Maus Tales: Is the German SuperHeavy Still OP?
The biggest decision you’ll likely make in World of Tanks is which line you choose to grind, and for most people that decision is based on which Tier 10 you’ll end up with.
Unfortunately, Wargaming nerfs and buffs tanks so often it’s impossible to say whether the tank you grind today will be worth it when you get there.
Take the Maus.
Until Patch 9.17 the Maus had gradually lost its relevance as a super heavy. It was good, but far from great.
Then, in 9.17, the Maus got a series of gun, hitpoint and armour buffs that made it, by far, the most OP tank in the game. Getting a Maus meant playing on easy mode, and the average win rate for the Maus soared to around 55 per cent.
Just by getting a Maus, a player could increase his or her win rate by a whopping 5 per cent on average.
The two videos below show exactly how powerful the Maus became after that buff.
But the nerf bat at WG swings often, and quickly.
Clearly the Maus was OP, and WG responded with a series of nerfs in 9.20 that left it as a solid tank at Tier 10, but far from overpowered.
So, what made the difference? The biggest one, at least for me, was the nerf to the floor armour. I know, who shoots the floor of a tank? But what that meant was that shots through the front or rear drive wheels would no longer just track the Maus, they could also cause damage.
This is a huge deal, because previously many tanks faced with a Maus had no option at all, other than turning and running away. Most Tier 10 tanks would bounce the Maus’s frontal armour almost every time, and even the side armour was a struggle.
Now, if you face a Maus, you can both damage and track it at the same time, with a little luck and skill.
The video below by DezGamez shows clearly the overall impact.
The changes most people noticed at the time were reduced hitpoints and reduced DMP from its epic gun. Hitpoints went back to 3000 from 3200 and the loading time was increased from 12 seconds to 13.3 seconds.
Still, the biggest problem with the Maus in general was the inability to pen its thick hide, and that has been nerfed at least a bit. Smart players are figuring that out, and in the latest stats from VB Addict the Maus fell from top dog in win rate to currently ranking 19th (as of Oct. 4) with a WR of 50.3 per cent.
The new king of the hill is the excellent WZ-111 Model 5A, a Chinese heavy that is currently a staple of Clan Wars.
So, is the Maus still worth it? The answer is yes, but it won’t be the dominant tank you may have been expecting.
More to the point, with Wargaming going on a tear of buffs and nerfs in almost every tank line in the higher tiers, it’s difficult now to give any advice on what to grind, because that tank may change radically by the time you get it, or, just as likely, another tank will be buffed so heavily it will take over as the new Apex Predator.
So, good luck with that.