The M4 Sherman is the best derp tank for its tier that I’ve played, thanks to its synergistic combination of superb view range, ability to fight hull-down, and good-enough mobility.
I consider the M4 Sherman to be meaningfully better than the Pz IV H, and this is reflected in my stats – I deal ~100 more damage and ~50 more spotting damage in the M4 Sherman relative to the Pz IV H, along with ~0.4 more spots – and that was with a less-skilled crew.
Strengths and Weaknesses
+ Amazing gun depression (-12)
+ Superb view range (370), as good as some tier 7 light tanks
+ Superb HE alpha (410)
+ HE penetration is high enough (53) to penetrate soft opponents frontally
+ Small turret with solid protection
+ Good top speed (48)
+ Good reload (9s base) for a derp gun
– Very tall profile
– Hull armor is unreliable
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