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4:03 am, January 1, 2015

Armoured Cavalry Guide by Xensation - Part 1


Hello everyone!

After the huge success of Tyraforce's artillery trilogy, I decided to extend the series of extensive guides from self-propelled guns - also known as SPGs, artillery, arty, skypigs and numerous other things - to other classes. Although the classes we will be focusing on in this new series of guides are significantly easier to learn and master, the demand for such a series of guides is very high. However, given the lower difficulty level, we will start off with highly advanced aspects of armoured cavalry gameplay. If anyone here is not able to follow, please do not hesitate to ask your questions in this thread.

The first chapter of the new series of guides is all about advanced tank controls. The goal is to share the worlds' best players' best-kept secrets on this subject in order to help you improve as tankers, gamers and human beings. I am certain, once you finish reading our extensive series of guides, you will see the game and your armoured cavalry vehicles in a completely new light. We will redefine your World of Tanks.
Enough of the introduction, time for the actual guide.

First of all, we have to find a starting point for our guide. We decided to dedicate this part to an aspect of armoured cavalry in World of Tanks that make about the vast majority of your gameplay. These features may seem very basic at first, but don't let that deceive you! There are plenty of secrets to share that will improve your abilities as a player. This part will focus on moving forward, the most essential thing every good tanker needs to know.


Moving forward

Firstly, it is absolutely essential to know and comprehend the concept of moving forward. Moving forward is the act of altering one's location from one point A0 to another point An, where the delta between the x and y coordinates of every point Ai and the x and y coordinates of the successor of point Ai is equal to the delta between the x and y coordinates of Ai and the x and y coordinates of the predecessor of Ai. In order to make this somewhat complicated mechanism more comprehensible, here is a drawing.


The green arrow is the starting point. It indicates the original location and the direction the object is facing.

The change of location as indicated by the blue arrows demonstrates a forward motion as per the definition above.

The change of location as indicated by the red arrows demonstrates a different kind of motion that is not a forward motion.

The change of location as indicated by the red arrows demonstrates a different kind of motion that is not a forward motion.


Secondly, we need to learn how to achieve this kind of very specific motion in the game. In order to do so, you need to understand how to translate the commands in your brain to a command that can be understood and processed by your computer and passed on to the game to set your armoured vehicle in motion. Please follow the following instructions to access the command glossary in which you find a list of all the commands the game can execute for you.


Step 1: Launch World of Tanks.


Step 2: Connect to the game using your personal login details.


Step 3: Make sure you enter your login details correctly.


Step 4: Click the cog wheel in the top left corner of your garage screen.


Step 5: Click the "Settings" button in the centre of your screen.


Step 6: Press "Controls".


Step 7: Identify the key that commands your tank to move forward. In this case, the key is 'W'.

Now that we have identified the key that commands the virtual armoured vehicle to execute our desired forward motion, the key needs to be located on your keyboard. On a keyboard with an ordinary QWERTY layout, the key is located in the upper left part of your keyboard as illustrated in the image below.


If you have a keyboard with a different layout and cannot find the W button, please do not hesitate to contact the technical support of your keyboard's manufacturer. They are competent and eager to help you locate the key on your keyboard.

In order to use the button we have just located on the keyboard, you need to learn how to operate a keyboard. Here is a video that I made to explain the QWERTY keyboard to you.




Thirdly, you are now ready to practice your newly acquired knowledge in a battle and use it to your advantage to become a more powerful and knowledgeable tanker. To join a battle, simply press the "Battle!" button on the top of your garage screen and be a little patient.



This was the first part of the first chapter "Advanced Tank Controls" of our new extensive series of guides. I hope you enjoyed it and learned a thing or two. I hope everything was clear enough. If you have questions or feedback, please comment below. I am looking forward to next week when I will post the second part in which I will teach you how to release the W button in order to make your tank stop the forward motion.



Best regards,




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