Hello everyone! With this thread, I hope to kickstart an interesting discussion, and hopefully learn a few things about the game. A lot of threads get quite inflamed or pretty negative, and I wish we spent a little more time talking about what I’m sure we all love about this game, the great technical depth and its high skill ceiling, that give you so much room to learn and become a better player.
Now, I started playing this game in 2022, and I consider myself average at best. Sometimes, I have acute cases of skillissueitis, but I also have my moments, every now and then.
What inspired the creation of this thread is the fact that I must have been in a fortunate mental spot a few weeks back, because in 3-4 days I had a very good string of 6.7 games, and finished several matches narrowly missing on a nuke by a few spawn points, in one case by NINETEEN spawn points lol. Examples below:
Now, so far in this game, I’ve gotten a nuke three times - nothing to write home about, I know, but that’s not really the point. I usually focus more on what the team needs (example, I’ll go to a flank that has been left empty by the way everyone chose to deploy at the beginning, stuff like that). This discussion isn’t out of an obsession with specifically getting nukes in solo-Thunder style.
However, missing multiple nukes by a few spawn points, sometimes in matches that we ended up losing, pushed me to reflect on what I could have done better. I’ve used the “Jagdtiger” in the title because it’s my go-to machine, but for the purpose of this discussion you could substitute any heavy vehicle for it (and I mean heavy in the sense of poor mobility, long reload times, poor reactivity to unexpected threats up close).
Now, of course, heavies are not exactly the ideal vehicles to go after nukes, right? In a Jagdtiger, you’re unlikely to be the one capturing points in the first half of the match - though it does happen when matches become strung out with only a few players surviving on either side.
You’re also unlikely to get many kills in a short engagement time, because that’s just the nature of having an 18s reload. Push too aggressively, and you’ll die. Play too passively, and you won’t contribute to the team, or to your own score.
Having to make that judgement call in a prolonged match that could go either way is also quite difficult at times, at least for me. When it’s right to push, and when it’s right to be patient.
Come to think of it, two of the three nukes I’ve gotten had me get most of the way there with the Jagdtiger; then, die; then, respawn with the JPz 4-5, which allowed me to go the rest of the way. Maybe that combination is no coincidence.
As I mentioned earlier, I also know there’s lots of room for me to improve. I was wondering if any player out there has experience squeezing the maximum possible performance out of somewhat “impractical” vehicles like these, and if you’d be willing to share your pro tips with the class :D
And of course any and all anecdotes or reflections you have are super welcome.