Jump to content


IS-6 Review


  • Please log in to reply
25 replies to this topic

Matthew J35U5 #1 Posted 05 May 2014 - 04:02 PM

    Major

  • Players
  • 14028 battles
  • 12,033
  • [GIRLS]
  • Member since:
    09-09-2013

The IS-6 is a tier 8 Russian premium tank. Using its speed and maneuverability, it is able to engage enemy tanks at close range and take advantage of its bouncy armour and high-alpha gun to demolish enemy tanks.

 

Basic Statistics

 

Pros:

  • Deceptively strong armour, rather than 100/100/60, the hull armour values considering angles is  approximately 200/140/128
  • Excellent side-scraper
  • The IS-6 has both a high alpha gun (390) and a high damage-per-minute gun (2001 hp/min), contrasting nicely with the Tiger II and T32 that both have 320 alpha, and 1846 and 1811 damage-per-minute respectively. (The Caernarvon is worse in both respects)
  • Reasonably fast and agile for a heavy tank
  • Preferential matchmaking, tiers 8-9 only
  • Earns large amounts of experience, making it a good crew trainer
  • Is a good money-maker, easily grossing 100,000 credits on a decent game

 

Cons:

  • The penetration on the gun is very low by tier 8 standards (175/217/61), although about average for tier 8 premium tanks (considering all premium tanks on PC)
  • The gun accuracy and aim time, like most other Russian heavies, is awful: 0.46 accuracy, and a 3.4 second aim time
  • Again, like most Russian heavy tanks, the view range is awful, only 350 m at tier 8
  • While the armour is quite good because of its angles, it is very weak against high caliber HE rounds because of how thin it is, making the IS-6 very vulnerable to artillery
  • Poor gun depression, only 6 degrees
  • Low ammo capacity of only 30 rounds. To comment further, this wouldn't normally be a problem, but because of the low penetration of the standard shells I want to carry enough APCR shells to be able to engage heavily armoured tier 9 tanks (*cough* E75 *cough*), and have a few HE shells for when I am engaging enemy targets at a range where I can not reliably even hit the target, let alone hit weakpoints. This leaves you with few enough AP rounds that you can easily run out. 
  • A poor 440 m signal range

 

So, is the IS-6 worth the purchase? Surprisingly, while usually at this point I shrug and say that the Jagdtiger 88 is just better, I think the IS-6 is a good competitor. I have found that I can make money quite consistently with it, I have found it to play quite well, and I don't feel frustrated by it all that often. It struggles when forced into long-range engagements, but if you can avoid that, many of the negatives just aren't all that important. 0.46 accuracy with a 3.4 second aim time works fine when you're just 50-100 m away from your target, and as long as you know where to shoot, only the most heavily armoured tanks will be impossible for you to engage from the front even with 175 penetration. (And with your APCR rounds, I think you can penetrate everything you see, although the E75 and T95 are still hard targets).  The IS-6 is, with the Jagdtiger 88, in my opinion, one of the first two tanks you should consider if you decide to buy a tier 8 premium. 

 

Profitability

 

Angling the IS-6

 

Equipment Recommendations

 

Crew Skill Recommendations

 

Anti IS-6 tips

 


KeystoneCops, on 14 June 2015 - 12:51 PM, said:


SG Kage #2 Posted 05 May 2014 - 04:17 PM

    Captain

  • Beta Tester
  • 8091 battles
  • 1,019
  • Member since:
    07-19-2013
Nice review. Thanks Matt!

Deadshot Strike #3 Posted 05 May 2014 - 04:17 PM

    Captain

  • Players
  • 73845 battles
  • 1,786
  • [DG-]
  • Member since:
    02-25-2014

Excellent review. Since I got the IS-6 I have had some great games and broke the 3000 damage points for the first time. It is one of my favorite premium tanks alongside the Churchill III.


 


LadyObscura WGA #4 Posted 05 May 2014 - 04:26 PM

    Live Ops Producer

  • Developers
  • 1546 battles
  • 6,276
  • Member since:
    06-05-2013
Once again, excellent review!

