Let’s talk about tanks — TVP T 50/51 & The Machine Edition
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Let’s talk about tanks — TVP T 50/51 & The Machine Edition

May 4, 2020

Battle of the Tier X autoloaders! The TVP 50/51 vs The Machine — which will come out top and which is a flop?

Hey, everyone!

My name is Jeff Gregg, and I am the Lead Designer of World of Tanks: Valor.

Welcome to “Let’s talk about tanks”!

The goal is to highlight specific tanks, one at a time, and really dig down into what makes them tick, how they are being used, and which approaches may be taken to improve them if necessary.

This article focuses on the TVP T 50/51 and The Machine. Let’s get started!

Summary

We see that the TVP T 50/51 doesn’t perform as well as The Machine, but The Machine isn’t OP (51% is a smidge high but within a tolerable threshold).

It seems these vehicles are very similar, but the TVP T 50/51 weapon is outclassed by The Machine.

Skill doesn’t seem to help you boost the TVP T 50/51’s performance to overcome that gun delta.

Based on this, we will do the following:

  • Revert our nerf to the TVP T 50/51’s gun that was implemented in 4.6 and bring its reload rate back to 28 (it is currently at 31).
  • Change nothing on The Machine at this time.

The above changes will take effect on May 5.

Win Rate

So how are these tanks performing with these players? Are they dominating? Are they suffering? According to the data, the TVP T 50/51 is right around 49% and The Machine is around 51%:

tvp win rate
tvp win rate
the machine win rate
the machine win rate

Let’s look at these tanks’ win/loss rates compared to skill.

In the pictures below, we SHOULD see two lines — one that represents the entire population’s win/loss rate and another that represents this tank’s win/loss rate.

For the Machine: We can’t see two lines, because they are almost perfectly aligned, meaning if a tanker (in general) wins 55% of the time, he or she will win 55% of the time in this tank. The tank itself is neither hurting the tanker’s performance nor is it giving him or her an edge beyond their skill.

For the TVP T 50/51: Oof! Regardless of your skill, you are statistically more likely to lose in this tank than any other Tier X tank.

tvp skill
tvp skill
the machine skill
the machine skill

Weapons

Let’s discuss damage per battle (cumulative damage for all attacks in a battle).

HERE is where we see that looking at individual shots isn’t enough. Instead, we need to look at how many you can send downrange and do damage with. Both tanks are average to slightly above average for Tier X tanks. The TVP T 50/51 is doing worse, however, averaging ~1,700 damage per battle, while The Machine averages ~1,900.

tvp damage
tvp damage
the machine damage
the machine damage

In order to measure the impact of these changes once they are committed, we need at least 5,000 battles in the tank(s) to have enough data. Once we have that amount of info, we will report back here on what the results were and (if necessary) what the next steps will be.

If you have feedback about this process or have further questions, reach out! Stay tuned here for the results of the test and what the next tank we focus on will be.

See you on the battlefield!

Read the full in-depth article by Jeff Gregg, Lead Designer, in the dedicated Forum Thread: Let’s talk about tanks: TVP 50/51 & The Machine