I spent a bunch of free XP to move forward with the KV-4, and got the gun upgrade for it. Now, it’s a matter of grinding out the 168k to the ST-1. Guess how my first game with the new gun went ? First match of the night too ? Admittedly, I was top tank but still :
The map was the Serene Coast, also known as the Loss Magnet. We were north. I immediately sat on the railway towards the center to wait for developments. Halfway through the match an enemy T/25 comes up the tracks, unaware I’m lurking nearby. He’s looking the wrong way, over the tracks, and is my first kill. After judging a lot of enemy tanks are dead and it’s time to push, I cross the railway and head into the deadly area of the center right, with lots of rocks to hide behind.
Lots of peek a boo, bouncing shots exactly like I’m supposed to do, and arty dodging commenced. After its all done, I have a total of three kills. Three of the enemy left – two arties, and a T-44. The T-44 displays a startling lack of tactics and sits there and shoots at me. I oblige him by obliterating him in exchange for the loss of some 200 hp. As I advance on the base, the enemy arty is right there in the circle and gets one-shotted. Time to find the last arty.
The M41 is hiding along a little path, and tries to take aim on me. I am fortunate enough to point my gun in his direction, snap off a shot, and blast him. Top gun plus the win.
What’s really strange is it didn’t feel like I was doing anything particularly well. Move up, dodge around, advance on the base. Many’s the time that I needed to strategically work to make the match winnable, and those are nail biting fun times. This was…. just another win. Until I looked at the scoreboard.