KcKage88 #5 Posted 05 May 2014 - 04:30 PM

    Captain

  • Players
  • 16701 battles
  • 1,077
  • [TMPLR]
  • Member since:
    02-13-2014
great review +1

Matthew J35U5 #6 Posted 05 May 2014 - 04:30 PM

    Major

  • Players
  • 14028 battles
  • 12,033
  • [GIRLS]
  • Member since:
    09-09-2013

View PostSG Kage, on 05 May 2014 - 12:17 PM, said:

Nice review. Thanks Matt!

View PostHumorousFir5, on 05 May 2014 - 12:17 PM, said:

Excellent review. Since I got the IS-6 I have had some great games and broke the 3000 damage points for the first time. It is one of my favorite premium tanks alongside the Churchill III.

Thanks. :smile:

View PostLadyObscura WGA, on 05 May 2014 - 12:26 PM, said:

Once again, excellent review!

And to think I'm not even doing this for a commission! :tongue:


KeystoneCops, on 14 June 2015 - 12:51 PM, said:


SGT EDUBB #7 Posted 05 May 2014 - 04:38 PM

    Sergeant

  • Beta Tester
  • 13170 battles
  • 238
  • Member since:
    10-10-2013
Well done, Matthew..


Turkey Son #8 Posted 05 May 2014 - 05:25 PM

    First lieutenant

  • Beta Tester
  • 15830 battles
  • 820
  • Member since:
    08-30-2013
Thanks for the review...great job!

Just because you are paranoid, does not mean that you are NOT being watched!

 


DeathWalker67 #9 Posted 05 May 2014 - 07:11 PM

    Staff sergeant

  • Beta Tester
  • 11118 battles
  • 448
  • [TAGRD]
  • Member since:
    07-19-2013
Great review, thank you.

TheBitingMidget #10 Posted 06 May 2014 - 12:59 AM

    Sergeant

  • Players
  • 2313 battles
  • 186
  • Member since:
    02-23-2014
The lower plate is only a weak point if it is angled up towards you. The lower plate has 120 mm of armor compared to the upper plate's 100 mm and has similar angling. Due to the fact the gun on the IS-6 has low penetration, bad accuracy, and bad gun depression, they will want to combat you on mostly flat surfaces at close range. If you decide to shoot at it's lower plate from close range it will force you to point your gun down, further increasing the angle of the lower plate (considering you are on an equal ground level). 

Matthew J35U5 #11 Posted 06 May 2014 - 02:27 AM

    Major

  • Players
  • 14028 battles
  • 12,033
  • [GIRLS]
  • Member since:
    09-09-2013

View PostTheBitingMidget, on 05 May 2014 - 08:59 PM, said:

The lower plate is only a weak point if it is angled up towards you. The lower plate has 120 mm of armor compared to the upper plate's 100 mm and has similar angling. Due to the fact the gun on the IS-6 has low penetration, bad accuracy, and bad gun depression, they will want to combat you on mostly flat surfaces at close range. If you decide to shoot at it's lower plate from close range it will force you to point your gun down, further increasing the angle of the lower plate (considering you are on an equal ground level). 

Well, at ~170 mm thick it is a weakpoint compared to the 200 on the upper plate. 


KeystoneCops, on 14 June 2015 - 12:51 PM, said:


TheBitingMidget #12 Posted 06 May 2014 - 02:53 AM

    Sergeant

  • Players
  • 2313 battles
  • 186
  • Member since:
    02-23-2014

View PostMatthew J35U5, on 06 May 2014 - 03:27 AM, said:

Well, at ~170 mm thick it is a weakpoint compared to the 200 on the upper plate. 

I'm getting these stats off tank inspector. When I angle the IS-6 in tank inspector so that the upper hull is at ~70 degrees the lower glacis still has a 51 degree slope and the lowest amount of penetration needed I can find at the angle is 182.



