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Best Helpers of May

A role model for every tanker! Time to name the best of the best. These guys spend a lot of their time making the game better for everyone. Here they are — the best helpers for the month of May!

Best chat moderators:

Ostrica
AjayRaj
MESKINAS
Avinash
Helenka_1
NathanYoung
Gunmachine
Camomary
OpuraMa
P_O_M_A_LLl_K_A
II_Kofe_II
TCCI
balta78
IOHECKO
MiSs_S3Cr3T_1987
A-R-E-Z

Best forum moderators:

Issho_Fujitora
joostcool
yele
raffnix
MiSs_S3Cr3T_1987
S4LT4D0R_M43STR0
hallo666
retep003
tvikvik
Camomary
Dance_Commander
prioritet22
26333
EDVARD_KARNELIYA
Flanagun

Best consultants:

Vikingsrall
Raphael2
MisterGeneral
General_Dietl1
Gilde_Commander
Benthesikyme
dima_snarait
LEON-T
Cereris
26333
ANUBIS32
xateko
kamila16rus
DMITRIY55
HeZHaKoMkA

Best reporters:

Tommy60
Raphael2
Les_Alterman
Sanitar-13
Karamellbonbon
Ultimate-Spirit
DiMiNiSH3R
skeletorXVIII
tarnk

Best cybersport staff:

SuperNick95
joostcool
Damn_Slow
GeneralVeers
Vio-vio
Dance_Commander
hallo666

Best Facebook moderators:

micah7586
gazatron30
HirunMeepage
miiolo
S4LT4D0R_M43STR0

Best VK moderators:

Freid
Helenka_2
Benthesikyme
al3xe92
A-13

Best Feedback moderators:

Isaaki4

Best testers:

LLl-T-O-P-M
G-P-O-3-A

A whole bunch of updates are out!

Tankers, we are happy to present you a whole package of updates we’ve been actively working on during the whole of May. Here are the details:

We have updated the Control Points mode. Now players respawn at their bases rather than at captured points. The only exception is Madness. Due to its size, we have kept respawns near the upper points.

Besides, CP is now available on all maps that support CTF.

Although the Fort Knox map is very popular, its geometry is pretty complex and may be troublesome to newbies. So for initial ranks, it has been replaced with simpler arenas: Sandal and Cross. Fort Knox is now available starting from the Corporal rank.

From now on, chats will become available from the 3rd rank (Gefreiter). Nothing will disturb newcomers from concentrating on the game and understanding basic tactics. This is also our first measure in dealing with users who create alternative accounts to be able to break the rules without being disciplined on their main account.

We have also changed the way the battle fund is split between team members. Each player will now receive a percentage of the battle fund, equal to the percentage of points he has contributed to his team’s battle score.
For example, winning 40 points in a team that has won a total of 100 crystals, will give you 40 crystals.
This only affects fund distribution between team members. The fund will be split between teams as usual.

Other small but useful improvements include:

  • Gold box notification is now orange (harder to miss);
  • Capital “i” and lowercase “L” now look different;
  • You can now add a player to your ignore list right from his or her context menu;
  • Ability to disable main chat in Settings;
  • Each skybox now consists of 6 separate textures, which makes the image clearer and brighter.

That’s it. Time to enter the game and try out all the new and exciting changes! Don’t forget to share your impressions!

1 million crystals for conquering the new map’s peak!

Skyscrapers, the latest and the tallest map in the game, has already been conquered!

This time getting on top of the peak required a little more time. But the winners are the same — the guys from the German Tanki Tutorials team. And for their efforts they receive one million crystals. Impressive!

Link your account to your email

Don’t wait till your precious tank is stolen — Protect your account from theft by linking it to a valid email address. Do it now and besides protecting your tank, you will also be rewarded!

All you need to do is link your account to a valid email address, and enter the game at least once between May 28 and June 3. This will give you 10 of each supply. If your email address was already linked, don’t worry, you will still get the reward. Just access the game during the specified period.

On Wednesday, June 4, we will send you the supplies.

To link your account to an email address, follow the instructions.

Remember, the special offer is only valid from 5 am (UTC+0) on Wednesday, May 28, till 5 am (UTC+0) on Tuesday, June 3. All players with linked accounts who will enter the game during this time, will get 10 supplies of each kind! Protect your tank now and prepare to receive your supplies!

