So last night I only fought a few battles in World of Tanks, and the first match of the evening, at first glance, would seem like any other match where I played decently:
Until you start to look a little closer, and realize that all my targets were in the same clan. And that my clan tags are different. And then you get that as of last night, I am no longer a person on the outside looking in (or up) at Clan Wars:
A little under two weeks ago, I took the plunge and dove into a clan that I’ve had my eyes on for a long time, Vorbild Panzergruppe (Model Tank Group). The name has meaning, and they aren’t kidding – they are one of the few active CW clans that I have nobody on my ignore list from. Every match I’ve been in or against them has demonstrated skilled players who were as good at holding their tongues and playing nice as they were smacking down enemy armor.
I had originally told myself way back when that once I hit 5,000 battles I would look at getting into Clan Wars. I felt at that point my skills would be good enough and I would have a solid enough garage that I could handle it. But when I was honest with myself at that point, I realized I still had a lot to go. I set a new target at 6,000 battles and figured I would have to put my nose to the grindstone just to get there. I was just hoping that I could round out that tier 10 wing of my garage and maybe make the jump before the end of the year.
But as it turned out, while working on becoming a better player, I discovered a few things. Like the fact that I wasn’t very good with tier 9 and 10 tanks. I pondered them if I should shelve them and work on my tier 8 skills, watching and learning, or go ahead and jump into a clan and hope to learn from them. I did both.
Over the last seven weeks, I put my big boys aside and concentrated on grinding my tier 8’s. The IS-3 and King Tiger are both done (but I kept both…great tanks) and my Centurion 1 is upgraded (but I’m not keen on going further up the line, so I’m done there). I picked up the American arty line to relearn how it works and hope to improve that facet of my understanding of the game. (That has helped considerably by the way – if you think arty is a killjoy, play them for awhile and learn their strengths and weaknesses, it makes a clear difference). And I dipped back down into tier 5’s just to have some fun and not be all “TANKS R SRS BIZNESS.”
The results speak for themselves: My win rate has jumped from 51.01% to 51.70%. My efficiency and Win6/7 scores are up, along with my K/D ration and damage output. But I was getting lonely. With my dad on hiatus until arty is “fixed” and with my brother in an area of unreliable internet, I lost my usual platoon mates. So I figured it was time.
VPG has been wonderful as well. And they helped with the other half of the equation. Back on April sixth, my ST-1 was 13/33 (39%) in the victory column. As of right now, its 39/78 (50%). Yep. I’ve won 26 of my last 45 matches in it and brought the win rate up that high. I would never have thought that possible. But when you platoon with other tier 9’s who have good (or at least decent) skills and have good communication with them, everything changes.
And all of that culminated last night in my first Clan Wars battle. I’ve been on deck a couple of times, but its up to the Field Commander to pick their team and tanks and lay out the strategy for a given battle. And I’ve had to learn some of the ins and outs of those game systems – where to go for the match, how to declare myself ready for it, etc. Last night with a bunch of people listing their heavies, I decided to list up my T-62A, thinking that might give me a better shot at getting in. And as it turns out – we were one Bat Chat short. So in I went.
I was not the hero of the battle. But I held up my end of the court, had decent damage output, and damaged four of their tanks while spotting three of them. So I did what I was supposed to do. It felt good, and the battle was pretty lopsided when all was said and done.
As icing on the cake, after that I check the list and saw that one of the tankers on the other team was a guy I knew and respected from regular matches. And I think that’s when all the hard work clicked and I went – “hey, I *am* good enough to do this.” I’m glad I made the moves I did, and its fun seeing hard work pay off. Its what Syp calls “Satisfaction” and the game gave me some last night for sure.
And while I’m here, a shout out to Cool_Man, who found me in game last night and said terribly nice things about my blog. We got a chance to run some tanks together ourselves. Thanks for the platoon Cool, hope we can do it again in the future!