WoT: M103 Review, Recovering From a Poor Start [“Road to Unicum” Epi 20]

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I review the , a tier 9 American in World of Tanks (WoT), with a replay of a tier 9 battle.

Stat line: , 4.9k damage, 4 kills

Strengths and Weaknesses:
+ tier 10 penetration (25)
+ excellent max gun depression (-8)
+ excellent aim time (2.3 sec)
+ solid accuracy
+ solid turret armor
+ solid upper front hull armor
– obvious weak spots (cupola, lower front glacis, side hull armor)
– turret loses effective armor quickly when it’s not pointed directly at incoming fire
– slow reverse speed

The M103 has excellent gun handling for a heavy tank but possesses obvious weak spots, so managing these two characteristics key for effective M103 gameplay.

Comments:
1. recommended upgrade order: 2nd gun (T112) → 2nd turret → (M58) → 2nd engine. Skip the tracks and radio unless you plan on keeping the tank
2. the M58 gun is a meaningful upgrade from the T112: 0.3 sec faster aim time, 0.37 vs 0.40 accuracy, and 16 extra penetration. These 3 things combined make the upgrade definitely worth it
3. as with most tanks, you want to run with VStab and Rammer as equipment. The 3rd equipment piece depends on which gun you have mounted. When using the 2nd gun (T122), I recommend using GLD to help bring down the 2.6 sec aim time. When using the top gun (M58), I run with Coated Optics to strengthen the good 390m view range

Errata:
a. in the garage my Commander has Recon as his 3rd skill, but I accidentally selected that over Situational Awareness, which is slightly better (+3% view range versus +2%)

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.

FAQs for the “Road to ” series:
http://taugrim.com/2015/02/19/taugrims-road-to-unicum-guide-videos-for-world-of-tanks/#faqs

Next episode: Review, 5k Damage Blocked
Previous episode: M103 Review, Creating Isolations When Outnumbered

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Cheers,
Taugrim

24 Comments:

  1. Bjørnar Magnussen

    Congrats on the unicum stats! 😀
    Will you be changing the series or the title now, or just keep it? Even
    though you’re now unicum I think it’s still fitting as it helps others get
    to unicum status as well.

    I enjoyed the video so much that I’ve decided to grind for the M103! Such a
    beautiful tank <3

  2. It seems to me that you are showing a lot of replays without atries,but in
    game,1 in 10 game is without arty,so pls show some battles with arty and
    how to avoid it,i mean,i play arty 10% of all my tanks and i know where i
    can hide,but i heard a lot of players have problems with that,so pls,show
    some battles with arty,tnx.

    • Bjørnar Magnussen

      +Ivan Otac Good point! Arty is the pain of my existence. And since I don’t
      actually play arty (I have 1 tier V) I don’t learn where the artys are and
      where they can shoot.

      I’m just waiting for Wargaming to get off their ass and actually fix arty
      like Armored Warfare did 😀

  3. Congrats! You’re now officially a haxxor! ;)

  4. do the t54!

  5. You said that the other tank which is played false by most players is the
    ELC AMX bis, could you cover that one time, too?

  6. I recently found your channel and it’s rly good. Im an average player
    (about 1k wn8), and my main problem was positioning on maps and knowing
    when not to go agressive. In few days i ll get my m103 and this video rly
    helped. I also like that you don’t spam gold ammo like the half of the t10
    players. You deserv more subscribers and keep up the good work :)

    • Bjørnar Magnussen

      +Mirza Ajanovic I think it speaks greatly of Taugrim that he only fires
      silver ammo and still has unicum stats. It sets a really good example,
      shows that you don’t need to spam gold, and says a lot about his skill and
      knowledge in the game.

  7. congrats on Unicum mate! As alsways a nice review :-). Only thing I find
    worth mentioning is (as far as I recall from my M103 games like 10 patches
    ago), the gun is not so good for sniping. Over long distances it really
    lacks accuracy and can strain your ammo reserves if you snipe too much.
    3 Stars on the barrel is nice too! I only made that on one tank so far
    (Indien Panzer) and it’s quite hard without shooting any gold (for example
    on 13 90).

  8. That AMX 13 90 had an amazing game 7 kills and 3.5k damage wow. I am still
    far away from the M103 but it looks like it performs as an IS-8, great gun
    same soft hull armor with a slightly worse turret than the IS-8. Great
    video, on my first match on the new map i got very disoriented on that
    brawling corner.

  9. Cupola is pronounced KYOO-puh-la, not KYOO-pyoo-la :)

  10. raising your gun after firing to give the enemy a harder shot at the cupola
    is a trick i learned while driving the kv4 and generally it seems to be
    pretty effective in this thing too

    • Bjørnar Magnussen

      +Lucas Pintilie Yes, ofc, but there are many times I get penned in the
      viewports(?) on my turret. If raising the gun/turret works that’d be nice 🙂

    • +Bjørnar Magnussen If you aren’t hull down it doesn’t even matter. People
      can just shoot at your hull, which is much higher chance of penetration
      than the turret, at least frontally.

    • Bjørnar Magnussen

      +Taugrim Won’t that expose weak armour under the turret/turret-ring though?
      I’ve never used that tactic, but might try it in my T54E1 now.

    • +Taugrim I believe what you mentioned there can only be done in autoloaders
      with those turrets. Also congratulations on unicum status.

    • +DEANOGTO ok, that is true, you can try to hide the cupola behind the gun
      barrel. If your gun gets hit it’s broken though.

      For some tanks (notably French autoloaders) you can aim the gun up to get
      the turret to dip back. It’s an old trick for bouncing shells during the
      long reload.

  11. If u uploaded everyday u could make this a full time job 

    • Bjørnar Magnussen

      +Taugrim You might be able to do it in the future though! Maybe even just
      as “spare time”. Like if you can get 1 day of your job each week you could
      push out more content, then get more subscribers and just keep it rolling.
      Eventually it might end up full time 🙂

    • +freeride114 depends what one does for a living!

      I tried a few years back to see what kind of income I could bring in from
      streaming/YouTubing/hosting shows and it wasn’t competitive to what I make
      as a professional in software / product development.

      By YouTubing as a hobby, I scratch the itch of providing content to the
      community, learning about social media, and sharing insights, but I can
      lean on my day job to both continue to grow professionally and pay for the
      bills.

  12. What is unicum?

    • +Taugrim ok thanks! Now this road to unicum thing is making more sense.

    • +Matrix7041

      Unicum is a term coined by the WoT community to denote players who are
      rated in the top 1% in terms of measurable performance (i.e. stats).
      The most widely-used and credible rating system is known as WN8. No rating
      system is perfect, but WN8 addressed many of the flaws from earlier rating
      systems and leverages the data that is publicly available through the WoT
      API and privately through community stat sites (e.g. VBAddict and
      Noobmeter).

    • +Matrix7041 Its basically the all purple people in terms of wn8

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