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Manticore Review/Guide, Like Bringing a Knife to a Gun Fight

I review the Manticore, a tier 10 British light tank in World of Tanks (WoT), with replays of Karelia and Studzianki battles.

While the Manticore has some fans, I found it to be an enormously limited tank in terms of carry potential due to multiple flaws with its armament. It’s the only light tank I’ve played from tiers 5-10 where my win rate is below 56%. Simply put, it’s like bringing a knife to a gun fight.

Strengths and Weaknesses
+ Superb camo
+ Excellent gun depression (-8)
+ Small profile
– Horribad DPM
– Laughable ammo capacity (20), so you can’t blind fire or snapshot much
– Poor gun elevation (+8)
– Very bad hull traverse, turns like a whale
– Highly susceptible to ramming damage (12 metric tons)
– Armor is worthless

Recommended Equipment
1. Optics
2. Rammer
3. VStab

This video is part of my “Road to Unicum” series in which I share what I learned as I progressed towards account Unicum rating (top 1%) with silver ammo only. I talk through how I’m reading the battle as it unfolds and discuss key decisions and mistakes. My hope is that these videos meaningfully help players improve their gameplay.

“Road to Unicum” full guide and FAQs:

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20 replies on “Manticore Review/Guide, Like Bringing a Knife to a Gun Fight”

He says stuff about the elc and yet I got into a game with him on my team him playing his elc me playing my lynx and we get a city map…. Once in a life time chance went to waste but I still love him his videos r great!

That first map has been giving me a lot of trouble as of lately especially when I’m in my artilleries, I’ve started to do what I usually do with TDs as opposed to the normal artillery tactics. My biggest takeaway from your video is that I’ll need to be more flexible and patience especially the team, I really am starting to hate this tank it real restraints my options as to pounce on opportunities when presented with them. Low ammunition, bad mobility, poor gun arch’s, and a somewhat troublesome camouflage values yeah I’m not a very big fan, but it is British so go for par the course Lol! I’m still trying to pass 51% win rate in the this tank maybe I’ll try the tactics you showed us, however there’s not much I can do to overcome the low ammo, poor maneuverability, and extremely weak armor as for camouflage values I’ve tried camouflage-net but found that limiting and in some cases dangerous so till my British light tank crew is that full 100% percentage I’ll keep playing a mobile scouting and sniping game. Again thanks for the strategy guides you give us the players I wish you God speed comrade!

The ammo load is a piss take. What possible rationale could there be. It’s not like it’s a mega dmg gun

Just some food for thought. I think Wargaming have shown us a potential way forward for the Manticore with the Borrasque. If they were to give it a two-shot autoloader it would at least be unique among light tanks at tier 10 with decent alpha and an autoloader. As for the 3 man tanks which don't have oscillating turrets they could give them competitive alpha with the wheelie boys and a proper hesh round. I see no reason why the two shot autoloader couldn't be put on the tier 8 as well. Be interested to hear your thoughts guys!

Its gun elevation is biggest gripe with it. Unicoms that like to keep their 'gun hot' will not like it

Is the manticore any good? Lets see, go to, compare the manticore to the hawk 30. Discussion over.
BTW Taugrim, I like the elc even for the memes, no camo net or binos on my WALL-E =)
Edit: Taugrim you can ditch the large med kit on the manticore as well, you will never need it.

I really wanted to like this tank but it truly is a pain to play. I have a great crew in it but that doesn't help much. Taugrim is right, spend your time on something better. Get the AMX 13-105. It is way better.

When I play I continually watch your road to unicum videos. They are a great source of game knowledge and often give me good reminders that stop me from auto piloting in games. I think it would be awesome if you started going Road to unicum map overview guides. Showing things like opening positions, fall back positions, using strat sketch. It would be great for newer players as I think the quickest way to up your game play as a lower skill player is just know where to put your tank in the first 2 minutes of the match.

They specifically advertised the UK lights as having high alpha, which to me meant it would be above average, but the Manticore is the same as 4 of the other 6 tier 10 lights(outside the derp). However, it's almost like they planned to give it unusually high alpha so balanced that with long reloads and low ammo count, then decided against giving it high alpha but never rebalanced those aspect aspect of the tank.
To make matter worse having two crew is ridiculous, it may be 'historical' but they added a third to the EVEN 90 so I don't see why they could do the same to dilute skills. Although it may not matter with crew 2.0.

Your review is right on. I now play console, and all the British light tanks do in the Console WoT is allow Arty to have much shorter games. On console, 80% of the players ONLY auto-aim, which means they cannot hit light tanks in motion. Also in pub matches on console, many people turn off or completely ignore the mini map, so this amounts to 2 or more light tanks that can charge the enemy arty locations and take the enemy arty out like 80% of the time within the first 60 seconds of a match. I cannot stress how much better PC players are, and how LAZY console players are, who always love to site the fact that WoT is just a game, no need to try. Many console players just want to get in match, drive around a little and shoot 1 or 2 people, similar to GTA but with tanks. This is both fun and a curse, depending who you get on your team.

Great review and gameplay. That you are able to finesse this turd of a tank speaks to your skill. Also really appreciated some of your droll humour. You should explore that side of your commentary a little more often, it's really an indicator that you are fiercely intelligent. Keep your stick on the ice!

WG: "This tank is currently getting the most damage in each game?"
Me: that because only 5 people play it and they're unicums?
WG: Nah, everyone's playing it!
Me: … Ok we got a problem

7:53 Yeah, but the AMX 13 light line has worse traverse than this line. The smaller the light tank is, the slower hull traverse it has, unless you're russian lol.

Got back into the game recently and found your channel and I just realized your shooting all AP I love it

Have you made a video on the T14 heavy? I know it's only tier 5, but it has the reputation as an awful tank, but I've been playing it a lot recently as the only premium tank on my alt, and even without using gold (I never use it), I get over 1k damage and a ton of blocks almost every match. With its reputation as an awful tank, I'd love to see content creators talk about it more as a semi-hidden gem for good players (though I think newbies will really struggle with it)

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