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Get 15% off all Italeri World of Tanks Model Kits!
Get 15% off all Italeri World of Tanks Model Kits!
Enjoy December discounts and cool bonus codes with the World of Tanks Italeri range. Read more Discuss on Forum
19.12.2014 15:59

Version 9.5: New British Tanks
Version 9.5: New British Tanks
Curious about the new vehicles introduced with the upcoming patch? Check out this handy preview then! Read more Discuss on Forum
19.12.2014 13:03

Think Tank: The Lineups
Think Tank: The Lineups
We take a closer look at the new setups being used in the WGL. Read more Discuss on Forum
18.12.2014 16:41

Advent Calendar 2014
Advent Calendar 2014
December is a very special month, so make sure to log in each day to check the unique offers delivered to the Premium Shop every 24 hours! Read more Discuss on Forum
18.12.2014 09:50

E 25: Withdrawal from Sales
E 25: Withdrawal from Sales
The German tank destroyer will be withdrawn from the shops. Read now for more info. Read more Discuss on Forum
17.12.2014 13:00

End of the Year Specials
End of the Year Specials
2014 is coming to an end, so let us bid it farewell with the flare it deserves – get ready for some major celebrations! Read more Discuss on Forum
16.12.2014 22:04

WZ-111: A Mysterious Tank from the East
WZ-111: A Mysterious Tank from the East
Curious about the grand prize of the special mission marathon? Read now to learn more about this magnificent machine! Read more Discuss on Forum
16.12.2014 17:15

Last Match Before Christmas
Last Match Before Christmas
The holiday period is approaching and only one day of matches is left before the break. Read more Discuss on Forum
16.12.2014 15:05

Winter Festivities – Contests, Community Eve
Winter Festivities – Contests, Community Eve
Check out what we’ve got in store for this winter’s epic celebrations! Read more Discuss on Forum
16.12.2014 13:04

Creative Contest: Create Your Winter Tech Tree
Creative Contest: Create Your Winter Tech Tree
Use your artistic prowess to spread the joy of the holiday season and have a chance of winning great prizes! Read more Discuss on Forum
16.12.2014 12:46

Coming Up: Gold Series Day Nine
Coming Up: Gold Series Day Nine
Prepare for the latest Gold Series clashes! Read more Discuss on Forum
16.12.2014 11:18

Third Public Test of Version 9.5
Third Public Test of Version 9.5
The third public test server of Version 9.5 is now open. Read more Discuss on Forum
16.12.2014 10:33

Get 15% off all Italeri World of Tanks Model Kits!
Get 15% off all Italeri World of Tanks Model Kits!
Enjoy December discounts and cool bonus codes with the World of Tanks Italeri range. Read more
15.12.2014 15:42

Razer Trilogy: Return of the Kraken
Razer Trilogy: Return of the Kraken
Fight for gold and Razer gear in the Trilogy finale! Read more Discuss on Forum
15.12.2014 13:30

Creative Contest: Create Your Winter Tech Tree
Creative Contest: Create Your Winter Tech Tree
Use your artistic prowess to spread the joy of the holiday season and have a chance of winning great prizes! Read more Discuss on Forum
15.12.2014 12:46

Special Mission Challenge: WZ-111
Special Mission Challenge: WZ-111
Do you have what it takes to complete this special mission and reach for the grand prize? Read more
15.12.2014 11:35

March of Nations
March of Nations
The tanks of each nation are putting on a historic discount parade, allowing you to pick up your favourites at a drastically reduced price. Read more Discuss on Forum
14.12.2014 13:06

Tank Academy: Platoon Success
Tank Academy: Platoon Success
This edition of Tank Academy discusses platoons and how to form an effective combat unit with your friends in World of Tanks. Read more Discuss on Forum
13.12.2014 17:21

End of the Year Specials
End of the Year Specials
2014 is coming to an end, so let us bid it farewell with the flare it deserves – get ready for some major celebrations! Read more Discuss on Forum
12.12.2014 12:04

Second Public Test of Version 9.5
Second Public Test of Version 9.5
The second public test server of Version 9.5 is now open. Read more Discuss on Forum
11.12.2014 19:04

Third Campaign: Second Stage Results
Third Campaign: Second Stage Results
The results of the second stage of the Great War are in – check them out! Read more
11.12.2014 17:38

Special: Cease Fire
Special: Cease Fire
Take it easy this weekend and rest well – you will need your strength soon enough! Read more Discuss on Forum
11.12.2014 16:01

World of Tanks Blitz Out Now on Android!
World of Tanks Blitz Out Now on Android!
A new generation of Android gamers are invited to take on World of Tanks Blitz and enjoy the features of Update 1.5, including British tanks! Read more Discuss on Forum
11.12.2014 13:38