Video of the Week by haraxx

Once again, it’s time to name the best Video of the Week!

This time the 40 000 crystals prize goes to haraxx and his compilation of beautiful Railgun shots!

In the meantime, you can still make a cool action video and send it to video@tankionline.com! Remember, the video’s quality matters so does its originality.

Best videos of the next week will be announced next Tuesday! Waiting for your entries!

Tanki Online Staff by Raphael2

It’s not a secret to anyone that Tanki Online is a very popular game. It’s very social too, so a huge part of the work is actually done by active members of the community. Volunteers who want to help the project can do it by applying to be part of the staff – several teams of motivated tankmen, willing to help newcomers, entertain players and make sure everyone behaves according to the rules.
These players can be recognized by their special paints and forum avatars, and are rewarded with crystals for their hard work.
In this article, you’ll find brief reviews of each helpers group and get to know them better.

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I’ll start with my job. I am a reporter. There are  9 reporters, regularly writing articles, guides, interviewing famous players, creating contests. Our articles are published on the main page while the discussions on them are held on the forum, in the Press section. I’ve asked conanthedestroyer, our administrator, to describe our job.

“The job of a reporter for Tanki Online involves players writing articles for the English Community. These articles can take the form of fictional stories to guides about how to improve your quality of play within the game. The writers are free to write about current events and topics that interest them. They are expected to write 2-5 articles a month and receive a payment in crystals for each article written.”

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You’ve surely already seen their actions, the chat moderators deal with offenders and keep the chat clean. They can also come to the rescue in your battles and kick inactive mults!

Ostrica, the chat moderators’ administrator, describes the job:

“Chat moderators are the ones who are prepared to prevent and deal with any problematic situation on the chat and in the battles, which includes offences and/or foul play. They are not the punishers, they should be regarded as assistants to the players since their job is to make sure that battles and server chats are an enjoyable surrounding for everyone. Their job is not to be taken lightly – chat moderating requires a great amount of time, tact, patience and dedication in order to be done properly.”

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You are facing a problem. You need some information on Tanki’s history. You are confused by something. Just ask a consultant! They’ll answer you questions directly or help you find the answer.

FederalBureauFBI, the Consultants’ administrator, describes Consultants’ task:

“Consultants are people with much knowledge, whose main task is answering players’ questions in both forum and chat. They assist people who have problems with playing, questions about upcoming or already released updates, or are just interested in knowing more about Tanki. These guys also have partial chat powers, as well as constant connection to moderators, so if there’s no moderator on the server, they can “hold” the offender and then tell the moderators about him or her, who will issue the ban needed.
If you have any questions about the game, feel free to contact any of the consultants, or ask your question in the special topic for questions and answers. Even if a consultant doesn’t know the exact answer, he can always contact his administrator, or ask a developer. This should clear all your doubts about if the answer you got is actually true and accurate.”

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Social networks keep growing and become more and more popular. the Official Tanki Online Facebook page keeps having new fans and our Facebook moderators are here to keep the page clean, to answer any questions, and to reply to PMs.

FederalBureauFBI is their administrator as well:

“Facebook moderators’ job is really close to consultants, the only difference is that Facebook mods work in Tanki’s Facebook page. They answer players’ questions asked in comments under posts, as well as queries received via the page’s PM system. FB mods can also ban people who post phishing links, offer account exchange, insult others or break any other rules of the page or the game.”

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You enjoy using the Forum? A huge team of moderators are there to keep it clean from flooders, scammers, and trolls. You can call them whenever you see someone breaking the rules.

I’ve asked Issho_Fujitora (formerly known as BarbaFenner89), an experienced forum moderator, to describe his job, and the atmosphere that prevails in the Staff.

