Pros and Cons of the IS3-Defender.
Pros: Great turret armor, decent round deflection and a side scrapers dream boat. It prints credits and used with HEAT it becomes a beast. Great for facing off against the Rhm-B. at close range. Ram capable if you pick up spall liner (don't do this, it's a waste of potential and rnds/min). Treads eat lead so your hull doesn't have to. Fast enough to move into (and out of) harms way.
Cons: Extremely long reload times. 7.5 seconds between shots in a 3 round magazine followed by a 25 second reload for 3 rounds = 4 rnds/min +/-. During this time you have to hide a giant tank or side scrap and pray. Weak rear and side armor. Easy to pen top plate on turret (experienced players know what I am talking about).
I ground the trophies required to get this tank when it came out. I can highly recommend it with the caveats that you should be prepared to have a giant bull's eye on your back and long reloads (new Frenchy and American autoloaders are faster and produce more dam/min.).
Credit earning potential. "Bad" games are 50K+ for me in it. Typical is 80K+ and a really great night is 120K+. I can get a million credits out of it in 10-20 rounds of play if I am having an "on" night.
Hope this helps!
Edited by Strosstroppe, 01 April 2017 - 05:23 AM.