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Console Community: Interview with Cpl Derren!

May 22, 2020

Get to know one of the players who make the WoTC community unique!

As every great Commander knows, camaraderie doesn’t fade when the battle is over!

In today’s Console Community interview, we’re getting to know one of the players who goes above and beyond to make the WoTC community awesome. Cpl Derren is a Community Contributor who runs WoTC Academy, a YouTube channel covering everything you should know before your tank rolls out. Game mode guides, thoughts on tank play, map awareness tips, and more—you want advice? Cpl Derren’s got it!

What request would Cpl Derren love to make from our devs? What pointers does he have for newbies? Get these answers and more in our interview below!


Now, for anyone reading this article, tell us who you are!

I’m Derren, I’m 23 years old and I live in Ohio. I enjoy playing video games, reading up on military history, and going to gun ranges with my friends.

What were your first reactions playing World of Tanks for the first time, and what was the moment when you thought to yourself: “I’M HOOKED!”

I started playing World of Tanks back on PC in like 2012. I wasn’t good at the game and stopped playing when I ran out of silver. Then when World of Tanks Valor came out I tried the beta, that’s when I got hooked. I realized just how much more forgiving and easier it was to grind up the lines and make silver, plus it was on console!

How often do you play World of Tanks Valor?

I try playing for a few hours every day.

Favorite tanks?

Anything that’s a Centurion (no I do not count the Conway, FV4005 or the FV3805).

Is there a tank you feel is underrated and deserves a lot of love by the community?

That’s a very tough question for me, so I might need to modify it a teeny bit. But I guess it would be the Centurion AX. While I think the tank seems fine, I notice that it seems to be practically overlooked by the community now that the FV4202 is argued to be the superior choice. I feel it would be nice if something was done that made the CAX a viable option again. Perhaps adding the turret shield like on the Caernarvon AX? Turret armor or mobility buff? I don’t know something to put the Action X “back on the map” again.  How about it devs? 😉

You are also a member of the Community Contributors group! Why were you interested in the program?

I had just started YouTube channel when I heard about the Community Contributors Program. As a marketing major, I figured the best way to increase both my channel traffic, and legitimacy would be by joining the program as an official WoTV CC.

Aside from being a Community Contributor, you also run your own “WoTC Academy” channel. Can you tell us all about it?

I originally started the channel as a way to assist the community with game educational resources. Thus, I decided to use the knowledge and experience I gained playing the game to help fill that missing void. It also serves as a method for me to practice skills necessary for me to succeed in my career field.

The WoTC Academy Logo

How do you decide the topic of your next video?

I “try” to stick by a “to-do” list, but it often comes down to what I feel is the highest priority at that time. Currently, I have weak point guides, and how to play videos of the new Valor earn op tanks as my highest priority.

Are you open to suggestions?

Of course! I cater to what the community wants to learn at the time! If you have a request, feel free to drop me the suggestion, and if its within my ability and my current hardware, I will try to make a video on it!

Any advice you would like to give to first time tankers?

A lot of new advice really, but if I had to pick 3 they would be:

  • Be open to learning. I often say: key to improving yourself in this game is realizing you’re not the best and don’t know everything. Knowing this will already make you a better player.
  • Situational awareness! NEVER tunnel vision. Every time after you shoot, if you can afford to, stop aiming and look around you for other surrounding threats and check your mini map!
  • Don’t worry about what others have to say about your skills, especially if you are new to the game and still learning.

Can you share something people don’t know about you?

Players who currently don’t watch my videos won’t know, but I’m 99% certain I have an unhealthy obsession with Centurion tanks. I mean one is part of my logo!

Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?

We are all here playing this game for a reason. We find it enjoyable. We should help new tankers to improve.  Only by working together as a community, will we be able to do our part to make this game more enjoyable for everyone.

Where can people find you for information, platooning, etc?

I’m everywhere, but you can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Discord, the Forums, and YouTube.


Thanks so much for joining us, Cpl Derren!

We can’t wait to bring you more interviews and news from other community members who are kicking ass both on the battlefield and off.

Until next time… roll out, Commander!