Rookie guides have been done and done very well. Instead of trying to imitate a polished product, I am going to put out some alternate tips the major guides have not covered.
1) Don’t shoot teammates on purpose.
I don’t care if you think its funny. I don’t care if you’re equipped with the .50 Browning and don’t have a hope of penetrating my armor. If I see you blatantly firing at a friendly my next round is going to you.
NOTE: There is a wide gulf between shooting a teammate on accident and doing it on purpose. If I pull in front of a teammates tank just as he is about to shoot and get around on my side, I cannot (and do not) get mad. Same goes for an errant arty strike when I am Facehugging the IS-4.
2) Don’t abuse the ctrl + click map feature.
What? You didn’t know you could hold down control and then click on the minimap to ping that location? Well, now you do. Don’t abuse it.
There’s a term for repeatedly mashing a button causing the same message to flood our screens. It’s called spamming. It’s obnoxious and it’s pointless. You cannot convey any more information with five or six clicks than you can convey with a one. All you’re doing is annoying your team and potentially causing them to miss important information someone else was typing. If you do this repeatedly, even after being asked to stop, it makes me wish I could slam your sexual organ in a car door.
3) Ditto the Help! Macro
At the start of the round, you go charging off down the map at top speed. Now you’re surrounded and being picked off. You spam the Help! macro hoping someone in another tank will ride in on a white horse to your rescue. You’ve acted stupidly, you got punished for your stupidity, and are now asking more teammates to join you in the meat grinder.
4) Don’t rant about wallet warriors, Credit card crusaders, etc.
This is the rant I see people go on when they are killed by a premium tank. I got killed by a premium tank! Premium tanks MUST be overpowered since I am Lord Commander Supreme at all games!
All you’re doing with these rants is showing your ignorance of economics and low level of skill. The premium tanks are all balanced and, in some cases, have bigger downsides than the other regular tanks of their tier. Yes, Type 59 has insanely sloped armor. It’s also constructed entirely of ammo racks and accelerates slower than the local glacier. The KV-5 may have armor made of pure adamantium, but its gun shoots spitballs and it has weak spots the size of Texas. The only upside premium tanks have is their ability to generate a high number of credits, which makes grinding to the next high-tier tank much, much easier. Instead of ranting about them and sounding like an ignorant hick, hop on the forums and learn their weak spots.
Furthermore, do you understand how economics work? The game developers did not create and maintain this game as an act of charity. What do you think pays their salaries, server costs, and day-to-day office bills. They do not charge for WoT and allow all of us to play for free, as long as we want. They have to cover costs somehow. Premium Accounts and premium tanks are how they do that. That guy in Type 59? He’s one of the reasons you get to play for free.
5) Don’t Suggest Crackpot Tactics
Let’s all rush down the center! They will never expect that!, Arty, don’t shoot unless you can hit at least two targets., and Light tanks, bunch up. You’ll look like a big heavy from afar! are all examples I have actually heard in the game. Do not follow these people’s example. Unless you know what you are doing and can suggest rational ideas, leave the battle planning to those more experienced. At best, your team will ignore you at worst will openly mock you. Just don’t do it.
**NOTE** I know there are legitimate high-risk tactics suggested in some of the other guides. (All In and Maus Trap to name a few.) While the author calls them Crackpot Tactics, they are well-thought-out strategies that carry high risk vs. reward. They are not what I am referring to here. I am taking about the substance-inspired ideas an armchair Sun Tzu will spout off the early battle.
7) Punish an Enemy for His Mistakes
It could be as obvious as the newly-minted heavy driver who comes charging down the center, or as subtle as the T1 H that is playing peek-a-boo with the Derp KV. Learn to spot a bad move and exploit it. A mistake not capitalized on is, essentially, a mistake not made.
Mistakes on the battlefield can take many, many forms. Often the best way to exploit a mistake is to track the offender. A tracked tank cannot retreat and is now food for the other guns and arty. Even small tanks can track heavies if they aim well. Learn this tactic and use it.