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imanikingoff20 #1 Posted 15 January 2022 - 02:13 AM

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Well I did a quick search on the Smoothman Contract and not much came up, so before the Forum is removed, let's have a look.

Time to complete 1 month. Time wise a lot less than the Tier 10's which is fine but they are on at the same time and you can't do 2 Contracts at the same time.

Is it worth doing? Well it's difficult to find anything good about the Smoothman on video or old Forum topics (Google found this Forum, a few old video reviews, Reddit topics and ZERO mentions in Discord (although 5 pages in l hit a Discord link which took me to an Invite page) (and searching inside Discord got 2022 only)

Using CW to get thru ASAP l have taken it out for a spin and it's average at best for me.

 


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BrogueOne #2 Posted 15 January 2022 - 03:57 AM

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There’s actually a subforum for Mercs here: http://forum-console...88-mercenaries/

Unfortunately it appears that all the topics were locked (possibly when Minto rearranged this place into the absolutely stupid naming scheme he changed it to) and the discussion threads probably no longer show up in a search as a result….

Yeah… Smoothman is a short contract because it’s a low tier tank…

Smoothman is a fairly average affair for a T5 medium.  Probably about as good as a Pz IV and slightly less crap than a T34.  It’s not terribly hard to earn so there’s no harm doing it, lol

atwilliams07 #3 Posted 15 January 2022 - 08:30 AM

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I did it before 6.0.  If you are “on the fence”, don’t bother, as there are many better tech tree tier 5 mediums than this.  
 

Suspect there is more value in the garage slot, than the tank!



imanikingoff20 #4 Posted 15 January 2022 - 09:54 AM

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View PostBrogueOne, on 15 January 2022 - 01:57 PM, said:

There’s actually a subforum for Mercs here: http://forum-console...88-mercenaries/

Unfortunately it appears that all the topics were locked (possibly when Minto rearranged this place into the absolutely stupid naming scheme he changed it to) and the discussion threads probably no longer show up in a search as a result….

Yeah… Smoothman is a short contract because it’s a low tier tank…

Smoothman is a fairly average affair for a T5 medium. Probably about as good as a Pz IV and slightly less crap than a T34. It’s not terribly hard to earn so there’s no harm doing it, lol

 

Yes I found that in Goggle, but it's locked. It's a bit like the Deadbolt, a bit OK, a bit not OK.

 

View Postatwilliams07, on 15 January 2022 - 06:30 PM, said:

I did it before 6.0.  If you are “on the fence”, don’t bother, as there are many better tech tree tier 5 mediums than this.  
 

Suspect there is more value in the garage slot, than the tank!

 

With CW (and lower Tiers WWll mode) it's not a grind which is refreshing. Good point re the Garage slot (and a 1 skilled crew)

Having done the Chisel I'm skipping The Machine (l really don't like like Tier 10).

I wonder how many 'Contracts' WG will unlock per month?


 

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atwilliams07 #5 Posted 15 January 2022 - 10:23 AM

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View Postimanikingoff20, on 15 January 2022 - 07:54 PM, said:

 

Yes I found that in Goggle, but it's locked. It's a bit like the Deadbolt, a bit OK, a bit not OK.

 

 

With CW (and lower Tiers WWll mode) it's not a grind which is refreshing. Good point re the Garage slot (and a 1 skilled crew)

Having done the Chisel I'm skipping The Machine (l really don't like like Tier 10).

I wonder how many 'Contracts' WG will unlock per month?


I just wish they would unlock them all, so players can choose which ones they want to grind at a time which suits them.  We would keep the elapsed timeframe for each contract and only one at a time.  This would be much more flexible and reduce the impact on the MM of “everyone” chasing the same contract.



imanikingoff20 #6 Posted 15 January 2022 - 10:40 AM

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View Postatwilliams07, on 15 January 2022 - 08:23 PM, said:


I just wish they would unlock them all, so players can choose which ones they want to grind at a time which suits them.  We would keep the elapsed timeframe for each contract and only one at a time.  This would be much more flexible and reduce the impact on the MM of “everyone” chasing the same contract.

 

Yes chasing kills plays way different to spotting etc. Current MM and player base = continued poor games for all 

 

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LargoGinganinja #7 Posted 15 January 2022 - 12:18 PM

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iIt is not a good tank. Average at everything. It is an easy contract.  The t34 is light years ahead of it.

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Played it a little in the past, but soon concluded that I had much better alternatives. in the garage. 

