just to get this out of the way, I am not one to spam the forum with complaints on how bad this or that tank is. In fact, this is my first or second post ever. So please, keep your "Stop whining you little baby" comments to a minimum.
I bought my posh new Swedish medium 2 days ago and played it quite a bit (mostly in stronghold thou) and I have to say that it under performs compared to most of the other tier 6 premiums ( I also have a Cromwell B, a Rudy, a Skoda T40 and I played through the Skoda T25).
The STRV, compared to all the others has first and foremost, by far THE worst DPM. 1690 is even 200 less then the Rudy, but tbh, nothing one wouldnt expect from an autoloader ( even thou it has double the reload of the T25 for only 1 shell more). The thing that kicks it in the face is the 2 second reload between shots. The Skoda T25 has the same caliber gun and reloads 0.77 seconds faster.
The STRV has absolutely horrible mobility, which makes it hard to do the medium job, get into position and flank, scout when bottom tier. The power to weight ratio is with 13.41 barely better then the T150 or the KV85s and worse then the ARL44s. The top-speed is also rather limiting, but the bigger problem is actually reaching that top-speed.
The armour is non-existent and the hp are quite low, no surprise here, but what seems to be a problem (at least for me) is module damage, the engine only has 100hp, meaning that you will lose your engine often, very often, turret, gun and crew members die like flies in the oven once you get shot at.
The view range is bad, but not terrible. The signal range is absolutely abysmal thou. 400m is a fraction better then the Mark III medium on tier 3. absolutely useless. I have no idea what radio they are using, probably a network of can phones. In combination with the bad maneuverability, makes this tank a little frustrating to play.
I could easily deal with all these issues alone, but the combination of them really makes the STRV a frustrating machine and in my opinion its not competitive compared to any of the other tier 6 prems. The most limiting factor by far is the engine power. If WG could buff that to 15 or 16 hp/t (thats about the level of the Rudy, also no Ferrari, but usable) that would definitely improve the performance of the tank. Also, they could reduce the delay between shots by 0.5 secs and adding 1.5 seconds to the clip reload time (thus keeping the DPM the same) could also be a good idea. Just any sort of buff would be a good idea. I had/have really high hopes for the Swedish tanks, and dont get me wrong, the STRV can be quit fun to play, but so far its (in my personal and subjective opinion) the worst tier 6 premium they ever introduced to the game and due to the bad signal range and speed, this tank extremely suffers in tier 8 matches, way more then any of the others.
If you read this far, thank you !
Edited by El_Genosse, 08 October 2016 - 07:27 AM.