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Sh0ckstrik3r #1 Posted 29 October 2012 - 03:32 PM

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World Of Tanks Beginner's Primer


(Deutsche Version | PDF with table of contents linked to chapters)


Important note: The guide posted below will not be updated anymore - please read the PDF.



When I started to play WoT (World Of Tanks), I didn’t have a clue of most of its fundamentals and assets, and it took me quite a while to learn and understand them (I was just too busy playing the game...). This guide comprises much of what I have learned about WoT. You can find all the information gathered here scattered over the forums and the WoT Wiki, and you will also find a lot more in-depth information there. This guide is not here to replace that information. Instead, it is intended to help beginners to quickly understand essential basic features of WoT and to introduce some of the game’s more advanced properties and intricacies to them without requiring them to search the internet for days and weeks, getting drowned in tons of information without a clue which is more and which is less relevant at their stage of knowledge.

In the beginning I thought WoT would be “hop in a tank, drive on the battle field with guns blazing and stomp any opposition you would face”. In some sense that was true; it was however me who was the opposition that got stomped. After a short while - well, make that "after quite a while" - I understood that I had to use the maps’ properties to my advantage, but that did not help me much. My next conclusion was that once I had a big tank, I would be able to rule the battlefield. This lead me to rushing through matches just to quickly gain the experience and credits required for unlocking and purchasing the next tank. Unfortunately, the story kept repeating itself no matter how big my tank was. Since I am a pretty persistent person it took me a long time to finally ask others why I failed so miserably. The essence of their reply was “L2P”, which means “learn to play” (now you have already learned one popular acronym in WoT). They were right on the spot.

L2P means that it is you who decides about your success in WoT. Although they can be annoying at times, it’s not the game’s flaws, the sometimes miserable match making, the game’s exaggerated randomness, the tank you are driving, and in the long run it’s also not the random teams you are placed in.

It is a matter of fact that WoT is a deep game with a lot of things to understand, learn, practice and master. It will take you quite some time to get to understand the maps and find all the corners and niches giving you cover and places for ambushes. You will also never stop to learn where arty can shoot you despite you believing you are covered from it. Even handling your tank properly, like angling it, or moving it around a bit to make hitting your weak spots harder will take you a lot of practice. You will need to learn not just to focus on your target, but to constantly keep an eye on your environment and the mini map. The key virtues in WoT are patience and caution, paired with the right amount of pushing aggressively at the proper moment.

I am still far from being a really good WoT player, but I have learned a few things that might help newbies to the game to understand it more quickly, avoid the most common pitfalls and have an overall satisfying gaming experience. I will try to cover these things here and explain stuff you will not find in the manual. So here is what I have learned so far and what I wish I had been able to read in a comprehensive way when starting this game.

I have split this primer into several posts so that you can give me more up votes (j/k :smiles:) and to make it easier to read, maintain and expand.

If you think it needs corrections or additions, please post them here in this thread.

Btw, the people who are helping with this guide would certainly appreciate an upvote for their contributions.


Table of Contents

Overview, The Tanks
Tank Properties
Equipment, Consumables, Supplies, Depot
Crew
Match Making, Battle Modes,Platoons, Company Battles, Team Damage, Visibility and Camouflage, Aiming and Shooting
Efficiency, Tactics, Maps
Tank Choice, Premium Tanks, Fun Tanks
Experience, Research, Premium, Mods, Cheats
Terms and Acronyms

Edited by MaterielDefender, 15 May 2013 - 01:55 PM.


Sh0ckstrik3r #2 Posted 29 October 2012 - 03:32 PM

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Overview
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The Tanks
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Edited by MaterielDefender, 13 May 2013 - 12:53 PM.


Sh0ckstrik3r #3 Posted 29 October 2012 - 03:33 PM

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Tank Properties
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Sh0ckstrik3r #4 Posted 29 October 2012 - 03:34 PM

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Equipment
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Consumables
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Important Note
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Supplies
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Depot
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Sh0ckstrik3r #5 Posted 29 October 2012 - 03:35 PM

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Crew
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Sh0ckstrik3r #6 Posted 29 October 2012 - 03:35 PM

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Battle Modes
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Match Making
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Platoons
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Company Battles
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Team Damage
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Visibility and Camouflage
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Aiming And Shooting
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Edited by MaterielDefender, 13 May 2013 - 01:19 PM.


