When deciding what role to play in World of Tanks, it can be difficult to set your sights on just one. Being a heavily armored juggernaut drawing fire can be excellent but so can being the sneaky destroyer advancing towards the enemy territory and ripping through enemies like wet tissue paper. Then there is the option of playing as a nippy tank that can zip around the map and flank enemies. Each has their own perks and fun can be found playing each.
So for those that are indecisive, there is a remedy for this issue, medium tanks provide a jack of all trades approach to tank combat within this game. Allowing players the opportunity to lend a hand effectively wherever help is needed on the map. Plus, it gives players the ability to be versatile and change tactics on a dime.
With this in mind, we thought it would be beneficial to list the ten best medium tanks out there so that you aren’t picking just any old all-rounder. We want you to make an informed decision and pick a medium tank that best suits your style. You never know, it may even help you decide what fixed role you want to play later down the line. So here is our list of the ten best medium tanks in World Of Tanks.
The Cromwell is a tier 6, British medium tank that is perfect for zipping around the map and brawling with lightweight opponents. This tank offers mobility combined with a decent armament that makes this tank a competent assassin of light tanks. It also has a decent HP pool of 750 into the bargain. Allowing players to play with a certain level of freedom that similar tanks within the tier can’t offer.
The downsides to this vehicle are its rather flat and thin armor, its poor shell velocity meaning that it has poor range. Plus, it has laughable gun handling as well, so if you aren’t getting up close and personal with opponents, expect to miss a lot of shots. Overall, it’s a good close combat brawler that can hold its own within its tier and makes for an excellent choice to take out a fleet of light tanks.
Now we have a once overlooked tier eight French tank, the M4A1 Revalorisé. This tank boasts good gun handling, alpha damage and overall accuracy. The tank also has great gun depression and a great shell velocity too, making this tank great from raised terrains and at range.
The downsides of this tank are the low DPM and long reload time. Plus this tank doesn’t have fantastic camouflage or armour ratings. Overall, this tank is great for long-range sniping and is quick enough to make a get away if spotted. A great choice to have at your disposal within the medium tank category.
Then we have the British tier ten medium tank, the Centurion AX. This tank simply takes all the assets of the Centurion 7/1 and improves slightly on each. It has favourable armour, gun handling, damage and mobility to its predecessor. Plus this tank still has excellent gun depression and a reasonable top speed even in tough terrain.
Downsides of this tank are the turret armour being a weak point, the tanks large size that makes it a prime target for artillery and if moving, the dispersal rate plays havoc with the accuracy of this tank. Overall, this tank is a phenomenal asset to have on the battlefield and is one that packs a real punch but can also move too.
Škoda T 50
Now we have the Czechoslovakian tier nine medium tank, the Škoda T 50. This tank has an excellent shell velocity, gun depression and view range, making it ideal as a spotter and can snipe pretty well too. In addition to this, the tank has spaced side hull armour that allows for sidescraping in a pinch and has decent acceleration speed.
The issues with this one are related to its poor camouflage rating, an overall poor armour profile and the penetration rating is hardly anything special either. As a whole, this tank is one for those that like to play the long game and spot for teammates and if caught in more close encounters, sidescraping is also a great trick to pull out of your hat.
Now we have the American tier two tank, the T2 medium. This tank has decent all-around armour, a fantastic view range making it great for spotting. It also has great speed and acceleration for its weight class and in close quarters combat, this tank will take care of lower tier and some same tier tanks with ease.
This tank isn’t without issues, however. These include its rather large silhouette, making it easy to spot. The tank loses its 100% camo rating when moving and also, the T2 medium has poor accuracy meaning that you need to have all encounters at close quarters to stand a chance. If you can make these positives work for you and avoid being clocked at medium to long range, this tank is a great option within its tier.
