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MSixteen #1 Posted 30 May 2015 - 10:35 PM

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The IS-7. One of the most famous tanks on any WoT platform. The IS-7 is stronk as bear, and as nimble as butterfly. This is truly one of my favorite tanks in the game, and I'm going to tell you guys some basic stats, some hidden stats, and the strengths and weaknesses of the tank.

 

Stats:

Gun

-Rate of Fire: 4.73 rpm (12.685s reload)

-Dispersion at 100m: 0.40

-Aim Time: 2.9

-Gun Depression: -6

-Gun Elevation: +18

-Penetration: 260 AP/ 303 APCR/ 68 HE

-Average Damage: 460 AP(CR)/ 600 HE

 

Armor

-Hull

--Front: Upper Plate 285-320mm effective/ Lower Plate 230-240mm effective/ Tip of Pike Nose 310mm effective

--Side: The Side is very tricky, because it is covered with spaced armor

            Top 190mm effective/ Middle (behind spaced armor) 240mm effective

            Bottom (behind tracks aka spaced armor) 130mm effective

--Rear: Middle Third 110mm effective/ Left and Right Thirds 255-280mm effective

-Turret

--Front: 325-530mm effective with auto bounce angles on the sides and top

--Side: Rear Half 230mm effective/ Front half 260-500mm effective

--Rear: 110mm Effective

 

Mobility

 

-Engine Power: 1050hp (15% chance of fire on impact)

-Traverse Speed: 25 degrees/second

-Turret Traverse: 18 degrees/second

-Speed Limit: 50kph (you'll never hit 50 unless you're going down hill, 40-45 is reliable though)

-Power-Weight Ratio: 15.242 hp/ton

 

Equipment and Consumables

-Equipment: Rammer/ Laying Drive/ Vert. Stabs (OR Vents)

-Consumables: Multitool/ Adrenaline/ Rations (OR repair kit/first aid kit)

 

Play Styles

-Heavy Brawler

The IS-7's armor is notoriously troll, and will bounce just about anything that doesn't hit your lower plate when you're up close and personal. This tactic also works well because of the effect of the  long aiming time and relatively poor accuracy on the gun can be negligible or at worst severely diminished when you're within 100m. You CAN SIDESCRAPE very effectively in the IS-7 by putting your gun over your tracks, and rolling out just far enough to get the gun pointed at an enemy, your pike nose (the weakspot) will still have roughly 250mm effective armor and this tactic works well in close quarters.

 

-Hull Down

Possibly the best way to play this tank. If you can get this thing hull down, only gold ammo with a penetration of 330 or more will have a shot at going through your turret, and a way to diminish the effectiveness of that gold ammunition is to wiggle your turret ever so slightly side to side with about a 5 degree arc, and you have a shot at bouncing more. (DISCLAMER: HE ammo from anything higher than 150mm (E100 and T10 TDs) will do about 300 damage per shot, and the JPE will do about 500 damage)

 

-Situational Flanker

If you happen to be one of two heavy tanks on your team, and the rest of your team consists of mediums that are going to flank, you have the speed and mobility to keep up with the FV4202, and can even out run him in a straight line. So don't be afraid to follow the medium tanks on a flank so you're not stuck holding off half the enemy team by yourself. I do not recommend flanking if you have 4 or more heavy tanks on your team. If you have 3 heavy tanks, and they are all fairly mobile (T110E5, IS-8, M103) you guys can join the mediums on the flank, and roll the enemy 7-0

 

-Face Hug

I bolded the name because it is one of the best ways to 1v1 any tank in WoTB (NOT the Maus OR JP E100 OR E3. they are tall enough to shoot DOWN in to the top of your turret, or short enough to have a good angle on your hull). If you're face huggin an E100, the only possible way for him to damage you is if he shoots HE, which will splash on to himself, and damage/break his gun. When face hugging an E100, aim for the turret ring (where the turret touches the hull) and you'll pen about 55% of the time. When face hugging another IS-7, wait for him to shoot, then reverse and "side step" him by going a little to the left (or right) and plant a shell in to his now angled pike nose, then go straight on immediately after, so he can't go around you. If you are going against a medium tank trying to flank you, ram him in the side, and push him. this will help prevent him from getting around you if you cannot get your butt to a wall or rock.

 

SOME THINGS TO NEVER DO

-Be a Lone Ranger: The buddy system is a very crucial part to ANY play style or tactic in WoTB. You won't do very well in a 3v1 against the IS-7 if the enemies have any brain at all, and decide to rush you. But if you have a good platoon mate, or a team mate by you that has two brain cells to rub together, you can hold off 3 enemies with ease.

