[ISU-152K] BL-10 Coming back to Tier VIII but as a possible Premium Cash grab

Greetings,

so yesterday WG EU announced that there is a Tier VIII Premium ISU-152K with a BL-10 gun  making its entrance in Supertest,

It is important mentioning as well that this information was not shared with the EU Community Contributors, instead, they published this information on the WoT forum yesterday at 12:10 PM, only a day later, at 3:44 PM the first Community Contributor noticed what was going on.

It is now 8PM as I’ve sat down to write this and not a single response from the EU Staff has been given (effective as of article publication) of why they did not share this information with us so we are left for guessing, are they being incompetent or are they trying to sneak this vehicle as quietly as possible afraid of mass discontentment?
The latter sounds more plausible given that the totality of only 5 players that bothered to comment in the forum have all expressed a negative reaction, this also corroborates my usage of the word “sneak” as it very much shows that the EU forum has had better days and it is fairly dead now.

But why are people upset about the ISU-152K?

Well first things first, statistics:

Since their forum publication, full statistics have been leaked (and they seem to have given us initial incorrect reverse speeds):

Statistic differences for the “TLDR” readers:

ISU-152 ISU-152K
HP 1200 1200
Penetration 260 / 292 / 90 286/329/90
Damage 750/750/950 750/750/950
DPM 2666.4 2469.9
Reload 16.877 18.219
RoF 3.555 3.293
Shell Velocity 1050 1100
Accuracy 0.393 0.393
Aim Time 3.26 3.26
Gun Elevation -6/+18 -5/+11
Gun Traverse 16 20
Turret Traverse Speed 27.1 18.8
Hull Traverse Speed 21 22
Power 700 600
Power/Weight 14.23 12.72
Speed +43/-12 km/h +40/-12 km/h
Terrain Resistance 1.0/1.3/2.2 0.9/1.0/1.8
Weight 54.4t 52.6t
View Range 350 360
Signal Range 625 730

“All in all, the ISU-152K is very much like its tech tree ‘relative’. The differences with the researchable TD are subtle: the horizontal firing arc is a bit wider, the armor penetration of the gun is a bit higher—at a cost of slightly lesser mobility and a slightly longer reload time. You don’t have to adjust to this vehicle as its play style is familiar to the majority of tankers: an ambush TD with high one-time damage.” – WG’s statement

And now with that out of the way…

For those who are new or don’t remember, the Standard ISU-152 used to have a 152 mm BL-10 gun which was removed back in 2017 in the 9.20 patch and replaced for the D-4S on the basis that its penetration values were OP and for historical reasons.

Now, 3 years later, we see the BL-10 gun with the same penetration values as it did before but with overall better penetration than the D-4S making a return to tier VIIIs but instead as a Premium vehicle and people are really not having it!

Let me know in the comment section what do you think, I would love to read it.

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