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Dark_Magician_Girl #1 Posted 24 January 2019 - 07:33 AM

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Hey everyone!  It's been awhile.  The forums are seemingly less busy, but looking through my previous BEST rankings that were enjoyed over a year ago, I thought it would be a fun write to do them over again.  The meta has changed.  New tanks have been introduced.  Buffs.  Nerfs.  The general decline in the quality of play.  In the first iteration of this specific tier and class, I said that tier 8 was largely biased towards heavy tanks.  That is still true, however the pallet of flavor for the class has grown significantly. 

 

I will provide my own thoughts on the "best" tier 8 heavy tanks and I apologize in advance if your favorite tier 8 heavy is at the bottom of the list. This is purely my opinion, and you are free to put in your input.  Hope you enjoy! (See spoiler)

 

See how things have changed! Found below is the original list for this specific topic, written over a year ago!

 

 http://forum.wotblitz.com/index.php?/topic/86118-best-tier-8-heavy/page__fromsearch__1

 

*Note: Reviews are done in the style of WoTLabs.  

 

What do you think is the best tier 8 heavy?  Let me know!

 

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gordonchau #2 Posted 24 January 2019 - 08:56 AM

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I actually have things to say about the VK 45.02A. it's hull is actually comparable to IS-3 effectively, but of course suffer from the mediocre turret, weak sides and large profile. Mobility wise the traverse and power to weight ratio are superior to most IS-X tanks, but again suffers from soft stats and capped top speed.

 

tl;dr could be great tank, but soft stats are crap

 

also VK 100.01 P stock grind is full of [edited]

 

edit: VK 100.01 P has been broken when they gave it 100mm inner side armor, while the MAUS only has 80mm


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Spekulatius #3 Posted 24 January 2019 - 12:21 PM

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Great review. I feel the T-34 may belong to the purple division, just for its gun. I agree the IS-3 seems very good. I haven’t driven it, but my son does and manages to get a 68% WR. He does much better with it than with the Is6. it’s quite underdriven, because everyone owns an Is6 or Is5 and drives those. I have to get back to it again.

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AOT_Jaeger2 #4 Posted 24 January 2019 - 12:31 PM

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View Postgordonchau, on 24 January 2019 - 03:56 AM, said:

I actually have things to say about the VK 45.02A. it's hull is actually comparable to IS-3 effectively, but of course suffer from the mediocre turret, weak sides and large profile. Mobility wise the traverse and power to weight ratio are superior to most IS-X tanks, but again suffers from soft stats and capped top speed.

 

tl;dr could be great tank, but soft stats are crap

 

also VK 100.01 P stock grind is full of [edited]

 

edit: VK 100.01 P has been broken when they gave it 100mm inner side armor, while the MAUS only has 80mm

 

...nah the VK. 45.02’s Armor couldn’t deflect a spitball. 

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ZebraUp #5 Posted 24 January 2019 - 01:06 PM

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Nice review, thanks!

I like the AMX M4 49 just unfortunately i tend to get the 'town' teams of brain dead morons whenever i pull this out of the garage. It's like what the Tiger II should be, but manufactured by the French.

If i hadn't gotten the WZ-111 in a flash sale for $4.99 i would've been severely disappointed as your assessment is dead on accurate.

And although i was a newb when i bought my IS-6 and totally trashed its' stats, i do much better with the IS-5 despite the fact that i struggle with its pike nose and my inexperience with it.

I look forward to getting the WZ-110 after reading your review.


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tanker070 #6 Posted 24 January 2019 - 01:25 PM

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I wish cheiftain wasn't this soft as it is. But I agree it's only good if fighting meds around supremacy cap.

M4 49 in my book is harder to execute it's definitely good but unable to bounce from side makes it like slower bigger e5 armor at t8


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_Cletus #7 Posted 24 January 2019 - 01:39 PM

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Very nice review!  The whole Blitz community benefits from these, please keep them coming.  Tier 8 heavies is precisely the right tier/class to review right now too.

