrained from the T49 to the M41 Bulldog (including dismissed crew members that are available for recovery).
  • If the M41 Bulldog is not available in the Garage, add the M41 Bulldog with a vehicle slot and a crew trained to 50%.
  • If the M41 Bulldog is available in the Garage, perform refunding in the amount of 1,200,000 credits.

If the T49 is available in the Garage:

  • The crew is not sent to the Barracks.

AMX 13 90

If the AMX 13 90 is researched:

  • The crew will not be retrained from the AMX 13 90 to the Batignolles-Chatillon 12t (including dismissed crew members that are available for recovery).
  • The Batignolles-Chatillon 12t with a vehicle slot and a crew trained to 50% is added to the account.

If the AMX 13 90 is available in the Garage:

  • The crew is not sent to the Barracks.
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Amendments to Tests

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Changes to vehicles:

Changes to the German vehicles

Changes to the technical parameters of the following vehicles :

  •  Spähpanzer Ru 251
    •  Changed the reloading time of the 90 mm Rheinmetall DM1 gun for the Spähpanzer Ru 251 Drehturm 360° turret from 6 s to 7 s
    •  Changed the view range of the Spähpanzer Ru 251 Drehturm 360° turret from 420 m to 410 m
  •  Spähpanzer SP I C
    •  Changed the view range of the Spähpanzer SP I C PT II Rh.-Nr. WK-G2 turret from 400 m to 390 m
  •  Rheinmetall Panzerwagen
    •  Changed the view range of the Rheinmetall Panzerwagen turret from 430 m to 420 m
    •  Changed penetration of the Exp. HE shell for the 105 mm Kanone gun from 53 mm to 120 mm
    •  Changed damage of the Exp. APDS shell for the 105 mm Kanone gun from 390 to 360
    •  Changed damage of the Exp. HE shell for the 105 mm Kanone gun from 480 to 440
    •  Changed damage of the Exp. HEAT shell for the 105 mm Kanone gun from 390 to 360
  •  HWK 12
    •  Changed the reloading time of the 90 mm Mecar N gun for the HWK 12 turret from 7.9 s to 8.2 s
    •  Changed the reloading time of the 90 mm Mecar N gun for the HWK 12 verbessert turret from 7.15 s to 7.7 s

Changes to the Chinese vehicles

Changes to the technical parameters of the following vehicles:

  •  59-16
    • Changed the view range of the 131 turret from 360 m to 350 m
    • Changed the view range of the 131-1 turret from 380 m to 360 m
  • WZ-131
    • Changed the view range of the 132A turret from 380 m to 360 m
    • Changed the view range of the 132B turret from 390 m to 370 m
  •  WZ-132
    •  Changed the reloading time of the 100 mm 60-100TA gun for the WZ-132 turret from 7 s to 7.8 s
    •  Changed the reloading time of the 100 mm 59-100TA gun for the WZ-131-1 turret from 8.1 s to 8.5 s
    •  Changed the reloading time of the 100 mm 59-100TA gun for the WZ-132 turret from 7.5 s to 8.2 s
    •  Changed the view range of the WZ-131-1 turret from 380 m to 370 m
    •  Changed the view range of the WZ-132 turret from 390 m to 380 m
  •  WZ-132A
    •  Changed the reloading time of the 100 mm 60-100TA gun for the WZ-132A turret from 6.8 s to 7.7 s
    •  Changed the reloading time of the 100 mm 62-100TA gun for the WZ-132A turret from 7.8 s to 9.2 s
    •  Changed the view range of the WZ-132A turret from 420 m to 390 m
  •  WZ-132-1
    •  Changed the reloading time of the 105 mm L7A3C gun for the WZ-132-1 turret from 9.5 s to 10.7 s
    •  Changed the view range of the WZ-132-1 turret from 425 m to 400 m
    •  Changed the ammo rack capacity for the 105 mm L7A3C gun from 40 to 32

Changes to the U.S.S.R. vehicles

Changes to the technical parameters of the following vehicles:

