Let me preface by saying I'm a mediocre (as you can tell by my winrate
), but passionate player. More so as of the December 2018 patch. I think the community dev team has done a better job balancing the game than Lelic has in the last 5 years.
With that out of the way, I'd like to hear the active communities opinion the Tiger. Personally, it comes down to a matter of cost efficiency. For 640 manpower and 230 fuel, it's AT capability feels lackluster compared to its closest competitor, the IS-2 (640mp 230f). Granted, it has significantly better AI due to the superior dps of german pintle/front MG's, but I find it plainly inferior as an infantry support tank to the base Churchill. It has far less surviveability (unless you're rocking Panzer Commander), whilst the slightly better AT doesn't make up for the extra 70 fuel cost. Why save up for a tiger when you can just get a panther and have resources to spare? In my experience the Tiger's greatest value comes in it's utility as a comeback tool in 1v1 or 2v2's. Even then, the decision to delay a Panther in favour of a Tiger will put you at the mercy your opponent for as long as you don't have it.
From a design perspective, I understand the role of the Tiger as a heavy generalist tank, and that to bring it's gun in line with the IS-2's AT whilst potentially reducing its AI may make it feel as though it lacks an identity of it's own. It may simply be a product of the current meta, where soviet SU-85's and to a lesser extent Jacksons and Firefly's are both ubiquitous and effective. Thus, I propose a small buff to it's frontal armour, or a slight decrease to fuel and mp cost (600mp 215f?).
In the right hands I have no doubt the Tiger can be effective, and I fully acknowledge this could purely be a l2p issue, which is why I want to hear what everyone else thinks.
* I wish I had some updated unit values to be more scientific about this, but I can't find a full list on this patch, and the Extractors on the "extracting statistics" guide (https://www.coh2.org/guides/11637/extracting-statistics-guide
) are dead links. If anyone has a full spreadsheet or a different method lemme know in the comments, cheers.
** Playercard should be visible, linked my steam ID to my profile but if it's missing lemme know, cheers again.