-Stay in the Open: The only way to stay alive for an extended period of time in the IS-7 is if you can hide your giant pentagon of a lower plate. If you're out in the open, it is also begging for a fast medium to circle jerk you to death, and leave you a smoking wreck in the middle of the map. Stay near cover, and hull down if you can. If you CAN'T get in to cover in time, run towards the enemy while wiggling back and forth trying to get them to miss.

-Snipe: The 0.40 dispersion at 100m on the gun is dismal, and you won't have much luck hitting weakspots or penetrating tough targets from longer than medium range, and at medium range you will be trolled by the accuracy. The closer you can get to the enemy without being surrounded, or over extended, the better.

 

SPECIAL PERKS

Because it is a Russian tank with poor accuracy, if you send enough political dissidents to the Gulag, the hand of Joseph Stalin himself will rise from hell to guide your shell to your opponent's weakspots for an above average damage roll. So always remember to send the traitorous mongrels to the KGB, and you'll have a stellar game.

 

 

Corrections, Comments, Concerns?

 


Edited by MSixteen, 31 May 2015 - 01:30 AM.

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PhiliPTran #2 Posted 30 May 2015 - 10:47 PM

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Another tip.

 

Don't aim. Stalin will make all snap shots guided to tanks on far map. Stronk Russian Tenk. OP. Nerf pls :P


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epicheeru #3 Posted 30 May 2015 - 10:47 PM

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Informative. 

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Txt, I am about to buy this one...

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Love it! Awesome review. Always enjoy reading these, let's me prepare for when I get to higher tiers.

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AntonioSoares #6 Posted 30 May 2015 - 10:55 PM

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Just a note about the e100 shooting HE and damaging his gun and stuff. if your facehugging an e100 and your hull is not quite straight, he can shoot your overmatchable engine deck with AP.

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It should be noted that a JG PZ E-100 will do 525 damage or so with HE on your turret and that if you face hug him he can shoot down and pen your lower turret cheeks of upper plate with AP

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Chopstick_Gamer #8 Posted 30 May 2015 - 10:58 PM

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Great review! +1


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View PostPhiliPTran, on 30 May 2015 - 04:47 PM, said:

Another tip.

 

Don't aim. Stalin will make all snap shots guided to tanks on far map. Stronk Russian Tenk. OP. Nerf pls :P

 

that's in the special perks section

View PostHerodotus4, on 30 May 2015 - 04:56 PM, said:

It should be noted that a JG PZ E-100 will do 525 damage or so with HE on your turret and that if you face hug him he can shoot down and pen your lower turret cheeks of upper plate with AP

 

thanks. i'll add the JPE to the not-to-be-face-hugged-list

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KevnxKilla #10 Posted 30 May 2015 - 11:07 PM

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Nice review! Seems accurate when I think about the smart IS7 drivers I've seen in battle. I like the amount of detail you go into, and it is worded well so I can really understand. Do you think you could do an E100 review? I think I know most of the tactics as its my most played tank, but there's always room to improve. 

MSixteen #11 Posted 30 May 2015 - 11:11 PM

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View PostKevnxKilla, on 30 May 2015 - 05:07 PM, said:

Nice review! Seems accurate when I think about the smart IS7 drivers I've seen in battle. I like the amount of detail you go into, and it is worded well so I can really understand. Do you think you could do an E100 review? I think I know most of the tactics as its my most played tank, but there's always room to improve. 

 

plan on doing that next. cheers!

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Chopstick_Gamer #12 Posted 30 May 2015 - 11:26 PM

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Just curious, how long did it take you to type all of this?


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Ram anything below tier 8



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Im grinding my IS8 this summer too!

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View PostDilutd, on 30 May 2015 - 05:29 PM, said:

Ram anything below tier 8

 

you won't see anything below T8 w/o a fail platoon

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Just curious, how long did it take you to type all of this?

10-15 minutes.


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dilusions #16 Posted 31 May 2015 - 12:13 AM

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View PostMSixteen, on 30 May 2015 - 03:54 PM, said:

you won't see anything below T8 w/o a fail platoon

 




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Can't wait to get it. Im on the is8 right now.

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View PostDufosIsBeast, on 30 May 2015 - 04:13 PM, said:

Can't wait to get it. Im on the is8 right now.

 

I'm grinding creds for my IS-7, 1/3 of the way there



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View PostDilutd, on 30 May 2015 - 06:13 PM, said:

 

haha


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Also don't facehug an e3




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