  •  МТ-25
    • Changed the view range of the MT-25 turret from 380 m to 360 m
  •  LTTB
    •  Changed the reloading time of the 85 mm D-5Т-85BMU gun for the LTTB turret from 5.2 s to 5.5 s
    •  Changed the reloading time of the 85 mm D-10-85  gun for the LTTB turret from 5.1 s to 5.4 s
    •  Changed the view range of the LTTB turret from 390 m to 380 m
  •  Т-54 ltwt.
    •  Changed the reloading time of the 100 mm D-10TM mod. 1945 gun for the T-54 ltwt. version turret from 6.8 s to 7.2 s
    •  Changed the reloading time of the 100 mm D-10TM gun for the T-54 ltwt. version turret from 7 s to 7.5 s
    •  Changed the view range of the T-54 ltwt. version turret from 410 m to 390 m
  •  LTG
    •  Changed dispersion of the 85 mm D-5Т-85BMU gun for the LTG turret from 0.38 m to 0.4 m
    •  Changed the view range of the LTG turret from 390 m to 360 m
  •  Т-100 LT
    •  Changed dispersion of the 100 mm Т-100 gun for the Т-100 LT (Article 64992) turret from 0.44 m to 0.46 m
    •  Changed the view range of the Т-100 LT (Article 64992) turret from 410 m to 390 m
    •  Changed thickness of the upper glacis plate from 100 mm to 90 mm
    •  Changed the damage of the 3VBB shell for the 100 mm Т-100 gun from 320 to 300
    •  Changed the damage of the 3VBM shell for the 100 mm Т-100 gun from 320 to 300
    •  Changed the damage of the 3VOF shell for the 100 mm Т-100 gun from 420 to 360
    •  Changed the ammo rack capacity for the 100 mm Т-100 gun from 42 to 33
  •  Т-50
    •  Changed the reloading time of the 45 mm VT-43M gun for the Т-50 turret from 2 s to 2.3 s
    •  Changed the view range of the Т-50 turret from 360 m to 350 m

Changes to the U.S. vehicles

Changes to the technical parameters of the following vehicles:

  • T49
    •  Changed the reloading time of the 90 mm Gun T132E3 gun for the T49 turret from 6.3 s to 6.4 s
    •  Changed the reloading time of the 90 mm Gun T132E3 gun for the XM551 test bed turret from 5.65 s to 6 s
    •  Changed the view range of the T49 turret from 410 m to 400 m
    •  Changed the view range of the XM551 test bed turret from 420 m to 410 m
  •  T71
    •  Changed the view range of the T71 turret from 400 m to 390 m
  •  XM551 Sheridan
    •  Changed the view range of the AR/AAV XM551 Sheridan turret from 430 m to 420 m
    •  Changed damage of the Exp. APDS shell for 105 mm Lightweight Gun from 390 to 360
    •  Changed damage of the Exp. HE shell for 105 mm Lightweight Gun from 480 to 440
    •  Changed damage of the Exp. HEAT shell for 105 mm Lightweight Gun from 390 to 360
    •  Changed the ammo rack capacity for 105 mm Lightweight Gun from 40 to 32
    •  Changed the ammo rack capacity for 152 mm Gun-Launcher XM81 (conventional) from 30 to 25
  •  M7
    •  Changed the view range of the M47 turret from 380 m to 360 m
  •  M24 Chaffee
    •  Changed the view range of the M24 turret from 370 m to 360 m
  •  T21
    •  Changed the view range of the T21 turret from 390 m to 380 m
  •  T37
    • Changed the view range of the T37 turret from 370 m to 360 m
    • Changed the view range of the T41 pilot number 1 turret from 385 m to 370 m
  •  M41 Walker Bulldog
    •  Changed the reloading time of 76 mm Gun M32 for the M41 turret from 4.6 s to 5.3 s
    •  Changed the reloading time of 76 mm Gun T91E5 for the M41 turret from 38 s to 40 s
    •  Changed the reloading time of 76 mm Gun M32 for the M41A1 turret from 4.6 s to 5.3 s
    •  Changed the reloading time of 76 mm Gun M32 late for the M41A1 turret from 4.3 s to 5 s
    •  Changed the number of shells in the magazine for 76 mm Gun T91E5 for the M41 turret from 10 to 6
    •  Changed the number of shells in the magazine for 76 mm Gun T91E5 for the M41A1 turret from 10 to 6
    •  Changed the ammo rack capacity for 76 mm Gun T91E5 from 70 to 72

Changes to the French vehicles

 Changes to the technical parameters of the following vehicles:

