Post by Snorelacks on Jun 26, 2019 18:03:25 GMT
First whack at this...all input welcome.
As most are painfully aware, I’m a big fan of both the T20 and the Comet. There are certainly medium tanks that fill the roll of “all-rounders” better at different tiers, and IMO all T7 mediums do need some love. However, this review will discuss the lovely little underdog, the American Tier 7 T20, one of only four tanks I’ve reached 100% damage standing on.
Turret and Chassis- There is nothing that truly stands out in terms of the turret or chassis on the T20. Neither really offers anything of significance in terms of armor. The front hull offers a mere 63mm of armor, while the turret offers 89mm straight on. The turret can achieve a lucky bounce here or there when utilizing the tank’s full gun depression, but for the most part the armor on the tank shouldn’t be relied upon. It’s best defense is it’s view range, camo, movement and relocation.
Cannon- The stock package utilizes the 76 mm Gun M1A1, but this tank is best equipped with the 90 mm Gun M3 top package. It does not boast great accuracy or a great RoF (base reload of 9.4 seconds), and the standard AP pen of 160mm is not stellar, but it is sufficient from the flanks. The T20 has a very good APCR round with 243mm of pen. It is more than capable of holding it’s own in a T9 battle if you need to fire premium ammunition. The alpha is 240 and is perfectly adequate. It has a fantastic 10 degrees of gun depression.
Health, Speed, Camo and View Range- The T20 has 1100 health; slightly more than the Comet, but slightly less than the German VK30.02D. It is not a quick or fast tank, but it does have a good top speed of 56km/h (slightly faster than the Comet and slower than the VK30.02D). It also has a good reverse speed of 20km/h. The overall speed of the tank is not a detriment. The camo and view range on the T20 is good enough for it to serve well as a quasi-scout tanks when it needs to fill the roll of a spotter, particularly when it finds itself in a Tier 9 lobby. However, caution should be taken in this role due to it not being as fast as a scout and the fact that it does not have camo on the move. Good situational awareness is needed to ensure a successful escape from any spotting locations. The view range of 390m is very good and works well when coupled with it’s stationary camo rating.
Equipment- Of course equipment loadouts vary with tanker preference, but a good set-up would be rammer, vertical stabilizer and optics. Some might choose vents over optics, or in an odd twist binocs. I ran mine with rammer, stabs and binocs in order to maximize is spotting ability and leverage it’s camo, particularly in high tier battles. It’s standard view range of 390m already allows it to exploit view range when top tier.
Summary- The T20 is a good all-rounder, jack of all trades, master of none type of tank. It’s high points are it’s view range, gun depression and a very good premium round. It doesn’t really standout, but it just does all things acceptably well enough to make it a good contributor in any multitude of ways depending on the tier or the map.