Matthew J35U5 #13 Posted 06 May 2014 - 03:04 AM

    Major

  • Players
  • 14028 battles
  • 12,033
  • [GIRLS]
  • Member since:
    09-09-2013

View PostTheBitingMidget, on 05 May 2014 - 10:53 PM, said:

I'm getting these stats off tank inspector. When I angle the IS-6 in tank inspector so that the upper hull is at ~70 degrees the lower glacis still has a 51 degree slope and the lowest amount of penetration needed I can find at the angle is 182.

It isn't incorporating the armour normalization on AP rounds which reduce it to 170 mm. Lower plate is at a 50 degree angle, but against AP it is the equivalent of 45 degrees. 


KeystoneCops, on 14 June 2015 - 12:51 PM, said:


TheBitingMidget #14 Posted 06 May 2014 - 03:26 AM

    Sergeant

  • Players
  • 2313 battles
  • 186
  • Member since:
    02-23-2014

View PostMatthew J35U5, on 06 May 2014 - 04:04 AM, said:

It isn't incorporating the armour normalization on AP rounds which reduce it to 170 mm. Lower plate is at a 50 degree angle, but against AP it is the equivalent of 45 degrees. 

Derp. I was angling the upper hull to 60 degrees not 65 and i had the shell set to APCR. 

 

+1


Edited by TheBitingMidget, 06 May 2014 - 03:26 AM.


ipi10 #15 Posted 06 May 2014 - 04:54 AM

    Sergeant

  • Beta Tester
  • 5657 battles
  • 243
  • Member since:
    09-13-2013
Well, I decided to invest to this tank and it seems to be quite ok. Still learning to use it. Seems to bounce a lot but sometimes everything penetrates (depends on what angle I am). In Malinovka it seemed that everyone tried to kill me :). After I was spotted the the whole red team shifted to my side from other side of the hill and throw everything at me, chairs, tables, molotows, chuch bells, you name it. It was everyone's priority one to kill me. Low penetration value forces to use premium ammo against higher tier tanks but it makes enough silver to deal that.

FolkAttorney67 #16 Posted 06 May 2014 - 11:41 AM

    Major

  • Beta Tester
  • 9520 battles
  • 5,526
  • Member since:
    10-12-2013
Excellent review matthew. This has definitely helped me in my decision to buy the IS-6 tank and also how to beat the tank in the battlefield.

 

Need M103 Tips and Tricks? Go to "Folk's M103/ T110E5 Thread" in the American  Section.

Credits to Roni for Sig!


SPIRIT 13 #17 Posted 11 May 2014 - 01:06 AM

    Private

  • Players
  • 12157 battles
  • 6
  • Member since:
    02-15-2014

did the new patch make my IS-6 less effective? it might be my imagination, but it doesn't seem to be working as well since the patch.

 

 



Matthew J35U5 #18 Posted 11 May 2014 - 01:44 AM

    Major

  • Players
  • 14028 battles
  • 12,033
  • [GIRLS]
  • Member since:
    09-09-2013

View PostSPIRIT 13, on 10 May 2014 - 09:06 PM, said:

did the new patch make my IS-6 less effective? it might be my imagination, but it doesn't seem to be working as well since the patch.

Mine's been working great. Might just be your imagination. 


KeystoneCops, on 14 June 2015 - 12:51 PM, said:


bluebanditjim #19 Posted 11 May 2014 - 04:13 AM

    Staff sergeant

  • Beta Tester
  • 25467 battles
  • 400
  • Member since:
    10-11-2013
Thanks for the info. This helped me make the decision to buy an IS-6. 

nighttrain123 #20 Posted 11 May 2014 - 09:00 AM

    Major

  • Players
  • 11460 battles
  • 2,232
  • Member since:
    02-26-2014

View PostHumorousFir5, on 05 May 2014 - 05:17 PM, said:

Excellent review. Since I got the IS-6 I have had some great games and broke the 3000 damage points for the first time. It is one of my favorite premium tanks alongside the Churchill III.

 

The Chuchill III is a great little tank. Being new to Churchills it took me a while to figure it out, but sidescraping works really well and add a gun rammer and GLD equals too much fun.


 





1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users