Razer Trilogy: DeathAdder Strikes Back
Razer Trilogy: DeathAdder Strikes Back
Fight for gold and Razer gear in the second of three one-day tournaments! Read more Discuss on Forum
11.12.2014 13:27

Coming Up: Gold Series Day Eight
Coming Up: Gold Series Day Eight
Get a preview of the exciting action lined up for Day Eight! Read more Discuss on Forum
11.12.2014 11:57

Advent Calendar 2014
Advent Calendar 2014
December is a very special month, so make sure to log in each day to check the unique offers delivered to the Premium Shop every 24 hours! Read more Discuss on Forum
11.12.2014 10:56

Premium Shop: Offers for December 2014
Premium Shop: Offers for December 2014
Check out the special offers which will be available in the Premium Shop for the whole month of December! Read more Discuss on Forum
11.12.2014 04:04

Clan Spotlight: Third Campaign Second Stage Recap
Clan Spotlight: Third Campaign Second Stage Recap
With the Hell of Verdun now behind us, it’s time to take a few moments and chat to one of the clans battling it out to the top spot! Read more
10.12.2014 16:05

Western Shootout Competition!
Western Shootout Competition!
Your chance to win the legendary Type 59! Read more Discuss on Forum
10.12.2014 15:30

Third Campaign: Third Stage Announced
Third Campaign: Third Stage Announced
The final stage of the campaign, Fall of the Empires, will begin shortly – check out what awaits you! Read more Discuss on Forum
09.12.2014 18:17

FTR News

Another Money Issue for Wargaming
Hello everyone, after the issue with the falling ruble, Wargaming RU has another problem. Belarus (the “home” country of Wargaming) decided to impose a new 30 percent tax on purchases of foreign currency (which does concern the WoT prices, as they are in USD). This tax is tied to the situation of Russian ruble, which is closely tied to the currency of Belarus. In effect, everything could become 30 percent more expensive for Belarusian players (it’s possible that WG will pay this tax from its profits without making stuff more expensive, but… you know how it is). As “added bonus”, there are issues in Belarus with internet banking and some payment methods were temporarily disabled for the users in Belarus. I guess it’s time to start focusing on EU and US market without just milking it, Wargaming… so, about that EU tree in December 2015…
19.12.2014 17:26

M4 Improved – Upcoming Tier 5 US Premium
Hello everyone, another tier 5 medium tank appeared on the supertest – this time an American one, the M4 Improved. While we wait for the leaked photos and statistics, let’s have a look at the history of this vehicle (I sure hope it is the right one, but I think so). At this point, some of the old FTR readers might remember that they saw this tank before. That’s right – it was actually amongst the huge batch of vehicles, whose descriptions and icons were leaked a year and a half or so ago. Naturally, that is no longer valid – this is the the HD version. The initial request for an improved version of the Sherman was made as early as December 1941. A day after the infamous Pearl Harbor attack, Aberdeen was instructed to propose an improved Sherman version with better armor and mobility. Aberdeen complied and the proposal was submitted on 13.3.1942. The vehicle proposal had following characteristics: - frontal armor remained the same except for the lower part, which was sharply angled instead of rounded, providing better protection equivalent to 63,5mm of armor, frontal armor is sloped 60 degrees from horizontal - thickness of rear armor increased to 50,8mm - turret was welded from rolled plates due to expect shortage in foundry capacity - armament was standard 75mm M3 gun - to improve mobility, new Wright G200 engine, producing 640 horsepower was proposed - in order to keep the ground pressure the same (since the powerplant and the armor weighed more), Aberdeen proposed to utilize a modified M6 heavy tank suspension (HVSS type) - the vehicle was weigh 37,92 tons and maximum speed of 56 km/h This vehicle was never put into production, as further development of several components was required. Detroit Arsenal then produced another proposal of the modified Sherman of different properties, but that’s a story for another time. Unless it’s the Detroit version in WoT, but that would be too strong for tier 6. Basically, what we have here is a mobile Sherman with better armor, but stock gun. Source: R.P.Hunnicutt – History of the American medium tank (vol.1 – Sherman)
19.12.2014 15:18

Olga Sergeevna Photos from Let’s Battle Maga
Hello everyone, I am sure the story of Mad Jack Churchill in the Russian magazine is interesting and all that (Listy wrote about him some time ago), but we all know what drew most attention – Ola’s photosession. Well, without further ado, the pics, ripped from the magazine, courtesy of Roman J.
19.12.2014 12:43

