BorisBaddenov, on 21 March 2017 - 06:46 AM, said:
I am an average player (about 53% overall). I want to warn other players with similar skill sets to mine that this tank is not as easy to drive as the exceptional players like War Child make it seems.
The tank is sluggish for a medium. This means map awareness is key.
This tank will not hull-down like others. The hull armor is good, but you cannot rely on the turret at all. You will see comments that say "wiggle and rock". The super good players do that out of habit. Guys like me have to really be on top of their game to be sure and keep wiggling and rocks. And while doing that wiggle and rock, your bloom will not shrink, making an already inaccurate gun even more so, or you must stop your rock-n-rollin to aim.
If you are good at brawling - and most of us in the low 50's win-rate are not good at brawling, then this tank can go face to face (literally) with the Soviet heavys. For me this face-hugging is an "oh crap" moment - that I should have avoided.
Beware of review from great players -- they can make any tank look great.
I've included my stats for all my Tier 8 mediums. You can see how I fair in the T-54 Proto vs. the others. If your stats are similar to mine, consider saving your money.
Boris makes valid points here, but I wouldn't shy away from this tank if you're an average player. I don't consider myself a great player in medium tanks, but if the tank has angles or armor that provide me with bounces, I do much better in it. The additional hull armor on the T-54 Proto enables me to play more aggressive than other mediums (the CDC is a tank I hate - it bounces NOTHING). The one drawback armor-wise with the T-54 Proto is the turret - which is what the JPantherII shoots in my video right before I kill him. The turret requires you to keep the tank moving (rocking, wiggling), and the hull armor makes your opponents shoot prammo. If you can learn to facehug with this tank, the front hull angle makes it almost impossible to pen whether it's a Tier 8 heavy or a Tier 9 medium tank.
My stats in Tier 8 Medium Tanks are good, but are by no means great:
By the way, I did this review because I feel like every player should have a strong Tier 8 Medium (Premium) tank in their garage. The Type 59 has its flaws, but I still recommend it (even at $50). If you don't have the Type 59, I think that this tank is a solid choice even for average players.
Good luck out there Fellas! It's been a jungle lately...
Edited by _War_Child_, 21 March 2017 - 01:26 PM.