T-54 first prototype Unicum Guide/Review, Contributing When Bottom Tier

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Source: Taugrim

I review the T-54 first prototype, a tier 8 premium Russian medium tank in World of Tanks (WoT), with a replay of a tier 10 Abbey battle.

The T-54 first prototype, also known as the T-54 1, is one of the most well-rounded premium tanks tier 8. Some players regard the tank as , but I think the limited top speed and AP penetration are meaningful balancing factors.

Strengths and Weaknesses
+ Superb camo (better than some tier 9 lights)
+ Excellent turret protection
+ Excellent upper hull armor (200+mm effective)
+ Excellent aim time (2.2s base)
+ Good acceleration
+ DPM (1875 base) is better than its peers
– Very low top speed (44)
– Low silver AP penetration (190)
– Low HP (1300)
– Low view range (380)

Recommended Equipment
1. Optics
2. VStab
3. Rammer

I talk through how I’m reading the battle as it unfolds and discuss key decisions and mistakes. My hope is that these videos meaningfully help players improve their gameplay.

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  1. Your vidios are graaat!

  2. like always, good comments on what to do, and what not to. very bad play in the end. he he

    • Yea that was a true tomato moment at the end. If my sloppy play had caused us to lose I would have been rather frustrated with myself.

  3. Informational video!

  4. a really good video demonstrating support without sniping. Thank you taugrim for making and continuing this series you helped me go from struggling to maintain 1900 recent to now stabilizing around 2800 within a year. 🙂

    • > you helped me go from struggling to maintain 1900 recent to now stabilizing around 2800 within a year. 🙂

      That is so awesome to hear!

      There’s a very big skill difference between 1.9k and 2.8k. At 1.9k you’re playing competently, but at 2.8k you’re pulling off carries / big games with some regularity.

    • Nice piece of progress, lol. Wp dude 😀

  5. I amassed enough gold to do a trade-in for a tier 8 using the HTC.
    I chose wz-120ft and I’m more than happy with it, even though I don’t play turret-less TDs on a regular basis. I consider it the best tier 8 premium you can get in game with current matchmaking issues in mind.
    It works well in tean battles, may find its use in SH8 and it doest make me cringe when thrown into a tier10 pub game.
    Combination of DPM, decent pen for a TD with premium Heat, decent view range (for a td), decent mobility, camo and some armor makes for a nice package, only lacking a turret 😉

    • It can be a monster when top tier in 3-5-7 mm, got 11 kills one match, and holds up well against less favorable mm. Its definitely my fav premium TD.

  6. So theres an interesting position on the south road leading up to the Abbey. Its a partial mirror to the position that the north Spawn gets (witht he easy access into the Abbey from cover).

    In F5, you can climb up the hill to the right of the buildings lining the road. It’ll get you into a position between the Abbey shelf overlooking the southern base, allowing you to pressure tanks there, and you can get shots on the bush in E2 where the Skorpion was. And theres also shots on the normal Abbey approach through the gap in the building (similar to the northern side). People dont expect this position when theyre in the Abbey on the shelf.

    • Are you talking about that very narrow alley between the buildings that line the main north-south road and the buildings on the abbey top?

      I.e. where the LT icon is on this o7 StratSketch:

      I haven’t played much there as I thought the peekaboo firing lanes were limited. I’ll have to check it out.

    • Yea, its just to the right of that icon on that map, just to the left of the dotted yellow border.

    • OK, it’s clearly just to my right up the slope in segments of the video where I’m still on the edge of the road. Haven’t seen you online for a bit, hope all’s well 🙂

    • Yep its basically a mirror position to the position the northern spawn gets, just without the easy safe entry into the abbey.

      Yea, 9.22 took the wind of oof my sails for tanks. A few too many broken tanks in one patch… but Im gonna be back for 1.0. Been playing warships a lot also.

  7. Why 0 APCR?? you need it against tier 10

  8. Pls make guide on is7 its really tough to master

  9. nice fight ay yeah we all fuck up sometimes ay

  10. Can t44 be played similarly?

    • good question

    • Less armor but more mobility. T44 is now ez best tier 8 med.

    • pretty much yes, but you don’t want to get hit as much, although it does have an ok turret now, you will not bounce as well as the mod 1. Stay hull down, use mobility to flank or run, support allies (i.e. don’t be the one that “tanks” the shots, but make the enemy pay twice when they fired). Generaly I would pick the t44 (or t44-100) over the mod1 any day, unless maybe you are top tier (which rarely happens).