It is either sitting in the garage gathering dust without a commander, or more probably I sold it when I had a garage clearout after 6.0 dropped.



imanikingoff20 #9 Posted 16 January 2022 - 04:24 AM

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Just took it out again..

:facepalm:.


 

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MeMi78 #10 Posted 16 January 2022 - 11:26 AM

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I'm on the last stage. Should be finished when the machine starts. 

Doesn't require much effort,  just normal playing.



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It's a dust-collector, for sure. Its main value was it was an easy contract to farm back in the day when you could farm contracts thanks to the silly way WG set up contracts with time limits.

bigpikle #12 Posted 17 January 2022 - 03:43 AM

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At tier V, my best performing Merc is the Centrifuge. way ahead of the Smoothman. Still, for a few days play, I get a garage slot, a commander, and 800k silver. I am not complaining. will finishing it by tomorrow and start on the Tusk then the Machine. 10M silver for each is a good bonus

imanikingoff20 #13 Posted 17 January 2022 - 04:24 AM

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I would like the Reach for a Contract 

 


 

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bigpikle #14 Posted 17 January 2022 - 09:21 PM

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The Long Reach kicks like a mule, as long as it does not need to back up after taking the shot and the target is on level terrain.  2.5 degrees of gun depression is depressing.

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View Postimanikingoff20, on 17 January 2022 - 04:24 AM, said:

I would like the Reach for a Contract 

 

That’s another tank that’s both awesome and awful….  It’s got a gun that punches hard AF for its tier, but you could lose a race with a real life tortoise with the reverse speed it has.  



imanikingoff20 #16 Posted 17 January 2022 - 11:27 PM

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So options Best Merc tank Tier 5, 6? (Apart from the Absolution of course)

 

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BrogueOne #17 Posted 17 January 2022 - 11:35 PM

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View Postimanikingoff20, on 17 January 2022 - 11:27 PM, said:

So options Best Merc tank Tier 5, 6? (Apart from the Absolution of course)

Bulwark is hilarious for the insane RoF it has…  the only thing at T5 that really gives it any trouble is the CKV1 and PzV/IV



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View Postimanikingoff20, on 17 January 2022 - 11:27 PM, said:

So options Best Merc tank Tier 5, 6? (Apart from the Absolution of course)

 

None.

Stubbs is atrocious, as is the Longbomb and the Smoothman and the Centrifuge as well as the Deadbolt and Bulwark for Tier V, similar for Stinger, Spyglass, Long Reach and Plaguebringer.

 

They tend to combine the worst aspects of all the tanks they're a mix of for no real gain or even for some uniqueness. Genuinely the 'best' Merc tank I've driven aside from the naturally OP Absolution is the Jammer but even that suffers from the fact it has no turret armour to speak of, and sees Tier IX's with a 76mm.


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imanikingoff20 #19 Posted 18 January 2022 - 02:20 AM

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View PostDesyatnik Pansy, on 18 January 2022 - 11:50 AM, said:

 

None.

Stubbs is atrocious, as is the Longbomb and the Smoothman and the Centrifuge as well as the Deadbolt and Bulwark for Tier V, similar for Stinger, Spyglass, Long Reach and Plaguebringer.

 

They tend to combine the worst aspects of all the tanks they're a mix of for no real gain or even for some uniqueness. Genuinely the 'best' Merc tank I've driven aside from the naturally OP Absolution is the Jammer but even that suffers from the fact it has no turret armour to speak of, and sees Tier IX's with a 76mm.

 

I wouldn't mind the Bulwark for a giggle. But it's strange to a lot of the Mercs are just, not good.

 

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View Postimanikingoff20, on 18 January 2022 - 02:20 AM, said:

I wouldn't mind the Bulwark for a giggle. But it's strange to a lot of the Mercs are just, not good.

 

Cause they tend to be some sort of gimmicky design that's unique with all the parts but not actually unique playstyle wise and actually being worse than the playstyle they're trying to copy.

Stubbs is a ridiculously tall Light that gets a funny alpha gun but none of the penetration or anything to go with it, Longbomb as I recall gets less health, 400 compared to 450 of the AT2 for no reason at all it already gets worse engine stats.

 

List continues but we'll end off with the Bulwark in that it tries to do the whole same shtick as the KV-220-2, have a Tier VII Hull but a weak gun and turret except the hull isn't good to begin with and still gets frontal fires I think, even the turret might get frontal ammo racks, it's ridiculously slow for all that and then gets a 55 alpha gun, it's a DPM tank where Alpha has reigned supreme since the start.

Oh and it sees Tier VII's, for some reason.


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