  •  AMX 12 t
    •  Changed the view range of the AMX 12 t turret from 380 m to 360 m
  •  AMX 13 75
    •  Changed the view range of the FL 10 Type C turret from 390 m to 370 m
  •  AMX 13 90
    •  Changed the view range of the FL 10 Type D turret from 400 m to 380 m
    •  Changed the ammo rack capacity for the 90 mm F3M gun from 44 to 36
  •  Bat.-Châtillon 12 t
    •  Changed the view range of the FL 10 Type C turret from 390 m to 380 m
  •  AMX 13 105
    • Changed dispersion of the 105 mm D. 1504 gun for the AMX 13 105 turret from 0.4 m to 0.42 m
    • Changed the view range of the AMX 13 105 turret from 415 m to 390 m
    • Changed damage of the OCC-105 D. 1504 shell for the 105 mm D. 1504 gun from 390 to 360
    • Changed damage of the OE-105-Mle. 60 D. 1504 shell for the 105 mm D. 1504 gun from 480 to 440
    • Changed damage of the OFL-105 D. 1504 shell for the 105 mm D. 1504 gun from 390 to 360
    • Changed the ammo rack capacity for the 105 mm D. 1504 gun from 33 to 24
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2. Light Tanks Revision: France

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French light tanks have always had quite a unique gameplay rhythm to their gameplay. Their small size, decent maneuverability and speed, solid camouflage values, plus their autoloader guns pretty much defined their role in Random Battles. True hit-and-run masters, this swift bunch cultivated an army of fans over the years. And once these tanks fall in line with the regular ±2 matchmaking, are re-balanced and stretched to Tier X, there’s a good chance they’ll attract a few more.

Today, we’ll dive deeper into the changes coming to the AMX light tank line in the fast-approaching Update 9.18. Let’s get to it!

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Following the switch to the normal ±2 matchmaking spread, the Tier V AMX ELC bis no longer sees Tier VIII battles, creating a much more enjoyable experience. To bolster its combat parameters, we also increased its firepower and mobility, while bringing penetration values down to keep it from being OP. Combined with a low silhouette, excellent camo values and superb speed, these changes make the tank incredibly efficient in bursts and at providing flanking support to teammates. Finally, its turret now traverses left and right by 360° with all guns except the 90 mm D. 915.

Remember how the AMX 12t (Tier VI) would end up in Tier IX Random Battles? Vulnerable to virtually any Tier VIII–IX vehicle, it rarely survived the first five minutes, unless it hid, of course. Now such sad situations are a thing of the past! But that’s not all. To prevent the AMX 12t from being OP, we cut its drum load to four rounds, while also boosting its specific power to 27.25 hp/t. You receive improved mobility that, paired with great camo values, small size and impressive view range, solidifies the AMX 12t as an excellent passive scout. Find a nice bush with a good field of view and assist your team by spotting enemies, and then later you can play the sniper, finding wounded tanks and clipping them back to the Garage.

Next up is the small and stealthy AMX 13 75 (Tier VII). This one gets more mobile thanks to an increased engine capacity and receives a smaller clip of four rounds. To compensate for this, we improved its reload time. It also takes less time to fully aim the gun. Gameplay-wise, the AMX 13 75 can be played as an invisible passive scout or an active scout/flanker.

Residing on Tier VIII is the all-new Bat.-Châtillon 12 t. Swift, dynamic and maneuverable, it has a shorter drum reload time than the AMX 13 90. This tank is great as an agile, active scout and at offering support fire to help allies by outflanking enemy tanks.

The scout with “teeth,” the AMX 13 90, moved up to Tier IX and with it came a boost in mobility and firepower. Now, it can pierce through 205 mm with AP shells. Its small size, great camo, and excellent view range make it an efficient scout, while a four-shot drum-autoloader comes in handy for finishing off crippled enemies and dueling enemy scouts.

Rolling out on Tier X, the АМХ 13 105 combines small size (and hence solid stealth parameters) with an autoloader gun. A three-round drum capable of dealing 360 damage per shot makes it an intimidating adversary that excels in both spotting enemy vehicles and hitting them when they least expect it.

What happens to modules, XP, Crew, emblems and camo you have on light tanks?

Configuration: If you have vehicles that changed a Tier in 9.18 and they are researched to the top configuration, they retain it upon changing.