“A forum moderator constantly checks the whole forum for violations and makes sure that all players are welcome and feel themselves like “at home”.
The Forum is a place where tankers spend their time when not playing in the game. Players share their opinions and thoughts on all sorts of things there, so forum moderators are to make sure everyone enjoys their time and doesn’t have to worry about anything.
Some say that the job is easy, but it is absolutely not!
We check the whole forum daily, prevent scams, report violations and resolve issues of all kinds, we are ready to fight all possible emergencies related to the game or the forum and we are always planning new things to do to make our community a better place: I doubt that it is so easy to do all of this daily without making players aware of what we are doing!
We are monitoring all that happens in the forum and around it, for you all to enjoy your spare time at its best!
Another important part of being a forum moderator is working with my colleagues, who I consider an “extended family”: it is one of the best parts of this job. We share opinions, ideas and work as a team, this is what I consider a good “daily medicine”. We work together everyday to make the community bigger and better for you all!”

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A lot of you have already seen live streams of exciting battles, and you have heard about the tournaments held by the Cybersport staff, from the huge Clan Championship to smaller quicker events such as the Staff vs Players Tournament.
That’s what our DJs do – comment on battles and organize all sorts of events for clans and individuals.

SuperNick95, the Cybersport administrator, presents his agents’ job:

“Commentators are the eye through which players can spectate cybersport. They make average battles feel like huge events, thanks to their commentary. Commentators are supported by professional cameramen who stream the battle, so hosts can focus just on what they have to say. The job is well-paid and quite simple from the looks of it. In fact, it’s easy to learn but very hard to master. And of course, it provides great fun and excitement to whoever gets involved.”

You can easily distinguish a member of staff in the forum thanks to their avatars. But how to do that in battles? Quite easily actually, each group of staff is issued with their own special paint. More information on helpers’ paintjobs can be found here.

On a final note, if you want to be helping the community and apply for any of the jobs mentioned above, you should first check if you meet the requirements given in this topic.
If you don’t meet them, don’t apply just yet, spend some extra time in the game and get more experience or simply wait till you get old enough for joining a particular staff group. Applying while not meeting the requirements will just give more work to the administrator.
If you meet the requirements, fill in the application form and post it in the forum – your personal information will be only available to administrators.

That’s about it! I hope that you’ve learned a thing or two from this article! Thanks for reading!

By Raphael2

80K Crystal Paint Review

As the last paint review was for the most luxurious and time demanding of paints, here’s one for more of you to take into consideration in the present! The paints here will be priced around 80,000 crystals. Approximately, of course! Read and enjoy.

SPARK - 79.5 K; 10% Twins, 15% Firebird, 33% Ricochet
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As Spark is one of the more aesthetically pleasing paints in the game, it goes to show that beauty is not only skin deep! For 79,500 crystals, Spark is an aptly priced paint for its medium-effective characteristics. It subtracts the damage dealt by one shot from Twins for every ten shots, and a third of the blow from every bullet of a Ricochet. The Firebird resistance has its advantages as well, though it’s not all that noticeable.

Spark is a paint for the transient tanker, who has a tendency for close range combat, and does not plan on keeping it as a permanent paint for very long, as there are many paints that are more apt for close quarter combat in the contiguous price ranges above 100K crystals. The relatively high Ricochet protection is unfair for its prerequisite rank of Captain, as Ricochets are relatively rare in the battlefields until around the rank of Brigadier. However, if one is really intent on buying this paint (I’d imagine for its visual qualities more than anything else), a medium heavy hull, such a Titan would be one’s best choice to go with, or even the speedier Dictator, and perhaps even Mammoth, though Freezes will be quite a pain with such a cumbersome hull. Weapons should be medium-to-close range, such as Twins, Ricochet, and Firebird. Lacking any Freeze resistance makes this paint not ideal for most medium-to-close quarter circumstances!

DIGITAL – 79.5 K; 10% Shaft, 13% Smoky, 35% Railgun
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Digital was the best paint in Tanki Online, before the rebalance, before the graphic alterations, and even before the Tier 2 weapons were introduced so many years ago. Through it all, this antique paint has kept its characteristic resistance against Smoky and Railgun (previously called “Fear Machine,” just an FYI), in high quantities. 35% protection against an M3 Railgun can save a tanker nearly 60 health points! This protection complex is a good purchase at 79,500 crystals total, as it will be very useful for the rest of your tank career – you’ll always be seeing a few Railguns no matter your rank, and you are going to hate them no matter what, so you might as well have a paint that helps with that!

