World of Tanks developers Lesta Games have officially announced that premium vehicles in the game may be nerfed in 2023. This news caused a storm of indignation and a lot of discussion among the players. Let’s try to figure out if Lesta Games can nerf premium tanks, what caused such a decision, and what compensation awaits players if their vehicles receive a change in performance characteristics.
Background: how premium vehicles were nerfed before at Wargaming
At the dawn of World of Tanks, the first premium tank to be nerfed was the American CT T26E4 SuperPershing, which turned out to be too adorable at release. Then the developers compensated for its cost with gold for everyone who decided to abandon it. The situation then was confusing, brought a lot of trouble, and since then the developers have not changed the performance characteristics of the premiums for many years.
The next attempt to nerf premium tanks was made in 2020, when they weakened the pumpable Italian CTs and French chariots. However, a real riot arose in the gaming community so that the developers would not touch the Progetto 46 and EBR 75 (FL 10) premiums, which were then (and still are) among the best. As a result, Wargaming did not touch the EBR 75 (FL 10), and Progetto 46 was completely upgraded (the rammer was forbidden to be installed, but by default it was accelerated reloading, as if the rammer was installed).
Can premium tanks be nerfed?
After splitting the game into World of Tanks and World of Tanks, the game Lesta Games operates in the RU region. If earlier Wargaming were bound hand and foot by European legislation, which forbade them to change any property already purchased by players, then according to Lesta Games executives, there are no such laws in Russia and Belarus. Since they openly talk about it, it means that it is so.
Players familiar with Lesta from the World of Ships confirmed that “balancing” often took place there, including premium vehicles.
Why did you decide to nerf premium vehicles?
It just so happens that new tanks come out better, more interesting than the old ones, whose characteristics inflate (depreciate) against the background of new products. We can observe a similar situation with pumped equipment, but real money was not directly paid for it, so the decrease in relevance is less offensive for many.
The biggest problem is now observed at the 8th level:
The dominance of the French LT ELC EVEN 90, which is now being withdrawn from free sale. She has an emblem disguise, but better than some of the “tens”, so on certain maps she has a very high efficiency. The Chinese heavyweight BZ-176 has already managed to get the title of the main “toxic” of the random house with its penetrating high-explosive, which is a nightmare for single-level vehicles, and even more so for those who are lower level. It is possible that the developers will also have their eyes on Bat Chatillon Bourrasque, because he now has the highest experience bar for taking 3 marks.
What can be compensation for nerfing premium vehicles in World of Tanks?
Despite the circumstances of obtaining the vehicle, the developers are currently considering only one option – reimbursement of the cost of a premium tank in gold. If the player is too dissatisfied with the changes, then it will be possible to turn in the vehicle for gold (according to its cost in the game, each tank is assigned it) within a few patches. They will not refund in money and no one will figure out how many boxes you bought to get the desired tank.
By and large, the release of imbalanced vehicles in a random way is a mistake of the developers, which means they didn’t finish testing or knew what they were releasing, but decided to “hit the jackpot” on this, as usually happens with Big New Year’s boxes.
The only question is, do players need gold? Many people already have it in abundance, because there is no special use for it in the game, except to buy chapters in the Battle Pass, a couple of times you can transfer combat experience to free or buy a premium account. Another question is that you can’t buy another good premium tank for gold, because mostly obsolete vehicles are sold in the public domain, which are not in demand in the time-limited sale in the premium store.
It is with the aim of washing out the donated currency that they plan to hold events, for example, as was the case with the “Trade Caravan” or the auction “Under the Hammer!”. The New Year offensive has not yet ended, and the developers have already released a teaser for the new event.
Will developers decide to nerf premium tanks in 2023?
Whatever one may say, the situation is ambiguous and at first glance there are no correct solutions:
To follow the lead of dissatisfied players and nerf imb premiums – ok. What’s next? If a player’s favorite equipment bought for real money is nerfed once, a second time, will he donate to the game for the third time? Question. On the other hand, the situation in the random with some tanks really raises a lot of reasonable objections, because many pumped and even premium tanks have nothing to oppose to the same BZ-176, which can send most of the opponents to the Garage with two shots. Previously, the developers specifically “closed” the high-explosive topic with “alcotanks” with a nerf, but then there was no premium.
Share your opinion in the comments: is it worth nerfing premium tanks and if so, what compensation would be fair?