WoT: T32 Review, 5k Damage Blocked FTW [“Road to Unicum” Epi 19]

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Source: Taugrim

I review the T32, a tier 8 American tank in World of Tanks (WoT), with a replay of a tier 8 battle.

Stat line: Ace Tanker, 4.2k damage, 1.1k assisted damage, 2 , 5k blocked damage

In this battle, we have to overcome two notable issues:
1. the other team is stacked with tanks that can hull-down effectively, which is critical for the fighting in the northwest corner of this map
2. over half of my team is camping east or pushing south, leaving us thin northwest

For meaningful stretches of the battle, I'm able to hold my ground against multiple enemy tanks by using terrain and playing hull-down, and this enables us to overcome being outnumbered northwest.

Strengths and Weaknesses
+ one of the strongest turrets at-tier in the game
+ superb max gun depression (-10)
+ excellent aim time (2.3 sec)
+ excellent gold round (ACPR with 245mm pen)
+ good front hull armor, which can be further protected with hull angling
+ good speed
– lackluster silver penetration (198)
– neck area beneath the is very soft (80mm)
– slow reverse speed, which can be problematic versus

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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Next episode: M103 Review, Recovering From Early Mistakes
Previous episode: T29 Review, Hull-Down King

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18 Comments:

  1. 😀 true, i’ve remastered other tanks still seem to be failing in that
    though haha, think im confusing it with how i played t32

  2. +Tejmaster1 > just come back after 11 month break

    Well, your sucking it in may simply be shaking off rust. That’s a pretty
    long layoff.

  3. +Tank Troll well, I play all my tanks with silver ammo only.

    Against tier 8 tanks, you can pen most of the tanks you face with 198 pen,
    as long as you aim at weak spots.

    In tier 9 and especially in tier 10 battles, you need to not pick lanes
    where you can expect to run into very hard targets, such as E-100/Maus/IS-7.

    E.g. going 8 line in Himmelsdorf in a tier 10 battle is probably not the
    best place to go.

  4. +Richard Rhiew I was pleasantly surprised by the M6. It was one of my
    highest WN8 tanks, over 3.5k IIRC

  5. +Shahzad Khan If the pen changes for the next patch are going to roll out
    like this, as a certain streamer said – which I agree with btw – the 121
    and the E50M are going to be beasts. Just my opinion though. I’m at the
    tier 8, almost 9 in the Chinese mediums right now and a friend is at the
    Panther 2. We’ll have both of them probably by the next patch. We’ll see
    how it goes. Keep in mind that the Chinese mediums aren’t exactly for
    beginners if you plan on getting one. And even experienced players could
    have trouble in them at first, as did I.

  6. +Josh Went > Russian mediums are really good as are the heavies

    I liked the Russian meds but the IS-7 has awful gun handling and the IS-4
    has weak hull armor.

  7. +Shahzad Khan the American heavies are very good IMO. Their silver pen
    isn’t getting touched in the 9.9 proposed pen changes.

  8. Russian mediums are really good as are the heavies. Leopard 1 and E50m are
    fun tanks. also recommend the american heavy and light tank lines they’re
    really good

  9. +Josh Went What tanks should i grind that will be really good now, because
    i just got my BatChat?

  10. It’s easier with M103,it has better hull armor…

  11. +Ivan Otac I’ll have examples of playing without hulldown in the M103
    videos. Currently planning 2.

  12. +Brandon Woods > You basically single-handedly won that entire side of the
    map

    I think our team would have been overrun had I not bottlenecked their tanks
    long enough for our tanks to win south.

    That said, I did miss 2 shots that would have been easy pens, had I taken a
    bit more time aiming. Although I remember kind of rushing shots because I
    wanted to limit my exposure.

  13. +Simon Scheidt yep!

    An increase of 7mm of pen may seem like a little but it will help. Anything
    to shift the penetration probability is a good thing.

  14. +Lucas Pintilie on NA, there is a fair amount of humorous / constructive
    dialogue in chat.

    E.g. I got clicked by arty about 20 sec after I had dropped from being lit,
    so I asked the arty if he did a blind shot, and he said yes. It was a
    heckuva guess on his part.

  15. +freeride114 more are coming 🙂

  16. +Cpt Fubar > that was near ideal conditions (top tier and map) for that tank

    Ideal for my tank, but definitely not ideal from a team perspective
    considering the relative compositions, and the fact that a lot of my team
    was camping east/south.

    My team should have lost based on the deployments by both teams and the
    fact that we were down 0-2 almost immediately.

    If I hadn’t gone northwest and locked up a bunch of their tanks and bounced
    an asston of damage, my team would have lost badly IMO.

    Keep in mind the other team IIRC had 8 American tanks, which all have great
    gun depression.

    To say it another way:
    T34 + T32 + T29 > me in T32

    > people complaining about the T32 having the same gun as the T29 making it
    a tier 8 tank with less “bite”

    I’m fine with the 320 alpha, but the silver pen of 198 is lackluster for
    tier 8.

    The T32 is playable with silver ammo – by comparison I grinded on the T-44
    with 175 pen and got used to that. The odd thing about the T32 is that with
    gold ammo, it’s ridiculously strong.

  17. +Vacras > Wow I didn’t know there is this thin armour plate across the top
    of the T32 hull

    This was news to me too. It explains why my 2nd shot on the T32 from my T29
    penetrated that T32 in the previous video. The only non-turret area I could
    shoot at was the neck area which is soft

    > the gun depression really is the best point about it.

    Don’t get too used to it – you lose 2 degrees of gun depression when you
    move up to the M103 and E5. Don’t get me wrong, -8 degrees is excellent,
    but it’s not the nutty good that -10 is.

  18. +matt34003434 > about 15k left until the T32

    I’ll probably have the first of two videos on the M103 up before you unlock
    the M103.

    So your timing on that tree is lined up nicely with my upcoming videos.

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