World of Tanks vs Armored Warfare (Round 2)
Hello everyone, you probably heard of the upcoming Armored Warfare game. For those, who have not – well, it’s basically World of Tanks, but with modern tanks. Currently, it’s in the alpha stage of development, with some footage released (looking at you, World of Warships) and with developer updates coming out now and then. The developers recently released a new video, where they describe the way AW is moving – let’s have a look at it and compare it with World of Tanks.     Okay, here are the basics. No point in sugarcoating it. It’s a WoT clone. But before you go all “fuck that” – the mechanics are the same (WoT was taken as development baseline), but the declared aim of the developers is to actually build a game without the issues, that currently plague WoT – specifically high RNG, disappearing tanks, current model of artillery and matchmaking. Whether they will succeed, well, that is a real question, isn’t it. Unlike WoT, AW actually has a narrative. Basically, it’s some sort of cyberpunk backstory, where you play as a PMC (mercenary armored company), getting hired by various people. The developers are actually American (Obsidian Entertainment) and they have previous experience with RPG’s, so this might actually turn out really nicely. There’s also the goal of releasing the game with a PvE story mode, something WoT is lacking for obvious reasons (and, seeing the “historical battles” fiasco, probably will for a while more). As a bonus, in this sense, battles of T-55′s versus Abrams tanks are completely possible to fit into a narrative (unlike WoT’s Maus vs STB-1). The engine is a version of CryEngine, but make no mistake… this will not run on the worst shit the Russians are using. As a result, the game developers apparently decided to focus more on western markets instead (note that the game publisher is actually Russian, a juggernaut of a company called Mail.ru), so I guess we won’t see the stupid Stalin shit here. Even on video, the engine looks superior to the aged BigWorld Wargaming is using – how well will that work is of course the question. I actually like how Armored Warfare makes it completely known that the game is (for now, anyway) a World of Tanks clone. This is completely different from (in my opinion) wrong route Gaijin took with Ground Forces – with GF, they tried to make them “realistic” and “we are not WoT” at all costs and the result, while interesting to some, did in my opinion not prove to be successful. But the real question is – why bother? Isn’t it actually smarter to copy what World of Tanks did right (and make no mistake, for all its flaws, World of Tanks is an awesome concept) and improve it? I do believe it is. Anyway, the tanks have the advantage of not being tied to one particular nation, so you have a pretty wide mash-up of various modern vehicles, from BMP’s to Abrams upgrades and such stuff. And yes, there will apparently be a BMPT Terminator – can’t help it, I am a fan of that vehicle. On the other hand, everything comes with a price tag and the price here is that there will not be any “national” branches in WoT sense (WoT solution is actually preferable to me), which makes it harder to identify with a certain group of vehicles and such. The “branch” characteristics will be far broader (basically, Soviet vehicles, US vehicles and the rest), because there are three “arms dealers”, where you use your “XP” (reputation or something) to buy stuff. This solution is probably preferrable for some people, but not for me. On the plus side, according to the preview, each tank will have SHITLOADS of modules, more than WoT has and it will allegedly be possible to create “builds”, tweaked for one particular role by choosing various module setups (not like in WoT, where one setup – “elite” – is, apart from several exceptions, the best). What I do not like on the video… Some of the devs are talking shit. On one hand, they say it’s “really different” from World of Tanks, when it’s clearly a clone. I guess that’s just PR talk, they can’t very well say “oh, we cloned WoT, look” – but still, sometimes it’s better not to say anything instead of lying. Plus, the stupid “blend of realism” crap…. it’s an arcade, for fucks sake. The tanks don’t even have realistic armor values, they have “defense” parameters instead (which is actually pretty smart, because it allows the devs to rebalance stuff without the “it’s unhistorical” element). I think they really should drop the “realism” rhetoric completely. Also, “authentic locations”? That’s NOT the way you want this to go – Syria and Ukraine re-enactments, that’s asking for trouble. The way artillery was shown for like two seconds is the way it looks in WoT. It was however mentioned on forums that this mechanism will be revised somehow, so AW doesn’t end up with fucked-up arty (it was mentioned they’d focus on AOE DPS instead of RNG oneshots). We’ll just have to see. Third thing I didn’t like is that they are mentioning things WG already has (turrets being ripped off by explosions, active suspension) as something new. No, that’s not a feature you brag about, that’s something you HAVE to implement in order to catch up with Wargaming. But then, Wargaming has like 30 HD models out of 300… by the time this game is released, WG will still probably have half of its models in SD. The object destruction looks a bit bland on the video too (and so does the smoke effect), but I guess that’s just an alpha or something, whatever. Conclusion When I saw the first footage of War Thunder Ground Forces and when I’ve read about its mechanics, I was instinctively repulsed, but I do not feel this way here. In fact, it looks very promising. But it will be a very hard job creating something able to beat World of Tanks in terms of sheer fun. So – developers, don’t fuck it up. I am personally hopeful, we’ll see. In absolutely worst case, it will at least keep Wargaming on their toes… Oh, and beta ETA? Q1 2015.
19.12.2014 12:35