It’s no guess that digital was made to benefit the long-to-medium range offensive players, as all of its special protection is based against weapons of like range. Good weapons that would take advantage of this paint’s well-rounded statistics would be Thunder, Smoky, Railgun, or Shaft – any weapon that is effective at a long range. Any hulls could be complimented nicely (and effectively!) with Digital paint on board. There is an ideally inverse ratio between the weight of the tank and the amount of moving one would have to do. The lighter, faster moving tanks such as Wasp and Hornet could be put to good use with any of the weapons above, provided players move around some, ducking behind cover when an enemy Shaft or Railgun takes aim, to conserve your low energy levels! Behemoths such as Titan or Mammoth needn’t move as much or as often, as they can sustain beatings for enough time as it would take to knock out an enemy sniper, from a distance. In Deatchmatch or Control Points mode, staying around the perimeter of maps would be the smartest occupation. Just don’t charge for the flag or stay around one spot to get crystal drops — Firebirds, Freezes, and Twins will be your end.

SANDSTONE – 82.5 K; 5% Twins, 14% Thunder, 15% Shaft, 20% Railgun
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This paint used to be one of the most effective against Freeze a few years back; I’m not sure why it’s been changed. I suppose it just ‘fits in’ better with all the other paints in the Garage after all these rebalances!

This paint is no doubt the most advantageous of the ’100K-minus’ coats that offer protection from four weapons. However, do not let its Twins protection trick you into thinking you can go into a close range battle whenever you have the urge to! Five percent is tiny, and your tank will be melted before you can notice the difference it’s making.

Ignoring the first statistic, take note of the three substantial resistances this paint possesses: Railgun, Thunder, and Shaft, all around 17%. All the mentioned weapons are best used at medium to long range firefights, and perhaps a tad closer for Thunder. To get the most out of your 82,500 spent crystals, this paint should be used at medium distances, with sturdy, strong, and semi-mobile hulls, and weapons that inflict damage at similar distances. Ideal combinations would be Dictator, Hunter, or Viking, with Smoky or Thunder, and perhaps even a Railgun, if you think you could work the map’s obstacles in your favor. Don’t go in for the flag, unless you are flanking a charge, as you will most probably getting stray shots from the weapons Sandstone already protects against. And most importantly, enjoy the beachwear that comes with this paint!

Comments and (constructive) criticism are always wanted and appreciated in the discussion topic and by PM! Thanks for reading, and good luck tankers!

See you on the battlefield!

By Tommy60

Don’t miss a new contest!

Tankers!
You think you’re funny? You think you can make an average picture send other players into hysterics? Then don’t miss our latest contest called Comic Captions. Just go to the forum to get more information and take part!

No extra fees on SMS — forever!

Tankers! A month ago we set up an experiment. For 30 days, you were getting maximum value for money when buying crystals via SMS, because we were paying all the extra fees from your telephone providers and payment systems.

The month has passed, the experiment is over and we’ve had an amazing response. So we’ve decided that from now you will be able to buy crystals via SMS, without paying any extra fees! Forever! Now, using your mobile phone to buy in-game currency is not only convenient, but also profitable!

250K+ Crystal Paint Review by Tommy60

Wait! Don’t go on to the next page just yet. I know, this review will be summarizing the three most expensive paints one can purchase in the game, totaling to three quarters of a million crystals in total. Like every dedicated tanker, though, you will eventually come to a point in time where you have saved enough crystals to purchase one, maybe two of these whoppers of a protection complex. For that time, whether it be when you reach Generalissimo, or your next payday, I hope this review will help answer some of your questions as to which one to get. After all, you don’t want to invest 175+$ worth of crystals in the paint that is wrong for you!

PICASSO

This is the big one; The one paint in the garage every aspiring tanker yearns to be able to put on their tank one day, and dominate the battle with. It offers a wide variety of protections, useful in nearly every battle map and size. And it should, for a whopping 276000 crystals! Large map-scale fighters will find the 30% Shaft, 25% Railgun, and 20% Thunder resistances most useful, while mid-to-small scale map frequenters will be relying more heavily upon the 20% Freeze and Thunder protection, and occasionally the resistance against Railgun.

