I take a 2nd look at the M103, the tier 9 American heavy tank in World of Tanks (WoT), with a replay of a tier 9 Himmelsdorf battle.
Stat line: Ace Tanker, 5.4k damage, 7 kills, 2.6k blocked
I make several consecutive critical decisions that help our team pull out a victory, despite our being outnumbered and the other team having map control.
1. IMO 80% of the time when a team tries to cap (or calls for it in chat), it's tactically the wrong thing to do, because either it won't be possible to reach 100 points (e.g. the map is too small as is the case in most city battles, or cappers are very exposed to resets), or the better thing to do when you have a meaningful numbers advantage is to continue flanking the enemy.
I'm not saying you should never cap. Obviously if they are wrecking your team on the other side of the map, sometimes a miracle cap is the only way to win. Capping can put pressure on the opposing team or provide insurance.
It's noteworthy that the WN crew found a correlation between defense points and win rate, which is why it's included in the WN8 formula, but not between cap points and win rate.
2. on the flip side, if your team is losing and the opposing team is capping, often the best thing to do is defend your base, instead of continuing to push forward toward their base. This will take any of their base campers out of the fight and allow you to crush their isolated cappers.
Comments / Errata
a. the opposing Tiger I in tank alley was firing HE at me, which makes no mechanical sense.
HE only provides value in 3 situations: to destroy buildings, for higher damage on targets without meaningful armor such as Waffentrager TDs and American arties, and to finish off low-HP tanks that have strong armor (e.g. hull-down IS-7).
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 other players improve their gameplay.
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