“Let’s Battle” Web Magazine Retu
Hello everyone, remember the “Let’s Battle” web magazine, that we had on EU server? Last issue came about a year ago and after that, it was thought discontinued (let’s face it, it was not exactly the best thing WG ever produced), but now, a new issue appeared… in Russian. Given the content, it’s specifically a Russian edition and it’s unlikely there will be a translated version. Inside: - Mad Jack Churchill’s story (a guy using a longbow in WW2) - “intrigues” – the fight for contracts in German tank industry - the future of Strongholds with their developer - Olga Sergeevna photosession and some other crap. It’s still in mobile-only format (ohgodwhy) tho. From the stronghold article (courtesy of maiorboltach), some statistics: - on RU server, there are 100+ thousand strongholds with 300+ thousand buildings - the most popular building is “finance department” (SS: how is it in English? Not sure) - it took a year to develop the mode - the game mode is bassed on a board game for 3-6 players with dices - at first, it was planned to give strongholds only to the largest clans - there were several variants of the visualisation and UI considered I haven’t seen the magazine myself (apparently it’s not possible to install it on PC), but if you know how to do that or are running a mobile device, you can get it via GooglePlay, App Store or Amazon.
19.12.2014 11:15

Today’s Advent Offer (19.12.2014)
Today’s advent offer for EU server includes: - 2100000 credits - 2100 gold Price: 24,93 USD (20 EUR)
19.12.2014 10:45

Straight Outta Supertest: Panzer III Ausf.K
Source: wot-news.com Statistics for 100 percent crew: Tier 5 German MT Hitpoints: 600 Engine: 300 hp Weight: 23 tons Power-to-weight: 13,04 hp/t Maximum speed: 40/7 km/h Hull traverse: 35 deg/s Terrain resistance: 0,863/1,151/1,822 Turret traverse: 33,4 deg/s Viewrange: 340 Hull armor: 50/30/50 Turret armor: 50/30/30 Elite gun: 75mm L/43 Damage: 110 Penetration: 103 ROF: 15,261 DPM: 1678,7 Reload: 3,932 Ammo carried: 40 rounds Accuracy: 0,384 Aimtime: 2,21s Depression: -10 Armor:
18.12.2014 19:07

18.12.2014
I don’t do this in general, but a small favour, that might be liked by people. Want to win one of three tier 8 premium tanks, just “like” the Wothungary.eu FB page. Basically, they’ll pick three winners out of those people and give them tier 8 premium tanks. Oh and did you know which real life locations is Himmelsdorf based on? Otherwise, not much today. The only piece of info is that the individual missions in 9.5 will be disabled, they will be enabled only after the New Year marathon. It’s possible they might change yet between 9.5 relase and their enabling. Also, a WG employee confirms that regarding the 50 percent discounts on gold and premium account, it in effect means that because of the falling Russian currency, it means that the players can buy their premium account and gold for the same prices as they were a few months back WITHOUT discount (SS: it got really expensive for the Russians because WG shop prices are tied to USD). Another developer however adds that there might be something like a “double discount”, when you buy the gold with discount now, later on you can buy stuff for it, that is also on discount (SS: this is valid for RU server only).
18.12.2014 17:43

WG RU Removes Premium Tanks from the Premium Shop
Hello everyone, if you are looking for another WG screwup – sorry, this time, WG actually did a really nice thing. Remember how I posted yesterday that between 18.12. and 22.12., Wargaming RU made ALL the gold and ALL the premium account bundles in their premium shop 50 percent cheaper? Well, it has a followup. In order for the players to actually buy gold on discount and use it to buy premium tanks in the game instead of being confused and buying premium tanks in the shop for full price, Good Guy Wargaming actually temporarily removed a whole bunch of premium tanks from the premium shop. In other words, if you want a – say – T34, you can’t buy it as a vehicle in the premium magazine, you have to buy gold (50 percent off) and then buy it in the game for the gold you purchased. Actually, I think this is pretty cool. Damn, I wish we had this kind of stuff on WG EU. But no, someone has to make it up to WG after all. The milk must flow!
18.12.2014 15:57

The Results of WoWs Test…
Meanwhile in World of Warships…     I don’t know, can’t help it. It was an underwhelming experience. Not too bad, but I just can’t see where all the hype and the positive feedback is coming from.
18.12.2014 15:41

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