Picasso is made for people who don’t have one, single position in every game they partake in. It is arguably the most versatile and flexible paint in all of Tankionline, as it can be effectively used by attackers, defenders, and midfielders alike. It is not meant for sustained beatings, however- none of the paint’s stats are remarkably high, considered just about average at the highest level of battles. For this reason, tanks equipped with Picasso should be able to move around quickly, as to get out of enemies’ sights, exposing itself to a minimal number of shots at a time. Due to these points, I would recommend this paint for ‘overall’ players, who go for different positions depending on the game mode and map, and also what their team needs. It is not meant to sustain long beatings! The most effective hulls for such a player would be in the medium class, with a good balance between health to compensate for the average statistics of the paints’ plethora of resistances, and enough speed to get out of the line of fire if needed; in other words, Dictator, Viking and Hunter. Weapons preferred would be medium to close ranged, such as Twins, Smoky, Thunder and even Ricochet, provided you use its bullets special ‘bouncing’ effect to your health’s advantage. Buying the ‘Medium Tank M3’ kit would be a smart decision, if you ever happen to have that many crystals handy at a given time. Again though, Picasso can be used very effectively with any tank and weapon combination, provided one knows how to use its unique variety of protection to his or her advantage.

ZEUS

This electrifying paint is for masters of melee (close-range combat). Zeus has an average resistance to Freeze and Smoky (25% each), with its outstanding characteristic in its protection against Firebird, the flaming scourge of the game, which all players have learned to avoid due to its more-than-annoying burning effect. 50% is a staggering number to wield against what many would call the most powerful close-range weapon in the game. This paint literally reduces an M3 Firebird’s attack in half, making it less effective than an M1 Firebird against a protection-less paint. That, in addition to its other characteristics, makes this paint a force to be reckoned with when a tank bearing it is going for your flag.

This paint is designed to be used by players who like getting up in their opponents’ chassis, and destroying them with a fast-acting close range weapon, en route to a flag. While it does have Smoky protection to a mediocre degree, don’t let it encourage you to put a Shaft on and snipe your enemies from afar – it’d be more effective being put into use in the enemy’s base, where the guard Smokies have had to turn around from their distant posts, unable to stop you from entering their base. The best tanks for this jewel of a paint job would be ones already decked out with enormous amounts of health; they take an unbelievably long time to kill in an un-mined base, all while dealing enormous amounts of damage with close range weapons of its own. Idea weapons to use with Zeus would be twins, Firebird and Freeze. Isida would not be a particularly good choice, as you could always be slowed down by a Freeze with a range greater than your own, leaving you like a sitting, obese duck in the middle of an area of hostiles, who are happy to share their ammunition with your hull. Thunder is not advisable due to its splash damage, which can be manipulated to your disadvantage in close range quarters. In short, Zeus is best used for flag carriers and close-range fighters with heavy tanks.

CLAY

At 250 000 crystals, this paint, with its 30% Railgun, 20% Thunder, and 50% Ricochet protections, is the ideal paint for medium distance firefights. While its obviously intended weapon is Ricochet, do not overlook its other attributes – 30% off a Railgun shot can save you nearly 50 health points! And any double digit resistance to Thunder is always a plus for anyone.

As there is no real close-range protection included here, the best position on the battlefield for a Clay user would be in the middle, aggressively attacking adversaries at will, and even flanking a charge for the flag! Everyone knows how annoying Ricochets can be when they get too close, with their quick rate of fire and high impact force. If you have Clay on, though, don’t worry about half as much – literally! Don’t hesitate to stay exposed to a Rico’s line of fire if you have a fast-shooting weapon of your own- you’ll most likely kill him first, with your awesome paint giving you the same advantage a double armor power up would give you! It’s Railgun and Thunder protections lend themselves to a midfield position, as well, as that is where most Rails and ‘groms’ will be aiming their shots for the majority of battles. Playing with Clay at a long range, or around your own base would not be doing it or your spent crystals justice, unless your team is constantly under siege by the opposition. Ideal tanks to use with this paint would have a decent amount of speed to get you where you want to go (like a close-range sniping spot), and enough HP to take a few volleys of fire. So, Dictator, Viking, Hunter and even Hornet would be smart choices to go with. Even Titan would do alright, if the situation calls for one. Good weapons with Clay would be able to reach your attackers in the opposing midfield, so Twins, Thunder, Ricochet and even Smoky would be ideal.

Hope this helps! See you on the battlefield, tankers!

By Tommy60

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