Sh0ckstrik3r #7 Posted 29 October 2012 - 03:36 PM

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Efficiency
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Tactics
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Maps
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Edited by MaterielDefender, 28 March 2013 - 11:42 AM.


Sh0ckstrik3r #8 Posted 29 October 2012 - 03:37 PM

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Tank Choice
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Premium Tanks
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Fun Tanks
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Edited by MaterielDefender, 13 May 2013 - 01:21 PM.


Sh0ckstrik3r #9 Posted 29 October 2012 - 03:39 PM

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Experience
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Research
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Premium
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Gift Shop
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Mods
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Cheats
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Resources
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Edited by MaterielDefender, 13 May 2013 - 01:09 PM.


Lovefall #10 Posted 29 October 2012 - 03:39 PM

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Really interesting; thank you a lot for posting all this information. :)

Sh0ckstrik3r #11 Posted 29 October 2012 - 03:39 PM

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Terms And Acronyms
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Edited by MaterielDefender, 26 March 2013 - 05:00 PM.


quinch1199 #12 Posted 29 October 2012 - 04:19 PM

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"The key virtues in WoT are patience and caution, paired with the right amount of pushing aggressively at the proper moment."

- I'm so borrowing that for a signature, hope you don't mind.

bitter_fremlin #13 Posted 29 October 2012 - 04:47 PM

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Congrats, man -- it's really nice to see you posting this. Consider those up-votes delivered!

Techbot_Alpha #14 Posted 29 October 2012 - 04:53 PM

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This should be mandatory reading. Also, I didn't know about squashing, sounds fun!  :biggrin:

(lol at that signature line, quinch  :tongue: )

Sh0ckstrik3r #15 Posted 29 October 2012 - 05:21 PM

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View Postbitter_fremlin, on 29 October 2012 - 04:47 PM, said:

Congrats, man -- it's really nice to see you posting this. Consider those up-votes delivered!
I really need to do something about me reputation here ... :)

View PostCaptain_Hauptman, on 29 October 2012 - 04:53 PM, said:

Also, I didn't know about squashing, sounds fun!  :biggrin:
(lol at that signature line, quinch  :tongue: )
I have a replay where I did that. I had to laugh so much! I will post it on the WoT replays site and post a link here.

View Postquinch1199, on 29 October 2012 - 04:19 PM, said:

"The key virtues in WoT are patience and caution, paired with the right amount of pushing aggressively at the proper moment."
- I'm so borrowing that for a signature, hope you don't mind.
Sure. Just don't forget to pay me the royalties. ;)

Edited by karx11erx, 31 October 2012 - 10:43 PM.


OlFson #16 Posted 29 October 2012 - 05:30 PM

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Great post and definitly a runner for Sticky. The only thing I found a little bit confusing is "Side scraping" I think you got mixed up there with "Hugging"

http://forum.worldof...the-sidescrape/

Is what i found on the subjekt. edit: by a quick search, there are also vids explaining this.

As mentioned +1 for this.

Edited by OlFson, 29 October 2012 - 05:32 PM.


quinch1199 #17 Posted 29 October 2012 - 05:30 PM

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Your name is on it! Haha!! Just HAD innuendo written all over it as well as being absolutely right in the game context.

ThunderZtorm2 #18 Posted 29 October 2012 - 05:39 PM

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Great guide - should really be stickied. I've dumped a link to my guild/clan's forum as we have a small branch in WoT as well and a couple of our guys have even less experience than me :P

Sh0ckstrik3r #19 Posted 29 October 2012 - 05:56 PM

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View Postquinch1199, on 29 October 2012 - 05:30 PM, said:

Your name is on it! Haha!! Just HAD innuendo written all over it as well as being absolutely right in the game context.
Lol at your "intimate" addition ... :)

Shanina #20 Posted 29 October 2012 - 06:55 PM

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Karx my friend...I'm proud of you! :)

I'll have some additional ideas about the tank choise, I'll pm you tomorrow.

Ran out of + reps, but you get em all tomorrow :tongue:

Edit: also need to explain how and where to aim. many new players just shoot in the "general direction" of enemy tanks...a good aim is important.

Another edit lol: What about adding screenshots/images to make things more clear. I can help when you like

Edited by Shanina, 29 October 2012 - 07:01 PM.






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