Forum announcement the official pitch.
It’s a matter of days that British high-tier light tanks will crash into World of Tanks, with stealth and surprise being their element.
As you know, all high-tier light tanks are born scouts. But the role can be played differently. As for the British, they do it by leveraging their small dimensions, a good view range and outstanding guns. So, the very combination gives you a clear clue how to use these vehicles to the best result: nothing is better than to recon the enemy’s position while firing them from the least expected places.
Let’s take a closer look at the newcomers!
All in all, four vehicles will be added to the British Tech Tree, all researchable from the Cromwell, a Tier VI medium tank. So, the complete branch goes as follows:
- GSR 3301 Setter (Tier VII)
- LHMTV (Tier VIII)
- GSOR3301 AVR FS (Tier IX)
- Manticore (Tier X)
It’s too early to reveal the specs of Tier VII to IX vehicles as their fine-tuning is in its full swing. We have come up with a concept for the entire of batch of British tanks and now want to test it on the top vehicle. What is known for sure is that all tanks will sport small dimensions (e.g. the LHMTV is smaller than the Bat-Chat 12t, while the profile AVR FS can be compared to that of the AMX 13 90), as well as imposing concealment abilities and a decent view range.
…And Its Jewel in the Crown…
The branch is topped by the Manticore, a X Tier light tank. The name fits it perfectly as it is nothing short of a controversy of a vehicle. Despite being quite small (the Manticore is smaller than the T-100LT), it manages to bear a huge 105mm gun with excellent characteristics. Imposing armor penetration (248 mm with the standard AP round and 268 mm with the special APCR round), the alpha strike of 390 points, decent stabilization (when firing from a stationary position)—the vehicle’s got everything to be sought after. But let’s face it: it’s not perfect. Its DPM is far from impressive (4.29 shots per minute). Its stabilization when firing on the move is low. Its ammunition is so precious that you’ll have to think over each shot you are about to make.
The Manticore is a predator that can wait, while opting for the best place to perform the best. Once the battle begins, it takes a beneficial position to scout and inform its team on the enemy positioning. It doesn’t have to run about the map—other light tanks will do it for the Manticore. Instead, it moves from one position to another, while gradually gaining its tactical advantage. Yes, the tank can play as a scout (and this is where its small dimensions will come in handy). But it’s passive scouting while providing fire support from a distance where its talents shine the brightest.
Each moment, you have to assess the situation and make decisions: is it safe to move further? Is it worth taking a shot to finish off the enemy? Or will your shot just give you away? Because, on the one hand, it’s a shame to keep such a gun idle. But on the other hand, one shouldn’t neglect the tank’s key role (that of a scout).
This is where the zest of playing the Manticore lies. You have to grasp its controversial nature and, having found the perfect balance between the passive scouting and active firing, tame this steel beast. Yes, it’s a challenge, but be sure, you will be rewarded with the thrilling feeling of unique power, that other light tanks can’t get their hands on!
You can also check size comparison in the Spoiler below:
At the moment, the vehicles are in the closed test phase. As was said, we have chosen the branch’s top tank, the Manticore, to verify whether our gaming concept will work out. Once we’ve found the perfect balance between the fire power, concealment abilities and mobility within the given playing role, we’ll proceed to fine-tuning the rest of the vehicles of VII to IX tiers.
NB: The above characteristics are not final and can be changed during the testing.
12 thoughts on “WoT Supertest: British Light Tanks”
More importantly where the hell are the Scorpion and the Scimitar. Wargaming obviously can’t be arsed to do a proper line anymore
They are vehicles from the 1970’s, outside of the timespan of the game. (not by much I admit)
actually that would not really be an issue
I believe you are aware that the CVR(T) family, which the Scorpion belongs to, began development in 1967
before that they had the AVR project, that project from 1963 “gave us” the Excalibur
between those 2 projects, in 1964, there was another family of light-weight vehicles, those concepts were published in a book by Lt.Col George Forty, a former director of The Tank Museum, among those are 2 interesting concepts/mockups
the first is of a vehicle with a 120mm recoiless gun which he claims the design of the hull was later used as the base for the LHMTV concept
the second is a IFV type of vehicle that resembles the Scorpion and he even added «clearly foreshadowed the Scorpion» that looks exactly like the Tier 7 GSR 3301 Setter, both the hull and turret shapes as well as the overly-large sight on the right side of the turret, left side when you look at it from the front
search » forty LHMV « and you will likely find a scan of that page on photobucket
You realize the UDES was prototyped in the 1970s. The Sheridan and Strv 103B were primarily used during the 70s. The Lynx wasn’t actually introduced until 1980 and was designed in 1975. They could add them in as long as they fall in line with how light tanks are balanced.
lol at quoting hisotircal fact in a pixel game with nothing but made up russian mongoloid tanks….
@fwgmongos « lol at quoting hisotircal fact in a pixel game with nothing but made up russian mongoloid tanks…. »
I’ll have to repeat myself, 80% of the replies on anything about WoT (be it a comment on a blog post or youtube video) are made by people who did not read and understand the comments they are replying to, even if you only write a fact for context there will always be someone replying «who cares about historical facts/accuracy»
like this time, someone wrote the Scorpion probably was not added because WG does not like to add 1970’s tanks to the game and the reply claims people are discussing “historical facts/accuracy” in the game
happens every single time
take another look at the Tiers 7, 8 and 9, don’t they look a bit like the FV101 Scorpion? especially the Tier 7 (SETTER)
I would take a guess and say at least one of those was a concept preceding the FV100 family
First paragraph under the stats pic is repeated.
Wait… No fv301? Aww, Bert the Avenger will be sad.
my thoughts as well, and others noticed that as well, although its gameplay would likely be quite different and would not fit the “progression”, will probably be a premium