Hello, the fall patch was being clutered with posts about the panther. thats why i started this post.
We all agree the current panters need something. Although the OKW panther is in a slightly better spot.
The most gripes i hear and read about.
1. its accuracy in combination with a long reload.
2. its lacking dps on the main gun.
3. its weak ai performance even with pintle a mounted mg.
4. not being cost effecient.
5. the overbuffed allied tank destroyers.
My suggestions for making the panther viable again. this is based on my experience in 1v1s and discussing it on the forums.
Buffs its base accuracy from 0.4/0.6 to for example 0.5/0.7 maybe with a reload buff from 7 seconds to about 5.5 seconds. This way it will have a better chance to hit targets while stationary making it into a fast tank sniper. This will also slightly buff its moving accuracy. The accuracy chance will keep it specialized in AT duties while using its armour to shrug off shells from most tanks.
Buff its moving accuracy from 0.5 to brit/usf level 0.75 basicly make it a flanker tank. this would mean the current movement acc for OST is 0.2/0.3 and 0.26/0.39 for OKW would go to 0.3/0.45. Both panthers have better base accuracy and pen plus they have more armour then most allied tanks. This should be balanced with the long reload both panthers currently have. A reload buff with this would be overkill unless the armour for the panthers is nerfed.
Change it into a generalist tank by giving its main gun aoe of a t34/p4 and a slight reload buff to about 6/6.5 seconds, so it can fight infantry and tanks alike. This however would hurt the P4 and brum imo with role overlap.
Give them a reload/dps buff. Ive been flanked and flanked by and with panthers but they lacked the dps the make a impact. however am not to sure if this will increase hit chances in a meaningfull way. Maybe someone can help me with that.
Swap the tiger and the ost panther and leave okw panther is as. However this would leave you with 2 units with good AI, one wich also has good AT in t4 making one redundent probably along with the p4 from t3.
I am not in favor of making the panthers cheaper or give them even more armour because the tds can do their job against the panther. The su76 will be changed to a medium td and will have little effect on the panther. Other td will have their acc tweaked.
Personaly i am in favor of the 1st and 2nd options because they effect only the panthers and dont create role overlaps with other units.
So guys feel free to discuss and give your thought and ideas on the subject of the panthers.
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