Our featured contributor of the month comes from Melbourne, Australia! He is none other than stewiejp and he's been around enough to know what works best for a fun time in World of Tanks. Let's hear what our community contributor has to say!
So tell us about yourself! Where are you from? What clan are you in? How long have you been a community contributor?
I am from sunny Melbourne in Victoria, Australia and have lived here all my life apart from a few years living in the UK and Asia. 1AR has been home for just over 2 years and is one of the longest running groups of clans on the server. 1AR also encompasses 2AR and 1AR-M – three clans in one “family” if you like with a vast array of different people and personalities always up for a good laugh! For that reason, we get a lot of visitors!
I was accepted into the Community Contributor Program in August 2017.
What are your top three favourite tanks and why?
I have been having a lot of fun with the French Wheeled Light Tanks and recently started on the Tier 8 Lynx 6x6 but my favourite Tier 8 would have to be the Centurion 5/1 RAAC – the Aussie Tank. It not only looks cool, but is a great option for Frontlines, credits as well as cross training my Centurion Action X crew.
Sometime last year I picked up the E 25 and AMX 13-57. They have both proven to be “go to” tanks whenever I feel like running around, tearing up the map and simply having fun. They have also been very handy whilst I chip away at the new Personal Missions for the Excalibur and (hopefully soon) Chimera.
For pure unadulterated Russian “awesomocity” you can’t go past the KV-2!
For Tier 10 Clan Wars – Object 277 all the way – it’s fast, bouncy and was the most utilised tank in the recent Soldiers of Fortune Campaign.
Was that 3 tanks? I don’t know, I can’t count!
How often do you usually stream/post videos, and what does your content usually focus on?
I post 4 videos per week on YouTube – Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 11am Melbourne Time (UTC +11).
Weekdays are generally single battle replays of mine or other players who kindly share them with me via #GetOnBoard Studios discord channel. Guides are something I am also playing with on the occasional Friday - ideas for newer players, as well as a “refresh” for the older, more experienced players who may have overlooked a few tricks.
Saturday is EXTRAVAGANZA day where it’s one big video – generally 4 replays sometimes totally random but more often than not having something which links them all together – be it the tier, nation or a string of Clan Wars Battles/Advances.
On Twitch my streaming can be sporadic – one of the many benefits of being a shift worker! If working late then the stream will be late – starting at 9 or 10pm (UTC +11) – if on an early shift or days off it will generally start about 8pm my time. Generally, I stream at least 4 nights per week, and occasionally a daytime stream – probably a good idea to follow and check us out on discord for instant notifications!
What's the single best tip you could give someone trying to improve at World of Tanks?
Don’t play out of your comfort zone. For example, if you are up to Tier 6 – I would never recommend buying a Tier 8 Premium Tank or using Free XP to jump up the tiers and start fighting against tanks you have never even seen before. You won’t enjoy it, you will be letting yourself and your team mates down and will not know how to fight against those higher tiered tanks when you come up against them. I made that mistake when I started, and it detracted from my enjoyment of the game. Work your way steadily through the tiers and enjoy each one.
Cross-train your crews! So many players just don’t get this: A tank crew from a tech tree tank can jump into a premium tank of the same nation and class without penalty – earning more and more crew skills along the way! And it doesn’t cost a thing!
I have put out a video guide on just that not so long ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MjR0GGFljQ&t
Have Fun! It’s a game!
And what's the best tip you could give someone trying to improve their content creation?
Enjoy yourself! If you don’t like what you are doing viewers will pick up on that and will likely leave. Find your niche – and exploit it. There are plenty of ways to stand out from the crowd and get noticed. Whatever it is you do - be yourself or it will become hard work really fast.
Get comfortable with the equipment you are using. Do a bit of research on software and hardware you may be thinking of purchasing before you spend your hard-earned dollars. There are plenty of reviews and advice blogs out there – use them! Talk with people who may be doing something you are interested in trying. Don’t be afraid to try something different, and be flexible – changing your content from time to time will keep the viewers entertained, and that’s what it’s all about!