Chinese Bias? The WZ-111 model 1-4
So I rushed through the WZ-110, and yesterday I unlocked the WZ-111 model 1-4. I dropped some gold to train the crew and free XP:ed the tier X gun, because I’m no Pro at tier IX at the best of times, and now there are only the obligatory two weeks or so of waiting for timers before I can actually drive it.
Yes, people, equipment timers are the worst.
So what I did was load up the old press account and throw massive amounts of gold at it, and so instead of grinding credits like I should be doing, I’ve been driving a fully loaded model 1-4 a handful of games to see if it’s the tank of my dreams like I’ve been hoping.
Short answer? Yes. Yes, it is.
A while back, I stated if the WZ-111 5A ever came to Blitz, I would swear off Medium tank elitism and get one, because I can deal with one IS-7 in the game, but not two.
What happened was of course we got the “other one”; the 113, and after being involved in testing it, I very quickly decided I was going to get that one. I don’t know what it is about Chinese tanks, I just like them a lot. Maybe that explains why I am throwing bouqets at what is after all just a copy of the IS-8 with a bigger gun on it.
Well, “copy” isn’t exactly fair. “Interpretation”, maybe? “Variant”? When you say “copy” about something, it implies it is practically the same only slightly worse, and I just think there is more to Chinese tanks than that.
I took the time to try the IS-8 out before the Chinese line dropped; I’ve not driven a lot of Russian Heavy tanks before, and I kind of liked it. Specifically, I liked the mobility and the pike nose, and the 122 mm M62-T2 main armament is an old favourite of mine from the Yolo Wagon grind. The pike nose on the WZ is different from the IS-8; it’s actually a sort of cross between a pike nose and angled front plate. Also the side armour is thicker. Predictably, the WZ doesn’t turn as well and doesn’t have quite the same power, but it still does 50 in a straight line, same as the IS-8.
So The WZ is a hull down/side scraping beast. Angle that curious looking frontal armour back a little, and you’ll have about six different autobounce angles for people to bounce off of, unless they want to shoot at your tomato coloured turret. But what is truly beast about the WZ-111 1-4 is of course the huge 130 mm main armament.
I always liked 130 mm guns. There aren’t a lot of them, I can only think of three off the top of my head (Box Tenk, Yolo Wagon, IS-7). Naturally, you’re not going to have the monstrous DPM of the Object 263, but you will have the biggest gun around except for big TDs, the E100 and the Kpz 70.
Okay, so the difference isn’t all that big. The German 12.8 cm guns have the same alpha, and the 120/122 mm weapons aren’t far off. But you are still going to land bigger hits than most others, and you’ll have a slightly more useful High Explosive round against lower tiers and Light tanks.
Maybe it’s placebo, but I just feel a bit more confident rolling out with a 130 mm. Gun stats are pretty average for the tier other than your slightly higher alpha, but the gun isn’t going to win you games by itself anyway, it’s just part of the package. There are tanks that are “all about the gun”, but this isn’t one of them, you need to take a slightly more holistic view to the WZ-111 1-4.
“Holistic, if you are unaware, means focusing on how the parts of something work together, rather than looking at them separately. And the WZ-111 1-4 does work. You have speed, armour and firepower in healthy doses; keeping in mind this is a Heavy tank and so it doesn’t turn so well, there really isn’t a lot other than that to hold you back.
As usual I couldn’t wait for the blasted timers to run down; that’s going to be another two weeks, and naturally I want to get on with grinding the WZ-113. So I am now driving a fully upgraded model 1-4 with just stage I equipment on it on my regular account.
And it’s fun. It’s not quite the brawler the WZ-110 is, you need to work a little harder to get bounces off the front plate, but the fact it has so many different angles means if you just keep moving, it’s going to give you those inexplicable bounces that make people throw their tablets at walls.
The side armour looks like it has spaced armour, I can at least say I’ve bounced 122 mm rounds off it at 90 degrees angle. Even if it’s not spaced, it’s still 120 mm thick. Even the back end I’ve bounced a few off, all in all, the armour is super trollish. It is going to troll you too though, lower alpha guns with good accuracy can pepper your weakspots and lower plate with ease and ruin your day completely. Still, I think you have to push the armour a little in order for it to show what it’s really capable of.
The weapon is perhaps not quite the Maus-slaying monster I imagined it was going to be, but it certainly puts out the damage. You have about a 12 second reload, which gives you plenty of time to angle up and look around or relocate. That’s about tier standard. But it means you will have trouble getting your shots off fast enough in some situations; when close up brawling, when dealing with multiple opponents at once, and when chasing after the enemy team while your teammates drop like flies.
So yeah. Dropped a bit of gold on this one, but I think it’s well worth it, because that means the grind is now basically done. All I have to do is drive another couple of hundred games, grind at least five million credits, and then wait another two weeks for stupid timers, and I’ll have my first tier X Heavy tank!
But I’m not worried about that, because something has happened.
I am enjoying playing tier IX.
That’s been a problem for me, because usually I prefer the tier X tanks to their tier IX predecessors, and I didn’t get the Kpz 70 or the AMX 30 B, both of which would have accomplished the same thing. I’ve been looking for a tier IX daily driver for a while now, and I think I may have finally found it.
So what’s the verdict? Should you get it?
No. Don’t grind it. Don’t do it, I am serious. I want to have the WZ-111 model 1-4 all to myself, I’m so happy with it. No one else can drive it!
What you are getting is a Chinese alternative to the IS-8 with a bigger gun on it, thick, trollish armour, and a healthy dose of speed. Even a noob like me can make that work. And it’s a great drive. I am not sure how impressed someone who has driven thousands of games in something like the IS-3 or the IS-7 is going to be, but for me, this is top of the line stuff.
If you like Chinese tanks already, this one is a no brainer. If you are curious about Chinese Heavy tanks, you will be well past the real hurdle once you get to tier IX. Grinding 66.000 XP to get the top gun is going to be a chore since you’ll have to use the 100 mm; it’s an obvious free XP trap, but once that’s done you’re home free.
As I’ve said before, if you look at the WZ-111 model 1-4 and all you see is a Russian clone tank, then just leave it alone. The 130 mm isn’t enough of a novelty to make the grind worth is for you.
But if you see something else, and you like what you see, IrmaBecx says stop reading and get grinding!