 

And DMG, I do think you are getting funnier.  Jacking off all the way back to the garage....:teethhappy:

 

The only ranking I have a slight issue with is the VK45.02A.  It's not the best tank but I'd put it in the play for fun division.  I've always managed to get more bounces than I expected and to do more damage than I expected.

 

 


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BakalovBoy #8 Posted 24 January 2019 - 01:52 PM

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Hands down AMX M4 49. 

 

Superioer than the Tiger 2 in almost every way other than the weaker side armor and (less hp?)

 

The gun depression along with the phenomenal armor is godly on Hull down positions. 



Apeman1970 #9 Posted 24 January 2019 - 02:08 PM

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Lowe is my current favorite.

tech tree  favorite would be amx 50 100. I love the speed, and clip potential.

 



Vater_Von_Tom #10 Posted 24 January 2019 - 02:30 PM

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After a quick read through (I got work to do) I have to congratulate you on an informative and appreciated post. I will definitely read this again and again.


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I was actually reading your old ones last night, and found myself wishing for some new ones. Great post! Can't wait to see the rest!

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SyLynSur #12 Posted 24 January 2019 - 03:25 PM

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when i'm grinding cred, i play these tanks:

 

lowe

IS5

T34 (1776)

 

I thought about getting the super persh, but got the e25 instead because its just so much fun, the lowe is a bully and pretty easy to play, but I do favor heavies in all my playstyle .


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DickerDallas #13 Posted 24 January 2019 - 04:24 PM

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The VK 45.02 A is not suitable for facing off against other tier 8 heavies because it will get shredded trying to hull-down or side-scrape.  This is the sole reason why it gets a bad reputation.

 

Where it succeeds is countering the med flank.  Roll with your team's mediums to the usual flank spots, and you'll find that the armor profile and mobility make the VK A a fairly effective brawling tank.  If the reds keep their distance they can pick your weak points apart, but up close you can bully and make their life hell.

 



Zuke76 #14 Posted 24 January 2019 - 04:44 PM

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Finally someone hates the vk45a like i do

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Jaq___ #16 Posted 24 January 2019 - 05:31 PM

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View PostZuke76, on 24 January 2019 - 04:44 PM, said:

Finally someone hates the vk45a like i do

 

Its actually a great medium. It's not a heavy. Flank with the meds using its mobility and you can bully their meds. Armor holds up pretty well against meds, but it's terrible at frontal engagements with heavies. Only do that at end game. 

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View Postgordonchau, on 24 January 2019 - 08:56 AM, said:

also VK 100.01 P stock grind is full of [edited]

 

I didn't mind it. You just have to be more intentional with where you aim.



Rio_Grande #18 Posted 24 January 2019 - 06:29 PM

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Shame how the T32 got shafted.

 

 

In real life that 105mm probably had over 200mm of pen.

 

But WE ALL know how much WG cares about real life stats.


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Zuke76 #19 Posted 24 January 2019 - 07:00 PM

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View PostJaq___, on 24 January 2019 - 05:31 PM, said:

 

Its actually a great medium. It's not a heavy. Flank with the meds using its mobility and you can bully their meds. Armor holds up pretty well against meds, but it's terrible at frontal engagements with heavies. Only do that at end game. 

VK 45.02 (P) Ausf. A 8 23 4,291 100 78.00% 2.02 4.60 2,169 1.610 8.69 1.24 0.228 634 0.471 90.24% 65.00% Mastery Class Ace Tanker Badge
 

 

I did try that, does work very well when you are stock, i didn't bounce sht even while sidescraping, it doesn't matter now, free xped it to the much better b, and i 100% ground the maus as well as the vk72 :)



_Duncan_Idaho_ #20 Posted 24 January 2019 - 07:12 PM

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So, the VK100 was interesting for me. I dominated with it, but certainly did not fear facing them. The LFP is a relatively large weak point and is pennable and nearly any angle with any standard shell. . . . The one good thing about the lower frontal armor is that penning and tracking at the same time frontally is difficult.

 

After your glowing review, I am regretting not getting the 49 in the winter fair . . . .


 

 





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