Knowledge Is Power
So I don’t actually get paid for being a Tank Philosopher, or Community Contributor, or Supertester, but it can still be a fair amount of work.
Still, I wouldn’t call myself the “Hardest Working Man in Blitz-business”, because a lot of the stuff I relate is actually the product of someone else’s zealous diligence.
This, then, is just a short runthrough of where I gather my information, as well as a shoutout to the people who make it all possible.
First of all, I check my own mediocre stats on Blitzstars. There used to be another site where you could do that, but it seems the owner of that site had an attack of acute and terminal Cancrackeritis and took the site down. A crying shame too; I know a lot of people preferred WotbStars as it was called, and it did have some information not found on Blitzstars.
But for me, I always preferred the colourful look of Blitzstars, so I didn’t have to adjust. You can find your own stats, as well as mine and everyone else’s at www.blitzstars.com
All hail Sockrobber for his tireless work. I certainly couldn’t do what I do without it.
But wait, there’s more! Blitzstars also has a subsection called Tank Compare, where you can find stats on every tank in the game, and some that are not even in the game yet. Easy to use, and has everything you need to become an expert on tank statistics.
You can find it at tank-compare.blitzstars.com. Again, all hail Sockrobber for making it happen.
Speaking of statistics, I have to give a shoutout to fellow AFK/IRMA member Jylpah, who has dived deep into pixel tank statistics in order to find out the truth about game balance. I will say I don’t always agree with Jylpah about what exactly you can learn from quantitative analysis, but I do have immense respect for his work.
Jylpahs findings can be found in a thread on the official Blitz forum:
Another tool I use very frequently is the amazing Armour Inspector app. You can study the armour of pretty much every tank in the game, look for weak spots, or figure out your angles.
This is the one tool I use that isn’t completely free, and I am a very proud supporter of originators Andrew Karpushin and Clément Durand. The app also works for WoT PC and WoT Console, and they have a new app called Map Inspector as well. If you don’t like apps, you can use the new web based version instead.
If not for AI, I absolutely couldn’t do what I do, it’s as simple as that. Go have a look for yourself at wotinspector.com.
I’m not big on leaks about upcoming stuff, so I don’t follow any of that stuff. Exception being The Daily Bounce, that sometimes has a few tidbits or spy pics. You can find them here:
I much prefer the official “spy” pics, however, because I don’t have to wait as long before new stuff actually appears, and there is never any doubt as to whether the “leaks” are in fact true or not. You can find the latest from Wargaming concerning Blitz on either Facebook or Twitter:
Last but not least, if you need more tank stats and armour models, there is a pretty new site called Blitz Hangar. I haven’t really gotten into the habit yet, but I do use it from time to time to check something specific, like viewrange or traverse numbers with less than fully upgraded tanks. Check it out at blitzhangar.com.
So there you have it, people. All you need to become a Tank Philosopher or content producer.
I’m sure I forgot something, and if you have tips on where to find more blitz related stuff, please just leave a comment.
See you out there!