You’re probably familiar with the situation of wanting to activate supplies, but not doing so because others might blame you for not being able to play properly. On the other hand, activating all supplies against an opponent who also has all supplies activated, is kind of irritating too, as no one gets an advantage — double armor is compensated with double protection for the opponent, and you’re just wasting supplies.
To eliminate this kind of situation, and turn supplies into a valuable gaming element, we have introduced smart cooldowns. Activating one of the supplies puts it, and several other supplies in cooldown.
Now, a tank with all supplies activated is the result of a well planned combination of garage boosts and drop box supplies. Noobs do not have the skill to do that!
To avoid confusion from having different active times for garage and drop box supplies, we have given them all the same cooldown time, 45 seconds. This is exactly what is needed according to the results of the open testing. The update also includes unified icons for supplies both in the interface and in the game itself, as well as their improved indication.
We know that this might take some getting used to, but we are sure that playing Tanki will be more exciting. To make the transition smoother, we have doubled all of your garage supplies! On top of that, during the whole week you will be getting additional daily gifts with 5 times the usual number of supplies!
Smart Cooldowns go live this Monday. You already know about the changes in mechanics and how these will make the game more challenging and rewarding. There will also be some visual changes to the game interface, which we’ll tell you more about on Monday.
But there’s even more awesome news!
As soon as the update goes live, all the supplies in your garages will be doubled!
We’ve done this because we want you to feel free to experiment with this new system without worrying too much about wasting supplies in the process. And in case that’s not enough, during the 7 days following the launch of the update, we’ll be giving out additional supplies in the daily gifts.
Get ready to take your game to a whole new level of skill!
As expected, the battle between GGWP and All In was an exciting one. Don’t worry, we won’t post any spoilers, but we definitely recommend you watch the recording of the match. You can find it below.
Great news if you hate waiting for your micro-upgrades to finish installing! The price of speeding up a micro upgrade now depends on the remaining wait time. The less time left to wait, the cheaper it is to instantly complete your micro-upgrade and install it.
Here is an example:
You purchase a micro-upgrade. You have the option to either wait for 10 hours, or speed it up at a cost of 1000 crystals. If you decide to wait, the price for the speedup will steadily decrease over time. Let’s say you decide to wait for 2 hours (20% of the total wait time). The price go down by 20%, so the speedup will cost 800 crystals instead of 1000.
Please note that speedup prices are refreshed every 5 minutes. This means you will only see them change every 5 minutes, so there’s no need to remain glued to your monitor.
Many of you have been asking us for this feature, and we’re very happy to finally bring it to you! We really hope you will like it.
What a spectacular match from GGWP and Noobest! At times, the battle got so intense we had to turn down the brightness on our monitors. You probably want to watch the replay, but be warned, it’s not for the faint of heart.
Watch the recording of the match below, and keep following the StarSeries for more pulse-racing excitement.
As we’ve come to expect from StarSeries, the battle between All In and A&D has been nothing short of breathtaking, with lots of action and unexpected twists. If you’ve missed this match, or would like to watch the replay, the recording is below. And don’t forget to keep an eye out for upcoming matches. There are plenty of fireworks up ahead.
Tankers! Those of you ancient enough to remember Marilyn Monroe, you probably remember her singing “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend”. Well, if Marilyn were still around, she’d be playing Tanki Online and singing “Crystals are a Tanker’s best friend”. And because we really believe that, we’re giving you 24 hours of Double Battle Funds, starting from 1 am (UTC+0) on September 18 till 1 am (UTC+0) on September 19.
Time to refill your supply of crystals after the Tanker’s Day shopping spree. We still have a bunch of exciting promotions coming your way and you want to make sure you don’t miss any of them.
So we’re giving you 50% discount on any crystals you buy via credit card. But hurry up, this promotion is only valid till 1 am UTC+0 on September 20. All you need to do is head to the shop, and select your desired credit card, and you’re back on your feet for the price of a soda.
If you’re part of the Tanki Community, then you’re probably familiar with the name “Archangel”. He has written guides and walkthroughs, posted hints, tips and advice in the forums, and shot some of the most amazing videos about Tanki parkour.
So now it’s time to meet the guy. Find out the story behind his nickname, his passions, and his love for Tanki and our amazing community.
Please introduce yourself and tell us all about your role in the game.
Hey guys, I’m Archangel, but most players just call me Archy. I used to have another nickname before, but not many players know me by it.
I’m currently a Reporter and Forum Moderator, although I’ve also been a Consultant and Facebook Mod in the past. But what I am best known for is my videos. I like to make Tanki-related videos about anything, including rank-ups, gameplay, records, and most importantly parkour! I’ve been making these together with the Flying Parkourists team for quite some time now. Many of my videos have been published on Tanki’s official Facebook page; something I’m super proud of and thankful for.
How long have you been with Tanki and how did you find out about this game in the first place?
The first time I discovered the game must have been mid-2012 when I was 19. My best friend mentioned it to me, so I checked it out. I didn’t find it particularly interesting at the time, and half a year later I was still only a Sergeant. In June 2013 I discovered some fun friends, and we started playing together very frequently, eventually forming a team. This really pulled me into the game, and all of a sudden it became super interesting and exciting!
