it was meta since Heavies are faster timming and better AI power.However, After the Heavies nerf. M26 is on back foot because:
+ Cant actually brawling
+ DPS consider worse than tiger ( bescaue of lacking of tanky, Wind up wind down time, pen + worse vet).
+ Tiger has some Ground control Abilities to follow up: Ju-87 bombing, Light arty barrage, Loiter. Meanwhile M26 only have CA which is forcing USF mass blobing inf + tank together and get fucked by well placed mine, MG, pak gun.
+ Repair time LMAO, sad RE noise.
After all, genaral Heavies nerf made M26 worse than IS2, KT, Tiger + Tiger ACE. Why I had to pay so much resouces to a heavy tank not actually heavy tank, worse vet, lack of DPS ? Mobilites of M26 is not enough !, because panther can catch you, tiger can actually intercept you ?
Same story as Ez8, lack of powers, mobility for the price.
what kind of nonsense is this?
dps against tanks has always been worse than that of the tiger while both are on par against inf, the pershing being even slightly better. this situation hasn't changed in years and has never been much of a problem before.
CA also doesn't force any sort of blobbing, you just need at least ONE inf unit near a tank to receive the bonuses. the range isn't small either and you won't get any stacking of effects if you have more units closer by.
there are obviously areas where the pershing is lacking, some of which will get addressed with the patch, such as mobility, standardizing the vet3 reload to account for wind down and the HP to DR conversion to increase repair speed.
a slight buff to armor would probably not hurt either, but i doubt the pershing will or should receive anything beyond that.
in the end the tiger has always had the edge over both the is-2 and the pershing in terms of AT and would beat both in a direct duel. in return it has slightly lower AI performance and arguably less capable / cost-efficient TDs to back it up.