Paris, the City of Lights, made its way into Random Battles in Update 9.16. Forget about hotel bookings and buying plane tickets because you can now go sightseeing in the French capital in World of Tanks!
Just don't forget to keep your eyes open for enemy vehicles.
A while ago, we talked a little about the historical side of the new map. Now, with the history lesson covered, we’ll go over the basics of gameplay on this map and discuss how different vehicles should approach the map.
The Paris map can be divided into three play areas: an open space along the Seine riverbank, the urban districts to the south, and the map’s center—the round Trocadéro square. These segments make Paris a dynamic, atmospheric map full of opportunities for manoeuvres, epic battles, and surprise attacks.
Each play area is covered with its own unique blend of buildings, lanes, trees and bushes. They could either give you an upper hand or expose you to the enemy depending on how wisely you approach them and adjust your tactics. Rest assured, we won’t leave you to explore this new location all alone. We’re inviting you on a guided tour of the map, right here!
Located in the northern part of the map, the Seine Riverbank is a hotbed of confrontation. Most encounters will take place in the park and along the riverbank. The park has four gravel hills along its perimeter and another one with an excavator at the very edge of the map, all of which provide good cover. So, you can bet that each side will for it and fight tooth and nail to keep it.
Now, it's time for a stroll by the Seine riverbank.
This place provides a great opportunity to augment your team’s attack. You can capture the map’s centre to offer supporting fire to allies in urban districts or help them break through to the enemy base. Keep in mind, though, that cover on the riverside is sparse and you are putting your tank on the line taking this position. So, don’t be surprised if you get sniped from across the map or if the other team is waiting patiently for their chance to take you down... not to mention that fact you’ll be easy pickings for artillery.
The Seine riverbank is the domain of medium and light tanks: they're manoeuvrable and fast, and they’ll make sure you have a good fight over the hills in the park. SPGs and tank destroyers should keep to the rear guard, closer to the map’s border, and support their more manoeuvrable allies.
If you are a heavy tank player, then you’ll be at home here because this area was made for getting up close and personal. The bridge at the city’s outskirts is a key area to hold and will thus be a hot zone. Controlling it lets you advance towards the enemy base or attack the central map area. Vehicles at the first line of fire will be unreachable to enemy SPGs, unlike those at the second line.
This is another area that has “heavy tanks” written all over it. However, tank destroyers are welcome here, too. If you prefer medium tanks, you should exercise extreme caution and remain at the second line of attack or use heavy tanks as your shield.
Dotted with bases and spawn zones, the central square is the perfect area for light tanks to spot enemy manoeuvres. If you are a particularly savvy light tanker, you can even spot enemy SPGs. While it’s rather risky, your team will be glad they have you on their side.
Scouts will be able to discover enemies right from the start of battle. To accomplish this, quickly move to the central square, spot enemies moving along passages, and aim to flank them.
The map’s center is also a perfect firing position. However, you'll out in the open there, so expect that damage indicator to light up. Also, you’ll have a hard time securing this place at the start of battle, since vehicles in the area tend to come under heavy fire. It may be safer to put it off for later. The square becomes a key strategic point when the majority of enemy tanks are cruising around the rest of the map. This is when you should attempt to outflank the enemy. As you already know, it’s always better to hunt in packs. You team should make good use of light and medium tanks, as well as fast heavy tanks like the T-10.
Check out this interactive Paris minimap below, which includes the firing positions for different vehicle types.
While Paris may be one of the world’s most romantic destinations, it’s also set to be a perfect location for virtual tank battles. Lots of interesting tactical situations will be waiting for you, so now you just have to hop into your tank and start sightseeing for yourself.
See you on the battlefield!