    • T44 is in a good place balance-wise now. Much better mobility than the T-54 mod 1, and the turret is just as strong.

  11. Haha me and my friend where doing 1v1s and he picked type 59 and i picked this and i won then he picked the new russian tier 9 heavy and i picked mod 1 and i won then he raged and he picked IS 7 and i stayed in t54 mod 1 and i won xD

  12. So would you say this tank is worth it as a crew trainer? I have a number of tier 9 and 10 Russian Meds now and I’m not exactly blessed with crew skills.

    • JustAnAussie its OK after buffs, but i think T-44-100 is better, but that thing cost way more afaik. I get around 2k dmg in tier 10 games in it (mod. 1)

    • yeah t44-100 is better imho, mobility works just as well against any tier, armor doesn’t. On average I think the 44-100 will perform better.

    • I don’t have the T-44-100 but these guys are right.

      However, the T-44-100 is not always available where the T-54 mod 1 is always purchasable in the tech tree.

      I think the T-54 mod 1 is one of the premiums that is worth getting. My WR in that tank is ~67%, and I’ve been soloing in it 99% of my battles.

    • The T54 mod 1 was once OP. With all the game changes and new prem tanks AKA defender, Patriot, Ect Ect. It ain’t what it used to be.

  13. I really really admire you not shooting any gold, very very impressive

  14. Great video as usual. Do you think that you could do some TD play next?

  15. Brjánn Jónasson

    Always love your videos, I learn a lot from every one. For example, don’t drive between two enemy arties 😉

  16. My boi! Love your non-gold spamming vids

  17. The 44 100 is awesome now after the upgrades it received like the 54 mod 1.

    • Yea I bet. That tank is only occasionally on sale, right?

    • Ya, keep your eye open for it. I think it’s worth picking up. The speed it has now made it a lot more enjoyable. I am liking it more than the 54 mod 1. Better speed, better gun handling with better terrain values makes it more flexible tank and still has a good turret.

  18. I feel that saying a tank is balanced because it has bad silver pen is a bit of a cop out…if it is balanced by a weak pen gun but spending credits buffs that gun on demand, does that NOT make it over tuned? Especially seeing as there are other tanks that statistically performed worse and still didn’t get a buff? (T34-2 Chinese med is just the saddest tank in existence these days)

    • I didn’t say the tank is balanced – I said it’s not overpowered but is a very good tank. The 44 kph speed is a significant limitation IMO.

      I had heard others claiming the tank is overpowered, but I think that is moreso true of the newer tier 8 premium heavies, in particular the Defender, Liberte, and Patriot.

  19. And that is why you do not just kill blue players unless they are actively attacking your side 🙂

  20. gee gee Taugrim…I wish I could think this clearly under pressure.

  21. Great in-game communication too! 🙂

  22. Hey Taugrim 1 do you load full gold when you are not recording? I just cant see / believe that you can do 2-3k damage without gold firing.

    • I’ve never fired a single premium round in Public Battles. I have fired premium ammo in premade contexts and in Ranked Battles.

      If you want proof, you can check out the ~1700 screenshots I’ve posted when I got Ace Tanker and 1st Class badges, and it’s clear from the ammo re-supply costs I’m firing only silver:

    • Just a bit of Trolling I expect Taugrim! We subscribers know what you are about and what you are trying to do. My wife plays WoT and is so pleased to see that you also don’t use mods as she and I don’t either. I struggle to think as clearly as you (and most others) do in game but that doesn’t stop me from appreciating both your skill in-game and your generosity to share your thoughts with the rest of us. That is the way to have a positive effect in the MMO world!

  23. I rediscovered this gem of a tank a couple of days ago, and Taugrim publishes this video. Naturally, his videos are of such quality that I gave it a like before watching. Well deserved. Keep ’em coming! 😉

  24. Do one of these with the Tiger2 pls.

  25. tiler eastsweater

    Mod 1 gang

  26. Manfred von Richthofen

    Wow… I stopped driving this thing because it’s acceleration is a slow turd, I had no idea it received such a major engine buff. Thanks for the info!

  27. It’s games like this why I hate folks who auto-kill blue tanks. This would have been a big loss without that 1390.

  28. The one thing that I find bad about the mod one are the hidden dispersion stats. Makes the aim time longer than it should be and also the accuracy is not the best so it is mainly a brawling tank in my opinion. Also thanks for your kind words in game on my 13 57 3 mark! Love your videos can’t wait for the next one!

  29. My favourite tank of all WoT

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