Yesterday, we presented to you, all at once, the new Sabaton video called "Steel Commanders," the Spirit of War event, and—as a sort of a teaser—the brand-new Strv K tank, the first-ever Tier IX Premium vehicle with a set of distinctive features and the "Spirit of War" 3D style on top. Let's take a closer look at the main prize of the event, the Strv K!
Metal Machine: The Strv K
The Strv K is a Tier IX Swedish heavy tank and a force to be reckoned with. In battle, it excels at hull-down play with its tough turret and excellent gun depression angle. Other gun parameters, including great armor penetration, allow for convenient gunplay.
- The frontal armor of the turret is up to 254 mm thick. This is the nominal value, with the efficient ones being much higher: If we look the Strv K in the face, beyond the curved gun mantlet, everything’s sloped.
- Its tough turret, together with a gun depression angle of –10 degrees, means that once your hull is behind a terrain fold, you will feel snug.
- With decent stabilization, a base aiming time of 2.49 s, and a base accuracy of 0.33, the "How did I miss that?" situations are kept to a minimum.
- Armor penetration is 252 mm for the basic AP shell, and 310 mm for the special APCR shell, which travels at 1,350 m/s.
- With a base top speed of 40 km/h, you will arrive at key firing positions faster than most heavies, and with a base view range of 400 m, you’ll be likely to spot your enemies before they spot you, too.
Being a Premium vehicle, the Strv K receives bonus to Credits and Crew XP in every battle. Along with this standard bonus, it also offers a totally new one: It will earn you Bonds in Random Battles on the same terms Tier X vehicles do, and with the same yield (as shown in the table below):
|POSITION ON YOUR TEAM BY BASE XP EARNED:||BONDS FOR A VICTORY:||BONDS FOR A DEFEAT / DRAW:|
|TOP 3||7 Bonds||5 Bonds|
|TOP 10||5 Bonds||3 Bonds|
Light in the Black: The Style
The Spirit of War 3D style is obtained separately, either by completing the Chapter II missions of the Spirit of War event, or by spending 6,000 Gold. Besides making the Strv K look like an armored knight (which were the spiritual predecessors to tanks), it has another "game first:" The namesake Spirit of War from the "Steel Commanders" video will enter the tank once the battle countdown ends and will reside inside of it throughout the fight!
In addition to its looks and effects, the Spirit of War 3D style provides the standard concealment bonus of 2%.
Wolfpack: The Crew
Sabaton created the battle metal genre, and the band members are the best candidates for rolling out your Strv K onto every battlefield. They all have the unique "Band of Brothers" as their "zero-Perk" (which works just like "Brothers in Arms"). The band’s leader, Joakim Brodén, also provided his voice for the tank. Familiarize yourself with the line-up and the sound!
Thunderstorm: The Soundtrack
The heavy metal tank is going to have a soundtrack of its own. While you’re in your Strv K, you’ll do battle to the remixes of "Steel Commanders." You can listen to these exclusive tracks here.
Now that you’ve learned how the Strv K plays, looks, sounds, and earns, it’s about time you got down to the missions! Check the article on the Spirit of War event to find out how you can obtain the tank and the 3D style (or at least a solid discount for your mastery or dedication during the missions). And once you’ve obtained the Strv K, consider joining the action in the Frontline mode in it: Being a Tier IX, this new Premium tank is eligible this year.
Good luck in your battles, Commanders, and may the Spirit of War be on your side!