It’s interesting how the meta for World of Tanks keeps changing.
Just after release, the big idea for most players was moving up a selected tree, and getting their Tier X tank. Whatever it was. These players then moved on to adding additional Tier X’s to their garage, usually for clan wars reasons and a desire to get “the best tank”. Adding clan wars and E-sports rounds out the “lofty” goals for the metagame.
I did things a bit different. Without a specific goal in mind, I think I can back into it better at this point by saying I wanted to unlock the entire German tree – this is the rare “Technical Engineer” achievement.
I next found myself moving up many different trees, and keeping most of the tanks earned along the way. This shifted me to being a “Tank Collector”. And after getting (a very large number) of tanks and tank slots, I find the collector allure fading. When you own a tank and can’t ever play it, why did you find it necessary to get it again ?
Tier X play isn’t that much fun for me. Why am I running the matches exactly ? I don’t play clan wars. There’s nothing to unlock. You don’t make silver credits, you lose them. The handful of Maus and JPE100 matches I’ve had have been enough. And if I want to see my crew improve, that’s what premium tanks are for – which both improve the crew, and make money.
I guess the question of “Is the Tier X fun ?” is not as relevant as you’d think, given the other game choices.
Today, I find myself thinking the following about the game :
- Move up the trees and unlock tanks. It takes a very long time to do this, leading to secondary goals.
- Move my tanks up my personal match history as desired. This included the finally finished “Project 370” as well as, why are tanks that I own on the bottom of the list ? I have all kinds of personal points that I (just barely) want to move my tanks past, from 10-12 matches all the way up to over 185.
- I am pretty sure no one reading this really cares about how many matches I’ve played in a KV-2, etc. But I bet you care about your own list. Maybe a little, and maybe a lot. That makes this another piece of the meta game.
- Finish the personal missions. Talk about scattering the metagame. I have to play specific tanks to move this forward, which conflicts with Goal #1.
I have spent the last week progressing the missions, and now need Light Tank # 10. I’m finding getting 1,000 assist damage difficult, to say nothing of not being spotted, which is the mission requirement. 700-800 happens a lot, so I’m sure I’ll hit it at some point.
With two TD’s on the “Bottom” of my personal match history, I started trying to complete TD #1 as well, and I’ve finished it, but not yet with honors.
So it looks like the game will now be a slow progression along many, many different fronts. This also means it’s more difficult to blog; I have to look for game outliers where I do something “Awesome”. But the game still continues.
And then there’s the “super secret game” that I can’t talk about other than to say “Wow”. Or maybe I’ll double that – “Wow”s. Heh.