Ridge Warrior: M48A1 A Top Dog at Tier X After Buffs
The arguments over ‘what is the best tank’ can go on forever, and there are plenty of contenders for top dog among the Tier 10 Mediums.
One of the tanks that can make that argument is the M48A1 Patton, which received some pretty significant armour buffs in Patch 9.20.
The Patton was a very good medium tank before the buffs in Patch 9.20, but really raises the stakes after the buffs. The major changes were to the turret armour, giving it one of the toughest profiles when faced frontally.
Prior to the patch the frontal turret had armour ranging from 175 to 230 mm, and that went up by a huge amount, now ranging from 250-330 mm. Combined with nine degrees of gun depression, the Patton is a phenomenal tank to play along ridgelines, or anywhere it can get hull down.
To see the Patton in action check out this video by one of my favourite YouTubers, LemmingRush, who puts the Patton through its paces in a 9,000+ damage game.
But is it the best?
Well, depends what you want. You don’t buy a Porsche Cayman to haul lumber, or a pickup truck for rally races.
Similarly, the Patton is not a great choice if you’re looking for a Clan Wars tank, but it may surpass even the recently buffed Object 140 in random pub matches.
Our DHOX clan, for example, runs mostly 140s and BatChats for mediums, along with Chinese WZ-111-5A heavies, and this is due to the Object 140s speed and ability to seize strategic forward points.
But the Patton does excel in brawling over hills and ridges with two extra degrees of gun depression and a formidable turret.
The Centurion AX actually has better gun depression at -10, but currently does not have the frontal turret armour to back it up.
Comparing the Patton to the Obj. 140, you can see both tanks have impressive stats in most categories.
The 140 is faster at 55 kmh compared to only 45 kmh, which is what disqualifies the Patton from Clan wars.
The 140 also has fantastic turret armour. Slightly less on the front of the turret, but better on the sides and rear of the turret. On flat ground the 140 actually holds the edge.
The 140 has slightly better DPM, but the 2,922 DPM of the Patton is also very high, and on ridges it can lay down some withering fire, while the 140 will often have to show its more vulnerable hull armour.
So the choice of your tank at this tier depends on what you want. If you’re a great ridge warrior, the Patton is probably your best choice.
But the 140 is unquestionably better for aggressive players who want to seize forward positions or flex across the battlefield, and tanks like the Leopard are far better for snipers.
The Patton’s aim time is very quick at 1.82 seconds, but its accuracy is only just okay at .35, compared to .31 for the Centurion AX, and a fantastic .29 for the Leopard 1.
So, there really is no clear winner at tier for medium tanks; the choice depends on your play style.
However, in this era of corridor maps and heavier armour, I personally think the meta in randoms has shifted to medium tanks with tougher armour like the Patton or the 140.
I’m currently grinding the 140 (and loving the T54 so far), but I do find the relatively poor gun depression of the Russian tanks pretty frustrating.
So, if you’re a tanker who likes to brawl on the ridges and tear opponents apart with high DPM, the M48A1 Patton would likely be your best choice for a line to grind.