Light Mk. VIC
The Light Mk. VIC was a New Year's gift tank given to players at the beginning of 2014. Poorly armored and generally slow moving, the VIC's greatest strength comes in the form of its 15mm BESA machinegun. Though lacking penetration, this machine gun is capable of dealing a devastating amounts of damage in a short, sustained bursts.
Pros and Cons
- Very high burst damage
- Great aim time, gun elevation, and gun depression
- Good top speed
- Preferential matchmaking; only sees tier II battles
- Paper-thin armor
- Poor penetration
- Long clip reload
- Poor acceleration
The Light Mk. VIC is a very much a one-trick pony. Its greatest strength comes in the form of its armament. Though the 15mm BESA machine gun may lack the penetration necessary to damage well armored targets (T18s and H35s are almost completely immune to it), it has a 40 round clip with an average potential damage of 360 hitpoints. The VIC's machine gun dishes out this damage in just under 5.5 seconds, which makes it capable of killing two tier II enemy tanks with one clip. Though it can do a great amount of damage in quick bursts, the VIC takes roughly 18 seconds to reload its clip between them.
The VIC doesn't have many strong points aside from its great burst damage. Its armor is very thin and incapable of protecting it even from other small machineguns. Though its very light and has a high top speed, the VIC's 88hp engine isn't powerful enough to give it the acceleration of other light tanks. The VIC also has an atypical configuration with its engine in the front and turret in the back. This means that the VIC is prone to engine fires when it takes hits from the front. One way to protect the front of the tank is to reverse around corners and only expose the rear of the tank. This can be issue since the VIC is best played as a flanker or ambusher, and positioning the tank correctly and quickly can be difficult in some cases.
Compared to Similar Tanks
The Light Mk. VIC was given to players only a few months after the T7 Combat Car, and since both feature similar machinegun armaments, the two are often referred to together. The T7's and VIC's machine guns both have large clips with high burst damage, poor penetration, and long reload times. Comparatively, the T7 has more burst damage per clip at 400 average hitpoints, but an even longer clip reload time of 24 seconds. The T7 shares the VIC's lack of armor, but has a much more powerful engine and is altogether faster. Both tanks share similar playstyles and are suited for ambushing and flanking, albeit at different paces.
All modules are researched with the tank.
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