Crew moves with the tank: Fully-trained Crew is transferred back to the Barracks and re-trained to 100% for a new Tier. If you have Crew trained to 100% on a light tank that moves up a Tier, but don’t have this tank in the Garage at the update’s release, the Crew will be retrained for a higher Tier regardless.

Emblems and camo: Emblems and camo bought with Gold and mounted on Tier VIII vehicles that move up to Tier IX will be removed. But fear not; you’ll get the amount of Gold they cost you credited to your account. Temporary emblems and camo you have on vehicles that move up a Tier will be removed as well. In this case, you receive the amount in Credits proportional to their remaining duration. Unique emblems and camo are here to stay: they’ll get de-mounted from Tier VIII vehicles and you can apply them to any other tank.

Finally, changes to the branch structure won’t affect XP you’ve earned on light tanks. They stay at the Tier they were earned on.

3. Light Tanks Revision: USSR

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Update 9.18 is off for its Common Test, introducing five new Tier X light tanks and major balance changes to their respective branches. These changes mark the transition to the regular ±2 matchmaking for them, which should bring light tanks on par with other classes. Light tanks gain a boost in firepower, gearing them up for close- and mid-range combat. (Head over to the 9.18 announcement to read up on the reasoning behind the changes to light tanks.)

Forging ahead, we’ll be providing you with more details on them, one nation at a time. This week, we’ll take a deeper look at the changes to the U.S.S.R line.

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Swift and virtually invisible, the Т-50 rolls out to Tier V and no longer suffers from poor firepower. Its 45mm gun now sports better penetration, damage-per-shot values, and reload time. The forwards/reverse speed was improved, too, making it easier to outmaneuver another enemy scout and take it down.

Mobile enough to be where you need it to be and with camo values to hide in plain sight, the МТ-25 stays at Tier VI. It can now fight as a decent counter scout and shred other light tanks and arty thanks to the addition of a new top 76 mm gun, superior to the 57 mm ZiS-4 in terms of damage per shot and penetration values. The 57 mm comes with better damage per minute and easier gun handling, though.

Residing on Tier VII is the first of two new Soviet light tanks: the LTG (Govalov’s light tank). Quite odd in design, it compensates for it with firepower and the best in its class camo values, which makes it fairly interesting to play. And that turret comes with decent armour. Thanks to excellent mobility, the LTG can race around the map, while its low silhouette makes it extra hard to hit from afar.

If you enjoy playing light tanks, you’re likely familiar with the swift and well-protected LTTB (Tier VIII). Accurate and extremely mobile, this scout retained its trademark camo, speed, and view range, but also got a larger HP pool of 1050.

The T-54 ltwt. was reworked for HD and moved up a tier. It now has a slightly better view range and increased firepower (higher penetration with AP shells). And with it comes more gameplay variety: not only is it great at spotting enemies, it now has what it takes to bite back and can make a difference in a battle, if played well.

For the Tier X newcomer, the Т-100, we hand-picked the best characteristics of the Soviet LT branch (great mobility, excellent camo values, low silhouettes) and combined them with the best armor among light tanks. It can live through hazardous situations, while its compact size (the smallest of the newcomers) allows it stay hidden. The T-100 is at its best when actively scouting or in maneuverable, close-range engagements thanks to its superb gun stabilization and rate of fire.

What happens to modules, XP, Crew, emblems and camo you have on light tanks?

Configuration: If you have vehicles that changed a Tier in 9.18 and they are researched to the top configuration, they retain it upon changing.

Crew moves with the tank: Fully-trained Crew is transferred back to the Barracks and re-trained to 100% for a new Tier. If you have Crew trained to 100% on a light tank that moves up a Tier, but don’t have this tank in the Garage at the update’s release, the Crew will be retrained for a higher Tier regardless.

Emblems and camo: Emblems and camo bought with Gold and mounted on vehicles that move up a Tier will be removed. But fear not; you’ll get the amount of Gold they cost you credited to your account. Temporary emblems and camo you have on vehicles that move up a Tier will be removed as well. In this case, you receive the amount in Credits proportional to their remaining duration. Unique emblems and camo are here to stay: they’ll get de-mounted from Tier VIII vehicles and you can apply them to any other tank.

Finally, changes to the branch structure won’t affect XP you’ve earned on light tanks. They stay at the Tier they were earned on.

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