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Question: What makes you a good World of Tanks player?
Let’s get this out of the way at the very start, I do not think I am a “good” World of Tanks player. I wouldn’t call myself unicum and I certainly wouldn’t suggest I’m better than other people. In saying that, I believe I perform well, and have a moderately respectable winrate.
I think my success comes to really trying to understand and play to my tank’s strengths. We’ve talked a lot about the best tanks to use in a hull down position, as well as guides on the best USSR tank lines. All of these have tips on how to play a given tank.
When in a slow Light tank with good view range, there’s no way I’m charging head first into the enemy lines. Instead, I’m taking my time, finding a good spot and sitting patiently. The opposite of this is when I’m playing a Heavy tank, I know I should be revealing only my strong hull or supporting my teammates where possible.
I think the main thing that makes me a somewhat decent World of Tanks player is that I try and pay attention to what’s happening, what I’m playing, and where I might be needed. But there’s always room to improve at World of Tanks.
Good player might be a stretch for me, but I think I’m good in certain situations. Actually, no, I’ll say I’m a good player, even though my statistics don’t back it up. Hear me out.
There’s a difference between good and skilled I think. A skilled player wins a lot and their stats are great. A good player could be thought of as someone who brings positivity to the game, and I think I do that.
For starters, I’m always trying to improve, learning new concepts, and gaining knowledge about the game and the tanks in it. When I play a Heavy tank on a map that I haven’t played that tank type on before, I ask what routes Heavy tanks take. If I’m trying a new tank for the first time, I try to learn its strengths and weaknesses. When I get knocked out early, I rarely leave the game, instead trying to observe more skilled players and see what they do in certain situations. What makes me good is that I’m a student of the game, intent on playing it the right way and bringing something positive to it.
In my mind, that makes me a good player, although I could certainly use an injection of skill.
Even though I've moved away from being a tomato in World of Tanks, I'm still not sure I would consider myself a "good" player overall. I am becoming more technically knowledgable about various game mechanics such as side-scraping and angling, but I still get my tank into tough situations due to poor positioning or map knowledge.
I think what makes me good at World of Tanks is having both technical knowledge and mechanical skill while playing. The more I learn about World of Tanks, the better I get. If I happen to be in the right position, I can usually hold my own for a bit from there, at least in the tanks I'm comfortable with. Part of that has to do with understanding how my tank stacks up against other tanks. For example, when I know I can't penetrate a certain tank from my position, I no longer waste a ton of shells trying to do so. I'm much more aware of the map now than I was at the start, which has helped me learn how to respond to certain scenarios and prioritize new objectives.
I also ask a lot of questions and try to learn from experienced players. I then attempt to apply that new knowledge each time I play. It doesn't always work out, but it has certainly helped me improve over time.