With the release of the 9.1 Patch Notes, we can now see with some degree of certainty how Scouts are impacted by 9.1
Upper limit on battles reduced for Light tanks Tier IV-VII. In effect, Scout MM becomes Tier+3 instead of the current Tier+4.
“Crossing capacity on 2801 suspension on solid terrain increased by 20%
Crossing capacity on 2801 suspension on medum terrain increased by 18%
Crossing capacity on 2801 suspension on soft terrain increased by 10%”
“Crossing capacity on verstarkteketten suspension on solid terrain increased by 22%
Crossing capacity on verstarkteketten suspension on medum terrain increased by 20%
Crossing capacity on verstarkteketten suspension on soft terrain increased by 11%”
“Maximum forward speed changed from 60 km/h to 68 km/h.”
“Crossing capacity on MT-25 suspension on solid terrain increased by 12%
Crossing capacity on MT-25 suspension on medium terrain increased by 11%
Crossing capacity on MT-25 suspension on soft terrain increased by 6%”
“Crossing capacity on MT-25 reinforced suspension on solid terrain increased by 14%
Crossing capacity on MT-25 reinforced suspension on medium terrain increased by 12%
Crossing capacity onMT-25 reinforced suspension on soft terrain increased by 6%”
“V-16 engine (600 h.p.) replaced with V-16M engine (700 h.p.)”
Goes back to tier+2, meaning its brief stint as a scout is over; it is just a Light again.
WHAT DOES IT MEANS?
For starters it means all those old T-50-2 drivers who kept their MT-25 in their garages all this time will be breaking them out to see how close to the T-50-2 the MT-25 become. Don’t be surprised to see a bunch of Suicide Scouts in Mt-25 for awhile after 9,1 is released.
Additionally, The old T-50-2 was a light tank weight-wise. But the MT-25 is somewhat hefty for a Scout, tipping the scales at around 26 tons and with better armor than the T-50-2. With its rapid fire gun, weight, speed and acceleration, it could become a great anti-scout; a skill at which the T-50-2 was only average.
The VK 28.01 is about to become more agile than it has ever been before. I don’t play on the test server but I am guessing it will be able to play more aggressively now, as the combination of better speed and agility let it step up its game in terms of crossing exposed areas and performing flanking moves.
The A-20 returns to where it rightfully belongs: a non-scout light whose drivers will no doubt still try haplessly to suicide with it.
Overall, the move to Tier+3 is bittersweet. Yes, Scouts will get much better MM and we will see the Mt-25 and VK 28.01 bandwagon begin to fill again. But I LIKED the challenge of Tier +4. yes, such battles could be brutal but it made driving Tier VI Scouts extremely rewarding, as well.
Worse, as Wargaming continues their buffs to various Scouts over the course of the summer, I think it will all be short-lived. Enjoy the buffs now because when more Scouts than the MT-25 and VK 28.01 start reaping the benefits of buffs PLUS Tier+3, the cries of “OP SCOUTS” won’t be far behind. I give it til Fall til the pendulum starts to swing back the other way.
As I said, enjoy it while it lasts, cause I don’t think it will last long.