More Russian Bias? The T-44-100
So my history with Russian Medium tanks has been… well, varied. They’ve gone from being some of my most hated enemies to some of my best loved tanks over the course of a couple of years.
I stand by my conclusion that all things considered, the little T-34-85 “Rudy” is the best tank in the game, and that I would be perfectly happy with just Rudy in my garage. The Object 263 grind was some of the most fun I’ve had playing, and I just got the Object 140 finally, which I think is still the best Medium tank in the game.
I say “finally”, because it’s been a long time coming. I started grinding the Russian Mediums after I got the Rudy, then I did the Russian Light tanks, but I kind of ran out of steam once I got to the T-54.
It’s just so boring. It’s a great tank; really strong, and it’s not very hard to drive. But that’s really all there is to it – it doesn’t have a gimmick or stand out feature, or anything at all, really, to make it interesting. It’s just good. So good what I did instead was go back to the T-44 and drive it with the 122 mm gun.
Yes, it was a bad idea. But also fun.
These days you can of course drive a tier VIII Medium that is actually supposed to run a 122 mm top gun, because the T-44 just isn’t. The gun handling and firepower both prevent the 122 from being a viable option; the competitive choice is the 100 mm LB-1.
100 mm Options
This brings us neatly to the tank du jour; the new T-44-100 tier VIII Premium Medium tank, which has virtually the same gun. The name of the tank I guess is just to differentiate it from the regular T-44, because the two tanks are very similar.
In fact, if you line up the rest of the 100 mm equipped Mediums at tier VIII, they all share a lot of similarities. The Type 59 has a little more penetration, but the same engine power. The T-54 Mod 1 has better armour, but has the same gun depression, aimtime and engine power. The T-34-2 has a lightning quick aimtime, but again the same gun depression.
You get the idea.
So what sets the T-44-100 apart isn’t the weapon but the sideskirts, because they are actually functional. Driving one, you will now be able to defeat HEAT shells at a much wider angle than before. The regular T-44 will sidescrape a tier IX 122 mm HEAT shell at 12 degrees or less. That’s when the effective armour becomes too thick. With the T-44-100, you can angle out to 30 degrees and still be relatively safe.
So if you have one or several of the Russian or Chinese tier VIII Mediums already, this may all sound pretty bland. And in your case; yes, it is. There is no reason to get the T-44-100 if you already have the Hype 59 other than it being new, just as there’s no real reason to get the Hype 59 if you already have the T-54 Mod 1, and so on.
But if you don’t own any of the aforementioned tanks, you may want to take a closer look at the T-44-100, because if you can get a good deal on it, or maybe even get one for free, you will have gotten your hands on one of those comfortable credit grinder tanks that people end up driving hundreds of games in while raking in the credits.
As options go, not only is this one new and exciting; it’s also competitive.
So 16.607 gold it’s going to cost you to be an immediate adopter like me, and then of course there’s the 100.000 spare parts and 9 days of waiting for the Vertical stabiliser. That’s not cheap; it’s the price of the Type 59 bundle almost, or two Löwes or IS-6:es.
But at least this is a straight “grind or gold” event; even if you don’t end up getting a T-44-100 for free, you can still grind your way to paying less for it if you really want it. Or, you can pick up some credits and boosters and even spare parts instead.
And yeah, driving it feels exactly like driving a T-44 with five degrees of gun depression and sideskirts.
I will say it’s not as slow as I thought it would be; with some crew skills and the improved controls upgrade you’ll get almost 60 degrees of traverse. I don’t know why I thought it was going to be slow; I mean it’s Russian, and therefore filled to the brim with bias and Stalinium and soft stats.
I did get some bounces off the fancy sideskirts, but no one is going to shoot at those if they can help it, because they’ll just go straight through your front plate most of the time. I even got out-DPM:ed by a tier VII Panther at one point. 175 mm of penetration isn’t going to be a whole lot of fun against tier IX opponents, but it’s pretty much standard for a Russian 100 mm at this tier. The five degrees of gun depression are likewise going to hinder you, but that is just about all the drawbacks you are going to have to deal with.
Except being called a pay-to-win gold noob for driving it one minute after the event started, of course.
If you’ve driven a T-44, or a Mod 1, or a T-34-2, everything will feel comfortably familiar. If you haven’t, the thing isn’t very hard to get your head around.
So is it worth it?
Well, that will depend on what you end up paying for it. Paying the full gold price means paying double what you normally would for a tier VIII Premium tank. That’s steep, but not outrageous, as long as you keep in mind you are mostly paying for the novelty and not the actual tank.
If you can get it cheaper, things start looking better and better. It’s a good tank; it’s Russian, it’s a Premium, and it’s not rocket science to drive. You’re not going to plow through entire enemy teams with wild abandon, but you will be able to make a significant contribution towards the win, and facing heavily armoured opponents, you can easily afford to fire a few APCR shells.
If you already own a tier VIII Premium with a 100 mm gun, it’s not certain the T-44-100 will add very much to your collection except the novelty. If you don’t, and you are sick of grinding credits in a Heavy tank, or you don’t have a tier VIII credit grinder at all, it becomes more of an attractive proposition; especially if you can get a good deal on it.
If you’ve been dreaming about a T-54 Mod 1 or a Type 59, the T-44-100 will make an excellent substitute. If you like Russian tanks, it will make a great addition to your collection. If you don’t have a tier VIII credit grinder, and you like Medium tanks, then look no further. Beyond that there’s not a lot to recommend it.
But I think that’s plenty. The T-44-100 makes no excuses for what it is; a T-44 with sideskirts and five degrees of gun depression. As usual you have nothing to lose by participating until you start thinking about throwing gold at it, and within reason, that may not be a bad idea at all.
IrmaBecx says drive one on the cheap!
So a lot of people seem to be asking about the side skirts. They are 6 mm, and not 75 mm like the event description would have you believe.
I’ve included a short video, as usual it’s nothing special, but you will get to see how the thing moves. This one is equipped with two rows of equipment and vertical stabilisers: