Overlord, on 10 May 2011 - 11:51 AM, said:
The only weak points of JadgPz are relatively low penetration and low alpha strike. Yet it has its own advatnages including better RoF, better specific power, better camo. Thus overall it's not bad.
The biggest issue might be penetration, but you don't always have to shoot enemies from the front, do you? 132mm is enough to penetrate most of the tanks from side and rear, and performance data confirms that.
Just don't use Jpanzer the way you are using SU-100. They are different.
Buff for 8.8 L/56 wasn't cancelled, it was delayed.
trying to flank something with a TD is a very risky business. if somebody spots you in the JgPz4 you're dead meat. it has the same engine-problems as the Pz4, so 1 hit often shuts your movement down.
even if you've managed to attack the sides of 1 enemy - after firing everyone sees you and you'll have a hard time reaching cover.
the short 8,8 is a good weapon for the mediums of this tier (as seahawk already wrote) cause flanking with them makes sense and is far easier.
another issue is the loss of penetration power of the short 8,8. its pen decreases far earlier than that of the long 7,5 even if the stats don't suggest that. in my DB i regularly sniped at targets 550-600 metres await and actually penetrated them - you can't do that with the short 8,8 (even if you'd hit them with its lousy accuracy) for anything more than 300 metres away results in a red penetration indicator.
to sum it up:
- flanking too risky
- hull (and for that matter: modules) too fragile to make any "ninja" moves
- rapidly decreasing pen-power of the 8,8 results in battles at distances at which you don't want to be in a JgPz4
- insufficient penetration to take any of the mediums/heavies of that tier head on
in the last battles in my JgPz4 i switched back to the long 7,5. it does lousy damage for its tier - but it actually manages to penetrate something at decent ranges
as i alread wrote: just buff the PaK version of the short 8,8cm. this will only affect the JgPz4 (which has it as its top gun), and to a minor degree the JagdPanther (which uses it to grind the 16,8k exp for the long 8,8). even a damage reduction (though i know that damage in this game is always calculated by caliber) would be alright if the penetration could be raised into the ~150ish region