Creating my first and only team “Archangels” really opened up new horizons in the game for me, and joining the Staff ranks showed me just how massive the social world of Tanki is. And even though I don’t play much anymore, I’m still a loyal and fully active member of the community.
What is the most important thing for you in Tanki?
Most definitely the community. It is the community that pulled me into the game, kept me here all this time, and keeps giving me the energy and courage to go on. So many people united by a common interest and common goals; it’s just amazing! It is so vast, full of all kinds of different people with different characters and different personalities. I get a thrill from meeting new people, from having deep meaningful discussions with them, or from just hanging out and having a good time.
For the most part, players are slightly out of my age group, but I have met a good number of peers in the game, which has been awesome.
The community is the reason for all my major accomplishments in Tanki, from creating my own team (even though it is long gone), to joining the Staff ranks to find more ways to contribute; from creating my YouTube channel, to creating numerous useful forum topics which are active to this day. I spend many hours every day on my Tanki-related tasks and videos to make sure the community gets the best quality and value out of them, and I enjoy every minute of it even though it’s hard work at times!
How did you choose your nickname? Does it have a particular meaning?
My original nickname was rather strange and hard to remember, and it wasn’t long before I decided I needed a new one. I’m not sure how I got to the name Archangel, but I do know why. To me it signifies many different things – strength, power, courage, magnificence, but also goodness, kindness and beauty. These are qualities I think are important in real life too, and I felt they should be reflected in my name.
Do you have any preferences in terms of turrets, hulls or maps?
Before the Rebalance I used to play on Wasp and Twins M3 a lot. The physics were quite different back then, and it wasn’t nearly as crazy as trying to play with that combo now. When I started getting more involved in the game, I switched to Railgun, understanding that it is the turret with the most potential. With it of course came it’s greatest companion, the Hornet.
I’m a huge fan of XP, on any map, although I can’t play for the life of me. Occasionally I am at the top of my team in terms of score, but 99% of the time my D/L is under 1. Maybe that’s one of the reasons I prefer spending my time on the forum rather than in the game.
So as an XPer you will often find me on server 1, in Sandbox, Bridges or Barda, though I eagerly enter XP battles on less popular maps, like Hill or Zone.
Occasionally I get bored of XPing, and go use my supplies instead. I equip my most recently acquired items, Mammoth and Twins, enter an active CTF or DM battle and start blasting the stars out of everybody.
Why is Tanki important for you?
Throughout my Tanki career I’ve learned so many things, I am often surprised when looking back. And I don’t just mean gaming-wise, but important life lessons, character traits and even useful skills for any future career I might choose.
I’ve learned how to balance multiple jobs, to manage other people, to delegate, to sort my priorities; all skills I developed through my work at Tanki. Even seemingly insignificant things like learning to write a story, basic 3D modelling or video editing eventually add up to some impressive upgrades in my skills.
Many tankers have also become my personal fans because of my art, music or other reasons altogether. I’m super honored to have my own little following, and I try my best to keep them updated, posting new interesting things for them to see as often as I can. Some of these tankers have also become my students or so-called apprentices. I’ve taught many tankers how to add a shadow to their tank in photoshop, or how to rotate their turret. Some I’ve even taught guitar. Maybe my next student is among the people reading this interview… who knows?
What are you doing in real life, apart from playing Tanki Online?
I’m a full-time volunteer in a third-world Balkan country, and have been for a large part of my life. I mostly work with underprivileged children – orphans, mentally-disabled, terminally ill, or simply children from poor families. And I love my work!
In my free time, aside from Tanki, there are so many things I love doing that it’s impossible to give a full list, but I will try to share at least a few. I love photography – landscape, street, still life, portrait, events, whatever; I love it all! I love to draw, sketch, paint, illustrate, design and all that stuff — the more, the better. I do some web design on the side, but it’s not among my favorite pastimes as it’s very technical and leaves little room for creativity or imagination. I love to sing, and can play most musical instruments, although I’m best at piano and guitar. I have recorded some instrumental and vocal covers, and plan to make many more in the future. I also like to cook. The daily normal stuff gets boring of course, but I really love national cuisines from far-away countries like Italy, Thailand, Mexico or India. I’m not a big fan of team sports, and tend to stick to things like rollerblading and snowboarding when the conditions are right. It’s awesome fun; you guys should try it if you haven’t yet.
Anything you want to say to the community?
Keep on being awesome! Keep on supporting each other, striving to reach your goals, in-game and otherwise. I believe the future of Tanki is a bright one, let’s all be there to see it!
Want to see real professionals in action? Get ready as we’re about to give you a double dose!
The second season of Star Series is starting! Intense battles, live broadcasts and an impressive display of expertise that will definitely inspire you to become a better tanker. Tune in the live streams on our Twitch channel, where you can learn by observing the very best in action! Remember, every member of the Star Series started out as a rookie. Now these guys are fighting for a grand prize of $30,000.
Get more information on the tournament on the StarLadder site.