Now we move over to Russia with this Soviet, tier ten medium tank the Object 907. This tank offers great frontal hull protection with 240mm of thickness. This allows for great hull-down combat possibilities. This combined with strong turrets and cupolas make this one a formidable tank for a frontal assault. The tank also has a decent acceleration and will maintain speeds even in harsh terrain.
The downsides of this one are its low ammunition count and poor alpha damage. This is thankfully made up for with decent DPM meaning that if you make your shots count, this tank is a great medium tank to have in your arsenal, especially in forward facing battles.
Progetto M35 mod. 46
Now we have the Progetto M35 mod. 46. This Italian tier eight tank offers great gun depression, accuracy and a tonne of penetration, making it formidable in a firefight. In addition, this tank is very mobile and has an excellent view range, allowing you to play the role of a spotter comfortably as well.
The downsides to this tank is its mediocre DPM and its poor defensive qualities such as its low armour rating or its poor camouflage rating. This one is clearly not made to take a beating but in the right hands, this tank can deal out a good deal of damage and hold its own against most tanks within its tier.
Now we have the tier four British medium tank, the Matilda. This tank is by no means the fastest medium tank in the game. Though, what it lacks in speed, it makes up for in sheer firepower and defensive abilities. The armour for this tank is decent, especially the front and the hull. Then the tank packs a punch with up to 145mm of penetration, a great reload and aim time. Plus, this one has great shell velocity, meaning its a sure shot even from range.
The Matilda’s biggest downfall is its speed. This one won’t be able to manoeuvre out of tight spots so be sure to act proactively and read the game well. If you can do this, the Matilda will serve you well as one of the best tier four tanks on the roster.
How we have the American tier three medium tank, the M2 Medium. This tank does a reasonable amount of penetration, it fairly mobile but this one really shines with its DPM. It does a massive 2380 damage per minute plus has 20° of gun depression and a view range of 370mm. This tank has an awful lot to offer to players and can be a real asset on the battlefield.
This one is a high risk for a high reward sort of vehicle, as ammo is flimsy and HP is very low. You’ll have to make shots count and be tactically aware to make this vehicle work for you. However, if you can manage this it is a really powerful tool to have.
We finish off in Germany with the tier seven medium the Panther/M10. This tank has great accuracy even on the move with the ability to snapshot comfortably. It also has great top speed, will never encounter higher than a tier eight in matches. Plus, the armour on this tank is pretty formidable too which is complimented by the highest HP pool in the tier seven class.
Problems with this tank lie with its low penetration capabilities and poor view range. Essentially this tank excels in no particular category, its the epitome of the term Jack of all trades. Though, this allows for a certain versatility that a lot of other tanks can’t offer. If this sounds like something you can get behind then it might be worth giving the Panther/M10 a try.
How to play medium tanks
So now you have the lowdown on what medium tanks are worth taking onto the battlefield. Although, you may be unaware as to what these medium tanks require from a player to be used effectively. Thankfully, we are here to help you through this tough and confusing time. Here are a few tips on how to get the most out of your medium tank.
Know your role
With medium tanks, your role is not as clear as saying a destroyer or a heavy. Plus, your role can change one or even twice again due to your versatility and the requirements of the team. So it is vitally important that you communicate well with your team, analyze the field to see what is needed from you most and be flexible to the team’s needs when duty calls.
Play to your strengths
It is important that you know the capabilities of your vehicle. Although mediums are usually all-rounders, they will have attributes that make them more suited to certain roles. For example, if you have a long view range then consider playing a scout role. If you’re a faster tank with a bit of firepower then flanking will be a more natural fit. Simply assess what will be the best asset to the team and then provide the best performance you can in that role.
Play the long game
No one is suggesting that you play passively as a medium. However, it can take a little while for a game to show its true colours. So waiting a while, playing conservatively and letting the dust settle before planning your game-winning strategy can be the best idea in these tanks. When the end game comes, no one appreciates a medium tank with a quarter of health left because you got involved in unnecessary battles. Do what is required in the beginning and plan accordingly so that when you are needed for the big finish, you have all your faculties present.