OFAC, on 21 April 2017 - 06:24 PM, said:
I'm probably one of the few people who've had the opportunity to play both servers, and I have to say I prefer the EU state of artillery v. the NA. Artillery as a function is to be a skill equalizer, limit map control, exert influence on the avenues of approach, and to slow overall game play. Stun while in some respects achieves these goals, the damage nerf in its current state makes most artillery pieces unusable. I previously argued stun should not hit tanks that did not receive some form of damage, but pieces like the 261/BC 58 have issues even damaging the Maus. Damage was nerfed far too much, and that will show itself in the future. What many people who have either a biased view, or prefer the other classes have called a buff is actually a conciliation prize. Without stun anything outside the CGC/T92 and midtier artillery is unusable. People will find midtier artillery still one shots lightly armored vehicles, and I've heard streamers say "that shouldn't pen me" as they drive a skorpion. Why do we shoot HE to begin with? I prefer the current damage scale of artillery with a pen nerf. I agree one shots were far too frequent, but one shots honestly have won a third my games. Had I not one shot an opponent on a flank, the enemy would have advanced and taken advantage of a position my team could not defend.
The ultimate issue with WOT was never artillery, and it was never super armored premiums, it was the barrier to entry for new players. While some players left blaming artillery, it is natural for a game to lose players. Much larger games than this one have died in half the time due in large part to attrition. There is always a reason people give when they leave, but that reason is rarely the reality. How many times justifiably can a person go into a game 15v15 before the repetition becomes boring? With a limited map pool, and an immense barrier to entry for new players due to skill growth it is hard to keep peoples attention. The answer to saving this game is not in deleting a class it is in finding a way to introduce people to this game in a way that doesn't leave them abused to replace those that have since found new a interest.
By all means argue with me, but I'm right.
With 100% of your battles being on artillery, I think the fact that you prefer the old system just shows the new one is an improvement. You sum it up perfectly by calling artillery a "skill equalizer" which is exactly why people call it "sky cancer". All it does is frustrate the players who are trying to do the right thing which results in more and more people playing super passively and nobody having any fun. The game has enough "skill equalizers" such as +/- 25% RNG and +2/-2 matchmaking as it is and adding just another retarded element of random one shots that further makes already borderline useless bottom tier tanks unplayable, is just unhealthy.
Artillery has always been an issue because it's a broken mechanic that damages the gameplay of everyone who tries to play the game while rewarding he camper bots. It has nothing to do with a steep learning. curve of WoT. The people like you are pathetic who try to take the role of the victim by saying artillery was never the problem, but everything else. Yes, it's the maps. Yes, it's the player base. Yes, its' the player base. Not arty! You have a mechanic in game which regularly encourages 3 players on both teams to sit in the corner, never participate in any activity and roll dice on 1-shotting any enemy who's trying to encourage interactive gameplay by leaving the base. You have a mechanic that can be dodged only by camping hard cover or never being spotted. Who really enjoys this kind of gameplay where nothing is happening?
Part of the reason why a lot of WoT players grow into the passive camper bots is because they probably made the grave mistake of leaving the base and being 1-shot and the first lesson they learned in the "oh so awesome" Province map is that leaving the base is a grave sin in this game.
Now sure go ahead and blame the maps next. You know why the game and its maps have changed? Because people didn't enjoy 7 TDs and 5 arties on both sides camping base while there's a light tank sitting in a magic bush and ruling out half of the map for the enemy team. So skill intensive man.
"I'm right" wow man a great argument. You're just trying to distract the topic into the other flaws of the game and trying to make it look like artillery is just the victim or the side-product of the problem. No, nothing wrong with a class that's designed to sit in the corner of the map and click 2k alpha shells to the other side of the map towards the players who are actually playing the game. Everything else is at fault!
This is naturally a fail reroll who has an AMX CDC with 53 battles, that being his most played non arty tank. The win rate 37.73% and WN8 is 406 with 579 damage per game. Who'd have guessed that he wants the old arty to stay? For reference his tier 5 arties Bishop and M41 deal more damage than his tier 8 CDC. His "second" non-arty tank is SuperPershing which deals less than 1k damage per game, unsurprisingly less than his tier 6 arty M44. Here we have the prime specimen of why artillery is so broken. This guy is clearly a total and utter disaster on anything that needs to leave the base so now he's upset that his arties are gone and he likes the old system more. But hey, he said he's right so we must agree with him!
I know you'd love if the old ways stayed and you didn't have to read the minimap or worry about your team and you could just focus solely on sitting in base and trying to 1-shot people without any external considerations, but it's the people like you who have forced WG's hand to make these changes. You'd prefer that your gameplay was simplified into knowing 1-3 positions on each map and leading shots. This is why you are below bot level with your CDC and are performing better with tier 6 arties than your SuperPershing. You just don't have any skills outside of shot leading and knowing a couple of arty positions here and there, and you don't want to learn. You just want to comfortably sit in base, click stuff and defend what you're doing by blaming everything and everyone else. You're just another arty bot who's butthurt that your cancer spreading machines are being taken away.
Edited by Francesco_Totti_, 21 April 2017 - 08:49 PM.