T54 Heavy Tank in World of Tanks is a Tier 9 premium US heavy tank. For the first time, it can be obtained at Auction 2023 for gold in the EU and RU regions. At first glance, the tank stands out for its powerful alpha and strong frontal armor, let’s take a closer look at all the performance characteristics in the review.
For owners of vehicles, we will prepare options for assembling equipment, perks and field upgrades, and let’s talk a little about the gameplay.
How to get T54 Heavy Tank
The tank is available for purchase on the 5th day of the Auction 2023. It is sold under the “Open Auction” system for in-game gold. The initial bet is 10,500 gold, and a total of 15,000 vehicles are available for purchase. So far, there is no information whether it will be sold again sometime, but so far the developers have never given the opportunity to buy premium tier 9 vehicles again.
Overview of the T54 Heavy Tank
For comparison, we selected promotional American heavy tanks and level 9 upgradeable ones. They also added a couple of premiums and Object 277 in 2, which was once called one of the worst, but in some characteristics it is close to the car considered in the article.
The T54 Heavy Tank is equipped with a 120mm gun, which is already a plus, since according to the 3-caliber rule, it will be able to penetrate more vehicles than tanks with a 105mm gun (common at level 9). One-time damage 450 units one of the largest among classmates. Armor penetration leaves much to be desired:
base armor-piercing projectile 240 mm (1067 m / s), which is one of the worst indicators for a level 9 TT; a special cumulative projectile 300 mm (947 m/s), which is playable in principle, but this value of armor penetration is one of the smallest among the TT 9.
The turret traverse speed is very slow, mediocre stabilization and for a long time information does not allow effective exchange of fire in dynamic battles and hitting from the “top”. At the same time, he has low accuracy, so you need to play only at close range and best of all from positioning.
The reload time is long, as a result, despite the outstanding alpha, the average damage per minute is inferior to all American level 9 TTs. The tank has good elevation angles -2…+25°, so it feels confident when playing from the terrain.
Vitality and armor T54
Health Points 1700 units – this is very small and reduces the chances of success in a 1v1 duel. On the numbers, frontal armor looks interesting, but in fact this tank is not suitable for a breakthrough and head-to-head fights in general.
It is worth playing carefully from the boards, as they have low security. T54 big NLDit will not be difficult to aim and break through it, and the “concrete” tower at first glance has notable commander’s cupolawhich is also easy to break through.
The turret is located on the right side, so when playing from defense, you can try to hide it. In general, the tank is more prone to blocking the breakthrough of enemy vehicles while behind cover, so it has the greatest chance of realizing its potential.
Mobility and intelligence
T54 mobility is sad, in this regard it inferior to all tanksselected for comparison. The maximum speed of 34 km / h is small, but at the same time it still has a low specific power of 14.46 hp / t, so even it is not able to gain it quickly. However, its cross-country ability on different types of soil is acceptable, so it keeps the gained speed well. The situation is similar with the speed of rotation of the chassis – the T54 has poor maneuverability, so it is very easy to spin it.
He was lucky at least with observation – viewing radius 400 meterswhich is very good for level 9.
Advantages and disadvantages
Summarizing the tactical and technical characteristics of the T54 Heavy Tank, we can highlight the strengths and weaknesses of the tank.
high one-time damage comfortable UVN strong tower in the frontal projection high visibility
low armor penetration poor accuracy mediocre PDM weak sides, large NLD and noticeable turret weak dynamics low maneuverability low turret traverse speed
Equipment for T54 Heavy Tank
classic build, hardening here it is mandatory to install in order to compensate for the lack of safety margin.
The second option involves tightening the dynamics with the help of The turbocharger (for the first time you need Trophy).
Alternatively, you can install hardening into the profile slot, then open the second slot on Mobility and install there Turbochargerand put in the 3rd slot Rammer. Removing the Elevator Stabilizer is only for experienced players who will be able to curb its basic stabilization.
Crew Training for the T54 Heavy Tank: Perk Selection
The crew consists of 4 tankers, and the commander has a combined specialization with a radio operator.
If the crew has learned “Fire Fighting” or prefer to take risks and have a sufficient supply of silver, then the fire extinguisher can be replaced with Cola box by +10% to all skills and abilities of the crew.
Field Upgrade T54 Heavy Tank
The choice of additional modifications for the T54 is complicated by the fact that here the reduction of almost any parameter is undesirable for it. You can go to reduce the dynamics, maximum speed or turret rotation only according to the principle “well, it won’t get worse” or “What is already dead cannot die.”
To prevent the situation from getting worse, we recommend taking only “Soundproofing” in the 3rd slot in order to reduce the influence of artillery and more calmly win back in position. The review here is good, so a loss of 3% can be experienced.
All other modules are a purely individual choice, which you can refuse, as an option, you can still consider the Power take-off setting (scheme 1) in the 4th slot if you play in the defensive position. With this gameplay, the loss in turret traverse speed will not be felt as much, but +2 km/h to reverse will help you roll into cover faster.
How to play T54 Heavy Tank
T54 Heavy Tank belongs to the category “Universal”. Dynamics and armor are not enough to break through enemy positions, but you can play the role of fire support, hiding behind allies or hiding behind the terrain. Feels great on hilly maps and in urban areas if you find an embankment or any other cover for the NLD.
The optimal combat distance is medium or close, but at medium there is not enough accuracy / armor penetration, and at close it will be more difficult not to expose vulnerable areas to the enemy. The best option for him play in position from alpha – hide the hull and part of the turret with the turret, roll out carefully to give a shot.
However, there will not always be suitable conditions for this, and so it is very dependent on the team.
On open maps, stay close to your allies, because weak sides + poor maneuverability + low turret traverse speed make the T54 Heavy Tank an easy target for maneuverable opponents and self-propelled guns.
Should I buy the T54 Heavy Tank?
The new premium tier 9 tank T54 doesn’t stand out for anything special in practice, so don’t be fooled by the nice declared armor and alpha numbers. In a modern random game, it is difficult to implement it due to the mediocre dynamics and parameters of the gun, therefore, the gameplay will not bring much pleasure. The low armor penetration of the basic projectile encourages players to play gold, which significantly reduces its profitability.
Like the previous level 9 premiums, this technique is inferior in many respects to pumped tanks and some promotional ones, therefore it is not suitable for “bending down”. Farming silver will be more effective at lvl 8 premiums, which can be bought for the same money or even cheaper.
The purchase option should be considered rather for those players who prefer to collect tanks, because it is not known whether there will still be an opportunity to get the T54 Heavy Tank. It is better for ordinary players and even more so for beginners to refrain from buying in order to avoid disappointment from unjustified expectations.
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