Don't worry about it. I don't like it much but l have managed to 2 Mark the 2 free Era 1 Tech Tree tanks by accident. Silver earnings are much higher so you don't lose silver as you grind. Bad news is equipment is way more expensive. True vision means u can see across the map and shoot them. Bad news they can do the same to you. Pen on ammo is a lot less over 600m. Follow the largest pack, blast away, don't camp. If you have the NM 116 play that to make easy silver. Watch out for lights.
Basic tips for CW beginners: Always act like you are spotted, even though 6th sense has not activated. The mode has True Vision, which means your tank is always visible to the reds. Take advantage of hard cover, learn the normal sniping spots and their sight lines so you can avoid them while moving. It is rarely ever a good idea to take on enemy reds alone. Try to stay in view of your own teammates. If you are in the beginner tanks,follow behind your team's stronger tanks. Assist them when they engage an enemy. You will have a difficult time penning anything from the front, so practice flanking and getting to the side or rear of the enemy tank.
In Era 1 it is imperative you check the team make up before each match. If you see one or more Obj 268 on the enemy team, pay special attention. You need to find out where this tank is playing and avoid being seen by it. This TD can one and two shot the beginner tanks.
If you peek over a ridge, don't stay there too long. Too many times I have taken out people who weren't detected so stayed in my view, despite being hit by shells. If you take one hit, drop back down and move to another spot before poking up again.
Most tanks can take a few hits before being destroyed. Plan escape routes and use them if you get hit. The quickest way for a tank to get destroyed is to be shot by multiple tanks at once. Pay attention to the map to see where groups of enemies are.
Some basic advice. There is a bit to learn in CW. It plays differently from WWII. Paying attention pays alot of dividends. The good thing is you don't have to worry about arty dropping on you as there is none in CW.
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While you can make direct uploads to here for your avatars and such, another option is to use a direct web link for the image in question. Sometimes that link ends up leading to a website that has shut down, hence, the tinypic errors.
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Another cold war tip for you guys to get back on topic...
By and large, sod buying the radios! They're mostly a waste of your silver due to the nature of true vision, as any tank that is spotted is visible from another map (figuratively speaking).
And modules, even in era 1? Not cheap. You'll find the usual blockades to progress in the CW tech tree to be Silver, not XP, so it's imperative you avoid radios as much as you can.
Everything Lefturnus said was spot on. Another thing I do is abuse peoples tunnel vision. I put camo on most of my mediums and all my lights, despite true vision, because people mostly focus the tanks that are lit up. With camo on lights you can still get really far up without being seen and can do lots of damage while also spotting. Honestly, despite the nerfs I still find the American lights fun. You gotta watch out for the alert players who actually scan for targets, but a huge number of people just zoom around and RBRT. They don’t see people who aren’t lit. One nice thing about the beginning tanks is people underestimate them. The whole British line is fun, with the exception of the Conq.
Just thought of another tip about CW, R35T. Large smokescreen is amazing. I guess you probably are familiar with it from ships, but in case you aren’t using it yet on tanks… It’s fun to use and worth the silver cost for the large one because it gives a passive camo boost at all times. You can use it the normal way, just to make a cloud to escape, but you can also use it to make someone think you’re about to peek on one side and then shoot them from the other side of your cover. You can throw it in front of you while running away and then disappear into it and circle around. You can use it to prep an alley before crossing the road. You can throw it on top of an enemy so several friendlies can surround them. Just be aware the bots see right through it, it only works on players.
This is going to sound really basic but, side scraping is still a viable thing in some tanks, and it can be easily forgotten while tanks are going as fast as they are. In particular, the T72 series is quite good at it.
They're nimble enough to bait shots and fast enough to counter.